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Castor Oil and Cold Water

July 15, 2018

I bet everyone is really excited to hear another health update :).  Since I know you are I will tell you!  I had some acupuncture done yesterday afternoon.... serious GODSEND.  Jasmine Jones is amazing!  She covered me in needles from top to bottom and front to back.  She did some fascia work on my back too.  My muscles were like ropes around my neck and down my entire right side.  My face was starting to lock up as it has a tendency to do.  My mind though is getting clearer and clearer which just means I talk more, tell long stories, listen better, read more, have more patience and just want to put good food in my body.  Rough.  My gallbladder channel was not doing its work either so after my session I went and picked up all the fixings for a castor oil pack.  https://www.edgarcayce.org/the-readings/health-and-wellness/holistic-health-database/therapies-castor-oil-packs/ .  A long time ago I had planned to go back and study under my friend and healer Robin Sharan at the Annapurna Center for Self-Healing.  Robin helped me back to health when I had given up on western medicine  http://theannapurna.com/ and gave me the tools to heal myself... although I have obviously not been going a good job as of late.  When I was laying on the table covered in needles I was thinking about that time in my life when I was fasting, doing liver/gallbladder flushes and eating all organic.  It's amazing how amazing your body feels when it is running on optimal health... stars start shooting out of your head!  Anyway, the body is amazing and you can heal yourself of most anything.  I appreciate Western medicine for many things but when it comes to feeling amazing holistic health is the way to go.  


I'm going to switch gears and talk about North American Aboriginal health... specifically the Haidas.  I know, can you believe it?  I'm going to talk about the Haidas.  If I was in Finland, I would talk about my Finnish heritage which is actually not dissimilar in that they are big on saunas and cold dips and of which I am a huge fan.  Also some of my cousins on my dads side have gotten a bit upset that I rarely talk about that side of the family these days but in my defense there's a lot of Irish and Russian people and their history has been pretty well covered... also there's like how many Irish people?  I learned that there's almost 5,000 people of Haida heritage today.   Which is better than the less than 600 people that were left by the early 1900's.  In Haida, you take on your mother's side of the family.  Genetically speaking it is interesting with all of the DNA being done and you will notice that you actually take on more attributes of your mother's lineage anyway!  Genetically, you actually carry more of your mother’s genes than your father’s because you only receive mitochondria from you mother.  http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/do-you-share-more-genes-your-mother-or-your-father/ Wow!  The Haida's were onto something!  Mind blown!!!!!  Weird...it's like they knew something before the settlers and colonizers came.  "Tissues that require a lot of energy, such as your brain and your muscles, have cells packed with mitochondria. Because all mitochondria you received come from your mother only, you are technically more related to your mum than you are to your dad.This is true for pretty much all animals." (see link above for more).


In Haidaland, during the cold of winter, uncles would train their nephews (by tradition you belonged to your mother's clan and boys were raised by their mother's brother) to become strong and live life without fear.  Laziness was not in any way tolerated.  Also if you met my mother, you would know this to be the case... idleness is not part of the vocabulary. They would teach them how to work, gather food and hunt.  They also taught them how to live and survive in the harsh elements.  Part of this training would be to have the boys stay in cold water for a long time.  They would be taken to the beach (everyone lived on the beach) and ritualistically they were whapped (whipped) with spruce tree branches when they exited the water.  This made their skin tough and would get their blood circulating.  This is kind of of like dry brushing but a bit more intense.  A lot of time would be spent in the cold water swimming.  My son, Reid, LOVES cold water.  Any chance he can get his is in the water no matter the temperature. 


I'm going to leave it here with cold dips.  I MUST paint today.  My kids are still asleep and I banned them from using their Ipads today which means it will be an interesting day of multitasking with them circling around me.  I'm going to send them out to go get into the water and later whap themselves with branches.  Actually Lili really likes the dry brushing so that's perfectly fine as well.  


Have a beautiful day!














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