“What makes Iago evil?” Joan Didion asks, opening her novel Play it As it Lays. The more interesting question, to my mind, is what makes Desdemona – or
via Born to be good.
“What makes Iago evil?” Joan Didion asks, opening her novel Play it As it Lays. The more interesting question, to my mind, is what makes Desdemona – or
via Born to be good.
Editor’s note: Saturday morning of the Living Lakes Conference began with a speech from Credo Mutwa, a Zulu leader from South Africa. Credo’s heartfelt words, sense of humor, and spiritual wisdom reveal the heart of what the conference and the Living Lakes Partnership is all about. The following essay is drawn from his keynote address.
I stand before you as a man who is stunned and shaken by what he has seen, what he has heard, and what he has experienced. First of all, did you know, you who live around Lake Mono, that your lake joins together Africa and the Native American people? Did you know that the most amazing word I’ve ever heard when I arrived here was the word Inyo. Which is said to mean the dwelling place of the creator, or rather, the place of creation. Did you know that that word occurs in Africa as a reference to the sacred organ of a mother? Did you know that the word Mono is a name for something delicious and nutritious that you eat? Perhaps one day if I return this way I shall share more of these things with you.
No matter whom we are, no matter in which part of the world we dwell, we are one. We are one with each other. We are one with the earth. We are one with the moon, the sun, the stars. Please, please remember that. It is useless to conserve entities such as water and trees if you have severed yourself away from those entities. You cannot conserve something which you do not feel within you. You cannot conserve something which is not part of you.
When I was initiated for the first time in 1937 into the mysteries and knowledge of Mother Africa I was ordered by my teacher who was my aunt. She said I should go outside and fill a small clay pot with water. And then she said to me, “Look into the water-what do you see?” I was caught in a trap because an initiate is not supposed to have an ego. An initiate is not supposed to refer to himself. I said, “ Aunt, I see a person in this water.” She said, “Who is that person?” I did not dare say it was me. I said, “It is the person I know who is the son of my mother, the only son.” And she said, “Yes, you are in this water, and the water is in you. Until you know that, that you and the water are one, you must not even drink the water, you must not even think about it, because you have cut yourself off from it.”
No matter where you go in Africa you will find African people referring to water by very interesting names indeed. And all of these words mean one thing no matter where you go: the fluid of creation, the thing that did something, the thing that caused something to be.
In olden days Africans used to risk their lives in protecting water. In olden days our people used to severely punish anyone they caught urinating into a stream or a river. There are some ants which you find in my country that, when you hold one in your hands, look as fat as myself, and it fights like nobody’s business. And if you were caught, wise guy, making water into the water, one of those babies was made to bite you, closing the hole for several hours, and it will be the biggest lesson you will ever learn.
Our people believe many strange things regarding water. They believe that water is a living entity. That water has got a mind, that it remembers. The reason why a lake forms where it is, the reason why a river flows through where it flows, is not because it happens to be the right place for water to flow. No! It is because in that place where the river flows, there is an energy, an invisible spirit that moves like a snake, under the ground through the fine sand and which moves in the direction opposite to the one down which the river flows. If this great fire snake, as we call it, this unseen energy, if it dies, then the river dies too.
In the language of my people, the Zulus, a lake is called icibi. Now this word icibi gave birth to a verb icibella which means “to patch.” If there is a hole in a cloth and you put a patch on it that patch is called icibi and you icibella. Now why do we say that a lake is a repairer? We believe that a lake controls the life forces of all living things around it. A lake controls the life forces of every bird, every fish, every tiny creature that you find in water, and it also controls and stimulates the life forces of bigger animals up to and including human beings. And each time there is an illness in the land, our kings used to prevail upon the tribespeople to go closer to lakes to get into that field. There is an invisible field of power all around a lake. If you take off your clothes and moisten your skin slightly and walk into that field, you will feel a tingling. That is what we call the spirit of the water, the icibi, the repairer of life.
Our people believe that there is a music, a sort of communication that goes on between streams, and rivers, and lakes. That if you destroy a lake 20 miles away from another one, this music is cut off and the lake that you have destroyed dies, and so does another lake which has been in communication with it.
Our people further say that water has got ears. We have a proverb amongst my people that says: he who makes love to another man’s wife on the bank of a river must be careful not to utter loud and stupid noises. Because why? Because of water. If there is a fierce emotion near a stream, that stream somehow records that. And guess what will happen? What you did near the river will be heard by every person in the surrounding villages one day. And you will wonder how they got to hear about it.
There is much I could share with you. But our people say that he who talks too much makes people tired. So I am not here to make you tired, I am here to tell you this: let us by all means conserve the beautiful song of nature. Let us regard each lake and each river. Not simply as an interesting stretch of water across whose expanse spoiled millionaires will zip around in their powerboats. No! Let us feel the water, let us hear the water, let us be one with the water.
Please, let us bring back the earth, let us accept one thing which our mothers accepted and our grandfathers knew: that the earth is a living entity where everything is joined to everything else in eternal marriage. And if you destroy something in one part of the world you create a chain of destruction that destroys things somewhere else.
Let me tell you one last thing: I am told by the great storytellers of our tribes that fresh water is not native to our earth. Once, many thousands of years ago a terrible star, the kind of star with a very long tail, descended very close upon our skies. So close that the earth turned upside down and what had become the sky became down, and what was the heavens became up. The whole world was turned upside down. The sun rose in the south and set in the north. Then came drops of burning black stuff, like molten tar, which burned every living thing on earth that could not escape. After that came a terrible deluge of water accompanied by winds so great that they blew whole mountaintops away. And after that came huge chunks of ice bigger than any mountain and the whole world was covered with ice for many generations. After that the surviving people saw an amazing sight. They saw rivers and streams of water that they could drink, they saw that some of the fishes that escaped from the sea and were now living in these rivers. That is the great story of our forefathers. And we are told that this thing is going to happen again very soon. Because the great star, which is the lava of our sun, is going to return on the day of the year of the red bull, which is in the year 2012.
Well, I’m glad I won’t be there to see the fun. My wish is this: that there may be blessing over everything that you have done, over everything that you are going to do. May whatever power there is beyond the stars strengthen your efforts, because each lake that you bring back to life is a whole world saved.
For more information visit the official Credo Mutwa website.
The following is a very simplified way of explaining how the immune system works and how to improve it.
Your Being is a unity of your body, your mind, your heart and your soul. All these have to live in harmony together as the one cannot function properly without the other. The body is the part where most people notice that something is wrong in their being – we call it disease, or dis-ease, so lets start with the body.
Your body does not want to be sick, so the whole body has an alarm system to warn and protect us against the outside world. The skin, eyelashes and tears are all part of that system. The problem is we have to breath, eat and drink to stay healthy and alive so the body has to let “foreign” things in our body. In the case that these foreign things are danferous to the body, it has set up a whole defense mechanism to deal with these dangers. Nausea (to prevent you from adding more), diarrhoea and vomitting (to get it out of your system as quickly as possible) are all part of this mechanism. Think also about a heart of kidney transplant, where the person has to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of their lives to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ. But a defence can only last that long, than it will become tired and not function properly anymore. This is when we notice it and become sick.
One of our main defences is found in the blood – the white blood cells. Think of your white blood cells as your army, complete with spies, killer soldiers, cleaners, generals, and special trained forces etc. In charge of the army are the generals or T-cells. There are many types of T-cells, but I will only go into 3 types of T-cells, The T4 cells, T8 cells and the T Killer cells who are in charge of the whole army. There are spies who tell the T4 generals where the problem is in the body, and there are soldiers who act just like those figures from the old “Packman” game. The slow moving Packman figures are called the “Big Eaters” . They have heaters they can switch on to kill germs with their heat. The fast moving Packman figures are called “Small Eaters”.
Lets see how it works when you have a splinter in your finger. The finger becomes swollen, a red circle forms around it, it is hot and painful, than the splinter is pushed out together with puss, and the finger heals and returns back to normal. So what happens on the inside?
The spies tell the T4 generals there is a splinter in the finger. They call all their troops together to go to the trouble spot – the finger. More blood is needed around the splinter so the white blood cells or army can get to it – that is why it is swollen and red. The Small Eaters arrive first. They form a circle around the splinter, to prevent the splinter and perhaps germs that are on the splinter from travelling to the rest of the body – that is the round circle you see on the outside. When the Big Eaters arrive, they switch on the heaters to help kill any germs, and the Killer cells are also there to give a hand. Your finger is sore, because in that way you will not use it much and damage it even more. The battle is on and usually the splinter is pushed out, together with some puss. Puss is just white blood cells and dead germs. Now the T8 cells or generals see that the war is over. They are the ones that call back the troops and tell the other white blood cells or soldiers to go back to the barracks. So the T4 cells are the “warmongers” and the T8 cells are the “peace keeping forces”. In a conflict, you need both!
When you get an infection in your lungs, the same thing happens as above, but the lungs will also help to get the infection out by making you cough. (And than we are actually stupid enough to take cough mixture to stop us from coughing, thereby working against our bodies to get well.) The Big Eaters will switch on their heaters, causing you to have a higher temperature or fever. So a fever is part of your Immune System or defence system, and again we work against it. What do people take when they have a fever – yes – an aspirin to bring the fever down.
Coming back to the T4 and T8 cells. When the battle is on, the T4 cells are the warriors and the T8 cells are the ones that call the troops back when the battle has been won. When the T8 cells do not do their job, you have a problem. The T4 cells and the rest of the army have no enemy to fight anymore, but the troops do not stop killing till the T8 cells say so. So when the troops do not get that message, they keep on attacking, but because their is no more enemy, they have to attack something, so they attack other cells from the body – they attack “self”. This is called an autoimmune disease, or an overactive immune system, and you get diseases like arthritis, lupus etc. That is why people who have autoimmune diseases are given cortisone, as cortisone is an immune depressor.
What are antibodies? Antibodies are specially trained soldiers or white blood cells. A newborn baby has no antibodies of its own, but has received some from its mother whilst in the womb, or through her breastmilk. In the mean time, when the baby is exposed to different viruses, it will build up its own antibodies. When a child is exposed to measles, the following happens: The spies warn the T4 cells there is a new unknown virus in the body. The T4 cells call a group of white blood cells together and tell them to go to school and learn all about measles. This is called the Window Period. When they have learned everything, they are now special trained forces or antibodies and they are ready to kill the enemy – the measles. In the meantime, the child becomes miserable, has a fever, the measles have multiplied from just a few into their millions and a rash appears. Now the antibodies are ready to kill the measles, and the child recovers. The good thing is, that the antibodies against measles pass their knowledge on to their children – or the next generation antibodies, so for the rest of your life, you are protected against measles. This is what they try to do when they vaccinate children against measles etc. but that is another can of worms which I will cover in another writing.
So in your lifetime you build up immunity against many other viruses. So why are we still getting the flu – which is caused by a virus? If we already had it once, why do we not have antibodies against the flu? Viruses keep on changing or mutating. As it goes from person to person, and even from environment to environment, it wants to survive and so it makes itself stronger and better day by day. That is why people who had Flu vaccinations still get the flu. By the time the vaccine is produced the flu virus has already mutated many times. Here again – I will cover vaccines in another article.
The Lymphatic System, the Glands and the Liver are also very, very important and play a huge role in keeping the body healthy. Just like you have blood vessels everywhere, so you have lymph vessels. Most of the “dirt” in your blood is taken over by the Lymph and is send to the liver. You have Lymph glands all over your body like your face, neck, under your arm, on your back, front, arms, legs and groin. Inside the glands are the Big Eaters. Say you have for example a sore throat. The Big Eaters in the glands of your neck work like vacuum cleaners and suck up the infection from your throat causing you to get swollen glands. Now the glands empty the Big Eaters with the infection into the Lymph vessels and it will eventually all land into the toilet. Unlike the blood system, where you have the heart to pump the blood through the body, the lymph system has no “pump”. The muscles have to press against the vessels to push the lymph through the body. That is one of the reasons why some form of exercise is important – to keep the lymph system flowing. There are also people who are specially trained in Lymph drainage or Lymph massage, to assist the system to get going again if it was “blocked” – which can happen when you have been extremely ill. One of the warning signs that something is wrong in a certain part of your body are swollen glands, for example swollen glands in the neck can be an infection like Flu, tooth problems TB, cancer etc.
The liver is one of the most important organs in your body and has been highly underrated. It has something like 500 functions although people are mostly only aware of about 9 functions. It is your major energy supplier, so when you are tired, it is because your liver is not working properly. Everything that you eat or drink – before it is send to all the cells in your body – it first goes through the liver. The liver will try to seperate all the good from the bad stuff, from where the good stuff is send to the heart and from there to the rest of the body, and the bad stuff to the kidneys, the bladder and the toilet. Most people are aware that the liver can only process one alcoholic drink per hour, and if more is consumed, you get drunk as the alcohol was not processed by the liver, and circulates in your system – waiting to be processed. All medication, other chemicals and everything else your body does not want/need, the liver sorts it out and gets rid of it.
All the white blood cells are born in the bone marrow. The baby T-cells than travel to the Thymus gland which is situated next to your heart behind the breast bone. T-cells get their name from the T from Thymus. The Thymus gland is like a college were the T-cells receive training on how to be good T-cells. If they do not receive proper training, they do not know what to do, are disorganised and people become easier sick.
Every person has normally between 800 and 1200 T4-cells per millilitre of blood with an average of about 1000. This is called your CD4 count. With certain diseases, like for example with AIDS, the T4-cells go down in numbers, but in the beginning you do not notice it. Say you have a CD4 count of 700. You look and feel healthy because the 700 T4 cells can still do the job of a 1000 T4 cells. But when the CD4 count drops to say 500, the T4 may not be able to handle all the work anymore, so they decide not to worry about the small infections, but only concentrate on the bigger diseases. People now may struggle with “small” health problems like sores in the mouth, skin problems, coughing more than normal etc.
When you have a CD4 count of 200, doctors say you have AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Forget about the Acquiredpart as there are many different ways to “acquire” Immune Deficiency. Also forget about the Syndrome. Doctors call anything that they do not know a Syndrome. We call it Symptoms – and you get all kinds of symptoms BECAUSE your CD4 count is low: swollen glands, skin problems, diarrhoea, bronchitis, pneumonia, TB, meningitis, etc. etc. There are just not enough T4 cells in your blood to organize the army, so people are open to all kinds of diseases. It is also important to remember that all people are different, so some people may already become sick with a CD4 count of 400, while other people with a CD4 count of only 90 may only have a few small health problems.
These days many people have “weak” immune systems and suffer from IDS – Immune Deficiency Symptoms. There are many reasons like “Bad” or “Chronic” Stress, malnourishment, environmental factors, toxins/chemicals can all cause IDS. The food that we eat or not eat, the air that we breath, the water we drink, the abuse of alcohol, drugs or medication all contribute towards getting IDS.
Chronic stress is a major factor. When you are stressed, depressed, unhappy etc. your brain sends a message to your adrenal glands – they lie on top of your kidneys. The adrenal glands than release Cortisole, which is an Immune depressor – just like the medication Cortisone you get prescribed for an over-active Immune System or Auto Immune Disease like arthritis. Cortisole kills T4-cells. When you are chronically stressed your CD4 count goes right down till it hits rock bottom, depending how long your stress lasts. On the other hand, when you are happy, your CD4 count goes up again and stays in the healthy range, because than your brain releases other chemicals that are good for you. Notice how happy people are seldom sick, while stressed people often have health problems.
The following is just an explanation why we do what we do and is for anybody with IDS, or for people with chronic or autoimmune diseases. If you had the flu or cold this year, you know your Immune System is not up to scratch – it is not normal for a healthy person to get the flu each year – go to my Basic Wellness Program! In the near future I will fine-tune the Basic Wellness Program to specific diseases.
Most medication is made from food, only we have stopped eating healthy. Also the quality of the food is not the same as say 20 – 30 years ago for various reasons. We are only taking out of the soil, not putting anything back, and if we put something back, it is fertilizer, which is a petrol-chemical product. To get the same out of an orange 30 years ago, you now have to eat at least 20 oranges to get the same in. The same with spinach where you now have to eat 74 cups of spinach against 1 – Popey would not have been happy at all! Many people start to realize this and are starting to eat organic grown vegetables. Even some of the mainstream supermarkets are staring to stock more organic grown fruit and veg.
Often when you ask people when they last had a piece of fruit they will ask: “Does a glass of fruit juice count as a fruit?” When something is wrong we either go to the doctor or the chemist to get pills, only to suppress the symptoms but not fixing the problem. Your kitchen should become your medicine cupboard – not your bathroom cupboard. So eat healthy – if your plate of food is coloured like a rainbow – and not with chips or sausage – but with the garden grown variety, you know you are on the right track, but there may be specific things you need to do or add to your diet.
When people have chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels etc. or viruses like herpes, or auto-immune diseases like arthritis, they are already very “dirty” on the inside. On top of that, all these diseases produce a lot of dirt on their own, adding to more garbage in your body, thereby causing more and more damage. All the dirt, dead cells and medications have to be filtered out by your liver. Eventually your liver can’t handle the workload and gets “blocked” like a blocked drain. This is clearly visible in dark skinned people, where it looks like the skin has been smeared with black shoe-polish – their skin is a lot darker. Now all the garbage does not leave the body, and it is send, together with the good things, to the heart and then to the rest of the body. That can be one of the reasons why some people have high blood pressure, because the blood is heavier, and the heart needs to pump harder to push the blood through the body. (I am now not talking of the narrowing of the arteries etc.). When people have swollen glands and they stay swollen, it means that the liver is “blocked” and the lymph cannot empty its rubbish in the liver. In people with AIDS, the body is full of rubbish. It still wants to get out of the body, so it breaks out through the skin, as seen with many AIDS patients. Often doctors try to treat the skin problems by prescribing creams etc. which don’t work, as the real problem is a blocked liver. It is also one of the reasons why people with AIDS loose weight. Whilst they are still having an appetite and are still eating well, they start losing weight. This means they are first malabsorbing. Only later do they loose their appetite. This has all to do with a “blocked” or dirty liver. If you are often tired, have muscle pains, skin problems, swollen glands, any chronic diseases, cancer or whatever, you first have to clean your liver and colon (will cover that later). Go to the Basic Wellness Program which is essential for regaining your health. When you start taking the Wellness Program, you will make a stink on the toilet and your urine may be darker etc. Also you may pass a lot of gas – this is candida breaking down. Please do not use air-freshner (you will be breathing in more chemicals) , but light a match to burn up the gas.
Selenium is essential for a good functioning body, and the richest source of selenium is Brazil nuts. Selenium destroys toxic free radicals generating peroxides which damage cell membranes, including those of the immune system. In a later writing I will explain the whole story of free radicals. Selenium is found in the soil. Countries with high levels of selenium in the soil have much healthier people than countries with low levels of selenium in the soil. South Africa has very low levels of selenium in the soil and also has the highest number of people living with AIDS in the world. Look at any African country where there are low numbers of people living with AIDS, and you will find a soil rich in selenium. Adults need about 75 mcg per day – more when they are sick and recovering, but not exceeding 200 mcg per day.
Zinc is essential to keep the Thymus gland healthy – the thymus being the training college for the T-cells. If the Thymus gland does not receive Zinc, the college becomes dysfunctional and the T-cells do not receive training. That is why older people become sick so easy, because their T-cells are not trained due to a lack of zinc. Men are even more at risk than women. Everytime after an ejaculation, they loose 1/3 of their zinc in the semen. so women are killing their men with love! You need at least 45 mg of Zinc per day, more when you are sick, and the richest source of Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds. One tablespoon of pumpkin seeds per day will already gibe you 15 mg per day. Pumpkin seeds are not only good as a zinc supplement, but they also get rid of any worms or parasites. Many people do not even realise they have worms and parasites. Give them also to your pets. Dogs love them. Now I sound like one of those adverts, but on top of that, the pumkin seeds will help to keep your intestines clean and helping you to get rid of all the old foodstuff that may stick to your intestines. You can either buy them at any supermarket, or dry your own. Take out the seeds from the pumpkin, wash and dry them in the sun or in a warm place and keep them in a glass container. They really taste nice, a bit like nuts. Make sure you give the whole family, including the pets. Men should really take more zinc. One of the causes of prostate cancer is lack of zinc.
One of the best natural antibiotics, anti-fungal and general cleaning agents in the world is garlic. People whose Immune Systems are not well like with AIDS often get thrush. If you already have thrush, eat for about 3 days every hour one clove of garlic – about 10 cloves a day. Chew them well, and before you swallow, move the garlic around in your mouth. Within 3 days, the thrush will be gone. If you have a cold or the flu, eat as much garlic as you can during the day. If you have a sore throat, cut 1 or 2 cloves in fine pieces and put in a cup of boiling water. Leave standing for a while and stir, than spoon the garlic out and eat it. With the garlic water gurgle and than swallow it. You can also add some salt in warm water and gurgle with the salty water. If you have a sinus problem, cut again 2 pieces of garlic in a cup of boiling water. Straight away, put your nose over the cup and inhale – it smells a bit like pizza. You are now steaming the snot loose in the little tubes that are blocked. Now massage/press on the following points: 1). On the middle of the eyebrow, 2). On either side of the bridge of your nose near the corner of your eyes, and 3). under your eyes in line of the middle of your eyebrows on the facial bone. You are now pressing on the sinuses to help unblock the tubes so the stuff in your sinuses can get out. (If you take anything to “dry” out your sinuses you actually make your sinuses worse. Now the mucous has dried, but the infection is still in there. But you need the mucous to get the rubbish out of the sinuses.) Women often have thrush in the vagina. Just put one piece of garlic in the vagina before you go to sleep, and usually the thrush is gone the next day. You may have to repeat it the next night. Look also at the Candida Program. The causes of most ear infections are fungeses. If you have an ear infection try the following: Squeeze the oil of the garlic on a piece of cotton wool and put in the ear and sleep with it. With children most recurrent ear infections are caused by milk and milk products. Stop all milk – see also article later on milk. If you have very sick people who can hardly eat, let alone garlic, put a piece of garlic every few hours into the anus. Much of the nutrients of the garlic will still be absorbed. Garlic is for anybody that needs to regain their health or want to keep it, be it arthritis, diabetes, heart etc. More articles will follow. Please also remember it is the oil of the garlic that works, so garlic salt or garlic pills are hardly effective. You also can not eat the clove without chewing or crushing it. Garlic needs to be chewed or crushed to release the active ingredients of garlic. If you need the garlic, you may not smell much of garlic, but if you want to prevent smelling of garlic, eat some parsley afterwards.
Often in areas where there is a lot of air pollution, and you can see what you breath, people have many chest problems like asthma, bronchitis and the common cold. But again, all these problems are also caused by the food we eat. All people with diseases have inflammation and one of the best natural anti-inflammatories is ginger. Any sick person should eat it. For people with lung problems like asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, TB and AIDS, carry always some pieces of ginger with you. When you start to struggle for breath, take a bite of the ginger and chew, or eat some chopped ginger. The relieve will be there within some 30 seconds.
Raw carrots are one of the best sources of betacarotene. If you suffer from any viral disease, try to eat at least 3 – 4 raw carrots per day. The betacarotene kills at least 5% of the viruses every day. Betacarotene is also needed if you have any other diseases, so your mother was right when she said carrots were good for you, not only just for your eyes.
People who are old, sick, stressed, tired or malnourished are often cold. Your normal temperature is 37*, but their temperature is often below 37*.When your body is called it is much easier for infections to start growing inside you. For example TB loves it if your body temperature is 36.5*. Remember that part of your Immune System is fever, so it can kill infections. To raise your temperature do the following 2 things: Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in your lemon juice or other food 3 – 4x per day. Secondly, make a hot water bottle and keep it either on your stomach, or when you sit in your office, in the back of your chair. Avoid getting (over) tired – go and have a nap, staying out in the cold too long without adequate clothing/blankets, not exercising enough, or not getting enough calcium in your diet. To increase your calcium and magnesium eat plenty of green vegetables like spinach etc. or supplement calcium/magnesium from the Foodstate range. You do not get calcium from milk or milk products – which will be a seperate article, abd calcium is only absorbed when it is taken together with Magnesium.
In the case that your Immune System is very low, and you do get shingles, mix the following: 1 Tablespoon of Aquas Cream, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 Disprin or Aspirin. Dissolve or crush the Disprin/Aspirin into a fine powder and put into the aquas cream with the lemon juice. If the area with shingles is big, mix more proportionally e.g. 2 tablespoons of aquas cream, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 Disprin/Aspirin, 5 tablespoons etc. Put on the shingles area thickly with either cotton wool or toilet paper. Do not touch the shingles with your fingers – if you do, go and wash your hands properly with soap and water. This is to avoid it spreading to other areas on your body, or to other people. Put it on again 4 hours later, even if they have already dried up or the pain is gone. Again apply the next day, and if you want to avoid scarring, keep on applying it till the scars are gone. When you have put the cream mixture on thickly, sit and wait till the cream has been absorbed into your skin. Wear a soft cotton T-shirt – no nylon or acrylic, as that material will keep on irritating the area. Do not eat peanuts or peanut butter when your Immune System is down, as this can trigger shingles.
If anybody has diarrhoea, is vomiting or is nauseous, the best way to get rid of this is charcoal – burned wood. (This does not work for Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohns – these will be covered seperately). Charcoal is actually carbon, which is also used to clean our drinking water, and is also given in hospitals to people who have overdosed on drugs as it absorbs the junk. You can either buy charcoal capsules – which are expensive and you need to take at least 12 capsules every 2 hours if you have “untreatable” diarrhoea. To make your own powder, take a few charcoal pieces, put them into a plastic bag and put it into a cardboard box. Take a big stone and grind the charcoal into a fine powder. Keep the charcoal powder into a glass jar. When you have diarrhoea, or are vomiting, feel nauseous, or have eaten/drunk something wrong, take 2 tablespoons every 2 hours till it has stopped. Although the powder is completely tasteless, mix it into some mashed banana so you also will replace some of the potasium. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration. The longest it has taken us to stop an “untreatable AIDS diarrhoea” was 8 hours. This lady was already in hospital for 3 months, but after we had given her the charcoal 4x over 8 hours, she was discharged the next day.
The following is illegal in many countries in the world, although many countries are now allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes. It works against pain, be it from cancer or sprained muscles, helps with incontinence in Multiple Schlerosis patients, is an anti-cancer agent, works to relieve shortness of breath in patients with asthma, emphysema, TB, pneumonia and bronchitis, helps against nausea, brings back appetite etc. If you drink it as a tea – without the leaves, you will not get high and get the giggles (although some patients can sure use a laugh). To make 1 cup, put 1 tablespoon of dried leaves into a cup of boiling water, stir occasionally and leave it standing till it has cooled down. Before drinking, strain out the leaves, and put the leaves back in the cup with the leaves, so the tea can get stronger. Keep the tea in the fridge – you can keep it for about 5 days. If it becomes cloudy, throw it away. We normally make 2 liters at a time as patients with pain need to drink it continiously. The mistake people make is that they drink a whole cup, the symptoms of pain etc will go away, and than they wait till the pain is back again in full force. What you should do is drink enough till the pain is gone. Then when the pain rears its head, drink straight away a few sips to keep the pain level right down.
These days when we have a cold or a flu, we are doing our utmost best to work against our bodies and our Immune System. We take Aspirin to bring the fever down, whilst fever would actually assist us in getting rid of colds and flu. We take cough mixture to stop coughing, whilst coughing is part of the body’s defence system to get the infection out of the lungs. On top of that, we keep on walking around in public places and going to work, thereby spreading the infection. Are you really such a nice person that you want to share your cold or fly with everybody? By staying active, we are not resting our bodies, forgetting that rest and sleep is one of the best medicines. When you rest/sleep, your body can use all the energy repairing itself instead of using the enrgy to keep you going when you are up and about. Another huge mistake is that people insist of being prescribed antibiotics by their doctors – or the doctors prescribe them anyway, forgetting that flu is caused by a virus and will not react to antibiotics. In the process the antibiotics will cause damage to your gut – see Candida and you will be part of the process of creating drug resistance to antibiotics. What to do: Get yourself Citricidal or Grapefruitseed extract and take about 5 every 4 hours till the symptoms are gone. Citricidal is extremely effective in getting rid of colds and flu’s. It is a very high dosage, but it works, and the only side effect is diarrhoea. However, as soon as you stop taking the Citricidal, the diarrhoea also stops. Drink enough water, stay in bed with a hot water bottle and only eat “light” food. Keep your windows open, so whatever you are coughing out can go outside, and you don’t breath back in your own germs. Start the Basic Wellness Program – a healthy person should not get the cold or a flu.
Exercise is very important. First of all your whole body will benefit from the extra oxygen it receives. On top of that, oxygen kills infections, and cancer really does not like oxygen either. Your muscles will become stronger, and fat cells will be replaced by muscle cells. When you exercise, you also produce more bloodcells, which means more Immune cells and red blood cells. Your metabolism will improve etc. etc. etc. Most people do not like exercise, so find something you enjoy doing, like taking a good walk a few times a week, dancing on some old rock and roll music, taking ballroom dance, Tai Chi, karate, yoga, or whatever classes. The gym is not the only place to get your daily exercise. Just build up a sweat a few times a week – even as simple as skipping rope. When you enjoy your exercise, you will also feel happy, which is good as it is impossible to be angry and be happy at the same time.
You should also spend at least half an hour outside – in the sun if possible. Sunlight is very important for our bodies as that enables us to produce vitamin D. Most people are now deficient in vitamin D. We have been scared away from the sun in case we develop skin cancer, but now far more people are getting sick because of lack of sun than those that have developed skin cancer from the sun. Half an hour a day at around 10h00 – 11h00 in the morning or 15h00 – 16h00 in the afternoon, without sunglasses, and as much skin exposed as decently possible will do the trick. Sick people should be put into chairs outside – even wrapped in blankets. In countries with long winters, get full spectrum lights to expose yourself to this health giving light. If that is not possible, supplement your diet with codliver oil. When we were small and living in Holland, we used to get it in the months containing the R’s, so September, October, November, December right up to April – those months being the winter months with hardly any sun.
If you want to have a healthy Immune System, you should try to avoid all sugar and sugar products. The obvious are sugar, cool drinks or fizzy drinks, chocolates, cakes and sweets. The not so obvious sugars are refined foods like bread, white rice, potatoes, cornflakes and other breakfast cereals etc. They contain extremely little nutrients and break down straight into sugar. They contain so few nutrients (if any at all for in the case of salt and sugar), that they could be classified as anti-foods. Anti-foods are foods like sugar, who have to take out of your body to be digested, not contributing anything to your body. Just look that these days, when you leave a piece of bread lying around, it just gets hard, but no fungus will grow on it – like in the old days – so even the funguses do not even want to eat bread … so why should you? Why is sugar bad for your Immune System? The Big and Small Eaters of your white blood cells, see sugar as an infection and eat the sugar. Now when an infection enters the body, they are already full with sugar, and will not go for the infection. This gives the infection time to multiply, so by the time the Big and Small Eaters are hungry again, the infection has had time to spread. If you drink one cold drink or fizzy drink, or eat a small piece of chocolate, or a piece of cake, your Immune System will be out of order for 18 hours. No wonder so many people are sick these days, looking at the amount sugar and refined foods we consume these days. People who have Candida – and most people have – or thrush, should avoid eating sugar at all costs, as Candida thrives on sugar. However, this is not to say you can never have anything with sugar. If you are going to have an ice-cream or chocolate, than really enjoy it and eat it without guilt. Also do not bore people to tears by telling them that you are not eating this or that. There is nothing worse than being in the company of people preaching and talking about their diet. There is only one group more boring than these people and those are the people talking about what lands in the toilet, how many times a day/week/month etc. etc. For more on sugar etc. see the various articles that will be posted shortly on diabetes, sugar, hyper active kids etc.
Alcohol is also sugar, and generally not good for your Immune System. There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks a week – if you are not in a health crisis, but please remember that if you have a hangover the following day, your liver and white blood cells are also having a hangover, and just like you do not feel like working, so your liver and Immune System are not keen to do the job.
Many people these days are anemic. We have been attacked why we use beetroot instead of liver. In the beginning, when we investigated the Wellness Program, we saw that we had far quicker and better results with beetroot than with liver. Only later we learned the following. Our bone marrow (where we produce our bloodcells) is damaged by benzine poisoning. This can happen from car emissions, parrafin stoves, cooking on fires and living in areas where you can literally see what you are breathing in. When the bone marrow is damaged, you do not produce healthy red and white blood cells – which also causes anemia. Beetroot repairs the bone marrow and when eating 2 big beetroots a day, the problem will be solved within a short time. You can check your own status by just looking at the inside of your lower eyelid. If it is pink/red, you do not have a problem. If it is white/pale you do! We have seen many African people who had actually white palms (of their hands) and no colour in their nails.
Always take a good supplements. (See the Basic Wellness Program) Articles will be posted why you need to take X, Y, Z. We will always write down what supplements are the absolute bare necesseties, and than give an option of what to have if your finances allow for it. We are extremely conscious of the value of money, that you can only spent it once, and that we know you have also other priorities, so if we recommend something extra, please do not be disturbed if you can not afford it. You will still regain your health. Where possible we will always recommend food instead of supplements so you do not have to spent money twice.
The whole idea behind changing your lifestyle to a healthy one is to either prevent disease, or to heal yourself from disease. You can only do this if your body has all the tools to do the repair work. Without tools, no repair work can be done. Over the coming weeks we will tell stories of some of our patients like the lady with full blown AIDS with only a CD4 count of 1, who now has a CD4 count over 800 and is still healthy after many years. People should not believe the story that AIDS kills, but if following our Program can live to a ripe old age. Also do not believe the media when they say you need ARVs otherwise you die. I will post some documents on that. You can get all your energy and health back, but realise that it is a lifestyle change – a life long program – but not difficult to follow.
Please check all the individual diseases and the information provided as they will be posted in the next few days.
In the beginning I talked a bit about the mind, the heart and the Spirit or Soul and how they influence each other. It is very important to get peace of mind. This is a whole other story for another posting, but the one thing I know for sure is that people do not love themselves enough. They say they do, but they don’t. Somehow, we started loosing sight of what really is important in life like love, friendship, happiness, joy, meaning and purpose and we got involved in the rat race. Please take the time to get to know yourself, to find out what gives you joy and hapiness, and to do the things you want to do in life. Do not waste your time on things you really do not enjoy obviously going to the dentist or cleaning your place excluded – but find a way to give your life meaning. How many times do old people at the end of their lives say: I always had wanted to do this, I should have done that etc. Have you smelled an old age home? It usually smells sour, because there are many people sitting in a building, full of regrets of what could have been, and never did anything about it, always finding an excuse why not to do it.
Happiness usually does not come in big parcels, but in small moments like looking at a naughty child, smelling a flower, getting an unexpected hug from somebody that cares, eating pasta (my favourite), your dog jumping on your lap or putting its head on your leg. Whatever it is, start being aware of these moments and like beads, make a beautiful chain of happiness. Before you go to sleep at night, think of at least 5 things that made you happy and grateful that day. Everyday when you wake up, think of at least one thing you are going to do just to please you – just you. If you can not find anything to be happy/grateful for, I suggest you borrow somebody’s shoes – but half a size smaller than yours, and wear them for the whole day. I am a 100% sure you will find something to be grateful for when you take them off at night.
May the Spirit that is Love be with you and protect you,
Tine and Nelly
I am not the first alternative health practitioner to have their work rejected & their reputation destroyed. My friend Simon Tzu wrote an article about it called “5 Cures, 5 Persecutions”