A PRESENT DAY ‘FOOD PREPAREDNESS’ FURY:

Fueled by a perceived necessity for some, due to past starvation history, while for others a compulsion prompted by present day pandemic shortages, food preparedness has become a modern day trend allowing for sustainable living.

After planting an extensive organic food garden this year at a new property, after years without space for a garden, the appeal for food preservation re-surged for me. In the past, with a young family and a garden, food harvesting, foraging and canning were a common fall ritual. Presently, canning supply shortages are common in many parts of the country, the result of the resurgence of food preparedness through preservation. This has come after a renewed interest in backyard gardening, prompted by the lockdowns.


My food preparedness ‘fury’ is the result of a combination of a family ‘food deprivation’ history and a need to ‘be prepared’ in terms of having enough healthy food supply available to last till next year’s harvest, just in case, as forecasted, there will be food shortages due to the pandemic. It also gives me a chance to rekindle my ‘hippie ways’ of reaping natures bounty of food and herbs. Practices that I attribute to my health recovery and which I shared with clients as a nutritional consultant over the years to help them with their health challenges.


My ancestors suffered from food deprivation, during, and post WW11. The Dutch famine of 1944-45, known as the ‘Hongerwinter’, in the Netherlands, took place in the German occupied western provinces. Blockades cut off food and fuel shipments from farm towns. An estimated 22,000 people died of starvation, numbers that would have been higher if it had not been for the soup kitchens in urban communities.

As food stores became depleted in the Netherlands, adult food rations, dropped to below 1000 calories a day by the end of November 1944 and to 580 calories in the west by the end of February 1945.

Food grown by my Opa (grandfather) and his family was confiscated by the Nazis. My Oma (grandmother) shared stories of people coming to the door and asking for food during WW11, when she and Opa, and their nine children (including my mother) had barely enough to feed themselves. And yet, my grandmother said, ‘come in’ to those that knocked at the door, and the family shared what sustenance they had. My father spent three years as a forced labourer in a German work camp in Germany during WW11, and told stories of subsisting on boiled cabbage soup. He came back from the war after the liberation by the Americans, a very thin, malnourished man, and would never eat cabbage again.


Operation Manna and Operation Chowhound were humanitarian food drops carried out by Allied bomber crews during WW11 in 1945 to relieve the famine in the German-occupied Netherlands.

According to the New York Times article, The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars, published in January 2018;

‘the Dutch Hunger Winter served as an unplanned experiment in human health. Pregnant women, it turns out, were uniquely vulnerable, and the children they gave birth to have been influenced by famine throughout their lives. When they became adults, they ended up a few pounds heavier than average. In middle age, they had higher levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. They also experienced higher rates of such conditions as obesity, diabetes and schizophrenia.’

You can read more about the research study carried out by Dr. L.H. Lumey, an epidemiologist at Columbia University and his colleagues by following the link in the sources of my blog post. Their study suggests that the Dutch Hunger Winter silenced certain genes in unborn children, and that they have stayed quiet ever since, possibly affecting later generations.


Do I feel a need to be prepared and food wise in the midst of the present pandemic, and due to my ancestors food deprivation history? Definitely! My escape to ‘my farmacy’ organic backyard garden, and local farm markets for quality produce, have provided me with an abundant food preparedness resource. The first pictures you see are of my modest storage spaces for canned and dehydrated produce, is a nod to my ancestors efforts to sustain their families through the days, weeks and months of WW11 and after.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/

#foodpreservation #organicgardening #foodpreparedness #foodsustainability #escapetothefarmacy #healthbydesign #plantbaseddiet #plantfood

Healthy Escapes: A Mental Health Must Have

Inspired by @stephanieejarvis and the positive and caring team of residents, volunteers and visitors to Chateau de LaLande, as seen in The Chateau Diaries, I opened up my backyard for a ‘healthy escape’ to Chateau Diaries lovers, with a Midsummer Night Dreams theme.

I found the Chateau Diaries during lockdown and was inspired by the positive, respectful and upbeat interaction of the residents, volunteers and visitors as they shared in work projects, meals and adventures; while keeping the focus off of the difficult news, controversies and challenges of the pandemic. The Midsummer Nights Dreams themed event at my ‘healthy escape’, was open to a small number of Chateau Diaries loving family members, who I introduced to The Chateau Diaries during lockdown. The event was planned and decorated by my talented sister Adriana. Her flower crowns and florals were created with a combination of my gardens flowers and greenery, and some store bought pink carnations (there were no roses available locally). Signature cocktails were made of Red Crown organic pomegranate juice and soda stream bubbly water.

The table display was created by my talented sister Adriana using thrifted plates and Eiffel tower, dollar store mini lights and garden florals. The beautiful table cloth was a gift from Adriana for the event.

The porcelain tiered plates DIY project, which Stephanie and Phillip demonstrated in one of their video diaries, were made of locally thrifted plates, and came with some challenges; but produced several tiered plates which were used to display the shared food. Guests took home a tiered plate gift.

Healthy escapes are a ‘must have’ for mental health. Creating a backyard oasis where family and friends could gather to enjoy each others company in a positive and safe manner during lockdown, was important to me. These have been difficult times for everyone. Being mindful of others by being kind and respectful and providing safe, healthy escapes can help those struggling with the challenges of the pandemics or other life challenges.

After dinner we had a delightful game of croquet; laughing, laughing and laughing at our misadventures.

Photographs are courtesy of my brother Bernard and Kevin. My brother was very gracious in allowing my sister’s wish to see him in a flower crown!.

Thank you to Stephanie Jarvis for starting such an incredible positive, kindness ripple that has helped so many to maintain their mental health during the lockdowns and pandemic challenges. Make sure you visit Stephanie’s chateau page and the chateau diaries.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/

#chateaudiaries #chateaudelalande #healthbydesign #mentalhealthbydesign #kindness #respect #unconditionallove #empathy

LICORICE ROOT: Research in the treatment of respiratory infections

Licorice root has a long history of use in Chinese medicine. Glycyrrhizin (or glycyrrhizic acid or glycyrrhizinic acid), the chief sweet-tasting constituent of Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) root.has been studied.for use in the treatment of COVID-19 and the associated respiratory syndrome.1 Glycyrrhizin augments natural killer cell activity and
induces interferon production by T cells.5

A ‘must have’ home apothecary stock item, I use the steeped root tea for its varied medicinal properties. Licorice has well-documented antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. 2 “The anti-inflammatory activity of GLR could be useful to alleviate the respiratory distress syndrome associated to the viral infection”.3 “In addition to the antiviral effects of GL reported on hepatitis C, many other viruses that cause human suffering have been successfully treated, including: herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), the “cold sore” virus; varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the cause of shingles; hepatitis A virus (HAV); hepatitis B virus (HBV); human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), coronavirus; Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), human cytomegalovirus (CMV) and influenza virus”4

Maintaining a well stocked home apothecary of research supported medicinal plants can provide you with supports during life’s health challenges and when other solutions may not be readily available or compatible.

Make sure your source for licorice root comes from a location where air pollution is not a factor. Roasted licorice root may not provide you with the desired medicinal benefits due to roasting. Steep the roots in a small amount of very warm, not boiling water to cover, for 30 minutes. Drink as a tonic (is may not suit your palette) or add a favourite favoured tea. As with all medicinal herbs, use occasionally in moderate quantities and check with your regular healthcare provider and pharmacist to determine any contraindications due to health challenges or medications.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/

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  1. Pharmacological perspective: glycyrrhizin may be an efficacious therapeutic agent for COVID-19, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7180159/
  2. Licorice Root: Potent Antiviral, Antimicrobial and Antifungal, Botanical Medicine, https://www.botanicalmedicine.org/licorice-root-antiviral-antimicrobial-antifungal/
  3. Glycyrrhizin: An alternative drug for the treatment of COVID-19 infection and the associated respiratory syndrome, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7311916/
  4. Antiviral Activity of Glycyrrhizin against Hepatitis C Virus In Vitro, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715454/.
  5. Glycyrrhizin, an Active Component of Licorice Roots, Reduces Morbidity and Mortality of Mice Infected with Lethal Doses of Influenza Virus, ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY, Mar. 1997, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC163749/pdf/410551.pdf

#medicianlherbs #licorice #glycyrrhizin #apothecary #herbs #healthbydesign #respiratoryvirus #antiviral #escapetothefarmacy

LECITHIN: Brain and Brain Chemistry Protection & Support

Lecithin

Lecithin, found in sunflower seeds and other healthy food sources, provides the brain and brain chemistry, protection and support; a ‘must have’ mental health support.

Lecithin is a phospholipid, a compound made of fats and water-soluble chemicals, produced in the human liver and are significant constituents of the central nervous system (CNS), and brain. “The phospholipids, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the most abundant1. DHA and omega-3 are necessary for normal brain development and cognitive function2,3,4,5. A strong link exists between an adequate supply of dietary PUFAs and the sustenance of cognitive health, learning, neural plasticity, synaptogenesis and synaptic transmission” 8,9,10,11

Lecithin is source of choline, an essential nutrient the body needs to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that communicate between the neurons (nerve cells) throughout your body.

Lecithin helps break down cholesterol in the blood. In a research study, Influence of Soy Lecithin Administration on Hypercholesterolemia; “The results showed significant reduction in the concentration of total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol during the first month, suggesting that the daily administration of lecithin capsules could be used as an adjuvant treatment in hypercholesterolemia, possibly by reducing the intestinal absorption or by the increased secretion of bile acids with high levels of cholesterol and phospholipids.” 13

Lecithin Production

A healthy, properly functioning liver is a prerequisite to healthy lecithin production and brain function. There are many factors that can interfere with the natural production and utilization of lecithin in the body and brain. It is the liver’s job to make toxic substances in the body harmless. These toxic and excess substances may be breakdown products made by the body (ammonia), hormones (including cortisol) or substances that you take in through diet, medications, air pollution, alcohol and personal care products (cosmetics). Toxins can harm any part of the body or brain including the blood brain barrier, your brain’s protection. Loss of or compromised brain function can occur when the liver is unable to remove toxins from the blood. This is called hepatic encephalopathy (HE). This problem may occur suddenly or it may develop slowly over time. 15

In a holistic approach to improving mental health, the liver and detoxification pathways are a necessary starting point for review. Ongoing detoxification through healthy lifestyle and detoxification supports can improve overall liver and detoxification function, which in turn can improve the body’s natural lecithin production, distribution and usage. Anything that challenges the liver and detoxification pathways can compromise the body’s lecithin availability, brain function and mental health. Holistic detoxification requires a two step process; stop adding to your body pollution of potential liver challengers, and detoxify the existing body pollution of toxins. Learn more about body pollution and whole body detoxification methods in my blog posts Body Pollution: Who is Responsible? and MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour.

Lecithin Intake

Lecithin occurs naturally in many foods,

  • whole grains
  • wheat germ
  • walnuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • peanuts
  • milk
  • seafood
  • eggs
  • cooked green vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli
  • legumes, such as soybeans, kidney beans and black beans
  • organ meats
  • red meat

Lecithin supplements are derived from eggs, soy, sunflower seeds, canola, cottonseed, or animal fats. For improved health, efforts should be made to avoid genetically modified foods and supplements. Soy crops in the US are reported to be 94% genetically modified. Buy organic, Non GMO lecithin supplements when possible, to avoid adding unwanted toxins like pesticides to your body and brain.

Lecithin: Impact on the brain

The research studies to date (some listed below and in the sources section), indicate a positive mental health benefit from ensuring an adequate supply and distribution of lecithin to the brain.

“A positive influence of phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidic acid (PA) supplementation, phospholipids found in soy and sunflower seed lecithin, on memory, mood, and cognition was demonstrated among elderly test subjects.” 14

Research studies show that salmon-derived lecithins, a good source of choline, facilitated the formation and enhanced the complexity of neuronal networks. 12

Omega-3 fatty acids: one 4-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (Bipolar) found marked therapeutic efficacy and no side effects. Dose: 9.6 g of omega-3 fatty acids per day. Benefits: longer period of remission and may inhibit neuronal signal transduction pathways in a manner similar to that of lithium carbonate and valproate. 17

Phosphatidylcholine (PC): large amounts of PC (15 to 30 g q.d. in both pure form and lecithin)—better results for mania than monoamine precursors. 16

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Consult with your regular healthcare provider before adding lecithin supplementation. Do not stop taking your prescribed medication.

Elisabeth Hines, C.B.P., C.N.C., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/

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Sources:

  1. Wurtman R. J. Synapse formation and cognitive brain development: effect of docosahexaenoic acid and other dietary constituents. Metabolis 57 Suppl 2, S6–10, doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2008.07.007 (2008). – DOI – PMC – PubMed
  2. Eilander A., Hundscheid D. C., Osendarp S. J., Transler C. & Zock P. L. Effects of n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on visual and cognitive development throughout childhood: a review of human studies. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 76, 189–203, doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2007.01.003 (2007). – DOI – PubMed
  3. Fotuhi M., Mohassel P. & Yaffe K. Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: a complex association. Nat Clin Pract Neuro 5, 140–152, doi: 10.1038/ncpneuro1044 (2009). – DOI – PubMed
  4. Darios F. & Davletov B. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids stimulate cell membrane expansion by acting on syntaxin 3. Nature 440, 813–817, doi: 10.1038/nature04598 (2006). – DOI – PubMed
  5. Salem N. Jr, Litman B., Kim H. Y. & Gawrisch K. Mechanisms of action of docosahexaenoic acid in the nervous system. Lipids 36, 945–959, doi: 10.1007/s11745-001-0805-6 (2001). – DOI – PubMed

8. Guesnet P. & Alessandri J.-M. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system (CNS) – Implications for dietary recommendations. Biochimie 93, 7–12, doi: 10.1016/j.biochi.2010.05.005 (2011). – DOI – PubMed

9. Mayes C. et al.. Variation in [U-13C] α Linolenic Acid Absorption, β-oxidation and Conversion to Docosahexaenoic Acid in the Pre-Term Infant Fed a DHA-Enriched Formula. Pediatr Res 59, 271–275, doi: 10.1203/01.pdr.0000196372.29648.7a (2006). – DOI – PubMed

10. He C., Qu X., Cui L., Wang J. & Kang J. X. Improved spatial learning performance of fat-1 mice is associated with enhanced neurogenesis and neuritogenesis by docosahexaenoic acid. PNAS 106, 11370–11375, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0904835106 (2009). – DOI – PMC – PubMed

11. Lafourcade M. Nutritional omega-3 deficiency abolishes endocannabinoid-mediated neuronal functions. Nat Neurosci. 14, 345–350 (2011). – PubMed

12 Natural lecithin promotes neural network complexity and activity, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4882550/

13 Influence of Soy Lecithin Administration on Hypercholesterolemia, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065734/

14 Positive Effects of Soy Lecithin-Derived Phosphatidylserine plus Phosphatidic Acid on Memory, Cognition, Daily Functioning, and Mood in Elderly Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4271139/

15 Loss of brain function – liver disease, Medline Plus, US National Library of Medicine, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000302.htm

16. Affective disorders: Bipolar (manic) depression and hypomania, Bipolar Depression, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/nursing-and-health-professions/bipolar-depression

17. Affective disorders: Bipolar (manic) depression and hypomania, Bipolar Depression, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/nursing-and-health-professions/bipolar-depression

#healthbydesign #mentalhealthbydesign #escapetothefarmacy #depression #bipolar #bodymindspirit #wholepersonwellbeing #sunflowers #sunflowerpower #sunflowerlecithin

MY APOTHECARY RECOMMENDATIONS: Stinging Nettle, a ‘must have’ nutrition and healing powerhouse.

When I am asked which important herbs I recommend to stock in an herbal apothecary, stinging nettle would be at the top of my list. In addition to its powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, the scientifically researched positive health impact of nettles in a variety of health challenges, should make it an essential ‘at home’ apothecary staple. The ultimate goal in my personal health quest and that of my clients is to ‘amplify’ the nutritional and health benefits of each meal, which is why I add greens and herbs like nettles at every opportunity, like my vegan pizza, shown near the end of this post. 

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Urtica dioica, often known as common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, or just a nettle or stinger, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae. Originally native to Europe, much of temperate Asia and western North Africa, it is now found worldwide, including New Zealand and North America. 

“The most recognized health benefit of using stinging nettles is activity against Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, as well as urinary tract infections. Clinical studies suggest that Urtica spp. contain compounds that affect the hormones responsible for BPH. In addition, nettle root extract shows activity against prostate cancer cells. In therapy, nettles are usually used in combination with saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). They are also used as a home remedy for bladder infections.”[1]

“Nettles can help alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain, typically in the case of hands, knees, hips and spine” [1] “Another study conducted by Klingelhoefer et al. showed the anti-inflammatory benefits of stinging nettles against other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis” [1] “Recent studies show that nettles possess anti-diabetic properties” [1]

“In addition, because of their anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties, stinging nettles can be used as a natural component in eczema medications. Infusions of the plant can be used for nasal and menstrual hemorrhage, diabetes, anemia, asthma, hair loss and to promote lactation” [1] Nettles grow all over the world, mostly considered a weed and are usually wild harvested. The tiny hairs on the stems and leaves cause a burning sensation and temporary rash when rubbed against the skin, so foraging comes with risks that may be better left to experienced foragers. Nettle possess antimicrobial activity against a variety of microorganisms. The chlorophyll rich fresh leaves contain high concentrations of vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K and P, vitamin B-complexes, large amounts of the metals selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium and lesser amounts of copper, manganese, cobalt, boron, sodium, iodine, chromium and sulphur. It is often used in animal feed due to its potent nutritional benefits. The early season fresh leaves, before the stinging hairs come out, are used in salads. Nettles are used in a variety of recipes, juices and teas. Although you can find many recipes online for using nettles, to retain the maximum benefit of the nutritional and medicinal properties, use them in recipes where they are not excessively over heated, ideally not at all. The dried leaves make a nutritious garnish sprinkled on dishes, like soups, pizzas, casseroles, eggs pesto and dips, just before serving. Make teas with warm not boiled water and steep for 20 minutes. Cool the tea and drink as a healthy iced tea adding honey and lemon if desired. Make a smaller, stronger concentration of tea and add sparkling water and lemon or lime.

The ultimate goal in my personal nutrition and that of my clients is to ‘amplify’ the nutritional and health benefits of each meal, which is why I add greens and herbs like nettles at every opportunity. The picture below of my personal size lunch pizza with sundried tomato pesto, arugula, red onion, basil and dried stinging nettle with vegan cheese. Nettle iced tea provides a refreshing, nutritious beverage. If you are interested in purchasing quality stinging nettle visit this link

The scientifically researched positive health impact of stinging nettles against Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, as well as urinary tract infections, prostate cancer, anemia, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis makes it an essential‘ at home’ apothecary staple herb. 

Enjoy researching and experimenting with stinging nettle, a ‘must have’ nutrition and healing powerhouse.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/

Sources:Stinging Nettle Research Papers – http://www.academia.edu/Documents/in/Stinging_Nettles

American Botanical Council – http://cms.herbalgram.org/heg/volume15/07July/FAM_Nettle.html?ts=1592072376&signature=a62c58cdea6bc969af338b9d2182c7ff

Medicine Net – https://www.medicinenet.com/stinging_nettle/supplements-vitamins.htm

One Green Planet, How to Forage for Stinging Nettles – https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/forage-for-stinging-nettles/#:~:text=Nettles%20are%20best%20harvested%20from,the%20top%20of%20the%20plant.[1]

Urtica spp.: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Properties, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6100552/

 #benignprostatichyperplasia #BPH #enlargedprostate #urinarytractinfections #prostatecancer #anemia #diabetes #rheumatoidarthritis  #medicinalherbs #botanicals #escapetothefarmacy #healthbydesign

HEALTHY AGING: A Design for Aging Well, Living Longer & Comfortably

HEALTHY AGING by DESIGN

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Aging is an inevitable reality for all of us. Research shows that people are living longer and that healthy longevity is a common goal for many. Understanding the ingredients for healthy longevity can be confusing.  Social media, health publications, television, the internet and the fitness industry present the aging population with many ‘fountain of youth’ offerings. It can be confusing to wade through all of the claims and hype to determine truths from myths. I can assure you that you will not find it in a supplement, although at times therapeutically beneficial. How does one make an informed decision on the right path to take to achieve one’s healthy aging goals and ensure comfortable ‘last chapters’?

Over many decades I have watched family members, loved one and community members enter the last chapters of their lives often incapacitated by disease and fraught with terrible suffering. Scientists researching longevity have discovered areas of the world where people are the healthiest and live the longest.  The National Geographic documents the study of the ‘blue zones’ of the world and what they have determined are the ingredients of healthy longevity. Lessons from these areas, the ‘blue zones’ tell us there are nine common principles (Power 9) that the people in these areas follow to achieve their healthy longevity. The take away from the study is that these principles can be used anywhere in the world as a ‘reverse engineering longevity’ protocol. Can one achieve the same healthy longevity results by duplicating the nine principles in other parts of the world?  Are there additional strategies that need to be incorporated to achieve the same level of success?

As a holistic wellness practitioner I am delighted to incorporate the Power 9 principles into my own life and share them with my clients.  I have always been able to see firsthand that changes in diet and lifestyle are major necessary determinants for improved health. Working with people of all ages who live far away from the ‘blue zones’ in the westernized world, I see a great need to implement additional strategies to restore, improve and maintain good health. Living in a fast passed society that is constantly challenging our ‘life balance’, stress idling, breathing polluted air, drinking polluted water, eating nutrient compromised, processed and fast foods that are altered and filled with additives, using personal care, cleaning and gardening products full of synthetic and toxic chemicals – all contribute to body pollution with potential interference, malfunction, damage and increased health risks and conditions.

For many years I have worked with clients using a holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol (my road map) to help them achieve their health goals. Many of my clients have now reached the age of maturity with an ongoing goal of maximizing healthy longevity and avoid ‘end of life’ suffering. My recommendations to my clients and anyone who asks me for advice has always been to follow my Path to ‘healthy longevity’ recommendations listed in my poster below. I now also highly recommend the blue zones Power 9 strategies as a ‘must add’.

If you would like to maximize your health and longevity as you age, and age comfortably – follow these recommended strategies:

  1. Follow the blue zones Power 9 recommendations which can be found on their website at https://bluezones.com/2016/11/power-9/
  2. Follow the recommendations of my Path to Healthy Longevity

ThePathtohealthylongevity3. Follow my holistic protocol to guide you on your path to healthy longevity – my recommended necessary ‘add ons’ for life outside the blue zones of the world.

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I offer a consultation service for people who live further away and cannot travel to my locations. Once you decide you would like to follow ‘my road map’ contact me.  I will review your diet, supplements, personal care and other products and make recommendations to help you achieve your ‘healthier you’, pointing you in the direction of healthy, comfortable longevity.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

#healthylongevity #healthyaging #agingwell #greenyourhealth #greenaging #naturalhealthforaging

BACK TO ‘A Healthier You’ SCHOOL

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With September less than a month away many families are busy with back to school planning and shopping. It is the perfect time to consider your own back to ‘a healthier you’ life.

Where do you begin your ‘healthy life’ journey? Learning is vital to students in the classroom and also an important ingredient for healthy longevity. The more your body and mind understands about the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being – the greater potential you have for healthy longevity. Your body and mind uses your understanding, knowledge, beliefs, what you accept and expect; as criteria for keeping your body on a healthy path.

BACK TO ‘A Healthier You’ School

  1. LEARN: My website, blog and book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION will provide you with valuable information and links to get you started.
  2. ASSESS: Consider a BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy™ session to highlight and correct any potential imbalances or weaknesses.
  3. KEEP YOUR LIVER HAPPY – MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour.
  4. DETOXIFY YOUR BODY – What is the right detox strategy for you?
  5. ADD SAFER SYMPTOM RELIEF OPTIONS ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF: Skip Harmful Drug Side Effects For Healthy Longevity
  6. ATTEND A WORKSHOP or EVENT– learn health promoting strategies.
  7. BOOK A CONSULTATION

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

 

NATURAL MORPHINE ALTERNATIVE: A Natural Liver Friendly Remedy That Really Works

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I was visiting family recently when I fell and suffered from a very bad and painful sprained ankle.  I had been sitting in a chair reading and got up and took one step forward, not realizing that my foot had fallen asleep.  My asleep foot, which I thought I led with, was limp and dragged backwards as I moved forward.  I lost my balance and the ankle landed on a very hard wooden corner of a game on the floor. As my total body weight went into free fall and landed I heard a crunch, much like the one you hear at a chiropractic adjustment. I was terrified that I had a really bad break. The agony that followed surpassed anything I experienced in child birth, five times. I had sprained my ankle in the past but this was different because I landed on a hard sharp corner. I was in excruciating pain and found myself panting like I did in labour many years ago.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I have various tools that I use to help clients with symptom relief. The natural strategies are not always brought in as first aid or for severe health crisis situations. Since I tend to avoid emergency rooms if at all possible, and it was a busy summer weekend and I was in no position to even get into a car; I decided to use all the tools in my ‘holistic medical bag’ as a first resort and to get to a point where I could catch a breath and reassess.

#1 – Mind body first aid – focuses the brain and immune system to target and send all resources to the injury site.You can learn more about this in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION – Focusing the Body’s Natural Identification, Perception, Awareness, Understanding, Knowledge, Belief, Responding, Healing & Protection.

#2 – Elevated my foot and applied ice.

#3 – Visualized all of my ankle and foot bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles mended and in the proper location. Since I do energy therapies on clients to realign ‘out of position’ body parts, I knew it was possible to get everything back into it’s original place. Besides that I was terrified that it was all broken into pieces and I needed to fix it. You can read more about this in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION – Self-Help Therapies & Tools: Visualization

#4 – My mind went to what essential oil do I use for this.  I vaguely remember my daughter Amanda talk about something to use for pain.  I wasn’t able to think straight because of the pain.  I had a resource book somewhere, but no time, no ability to focus to read or easy access. Once I was able to catch a breath I texted my daughter. While I waited for her to reply I though I could use muscle response testing to test the oils I had with me (which I asked someone to bring to me), but I was in too much pain; I would not be able to do the testing.  My daughter suggested five essential oils. I recognized the one oil, marjoram which I had with me, and that had worked so well for sharp back pain in the past; so used it liberally all over my ankle and foot. It is apparently part of what is considered by some people a natural ‘morphine shot’ and I can tell you it was amazing topically.  Much like a topical anesthetic. The natural ‘morphine bomb’ combination that is reported to provide relief includes 6 drops marjoram or oregano and 6 drops frankincense in a gel cap, Make sure you use only 100% pure third party certified essential oils which you can learn about by contacting me here.

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#5 – Wrapped my ankle in a tension bandage.

My ‘mishap’ had occurred in the morning. I spent the rest of the day with my foot up, icing it, visualizing and applying marjoram. That night my son asked if I would like some Tylenol for overnight.  In the past I would have considered Tylenol Extra Strength (caplets) in times of pain but he only had the gel caps with dye in it, which I definitely avoid.  You can read about the ‘non liver friendly’ ingredients here. Healthy longevity requires a healthy liver so I try really hard to avoid synthetic and harmful ingredients in foods, and medications generally. You can read more about my views on this in my blog post MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour. I declined the medications offered and applied more marjoram and laid down to sleep.

I was amazed when I woke up in the night to the sounds from my grand daughter in the room, that I had been able to sleep. I reapplied the oil, rewrapped my ankle and went back to sleep until morning.

I am amazed at how well I was able to manage the pain with the marjoram essential oil and additional natural therapies.

Consider using essential oils for natural symptom relief – your liver will thank you! Contact me to learn more.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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VACCINATIONS: Weighing The Pros and Cons

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There is so much controversy over vaccinations these days.  It is a hot topic and comes up at many family gatherings.  Vaccinations tend to fall into the category of politics and religion – topics that might better be avoided to keep the peace.

It is important to stay informed about the risks of vaccinations as well as the risks of not vaccinating. The Vaccine World Summit will be providing information by people ‘in the know’ about vaccinations. Dr. Robert Rowen, one of those people, reveals the raw truth about vaccines at the Vaccine World Summit. According to Natural News “Johns Hopkins University graduate Dr. Robert Rowen has been investigating the claims surrounding the “safety and effectiveness” of vaccines for many years, and his undeniable conclusion is that vaccines don’t work and they aren’t safe. The measures by which the modern medical profession claims that vaccines are safe and effective don’t hold water, he maintains, and are easily disproven.”

There will be five doctors revealing lifesaving news about vaccines, infectious diseases and immunity.

The speakers:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, The MMR Vaccine –  Shocking News Revealed

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, Vaccine Research –  Myths and Lies Exposed

Dr. Robert Rowen, Vaccine Truths –  Raw and Uncensored

Dr. Jane Orient, Mandatory Vaccinations –  A Medical Perspective

Dr. Janet Levatin, Boosting Immunity –  Infectious Disease Solutions

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/049007_Robert_Rowen_Vaccine_World_Summit_immunizations.html#ixzz3Xn0FmwC0
For more information visit http://vaccineworldsummit.com/.

#vaccination #vaccinationdebate #vaccinationdangers #vaccinationrisks #vaccinationprosandcons #

There is so much controversy over vaccinations these days.  It is a hot topic and comes up at many family gatherings.  Vaccinations tend to fall into the category of politics and religion – topics that might better be avoided to keep the peace.

It is important to stay informed about the risks of vaccinations as well as the risks of not vaccinating. The Vaccine World Summit will be providing information by people ‘in the know’ about vaccinations. Dr. Robert Rowen, one of those people, reveals the raw truth about vaccines at the Vaccine World Summit. According to Natural News “Johns Hopkins University graduate Dr. Robert Rowen has been investigating the claims surrounding the “safety and effectiveness” of vaccines for many years, and his undeniable conclusion is that vaccines don’t work and they aren’t safe. The measures by which the modern medical profession claims that vaccines are safe and effective don’t hold water, he maintains, and are easily disproven.”

There will be five doctors revealing lifesaving news about vaccines, infectious diseases and immunity.

The speakers:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, The MMR Vaccine –  Shocking News Revealed

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, Vaccine Research –  Myths and Lies Exposed

Dr. Robert Rowen, Vaccine Truths –  Raw and Uncensored

Dr. Jane Orient, Mandatory Vaccinations –  A Medical Perspective

Dr. Janet Levatin, Boosting Immunity –  Infectious Disease Solutions

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/049007_Robert_Rowen_Vaccine_World_Summit_immunizations.html#ixzz3Xn0FmwC0
For more information visit http://vaccineworldsummit.com/.

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PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE: Improving Prenatal Environmental Health Education

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The Prenatal Environmental Health Forum, PEHE, held at the University of Ottawa on November 20 and 21 provided a discussion opportunity for obstetricians, gynecologist, physicians, nurses ( +public health), midwives, educators and other practitioners to implement strategies to educate pregnant and nursing women and their families about harmful environmental exposures. Little things matter: The impact of toxins on the developing brain. That was the title of the video presented by Dr. Bruce Lanphear, BC Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University at the PEHE forum. You can view the video here: or at  http://youtu.be/E6KoMAbz1Bw?t=7s.

Becoming informed about environmental health risks and making small changes can make significant differences in health, protecting pregnant and nursing women and their families. There are many other ‘at risk’ people in the general population that also need to be protected. The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment has produced many environmental health education resources (downloadable) including an informative video on creating healthy home environments for kids –  www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j10fctMsPkc)

Additional resources from the forum on children’s health protection:

Collaborative on Health and the Environment: www.healthandenvironment.org

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) Children’s Environmental Health Project: www.cape.ca/children/

Healthy Child, Healthy World: http://healthychild.org

Planned Parenthood: Green Choices Initiative: www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/advisory-boards-initiatives/green-choices.

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment: http://prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/

Children’s Environmental Health Network: http://ww.cehn.org

Motherisk (Sick Kids): www.motherisk.org

Less Toxic Guide: http://lesstoxicguide.ca/

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Health Canada: www.hc-sc-gc.ca/index-eng.php

 

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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