The Lucky Iron Fish

I have the dubious honour of having lived with both anæmia and comorbid hypothyroidism for almost a decade: at my very worst, I need 12 hours of sleep a day, have difficulty concentrating, bouts of tinnitus, tachycardia, restless legs, constant thirst, and chronic circulatory problems. These symptoms largely abate when I supplement my diet with heme iron (Fe2+) and vitamin b12, and eat meat regularly.

I blame a combination of poor childhood nutrition, genetics, and a copper IUD for my condition; I’m lucky enough to live in a place where I can easily get supplements when my health takes a turn for the worse.

Knowing how disabling anæmia can be, it breaks my heart to know there are people, mostly women and children, trying to get by day to day while constantly feeling like they are about to pass out from a lack of the normal oxygen delivery the blood is supposed to provide.

Over 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency, a preventable condition.

Anæmics often simply need more iron in their diets: preferably rapidly-absorbed heme iron, which is only found in meat, fish, and poultry.

However, cooking in a cast-iron pan is a common remedy as well, because some of the iron from the vessel leaches into the food. For this reason, I think the Lucky Iron Fish™ is a brilliant idea.

The Lucky Iron Fish™ is a simple and effective health innovation that can provide you with 75% of your daily required iron intake. All you have to do is cook with it.

Just boil it for 10 minutes in liquid and broth based meals like soup, stews or in drinking water. For maximum effect use a bit of lemon juice as the acidity helps extract the iron.

This simple cooking tool can provide entire families with up to 75% of their daily required iron intake - improving everything from energy levels to cognitive function.  A little Fish can go a long way!              

If you buy one of these fish for yourself - $25 USD - one is sent to the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope in Cambodia.


Zebrafish Circulatory System

The transparency of zebrafish larvae allows researchers to use high-resolution optical imaging methods to visualize the entire circulatory system in exquisite detail.

Top: a normal 5-day post fertilization zebrafish larva. (Source)

Middle: confocal microangiogram of the vascular system in a 4.5-day-old zebrafish larva labeled by the injection of green fluorescent microspheres. (Source)

Bottom: transgenic zebrafish embryo with fluorescent blood and lymphatic vessels. (Source)

10 Foods That Look Like The Body Parts They’re Good For

10 Foods That Look Like The Body Parts They’re Good For

Article by Erin Janus
Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”  And it just so happens that many natural whole foods closely resemble the organs and body parts they’re good for!  In occult teachings, (occult simply means that which is hidden), this is well known.  However, in today’s society and medical industry, what we eat is largely ignored as the culprit of disease or the catalyst to health and longevity.

Here are 10 foods that look like the body parts they’re good for:

1)  Grapefruit – Breast

Grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus fruits resemble female mammary glands and help the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts!  According to Dr. Moulavi, “Grapefruit contains substances called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells.”

2)  Walnut – Brain

Walnuts have a striking resemblance to the human brain,  and have been recognized as one of the ultimate brain foods. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3, and have more antioxidants, folic acid (vitamin B9), and vitamin E than any other nut.  It is important to properly soak and rinse walnuts (as well as most other nuts) to remove phytates and activate enzymes for optimal nutrient absorption.

3)  Carrot – Eye

It is clear that a sliced carrot resembles an eye, it even has patterns of radiating lines that look just like the pupil and iris!  Beta-carotene (what gives carrots their vibrant orange colour) helps to maintain healthy eyesight, protects against macular degeneration, and the development of cataracts.

4)  Celery – Bone

A stalk of celery resembles a bone, and they’re good for bones too.  Celery contains silicon, which is part of what gives bones their strength.  Here’s an astonishing fact: bones are 23% sodium, and celery is also 23% sodium.

5)  Tomato – Heart

Tomatoes resemble the heart more than any other fruit,  and they are loaded with lycopene which has been referred to as heart and blood food.  The consumption of lycopene has been proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease.  Tomatoes are also a great source of Vitamin C which is crucial for heart health!

6)  Mushroom – Ear

A sliced mushroom has the shape and resemblance of a human ear,  and mushrooms are good for ear health!   They are a great source of vitamin D, which is essential for preventing hearing loss.  So hear me out: eat your mushrooms.

7)  Avocado – Uterus

Avocados are shaped like the uterus and cervix, and avocados have been shown to balance hormones and prevent cervical cancer!  And guess what?  Just as it takes exactly 9 months for a baby to fully develop in the womb, it takes an avocado exactly 9 months to grow from a blossom into a ripened fruit!

8)  Ginger – Stomach

Ginger looks like the stomach and aids in digestion!  Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for stomach health.  Gingerol, the ingredient that gives ginger it’s strong scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting.

9)  Grapes – Lungs

Grapes, especially heirloom concord grapes, resemble the alveoli of the lungs.   The alveoli of the lungs allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the bloodstream.  A diet high in fresh grapes has shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer!  Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which can reduce the severity of allergy-triggered asthma.

10)  Sweet Potato – Pancreas

A sweet potato has a striking resemblance to the pancreas, and has been shown to help the pancreas do its job by helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Sweet potatoes are also naturally high in Vitamin B6,  which studies have shown inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer!

To learn more about this, study The Doctrine of Signatures or Teleological Nutritional Targeting.  It is the study of the relationship between the attributes of fruits, vegetables and herbs and how they closely relate to the organs and body parts they help!

About the author:  

My name is Erin Janus.  I am an animal rights activist and aspiring musician, writer and video producer.  You can connect with me on facebook, twitter and YouTube.  Thanks for reading this article and feel free to share it with friends and family! Original article by Erin Janus, all rights reserved.  Click here to sign up for my mailing list!
Special thanks to Richard Cassaro for his investigative work on The Doctrine of Signatures. Other source: womansday

Which Style of Massage is Right For You? Tailor Your Massage to Your Health Concerns

Getting a massage is something that most of us enjoy, but seldom do. Part of the reason for this is that many people view massage as a luxury, and something that is easy to put off for special occasions. But did you know that massage is actually a powerful form of preventative medicine?

With consistent massage, you can drastically reduce your risk for serious stress-induced health conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease, among others. No one can deny that massage is enjoyable, but the point is that it is also much more than a simple leisure activity. In our fast-paced society, it’s easy to put your health on the back burner. Massage is an activity that can make a real, long-term difference in your health and is also a wonderful experience. There are many great reasons to book an appointment.

Are you ready to start seeing a massage therapist more regularly? Get the most out of your time on the table and target your visits to your specific needs. Check out our list below where you can determine which form of massage is best for what your personal health goals.

Symptom(s): Everyday Stress

Massage choice: Swedish massage

Swedish massage is great for patients who simply want to unwind. It uses a variety of techniques to relax muscles by applying light, moderate, or deep pressure to muscles and bones. This form of massage is known to increase the range of motion at joints and promote blood circulation to the heart.

Symptoms: Headaches, Insomnia, Injury Recovery, and More

Massage choice: Shiatsu

Shiatsu massage incorporates aspects of Japanese massage, traditional Chinese medicine, and Western anatomy. Shiatsu is generally performed on the floor and uses pressure that is applied through the fingers. The patient rests on a padded mat rather than a table.

Symptoms: Muscle Tension and Tightness

Massage choice: Thai massage

Thai massage is a great choice for athletes and dancers as this technique involves a significant amount of stretching. The bodywork is performed on the floor and involves a lot of yoga-like poses. Often called the ‘lazy man’s yoga’, Thai massage can loosen and stretch your body in the same way that a vigorous yoga class can, but in a much more restful manner!

Symptoms: Illness, Lower Back Pain, Built Up Tension

Massage choice: Tui Na

A form of Chinese manipulative therapy, Tui Na is often combined with other forms of Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and cupping. Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. Do you love when a massage therapist digs in to those shoulder muscles at just the right spots? Tui Na is for you.

Massage Suggested for Cancer Patients: Reflexology

Reflexology involves the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas on the feet and hands that is thought to reflect a map of the body, with each part of the feet and hands in alignment with a specific organ. The premise of reflexology is that it is a targeted practice that can affect all areas of the body with reflex responses. This type of massage improves circulation throughout the body.

Lymphatic massage is another excellent form of massage for cancer patients. Massage therapists trained in lymphatic massage use techniques that gently palpate the lymphatic system to help healthy drainage of toxins in the body, and to promote healing and the immune system.

Curious about other massage modalities? Want to learn more about these ones? Don’t miss our article about all forms of massage!

Ready for your massage? Visit our website and click the “clinic” tab at the top of the page to schedule an appointment! We look forward to healing you.


The Anatomy of CG TOKI

Upon visiting the Bodies Exhibition, New York based CGI artist and Digital Illustrator, Joon Lee had a revelatory experience.  “All the intricate details of nervous and circulatory systems, mysterious organic shapes of muscles & organs, surprisingly vulnerable and fragile looking bones.  I witnessed the unfathomable beauty that couldn’t be explained with human languages.” Joon was instantly inspired to create the anatomy he saw in 3D which has now turned into an ongoing anatomy series.

This is actually a moderately updated old design I did ages ago.  I’ve had my own version of this shirt that I’ve been wearing for the past couple of years, but I’m now ready to share.  Displaying a chunk of your circulatory system, this design works excellently as a teaching aid.  For example, in those all-too-frequent occasions where someone asks you where you’re spleen is, you can conveniently just point to your shirt (It’s the white one).

Purchase this shirt here!

circulatory system:

The circulatory system is the main transport system in the human body. Blood is pumped to every cell of every organ. 

The blood consists of white blood cells, helping to fight infection, plasma, and mostly Red Blood Cells. RBC trasport nutrients, oxygen, CO2 and waste. 

The heart is the pump for closed sytem organisms. It cosists of four chambers in mammals. The left and right ventricles and the left and right atriums. the de-oxygenated blood flows into the right atrium, and right ventricle, and is then transported through the pulmonary artery to the lungs. when re-oxygenated, the blood is transferred back to the heart through first the left ventricle and then the right ventricle. The left sode of the heart has very thick muscular walls because it is responsible for pumping blood through the body.

oxygenated blood travels away from the heart in arteries. Arteries have 3 layers. a think epithelial layer on the inside, which is smooth. a thick middle layer consisting of mainly muscle and another outer layer. The blood is under high pressure here, assisted by the muscular contractions. when the artery diameter decreases to a certain size, they are regarded as arteriols. 

the blood then travels down through capillaries, and capillary beds. capillaries are single-celled thickness (epithelial cells). and the RBC travel in a single line. They are the point of exchange where, by diffusion, nutrients and oxygen are supplied to cells, and CO2, urea and other waste is collected. the capillaries eventually lead on to venules (thin veins).

Veins carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. they are thinner than arteries and consist of valves to help the blood travel upwards (gravity is pushing down) and assist in maintaining a relative amount of pressure. the thinner veins that meet capillaries are regarded as venules.