The Wheat/RoundUp Connection; Plus, Yoga Day And A Free Acupoints Webinar


Geez, I’ve featured several articles about why we should avoid wheat, but here’s a biggie with what may top the list of reasons. I know I’ve heard of a number of people who don’t have problems when they eat bread, pasta and other wheat products when traveling in France and other countries, so the information that follows definitely makes sense. AND, as the article mentions, unfortunately wheat is not the only mainstream crop to be doused in Roundup.


by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economistreal reason wheat


The stories became far too frequent to ignore.

Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children, but not at other times.

In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.

There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus non-organic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.

What indeed is going on with wheat?

For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified.  GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.

I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.

Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.

The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).

The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is harvested by conventional wheat farmers.

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.  I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.

Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

wheat graph 2According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990′s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.

Here’s what wheat farmer Keith Lewis has to say about the practice:

I have been a wheat farmer for 50 yrs and one wheat production practice that is very common is applying the herbicide Roundup (glyposate) just prior to harvest. Roundup is licensed for pre-harvest weed control. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup claims that application to plants at over 30% kernel moisture result in roundup uptake by the plant into the kernels. Farmers like this practice because Roundup kills the wheat plant allowing an earlier harvest.

A wheat field often ripens unevenly, thus applying Roundup pre-harvest evens up the greener parts of the field with the more mature. The result is on the less mature areas Roundup is translocated into the kernels and eventually harvested as such.

This practice is not licensed. Farmers mistakenly call it “dessication.” Consumers eating products made from wheat flour are undoubtedly consuming minute amounts of Roundup. An interesting aside, malt barley which is made into beer is not acceptable in the marketplace if it has been sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup. Lentils and peas are not accepted in the market place if they were sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup….. but wheat is okay.. This farming practice greatly concerns me and it should further concern consumers of wheat products.

This practice is not just widespread in the United States either. The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom reports that use of Roundup as a wheat desiccant results in glyphosate residues regularly showing up in bread samples. Other European countries are waking up to to the danger, however. In the Netherlands, use of Roundup is completely banned with France likely soon to follow.

Using Roundup as a dessicant on the wheat fields prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes those ground up wheat kernels which have absorbed a significant amount of Roundup!

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While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.

Authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff of MIT, the paper investigates glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of lethal toxicity to mammals.

The currently accepted view is that ghyphosate is not harmful to humans or any mammals.  This flawed view is so pervasive in the conventional farming community that Roundup salesmen have been known to foolishly drink it during presentations!

However, just because Roundup doesn’t kill you immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic.  In fact, the active ingredient in Roundup lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes which is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids.

Friendly gut bacteria, also called probiotics, play a critical role in human health. Gut bacteria aid digestion, prevent permeability of the gastrointestinal tract (which discourages the development of autoimmune disease), synthesize vitamins and provide the foundation for robust immunity.  In essence:

Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms

In synergy with disruption of the biosynthesis of important amino acids via the shikimate pathway, glyphosate inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome.  CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds, xenobiotics, that we are exposed to in our modern environment today.

As a result, humans exposed to glyphosate through use of Roundup in their community or through ingestion of its residues on industrialized food products become even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins they encounter!

What’s worse is that the negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow and insidious over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:

-Gastrointestinal disorders



-Heart Disease





-Multiple Sclerosis

-Alzheimer’s disease

-And the list goes on and on and on …

In a nutshell, Dr. Seneff’s study of Roundup’s ghastly glyphosate which the wheat crop in the United States is doused with just days before harvest uncovers the manner in which this lethal toxin harms the human body by decimating beneficial gut microbes with the tragic end result of disease, degeneration, and widespread suffering

Got the picture yet?

Even if you think you have no trouble digesting wheat, it is still very wise to avoid conventional wheat as much as possible in your diet!

You Must Avoid Toxic Wheat No Matter What

The bottom line is that avoidance of conventional wheat in the United States is absolutely imperative even if you don’t currently have a gluten allergy or wheat sensitivity. The increase in the amount of glyphosate applied to wheat closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Dr. Seneff points out that the increases in these diseases are not just genetic in nature, but also have an environmental cause, as not all patient symptoms are alleviated by eliminating gluten from the diet.

The effects of deadly glyphosate on your biology are so insidious that lack of symptoms today means literally nothing.

If you don’t have problems with wheat now, you will in the future if you keep eating conventionally produced, toxic wheat!

How to Eat Wheat Safely

Obviously, if you’ve already developed a sensitivity or allergy to wheat, you must avoid it. Period.

But, if you aren’t celiac or gluten sensitive and would like to consume this ancestral food safely, you can do what we do in our home. We only source organic, preferably low gluten, unhybridized Einkorn wheat for bread making, pancakes, cookies etc.  But, when we eat out or are purchasing food from the store, conventional wheat products are rejected without exception. This despite the fact that we have no gluten allergies whatsoever in our home – yet.

I am firmly convinced that if we did nothing, our entire family at some point would develop sensitivity to wheat or autoimmune disease in some form due to the toxic manner in which it is processed and the glyphosate residues that are contained in conventional wheat products.

What Are You Going to Do About Toxic Wheat?

How did you react to the news that US wheat farmers are using Roundup, not just to kill weeds, but to dry out the wheat plants to allow for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest and that such a practice causes absorption of toxic glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, right into the wheat kernels themselves?

Did you feel outraged and violated like I did? How will you implement a conventional wheat-avoidance strategy going forward even if you haven’t yet developed a problem with gluten or wheat sensitivity?

What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets?  Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?

Author: Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


And a friend just shared this article on Facebook yesterday about how glyphosate is turning up in the urine of a high percentage of Americans:

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Should Know About Wheat

Glyphosate In Oatmeal


On a cheerier note, Cindy Black of Big Tree School of Natural Healing is offering a free on-line course on June 18th at 1 pm ET titled Unlocking The Healing Potential of Acupoints….

During this webinar you will learn::

  1. The use of acupoints as a primary method of health care has been done for over 5,000 years in China – find out why!
  2. How you can benefit from these same acupoints today.
  3. How gentle contact to specific acupoints can relieve headaches, anxiety, tension, and more.
  4. Hands-on practitioners – amplify your results by integrating acupoints into your practice…it does make a difference!

You can go here for more details and to sign up.


And Yoga Day, June 21st is coming up…….

World Yoga Day is happening in just a few days! Millions of yogis will unify on June 21st for a global wave of yoga, meditation, and omming. Go here to find an event in your region or to organize one of your own.

If you sign up here for the Yoga Day Journey, you’ll receive 3 free song downloads from the dynamic musical duo Aykanna to use in your yoga practice or class, or even as your wake-up alarm!

And on Thursday, June 23, Indian Temple Arts master Sofia Diaz will be offering a FREE live webinar to introduce you to her upcoming Real Yoga series. She’ll tell you about her new series and lead you through a powerful Real Yoga body awareness practice.



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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.



For Thanksgiving Over-indulging Try This Yoga Routine & Ginger Tea, Plus A Free Tea Brewer AND Qigong Healing Session!


It’s hard not to overdo at Thanksgiving…. and during the holidays in general, so this seemed like a great time to feature this yoga series geared specifically to help with digestion “post-feast. “There’s also a recipe for ginger tea, which can be used to calm the effects of too much food. AND an offer for a free brewing system my friend told me about yesterday for making the tea. Not sure how long it will be available, but she has one of the devices and loves it, and you only pay the $4.95 for shipping. So I ordered one myself. It would also make a neat present for a tea lover on your gift list. And finally, there’s a free qigong healing session coming up this weekend, so Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!


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6 Post-Feast Yoga Poses to Help Your Digestion

(by Jenna Saunders) It can be tempting to curl up on couch after a large, decadent holiday meal. However, doing mindful movement after you eat sets up your body to move food along and keep you comfortable. Try these six yoga poses to help stimulate digestion and detoxification.

Why Twists? Twists are great nourishing and detoxifying poses to help aid digestion. Twists help massage abdominal organs and stimulate Agni, or digestive fire. Your body’s Agni allows you to digest food efficiently, and absorb essential nutrients from your food, according to Ayurveda. By gently twisting your body after a large meal, you encourage fresh blood to flow to your digestive organs. Twists can feel slightly uncomfortable right after eating, so be sure to twist slowly and gently.

How to do them: There are many yoga poses that are considered twists. Below are examples of a seated and supine variation.

Ardha Matysendrasana

Ardha Matysendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose): Sit comfortably with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your right knee into your chest and place your right foot on the outer edge of your left thigh. Wrap your left arm around your right knee as you slowly begin to open your torso toward your right. Place your right hand at the base of your spine with your fingers facing the back of your mat. The twist should occur within your thoracic spine, which is the upper area of your spine. Ensure you draw your right shoulder blade down your back as you slowly twist your torso. Eventually, gently gaze over your right shoulder. While in this twist, press your sit bones into the ground and draw the crown of your head to the sky. Repeat on the left side.

Supta Matsyendrasana

Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist): Lie down on your back with your legs extended straight. Open your arms perpendicular to your body so your body makes an uppercase “T.” Draw your right knee into your chest; then gently draw your right knee over your body and release it down on the left side of your body. Gently turn your head to the right. Ensure both shoulders stay rooted to the ground. Hold for a few deep breaths. Repeat on the left side.

Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold


Why Uttanasana? Uttanasana is one of the most therapeutic yoga poses for the body. This pose boasts a full list of benefits, one of the main ones being that this pose helps to improve digestion. This deep forward fold is a great pose to compress the abdominal area while stimulating circulation to your digestive organs. Uttanasana is also calming to your nervous system and provides your upper body an opportunity to fully relax.

How to do it: Start standing with your feet about hips distance apart and both feet firmly pressing into the ground. Ensure your weight is distributed evenly between both feet. Inhale your arms to the sky and slowly exhale as you forward fold. You can rest your hands on the floor if they can reach comfortably. You can also reach for the backs of your thighs or for opposite elbows with your hands. Release all tension in your neck and allow your head, neck, and upper torso to completely relax. Close your eyes and hold for a few deep breaths. Place your hands on your hips and slowly inhale as you rise to a standing position while engaging your abdominals as you rise.

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Making some ginger tea is another way to help when you have over-eaten and need some digestive support. It’s also good for lots of other health issues….


The Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Researchers say the active volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols, are what give ginger its power, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids, as well as various trace elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, and many others.

Drinking ginger tea can:

  • Help the body absorb nutrients
  • Help alleviate the stomach pain
  • Help with irritable bowl syndrome
  • Help with weight loss
  • Help fight cancer
  • Help manage glucose levels
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve the food digestion
  • Increases the production of gastric juice
  • Protect against Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Open inflamed airways
  • Reduce arthritic inflammation
  • Relieve menstrual discomfort
  • Relieve stress
  • Stimulate appetite
How to Make Ginger Tea

To make 1 quart of ginger tea, chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger into coarse pieces and place in a 2- to 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.

To make 1 cup of ginger tea, take a piece of whole, unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaping teaspoon. Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle at the bottom of the cup.

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And here’s a freebie from Immortalitea one of my friends told me about that would come in handy for making an individual cup of ginger tea. She has one of these brewers and loves it. All you pay is the $4.95 shipping, but it’s a limited time offer……


And if you need more help than yoga poses and ginger tea can provide with Thanksgiving over-indulgence :-), here’s a free resource I’ve mentioned before. It’s a free qigong distance healing session on the 28th offered by Qigong Master Michael Mohoric, former Secretary of the International Tibetan Qigong Assn, who was blessed with a gift for distant energy healing after recovering from a spinal cord injury……

There will be another free distant energy healing for everyone who wants to join and all their friends, families and anyone else who reads this.

The main healing session is SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th from 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time or 9 -10 pm Eastern Time.

You can join this no-cost distant energy healing session by using your intention to be included. To join, just close your eyes for a minute when you read this and mentally say that you intend to join the session and want to be included. That’s all you have to do to connect with the energy; healing energy can begin to flow to you once you do this .

There will be unscheduled daily energy adjustments leading up to the main session. For those who want to know more about this work, you can go to the website

This is not a telephone or Internet session. All you do is just relax and sit or lie down during the session and notice what is happening in your body. Even if you are busy, you can still get good results. Because there are many people in the session, please do not email to join. There would be too much email to handle unless it is done this way.

You join simply by using your intention after reading this email. Because this is a big group I won’t be able to answer questions before the session and you’ll get the details you need in this email. Please feel free to email your experiences afterwards.


And one last tip, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has come out with its updated version of the ‘Dirty Dozen (it’s actually 15 now :-() and Clean Fifteen.” You can access the lists here.

p.s. Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest has decided to offer a free replay marathon of the acclaimed docu-series over the Thanksgiving weekend, plus a Black Friday sale on the series. I caught all the episodes and two Q & As the first time, but will probably re-watch some parts again. So enlightening and informative about health in general and cancer in particular. Two thumbs up from me! If you didn’t catch it the first time around (what were you thinking?!), now’s your chance. See my previous post with details about the episodes and where to sign up.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.



Ayurvedic & Sustainability Events, Thyroid Self-test, Neck Yoga, And More!


I have two events and several other free health-related resources to tell you about today, plus a cute video just in time for Halloween :-)…..


Ayurveda Summit: Load images for a more visual experience!

From self-care to kitchen tips, yoga and meditation secrets, and herbal tips and tricks,The Ayurveda Summit can wonderfully change your life.

This event will provide you with what you need to:

  • Drastically improve your self-care
  • Get your sleep & bodily rhythms back on track
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Lower stress & anxiety
  • Navigate your relationships with ease
  • Dramatically slow the aging process
  • Learn proven secrets from Ayurveda you can apply to your life right now
  • Grow your Ayurveda & Yoga business
  • And much more!

When you sign up you’ll also receive access to 5 bonuses, including a 90 min. workshop with Cate Stillman where you’ll learn about your constitution and the fundamentals of Ayurvedic theory.

Another upcoming event is the 12-part docu-series called The Search for Sustainability……

During this series, which broadcasts on-line between November 1st-12th, 49 sustainability experts, permaculture designers, organic farmers, herbal medics, energy and building enthusiasts, systems analysts, green-politicians, and health educators share potentially world-changing information during this series that simply is not available all in one place anywhere else.

Topics will include:

• Taking back control of our food, health, water, and energy supplies
• Implementing simple and no-cost methods for living harmoniously with the land and our surrounding environment
• Learning to grow our own food in a sustainable and regenerative way whether you live in New York, Texas, California, Oregon or any state for that matter
• Collecting and properly using water to build back our water table and end disastrous water droughts
• Utilizing herbal medicines and ancient healing methods to thrive with our health and live longer without prescriptions or medical intervention
• Creating and participating in local co-ops, farmers markets, and food growing networks to thrive in our local communities
• Supporting and opening sustainable schools and values-based systems to support the health and consciousness of our children and the next generation
• Learning to thrive in abundance in Urban, Suburban, and Rural communities by making a few simple changes
• Having a deeper and more meaningful spiritual connection to our food, land, animals, and fellow humanity

All this and more will be shared with you at no cost during this series.

You can find out more and sign up for the Ayurvedic and Sustainability events on my websites’s What’s New page. There’s also information there about several other free events, including one on QiGong happening Oct 29th.


Another resource that might be of interest to you as we start to head into the often stress-filled holiday season is this relaxing neck/upper back healing yoga routine with Dasham…..


A thyroid self-test you can do at home from Dr. Alan Christianson….


A free pdf special report from Dr. Nikolas Hedberg about boosting the immune system and keeping colds and flu at bay. At the end it mentions a protocol I have read about before, but never tried…..using 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ears…..


And in honor of Halloween,  check out these pumpkin-related Self-help Health posts, especially the very popular one on pumpkin seeds:


And to end on, here’s a short little video to give you a smile….a corgi puppy takes on a mini pumpkin. Hard to tell who wins. 🙂



p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.


Yoga For Boosting Weight Loss & Metabolism, Plus 7-Day Challenge & Food Freedom freebies!


Here’s a yoga routine featured by Zenward that focuses on poses that help with weight loss and boosting your metabolism. You can also sign up for a free 7-Day Yoga Challenge. And Food Freedom is offering a free video and short quiz to help understand food cravings and the weight loss process.

No time like the weekend to check these out!……

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Yoga isn’t just good for stretching — nearly every pose has a positive impact on the internal organs. This is great news if you’re looking to lose weight.

By stretching, twisting, and contracting the digestive organs, yoga postures can improve digestion and boost metabolism.

According to yoga’s sister science Ayurveda, healthy metabolism and weight loss are dependent upon a properly functioning digestive fire. If this subtle fire is in any way impaired, food turns into toxic buildup rather than healthy body tissues and can cause weight gain. This can be prevented by caring for the digestive fire through diet, lifestyle, herbs, and of course, yoga.

If you’re looking to boost your metabolism, add these 7 yoga postures into your yoga routine:

1. Seated forward bend pose (Paschimottanasana)

seated forward bend poseCommonly thought to be a great stretch for the hamstrings, the biggest impact seated forward bend has… is on the digestive fire. Deep abdominal breathing combined with compression of the abdominal organs stokes the digestive fire much as a bellows stokes a real fire.

How-to: Begin sitting on your mat with your legs outstretched and feet touching. Relax your feet — no need to flex them to get the metabolic benefits of this pose. Inhale and reach your hands toward the sky. Exhale and reach forward and down, gently grasping the outsides of your feet, ankles, shins, or thighs. Relax your neck so that your head is in line with your spine. Make this a passive forward bend. Now, breathe deeply into your belly and back as if you’re inflating and deflating a balloon. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds and up to a minute for maximum benefit.

2. Boat pose (Navasana)

Boat Pose

Not only does boat pose strengthen the core (you’ll feel the burn in your abs!) but the strong contraction of the abdominal muscles ignites the digestive fire, boosting metabolism.

How-to: Begin sitting on your mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Hold on to the backs of your thighs near your knees. Slowly lean back as your lift your feet from your mat. Bring your shins parallel to the floor and point your toes. You can release the backs of your legs so that your arms are also parallel to the floor. If your hamstrings are flexible, straighten your legs. Engage your core to keep your spine as straight as possible. Hold the pose for 30 seconds as you breathe normally.

3. Raised legs pose (Uttanpadasana)

Raised legs pose

By contracting the abdominal muscles in raised legs pose, the abdominal organs receive a gentle and stimulating pressure. This improves digestion and boosts metabolism.

How-to: Begin lying on your back with your legs together. Either rest your arms alongside your body or slide your hands underneath your bottom, palms down, to support your lower back. Inhale and slowly raise your right foot until your leg is at a 90 degree angle. Exhale and slowly lower your foot, hovering it a few inches above the floor. Repeat this five more times, then change legs. For an extra challenge practice lifting and lowering the legs together.

4. Bow pose (Dhanurasana)

Bow Pose

In bow pose, the abdominal organs bear the weight of the body and receive a gentle massage. The pose also stimulates blood flow to the organs and improves their process of secretion.

How-to: Begin lying on your stomach. Bend your knees and grasp the outsides of your ankles. Inhale and kick your feet away from you as you lift your head and chest from the floor. Try to balance on your navel, and be sure to continue breathing in the pose. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds.

5. Locust pose (Salabasana)

Locust Pose

Much like in bow pose, in locust pose all body weight is focused on the abdominal region. This massages the digestive organs and improves their functioning.

How-to: Begin lying on your stomach. Rest your arms alongside your body, palms facing up. Inhale and lift your head, chest, feet and hands from the ground. Stretch your head and feet away from each other. Take normal breaths and hold the pose for 10 to 20 seconds.

6. Half lord of the fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Twists are wonderful for improving digestive function. When twists are released, a fresh supply of blood rushes in and nourishes the organs. Twists like half lord of the fishes also encourage natural detoxification.

How-to: Begin sitting on your mat with your legs outstretched. Bend your left leg and place the sole of the foot flat on the ground, just outside of your right knee. Gently push your left fingertips into the floor behind you to straighten your spine. Inhale and reach your right arm toward the sky. On the exhale bend your arm and push your elbow against your left knee to help you twist to the left. Look over your left shoulder. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute, breathing normally. Untwist on the exhale and change sides.

7. Thunderbolt gesture 2 (Vajranasana Yogamudra 2)

Thunderbolt Pose

In this variation of thunderbolt pose direct pressure is applied to the abdominal region. Soothing for both gas and constipation issues, the pose also stimulates the digestive organs and improves their functioning.

How-to: Begin sitting with your legs folded underneath you. Place your left palm just below your navel and your right palm over the left. Exhale and bend forward, bringing your forehead toward the floor. Point your elbows toward the sky. Breathe normally and hold the pose for 30 seconds.

By incorporating these 7 poses into your yoga practice a few days a week, you’ll ignite your digestive fire and boost metabolism to reach your weight loss goals much more quickly.

(You can sign up for the free 7-Day Yoga Challenge Zenward is offering here.)


(Be sure and check out the other yoga-related posts in the Self-help Health archives for more great routines.)

And speaking of weight loss and metabolism, here’s a whole summit on those topics that Katherine Watkins is hosting. You can sign up here for free.

Metabolism Weight Loss Summit

Another free weight loss related resource to check out this weekend is a video and short 5-question quiz from Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson’s Food Freedom program….

One of the most important aspects to our health is understanding the psychology behind why we eat, what we eat and its implications on our health.

Typically, our emotions cause us to make the wrong food choices and the impact on our health over the course of our life time is tremendous. Often it is the inability to control our weight.

Science is now telling us that our negative emotions produce excess cortisol which causes weight gain. Resolving these negative emotions can help you LOOSE weight and STAY thin.

Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, is a tenured psychology professor with a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. For sixteen years she struggled with her relationship with food. She dieted again and again, binged on cookie dough, was clinically depressed, and in her darkest hours she would lie in the fetal position and pray for health. .

For years now Susan has been teaching her findings in her college course on the Psychology of Eating, and spending all of her spare time helping people one-on-one to get “Happy, Thin, and Free. She decided to create a free video series to share the truth about the psychology and neuroscience of weight loss and food freedom. In the video she reveals how to conquer cravings (Hint: It’s just 2 words)  If you are a person whose emotions interfere with your food choices, this video series is for you!

You can find out more and sign up to access the video and also take a food addiction quiz on my What’s New page.



p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Yoga Day Summit, Medicinal Plants, Brain E-books And More


Okay, I’ve got a number of free resources for you to check out this weekend, including 2 e-books about the brain, so as someone used to say when I was growing up….”chop, chop, hop to” and take advantage of these while you can :-)……


If yoga’s your thing, or you’d like for it to be your thing, then this event is for you!



On Sunday, June 21st , tune in for the first-ever, free  on-line global event United Nations International Day of Yoga. This event, produced by The Shift Network & Uplift, in partnership with Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India (Swami Chidanand Sarwasatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Sarwasati) will celebrate the global impact of yoga and demonstrate ways for teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts to deepen their practice and be a part of achieving the vision set forth by Prime Minister Modi and the United Nations. The event offers a number of different presenters and topics, and will also include practice videos from some of the leading teachers of yoga.

During the summit, you’ll discover:

  • What’s revolutionary at the leading edge of yoga – and where it’s headed
  • Ways yoga is contributing to resiliency, health and healing for ALL
  • How you can best contribute to yoga’s potential to bring positive change
  • The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in modern times
  • And much more!

You can learn more and sign up here.

The Shift Network is also hosting How Medicinal Plants Can Transform Your Life’s Journey on Wednesday, June 24th….. 

Did you know that plants — yes, plants — hold the key to rebuilding your immunity, detoxifying and optimizing the function of your organs and tissues, mitigating the effects of aging and awakening your spirituality?

This fascinating subject is the passion of Floracopeia founder David Crow, who possesses in-depth wisdom about plants as agents for the advancement of health and consciousness.

During this free virtual event, you’ll learn:

•    How rejuvenation and detoxification therapies can support your life’s journey, particularly in addressing the effects of aging.
•    Herbs with special powers that can support meditation practice and improve memory and cognitive functions.
•    Culinary herbs that provide high levels of natural antioxidants and strong immune support.

For more than 30 years, David Crow has pioneered a path for harnessing the power of plants to navigate the many challenges of life. He unifies wisdom from many streams of healing practices into a coherent understanding that will show you how to relate more deeply with the botanical world for rejuvenation, awakening and health.

You can find out more and register here.

This next resource is a report about the brain and contains some fascinating research and facts, and also includes a couple of simple things you can do to improve the way yours operates….


NeuroScience is at the forefront of human development and what we now understand about the brain is helping to change the fields of psychology, education and even medicine and healing. Get the newest discoveries about the brain with Mark Waldman’s free ebook 10 Mind Blowing Discoveries About the Human Brain.

Mark Waldman is one of the worlds leading experts on communication, spirituality, and the brain. He is a revered faculty member at Loyola Marymount Universitys College of Business and the Holmes Institute. Mark has authored 12 books, including the national bestseller, How God Changes Your Brain, an Oprah pick for 2012.

Click Here To Get The eBook

Here’s another free brain-related book that you don’t even have to sign up for to receive. Just visit the link and read about the book and download from there….

Neurobics Cover

Did you know that we don’t have a set number of brain cells that die off as we get older? Developing new neural pathways and connections is not limited to childhood, but can be developed throughout our lives —even in old age. Neurobics can help you activate these new pathways and connections!

And Ross Bridgeford at Energise For Life has come up with a new definitive Acid/Alkaline Food Chart you can download here.  Download his free one-page, quick reference chart here. Just remember that where foods are ranked on charts can vary to some degree, depending not only on who compiled the data, but also  whether the foods’ acidity/alkalinity is based on their natural state or the effect they have in/on the body when consumed. I glanced over the reference chart and some of the items were listed quite differently than what I’ve seen elsewhere, so it’s probably good to check several sources when it comes to where foods rank. And if you are unfamiliar with the importance of having an alkaline pH, read this Self-help Heath post.

And don’t forget the upcoming Future of Healing  event starting on June 22nd that I mentioned in a previous post, and Springforest QiGong Healing Fest, also starting on the 22nd and mentioned in this post.



p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Hindu Pushups (Dand) & Squats (Baithak), Plus The Healthy Heart Summit


Had never heard of a Hindu pushup or squat before until reading this article from The Chopra Center, but they look like a great way to get a pretty thorough workout is a very short amount of time. I plan to give them a try, but am not sure how many reps I’ll be able to do. 🙂


The Hindu Pushup (Dand)         

An amazing exercise that originated in India, the dand, or Hindu pushup is one of the most comprehensive and beneficial exercises for the entire body. Ideal for building functional strength, endurance, and hip mobility, the dand resembles a dynamic and flowing combination of two classic yoga poses—downward dog and cobra. Performed in repetitions of 25, 50, or more, the dand requires not only focused and mindful breathing, but also an attentive awareness to posture and bodily alignment. As such, it’s a wonderful exercise to cultivate bodily present moment awareness.

Here’s a video with instructions:

The Hindu Squat (Baithak)

The sister exercise to the dand, the baithak or Hindu squat is an Indian calisthenic bodyweight exercise used by wrestlers to develop lower body strength. As opposed to traditional squats, the baithak resembles more of a deep knee bounce with the heels raised off the ground. The arms swing in rhythmic manner with each squat, moving toward the back during the descent and forward toward the chest on the upward stroke. As with the dand, a focused breathing cadence is necessary to maintain an even tempo with the movement and to ensure adequate respiration during the exercise. The gaze is kept directed straight ahead, which further helps to focus the mind and keep the awareness on the movement at hand. Traditionally, the dand and baithak were performed together in sets—two baithaks for every one dand. Thus, 25 dands equals 50 baithaks. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by these two amazing exercises. Since they are both bodyweight exercises, they can be practiced by anyone provided each person begins at their own level.

Here’s a video with more details and instructions:


And I have a free resource to share with you today, plus a special deal on an exciting new water filtering system to tell you about…..

Register for The Healthy Heart Summit today!

The Healthy Heart Summit takes place from July 13-20, 2015!

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women. Yet, it’s often addressed with stents and bypass surgeries that only treat the symptoms, not the causes. It’s time to dispel the myths and misinformation about the causes of heart disease, and learn how to give you and your family a long, healthy life together.


Dr. Steven Masley and Health Talks Online created The Healthy Heart Summit to address the great deal of misinformation that exists about lifestyle and heart disease–far too many myths are still believed. The 30 Healthy Heart Summit expert speakers will give you the most current information about avoiding (and recognizing the signs) of heart disease, and life-changing advice on how to live your life with a healthy heart.

You can find out more about the summit and sign up on my What’s New page. There’s also news there of an exciting new water filtering system from AquaTru™ that you’ll want to check out. It’s what Mike Adams of NaturalNews calls a breakthrough in reverse osmosis filtering systems and his new first choice in countertop filtering systems. You can pre-order a unit now and take advantage of special 42% discount pricing by using the link on my What’s New page, but the reduced price is only good through June 12th.



p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Weight Loss Webinar, 7-Day Yoga Challenge, Diabetes Summit And More


More free resources to share with you…..the first is a tele-seminar on weight loss from Anthony William. I’m sure with him being a medical medium he will have some information and insights not covered anywhere else. Here’s his invite….


Free Webinar: Secrets to Weight Loss
Wed., March 18th @ 10 am EST

In this free webinar, I will be sharing the secrets to lasting weight loss, direct from Spirit. I will share why you are still gaining weight, or aren’t able to lose it, even when you are trying to eat well and exercise.

These secrets are not the ones you usually hear. They are different to the trends and fads in weight loss today. It’s not always about eating less and exercising more. There’s a reason why what you’re doing isn’t working, and in this webinar I will give you the insights to help you finally lose weight.

This event is free; simply register here to reserve your place.

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • The true cause of weight gain
  • Why exercise and eating right doesn’t always work
  • Essential steps to start losing weight
  • The emotional side of weight loss
  • Why it’s so hard to stop overeating
  • How to avoid fads & trends in weight loss

Your Host: Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium®, has a rare gift. He’s able to hear a high-level spirit, he refers to simply as “Spirit,” as clearly as if they were in the room together, who provides him with extraordinarily accurate healing information.

If you register for the event, a link to a recorded copy will be emailed to you after the live event has finished, so you can listen anytime and at your convenience!


And here’s his list of his top 5 weight loss foods….

Top 5 Foods For Weight Loss

Last week I shared how liver stagnation is the main reason why people find it so hard to lose weight today.

Now I am sharing with you the top five foods to support weight loss, all of which help to detoxify and heal the liver. I will also be covering more essential steps to lose weight in my upcoming free Secrets To Weight Loss webinar..

Incorporate as many of these five foods as you can daily to support healthy weight loss.

1. Raspberries

Raspberries are not only delicious, they are a great liver detoxifier. The antioxidant power in raspberries enter the liver and remove free radicals and toxins that accumulate and make the liver sluggish.

2. Cucumbers

Cucumbers and cucumber juice are a tonic to the body. They help cleanse and fortify the kidneys, which strengthens the adrenals, and also flush toxins out of the liver.

3. Kiwi

Kiwis are a wonderful weight loss fruit because they provide micronutrients to depleted organs all through the body. They balance out the endocrine system, thyroid, adrenals, thalamus and hypothalamus, and support every organ and gland in the body.

4. Spinach

Spinach makes the body alkaline, more than almost every other green vegetable. Alkalinity is critical to weight loss, because when we stay acidic we hold onto toxins, and then the toxins flow back into the liver causing more stagnation, which in turn hinders weight loss.

5. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is an ideal weight loss fruit. It’s high in electrolytes, calcium, and precious mineral salts that help the body to create less stress, and support the health of neurotransmitters and electrical impulses for the brain so the entire body system works better.

Weight Loss Recipe: Cucumber Juice

  • 2-4 organic cucumbers

Run cucumbers through juicer and drink 16 oz or more first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This simple juice is highly medicinal and helps to flush out toxins, rehydrate the body, and provide cellular energy to get you moving for the day.

He also offers a couple of free reports on his site that I checked out and you may want to, as well. They are titled Ebola and Immune Support and Top 10 Super Healing Foods. You can request those down at the bottom of the page where you register for the webinar.

Also, there’ a Diabetes World Summit coming up you can find out more about it on my What’s New page, plus there are several free gifts for signing up, including a recipe book….

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The Diabetes World Summit will teach you:

  • Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Preventing and stopping the progression of diabetes
  • 10 most important things to help reverse type 2 diabetes
  • Optimal diet to prevent, control and reverse type 2 diabetes
  • Most effective forms of exercise for optimal blood sugar control
  • Special information for Type 1 Diabetes management and care

To find out more about this summit and many other free events, just visit my What’s New page.

And for the past few months, Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley, and yoga expert Cecilia Sardeo have been working to launch a new yoga platform from Mindvalley and they’d like to invite you to give it a try for free…..

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Introducing Mindvalley’s Yoga Platform – Zenward

Like forming all good habits, starting a yoga habit is difficult.

If you’ve attempted yoga before, but haven’t been able to stick to it, The 7-Day Yoga Challenge will help you finally form this healthy habit.

In this week long challenge, Mindvalley’s yoga expert Cecilia will guide you personally through the first 7 days of your new yoga habit, supporting you and providing you with simple, easy to follow flows. Cecilia has drawn from her years of experience to give you a gradual, enjoyable and manageable introduction to yoga that will make it fun, engaging and easy!

This is your chance to finally experience all the benefits of Yoga and let it transform your life.

Click Here To Join Mindvalley’s 7 Day Yoga Challenge


And speaking of yoga, here’s a short routine that’s sure to make you laugh, and isn’t laughter really the best free, all-natural health resource of all?!

And this is a little different than the tips I normally post here, but just in case there are some of you out there who are interested in growing your own food, this may be something of interest to you…..It’s a free on-line course in sustainable farming….

Whole Earth Summit co-producer, Stacey Murphy, is hosting the upcoming free & online Sustainable Small Farm Summit March 18-21, an exciting gathering of 18 farmers and activists who are coming together to share valuable insights into the often neglected business side of farming. The goal is to support new farmers and people transitioning into farming to become even more effective at creating financially viable plans.

How do you envision your dream farm? What makes you prosperous? 

This event is dedicated to new farmers starting their first farm; WWOOFers & apprentices transitioning to become Farm Managers; visionaries contemplating changing their career to farming; and families of farmers who want to understand the business more. Living off the land is not always easy. If you don’t have a mentor who knows the ropes, chances are you’ll make some costly mistakes. Join a group of extraordinary farmers and practitioners as they share their business expertise and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.

3/15/15: And there’s a lot of debate these days about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and worries about forced vaccinations. Here’s a link to the replays of the presentations at the recent Vaccine World Summit. May be something you’ll want to check out:


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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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