CANCER: THE DIET CONNECTION

There are indications that one of the main causes of cancer is lack of oxygen in the cells. This fact alone should prompt you to practice yoga and deep breathing regularly. Without food and oxygen, normal cells evolve abnormally into neoplastic cells. Consequently, cancer develops from these cells. Why do cells lack oxygen? The number one reason is from lack of exercise. Move. Get your heart pumping to help in the exchange of fresh air. Stress and emotional and psychological factors also cause blood vessels to constrict, thus interfering with the flow of blood and the transfer of oxygen to the cells. Other known causes of cancer are chemical food additives and environmental conditions, such as poisoned water and polluted air.

A poor diet is a major factor in cancer development, particularly an excessive protein consumption from meat, eggs, cheese, and other dairy products. If you consume more protein than your body can process, the excess becomes a waste product in your system; it becomes ammonia. Ammonia interferes with, and slows down, the growth of normal cells, and speeds up the growth of cancer cells. It is interesting to note that white cells always increase after meat consumption. People who eats diets very low in fats and without meat have very low incidences of cancer.

It’s also interesting to note that thousands of cattle and chickens have shown to have cancerous disorders. This, of course, is not surprising when we take into consideration all the chemical additives, antibiotics, and growth hormones that are pumped into these poor animals. Unavoidably, by consuming meat, we also consume the chemicals that are injected into these animals. Unavoidably, by consuming meat, we also consume the chemicals that are infected into these animals. The chemical additives, specifically the nitrites and nitrates used in ham, bacon, corned beef, hot dogs, and sausages, result in toxins in our liver. As these chemicals clog our liver, they prevent it from cleansing our blood. This increases not only our chances of developing cancer, but other diseases as well.

The best cancer prevention is to stop consuming cooked, devitalized, and processed foods. Try to switch to a diet of live foods, such as fresh, raw vegetables, fruits, juices, whole grains, and seeds. Supplement your diet with minerals and vitamins, and exercise regularly. A fast is a food detoxifier for the body. You might want to educate yourself on the numerous benefits of specific vitamins and supplements. It is your body, and you should learn to take care of it. Nature created a perfect world. The things that interfere with this wonderful, natural world are man-made. Nature intended for us to enjoy good health. It is up to us to eliminate our bad habits and to decide that we really want to live and be healthy. The choice is always ours.

Postures

Great Physical Breath of Yoga.

Proper attention to each movement and to each inhalation and exhalation will allow you to feel the energy flowing from your palms and your head, heart, stomach, and spine. Your concentration should be held on each position for at least 30 seconds. Stand with your feet comfortably apart and your arms at your sides. Inhale and raise your arms. Interlace your fingers over your head with your palms facing downward. Raise your arms upward with your fingers still interlaced. Feel the energy flowing down to your head. Exhale and release your fingers, and allow your arms to fall to shoulder height and your sides. Bring your arms to the front and interlace your fingers. Inhale and bring your hands to your heart area. Concentrate and feel the energy from your palms to your heart. Exhale and release your fingers. Inhale and bring your palms to your stomach. Feel the energy into flowing this area. Turn your palms to face the floor. Exhale and push downward, still concentrating on your stomach area. Inhale and raise your arms to waist height. Exhale and release your fingers. Bring your arms behind your lower back and interlace your fingers, with your palm facing your spine. Inhale and bring your palms to rest on your lower back. Feel the energy flow into your back. Turn your palms to face the floor. Exhale and push downward, still concentrating on your lower back area. Inhale and raise your arms up to waist height. Exhale, release your fingers, and let your arms fall slowly to your sides.

Spine Strengthening Exercise.

This position is fun and easy! Just ask your dog or cat. Walk on all fours around the room. You can either move your right hand and right foot at the same time or alternate between the two. Try it both ways. This posture strengthens your upper back and adds flexibility to your hip area.

Stretch/Open Eyes/Yawn.

This pose is a good release after doing a lot of sitting postures. It is also another very easy posture! In a sitting position, reach upward with your arms, as high as your can, and stretch. Open your eyes wide and squeeze them shut, then open wide again. Yawn big – nice and wide. Let out a big sigh as your yawn, maybe as “Aaaaaah.” This posture helps to relax before continuing with other postures.

Relaxation/Meditation: Walking Meditation

Because it is sometimes difficult for Westerners to sit for long periods of time, many yoga classes allow a reclining position. In more formal training, as in Japan, meditation is mostly practiced in a sitting position. In most temples, the sitting period lasts for a least forty-five minutes; meditation the continues by walking. Many students find that this method works well for them. You should remind yourself that whenever you try something different for the first time, it will not become truly relaxing until you are accustomed to it and make it a part of yourself. For Example, although you were probably excited the first time you learned to drive a car, chances are that is wasn’t a very relaxing experience. You might have been too nervous and unsure of yourself. Unfortunately, some of us are too relaxed when we drive. Our mind is elsewhere, anywhere but on the driving. We become so comfortable that we forget to pay attention.

In a walking meditation, you should never become so relaxed that your mind is not on it completely, with it completely, and absorbed in it completely. If you are not paying attention, you will miss the point and the rewards of it.

Begin by moving to one side of the room. Stand comfortably centered. Be sure that your feet are below your hips, and feel yourself firmly planted. Your knees are slightly relaxed. Your back is straight, but not stiff, and your shoulders are relaxed. Tilt your head, slightly forward. Almost close your eyes, and gaze about three feet in front of you at a spot on the floor. Your breathing is relaxed and coming from the center of your being, around your navel area.

Your pace should be slow, much slower than you have ever walked in your entire life. The more slowly you move, the more beneficial this will be. When this exercise is practiced in yoga classes, some teachers believe that walking meditation is best done with the students in a circle, in order to show that no one wins and no one loses. I agree with this belief for very advanced classes, where the students are accustomed to walking meditation and are fully aware of the energy connection to each other. However, in classes where students are new to this type of meditation, I feel that it is better to walk in a straight line so that each student can develop his or her own rate of travel to the opposite wall.

Place the back of your left hand in the palm of your right hand, with both palms facing up, and hold them in a relaxed manner close to your body, about waist high. Your pace will be slow, but not so slow that you begin to wobble and fall off balance. Until you become accustomed to this practice, give yourself these reminders: “Shift, lift, place, move.” You should practice this until the movement becomes automatic. Shift means that you are shifting your weight to one side of the body. Left means that your are lifting your opposite foot, the foot with a weight. Place means that you should lower your raised foot, heel first. Move means that you should transfer your weight to the original balance of 50 percent weight in each leg. In order to continue, simply begin the process by shifting your weight to your front leg, then continue. Make each step deliberate, but don’t plop yourself down. The placing of the foot should be gentle and soundless. Move the confidence, with dignity, and feel regal. Your steps should be very short, no greater than half the length of yoga foot. Try to remind yourself that this is not a race, but an awareness. Truly feel each shift, lift, place, and move. Practice this for a least ten minutes.

Keep thinking: shift, lift, place, move. Move from your center, and make sure you do not slouch. Move with dignity, assuredness, and total awareness of the movement.

Your body reflects dignity, grace, effortlessness, smoothness, and peacefulness. Let that be your whole being.

Try not to force your movement or you might become tense. Simply remain balanced and centered. Move from your middle, from hara or dan tien – your center between heaven and earth.

Pause for a moment, and feel the calm and the peace of your being. Take this peace with you as you slowly lie down, still centered in your being, and exhale a sigh of relaxation. For the next few minutes, you may choose any surrounding you wish. It could be a soft plot of grass on a hill, a sandy beach, or an area in the woods. Simply choose whatever atmosphere is most pleasing to you at this time. You can even stay within your walk, and imagine yourself moving slowly about the room. Simply relax, without hurries, hassles, or wants for anything. Feel complete and content, just as you are at this moment. Know that this is the perfect time to just be. Let everything else wait because this is your time.

When you are ready, leave your surroundings and come back to the room around you, to this now, this experiencing. Stretch softly to wakefulness and affirm: “My body is relaxed and my mind is peaceful. I am whole and complete just as I am at this moment. And this moment is perfect.” Fully stretch, yawn, sigh, and smile. You are home.

Relieving Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It attacks the fingers, toes, elbows, knees, and other joints through loss or lack of calcium. Therefore, this form of arthritis needs calcium. I’d like to point out once again the sugar, caffeine, and alcohol seriously disturb the calcium/phosphorous balance in your body. If you consume these products, you may also need to take additional phosphorous to balance your intake of calcium. But it would be best to avoid these products completely.

It is also helpful to eliminate all processes foods, including breads, cakes, fast foods, meats, packaged foods, diary products, fats, oils, fried foods, and carbonated drinks. You might be wondering what there is left for you to eat. Try basing your diet on fresh raw or steamed vegetables and fruits. If you feel that this is not enough, gradually and almonds, which are rich in oil and protein, and whole steamed grains. You can also drink raw juices, such as carrot, beet, parsley, alfalfa, wheat grass, and even potato juice. However, fruit juices should be used sparingly. The healthiest juices are fresh, not processed, sour apple and pineapple. Whenever possible, eat only vegetables and fruits that are in season in the area where you live. In the winter, if you live in a southern climate, you are lucky enough to have fresh fruit available year round.

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