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resh. Exciting. Luscious. These three words are my benchmarks for preparing and eating whatever I choose. I’ve been a lover of food and maker of meals for as long as I can remember. From my home kitchen growing up peeling potatoes and topping beans, to the professional kitchens throughout my career, food, eating well, eating different and eating with joy has been second nature. I thought this was the case for everyone. Through conversations with friends, clients and co-workers I realised that not everyone feels the same. Diets started and abandoned, food intolerances, shame and guilt, time poor schedules all interfere with the joy of preparing and eating luscious food. But what if this could all change with ease? I have developed simple and easy steps designed to get you off the autopilot, disgruntled relationship with food and your body. My basic philosophy?
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ust a short number of years ago it was hard for coeliac and gluten intolerant individuals to have a choice or range in what they could eat. Nowadays, there is so much variety and gluten free selections are expanding throughout supermarkets, cafes and health foods stores. Along with this trend came a huge influx of people who have jumped on the gluten free band wagon, even if they don’t have any issues digesting gluten at all. Why is, you may ask, this trend continuing to increase? Are people just following the gluten free fashion? It is for weight loss? Or are people simply diagnosing themselves with gluten intolerance? Perhaps this trend is helping some individuals, but is cutting gluten completely out of your diet the correct way to go? For coeliac and gluten free suffers, the symptoms they experience can range from diarrhoea, stomach cramps, weight loss, illness, which force them to avoid any products with gluten in them. After changing to a gluten free diet these feelings become a feeling of the
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nterested in tonic herbalism and want to learn how tonics and medicinal mushrooms support the immune system? At this year’s Real Food Revolution one of our main speakers Mason Taylor will be debunking these topics and showing you how to create and incorporate tonic herbs into your everyday smoothie for increased benefits. “For centuries, cacao has been closely associated with the vibration of love, it is a true love food. Perhaps this is because of the heart-protecting and fortifying properties it withholds. However it has been forgotten in our culture that traditionally cacao (chocolate) was also used to expand the body so that herbs and medicine can be delivered deeper into our cells; it is
a herbal delivery system. For this reason I always add tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms to my cacao concoctions to take full advantage of this, in this case I have used chaga and reishi mushroom,” said Mason Taylor, presenter at The Real Food Revolution 2015 and owner of Superfeast – superfeast.com.au. Tonic herbs are those that can be eaten everyday to build us an immune system and return us to our natural adaptable state where our body has the capacity to prevent illness and degeneration as it is designed to. This smoothie is designed to harness the love of the cacao plant and deliver the tonic herbal immunity benefits right into your body in a beautifully creamy and chocolatey concoction. therealfoodrevolution.com.au
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n extensive new study undertaken by researchers at Washington University has confirmed that people who eat organic food are exposed to far fewer pesticides than their conventional counterparts. The study, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, is the largest of its kind and looks at the dietary exposure for more than 4400 people to pesticides used on food, and found conventional produce eaters had double the levels compared with organic produce consumers! The study clearly suggests that by eating organically grown versions of those foods highest in pesticide
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cne is usually a result of hormone imbalance, stress, food reactions, alcohol and digestive complaints. All of these factors affect the immune system. The underlying cause of acne comes from within the body, namely, inflammation. The immune system, which is primarily located in the gut, drives inflammation. We have all heard of the “brain-gut” connection, but have you heard of the “skin-gut” connection. It exists and there are numerous research articles to confirm it. A study published in 2008 found “that those with acne were more likely to experience symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as constipation and heartburn. Abdominal bloating was a positive sign of intestinal dysbiosis and inflammation and more likely to be associated with acne”. So how do we find out what the underlying cause is? The first step is to become aware of your body’s reaction to certain foods, monthly cycles, stress etc. If you find you are experiencing digestive complaints such as irregular bowel movements, bloating, gas, joint pain, headaches, anxiety or depression, you may have increased intestinal permeabililty (leaky gut). Leaky gut can lead to antigens crossing the gut lumen into the blood stream, thereby weakening the intestinal barrier and
creating a stronger immune and inflammatory response. Your whole digestive tract is filled with bacteria and yeast. Everyone has their own distinct microflora which can be affected by antibiotic medication, oral contraceptives, refined sugary foods and alcohol, leading to an imbalance in the levels of these important organisms. The most common gut irritants are grains (mainly gluten containing), dairy, eggs, tree nuts (brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, almonds). If you notice any symptoms of digestive distress, avoid these foods until you have healed your gut. The first stage of healing the gut is clearing the gut of any “bad” bacteria, healing the mucous membranes then replenishing it with beneficial bacteria with the possible addition of enzymes to help digest the food. Herbs such as the New Zealand native Horipito is especially helpful in eliminating harmful bacteria. Kawakawa is wonderful in settling an upset stomach as you heal. Aloe vera juice is antimicrobial and mucous membrane healing. You can increase your beneficial bacteria by including fermented foods into your diet such as kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. This ancient way of preserving ensures the food is full of beneficial bacterial and active enzymes, which in turn help to lower inflammation, reboot the stress
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hen David Hendrey was still at school, before he became a chiropractor and a life coach, before he was an author and speaker, before he operated a thriving business and practice, he experienced a life changing moment. He was dining at a fancy restaurant with his girlfriend and her father. It was the first five-star restaurant David had ever been to. His girlfriend’s father turned to their waiter and said, “Excuse me, can you find someone else to serve us tonight please? We’re here for an amazing experience and you’re not helping. You’re not happy enough to serve me and my family tonight. You should leave waiting and go find something that you love.” The experience left David shaking. He was shocked that anyone would say,
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function better. As a life coach David helps people explore who they are and to grow their business. As an author his book ‘Vision for Vitality’ is a physical expression of that desire to help people achieve a greater quality of life. The fire walk seminars and other seminars he runs help people get in touch with what is really important to them. He has also recently completed a business degree and will be one of the first people to bring a new personal development modality, Lifebook, to Australia. His practice has a wonderful view over Lake Kawana. The floor to ceiling windows flood the space with light. It’s easy to imagine that David’s life has been a series of happy, sunny, fulfilled days. But that hasn’t always been the case. He and wife Kylie, set up the office in 2006 to have a dual purpose, to be a healing centre but also a teaching centre. Kylie had been in charge of the training and development of over 300 people when she worked for Ansett Australia and was also a qualified life coach. Sadly, she passed away in 2011. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” says David. “I stopped running seminars and went into my shell for a while.” He also had two young children to take care of who were now without their mother. In 2013 David was invited to become a fire walk seminar leader. It was the new start he needed. He realised he loved running seminars and that he was respecting Kylie’s memory by continuing the vision they’d shared. “The office was built for us to be running seminars
and I can certainly see that through my fire walk seminars and through my forthcoming Lifebook seminars that, with my new partner Penne, we can fulfil this dream.” Lifebook is a complete lifedevelopment system for creating your very best life. It started in the USA and has only recently come to Australia. David sees it as completing the circle. “It’s about exploring your own life to gain the best quality of living for yourself. If your body’s in great shape but your relationships are crap, that doesn’t cut it for me. If you’ve got great relationships and your body’s fantastic but you have no abundance in life you’re really restricted in what you can do. Lifebook explores life in 12 different areas and goes deep, which is the thing I love. I love to explore deeply this thing called life. In all areas, the deeper you go the richer the experience that’s created.” Dr David Hendrey grew up living at the local Surf Lifesaving Club, he even used to sleep over in the summertime. Exercising has been a life-long love of his. “My body works so much better when I’m fitter. My life goes so much better when I’m in good shape. Exercise allows me to be my best.” He represented Australia at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico in 2002 and again in 2009 on the Gold Coast. Although, it’s good to discover that in some respects David is a mere mortal like the rest of us. To keep himself in shape he finds he needs to give himself, as he says, “a kick up the butt”. That’s one of the reasons he enters races, to keep himself on track and to motivate himself to be the best he can be. The other reason he takes on physical challenges is to help raise money for charity, taking part in the Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast to raise money for kids in need and every year he braves the choppy waters off the Sunshine Coast for the Island Charity Swim. These things allow him to express himself as an athlete as well as enabling him to contribute to society. Giving back is important to him. “Without charity we don’t experience the best of life. If I don’t share my gifts, talents, skills, intellect and abundance, then I’m really being selfish. My mum and dad were very religious. Giving to
the community was an important part of what we did. We weren’t wealthy but we were very rich in our experiences. From an early age I was blessed enough and disciplined enough to listen to my parents’ wisdom of saving some money and also giving some money. The world goes so much better if we can give from our abundance.” David manages to fit a lot into each busy day, sometimes leaving home before his children are awake to work with his life coaching clients on the other side of the world. But his number one value is his role as a parent. He calls it his hardest job and his most rewarding. “Some mornings they’re not out of bed when I leave for work but I balance that by being able to pick them up from school a couple of times a week.” There are family nights every Friday, roast dinners on Sundays and daily tickle fights. Parenting, he says, needs time, dedication and discipline. His children are his greatest joy. Life is very simple according to David Hendrey. For him it’s about learning and growing as an individual so that he can then help his family to have the best quality of life: teach, learn, grow and experience life with them. Then it’s about spreading that out to the community through his work in all its different facets. “My happiest days are when I’ve impacted people’s lives deeply, I’ve moved well, nourished my body well, explored my spirit and my soul, and helped somebody else recognise the greatness inside themselves.” hendreychiropractic.com.au
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Body Language WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education
henever I teach Medical Intuition at my courses, Qld University or corporate events, I state “The human body is a blueprint for your most dominant thoughts. It is a printout of the internal vibration. Our bodies hold on to our experiences, thoughts and belief systems. The body is a reflection of our truth and shows our unconscious secrets. You are the author of your life. Your biography becomes your biology in your body.” In other words your body talks. Now to empower others by reading their body language? Body language includes things like clothes people wear – are they drab, colourful, fitting or loose, busy or subtle. Ian, a client of mine, experienced IBS and was an IT programmer. He always wore drab, gray coloured clothes that looked like they did not match or fit. He did not like to be noticed so he always crossed his arms and looked down. His shoulders were slumped forward and he never had a straight stance. This body
language indicated a shy, introverted gentleman and that is who he was. When he spoke he always said he was ‘irritated’ … even his disease was body language as he experienced irritable bowel syndrome.
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showing way more courage than the ‘tough’ body language. As he left, his body language was much more free flowing and natural. A magical way of connecting with people to build trust and connections is to mirror their body language. It is a super tool especially when dealing with clients, strangers and children. Next time you look at someone’s body language remember you see a lot about the person and what is happening for them. Notice there is a deeper story for them. The body tells all and will show your secrets, your core truths and what is happening. Enjoy your body and communicate through body language.
Early in 2013 a gentleman came for his session. He stated he was from a wellknown bikey gang (kept confidential)! He was large in shape, size and stature and his demeanor was ‘strong and powerful’. His body language stated ‘don’t mess with me or I will kill you’ and so did the knife he had on his belt. But with all this ‘toughness’ there was something about his body language that felt like he was hiding something. To connect, I subtly mirrored his body language. I did the same action as him. Within 15 minutes the body language changed from ‘tough’ shoulders back and head high to melting in to a small hurt child. He was able to share he used to see ‘ghosts’ when he was a boy and can see them again now. The body language showed where he truly was now – raw, vulnerable and
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Blissful Bodywork WORDS GAYLYN AITKEN
odywork and massage; two words conjuring different images for everyone. For me the images are of inner space and silence. It’s a time I set aside to be totally with myself. I can let my senses take over and allow myself to drift on pure body sensations and simply observe the primal responses. For many people, massage and bodywork have become an important factor in their health management and receiving a bodywork from an individual trained not only in techniques but also innate awareness is a truly unforgettable experience. My initial training in massage was at an institution specialising in mainstream massage techniques where I received my Government accredited certificates on completion. After practising for several years, I discovered a fascinating style of massage called Kahuna Bodywork. I undertook some training here in Australia and fell in love with the principles and philosophies that supported the bodywork. I then
discovered the Kahuna who developed the bodywork was still alive and living in Hawaii, so after much effort and excitement, I saved up the money to travel to him to learn more. Upon arriving at the Kahuna’s home I quickly realised that I wasn’t there just to learn bodywork techniques, I was there to learn about myself to contain, redirect and expand my energies. The primary training in Kahuna Bodywork is setting oneself into physical motion. We did this with a sequence of movements based upon Hula and Lua principles set to music called Ka’alele au. It taught me to observe unsustainable postural patterns and how to change them within motion. I learnt to become aware through my senses of motion in all its various forms – temperature, vibration, colour, density, then to transpose this awareness to bodywork to recognise the quality of motion within others. The ability as a massage body worker to tune in to another’s situation can only be realised through
compassionate exploration of one’s own humanity, finding answers and solutions within the intelligence of our own body. The more we know of ourselves the more open we are to recognising the language of others’ needs. The deeper we delve into ourselves the broader our perspective becomes, increasing our flexibility for situational resolution. In my personal experience, it’s not enough to just massage someone and get paid, I need to get something deeper and more profound and this I’ve been able to do by approaching every massage bodywork as an opportunity to develop and refine a coherent channel of information throughout my body to sense and respond to the subtle messages transmitted from the being under my hands. I can then move effortlessly to the rhythm of their primal choreography and create space for them to spiral out of tension patterns and awaken memories of effortless fluid motion. For more information on Kahuna Bodywork training visit kahunamist.com
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s part of an holistic lifestyle, an organic diet with plenty of water, regular exercise, meditation and awareness are all choices that we take into consideration in our health and wellness. But is there one old design doing us harm in our own home, without even knowing it? Are we pooing the right way? Is the western pedestal loo harming us? Now, I’m not against the good old crapper… The modern western loo is excellent at controlling hygiene and removal of dangerous faecal matter from our homes. But the design was developed for that purpose in 1850, not for the way humans were designed to defecate: squatting. Squatting gets the knees above the hips and closes the ileocecal valve, pressurising the colon and relaxing the puborectalis muscle. This in turn straightens the anorectal angle making it easier to go.
Sitting on a western style toilet kinks the colon by not relaxing these muscles and so at the end of the movement people strain. This straining is thought of as normal. Many people believe they don’t have a problem, but straining at the end of your movement due to the sitting posture can create a repetitive strain injury in the pelvic floor muscles. Over the long term this can cause piles and continence issues in later life. The colon is the primary organ for short term storage of and elimination of waste and toxins from the body. If there is a buildup of waste continually between every movement, the body will attempt to eliminate toxins via other organs. Any faecal matter not eliminated waits inside the lower colon for the next build-up to apply pressure again, and so it goes. It makes sense to eliminate totally the toxins naturally and easily through the correct organ. Statistics by the World Health
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is widely accepted as the soul or â€˜Bliss Bodyâ€™. Next is the â€˜Wisdom Bodyâ€™, the part of us that streams intelligence beyond the veils of the active, overthinking mind. Then, the â€˜Mental Bodyâ€™, the said part of the mind that largely spends its time chattering away in our head and is often difficult to stop! The next layer is the â€˜Energetic Bodyâ€™, this is closely linked to the breath as the breath, in essence, is energy. Finally, the â€˜Physical Bodyâ€™, the outer shell and what we often identify with as our â€˜selfâ€™. So, how does this affect our overall wellbeing and how can Yoga help? Part of our culture is to place significant importance on the outer sheath â€“ the physical body â€“ when trying to achieve health or reach a certain goal for our physique. Unfortunately, the changes we make or the practices we put into place in this regard only run skin deep and this is why it is common for us to
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dissolve, you will find yourself moving into more balanced states and feeling more energised and alive. “Chakradance draws on a fusion of philosophies and musical styles, focusing solely on personal experience, and balancing individual chakras – the energy centres which are the gateways to integrating mind, body and spirit,” says founder, Natalie Southgate. “Through dance we are able to free up our natural energy flows and harmonise our chakras, thereby strengthening our state of health and well-being. Participants are taken on a dynamic dance journey through their own energy centres.” When we Chakradance, we directly work with our chakras in a very powerful way creating change at both a cellular and an energetic level. This shifts the energetic patterns we’ve held within our bodies – and our lives begin to change in wonderful, healing ways. If we do not free old energetic patterns from our chakras, they can be played back to us regularly, on a kind of feedback loop. The same patterns are
replayed again and again in our lives, and we are unable to move forward as these very themes are literally locked within our own energy field. When you bring these patterns forth into your energetic and physical body, you become aware of your patterns and themes, and you can clear them. With awareness, healing takes place within your physical body’s cells and thus your energy is re-programmed. No dance experience or prior knowledge of the chakras is necessary. Guided by music, resonating to each of the seven chakras, Chakradance participants are taken on a spiritual dance journey. There’s no judgement in Chakradance; there’s only healing. “I’ve never known a modality that can be both powerful and gentle whilst clearing and shifting blockages.” – Jenny Curtis, Head of Facilitator Support and Facilitator for the Noosa area, Chakradance. chakradance.com
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ave you ever truly looked at how you treat your body? Are you grateful for it, do you cherish it and care for it? Do you allow it to contribute to you? Or do you judge it, control it, and ignore its desires completely? If you treated our best friend or dog the way you treat your body, chances are they would have left you by now! But your body hasn’t left you. Despite your judgments of your body, your body likes you, and desires for you to have the joy of embodiment. Our bodies are sensory organs – they are our cat’s whiskers in the world, giving us all kinds of information. If we would listen, and cultivate an attitude of gratitude, acknowledgement and wonder with our bodies, we could begin to have true communion and receiving with our bodies that would ignite, excite and expand our life and
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Create your Bliss WORDS MICHELLE LIGHTWORKER
liss is an interesting concept. It alludes to the fact that there is a sweet peace sweeping through our lives. How do we find this sweet peace in our bodies? That is a great question as many of us feel a sour irritation with our bodies instead. I believe that we have chosen our bodies for a reason this lifetime. If we are able to accept this fact, it will make the bliss job a lot easier. We can ask ourselves, why would I have chosen this body? My belief is that we chose it to specifically strengthen our Spirit. When our Spirit is strong, we live in the bliss bubble. Our body’s perceived deficits could take us to bliss quickly – if we let them. Take a moment to think about that. What parts of your body challenge you in your connection? Are you in constant pain? Would you feel more worthy if you were slimmer? Some limbs not working well? What lesson in Spiritual strength is your body inviting you to learn? Do you need to develop more
faith in order to create the body that you were born to have? Is rising above physical limitations helping you develop spiritual strength required to fulfil your calling? Ask your Spiritual helpers for the answers you need to focus on building your Spiritual strength. The sooner we get on with the job of creating our bliss, the sooner we reclaim our body and transform it. Ignoring our body’s tell-tale signs of resisting change can also lead to total body collapse. Many of my students and clients have had to go through this experience before they started to listen to higher spiritual guidance and intuition. They knew on some level that they needed to be doing something different with their lives or lifestyle, yet ignored it. However, the body is great at its job! It will show us exactly what we resist, through pain, breakdown, weight gain and accidents. When we recognise the signs sooner, we create more bliss and less pain in our bodies.
When we choose to go it alone with our bodies and leave out the Spiritual connection, we become body critical. Utilising the information our body is teaching us helps us grow in our connection and edges our way to bliss. Caring for our body with an intention of evolving our consciousness is always going to feel like bliss. Even when it hurts! Choosing to understand our bodies assists us with our Spiritual connection. This in turn assists us with our life’s purpose. Of course we can choose to waste our time wishing our bodies were different. However this delays us from the real question – “What am I called to do in this lifetime?” When we accept, acknowledge, work with and are grateful for our body’s strengths rather than assumed deficits, we move towards body bliss and elevated consciousness. It puts the phrase ‘move your body’ into a whole new category of bliss doesn’t it? lightworkerreflections.com
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How your body helps you
Listen and Learn
WORDS ANDREA HOLLAND | A CONVERSATION BETWEEN A 12-YEAR-OLD AND A SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
What would you like to learn about today?” is a great question that can lead a therapy session in unpredictable directions, usually with amazing outcomes. It also invites each individual to build awareness and confidence in advocating for their own needs, interests and capacities as they grow and learn. This is increasingly important for children who receive information differently than traditional education methods offered. Many children are strong visual and kinaesthetic (tactile/ physical) learners, trying to cope in classroom environments that use up to 90% verbal delivery. It is important that we recognise these children do not lack ability, but do require different techniques and approaches to facilitate easier learning. I’d like to share a conversation I recently had with a young client. He first came to see me when he was three with unintelligible speech and severe frustration with communication. After two years of regular therapy, he became a confident communicator, and now,
at the age of 12, visits me occasionally when he is stuck and needs some strategies. He started high school this year, and noticed that he couldn’t focus easily on spoken information delivered with no visual cues or tactile engagement. He said his brain would “take him away” rather than being able to pay attention in the classroom. Me: How many thoughts do you usually have in your head? Boy: Oh about 30 pieces of information that I take turns thinking about. Me: Did you know how amazing you are to be able to think about so many things at once? Boy: (Looks surprised) – Really? I thought everybody did? Me: No, not everybody can do that! Can you keep those thoughts there but still bring your awareness to what the teacher is saying? Boy: But my brain goes so far away. Me: Do you want to bring your brain back to your body and be more present? Try touching your arms and
legs with your hands to connect with your body again. (He decided it would look funny touching his arms in the classroom, but he could put his hands on his thighs.) Me: Does that make a difference? Boy: Yes! (Big smile) That could work! The ability to use a simple strategy for connecting with his body in this situation enabled him to be present and choose what he could pay attention to. If you have a child or student who has trouble listening, how can they include their body to help them receive information? Encourage them to try different ways to engage their body and find out what works for them. ANDREA HOLLAND is a Speech Pathologist who has been in private practice in SE Queensland for 25 years. She is also a workshop facilitator and co-author of Leap Into Literacy: Effective & Playful Tools for Easy Literacy Preparation with her daughter and anthropologist, Amanda Holland. Phone: 0412 743 176 andreaspeechpathology.com
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“What if the
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you find yourself thinking them – accept them! In fact the more powerful and dominant they are, the more creative power they have for you to use. Rather than judging them, beating yourself up and letting them get in the way of doing or thinking something great for you; say this out loud… “What if the opposite is true?” Then turn the thought around and know that all that potent energy can now be used to create what the new positive thought is… • I have more money than I can spend • I am youthful • I have lifetimes of experience and this is something that excites me • My partner adores me – I adore me too • I have time to do the things I desire The energy of any thought is the ‘fuel’ that you use to drive your creations. All creations need energy to start them and keep them going. The energy in our thoughts is free for
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What if you could re-grow your teeth? Never need another filling? WORDS SHAUNA TEAKEN
hat if our bodies are capable of growing 3 or 4 sets of teeth in our lifetime? What if I told you there’s a microorganism in our bodies that dissipates plaque and calculus, the major causes of periodontal disease and decay in the mouth? What if gleaming, strong teeth, healthy gums and no cavities was possible for everyone? The micro-organism lies dormant in most people, can be re-activated and is killed off by certain foods, chemicals and drinks. If you are willing to be aware and ask your body what it knows it can handle, you can begin to work with your body to create optimum health. These ideas may fly directly in the face of everything we’ve been entrained to believe. Have you heard of people who have no dental fillings, or who have re-grown teeth? I have, and speaking with others, stories abound of the ‘strange’ great-grandma who had dentures and then re-grew her teeth!
It’s all part of what’s truly possible for us and our bodies, if we are willing to look beyond the accepted view of reality. In last month’s Holistic Bliss, I wrote about the Access Energetic Facelift® technique which uses energies within the body to heal scar tissue, wrinkles, sun damage and general ageing/ deterioration. There’s another range of techniques specifically for the mouth, teeth, gums and jaw developed by American dentist Dr Tom Kolso, in conjunction with the Access Consciousness tools. I am so excited about what his work means not just for dental health, but for the vitality and longevity of our whole bodies! (I am currently trying to persuade him to come to Australia to teach his System – stay tuned!) Meanwhile, I’m using the techniques on myself and clients in my bodywork practice. The teeth and longevity connection On a purely physical level, the link
between gum disease, tooth decay and dis-ease in the whole body has been long established. Energetically, the periodontal cavity – mouth, teeth and jaw – holds many emotional associations – with food, with speech, with sex – and is a major holding point of many limitations and judgements. There’s much more – but here’s a key I’ll leave you with. Teeth wearing out, breaking down or decaying is part of the whole ‘Bodies are Designed to Age and Die’ paradigm which many people are now questioning. It seems that a healthy periodontal cavity is selfregenerating (you do still need to brush and floss!!) and leads to the choice of a much longer, more vital living! I’m so there! SHAUNA TEAKEN is an Access Body Class Facilitator, specialising in awakening the body’s own healing energies to bring optimum health and consciousness to those who know more must be possible. shaunasisland.com
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WORDS NICOLE TARYN
s an Holistic Counsellor and as a woman who has been on a sometimes tumultuous journey to her own heart, there is one thing that I am absolutely certain of in the journey to self-realisation and healing. And that is that ultimately we are all seeking connection – to ourselves and to others. Connection is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. The ability to feel connected is neuro-biologically how we are wired and it is the fear of disconnection, or rather the fear of not being worthy of connection that is the driver behind feelings of inadequacy and shame. Underneath those feelings of shame and inadequacy lies a pathway to connection. That pathway is vulnerability. It’s the idea that in order for connection to happen we have to allow ourselves to be truly seen, not just by others but also by ourselves. It’s the type of vulnerability that could be considered excruciating, however research shows that people who have a strong sense of connection also have a
strong sense of courage – courage to be imperfect. They have compassion first for themselves and then for others. They have a willingness to fully embrace vulnerability, and to let go of who they think they should be. They believe that what makes them vulnerable also makes them beautiful. They don’t view vulnerability as uncomfortable, they view it as necessary. So, what do our bodies have to do with all of that? Our bodies are the vehicle by which we interact with our environment, and so they are also the vehicle by which we use to protect ourselves. Therapeutically, vulnerability allows the natural flow of healing energy and every time we resist being vulnerable, every time we react in fear and defence of ourselves, we interrupt that natural flow of energy. It’s like putting energetic dam walls up throughout our bodies and the stagnation that is created causes disharmony, leading to injury, illness and disease. Energy Release Massage is a
nurturing method of gently breaking down those dam walls and allowing the healing energy to move through the body, creating a deep and blissful connection with your body and with yourself. The key to a successful therapeutic outcome is in fact, vulnerability. Without vulnerability, you are simply getting a body rub, which may be a relaxing experience however it won’t give you that sense of connection that we all seek. The willingness to be seen and the courage to be imperfect is far less frightening when you have a therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space, free from judgment and who is totally present with you in every moment. Be sure to seek out a therapist who functions from kindness and who honours and embraces the value of vulnerability in your journey to selfconnection. To connect with Intuitive Healing Centre or to learn more about Energy Release Massage and Holistic Counselling go to facebook.com/IntuitiveHealingCentre
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Is Now the Time? WORDS DR DAIN HEER
ave you noticed that the way things used to be done just isn’t working as well anymore? Do you KNOW that it’s time for a change? In your life? And even more so in the world? What if now is the time? What if now’s the time to finally step into being everything you truly are? From this other place of actually BEING the inspiration to change, you can be the one thing that will allow other people around the world to know there is a different possibility. Are you ready? 1. First – make a demand. As in, “Hey, this is going to change and something else is going to show up!” 2. Next – ask a question. Every question you ask opens up a completely different possibility and a new potential. After making this demand, then ask, “Hey, what’s it going to take for this to show up differently?” All of a sudden this doorway opens
up you never saw before. You couldn’t see them until you made the demand and asked the question. 3. Letting go of your limitation. Now, please tell the Universe that you are ready and willing to let go of all your decisions, conclusions, computations, judgments and projections you have around whatever you are demanding to change! Right now! Those are the things standing in your way! And 99.9% of the time, these limitations are something you bought from someone else. Release them. Return them to sender. LET THEM GO! Bye bye! And now breathe. 4. Now – CHOOSE (and ACT)! Your choice determines the potentials that will occur. In other words, you’ve got the demand, the question, the letting go of limitations – and it’s the choice that actually creates a different potential for the future. You have to choose (and ACT)! If you want to know what actions to
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RELATIONSHIPS, PARENTS AND KIDS
“I am Woman,see me move” WORDS JANET McGEEVER
remember being mesmerised by a band of women working on a twostorey building in India as they moved up the ladders and along the floors like a mystery. Their saris floated and swirled around them like a lyrical song, so graceful, so elegant. Indian women play with colour and light boldly. To me they are among the most sensual in the world – the way they dress, the way they walk, move and dance. Sensuality is so woven into the Indian culture – in their very ancestry, their very bones, steeped in mystery, and creativity, in life. What makes a woman sensual? Sensuality is the presence that illuminates the soul of a woman that radiates her natural love. It brings a woman alive. It’s what makes us tick. It’s what moves us to create, to love, to joy, to pleasure. To be sensual is to open to your senses – “I see, I hear, I feel”. Yet for many western women, the mantra is
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RELATIONSHIPS, PARENTS AND KIDS
Understanding WITH JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education
he easiest language for children and teenagers is BODY LANGUAGE as all you need do is observe. Teachers and parents state that teenagers slouch, drag their feet and slump at the dinner table. This is teenagers communicating. Let’s commence with Sean; a 16-year-old boy who was brought in by Mum as she was concerned that he grunted, did not care about his looks and ‘mooched’ in everything. She thought he was depressed as his demeanor was not his usual chatty bright self. He was communicating but no one seemed to understand. When teenagers grow, their brains have brain synapses and new neural pathways grow which are like fireworks. The personality can alter like having a stroke when this occurs. Sean was struggling with the cognitive tasks, problem solving and general function of the brain in normal maturing processes. The natural teenage instinct is to be a recluse or only to
socialise with like-minded friends. From a Medical Intuitive point of view, the mouth is about communication and taking information and at this stage teenagers have so much happening to their physical growth, they cannot take new information in. Sean dragged his feet as he walked into my office then slumped in the chair. The body language indicated that his direction in life was not grounded and either school/home were a heavy feeling. The noises he made from dragging feet, slumping and grunting indicated he needed to be heard. The ‘slump’ was the connective tissue which is about integration, body and support. He was communicating the transition from child to adult was so much effort and hard to integrate. Already I had so much information about Sean so this session was going to be easy and it was time for Mum to understand her son and for Sean to have techniques to help himself through this metamorphosis.
‘Sean. What’s happenin’ I asked. He replied ‘Nothin. Life sucks’. I needed to communicate and connect on his terms and build trust. Sean’s body language allowed me to connect with him, speak his language and relate to him where he could feel easy talking with me. By the end of the session, Sean was sitting up straight, engaging and even had a smile on his face. He felt he was not heard or seen on how he felt and did not know where he fit in society. The next step was for Mum to understand his body language. He was not depressed. He just needed to be heard. Your body will speak through disease, health, sickness and actions. To know more, consider a workshop to learn the magic behind empowering children. For Medical Intuitive sessions and courses or to learn about empowering your child contact JEAN SHEEHAN AbsoluteEmpowerment.com
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Beatles were Wrong
WORDS MARY-LOU STEPHENS
lot of the beliefs that I have, and probably you have as well, are drummed into our heads by advertising. The most entrenched beliefs are handed down to us through our cultures – the fairytale ending, the handsome prince, the knight on the white charger, the perfect man. Fairytales and advertising can take the blame for the idea that we meet our one true love, they complete us and we gaze into each other’s eyes in blissful happiness for the rest of our lives. For some, for a while that might work. But what usually happens is this; you disappear off the face of the earth and your friends stop hearing from you. Then, as soon as the cracks appear in the fairytale, you seek them out to cry on their shoulders. And they’re there, if they haven’t moved on to friends who are there for them in return, and not just flit-props for the latest dalliance. When you’re in love, it feels like nothing else matters. It’s so easy and seductive to let your life go – your
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Month Why kids need chiropractic
I WAS ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED UNTIL I STARTED MY OWN FAMILY AND MY FIRST CHILD WAS BORN. UNTIL THEN I DIDN’T REALLY APPRECIATE LIFE THE WAY I SHOULD HAVE, BUT FORTUNATELY I WOKE UP.
WORDS DR JEFF MATTHEWS
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y child appears healthy, why does he need to see a chiropractor? Most people are raised with the notion that if we or our kids seem well enough, and do not complain of pain or other symptoms, then they must be healthy. True health is defined as: a state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. Optimal health means optimal bodily function and the innate ability to cope with life’s physical, chemical and emotional stressors. It is our amazing brain and nerve system that controls and coordinates optimal body function and adaptation. Spinal strains commonly irritate and decrease the ability of our vital nerve system to respond to life’s insults. This spine and nerve stress can occur in babies while in the womb with awkward positioning, restricted movement, maternal emotional stress and exposure to toxins. Moreover, subluxation often results from birth complications, early childhood physical and lifestyle stresses and as part of a normal modern daily life. Chiropractic is simple: adjust the spine, free the nerves, restore optimal communication, function and health – naturally.
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Natural Beauty: WORDS SAM SARGENT
hen it comes to toxic-free beauty, we immediately think of replacing our skin care with natural alternatives. But rarely do we consider nail polish as a health hazard. After all, it sits on top of our nails, as opposed to being applied to our permeable skin. The bad news is that nail care products are some of the most toxic on the market, with known chemicals such as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene as the three major suspects that are common in conventional brands. Every time you open the nail lacquer bottle you inhale these chemicals within the air that you naturally breathe. They are scientifically proven and documented as carcinogens, allergens and irritants.
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ECO, ORGANIC, BEAUTY AND STYLE
What is the difference between
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WORDS THERESE KERR
adly in the food industry ‘conventional’ implies the food is grown normally. But if you reflect on your grandparents’ day, the use of pesticides and GMO was not normal, so conventional which means food grown using synthesised (man-made from chemicals) fertilisers, possibly genetically modified seeds, and possibly growth hormones and regular antibiotics (in the case of meat) is in fact anything but conventional. Natural generally means no chemicals, genetically modified seeds, or hormones/antibiotics. As there is rigorous testing and expense involved with becoming organic it is very common for small, local producers to market themselves as natural, noncertified organic, spray free, because they generally aren’t doing enough business to justify the time and expense to become certified organic. Natural is
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Many people think ‘organic produce’ and believe it is just about the things that are ‘added’ to the process that defines organic, it is not until prompted that the penny drops that it’s also about what is ‘missing’ with organic produce – that being pesticides, herbicides and toxic synthetic chemicals. It is only then that organic and certified organic becomes meaningful. If we take the cosmetic industry as an example, The Australian Certified Organics (ACO) has produced a criterion against which certified organic products are assessed. When you review the criteria for Certified and Natural, it is easy to see the differences. Amongst the difference, Natural allows ingredients to be sources from genetically modified plants. Be informed and is now the time for change? divinebytheresekerr.com
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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE
The dog that changed my life WORDS VIV ADCOCK
facilitate a lot of clients (in my “people” clinic) who are dis-satisfied with their current life path, they sense an inner calling but aren’t aware yet of exactly what/how it can translate into enriching their life. Years ago, a client reignited a buried, but strong spark in me –
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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE
How can we help our friends with TCVM? WORDS DR KAORI
t’s great to see more people opening their minds to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). I’m pleased to say people are knocking on our door to learn and understand the world of TCVM to assist their fluffy friends. Seeing their smiley and sleepy faces after a course of TCVM treatment is the happiest part of my day, not to mention seeing them dozing off in the middle of the treatment. Some of my fluffies who absolutely hate vets, try to keep their distrustful eyes on my next move, and they are the ones I love to watch falling into the effect of the acupuncture treatment. I have a few suggestions for increasing the likelihood of a calm peaceful acupuncture treatment. Firstly, bring your fluffy’s own bedding as this helps to keep them calm, especially if it comes with the emotional support of mum and dad. Also, our friendly consultation room next to the garden in a home environment helps to keep our fluffy friends very peaceful as they start the treatment. In addition to having a calm happy fluffy, it is also clear owners need to be at ease and understand our TCVM practice. So I provide an initial
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Happy Hormones! ARE YOU MOODY? BLOATED? STRESSED? DO YOU FEEL YOUR HORMONES ARE OUT OF BALANCE? HAVE YOU ADDRESSED THESE POSSIBLE TRIGGERS? Is your thyroid healthy?
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Did you know that thyroid disease is becoming increasingly common, particularly in Australia? It could be the result of many factors, such as an overwhelming stress load, chemical overload, increased autoimmune risk, or the depleted nutrient content in the soil our food grows in. Both selenium and iodine are low in many locations of Australian soil, both are important for optimal thyroid function. Both an over and under active thyroid can influence weight, infertility, mood, sleep, libido and menstrual problems. Much of the standard thyroid testing measures TSH, when in fact to truly diagnose a thyroid problem, the tests require more detail. T3 and T4 are the thyroid hormones that your body uses, so it is best to get those checked too.
Your digestive system is like the root system of a tree, when the roots are healthy the tree is healthy. Did you know the digestive system is in fact a nervous system? It is called the Enteric Nervous System. This system has a huge role in the production of your brain’s happy chemicals, not to mention the huge role that it plays in absorbing nutrients for everyday bodily functions. Certain bacterias in the gut have the potential to produce an enzyme called Beta glucuronidase, this enzyme can increase oestrogen recirculation. This may lead to oestrogen dominance. This imbalance can be linked to painful periods, PCOS, PMS, breast tenderness, irritability, weight gain, depression, skin conditions, fluid retention and lethargy.
Are you sleeping sufficiently? Are you stressed? If you are having difficulty sleeping it could mean that you have a melatonin-cortisol imbalance. Cortisol is the “fight or flight” response hormone, when it is high, melatonin levels can drop. Melatonin is what helps assist proper sleeping patterns. If you are under a lot of stress, your cortisol levels are likely to be out of balance, this then imbalances melatonin. A cortisol problem can throw many of your happy hormones out of balance.
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