Lesson of the Dung Beetle

Lesson of the Dung Beetle

October 22, 2020

Lesson of the Dung Beetle

Ian Kennedy

The Dung Beetle like all other creatures are an integral part of the ecosystem they find themselves in. Nature has no wasted effort. Everything and everyone have a place and function within her existence. There are many kinds of bung beetles, the best known being the rolling dung beetle. These are the ones that not only find nourishment, purpose, and accommodations for its eggs in another animal’s waste it also buries 250 times its own body weight in dung into the soil every day. Its very existence and purpose are literally rolled up in its dung ball. Often the ball of dung has far outgrown the beetle in size and mass. The Beetle thrives and contributes to the cycle of life through the working of its dung ball, the very survival of the species depending on it.  It does have drew backs. The beetle cannot see what is right in front of it as it rolls its dung ball ever forward, and It must protect its dung ball from all other dung rolling beetles.

 

If we look, we can see that people in so many ways are very much like the dung beetle. We have over time collected all sorts of dung. The things that we push around before us such as our mental dung, emotional dung, physical dung, dung full of believes, prejudice dung, physical possession dung, relationship dung, children dung, job dung, education dung, judgment dung and so on. When we stop and think about it, we can see how we have easily accumulated a big dung ball in our life very quickly that we push around all over the place often subjecting others to our big ball of dung. 

 

 Now, if we push this dung ball around long enough and stare at it intently enough, we can easily become associated with the dung ball we have gathered, and this is how we become entangled with it. This entanglement leads to a feeling that the dung ball is more than just ours, that somehow, the dung ball, in a sense, has become us in so many ways. It is what I present to the world not only as mine but also as me. We add to our dung ball but really do we know how to take away from it and lesson the load we push around.  

 

Now, I am not saying that we should abandon this precious dung ball all together never to push it again. I am sure that it takes a good amount of effort to drop our dung ball completely.  I am suggesting that at times, to put it aside and see how it feels to be out from behind it and what is truly before us when the dung ball is out of our view. It takes practice to step from behind the dung ball and gaze into what has always been in front of us. Our dung ball has always blocked the view of what is just beyond it. Our dung ball has done many things for us. It has at times given us a sense of security and subsistence. We relied on it as a buffer between us and the world and life in general.  It has acted as a barometer, a gage between success and failure. Our dung ball has given us a perception of who we are, but that perception is one only from behind it. It has never and can never give us clarity as to who we are out from behind it.

 

Awareness of our dung ball is the first and most vital step in learning that we not only have a personal dung ball that we have built and accumulated over time, but that we can from time to time step from behind it, set it aside and experience who we are and what the world is without it in front of us. We can always go back to our dung ball and push if we wish. We do not have to worry about our dung ball since we now know that we can always find more dung to add to it, or even make a brand-new dung ball anytime we want.  There is always plenty of dung around.  With this realization however it is unlikely that we would put any energy or effort into creating a new dung ball once we have put aside our old one. Once I see that my dung ball is of my own creating and is not me and that it keeps me from seeing my true path that is before me, it becomes natural to no longer create and push a dung ball.  Nature has much to teach us if we take the time and awareness to absorb her lessons. Nature holds a mirror of truth before us always. There is no waste, no good or bad, no right or wrong. There is only life and the pursuit of its existence. Man is gifted with the ability for consciousness. The ability to rise above instinct and compulsion. To act consciously.  It is my hope that we can all steep from behind our dung ball occasionally and someday even put them aside and walk away from them for good as a part of who we think we are. We should see them for what there are use them to our advantage.  By stepping from behind our dung ball we can expand our awareness into greater horizons of being that awaits us.  

 

BRMI Advisor Ian Kennedy

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Neem: An Amazing Gift from Nature

Neem: An Amazing Gift from Nature

August 25, 2020

Neem: An Amazing Gift from Nature

Ian Kennedy

It is known by many names: Azadirachta Indica, Indian lilac, Veppam, Arya Veppu, Margousier, and by its most common name, Neem. It holds a place of high reverence in the Eastern Indian culture and in Ayurvedic medicine.  All parts of the Neem tree including, of course, the flowers and leaves, have been used for over two thousand years and has proven its versatility in the Ayurvedic tradition.  All parts of the Neem tree are used in the treatment of a wide verity of ailments such as inflammation, edema, infections, fever, skin diseases, and dental disorders to name a few. It is used as an effective cleanser for blood disorders and as a detoxifier of the liver and is commonly used as a general immune system booster.

 

Neem is bitter and pungent to the taste. The fruit can be eaten, the twigs can be chewed on, the leaves come encapsulated for easy ingestion without the taste. Neem oils are good for skin and hair and powdered Neem can be added into smoothies. Neem can easily be added to foods, made into a tea, hot or cold, and the leaf, like the twig, is commonly chewed to support healthy gums and the oral microbiome. It is bitter! and can take some getting used to when it comes to chewing the Neem leaf. There are Neem saves, soaps, toothpaste, mists, and the raw whole organic leaf and flower can be easily acquired from India. 

 

Neem is effective in eliminating intestinal worms, treating loss of appetite, helping cardiovascular disease, and lowering high blood pressure. It is powerful in reducing fever, abating flu symptoms, and in fighting gum diseases and liver congestion. Using Neem paste on psoriasis and other skin rases and disorders including scalp problems has been amazingly effective. Neem oil is particularly good for restoring the vibrance and luster to hair. Neem is excellent for the liver. Ingesting a little neem daily automatically enhances your digestion. Aside from consuming Neem daily as liver support and digestive aid, it has also been shown to destroy excess bacteria in the intestinal region and cleanses the colon, further facilitating smoother digestion.

 

The Neem tree is said to have over one hundred and thirty different biologically active compounds including those with anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-parasitic properties. Perhaps, only the Ginkgo baluba tree is held in such high esteem as is the amazing Neem tree. The all-encompassing usages of the Neem tree and its benefits are just now becoming fully apparent within the modern medical field and even those of us schooled in Bioregulatory medicine may be uninformed or have simply forgotten about the versatility of this remarkable plant.  A blend of Neem, black pepper, and organic honey is a mixture traditionally taken every day in the yogic sciences as an immune system booster and spiritual aid.

 

The Neem tree can grow to a height of fifty feet and is a powerful reminder of the gifts that nature holds for mankind. Its spiritual qualities include the common India reference to it as the “Tree of Life.” In the African tradition, it is referred to as “Green Gold” and in Senegal, it is lovingly known as the “Independence Tree”.

 

Siddha is one of the oldest healing traditions known to exist in human history, dating back some ten thousand years BC, originating in Tamil Nadu, South India. The recorded history of this system shows consistent reliance on the Neem tree. It is central in the formulation of treatments meant for physical, psychiatric, and spiritual ailments. The practitioners of Siddha were known as Siddhars and were multi-talented scientists of ancient times, specializing not only in medicine but also in the language of alchemy, mysticism, and spirituality.

 

The foundational philosophy of the Siddhars was based on a “person-centered” approach.  All dimensions of the individual were explored and taken into consideration when formulating a treatment plan. Siddhars’ focus was on the four main bodies of a person. The intent was to re-establish cohesion that may have been disturbed or lost in some way between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. This disturbance was understood as the root cause of many health issues that may arise.

 

The United Nations educational scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) has formally included Siddhars’ medical manuscripts as part of their “memory of the world” archive. The memory of the world register/archive is a collection of oral traditions, manuscripts, and documentation of universal value. The United Nations has also honorably named the Neem Tree, as the “tree of the 21st Century.”

Neem oil and the Pineal gland. Neem oil extract has natural antibiotic and antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and can protect the body against toxic and oxidative damage. Neem oil helps the liver and kidneys in eliminating heavy metals. This takes some of the stress off the endocrine system thus paving the way for greater pineal gland function. Neem is a multi-level purifier and its elimination properties greatly support the body through the pineal gland decalcification process. The pineal gland is traditionally understood as the third eye and the seat of the soul or the gland of “universal connection.” 

Adding high-quality Neem into the diet will have far-reaching health benefits and is one of the best preventive substances that one can take as an overall immune system supporter, digestive aid, liver, and blood cleanser and can even be used as birth control. 

 

If a couple is attempting to conceive, Neem should be avoided in all its forms by both the man and woman. A pregnant woman should especially avoid Neem as it can cause fetal abortion. It has been used as natural birth control for men and is effective in lowering a man’s sperm count.

 

Neem is well worth your time investigating, adding into your diet, and when appropriate added into your patients’ protocol. Neem is highly effective, inexpensive, and readily available in many organic forms. Obviously, there are many benefits of Neem and its effectiveness has stood the test of time. Neem is offered to us in the form of its fruit, seeds, twigs, flowers, and leaves. The Neem tree may just be that magic from time immemorial you were looking for.      

 
 
 
 
 
 

BRMI Advisor Ian Kennedy

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The Five Elements and Ultimate Health

The Five Elements and Ultimate Health

June 30, 2020

The Five Elements and Ultimate Health

Ian Kennedy

In traditional thought of how the body functions and how we can view the self in a more bioregulatory way we can refer to the ancient understanding of the five elements. Water, Earth, Fire, Air and Space. We, like the earth are 72 percent water, 20 percent earth, 9 percent fire, 6 percent air and the rest, 3 per cent is space.

 

When we speak of the body and maintaining health in a bioregulatory way, water is the first and most important of all elements. Science today finally understands that water has an amazing capability to gather and hold information. This is new to science, yet has been known for eons by the ancients. This information is not held in a chemical way, but in a molecular way. Water picks up information from its surroundings and gathers information from what it is exposed to, from its source and along its pathway, to wherever it may be migrating from and finally arriving to. When water is being pumped from a source through pipes, that lets say has, thirty-five bends in it, the water is changed molecularly. It is also being forcibly pushed through the piping which also creates a certain memory within it. Now it arrives at your home. What if you are living on the twelfth floor of an apartment building?  It also must be forced up through more pipes to reach your tap. If you go to the tap and just drink this water – much of it – let us say 60 percent will act like a poison in the system, not chemically but molecularly. One hundred and fifty years ago or more when water was gathered from springs or wells it was taken into the home and was not immediately consumed. It was placed in a clean vessel often with a flower atop it and would sit that way overnight. If water is given some time to settle down it will return to its purer state and will not hold the information that it gathered previously. Now it will be suitable for consumption. Handling our water in this way and consciously infusing our water with positive thoughts, and holding a certain reverence for it, will greatly enhance its effects on our body. Water should also be drank only when one is thirsty. Sipping water all day dramatically lowers the sodium levels in our body and this combined with a flushing out of needed minerals from the system causes many health issues such as foggy brain and fatigue. Taking great care of our water will help take care of our body and our overall health in a profound way. Next comes earth. It is our food that represents the earth element within our body. It Is our food that comes from the earth and this twelve percent is still a significant part of our well-being and our health. Foods that have a high content of water are best to be consumed. Plants and fruits have the highest percentage of water within them. The less they are cook the better. It is also important in how the food is handled, prepared and by whom this task is done. Since these foods have a high content of water they also have the ability to retain information. Meat, bread, cheese and more processed foods have a lower percentage of water and generally have less nutritional value. Taking care of the preparation and presentation of our food, as well as giving thanks for it and having reverence for the life that has been taken to support our own, will greatly enhance its worth to our body. It is also greatly beneficial to get our hands and bare feet into the soil. This helps us reconnect with this element and receive microorganisms that are beneficial to our gut function.   Then there is fire. The fire is 9 percent of the system and can been our emotions as well as our metabolism. Are our emotions those of greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, or exclusiveness? Or are they the fires of love, joy, compassion, and inclusiveness? Our emotions are the fire that burns within us. Another way of understanding the fire element is the sun. The sun is the greatest fire we are exposed to and it is pure and unpolluted. It is life sustaining since all energy and all food is solar powered in some way.  Getting sun on the body every day is greatly beneficial to our overall well-being and our physical health. Early morning and late afternoon sun are healthy to expose ourselves to and it is also good for our circadian rhythm to gaze at the sun as it rises and as it sets. This will keep us in tune with the fire element within us. Finally there is air. Air is much more than just our breath. Air is within every cell of the body. Every cell is 6 percent air.  Without air or the oxygen that we gather from it our cells, muscles and brain will not work efficiently. Today much of the air has become artificial or polluted. Indoor air is often air conditioned and tends to be more stagnate than outdoor air. If we are living in big metropolitan areas this cannot be avoided since the outside air often has smoke, dust, chemicals, and smells in it. Since air however is only 6 percent of the body element however it is less important than our water when it comes to our health. This is not to say that we should refute its value. The best thing to do is to get out into the woodlands or forest, or along a beach and take in good pure air that the earth has circulated. Lastly there is space. This is but 3 percent -for some such as our politicians it may be more – usually residing in the skull. The concept of space is for the esoteric and its importance is vital. Having space to be and think is critical to our mental health. Being confined ether physically or emotionally will cause many unhealthy issues for human beings since we are creatures that always seek expansion. Human beings need space and it is only within space that we can exist it. Though it is only 3 percent without it we could not take on this physical form.

 

Living a bioregulatory lifestyle one cannot ignore the value and direct connection we have to the five elements. By understanding their multi-dimensional balance it provides us with the power to enhance our health and our lives.      

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Life is Cyclical

Life is Cyclical

April 30, 2020

Life is Cyclical

Ian Kennedy

The Bioregulatory approach embraces the fact that life is cyclical. This is not merely the concept that we are born, die, and are recycled. This construct gives us a template to follow throughout our lives – that we are meant to be aligned bio-rhythmically to our world and universe- guiding us to optimal health and vitality. 

 

What happens that eventually leads one to illness? It is when we become disconnected from source – falling out of healthy cyclical patterns. Changes accrue, and what we once experienced as wellness is eventually experienced as sickness. What must happen to reverse from illness back to wellness? A cycle of health must take place.

 

When life begins there is a natural coherence that binds us to all life-related cycles. We experience life based on the alignment of the geometry within the universe and within us. We experience life based on the alignment of the geometry within the universe and within us. If the universe had a different geometry the human experience may have ceased to exist. As living beings we thrive because of this celestial geometry: the sun, the moon, and the earth.

 

The cycle of the moon is responsible for all human life. Without our mothers’ natural menstrual cycle, none of us would exist. The moon pulls on the oceans creating tides and on the cerebral fluid in our brain and spinal cord. We are closely connected with the moon.

 

The sun and our reliance upon it are also part of creation. Everything is solar powered. Every morsel of food you have ever eaten has been produced by the sun. When you eat meat, the cow that you feed upon has received its life energy from the grass, which utilizes the sun’s life energy. Every carrot and potato is produced by the sun’s energy.

 

There is also our bond with the earth, which is an intimate one. Not only does our food and water come from it, but our very breath connects us to it as well. The Earth is divided into latitudinal lines running around the planet. The equator is 365 degrees and runs around the middle circumference. Each degree of the line is divided into minutes. Each minute represents one nautical mile. The Earth is 21,600 nautical miles at the equator and spins at one thousand miles per hour. If a person is of relatively good health their resting heart rate will be 15 respiration’s per minute. That is 900 breaths an hour which equates to 21,600 breaths per day, equaling the number of nautical miles around the center of the earth.

 

Restoring a person’s natural cycles is as important as suggesting the correct diet or providing the correct remedy. It is easy to fall out of healthy natural cycles today with the constant exposure to Wi-Fi, other modern man-made toxic loads, our ability to overwork, overeat and sleep inappropriately, as well as alcohol, drug use, and other compulsive behaviors. Other signs of the loss of our natural cycles include: Insomnia, restlessness, poor elimination, lethargy, apathy, lymphatic swelling, emotional eating and other emotional imbalances; including anxiety and depression. Cycle loss is a sign of inertia affecting the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies.

 

Inertia in the body brings us close to the experience of death. There are some things that contribute to inertia, and, in this context; inertia refers to the loss of the natural motion of energy through the body. Food void of life energy will bring certain inertia to the body. Processed cooked foods are lacking in life energy to the body. When non-living food is consumed a person often feels tired or sluggish. When we feed the physical body in this way, there will also be inertia build up in the mind, emotions and energies of a person. Illness always has a component of inertia to it, such as when the lymphatic fluid thickens, and lymph nodes swell. When the lymphatics become stagnant that makes for sluggish detoxification, a sign of more inertia. Death is the final form of inertia for any living being. From the nervous system’s lack of responsiveness to the loss of mind function, to the setting in of rigor mortus within the body, inertia becomes final. 

 

Therefore, if inertia is a sign of illness and death, responsiveness and movement is a sign of life and health. Movement is youthfulness and has little to do with age. Effective circulation (movement) of our blood and lymph is a symbol of well-being. We all know that constipation is an invitation to illness. Therefore, having a good digestive cycle is a sign of health. A natural sleep cycle is a sign of health. The loss of any cycle is a sign that there is a possibility of dis-ease setting in. If we don’t move the physical body, it stiffens. This is evident in the morning for those who wake with stiffness in the body. Their natural lubrication has settled in the joints and needs to be recirculated through movement of the body. Without lubrication, there is friction, and there is pain and wear wherever there is friction in the body. This can be applied to all aspects of life. The physical body, relationships, business, emotional wellness, and mental and spiritual well-being all require a certain amount of lubrication and movement to remain vital in our lives. If there is no lubrication, there’s friction, and if there’s friction, there’s a loss of flexibility and movement, and without movement nothing happens, so nothing can be done except to create more friction and inertia.

 

Health, like life is not sedentary. Life and health require movement. The more free the movement we experience in body and mind, the more flexible we can become, and the more flexible we become, the more possibilities open to us. How are we going to help people regain their natural cycles and the lubrication need to move towards heath and a life with less friction? First, there must be willingness. If there is willingness to change the diet, activity, remedy, outlook or any other shift needed than restoring health and well-being will become easier. If a certain level of willingness is not present, then change will be impossible regardless of what may be given or suggested. When we are willing, we naturally experience a certain level of openness, and that is the beginning of change. If what we do is done unwillingly, then we experience unpleasantness and that is the very bases of dis-ease. It is well understood that certain emotions stimulate certain chemical reactions within the body and those can create conditions that support health or invite illness. If there is willingness everything becomes easier. When there is unwillingness even the simplest things become difficult or unbearable. 

 

Some simple steps to help reset natural cycles can be as easy as: Sleeping in complete darkness except for the night before, the night of and the night after the full moon. On those nights it is best to allow the moonlight to come into the bedroom. This can help reset our circadian rhythm. Take a few minutes at twilight and watch the sun go down. This will help with the production of the hormone’s serotonin and melatonin. Moon gaze to promote and maintain a natural circadian rhythm. It can also help set a romantic mood, stimulating another important rhythm to the body. Turnoff the Wi-Fi router at night to reduce the number of disruptive radio waves that stimulates brain activity. Make a conscience effort to be among nature, walk in the woods. Get sunlight on your face and forehead this helps with vitamin D production in the body. Eat less food. In adulthood for most it is beneficial to eat less than we do. Today, almost seventy percent of Americans are considered obese. And sadly, seventy percent of Americans are on prescription medications. Having at least eight hours between meals is valuable in not over stressing the digestive system. It has also been found that unhealthy cells find it hard to survive when a person eats in this way. Eating the first meal in the morning and then eating again just after the sun goes down has many health benefits. This is not problematic if the food consumed is live and energetically vital. Going to bed hungry takes a little getting used to, but this practice also has many positive health benefits. Consume water. Our body is seventy-two percent water. Every cell needs water to function, and water is vital for detoxification and elimination. Finally, don’t forget to move. Movement is health, and balancing an inactive lifestyle with movement is vital in maintaining proper functioning. Walking, swimming, yoga and other low impact activity keeps the body flexible. Flexibility is a sign of youthfulness. Embrace the natural cycles that make life dynamic, and you will find that health is a natural consequence to staying in rhythm with the natural cycles of life. Finally, take time to do nothing. Our lives are filled with activity and having time to do nothing will also restore some balance to an individual. Take one day a month and go dark. No talking, no screens of any kind. No cell phone, computer or T.V. No book to read either. Be alone for twenty-four hours without any external artificial stimulation.

 

Cycles are a healthy aspect of life. Staying in touch with our cycles and how they link us to life not only creates health, but also a full, balanced and joyful experience.

 
Ian Kennedy, BRMI Advisor

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Kelly & Ian Kennedy on “Live Better Longer”

Kelly & Ian Kennedy on “Live Better Longer”

Febuary 7, 2020

Kelly & Ian Kennedy on “Live Better Longer”

BRMI Advisors Kelly & Ian Kennedy to be interviewed live today at 11am on “Live Better Longer”. (For those who missed the RVN TV broadcast, click here to catch the interview.)

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Aging well: a dynamic oscillation between degeneration and regeneration

Aging well: a dynamic oscillation between degeneration and regeneration

Febuary 7, 2020

Aging well: a dynamic oscillation between degeneration and regeneration

Ian Kennedy

Our health is not a stagnant state of being, but rather a dynamic oscillation between degeneration and regeneration. This is true from the moment we are born until the moment we die. For instance, as a fetus we go from one cell to trillions of cells in just 9 months. As a newborn, we double our weight in the first year. As a child, our growth slows down until adolescence, even though most of the hormones in the body are increasing throughout this time. Even amongst the elderly, cells regenerate, just more slowly. In seven years, all the cells in our body are renewed. The biological view of this process is that there are vital nutrients, systems and organs responsible for this renewal. By supporting these vital “upbuilding forces”, we can support the body, even as we age. Helping people age well is one of the strengths of European Biological Medicine. So what are the components of aging well? The first is to ensure proper organ drainage and function. A common mistake is to attempt detoxification without first ensuring that the pathways which drain the toxic load are open. Detoxing without drainage is like flushing a clogged toilet. Without proper drainage, the toxic load remains trapped in the body. The second is to begin to lower hyper-protein levels. A daily intake should be 45 to 70 grams of protein. Many Americans consume around 120 grams per day. This leads to problems in digestion and sinus function, as well as to the thickening of lymphatic fluid. Third, we increase the essential amino acids and antioxidants. Essential amino acids are the building blocks to rebuilding our cells. Antioxidant rich foods such as blueberries and other foods high in vitamin C and E are beneficial. Fourth, we look at the intestinal mucosa lining, the intestinal flora, our gut and liver function. These are the primary focal points for therapy in renewing the regenerative powers within the body. The intestinal mucosa on the intestinal walls takes two to four weeks to rebuild using certain remedies and strict dietary changes. The majority of our immune system lies within the intestinal mucosa with its billions of bacteria that need to be in ecological balance. The liver is responsible for over five hundred functions in the body and is key in maintaining youthful health. The liver can take about six months to rebuild and supporting good liver function will remove a large burden of toxic sludge from the body and stimulate the upbuilding forces within the body. This is done through liver flushes, neural therapy and specialized remedies that open and support drainage and detoxification of the liver. Fifth, our lymphatic system serves as the body’s sewer system and toxic waste dump. By ensuring proper lymphatic flow and drainage of the waste, we again support the body in proper function with less effort and stress on the system. This is best accomplished with sessions of lymphatic enhancement therapy, specific remedies that open and maintain drainage. Easy ways to maintain lymphatic health at home are dry brushing and rebounding. Lastly, we strongly recommend a practice of some sort – this is vital in remaining young. Activities such as yoga, tai-chi, and walking help keep our bodies flexible. Get your body moving! Conventional medicine has rallied around the anti-aging tagline and has worked at selling this idea to the public. If we think about it, everyone ages; only death can stop the aging process. Anti-aging or going “against aging” is not in alignment with the natural processes and forces of life. Fighting the aging process is always a losing battle. We need to age; it’s good to age; it is why we celebrate birthdays! The idea of aging well is in harmony with the principles of life. Aging is the natural progression in life and with it comes experience and wisdom. Caring for our bodies and minds with good whole foods and supporting our regenerative forces will ensure that we can and will age well. A question we frequently hear from clients is “I have been everywhere, I have seen my family doctor as well as other specialists. I am told that nothing is wrong with me and that my blood work looks good. I eat well but still have weird symptoms and generally feel like crap. Why?” The short answer is because there is never just one thing making us ill. There are always a multitude of stressors that need to be discovered and addressed. If it is not just one thing that makes us sick, then it follows that it will not be just one thing that makes us better.

Ian Kennedy is the Founder and Head Clinician of True Wellness of Pennsylvania.

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Compliance in Biological Medicine

Compliance in Biological Medicine

Febuary 7, 2020

Compliance in Biological Medicine

Ian Kennedy

This might seem obvious when it comes to improving one’s health, but there is one factor that stands out when determining whether or nor a client will successfully employ European Biological Medicine. And that one factor is compliance. Compliance makes all the difference. (Conversely, choosing therapies based only on what one is willing to do, instead of what one needs to do, is a recipe for failure.) Moreover, compliance is something that is totally in the hands of the client. As practitioners, we can educate on subjects such as wifi exposure, scars on the body, and heavy metal burdens (all of which can be a primary impediment to wellness). We can recommend dietary changes – we can gather information; analyze that information; and suggest therapies. But at the end of the day, if therapies are avoided and changes are not made, how can we expect our client’s health to improve? As a society, we have been lulled into thinking that health is the absence of symptoms and that suppressing symptoms equates to health. Well, you can take pain medication for arthritic joint pain, and that pain might subside, but the degeneration and damage to the joint continues. Whereas contemporary medicine focuses on the illness or disease, Biological Medicine focuses on the individual, and supporting their ability to heal. A teacher once told me, “For things to get better, you have to get better, and for things to change, you have to change.” Similarly, Dr. Thomas Rau was once asked, “When is it too late to use Biological Medicine?” His reply: “It’s never too late to turn around and go in a different direction.” Going in a different direction, however, can be difficult for some – especially when that direction differs from that being dictated by the conventional medical community (which likes to make fear-inducing pronouncements that diverging from their playbook could result in dire consequences). People don’t change if they don’t have to. Over the years, we have witnessed that for most people, compliance levels are directly proportional to desperation levels. My brother smoked cigarettes for over 25 years, and had tried many times to quit. The day he was diagnosed with cancer was the day he finally succeeded in quitting – and never smoked again. When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change, we change. 


Let’s look at some facts. The number one killer in America is heart disease. Followed by cancer. The third leading cause of death in America? Medical treatment. According to The National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths from Heart disease: 710,760 Cancer: 553,091 Medical care: 225,400 The medical-care related deaths further break down like this: Adverse drug effects: 106,000 Hospital-borne infections: 80,000 Other preventable errors in hospital: 20,000 Unnecessary surgery: 12,000 Medication errors 7,400 In other words, if heart disease or cancer don’t kill you, the next most-likely culprit is conventional medical treatment. Imagine if those rates of death were caused by any other industry – if, for example, over 200,000+ people were to die in plane crashes each year, none of us would fly. So who gets the most out of the Biological approach? The person who is willing to turn around and go in another direction – to get a different result. The Biological approach is for those who seek and are willing to take guidance and support to facilitate a deeper and more complete healing.

Ian Kennedy is the Founder and Head Clinician of True Wellness of Pennsylvania.

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Mudras: Sacred Hand Gestures

Mudras: Sacred Hand Gestures

Febuary 7, 2020

Mudras: Sacred Hand Gestures

Ian Kennedy

Mudras

The Sanskrit word mudras means seal, mark or gesture. Mudras are sacred hand gestures or positions that are used to evoke different states of mind and body. In Tibetan the word is chakgya. Each of these sacred hand gestures has a specific meaning. Many of them symbolize major moments or events in the Buddha’s life. The most well known entails the palms of both hands pressed together in what Western traditions consider the praying hand position. This mudra, while rarely found in representations of the Buddha or other deities, is commonly used by nuns, monks, and laypeople to symbolize devotion, prayer, admiration and unity. The word yoga also means unity and this mudra is best known through the practice of yoga. Called the Namaskar Mudra in yoga or the Anjali Mudra, it is used as a common form of greeting in most Asian countries. Anjali is a Sanskrit word which means “salutation” or “to offer” and Namaskar is Hindi for “good day”.

 

To make this mudra, you bring your palms together in front of your heart space, fingers together pointing upwards, and thumbs held close to the chest, to symbolize honor, respect, and devotion. It also can be used to unify the parasympathetic and sympathetic aspects of a person. Our palms and fingertips are full of autonomic nervous system fibers that act as receptors giving information to the body about its environment. The opening of our ears, the skin on the lips and the umbilicus act as the same. Through these areas of the body, energy frequency and vibration from all that surrounds us is perceived by the autonomic nervous system. This, for most people, is an unconscious experience. However, with some consistent practice of holding mudras, one can become aware of this. Mudras can incite a state of being if one adopts the practice of using mudras consistently. Like everything in life, it takes time to nurture this awareness and allow oneself to slowly open to this sensitivity.

 

The fingertips of the index finger, middle finger and ring finger gently touching the tip of the thumb are also well known mudras to most who have seen representations of the Buddha. By lightly connecting the thumb with each of these first three fingers individually and maintaining each for a period of time, one can open the body and mind to different states of awareness. When using the index finger and thumb it can bring a deeper sense of the physical structure of the body to us. The middle finger and thumb stimulate the system on a cellular level including what is ingested into the body and its effect. The ring finger and thumb held lightly together takes one into the realm of thought and emotion. These three mudras, when used purposely, will balance and enhance these three levels of being. All that comprises this vast cosmos that we are a part of only consists of energy, frequency and vibration and it is when we connect in this way through the use of mudras we become more aware that we are also an expression of and connected to all that is, in a very intimate and profound way.

 

Over the past 20+ years, I have used these three mudras to gain access to the physical structure, cellular process and mental activity for clients in shifting sensitivity of foods and substances that incite unwanted reactions within the body. When we hold the praying hand Namaskar Mudra, and focus on something that brings a sense of peace, love or joy, such as a picture of a loved one, a flower or even the setting sun or mountaintop in the distance, the experience can be deeply profound and these feelings of love, peace and joy will well up from inside oneself. There needs to be no mental effort or special breathing when holding the hands together in this way – only a focus on what is being viewed. But it does take time and devotion to the practice and process to have this experience. Trying something for a few minutes for a few days will yield few results. But if one openly delves into it without expectation or desire for results, a transformation within the self will manifest and a greater sensitivity will open to us.

 

These ancient hand positions were not done without reason and have been gifted to all humanity. It is up to us now in this contemporary time to reinvest in their use, teach them to our children and reap the benefits of them not only for our separate selves but the planet as a whole. When we connect in this way to all there is, there can be no space for anything but inclusion, connection and joy.

 
 

Ian Kennedy is the Founder and Head Clinician of True Wellness of Pennsylvania.

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Spiritual Energy in Healing

Spiritual Energy in Healing

Febuary 7, 2020

Spiritual Energy in Healing

Ian Kennedy

Energy cannot be destroyed; it only changes form. E=Mc2. Einstein’s famous formula eloquently explains that the greater the mass of an object, the more energy it possesses. Energy at its purest form is light frequency. Light waves travel at almost 300 kilometers per second. Energy, light and mass – what does this have to do with our wellness? A good question. If energy can only change form, does this mean that the energy in the body is in constant transformation? Let’s look at some of the energy within the body.

Cellular energy, such as the Krebs cycle energy production within the cell, is one type of energy. Cellular energy is often tested through traditional blood work or a saliva test to see how well the cells are expending their energy and performing for the physical body. Then there is the thermal energy of the body. This energy is often tested with Computerized Regulation Thermography, which gives the trained bioregulatory practitioner a concise way to determine if there is proper regulatory capacity, under mild stress, within the organs, tissues and glands – again, based on the thermal energy of the body. Muscular energy plus muscle fatigue with the expenditure of sugars and oxygen can cause a build-up of byproducts from that energy burn, such as lactic acid buildup; this can be understood more as the chemical energy of the body. Then, there is the electrical energy within the body. This energy is easy to access, and can help to evaluate heart and brain function. This energy is typically tested through various bio-feedback devices or muscle response testing in the bioregulatory world. Heart Rate Variability is another quantitative assessment of this energy that allows us to see the compensation ability of the individual through the energy waves produced by the heart, under a mild stress.

Ultimately, we are all energy. Every move we make, every thought we have is an energy impulse. At the most fundamental level, our sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and sound are energy impulses to the brain giving us feedback from our environment. My favorite explanation of who we are energetically is from Dr. Joe Dispenza: “We are light energy held together by magnetic and gravitational forces.” Everything we do is in some way directly related to maintaining and managing body energy. The parasympathetic (resting, healing and digesting mode – relaxing) and sympathetic (fight or flight mode) fluctuations in the body are the concept of proper regulation and THE gauge of proper energy accumulation and utilization. At the most fundamental level, the body’s goal is the proper management of energy.

Jerry Tennant M.D. in his book Healing is Voltage explains that every cell in the body is designed to run at a voltage of negative (-) 20 to (-) 25 millivolts (mV). At a basic level, we heal by making new cells. Making a new cell requires (-)50 millivolts. We get sick when our voltage drops below the operating voltage of (-)20 millivolts. With this concept, all chronic disease can be defined as having low voltage within the cells. The voltage in my thumb is naturally (-)25 mV. When I hit it with a hammer, however, it jumps to (-)50 mV, so it can make new cells to replace the ones I smashed with the hammer. Our vessels dilate so proteins and other building materials can be deposited into the area to make new cells. The thumb is red, swollen, hot and has a pulsing pain. As soon as it finishes making enough cells to replace the damaged ones, the cell voltage returns back to (-)25 mV and all is fine. However, if I run out of voltage before I finish making enough new cells to replace those I damaged with the hammer, and my voltage drops to say (-)10 mV, I am now stuck in chronic disease because it requires (-)50 mV to make new cells. The only way I can get well is to insert enough electrons (negative ions) to be able to get up to (-)50 mV. Otherwise, my thumb won’t work properly for the rest of my life, and it will hurt all the time. Chronic pain is simply a symptom of low voltage, or the lack of electrical energy available to the body for healing. Dr. Tennant’s book is well worth the read. As part of any restorative program, infusing negative ions back into the body (to facilitate healing and cellular repair) should be considered regardless of the health complaint. Interestingly, soliciting both the spirit of the person and restoring negative ions can be done in the same way. There are several ways to recharge ionically and spiritually.

Lying on the bare ground and/or walking barefoot on the earth will rebalance and replace the body’s negative ions. This generally can be considered “Earthing” and should be part of a person’s health restorative practice. Leaning up against or sitting beneath trees as well as walking through the forest also have a recharging effect on us ionically. Walking through the surf on the beach, standing in moving water (such as when fly fishing) or just wading ankle deep in a stream will allow our body to uptake negative ions from the Earth. Within an office setting, the ionic cleanse detox foot baths also offer the body a way to charge up with needed negative ions as does salt therapy and pulse electromagnetic field therapy (just to name a few).

In our center, we use two A.M.D. Ion Cleanse detox foot baths as well as the Omni magnetic pulse mat to help our clients restore the loss of negative ions. We also use Salt Therapy in a chamber setting to concentrate the ions into a small space. Showers also give the body negative ions. Baths, however, pull negative ions from the body because bath water is stagnant. That is why showers often make us feel energized while baths tend to make us tired and relaxed. People also give and receive negative ions from each other. So, it is important as practitioners to understand that you are giving negative ions to your clients who need them all day long every time you touch them. That is why there is no complete healing without touch.

(That is also one of the reasons we may feel drained at the end of a full day at the office working with sick people. Be sure to recharge yourself by following a program that will give you negative ions yourself.)

When I met my wife she had been in a serious car accident and was suffering from back pain. When she came to see me she explained that she had been to six specialists without relief. I stood up and went to the exam table she was sitting on and gently touched her back asking where exactly the pain was. She began to cry. I stood back and apologized for touching her back and increasing her pain. She said that I had not caused pain and that the tears were because not one of those pain specialists had ever actually touched her back to see where the pain was. They only ever talked with her about the pain, looked at X-rays and M.R.I’s and prescribed painkillers. I was the first person to touch her back since the accident. There is no healing without touch. There is no healing without voltage, no healing without connection to spirit. Within a few months of working with her, her pain was gone. And it has stayed that way for over 2 decades.

The energy that continues to elude us is the energy that makes up the spirit or soul of a person. Upon death, only energy appears to leave the body. For instance, if I go to bed one night and my heart stops, I die. Regardless of the physiological or anatomical reasons for the death, the only real difference in the morning between my living and dying is the absence of energy that powered my organs and made me, me. Death is the absence of a flow of life energy. That energy has transformed into some other form that is no longer attached to or manifested by the physical body. Remember, energy cannot be destroyed – it only changes form. So, my life energy has transformed and no longer powers this body. Is that energy the spirit? Does that energy hold my conscious mind? Is that the energy that contains my memories and my sense of self? The most cutting-edge theory regarding this is that our brain and nervous system function as a broadcasting/receiving antenna that accesses information being held in a universal energy matrix (morphic field) or energy field that holds all information. A kind of universal iCloud that all information is uploaded to and downloaded from.

A while back, I was asked by a young client of mine, “What happens when we die?” He was deeply upset by the death of his grandfather. I thought about it a moment, and offered this as an explanation: we are electrical creatures and everything within us is run by electricity of the body. Just like the overhead lights in my office run on electrical energy. I went to the light switch connected to the ceiling lights and put my finger on the switch. I said, “Let’s say that when the lightbulb is on and is giving us light, this represents life.” I then switched the lights off. “When I turn the light off, the energy is gone from the bulb and there is no light, though nothing is different for the bulb itself, there is no more energy and it cannot express its light. Let’s say that is death.” With the light switched off, I asked him where did the light or energy go? I flicked the light on and off several times for effect. “Well, where does the energy go when the light is turned off?” The simple answer is that It goes back to its source. Its connection has been interrupted at the switch and cannot flow to the bulb. The energy source, however, is still intact, the bulb is still intact. It is the flow that has been interrupted. I flicked the switch on once again and there was light. This young man said to me, “Then when my grandfather died, his energy just went back to its source.” I agreed.

Our energy goes back to its source. Energy can’t be destroyed – it only changes form – and/or returns back to its source. So, when we have electrical flow, energy flow, we have life. When the energy flow stops or is interrupted then we have what we call death. When we die, the energy that animated us goes back to its source. So, the question becomes where is the source of this energy? Does it come from mom and dad at conception? Is it supplied by the cosmos or is it, as the Bible suggests, the breath of God?

Conventional medicine has relegated the spirit to the clergy much the same way it has compartmentalized the body. The dentist focuses on the teeth, the cardiologist on the heart, and all the other specialized “ologists” on isolated pieces of a most complex jigsaw puzzle. It has not always been that way. Healers in the past did not separate energy from function and function from spirit. Medicine men, mystics, witchdoctors, voodoo healers, shamans, herbalists, spiritual healers and traditional healers from all cultures did not separate the spirit from the body. Healing was a whole person experience and the spirit was addressed as much – if not more than – the presentation of the physical health issue.

At this point, many conventionally minded persons might say that addressing the spirit is nothing more than a placebo effect and placebos have no place in contemporary medicine. I think placebo has gotten a bad rap when it comes to modern medicine. For me, placebo helps to engage and direct the super-conscious (I prefer that terminology to sub-conscious) mind of the person in addressing their health issue. It solicits that power to direct the body into healing. There is no doubt that a person who has complete faith in their chosen path to regain their health will do far better than the person who lacks confidence in the medicine or in the person administering the therapies.

The mind/spirit of a person is the most powerful healing tool that can be employed – and yet, is often ignored. Directing one’s thoughts, focused mindfulness, super-conscious visualization and emotional congruency are all powerful remedies. As a bioregulatory practitioner, the energy that is the spirit of a person should be addressed as much as their IBS, headaches, skin issues, allergies, chronic back pain or whatever other symptoms they are experiencing. Spirit can be addressed without breaching the ideologies of religion. Another way of looking at spirit is that it is the integration of all energies possessed by a person. We must also understand that one’s personality is a part of spirit as well. Our personality has a lot to do with our reality.

I don’t know that a definitive answer will ever be revealed to us regarding the energy that is spirit. For me in my practice, spirit is the undefinable energy that is the essence of a person blending their constitution, life experience, faith, fortitude, beliefs, expectations, willpower, personality and much more. More than just electrical impulses and negative ions, spirit is the totality of the person and when that can be engaged and directed to focus on healing the mind and body, there is no illness that can’t be overcome, no state that can’t be altered, no pain that can’t be alleviated.

We as practitioners should engage our spirit and our intentions toward the client before us. We know that we will be giving negative ions to the person in front of us and that will help with their healing. We must also help that person begin to change their old programming and perceptions of what heals. A willingness to reconnect with the energy of nature and the energy and spirit that is within each of us is a powerful tool indeed.

Ian Kennedy is the Founder and Head Clinician of True Wellness of Pennsylvania.

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