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excellence Created by Living Valley Springs – Australia’s Premier Health Retreat

No.74 Spring 2011

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Introducing the...

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Dear Readers, I am very excited to present the new face of Lifestyle Excellence! As we went through the initial design stage, we took the time to look back over older issues and consider the development in not only the style of the magazine, but also how much our philosophy has strengthened and progressed throughout the past 21 years.



Iron: Understanding this essential yet potentially toxic heavy metal.


A testimony by Werney de Lange.

If you need some help getting back on track, or simply want to learn more about health, then I encourage you to keep reading.

A delicious Indian inspired meal.


There is a much-used phrase that says, “you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been”. Some people come through the gates at Living Valley Springs with little direction in their lives, wondering how they ever got to the point where their body was simply not coping. Looking back at the tell-tale signs and early symptoms helps us recognise our limitations and encourages us to make some immediate changes to secure a healthier and happier future.




SUPPLEMENTING YOUR BODY’S NEEDS Introducing the Wellness Pack.


A GUIDE TO OIL PULLING THERAPY Discover an age-old method of oral cleansing which can benefit the entire body.

Lifestyle Excellence Editor April Patane Design Heather North Publisher Living Valley Springs

Living Valley Springs PO Box 35 15 Sheppersons Lane KIN KIN, QLD 4571, Australia Freecall 1800 644 733 Phone +617 5485 4344 Fax +617 5485 4346 Email

Wishing you all the best in health! April Patane Lifestyle Excellence Editor

contributors Gary Martin Naturopath. AFAIM. Gary is the co-founder and Managing Director of Living Valley Springs Health Retreat. His passion is to share his knowledge and vast experience in health through lecturing and contributing health articles to Lifestyle Excellence.

Jessica Gaunt Naturopath. BHSc. Jessica is part of the Medical Team at Living Valley Springs Health Retreat. As a naturopath she is committed to equipping and empowering as many people as she can to implement changes that lead to optimum health.

Lifestyle Excellence is produced and distributed free of charge by Living Valley Springs Health Retreat. Living Valley Springs is a public benevolent institution with a passion to empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes through health education. In addition to a powerful theraputic program, our team provides education on-site and through health lectures both internationally and throughout Australia.

We hope you find this a valuable health resource.

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By Gary Martin ND. Iron is a vital mineral for all human beings. It is so essential for life, that even a slight variation from the optimal range can affect almost every aspect of health, including growth, immunity, energy levels and even the body’s natural detoxification process. Ironically, iron is also extremely toxic. Therefore it is crucial, that we not only consume adequate quantities of dietary iron, but that we also take care to ensure that all iron consumed can be tightly bound, handled and transported within the system without harming sensitive tissues or damaging the immune system. At a medical seminar in Brisbane, H.L. “Sam” Queen M.A., C.C.N., C.N.S., of the Institute of Health Realities in Colorado, USA, described iron like this: “Suppose iron is like a tiger. Just as tigers are strong and full of vitality, so iron is needed for might and vigour. But a tiger on the loose is very dangerous, even deadly. So too, is iron. When iron levels are unmonitored or mismanaged, the groundwork is set for degenerative disease, metastatic cancer and nearly all infections. An altered iron status may underlie almost all health conditions, from anaemia, to every

then caged in holding-cells called ferritin. Our systems make sure that, as much as possible, unbound iron will not be free to roam within our bodies. Ferritin is a spherical molecule which can hold 4500 iron ions separated by protein partitions. Serum ferritin molecules are usually made up of 63% protein and 27% iron. If the iron levels exceed 27%, the molecules go out of shape. Sam describes these as cages bent by too many tigers fighting within. Overloaded and distorted ferritin molecules are referred to as hemosiderin.1 Their irregularity promotes inflammation and elevates

work. When a cell requires iron, it communicates its need by displaying a receptor. The copper-rich protein known as ceruloplasmin (the handler) enters the ferritin molecule (the holding cell) to release iron (Fe2+) ions (the tigers) by changing them into ferric (Fe3+) ions. They are still tigers! It is important to note that the release of stored iron can be compromised if the diet is deficient in copper and protein. Once free in the bloodstream, these ferric ions are again bound by proteins called transferrin2 (the transporters), to be

When iron levels are unmonitored or mismanaged, “ the groundwork is set for degenerative disease, metastatic cancer and nearly all infections. ” cancer, disease, infection and toxicity. We can, however, successfully coexist with both tigers and iron when they are properly confined and monitored.” Meat, poultry, eggs and certain plant-based foods contain significant levels of iron. When these foods are consumed, the digestive system treats the iron like a zoo-keeper treats his tigers. The iron is carefully bound,

liver enzymes. This condition often occurs in those whose protein intake is so inadequate that the body is unable to make sufficient ferritin molecules. Subsequently, the ferritin molecules that are available will store extra iron in an effort to hedge against anaemia. Iron is of little value when caged in ferritin. It must be released and transferred into cells to do its

delivered to cells expressing receptors. These receptor sites are plentiful when iron is in short supply and suppressed when iron supplies are ample.3 Just as it is dangerous to have tigers escape during transport, free or unbound iron ions would harm sensitive tissues and destroy white blood cells as they travel through the bloodstream. Free iron also promotes harmful bacterial growth and cancer cell proliferation.

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the IRON tiger cont. As a safety measure the body maintains a fleet three times the necessary number of transferrin molecules, constantly circulating throughout the bloodstream. Accordingly, no more than one third of all these transporters will be occupied at any given time, provided adequate protein is available to produce them in the first place. If a blood test reveals a transferrin saturation higher than 33% and a low total iron binding capacity reading, one would suspect the presence of free iron and a possible protein deficiency.4 Upon docking with the receptor, transferrin and its load of iron are absorbed into an endosome (a processor within the cell). The iron then separates from the tranferrin and moves into the cytoplasm (the thick liquid that holds all the intra-cellular components in suspension). Here, an iron carrier molecule shuttles the iron to mitochondria (the power supply) and intra-cellular ferritin. The ferritin molecules are absorbed by the lysosome (the sorter) where the iron is secured, synthesised and degraded. When iron is needed, enzymes in the lysosome break down the ferritinprotein shell, releasing iron for use in the production of haemoglobin and other compounds as needed.4

As we can see, the body is extremely careful in its management of this essential, yet toxic element. When iron deficiency is suspected, one needs firstly to look at protein status, as protein is the key to proper iron storage, handling and transportation. When dietary protein is inadequate, the body will either urinate iron out as quick as it is consumed or it will face the risk of a destructive assault by free unbound iron. Blood chemistry readings indicative of iron deficiency include low serum iron, low saturation percentage, low ferritin, high total iron binding capacity and low mean corpuscular volume (MCV). Over a long period, iron deficiency can result in a low haemoglobin reading, low hematocrit and low red blood cell count. In such cases, iron supplementation should be considered only when protein status is adequate, acid stress factors have been remedied and intestinal mucosa has been re-established. Otherwise iron supplementation could produce a state of free iron toxicity. If iron deficiency is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to increase the consumption of foods that are rich in iron-binding proteins, such as cultured dairy foods (rich in lactoferrin)5,6,7 and organic eggs (rich in

Just as it “is dangerous to have tigers escape during transport, free or unbound iron ions would harm sensitive tissues and destroy white blood cells as they travel through the bloodstream.


The Iron Process - Diagram Transferrin (Transporter)

Iron Esophagus

Iron ions (Tigers)


Iron ions (Tigers)

Duodenum Colon

Ferritin molecule (Holding-Cell)

Endosome (The Processor)

Iron ions secured (held) in ferritin molecules, for safe keeping.

Iron ions circulate in plasma, bound to tranferrin molecules.

Dietary Iron absorbed via duodenum Transferrin (Transporter)

Iron carrier Mitochondrion (The Power Supply) produces Heme

Transferrin (Transporter) Iron ions (Tigers)

Receptor Intra cellular Ferritin

Protective proteins


Ferritin molecule (Holding-Cell)

Lysosome (The Sorter)

Iron laden transferrin molecules enter cells to produce haemoglobin and other compounds.

Ceruloplasmin (Handler)

Iron ions bind again to tranferrin molecules for safe transport.

Ceruloplasmin donates electrons to release iron from ferritin. Š Living Valley Springs / Heather North

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Factors That Influence Iron Absorption Inhibitors Competitors Facilitators

Phytates found in whole grains and legumes; soy protein; tannins found in wines, tea and coffee; clay, calcium, phosphorus, excess iron, low protein diets, antacids. Zinc, cobalt, strontium, manganese, lead. Ascorbates (vitamin c), citrates, amino acids, protein, cooking (iron-rich vegetables), meat and butter boost iron absorption from plant sources, iron deficiency.

If iron deficiency is suspected or diagnosed, “ it is important to increase the consumption of foods that are rich in iron-binding proteins, such as cultured dairy foods...and organic eggs...

ovotransferrin). These foods are also beneficial for people who eat ironrich foods in excess and those who have an excess of free iron in their system or have health issues related to poor iron absorption. A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates can adversely affect iron status. Sugar, for example, can draw iron out from the ferritin and transferrin molecules, basically releasing tigers into the bloodstream. The French and other European nations traditionally eat soft cultured cheeses after consuming sweets. Basically, they are using the lactoferrins to bind up the free iron that was released by the sugars. So, if you are planning to indulge in a sweet, it is beneficial to follow it down with a piece of Brie or Camembert. In over twenty years of clinical practice, I have seen hundreds of cases

of iron deficiency that were diagnosed based only on partial iron studies. These people were given inorganic iron supplementation, such as Ferrous Gradumet, while their protein status or intake was not even addressed. The supplements increased free iron, resulting in infections, heart disease, blood disorders, cancer and other illnesses.8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Dietary iron is essential for life, but we must never forget that iron is highly toxic. The body knows how to deal with iron when nutrition is adequate. If iron status is altered, then we need to look at our lifestyle and correct the body’s terrain before flooding the system with excessive free iron. At Living Valley Springs, the natural correction of iron status forms part of the plans we provide for a long and healthy life.

REFERENCES 1. Moirand, R., et al., “A New Syndrome of Liver Iron Overload with Normal Transferrin Saturation”, Lancet 349: 9597, 1997. 2. Cornwell, P.E., “Evaluation of Iron Status”, Clin Chem News pp 6-7, March 1992. 3. Pietrangelo, A., et al, “Regulationof Transferrin, Transferrin Receptor, and Ferritin Genes in Human Duodenum”, Gastroenterol 102(3): 802-9, March 1992. 4. Queen, H.L., Health Realities Journal. Vol 19, No.3. Toxic Footprints. Pg.3 5. Yamamoto, t., et al., Ed. Hen Eggs: Their Basic and Applied Science, CRC Press, pp20, 1997. 6. Bellamy, W., et al., “Identification of the bactericideal domain of lactoferrin”, Biochim Biophys Acta 1121: 130, 1992. 7. Oratore, A., et al, “Binding of various ovotransferrin fragments to red cells”, Biochem J 257: 301, 1989. 8. Tiwari AKM, Mahdi AA, Chandyan S, et al. Oral iron supplementation leads to oxidative imbalance in anemic women: a prospective study. Clin Nutr. 2011;30(2):188–193. 9. Bishu K, Agarwal R. Acute injury with intravenous iron and concerns regarding long-term safety. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006;1 Suppl 1:S19–23. 10. Reddy M. Iron, oxidative stress, and disease risk. Nutrition reviews. 2004. 11. Ebina Y OSHSOFLJMO. Nephrotoxicity and renal cell carcinoma a... [J Natl Cancer Inst. 1986] - PubMed - NCBI. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 1986. 12. M A. [Pathogenesis and mechanism of iron overload... [Rinsho Ketsueki. 1989] - PubMed - NCBI. Rinsho Ketsueki. 1989:1115–1127.

ROSS RIVER VIRUS After suffering from Ross River Virus for four months I came to Living Valley Springs after receiving positive feedback from my email enquiry. On arrival, I was suffering from debilitating pain in the feet and hands and had major problems walking around the retreat. After my first fever bath I noticed a 70% improvement and was able not only to walk to my room 2-3 times daily but also managed a 2.2km walk on consecutive days on one of the bush walking trails at the retreat. Towards the end of the 10 day program I was also able to climb to the lookout on Cooroora Mountain. After the second fever bath I improved about 95% and on returning home, have been doing things I had been unable to do for four months. I thank Gary and his wonderful caring staff at Living Valley Springs for their help and support during my stay.

Barry Parker 10 Day Cleanse - 18 July 2011

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Potatoes + Green Beans in Coconut Sauce, serves 3-4 from Coconut Lover’s Cookbook by Dr. Bruce Fife ND. In India this dish is called Aloo Phalli. Like many Indian curries, this recipe does not contain “curry”. Curry is a term used in the west to describe any type of Indian stew or main dish. One of the primary flavorings used in this recipe is garam masala. Garam masala is a combination of spices popularly used in Indian cooking. Like many Indian dishes this one can be made with or without meat. This recipe includes free range, organic chicken, but you can leave it out if you like. It makes a delightful vegetarian dish.

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Mix together yogurt, coconut milk, garam masala, chili powder, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cardamom and salt. Set aside. Heat coconut oil in large frying pan and sauté onion until tender. Add garlic, potatoes, green beans, cauliflower and capsicum. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, cashews, and flour. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in yogurt mixture. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Add coriander and cook for 1 additional minute.

salted lassi • ½ cup organic unsweetened yoghurt • 1 ¼ cups water (freeze into cubes) • ½ tsp cumin seeds • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp finely chopped mint Blend in a blender until mixture is liquefied. Serve immediately.

ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup plain yogurt ½ cup coconut milk 1 ½ tsp garam masala 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp cumin ¼ tsp ground cardamom 2 tsp Celtic salt ⅓ cup coconut oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, diced 3-4 medium potatoes, chopped ½ cup green beans, sliced ½ cauliflower, cut to flowerets ½ capsicum, chopped ¾ cup cashews 2 tbs gluten free corn flour 1 tbs fresh coriander, chopped 4 free range, organic chicken breasts cut to bite sized pieces (optional)

for a

delicious side dish, chop up a

banana and

sprinkle with desiccated


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from South to Kin Kin


By Werney de Lange

My name is Werney and I live in South Africa. After a thirty year struggle with an ever-increasing range of symptoms, I found the answer to my troubles half way round the world near a tiny village called Kin Kin. Having excelled at primary school, I was later left behind by my peers. Reading and study became difficult as I could never concentrate well. For most of my life my diet consisted of high carbohydrate foods, margarine and protein substitutes. From the time my first permanent teeth appeared my mouth was a battleground of toxic dentistry. Early in adult life I endured extensive renovations to my old deteriorating amalgam fillings. Very soon, I developed symptoms of depression,

my amalgam dental fillings removed in South Africa. Things initially improved, but six months later I hit rock bottom with symptoms of colitis, depression, forgetfulness, inability to handle stress or make decisions, insomnia, loss of confidence, nervousness, a stiff and dead-like feeling, anger, antisocial phobia, anxiety, aching joints, liver and kidney pain and chronic fatigue. Suicide seemed like a good option. Finally my eyesight and brain concentration were affected, compromising my ability to communicate. I was useless to my business, family and society. I was only just alive. After a desperate email to Gary Martin he advised me to come to Living Valley Springs for treatment

Kin environment all made a perfect combination. Eric Davis Dental removed five dead (root-filled) teeth, after which all sinus and immune problems disappeared. I was given a full report on my blood chemistries explaining all the imbalances in my system, along with a detailed recovery program. I have spent many hours in dental chairs and have never been treated as gently as by Dr. Daniel Davis, Eric’s son. During forty days at LVS, I was able to re-program my diet and lifestyle. I have stuck to the program and in return received back a quality of life I did not think was possible at my age. It is now nine months since my visit. A relapse after my return flight did occur as Gary and Eric predicted and

to my business, family and society. “ I was uselessI was only just alive. ”

anger, aggression, spastic colon and bad digestion. At that stage I was on a so-called “very healthy” low fat, vegetarian diet. At age 42, I had dental crowns and bridges fitted to root canals and placed over old amalgam fillings. These procedures were performed without proper safety protocols. After this, my symptoms got a lot worse. My business partnership and my marriage relationship suffered dearly. During this time I regularly prayed to God for clarity. When one of my employees contracted cancer I was motivated to watch a DVD set of health lectures by Gary Martin. What an “eye opener and call to action”! I soon had

as soon as possible. He arranged for Dr. Eric Davis to review the dental work that had been done in South Africa. We emptied the piggy banks and my daughter Suney chaperoned the “wreck” to a new chapter in my life. The sincere tender love and care extended to us by the team at LVS was simply unbelievable! Their level of concern for fellow man is something that we had never before experienced. I now understand what it means to love thy neighbour as thyself. The balanced knowledge about “real health”, the professional and thorough treatments, the neat, simple but stylish and highly effective facility, the unspoilt healthy Kin

recurring ones after that. During the last month, however, I have improved with good solid muscle mass. My pH has normalised and I have gained 3 kg. My marriage is great. I have returned to my tattered business after an absence of three years. I am experiencing rapid improvement, while imparting all I have learnt to friends and my community. Suney has enrolled at a institute in Australia and is studying naturopathy by correspondance. Thank you Gary and your staff for your sincere love, hospitality, care and commitment to your fellow man in need. 2nd September 2011

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Supplementing your Body’s Needs...

Introducing the Wellness Pack What do you define as health and wellness? Is it merely the absence of disease? The World Health Organisation suggests that chronic diseases account for 90% of all deaths in Australia.1 Why is it that degenerative disease continues to escalate unabated? The answer has now been linked to key nutrient deficiencies.2 With this in mind, if the aim is to provide our bodies with the best possible nutrients to impact our future health, the question is, are we getting everything our body needs from the foods we’re consuming? A number of key factors have now become apparent when looking at the quality and nutritional status of food. This includes the fertilizers that are used to supply nutrition for the soil. When replenishing the soil prior to growing produce for large population centres, it may no longer be economically viable to supply all the necessary trace elements and minerals for the soil. Trace elements are particularly deficient in Australian soils and are vital for our body’s needs.3 To maintain health in an increasingly polluted environment our bodies require even more nutrients to process the chemical residues found in the foods we eat, the air born pollutants we breathe and the contaminated water we drink.4 Given that there is an accelerating decline of key nutrients in our Australian soils,3 even when optimal food choices are made, food grown from those soils may leave the consumer with a low vitamin, mineral and trace element status. The general guidelines outlined in the Recommended Daily Intakes now suggest a deficiency state in the global population, revealing that the amount of specific nutrients

required on an average daily basis for the average individual is not being met.5 The explanation lies with the current method of food production and modern agricultural practices. Of the 26 major risk factors attributable to the global burden of disease, specific nutrient deficiencies came within the top thirteen, signifying the impact of poor nutritional intake.6 With this in mind, it leads us to the question, what can we do to off-set widespread nutritional deficiencies and the associated burden of disease that is so apparent in our world today? At Living Valley Springs Health Retreat, our goal is to provide you with the ultimate tools necessary to implement wellness. The introduction of our new Wellness pack makes this possible for everyone! It’s an economical, easy to follow program that delivers a complete range of fundamental nutrients specific for achieving optimal health and ongoing nutritional support. Our new wellness pack consists of three components delivering clinically proven nutrients essential to support and maintain optimum health and wellness. You can now be confident in the knowledge that your health and wellness is in the best possible hands, improving your quality of life, reducing the risk of chronic degenerative disease and promoting optimum health and vitality.

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It’s an economical, easy to follow program that delivers a complete range of fundamental nutrients specific for achieving optimal health and ongoing nutritional support.

Essential Fatty Acids



Essential for all factors of wellness. With the ability to control inflammation,7 protect brain function, provide cardiovascular protection,8 support metabolic processes,9 improve mood and regulate stress levels.10 The Essential Fatty Acids found in fish oils have the unique ability to treat the whole person at a biochemical level. Meta Pure EPA/ DHA is a product which delivers both quality and stability, which is vital when supplementing with fish oils.

Vital nutrients designed to deliver optimum ranges and offset nutritional deficiencies. Economical and easy to take, this is simple for the whole family. Long term studies worldwide have investigated the benefits of multivitamins and other mineral formulas in various populations and reveal that regular supplementation may enhance immune function in the elderly,11 improve resistance to infection, prevent cognitive decline that occurs with ageing and improve general well-being.12

A powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy ageing and reduces the risk of developing chronic disease via the ability to slow cellular deterioration. Resveratrol protects cells through its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant function. It has become one of most researched therapeutic phytochemicals found to be essential for the protection of DNA and tissue repair.

*Each tablet includes 50mg iron amino acid chelate equivalent to 5mg elemental iron covalently bound to two molecules of the smallest amino acid, glycine. Practitioner-only-range supplements should be used on the recommendation of a Healthcare Professional following a personal assessment.

The LVS naturopaths recommend a range of superior supplements, produced by the most reputable companies. For the right plan to suit you at this time in your life, talk to a LVS naturopath.

Please call Living Valley Springs on 1800 644 733 to arrange your FREE 5 minute qualification. Living Valley Springs also offers a phone consultation service for other health related enquiries at standard rates. For references visit:

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A Guide to Oil Pulling Extracts taken from the book Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife ND.

Our mouths are a reflection of the health inside our bodies; If you have poor dental health, you are bound to have other health problems. Despite regular brushing and flossing, approximately 90% of the population has some degree of gum disease or tooth decay. Most people are not even aware they have existing dental problems. Recent research has demonstrated a direct link between oral health and chronic illness. Simply improving the health of your teeth and gums may cure many chronic problems. Oil Pulling Therapy is an age-old method of oral cleansing originating from Ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the most powerful and effective methods of detoxification and healing in natural medicine.

Oil Pulling STEP-BY-STEP: In his book ‘Oil Pulling Therapy” Dr. Bruce Fife documents research by Dr. F. Karach, a physician who practiced Ayurvedic medicine. Dr. Karach’s research highlights the benefits of oil pulling in cleansing the mouth and its remarkable power in curing a number of diseases by creating a condition for the body to heal itself. He claimed that this technique of pulling toxins and germs from the mouth can heal migraine, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, insomnia, chronic blood diseases and disease of the nerves, stomach, lungs and liver, to name a few.

For more information on this simple yet effective therapy, read the book Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife ND. Be amazed by the scientific explanation for the success of this tried and tested treatment.


Start on an empty stomach. A drink of water before you start is recommended to help promote the production of saliva.


Take 2-3 teaspoons of liquid coconut oil into your mouth. The amount depends on what feels comfortable to you. You don’t want too much because you need to leave room for the secretion of saliva.


Keeping your lips closed, suck, push, and pull the oil through the teeth and gums and over every surface of the inside of your mouth.


Do not gargle the oil! Do not swallow the oil! It is full of bacteria and toxins accumulated from your mouth. If you accidently swallow a portion while you are pulling, don’t worry, but avoid if possible.


Be relaxed, but keep the oil and saliva working constantly in your mouth for a total of 15 – 20 minutes. The solution should turn a milky white.


Discard the oil in the bin. Do not spit down the sink as eventually it may clog up the drain.

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Rinse out the mouth and follow with a drink of water. Follow this procedure at least once a day.

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Colitis By Karen Hebron

A Health Specialist had treated me for 16 years for Ulcerative Colitis without any real success, but thanks to Living Valley Springs I have now been symptom free for over one year. Prior to my treatment at LVS, I would have to take extensive time off work for hospital stays to recover from what was termed “FLARE UPS”. I would be gripped by agonising cramps and diahorrea accompanied by a loss of blood from the bowel. My medication would also be increased in an attempt to reduce the inflammation and other symptoms.

special diet and sent me the herbal supplements I needed to recover enough to enable me to travel to QLD to do a 10-day program. My paperwork for admission into the hospital for the surgery arrived the same week. I threw it away and confirmed my decision to go to LVS. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and had my Naturopathic consultation with Graham. That evening I suffered a tremendous headache, which was not normal for me. Gary helped with some herbs and a massage. I became well enough to do the mountain climb by Friday while doing a gentle detox

One of my clients called in to see if I would be “ resuming work and saw my condition. She had worked at LVS and gave me Gary Martin’s number with advice to ring him straight away.

Eventually my doctor recommended surgery to have a portion of my bowel removed. This meant I would then need a colostomy bag. My health had deteriorated to an alltime low and I had been off work for three months. I was unable to function except to move from my bed to the toilet and back again. One of my clients called in to see if I would be resuming work and saw my condition. She had worked at LVS and gave me Gary Martin’s number with advice to ring him straight away. I did, and Gary put me onto a

and rejuvenation of my digestive tract. I stopped taking all my medications and started on my life program, following it for the next 12 months. I have not had any symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis since that trip and have just had my second visit to continue on the road to good health and longevity. The team at LVS are committed professionals that show compassion, love and encouragement to all their guests. I thoroughly recommend them and wish to thank them for their help, continued support and the education I have received. 9th January 2010

The Maker’s Diet By Jordan S. Rubin

Jordan Rubin was a fit and seemingly healthy 19 year old when he was suddenly diagnosed with severe disease. In a desperate attempt to regain his health, Jordan travelled around the world to receive help from elite medical and natural therapists. He tried multiple diets, miracle drugs and natural cures, but without any improvement. Incredibly he found the answer to his prayers in the form of an ancient diet and lifestyle. The Maker’s Diet offers the reader the opportunity to use the same principles that saved Jordan’s life to improve their own health. Complete with recipes, meal plans and detailed information, this book offers a very inspiring and informative read!

Who Switched Off My Brain? By Dr. Caroline Leaf

Have you ever considered just how much our thoughts control our life? They influence the decisions we make, the people we choose to associate with and most importantly they can control our state of health. Dr. Caroline Leaf explores the impact of how a simple thought, when toxic, can become physically, emotionally or spritually dangerous. Those seeking to renew their minds and really “switch on their brains” should take the time to read this book!

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