In an earlier incarnation I helped coordinate and tutor a complementary therapies programme at NorthTec here in the Far North. I have a keen interest in natural health and I‘d like to dedicate this month’s column to a few books that just might help you on your personal health journey.

The Healing Code is co-authored by Alexander Lloyd PhD and Ben Johnson MD. Dr. Alex Lloyd dedicated years of his life to finding a solution for his wife’s depression. In the midst of his search he discovered a method that he claims eradicates the source of 95% of all illness and disease. It’s a simple method he calls the Universal Healing Code. Ben Johnson, the only medical doctor featured on the acclaimed documentary, The Secret, cured himself of Lou Gehrig’s disease using Lloyd’s discovery. Together these two men have penned a book outlining how you too can improve your health while eliminating the root causes of disease—harmful beliefs, cellular memories and images—the carnage we each carry from our past experiences. Once you get past the hype that there has never been a discovery like this in the history of medicine and health, you can get down to actually applying the principles clearly enunciated in the text. I have and I must say it works. I do recommend this book as another weapon in your personal health arsenal.

Stop Pain takes on one aspect of disease—inflammation—and gives a comprehensive approach that can surely assist anyone experiencing pain. Physician and sports-medicine specialist Vijay Vad outlines traditional and complementary approaches to the pain so many experience in the form of arthritis and other inflammation disorders. I was particularly interested in the Ayurvedic herb he recommended based on the experiences he had growing up in India. That herb is boswellia, sometimes known as Indian frankincense.

Here’s another interesting title: Japanese Foods That Heal. The Japanese are a long-lived race with very low incidences of cancer and heart disease. One of the foods mentioned in the book is miso (particularly Hatcho, a soy bean product aged and fermented for over two years, which is available for purchase in Kaitaia at It’s Healthy) and its health claims are myriad. The average Japanese adult receives 90% of their calcium from non-dairy sources, particularly miso soup. So, miso is effective in preventing osteoporosis. Studies also show that miso contains arginine, known to suppress the growth of tumours and cancer by enhancing immune function.  And miso is only one of many traditional Japanese foods outlined in the book. A wide range of recipes are included. Japanese Foods That Heal is an informative, fascinating read. I just wonder how untainted these foods will remain in the wake of the recent nuclear fallout in Japan.

One last book to mention is Drugs in Pots. You don’t have to worry about a police raid if you read this. The book includes 40 home-made remedies for everyday ailments from herbs you can easily grow yourself. Included are herbal combinations to improve memory, relieve pain, de-stress and help overcome arthritis and gout.

I wish you great health.

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Rather than running to your doctor when you feel unwell,  first ask: “How can I help myself?” or, even better: “What can I do to help my fellow man?”

Geoffrey Morell

From dairy farmer to energy healer and medical intuitive, Geoffrey Morell has led a full life. Now in his 85th year, he and his wife, Sally Fallon-Morell, recently purchased a farm with the intention of establishing a dairy herd for the production of raw, organic milk. Why would a man in his golden years do such a thing, you might ask? Geoffrey Morell is the co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and raw milk is one of the wonder foods espoused by the foundation. Besides, the man has found a way to tap into the fountain of youth—continue to dream, follow through on your dreams and begin every day with a simple request of the Universe (my paraphrasing): Please bring to me the people and circumstances on this day to allow me best to serve.

Sally Fallon-Morell and Geoffrey Morell

Geoffrey Morell, originally from New Zealand and now living near Washington D.C., was back in our fair land to attend the 100th birthday celebration of his uncle, Owen Maria. More on that in a forthcoming interview and blog. I interviewed Geoffrey last year when he visited to celebrate Owen’s 99th birthday. Longevity must run in the family. His earlier interview can be found here.

In our hour on the air on Voices from the North together this time around he shared several key points:

  • To be a healer requires three things: 1. The need to be receptive; 2. The need to change your way of thinking; 3. The need to change your way of eating. And to be a healer requires the banishment of three words from your emotional vocabulary—ego, jealousy and hate.
  • Geoffrey’s own methods of healing began after many years of meditation. He was then visited in the inner realms by Jesus, Sai Baba and a blonde woman who collectively instructed him.
  • Healers and others coming into contact with the public need to take steps to ground themselves.
  • Approximately one in 20 people that Geoffrey sees have entities attached to them. They come from three sources: 1. Not letting go of loved ones when they die. 2. Using a Ouija board. 3. Some form of voodoo.
  • Rather than running to your doctor when you feel unwell, Geoffrey suggests you first ask: “How can I help myself?” or, even better: “What can I do to help my fellow man?” And ask that all imperfections be removed.
  • Beware of unfermented soy products including baby formula. More on that here.

Anyone who follows my writing and broadcasts knows I’m been a long-term mostly raw food vegetarian/vegan. I don’t like to pigeon-hole myself by belonging to any particular belief structure or system. I tend to agree with Krishnamurti who said there is little freedom in ‘isms’. I recently attended a presentation by vegan friends. They quoted T. Colin Campbell’s interpretation of the China Study, saying there are grave health dangers in consuming dairy products, claiming many people are unable to digest the casein in milk. Campbell claims cancer could be almost be eliminated by avoiding animal products.

Then, along comes the ever-youthful Geoffrey Morell, who claims we should be consuming the nutrient-dense foods of our ancestors including animal broths and raw milk. Who’s right? I leave that one for you to decide. I used to think the world was painted in black and white. I tend to see it in gradients from black to white now, with vivid splashes of colour as well, of course  There are those who claim the Weston A. Price Foundation is based on outdated science. There are others who claim that a vegan lifestyle can leave you bereft of necessary vitamins and minerals. For example Dr. Ben Kim says:

If you are a strict vegan eating mainly whole, unprocessed plant foods, and you are experiencing health challenges, you can probably experience dramatically better health just by adding some organic eggs to your diet. Organic eggs from free range birds and organic butter are two foods that will provide you with essential nutrients that are not abundant or present at all in plant foods and may not conflict with your compassion for animals.

Dr. Kim’s complete article can be found here: http://chetday.com/strictvegandiet.htm  

Every step in each of our journeys is valid. We can all learn from each other and we will find peace when we can truly embrace and love one another, regardless of our beliefs. I wish you all peace and the best of health, John

Listen to the he complete inspiring interview with Geoffrey Morell below:

Members of the Weston A. Price Foundation are entitled to receive the comprehensive 100 page quarterly journal, Wise Traditions. For more information please visit www.westonaprice.org. The magazine contains cutting edge health information and takes a no-holds-barred approach to the many myths foisted on the public by the various health voices in the world today.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/ 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

All I do is help people help themselves.

Linda Hindley

My recent guest on Voices From the North, Linda Hindley, is a visitor from her native England. University educated with majors in science, economics and sociology, in the course of her long, productive and eclectic working life she’s been a teacher, organic farmer, consultant, administrator in various social service fields, all leading to her present occupation of healing—or, as she would say, a channeller of energy.

Her healing/energy work today finds her variously engaged in hospitals, a drop-in centre and in private practice. Much of what she does is given freely.

A common theme throughout the interview was Linda’s conviction that the universe provides her with exactly what she needs, at precisely the time it is needed. She gives the example of setting up a refuge for the homeless during a particularly brutal winter in 1995 and 1996 when people living on the streets were dying from exposure to the cold. Much of what was required for the refuge was entirely dependent on the generosity of the local community—in terms of time, energy and money.

Waiora Gardens - Where Linda Stayed in New Zealand

All went well until the day they were due to open, January 1st. Appliances had been donated, plumbed and wired in. Unfortunately, at the eleventh hour, a washing machine was leaking and a cooker was not wired in. The next two knocks on the door of the final day were made by a plumber and an electrician—seemingly delivered by providence—and the necessary repairs were completed, just on time.

That night, as Linda and the homeless guests settled into their warm, dry, temporary home, one of the volunteer helpers remarked, “You know. We have everything we need.”

Linda replied, “Yes, but it would be nice to have a television.” The phone rang just after they spoke. It was someone with a television they no longer needed, supporting Linda’s belief that all that is needed is provided and even, sometimes, what is wanted as well.

Linda had a near death experience at the age of 21 and nothing that has happened to her since can shake her knowing that she has guardian angels and that all the events of her life have a purpose in bringing her precisely to the place she’s at today.

A few years back her partner of ten years, a lifelong smoker, was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer and given a year to live After radiation treatment, he and Linda made their way to what was then called the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (it has since been renamed the Penny Brohn Centre). Linda says if there’s a heaven on earth, this is it. They were swept up and cocooned in an atmosphere of love and embarked on a journey of healing embracing nutrition and a cornucopia of therapies complementary to the allopathic treatment prescribed by his doctor(s). They were gently guided to take control of the healing process, to reduce stress and deal with all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. He used the Essiac herbal mixture a An ancient Canadian Ojibway Indian herbal formula passed on to nurse Rene Caisse—Essiac is her name spelled backwards—by a native Canadian healer in the 1920s) and other natural means and completely eliminated the cancer.

Unfortunately, he’d suffered horrific earaches as a consequence of the radiation treatment. Being terminal, he was prescribed morphine for the pain and, contrary to what the doctors said could happen, he became addicted to the drug. Ultimately, he underwent a painful period of detoxification to over come the physical addiction.

All was well until he was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was determined to be incurable and he was told to get his affairs in order. The doctors were unable to help.

They turned once again to the Penny Brohn Centre and immediately embarked on a basket of complementary treatments of his choice. The eight tumours were reduced to three in a matter of months and he was gaining weight and making plans for the future. Until he died tragically in a car accident. Life can seem so unfair at times.

When asked at the end of the interview what one could do if diagnosed with cancer Linda’s response was so stirring I’ve cut a little clip out of the interview and uploaded it here. I’ve summarized (in my words) the gist of her reply here:

Take power back to yourself. No one knows you better than you. Your body is your best friend, often showing you through illness, serious or otherwise, the changes you need to make to attain a sense of wholeness of self. Don’t reject the help mainstream doctors can provide but embrace the tool bag full of natural therapies which complement traditional medical treatment. Sometimes cancer’s natural outcome will lead to death. But many times, Linda emphasizes, it is a wake up call. Listen to what the disease has to tell you, listen to your body, trust in a higher power (call it what you like), make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes (especially areas that reduce stress) and healing is often possible.

We played two pieces of Irish music—Moonchild by Celtus in the middle of the hour and finished with part of Clannad’s Theme from Harry’s Game.

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

Many of you may know of the work of Dr. Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len (Dr. Len) in Hawaii. He’s the man who emptied a mental hospital of patients by sitting in a room and sharing a simple prayer with the file of each person. They all got better!

He was applying the principles of Ho’oponopono, the ancient Hawaiian method of self-help that clears toxic energies from within you – those same energies that block your life with mental obstacles – in order to allow in the presence of Divine thoughts, words, deeds, and actions.

To put it simply, Ho’oponopono means “to make it right, to clear the erroneous programs“. According to the ancient Hawaiian peoples, errors are created from thoughts that are permeated with painful memories from the past.

Our thoughts, beliefs and intentions are far more powerful than we often realize. I received the following letter in my inbox today. The prayer from Dr. Emoto is clearly aligned with the work of Dr. Len and Ho’oponopono. Join the shift to a new paradigm of healing and being, folks. It’s really quite profound and simple. The best things are.

Here’s the prayer Dr Len used:

I Love You, I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You

Love, John

I received this from Dr. Masaru Emoto. We have something positive to do to help the waters of Earth.  May we all bless and learn from this.

                                         ***********************

My 16 year old son was in tears this morning about the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico. I told him about how water responds to intention and suggested that we pray to the water itself. Let us all suspend our hatred and anger for the moment and let the intention for healing arise. This is what is most needed at this moment

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research reveals that water physically responds to emotions and communications. He sends this prayer.  To speak it with sincerity is powerful and humbling:

“Now let’s give energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all the living creatures in Mexico Gulf by praying like this:

To the water, whales, dolphins, pelicans, fishes, shellfishes, planktons, corals, algae and all creatures in our Gulf of Mexico

I apologize.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.”

Masaru Emoto
May, 9th 2010

 

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com 

 In Search of Simplicity is now available as an eBook here.

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

My recent guest on Voices from the North,, Ian Cambourn, has taken huge steps in his life—from surveying, to international project management, to running an organic wholesaler to energy healing. His advice? See the beauty in all things and all people. Wise words. Enjoy this interview:

Some topics covered in our discussion:

  1. Genetically Modified crops and foods
  2. The Therapeutic Goods Act
  3. Taking responsibility for your own health
  4. Need for change in the current business model

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Pohutukawa in Bloom on Coopers Beach

I love stories. I live for them and I love to share them.

It’s one of the main reasons I absolutely love interviewing guests on the radio. Everyone has at least one story that has the ability to inspire others.

In the last few days I’ve had a couple of encounters on the beach, meaningful encounters with the sharing of words and intention that have gone beyond the superficiality of many of the meetings we have in life. This too I live for—the meaningful encounter, the crossing of paths that seems somehow preordained in which the messages exchanged have importance and congruence with the issues and ideas we are busy with at the time.

As the sun was setting on another beautiful late summer day I found myself at the water’s edge, stopping from time to time to notice and absorb the rich and changing tapestry of colours painting the western horizon. It was warm and comfortable: shorts and barefoot weather. As is normal at this time of the day at this time of the year, there were precious few people walking the sand, perhaps six or eight on the entire 2.5 kilometre extent of the beach.

As I approached the centre of the beach where a small creek enters the sea, I met a couple I knew. The man, Rob, chants with me from time to time but we hadn’t seen each other in a couple of months. He mentioned he hadn’t been able to attend Lucia’s recent three day yoga retreat because of trouble with his back. I asked if this was a recent or ongoing problem.

His partner of twenty years, Lou, whom he has known since they were in school together, said, “It’s his disk, so it won’t get better.”

I put my hand gently on her shoulder and replied, “I beg to differ, but with the biology of beliefs, anything’s possible. We can change our DNA.”

Rob jumped in, “That makes me think of a story I heard recently; a true story. There was a prince (I don’t know where he was living) who had a deformed body. He called a servant to him and requested, ‘Find a master sculptor who can sculpt a perfect example of me and my body.’ The servant found such a sculptor and he immediately set to work making a life-sized full-colour statue of the prince without the deformities he’d been born with. The prince looked at and meditated on that sculpture every day and in time his deformities disappeared and he became the perfect form he envisaged.”

“Great story! One disk shouldn’t be a problem then, should it Rob?”

A couple of mornings later I was enjoying the first rays of the sun while taking photos of the shapes of trees that are formed in the sand when the tide retreats. Along came another couple I hadn’t seen for a few months. Somehow the conversation took a similar turn and the woman, Sue, began to tell the story of their youngest daughter, who is around twelve years of age.

“She had an injury on her lower leg which was interfering with her ability to dance and she loves dancing. The injury just didn’t seem to get better. She had a book about magic and one day she said to me, ‘There must be a way I can heal this thing, Mom. I’m going to find a way.’ She seemed certain she would find a way. So she went into her room, lit a candle and began to systematically go through her book looking for guidance. About half an hour later she came into the kitchen, quite excited. “Look Mom, it’s healed.” I looked at her leg and there was absolutely no sign of her injury. It was as if it hadn’t ever been there.”

We live in auspicious times. Jesus once said, “These things and more ye shall do also.” It looks like his prophetic words have come to pass. Will you embrace them? Will you accept your unlimited potential and your infinite capacity to heal? If this prince and this young girl can do it, surely you can too.

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Yesterday I had the great privilege of interviewing 84-year-young energy healer and medical intuitive Geoffrey Morell on Voices from the North. Geoffrey is one of the founders of the Weston A. Price Foundation which has over 12,000 members around the world today.

Our interview, which I urge you to listen to, contains plenty of inspiration and food for thought (pun fully intended). Geoffrey takes on one of modern nutrition’s sacred cows—soy. He explains some of the dangers of soy ingestion including risks to fertility, mineral absorption and thyroid problems. He even mentioned the recent trend of feeding prisoners soy. You can read more on this important topic here.

For those of you that don’t already know, Dr. Weston A. Price was a highly respected dentist and nutrition pioneer whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples around the world established the parameters of human health.

Members of the Weston A. Price Foundation are entitled to receive the comprehensive 100 page quarterly journal, Wise Traditions. For more information please visit www.westonaprice.org. The magazine contains cutting edge health information and takes a no-holds-barred approach to the many myths foisted on the public by the various health voices in the world today.

Geoffrey says with assurance that we all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. He’d love to see more and more people developing their natural skills in energy healing. In order to be a healer you will have to abolish three things according to Geoffrey—ego, jealousy and hate.

He also would love to see all children entering school taught the following qualities: responsibility, reliability, respect, restitution and recreation. And by recreation he doesn’t mean sitting by a play station or computer playing games. He means healthy outdoor pursuits in contact with other people.

Geoffrey and the Weston A. Price Foundation advocate returning to the diet of our ancestors. I have a couple of questions about this. To eat meat requires so much more farmland and water than to eat fruits and vegetables. The world’s population is vastly larger than it was a few generations ago. Europe requires seven times its land area to produce the meat that it eats today. This implies that their food is grown somewhere else. I’m not convinced this is sustainable.

The other factor to consider is whether the bacon you buy today comes from an organically raised pig living outside as it would have been in the time of our ancestors. Most animals raised for food in North America at present are living in horrible indoor, hormone- and antibiotic-assisted conditions. Once again we have to seriously ask where our food comes from. When we do this we acknowledge our connection with our animal relatives on this planet and our decisions have an ethically based rather than ego (I want) based foundation. Think about that please. 

I’m sure Geoffrey Morell would agree.

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews