In the wake of more scary headlines about people dying from influenza, I got a text message asking me what the official Breslev line was in regards to the flu vaccine.
I told them: there isn’t one. But then, I also told them two more things:
1) Generally, Rebbe Nachman was always dead set against doctors, and advised his followers to avoid the medical profession like the plague.
2) Rebbe Nachman also told his followers it was imperative to vaccinate their children against the smallpox, a treatment which had just been discovered.
So what does that mean for the flu vaccine specifically, and vaccines specifically?
It’s not for me to say, but I do want to flag a few interesting websites that recently came to my attention, so you can start to make you own decisions about vaccines, and whether the apparent benefit of vaccinating is worth the risks.
You can read more at the sites below:
One thing is clear from the whole debate about vaccines generally: what’s really going on is far from clear, and each person needs to research the issue thoroughly for themselves, and ask God for guidance about what’s the right thing to do.
God-willing, I’ll return to this subject again soon, but I hope these links will provide you with some valuable food for thought, and an alternative view that hopefully starts to balance the standard line that innoculations are only positive, definitely work, and are imperative for maintaining our children’s health. Sometimes, that’s true. But not always, and the risks involved with vaccinating are sometimes enormous.
There are two main types of 'fluid' that move things around your body: blood and lymph.
Blood you probably already know a fair bit about, and you probably also know that the mechanism that causes the blood to freely move around your body is called your heart.
Every time your heart beats, it pumps fresh blood around your body, and sends the old, deoxygenated blood off to be revamped.
By contrast, lymph doesn't have its own innate 'pump' system, which can make it that much easier for your lymphatic system to get clogged up and blocked.
What does lymph actually do?
So now, what does your lymph actually do?
The simple way of answering it is to tell you that your lymph takes care of removing all the waste material that your body doesn't need anymore, like bits of hormones, dead cells and even, toxic emotions and other chemicals (because you remember that emotions are actually caused by, and cause, chemical reactions within the body.)
When all that stuff is moving out nicely, your body is working great, you'll have energy, and the waste matter won't hang around long enough to start causing you problems.
But when your lymph system is slow or stagnant, that's when trouble - and God forbid, illness - can strike.
From the point of view of the body's energy meridians [LINK], blocked lymph can disrupt, weaken and stop the flow of energy around your body, via a particular meridian. But the opposite can also be true, with a weak or problematic meridian contributing to lymph blockages.
How to get your lymph flowing again
So how do you get your lymph flowing around and in good shape?
There's a few answers, and none of them are definitive. All of the below will help:
1) Exercise regularly - working up a good sweat 2-3 times a week is one of the best ways to keep your lymph in good shape. If you can't manage a regular gym session or tennis game, don't despair: try to walk as much as possible, and take the stairs (even one flight… ) whenever you can. Dance to Queen in your kitchen, while you're making supper. Every little bit of exercise and movement you do could lead to a big pay-off for you, lymph-wise.
2) Keep your physical toxins down - candy bars, McDonalds, petrol fumes, cigarette smoke, over-the-counter drugs and household products containing chemicals should be kept to a minimum. The healthier you eat, the healthier you live, the less nasty stuff your lymph system actually has to move out. But physical toxins is only half the equation (see the next point, below).
3) Learn how to release your negative emotions in a healthy way (the free 'Talk to God and Fix Your Health' course devotes a lot of space to teaching you exactly how to do this.). Don't bottle up your anger, jealousy, resentment or despair, or just try to ignore it. Also, don't just give into your negative emotions, and let them take over. Remember, emotions are chemicals, and cause chemical changes in your body that can be incredibly powerful forces for health and well-being, or the opposite.
Negative emotions that aren't dealt with in a healthy way back up in your body, block your lymph, and can act like the worse physical toxins.
4) Regularly massage your neurolymphatic points. You have a number of neurolymphatic points all over your body, and each one is associated with a particular meridian. Take a minute to feel around every day, and identify 2 or 3 points that feel a bit sore or tender - that's a key sign that the energy has got blocked there. Then, simply massage the relevant points for around 10 seconds. Once the stagnant energy has been broken up and 'moved on', the tenderness will reduce, and even disappear. If you do this every day, your lymph will start to move around much more effectively.
See the diagram above for where your neurolymphatic points are, and what meridians they're associated with.
Continuing our discussion about what REALLY works to get rid of parasites and intestinal worms, we're up to Number 5:
5) Work on boosting your immune system - check out the following articles for some easy pointers on how to do this:
The Naturopathic View
In her book called the Natural Recovery Plan, Naturopath Alison Adams sets out a list of things that seriously affect the immune system. Top of the list is emotional and physical trauma, together with ongoing exposure to toxic metals including the mercury that's commonly used in mercury amalgam fillings. Adams' list then continues on to viruses and bacteria, before ending with candida, and then parasites.
What Adams is effectively saying is that our immune system gets compromised by stress, trauma, difficult relationships and mercury poisoning from those horrible grey fillings (which is a whole different post for another time) - and then over time, our immune system becomes so weakened that it's a matter of time before candida and parasites move in and take over.
Adams' claims are certainly well-researched, and backed up with some significant scientific evidence. But even so, there are still a couple of additional factors that could be hugely affecting the functioning of our immune system.
The Scientific Researcher's View
In his book 'The Body Electric', medical researcher Robert O. Becker tells us the following:
"Evidence to date suggests that our electropollution is presenting us…with a double challenge: weaker immune systems and stronger diseases.
"We shouldn't be surprised at an onslaught of 'new' ailments, beginning about 1950 and accelerating toward the future. In several cases, new maladies have recently been described as coming from pathogens that previously weren't capable of inducing disease. Among the newcomers are:
You can learn more about the body's electromagnetism in these articles:
But the stratospheric rise in wifi, internet, mobile phones, FM radio stations, TV broadcasting and microwaves, amongst other things, are definitely impacting the body's immune system and overall strength and health.
The good news is that by working across all three levels of mind, body and soul, you CAN boost your immune system, you CAN start to get your energy back, and you CAN make candida and parasites a thing of the past.
Connecting to God boosts your immune system
The last, but most important, area affecting your immune system, and your ability to deal with things like parasites effectively, is your connection to God. Remember, God makes all this stuff happen in the first place, so priority Number One has to be to take it all back to God, and get Him involved in solving the problem.
Modern medicine likes to pretend it's got 'basic' issues like worm infestation sorted out, but the truth is that many people have been using drugs, unsuccessfully, for years to try to overcome a parasite infestation (as this article, and the comments that follow it, clearly shows).
One of the reasons that perhaps they've had limited success is because all health problems, even things like nits and pinworms, have spiritual and emotional roots. The more you take a holistic, God-based approach to boosting your immune system and eliminating parasites, including taking a frank look at, and dealing with any stressful 'parasitic' relationships you may have, and any 'parasitic' beliefs, or habits you may unwittingly be accommodating, the more progress you'll make with permanently resolving the problem at its root.
Parasites, aka intestinal worms are not something that just happens to small kids and dogs. To quote naturopath Alice Adams: "Parasites…are the single biggest cause of death and illness in the world, and half the population of the world carries at least one parasite - and a quarter of those have an acute infection."
In case anyone thinks Adams is exaggerating, in his book on the stomach called 'The Second Brain', author Michael Gershom, MD, tells the tale of how his grandmother fell prey to a massive infestation of tapeworms, as a result of her bad habit of taste-testing her raw gefilte fish mixture before she cooked it. The tapeworms caused pernicious anaemia and eventually obstructed her gut, leading to surgery and a downward turn in health, that eventually killed her.
Even if they're not regularly making gefilte fish from scratch, a majority of adults in the Western world may be unwittingly hosting parasites, and experiencing a whole slew of symptoms and side affects as a result, ranging from adrenal exhaustion, to diarrhoea and even mood swings, chronic fatigue and hormonal imbalances.
The western medical approach is to throw some heavy duty pharmaceuticals at the parasites - and sometimes, that might even work. But as the comments on this article shows, the drugs often don't work, and even when they do kill off the egg-laying adults, they often leave the thousands of eggs untouched, ready to hatch-out and repeat the cycle of infestation.
There are over 100 different types of human parasites
Also, bear in mind that with more than 100 different types of human parasite to chose from, and only a third of them hanging out in the stomach, not every drug is going to work with every type of internal invader.
The first thing to understand about parasites, as with every other illness we have, is that God made it happen. In the previous post, we looked at some possible spiritual and emotional reasons why, but the key thing to remember is that just as God caused the problem, He can also solve it.
So now, what can you do body-wise to tackle the problem of parasites without resorting to drugs?
The following things, combined with the necessary spiritual and emotional work, could help you to start to get a grip on the problem:
1) Take Grapefruit Seed Extract regularly twice a day - I've used this brand from www.iherb.com and it avoids all the issues about taking GSE that's adulterated with other substances.
2) Follow a sugar-free diet for a month - parasites thrive in the same internal conditions that Candida does (more on this in a moment). Any diet that works against Candida will also work against parasites and intestinal worms.
The Candida Diet website has a lot of good stuff on it - but beware going to extremes. If you're combining a sugar-free diet with the Grapefruit Seed Extract, a month is often all you need to clean up the problem.
3) Drink a lot of water with lemon juice - it alkalises your body's PH balance, and helps to cleanse your detox organs, like your liver, and help them to deal with getting rid of parasites, and their waste products, more effectively.
4) Try regular lymphatic massage techniques - you can pay someone to do it, but there's plenty of things you can do yourself to get your lymph moving. (More on this in a future post, BH).
TBC in the next post....
Most people in the West believe that parasites are only a problem for people in Biafra, or other places where you can't buy antibacterial soap on bulk special from Costco. But surprise!
Parasites are actually a huge problem for many people in the more 'civilised' bits of the world too, just usually, they are so under the radar for most people, they have no idea what's really causing them their fatigue, stomach issues, hormonal imbalances, and potentially a huge range of other health issues, too.
Like everything I write about on the JEMI blog, a proper grasp of what's really causing the problem is more than half the solution, so first, let's dive into the human gut, and see what' really going on in there.
Deep breath: Parasites are potentially everywhere
The first thing to tell you is that even with all the pesticides and antibacterial products flying around, our food is still covered in microscopic stuff that could theoretically turn into a full-blown parasite, when it grows up.
Pesticides only stop stuff being eaten by insects in the field, it doesn't stop them laying their tiny eggs all over the place at any other point in the harvest-to-table process.
And you could also go all anal and start trying to peel everything that moves, but that's still not going to eliminate the problem of all the parasite eggs you might be picking up from tying your shoes, not checking every single one of your rice grains and flax seeds, and shucking back that handful of peanuts at the shul Kiddush.
(OCD people, calm down: I'm about to tell you the good news.)
Short version of the long story: microscopic parasite eggs are potentially all over the place, and can't really be avoided (although they can definitely be minimised with good hygiene habits mandated by halacha, like washing your hands after going to the toilet and after touching your shoes, and checking your grains for insect infestation.)
So then, why does one person get a full-blown attach of parasites (aka intestinal worms) while another person doesn't?
It all comes down to two things:
1) God decided to make it happen
2) Some people's gut and intestinal flora is in a bad way, and can't kill the critters off, the way God designed it to do.
To get an idea of why God might send someone parasites, let me paraphrase an email someone recently sent me about their own experience with parasites:
"I had a horrible, draining relationship with a friend that was completely depleting my emotional energy. At the same time I decided to close that relationship down, a huge amount of the intestinal parasites I'd been battling for months left my body en masse."
Dramatic as that particular example might be, God is always sending us hints about what we need to change or work on via our environment, experiences and health, and parasites are no exception.
If you're being sucked-dry internally, chances are there's at least a couple of external 'parasites' doing exactly thing to you on the relationship front, and this article can help you work out what's really going on.
So that's some of the spiritual and emotional aspects of 'why parasites' covered, but what about the physical elements?
What makes one person physically prone to parasites, while another person can blaze through life never once hampered or concerned by rope worms, liver flukes or other nasty things?
God-willing, we'll find out in the next post.
There's loads of things you can do to start boosting your immune system, but the following things can make the biggest difference, health-wise, in the shortest amount of time:
1) Aromatherapy - Try to find a good, reputable supplier or essential oils, preferably who deals in organic oils, as it's much harder to fool customers about the purity of the product when there's additional requirements.
Then, take a look at the following oils, that can all help to boost your immune system: tea tree, lavender, helichrysum and rose (warning: real rose is super expensive, but it's worth it, because a little goes a very long way.)
You can use a drop or 2 in the bath, or you can mix them in with a bit of almond oil (one drop to one tsp of oil) and use them as a massage rub, or even, just put a drop of essential oil on your pillow at night .
You imbibe the natural chemicals present in essential oils via your sense of smell, which is directly connected to your limbic system, and they can go to work on your nervous system almost immediately. The calmer and more relaxed you feel, the less stressed out you get, the less wear-and-tear occurs to your immune system.
The effect of essential oils is cumulative, and even within a couple of weeks, you can often see a real difference in your sense of wellness, happiness and physical health.
2) Food - Whatever you can do to lessen the 'toxic processing' burden on your immune system is always going to be very helpful. You don't have to go crazy about it - God is in the picture, after all - but the following general guidelines are a very useful way of keeping the junk to a minimum, without becoming fanatical about food:
Keep away from:
3) Energy Medicine - Spleen is the energy meridian most associated with a healthy, robust immune system, and for most people today, Spleen Meridian is in a chronically weak state. That's the bad news. The good news is that there's some very easy things you can do to boost Spleen, like tracing and flushing your meridians, holding your 'strengthening' spleen points, and doing the 'three thumps' (WARNING: clicking this link will take you to a picture of a woman with mild cleavage) exercise every day.
Check out the free guide in JEMI's Knowledge Base section, that will tell you how to do a lot of these things.)
4) Negative People - The more you can stay away from negative people, the stronger your immune system will get. In particular, try to minimise your contact with anyone who regularly tries to blame, criticise, guilt or shame you. When you're on the receiving end of this type of negative behaviour, it can completely wipe out the energy flowing in your Spleen Meridian, which in turn compromises your immune system. (Yes, negative people really can and do make you sick!)
Regularly doing these four things should give your immune system a real boost, and make it much harder for illness to get a toe-hold.
Western medicine believes that germs, genes and environment are the three things that are going to make you sick (as well as things like getting run over by bus.)
The natural consequence of this belief system is that many conventional doctors like to throw some very strong medicine in their patient's direction, regardless of how severe or serious the underlying condition actually is.
The prevailing view is: 'Why suffer, when you can take a few pills to make all the nasty symptoms disappear?' - and it does have a certain logic to it.
The problem is, that logic is based on some very faulty assumptions about human health.
In the holistic model of health, people usually develop physical symptoms of illness (like rashes, headaches, vomiting, snot and fevers, to name but a few) because these symptoms are the mechanism the body is using to try to flush the underlying infection or illness out of the system.
Fevers happen when the body heats up in an attempt to burn-off bad bacteria, and it's usually a pretty effective operation. But if you step in with the Accumol to bring the fever down - then the process didn't accomplish what it needed to, and the underlying infection didn't get properly dealt with.
What does that mean? In a nutshell: it's going to come back, and it may well come back bigger and meaner the second time around.
What does that mean?
Usually, that the Accamol won't work so well next time, which means you're going to shlep off to the doctor for a dose of something stronger, like antibiotics.
There's nothing wrong with taking antibiotics if you're dealing with a serious, potentially life-threatening illness. But if you're not? Then taking antibiotics takes out ALL of your body's bacteria, including the good stuff in your gut that's actually a vital component of a healthy immune response.
What does that mean?
It means that long-term, taking medications to deal with the symptoms of your illnesses actually weakens your immune system, and makes it that much harder for you to fight-off infections, viruses and nasty bacteria.
When you get a cold, for example, that's your body's way of streaming a build-up of toxins out of your body. When you try to shut the snot production process down with medications, all that happens is that those toxins stay in your body and fester.
I know all this runs counter to what so many of us were raised to believe about good health, but you can sum it up like this: the more medications you take, the sicker you'll get, long-term.
Illness is part and parcel of life. Rashes, headaches and snot aren't pleasant, but when all is said and done, they are actually pretty minor inconveniences that are a) serving a very important function, health-wise, and b) are just coming to teach us that something needs to change or be re-examined in our lives. Every illness that doesn't kill us is just fixing something, or sending us a message that something needs to be looked at.
That said, there are still a number of things you can do to reduce your chances of getting physically ill, and we'll take a look at what they are in the next post.