Would you expect your motor vehicle to serve you well if you didn’t service it regularly? Can you expect your body to serve you well if you don’t give it the care and attention it requires?

Spring is upon us here in New Zealand. Traditionally in Europe this would be the time for a cleanse. For those individuals herbally inclined this would be time to reach for stinging nettles (with gloves of course) or dandelions. Here in Aotearoa one can indulge the body with the native tonics of kumarahou and/or kawakawa?

liver-transplant-needed-or-liver-cleanse-3-1024x768Contrary to a recent sensationalized cover of The Listener—‘So, liver detox is just a gland wagon!’—there are ways to cleanse and rejuvenate the body naturally and they don’t have to cost the earth.

I recently completed a simple liver detox, just another of many I’ve undertaken over the years, All that was required was Epsom salt, organic lemons, grapefruits and olive oil together with as much fresh-squeezed apple juice as I had the time and inclination to make.

Why would one cleanse their liver? Well frankly, cleaning the liver bile ducts is possibly the most powerful procedure you can do to improve your health.

It is the job of the liver to make 2-3 pints of bile a day. The liver is full of tubes that deliver the bile to one large tube, the bile duct. The gallbladder is attached to this as a storage space. Eating fat or protein triggers the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty in order to help digestion. The stored bile starts to travel through the bile duct down to the intestines.

For many people, the biliary tubing is choked with gallstones. Most people have hundreds, if not thousands of these stones of various sizes.

As the stones grow, the back-pressure on the liver causes it to make less bile which can cause indigestion, nausea, headaches, joint pain and high cholesterol levels, to name but a few symptoms.

This liver detox takes eight days to complete. The first six days are business as usual. On the seventh day you cannot eat or drink after 2pm aside from the glasses of Epsom salts with water or juice the procedure requires. On the eighth morning and afternoon you don’t want to be far from a toilet. It is then that you see the results of your efforts in the toilet bowl (if you’re eating now you might like to put the newspaper down and come back to this later)!

You’ll have passed many green ‘stones’ ranging from the almost invisible to pea-size. This last cleanse I even found a couple stones resembling almonds. Finally, on the morning of the ninth day the pièce de résistance: one stone the size of my little finger. Yeah! Better out than in! The abdominal cramping I had been experiencing suddenly vanished.

For those unable to use grapefruit due to its incompatibility with prescribed medication, lemon can be substituted. You are advised to consult your physician before attempting a detox such as this.

The instructions for this cleanse can be found on my website at: https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2009/08/08/how-to-complete-a-liver-gallbladder-flush-safely-at-home/

You may also wish to investigate my post on dissolving arterial plaque using lemon and garlic: https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2013/11/02/garlic-and-lemons-dissolving-plaque/

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.wordpress.com

“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

 

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If you have plaque deposits clogging your arteries there are nutritional options you can take to stave off surgery. People know they should watch their diets to prevent plaque build-up, but did you know that ½ cup of garlic and lemons can help to reduce plaque build-up?   Here’s a recipe I and many others have used:


How to prepare the extract

30 cloves of garlic with the skin peeled off, 5 organic lemons (do not peel skin off) and 1 litre of water.

Place all ingredients in a blender/mixer to make a puree and then pour contents in a pot and bring to boil. On the first boil, turn off the heat and let it cool. After cooling, pour the contents into a jar and refrigerate. Some suggest straining the mixture but this is very difficult to do.

Consumption

Just ½ cup a day before or after your main meal is enough to attain your goal. Continue use for three consecutive weeks and then rest for a period of eight days. Repeat for the second period, taking three weeks on, eight days off. Other sources suggest taking a liqueur glass or about 30 ml of the mixture once or twice a day with a meal for 3 weeks.

For those who are concerned with the smell of garlic, do not worry because you will not chew on garlic and since this is liquid meal, it will not smell bad.

Healing powers of Garlic & Lemon

This powerful combination is effective in:

  • Lowering Cholesterol
  • Unclogging Arteries
  • Healthy for the Heart
  • Improved sleep
  • As the plaque dissolves one may notice improvement in vision and hearing

According to the paper I first found this recipe on, the recipe was shared at a cardiac conference in Geneva. It had been administered by a nurse at a U.S. Base hospital to all people who had suffered heart attacks.

This cheap, safe and therapeutic course can be repeated every six months but won’t hurt if taken more often. A friend of mine is doing it for the second time in succession and he has experienced an increase in energy and many liver spots have disappeared.

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.wordpress.com And In Search of Simplicty 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

It is so easy to get caught up in fear. How can we handle the changes to our environment, our food supplies, the myriad new illnesses that seem to come along? All we need to do to stay healthy is to change our perceptions and to realize we are the creators of our destiny.

Indigo Baby

Your health is in your hands. As  Bruce Lipton has shown, we are not victims of the environment, of our pasts, or of our genes; we are able to change our DNA should we wish to. Here is link to an article that gives evidence that there are many, many children being born today who are developing resistance to diseases such as AIDS through the transmutation of their DNA.

http://www.universalhealingnetwork.com/newsalert/children.htm

This truly gives hope for the future of the human race. It shouldn’t be used as an excuse to mistreat your body. Healthy food, fresh air and exercise should remain essential parts of your daily health regime. But so should the awareness that you are truly in charge of your health and your genes.

I wish you abundant health and wellness. John

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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

In a world in which we so often reach for an instant remedy, either in the form of a pill purchased over the counter in a pharmacy or prescribed by our physician, it is comforting to know that many of our nutritional and medical needs are freely available from nature.  I’d like to look at a few of these now.

Plantain and Comfrey

White-Tail Spider

In this part of New Zealand the creature most feared by many is the white-tail spider. Originally from Australia  this relatively small arachnid is here to stay. One bite from this little hunter can cause flesh to waste away. The results of a white-tail spider bite are not pretty. A few years ago, in the early morning dark in my bedroom, I bent to pick up a piece of fluff from the carpet. The fluff moved. I turned on the light and saw that it was in fact a white tail. I felt no pain so assumed I’d been lucky and not been bitten.

Comfrey

But, a few hours later, while working in the garden, the middle finger on my right hand turned a deep purple and began to throb. It seems I had been bitten after all. I immediately picked a few plantain and comfrey leaves, bandaged them around the inflicted finger and carried on with my work. I repeated the process several times in the course of the day, noting a reduction in throbbing and in the purple colouring each time. By the end of the day the pain was gone and all that was left was a tiny red spot, presumably the location of the bite.

A few years earlier I was bitten by an out-of-control dog and I received a stitches in my hand at the local clinic. I was advised by the doctor that I’d need antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections from the dog’s saliva. I bypassed the chemist and immediately began covering the wound with comfrey and plantain leaves. I also bathed in the sea. The wound healed remarkably fast and the stitches were removed just a few days later. There had been no infection and almost no scarring.

Narrow-Leafed Plantain

My first encounter with the wonders of plantain were when I was stung by about seven yellow jackets (small wasps) while mowing the lawn in Canada. I immediately rubbed plantain leaves on each sting and carried on mowing the grass. The pain from the stings disappeared almost immediately but I must have missed one. That one sting itched and aggravated me for a couple of days, whereas I wouldn’t have even known I received the other stings. Over the years I’ve used plantain on bee and wasp stings many times. The relief is almost always virtually instantaneous. It is magic. Comfrey was known by herbalists of past centuries as knit-bone. I’ve had no reason to test this claim of its ability to heal broken bones but I do eat a few plantain (the narrow-leafed plants are less bitter) and comfrey leaves in salad from time to time. Comfrey is particularly deep rooted and contains a wealth of minerals. In fact, some claim it is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12.

Stinging Nettle

Speaking of minerals, stinging nettles are absolutely packed with minerals, most notably iron, silica and potassium.

Stinging Nettles

This plant is highly recommended by herbalists as a general tonic. David Hoffman, author of The Holistic Herbal, says emphatically, ‘When in doubt, use nettles.’ I’m sipping from a cup of nettle tea as I write. It’s a tasty, mineral-rich brew. Nettles are a blood tonic and improve the body’s resistance to pollens, molds and environmental pollutants. It’s not a wonder they grow so prolifically inWestern Europe where air pollution is significant. Stinging nettles are doing their best to neutralize the air-born toxins in that part of the world. The plant is easy to grow but needs to be planted in a place where it can be contained. It will spread rampantly given the opportunity.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Here’s a plant that seems to follow man wherever he goes. It too is a blood purifier. Dandelion root is useful in treating obstructions of the gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach. In Europe, The Cure involves drinking three cups of dandelion root tea daily for six to eight weeks twice yearly in spring and autumn. Young and tender dandelion leaves make a delicious addition to any salad, as do the dandelion’s bright yellow flowers. The plant is extremely hardy, managing to get a roothold in the cracks of concrete in the middle of the city. It is calling out for us to use it as food and medicine.

Rosemary

Rosemary tonifies the nervous system and improves peripheral circulation.

Young Rosemary Plant

It is an excellent tea for the elderly as it improves digestion, circulation and memory. It even uplifts the spirits and is used by herbalists for those suffering with Alzheimer’s. Hot rosemary tea promotes sweating for those suffering colds and flues. It is one of the best treatments for migraines and other headaches. It is even reputed to strengthen eyesight. Rosemary is used to enhance hair growth. It hasn’t helped me in this regard!

It is one of the herbs used successfully and deliciously in recipes of the countries ringing theMediterranean Sea. Rosemary is an essential ingredient in my raw green soups and in homemade salad dressings. I love it. It grows readily in this part of the world.

Green Tea

Did you know that green tea comes from the same plant as black tea—camelia sinensis? This hardy camellia with slightly fragrant small white flowers with yellow centres is easily grown where other camellias flourish.

Camelia Sinensis

The tea is made from fresh or dried leaves, rather than the cooking process used to make black tea. It has lower caffeine levels than black tea or coffee and the vitamin C and natural tannins in green tea help to moderate the deleterious effects of its naturally-occurring caffeine. Studies inJapan show that green tea drinkers suffer fewer cancers than those who don’t drink it. Green tea also helps prevent dental decay and provides relief of allergy and asthma symptoms. You can imagine why Asian monks find it such a useful brew for their long days of meditation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Here’s a succulent anyone can grow indoors or out, depending on your climate. We have a large healthy plant in a pot just outside the kitchen in the semi shade of an Australian Frangipani. It blooms right through winter. Taken internally aloe aids digestion, is mildly laxative and helps with arthritis and ulcers. I put a half inch (12 mm) piece in my smoothies most mornings. And nothing touches the effectiveness of aloe vera for sun burn or more extreme burns. A friend of ours recently severely burned one arm with scalding water. She expected lasting scars. Several times a day she applied clean dressings with fresh aloe vera jelly (we lent her large fronds.) The healing was remarkable and there is no scarring today.

Thyme

Here’s another of those remarkable Mediterranean herbs easily grown and just as easy to use for food and medicine. Thyme helps loosen mucus and soothes inflamed mucus membranes. It strengthens immunity and nourishes and warms the lungs. It can even be used as a mouth wash to treat dental decay. And it is one ingredient in a tea designed to help you sing and speak more clearly. Here’s the recipe for Voice Beautiful Tea:

2 parts marshmallow root

1 part fennel seed

1 part hyssop

1 part peppermint herb

1 part thyme herb

Add honey and/or lemon juice to taste

Ginger

Ginger has a long history of use for indigestion and flatulence, aiding in the digestion of starches and fatty foods. It is warming and aids circulation, is good for the brain and makes a delicious brew. We add fresh ginger root to the juices we make from apples, carrots, beetroot and greens. Ginger is said to be more effective than Dramamine for motion sickness without causing drowsiness. It is known to strengthen the tissue of the heart muscle. Dried ginger is hotter than the fresh root and is more effective in relieving nausea and in warming the body. Fresh ginger root is best for respiratory problems.

Garlic

Garlic, an allium like onions, leeks and shallots, is known to specifically target harmful bacteria in the gut. Garlic controls fat deposits in arteries and therefore is used to treat high blood pressure and angina. You might smell of the stuff after you eat it, but you know it is keeping you healthy at the same time.

Edible Weeds

Lambs Quarters Lettuce

Add fresh weeds (or dried ones if fresh weeds are unavailable) and other wild and semi-wild plants to salads every day. Chickweed, lamb’s quarter lettuce (called fat hen here in New Zealand), amaranth, miner’s lettuce, self-heal, violets, nasturtiums, purslane, dock, dandelions, sorrel are just a few of plants available under your feet. They add minerals and a wholesome taste to the lettuce and spinach we more commonly associate with salads. I’ve been know to make entire salads from fat hen. It is a delicious summer green. And don’t forget the herbs like chives, garlic chives, thyme, summer basil and oregano

Borage Flowers

There’s nothing new in anything I’ve presented here. As often as possible eat local, eat raw and eat organic. Nature provides her local inhabitants with exactly what they need, when they need it. Hence, the ripening of different fruits at different times. In modern times this perfect, natural order has been superseded by the supermarket, with fruit and vegetables from all over the world available at any time, food often grown in slave-like conditions for workers and brought to us at a huge cost to the environment in giant fuel-burning ships. By turning to botanicals for medicine and sustenance we are encouraging a greener world. What would you rather have in your neighbourhood—a chemical factory or fields of rosemary and lavender?

Culpepper and other herbalists from centuries past spoke of the Doctrine of Signatures in which the shape of a plant or a cross-section of it indicates the part of the body they will assist. Cut across bulb fennel and you’ll easily see why fennel is recognized as being good for the eyes. Likewise, cut a carrot and you can see why carrots for centuries have been reputed to assist eyesight, particularly night vision.

Who can resist a salad garnished with the rainbow hues of lavender, comfrey, borage, nasturtium, calendula, violet and alfalfa flowers? The flowers aren’t just a garnish. There are phyto-nutrients galore in the fresh pollen of edible flowers; nutrients to nourish the mind and spirit, as well as the physical body.

By imbibing herbal teas, eating weeds and their flowers and making use of locally produced herbs and tinctures we are directly connecting with nature and absorbing ideally available solar energy via the plant kingdom. I wish you the best of health. It is freely available to you.

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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 poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.

Harry Kemp

A few days ago I received the following note by email from a friend in Canada:

I have a friend who has been ill for two years. She really feels she has Lyme Disease and is getting nowhere with the medical systems. She has lost a lot of weight, vomits, has headaches and now faints. I was wondering if you have any info or if you can give me the email of the naturopath that was on your radio show. And I remember you had interviewed someone whose friend had gone to a healing centre in B.C.??

Here is my response:

Illness is a call to awaken. You are perfect just as you are. Any areas of disharmony in your life, including physical or mental illness, are simply an indication of, a manifestation of, your forgetting who you are. Your core or essence is God. God is perfection. So are you. Simply put, your job in life is to acknowledge that perfection. Your job is to remember who you are.

Geoffrey Morell, creator of the Clendenning system of healing, said to me in a recent interview that instead of running to your doctor when you are ill you should ask yourself the question: “What can I do to help myself, or better yet: What can I do to help my fellow man?” Any healer is able to help to the extent to which they see the perfection in their client. And the healing is lasting when the healer is able to awaken that awareness in the person who visits them.

But remember, we were all healers once and we all will be again. When Jesus healed a blind man he didn’t see the condition; he didn’t see the blindness. He saw perfection. And don’t forget Jesus also said, “These things and more, you shall also do.”

So, once again, illness is a call to awaken. Why do I say this? Because when you acknowledge your perfection, you acknowledge unity and your connection with your essence, with God.

God, the Creator; is omniscient. In other words God, your indefinable essence is all-knowing. Therefore everything you’ll ever need to be whole and to be well is contained within.

Lyme disease is simply a label for a condition of imperfection. Healing takes place when you let go, when you stop clinging to these labels of imperfection. You are not sick. Sickness is just a condition at the periphery of your being. Such sickness is just an indication that you are not experiencing your wholeness; you are not fully embracing the perfection at the core of your being.

We were all healers once and we all will be again. Your friend’s illness only exists because she thinks she is ill. She thinks she’s done something wrong. But that is not possible. We are all children of God. And, as children we are allowed and encouraged to play and to fall and to experiment with life. Health and harmony will prevail in one’s life when one acknowledges one’s wholeness.

Leave the conditions at the periphery behind. Acknowledge the unity that is you. Lift the veil of ignorance and see the light of perfection shining within you and within everyone else you meet. Affirm this perfection moment to moment and, eventually, you will become a master of your life. Then you will magnetically attract health and harmony to you and the conditions of imperfection will simply fall away.

A call to awaken audio below:

A late, great friend of mine, Alan Batham, once told a story of his friend, Eileen Caddy, one of the co-founders of Findhorn. Eileen was standing in line at a bank. The person in front of her at the head of the queue was arguing with the teller. He was blaming her for some discrepancy in his account and he was becoming increasingly belligerent. This went on for some minutes and the queue grew until Eileen focused on this angry man and mentally said to him: “I love you. I bless you. I recognize the divinity within you.” The man’s anger immediately melted away. He picked up his things, thanked the teller and left.

What Eileen Caddy did was an act of healing. She knew she was one with her essence and one with the tormented soul having a bad moment in front of her. She acknowledged his divinity, his perfection; at that moment he remembered it too.

Your friend will find health when she realizes there is nothing but perfection in herself and in others. The world is as you see it. Your world is as you see yourself. Every individual is on their own particular path of self realization and their experience is simply a reflection of this. You are perfect just as you are. You are wholeness and health. Affirm this. Become this. As Mohammad Ali once said: “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

Here are a few selected affirmations:

I Am harmony.

I Am perfect just as I Am. I now stop judging myself and others for what simply is.

I Am the embodiment of health, vitality and harmony and my experience is a reflection of this.

I Am one with my essence.

As for a naturopath, find one in your area and make a physical connection with them. There are natural therapists everywhere. Connect with the one or ones you feel pulled to. Then remember that any health practitioner can only help you to the extent that you help yourself. Here’s a link to the interview of the British healer who went to the Penny Brohn Centre in England.

In wellness and health,

John

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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.”

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It was my privilege to speak with Dr. Cornelius and Anah Van Dorp on Voices from the North in early 2009. They had recently opened up the Herb Shack, Anah’s brainchild shop offering healthy and herbal and other healing options.

Dr. Cornelius Van Dorp worked seven years for Green Peace as a ship’s doctor and was fortunate to be involved with the establishment of an Antarctic Base that was closed in 1992 when the nations of the world voted to turn the Antarctic into a world park.

A twelve month period in the Antarctic, especially during the five months of darkness, helped Corn to gain perspective on his life. The isolation gave him time to look at his life to that time and he realized he needed to make the best of his available time, to put focus on his family, to stop ‘hurrying and scurrying’, to look after the earth. He then began to apply alternative forms of healing in his practice as a GP for the last 14 years in Kaitaia—things like crystal healing, hands on healing, electromagnetic healing and herbs. Dr. Corn believes every doctor today needs to have some training in working with herbs.

Here’s a four minute extract in which he describes his transformative experiences in Antarctica:

He gives examples of where people must watch they don’t mix allopathic drugs with strong herbs like hawthorne (which strengthens and slows the heart beat) and the anti-depressant St.John’s Wort. He did studies and was one of the founding fellows at the Australian College of Herbal Medicine. He and Anah have been married for three years and their mission together was to create the Herb Shack. He sees the doctor’s role today as more of a partnership with patients, rather than as being a demi-God. He works today with the Maori health providers so he has an average of twenty minutes with each patient as opposed to the ten minutes per patient he usually had as a GP.

Cornelius describes a journey he led to the UK in 2001 to look at crop circles. They experienced the appearance of an Irataggata (the first shoot of growth) spiral crop circle at Avebury Circle two weeks after they arrived. Corn has written books describing his journey and has worked with the principle of synchronicity for over twenty years.

The complete interview with these two heart-centred people is found below:

Our song in the middle of the program is by Dan Seals, We Are One and it is sung by Paul Seaforth.

Working with herbs is something we can each do to the extent to which we feel inclined. Here are just a couple New Zealand herbs which I use regularly:

Kumarahou

Kumarahou:

This beautiful small bush springs up along paths and roadsides and festoons these tracks with massive clusters of pale yellow deeply fragrant blossoms in spring. Traditional gardeners claim that when it blooms it is time to plant Kumara, the native sweet potato, an important dietary staple for many in the past as well as today.

I originally bought small bags of the dried herb at the Kaitaia market from a man who claimed his wife had healed herself of cancer using Kumarahou Tea.

The taste is bitter, but I have come to enjoy it over the years. It is recommended for coughs, chest complaints, arthritis and rheumatism. I tend to have it daily for a few weeks as a general tonic and then leave it until the intuitive message comes urging me to use it again.

Kawakawa: Here’s another small bush-like tree commonly found in native

Kawakawa

forest and available along path sides. It has distinctive heart-shaped leaves that seem to be a favourite of insects, as the leaves are often full of holes. I first heard of this herb from a gardener friend in Golden Bay over 20 years ago. He claimed it induces fine sleeps with clear, memorable dreams.

Tony Foster, a local tour operator in Whangaroa Harbour and earlier guest on Voices from the North, offers a few fresh-picked leaves in cups of hot water to clients at the end of each Lane Cove hike he guides. Kawakawa has a calming, soothing effect on the nerves, is related to Pacific Island kava, and an infusion leads to a mild laid back feeling. The health properties of Kawakawa include support for the bladder and unitary tract maintenance.

 

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.wordpress.com And In Search of Simplicty 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

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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