September 21, 2009

Guest Article by Gail White

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 8:36 am

This article was first published in 1990 but I still believe it is appropriate for today, perhaps even more so.


We have often marveled at the magnificent temples built to honor our God.  Yet we fail to realize that we are each unique individualizations of God and the whole purpose of our existence is to be vehicles for the expression of our inner beings.

Reading self-help books, attending self improvement and motivational seminars are wonderful but I realized that for most of us the road to self-improvement begins in clothes our closet.  A person’s closet is a reflection of their attitude.  Now take a look inside your closet for  an attitude check -up, what does it say .  Are there any  clothes skeletons hanging there ,you know those things you just never get around to wearing or letting go of..  If so, discard them today so you can get on with the process of evolving into a free-spirited individual free of excess baggage.

There  are many reasons or excuses for procrastinating the inevitable.  The most used is “I’ve gained a few pounds, but I’m going to lose it.”  Ask yourself how long it’s been since you wore those particular garments.  If it’s been longer than six months, chances are you are not going to lose the weight. I  invite you to get rid of the cloths that don’t fit so you aren’t overwhelmed with guilt each time you open the bulging closet doors and think I have nothing to wear.

Get started by setting aside several hours one day to take everything out of your closet.  Designate three piles:  the movers, the “has beens” and the “gray” area.  Examine each piece one at a time.  Do you remember the last time you wore each garment?  If it’s been over a year, let it go.  If you remember feeling great wearing it, then by all means, keep it.  If it fits fine, but for some reason you didn’t feel comfortable in it, then consider it a candidate for the “gray” area.  You can always go  back after you’ve gone through all the rest of the items and try it on again.

Don’t argue with yourself about how much an article of clothing cost, if something feels wrong, just consider it a case of “mistaken identity” and resolve not to buy anything unless you feel uplifted and fantastic when you put it on.  Don’t be tempted to buy something, just because  it is on sale.  A good buy is not that if you don’t enjoy wearing it.  The only reason for buying an outfit should be because you feel and look wonderful in it.  Getting it for any other reason will cause it to hang out with the “has beens” instead of being among the movers and shakers.

Once you’ve gone through all the items try on the ones in the gray area.  Be objective when you look in the mirror.  Is it the right color, is it too tight, too short,  too long or too large?  Try accessorizing it with a scarf or some jewelry that enhances your coloring and the garment.  If it can be altered and is worth the price place it in a pile to go to the seamstress.

Now that you have this pile of clothes to move out of your life, the question arises as to what to do with it.  One option is to take them to a resale shop where you can get up to 50% of their selling price for it. Donating to a charity is another avenue and you  might be able to use it as a tax deduction.  Third idea is to host a “swap” party where you invite friends  to bring good clothes that they no longer choose to wear and then exchange garments.  Just remember the ground rule: no one should leave with someone else’s garment if they don’t  look and feel great in it.

Now that you have eliminated the “has beens” spend time mixing, matching and accessorizing.  Let it be a game with you to see how many different looks you can create.  See yourself as an artist and your clothes as the palette.  Be selective in choosing the right colors, textures and designs.  Let your creativity flow in choosing the adequate lines and shapes to create a masterpiece.  Make a list of the items you’ll need to complete your wardrobe if necessary and desired.

Lastly, feel it in your heart.  Take pride in knowing you are the master of this wonderful piece of art.  You will have a better understanding  of yourself and feel powerful in that knowing.  Become all  God created you to be and let the clothes you wear be your soul’s reflection after all how else will I recognize you?

March 26, 2009

What It Takes To Be Happy

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 7:34 am

Enjoy this article from Gary Glasscock’s “Manifesting Your Life” Newsletter!

I AM…Jodi


What It Takes To Be Happy

Happiness is such a relative word. Your state of being happy is
certainly different from others. The things that could make you
happy could ironically make other people sad.

This is why happiness seems to be elusive. It appears to be
something so near but still unreachable. But hey, being happy is
always achievable. Here is a guide to help you achieve happiness,
no matter how abstract it may seem.

1. Be content with what you have. Happiness may be fleeting because
you never really become content with anything you have achieved and
acquired. It is okay to set higher goals. Just don’t deal with them
so much that you’ll break down if you don’t attain them.

2. Change your view on things. Instead of looking at a glass of
water being half empty, think of it as half full. Be positive. A
person with a positive mind set goes to further heights than
somebody who isn’t.  As Zig Ziglar says, “Your Attitude, NOT your
Aptitude, determines your Altitude.”

3. Control your emotions. Contrary to what others think, it is
possible to control what you feel. You can always choose to be calm
instead of angry. You can choose to be happy other than sad; and
most of the time, it all depends on you.

 4. Surround yourself with happy people. Happiness is contagious
and you have to admit that. It is hard to stay lonely in the
company of genuinely happy people. But if you are surrounded with
equally gloomy individuals, being happy is almost next to impossible.

5. Love and be lovable. It won’t matter if you are old and alone.
Love is something you simply cannot stop having. If you love a
person, then chances are, you will be loved back. Moreover, the
thought and feeling that somebody loves you should be enough to
make you smile most all day long.

6. Share. How can sharing make you happy? Well, the look of that
small child that you shared your cookie with, or the smile of a
person in the bus you shared your seat with, should all be enough
to make you feel light all throughout the day.

These are good ways to achieve happiness and keep it that way.
Happiness is not elusive; it is just a matter of partaking in it.
Being sad is a burden. It is harder than being happy. Try it. Work
to be happy. Once you feel it, you won’t like to let go of it again.
Remember, Happiness is a state of mind.  What’s yours?

Click HERE to go to Gary’s website!

March 25, 2009

Resolving Conflict

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 8:20 am

Enjoy this Q&A from the Trans4mind newsletter (Cultivate Life! by Peter Sheperd)

I AM…Jodi

How can my family and I resolve conflict with a difficult family member?

The questioner’s philosophy: I believe in God or something bigger than myself.

The questioner’s hopes and aspirations: To live a fruitful life and feel less conflict in some relationships.

Question: How do I enable less conflict with my sister-in-law? She causes conflict with everybody.

My sister-in-law and I were friends prior to my relationship with her brother. We got along really well and I knew she was intense then, however whenever we spoke I used some of the communication skills I have gained to help her see things differently and she would not lash out or feel on the attack.

Since being in a relationship with her brother and after moving away from the family base for a year I have found it difficult to communicate with her. She is always on the attack and makes family gatherings uncomfortable as she always causes a conflict with someone over nothing.

Sometimes my partner speaks to her and tells her straight to “bring her head in” and she is good for a couple of weeks and then it starts all over again.

She has a partner who loves her, but he is at his wits end as to what to do to stop these outbursts. She has a step-daughter who is scared of her and stutters when she has to think of the consequences if she does something as simple as drop a toy. She also has a 6 month old daughter and another on the way.

I am concerned for her well-being as it is coming to the point that her family do not want to invite her or to attend any event that involves her. She does not have Turrets or any psychological diagnosis. Her family has done “intervention” with a mediator, but nothing has improved.

I am of the belief that family is important, but it is coming to a point that we feel like cutting her off. How do I (we) face the challenge of resolving conflict with a difficult person?

Wallace’s reply: The answer is very simple! You maintain your center and send out love. What do I mean by this?

When your sister-in-law is on the attack, do not attack back, or defend yourself – be still. It takes two to cause a conflict and it is impossible to be in conflict with someone if you are spiritually enlightened.

What does it mean to be spiritually enlightened with an aggressive person? When with an aggressive person the spiritually enlightened are like air, impossible to get hold of, impossible to wound, ephemeral. How can one become like air? Completely desist from defending yourself. It is the ego that feels the need to defend. The ego needs to protect and maintain its pride, dignity and its need to be right. Give these up completely and you will no longer need to defend yourself against attack. Then you have become like air and no one can fight with you. You have won a great victory – a victory over your lower self.

Then while maintaining your center send your sister-in-law love. When you are with her or late at night before you go to bed or early in the morning, imagine pink rays of love streaming from your heart and surrounding your sister-in-law. Imagine these rays coming from the source of love (God) and flowing into you, through you and out to surround your sister.

You will be pleasantly surprised how surrounding your sister-in-law with love while maintaining your center will nurture your relationship.

I wish to encourage you to continue to include your sister-in-law in family gatherings. I myself have a very aggressive sister. Although she is agressive with many people, she is never aggressive while with me and we are great friends! Aggressive people are given to us so that we can learn to go beyond our ego and love from the heart. Your sister-in-law will help each member of your family integrate their ego self with their Higher Self by learning to love your sister-in-law in the way I suggest.

Consequently I suggest you share my reply with other members of your family who find themselves in conflict with your sister-in-law. Even if they do not take it up you can. Then you will be completely free of conflict with your sister-in-law.

You will have mastered the challenge of resolving conflict with your sister-in-law, because by adopting the approach I recommend, there will be no possibility of conflict!

February 28, 2009

Your Eyes DON’T See!

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 8:14 am

I’ve been referring to this article, quite frequently, so I thought I would post it here for you to read.  Be warned….it will shatter your version of “reality!”  Have fun with it!  You can find this post at .

I AM…Jodi 



“I can’t believe my eyes”, people say…

Well, they shouldn’t either. Because you’re eyes don’t actually see.

They’re merely lenses that pass on information to the visual cortex in the brain. And only there do you see.  

The location of the visual cortex in your brain, which is what we actually 'see' with.


So you actually see with your brain, not with your eyes. “I saw it with my own brain!” would be a better way to put it. After all, we decode the visible frequencies of light that our eyes pick up into ‘physical reality’. Your eyes don’t send images to your brain of 3D street scenes or whatever we think we see outside of us. They perceive frequencies and then send them to the brain in the form of electrical signals. And your brain decodes those signals into an apparent 3D reality that we think is outside of us.

What we see is ‘light’, as it’s reflected by what’s called ‘luminous matter’. ‘Luminous matter’ reflects electromagnetic light, which your eyes can perceive.

But 95 percent (at least) of the mass in the universe is known as ‘dark matter’ or ‘dark energy’. This ‘stuff’ doesn’t reflect light, and therefore can’t be seen by us humans. However, it can be measured by its effect on the part of the universe that we can ‘see’. That’s how we know it’s there.

But anyway, the only light we can see is the light reflected within the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. And we only see those particular frequencies within that electromagnetic spectrum. And actually, it’s only a fraction of the spectrum that can be accessed by our human vision:



The light we can actually 'see' is only a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the electromagnetic spectrum is only 0.005% of all the mass in the universe.


But there’s even more… The electromagnetic spectrum is only 0.005% of the estimated mass of the universe. And human sight can see only a tiny fraction of these electromagnetic frequencies. So imagine how little of the universe we can actually perceive and decode into ‘physical’ reality!

We’re virtually blind!

The truth is that we only see what the brain tells us to see. And let’s take a quick look at what happens before we actually ‘see’:

– First, light enters the eye by passing through the outer, transparent layer called the ‘cornea’.

– Then it goes on through the pupil, which gets bigger or smaller to allow for more or less light to be let in (depending on the circumstances). This latter process is controlled by the iris (the colored part of the eye).

– Then it goes to the lens to be focused.

– After that, it enters the ‘vitreous humor’, a jelly-like substance behind the lens.

– And then the light (or information) strikes the retina, which ‘captures’ the image like the film in those good old photo cameras. However, this image recorded on the retina is two-dimensional and upside-down!

The next stop is the optic nerve, which in turn sends the image through the brain to the ‘occipital lobe’. This is where the brain re-assembles the two-dimensional and upside-down image that was delivered by the eyes into the form that we think we are seeing.

So this is really quite a path to travel for what we think is an ‘objective image’ before we actually see it. And what’s even more striking are all the things that happen before we actually ‘see’ the image that we think we see.

After all, what we think is a 3D image that situated outside of us is only constructed when frequencies are recorded as a two-dimensional and upside-down image on the retina. It’s only later (when the info reaches the ‘occitipal lobe’) that it’s constructed into a 3D image. And this construction happens in your brain.

So does the world outside of us really exist in the way we think we see it? But wait… Here’s another thought-provoking realization:

On the way from the eyes to the visual cortex, the temporal lobes edit and reconstruct up to 50% and more of the ‘light’ or ‘information’ that was perceived by the eyes. In his book The Holographic Universe, the late Michael Talbot writes about the work of neurophysiologist Karl Pribram and others [p. 163]:

“Pribram discovered that the visual information a monkey receives via its optic nerves does not travel directly to its visual cortex, but is first filtered through other areas of its brain. Numerous studies have shown that the same is true of human vision. Visual information entering our brains is edited and modified by our temporal lobes before it is passed on to our visual cortices. Some studies suggest that less than 50 percent of what we ‘see’ is actually based on information entering our eyes. The remaining 50 percent plus is pieced together out of our expectation of what the world should look like (and perhaps out of other sources such as reality fields). The eyes may be the visual organs, but it is the brain that sees.”

Wow! And then consider this…

What we don’t ‘see’, we make up. Seriously, we make it up! Here’s how…

Our eyes have a blind spot where the optic nerve connects to the eye in the middle of the retina. We can’t see anything with that part of the eye. However, the brain weaves the picture together from the information available and ‘fills the hole’.

So actually, what we believe we are seeing is what we see. Upon constructing the 3D image that we think we eventually ‘see’, the brain filters and tweaks the information received by filling in holes and matching it to its expectations of what there is to be seen, based on its engrained beliefs. And that latter part makes up for more than 50% of the images we actually ‘see’!

That’s quite something! We also describe this mechanism in our free book on the Premises Of Your Own Power (and if you haven’t read it yet, you can get it for free by subscribing at the right hand side at the top of this page). Here are some excerpts of what we wrote:

“Most people will be familiar with overlooking misspelled words. This is because your eyes, or rather your brain, is so accustomed to reading the words in correct spelling, that it simply overlooks a typo. The typo is filtered out of the image by your brain, which causes you to overlook it and see the correct spelling, which is in line with your expectations. This does not happen all the time, but it does happens sometimes, which illustrates the point to make here. Neurophysiologists like Karl Pribram have long been aware of this fact.


In relation to the example of the misspelled words, your engrained belief system (the correct spelling of the words you see most of the time) caused your brain to filter out the information (the typo) that was at odds with its conditioned worldview (its expectations).”

Here’s another excerpt:

“Likewise, studies have shown that men and women often have trouble communicating accurately with each other, because what one says the other does not hear. Each hears merely whatever supports their belief and prejudice about each other. They pick up only what they want to hear, or what supports their conditioned view of the way things are. This is a psychological phenomenon called ‘selective retention’.”

And here’s a final one:

“The catch is that seeing is not just believing. Apparently, ‘believing is also seeing’. Because the information picked up by your eyes is edited by your brain according to its engrained belief systems, a large proportion of what you actually ‘see’ is determined by what you believe deep inside to be true. You see what you believe. And of course, because you see what you believe, you immediately believe what you see, because it supports your belief systems that determined what you saw in the first place. Thus, what you see reinforces your belief system, which causes you to keep seeing things in the way you believe things to be, which in turn again makes you see things in that way. It’s a self-reinforcing cycle!”

(You can read more details on that in the book on the Premises Of Your Own Power…)

But for now, we’re slowly moving into the point that we want to make…

After all, it’s clear that the beliefs programmed into your brain have a significant effect on the way you perceive ‘reality’… or in fact, on the way you even construct reality and thus what you seem to be ‘attracting’!

The thing is… Your brain is not the center of control that determines what happens and what doesn’t happen.

And that’s good news!

Because it’s still true that you can be the one taking control. You don’t have to be a slave to your body and brain. That is, if you recognize that you are not your body. You need to recognize that you are indeed the essence controlling it and occupying it to allow yourself to experience this ‘3D solid world’.

After all… Consider all this:

There has been this publication of an article in the scientific journal ‘Science’ with the provocative title ‘Is Your Brain Really Necessary’.  This article was a reaction to the description of this British neurologist John Lorber of a young man of ‘normal development’, with an IQ of 126, and an academic degree in mathematics.

The funny thing was that a brain scan of this apparently highly intelligent young man showed that he was a pretty hardcore case of what’s known as ‘hydrocephalus’, or ‘water on the brain’.

Put differently, the head of this ‘IQ 126’, ‘academic degree in mathematics’ young man was filled with cerebrospinal fluid for 95%. What this means in layman’s terms is that his skull was like a swimming pool for his brain, which basically drowned in all that fluid.

His cerebral cortex had a gauge of about 1 millimeter, so there was hardly any brain tissue left. The weight of his brain was estimated to about 100 grams, where 1500 grams is normal for an average homo sapiens sapiens. But the workings of his brain were hardly impaired at all!

The following picture comes to mind: 

Water On The Head 

Maybe we underestimated him…

Anyway, it seems like the brain is not the source of consciousness. And so the good news is that you can exert control over your brain (and thus your perceptions and the way you construct your reality (or what you seem to ‘attract’)) through your own being conscious.


Put differently: You need to wake-the-hell up!


Basically, your body (including your brain) is a vehicle for experience, and you’re in the driver’s seat.


You can take control and manipulate your perceptions, and it has been shown that you (being a conscious essence) can even change your brain (being a part of the ‘space suit’ (your body) you’re wearing in order to be able to experience this ‘physical ‘reality’).


And if you listen closely, you’ll see this is true, and you’ll learn how you can benefit from this…


Science has shown during our lives there’s this ongoing process of adaptation in your brain. This happens because your mental, intellectual, spiritual and physical activities influence both the number as well as the locations of the mutual connections between neurons (brain cells). This process of ongoing adaptation is called ‘neuroplasticity’ or ‘cortical remapping’.

So basically, because of conscious attention, emotions and active thought processes, as well as due to physical activity and movement, the neural networks in your brain change continually. And as such, the electromagnetical activity in your brain changes all the time as well.

In a recent article in the scientific journal called ‘Progress In Neurobiology’ called ‘Mind Does Really Matter’, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard comes to the conclusion that trust and positive expectations are capable of influencing (changing) the parts in the brain that play a significant role in perceiving, movement, pain and a whole bunch of emotional processes.

So your mental processes (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, but most of all your conscious free will) can significantly influence the functioning of your brain on various levels. Your conscious and deliberate manipulation of your thoughts and expectations not only greatly improves your feelings of well-being. It also causes a demonstrable biological change in your brain.

So what to make of all this scientific mumbo-jumbo?

Well, here we go…

By waking-the-hell up from the vicious cycle that you may find yourself in, you can make astonishing changes in your perceived reality.

After all, we’ve seen that you see what you believe. Your brain edits the information it receives based on its engrained belief systems to determine what you see. And then what you see is merely a confirmation of what you already believe.

It’s a self-reinforcing cycle, and it’s vicious as long as it’s based on beliefs of negativity, being powerless, being poor, feeling guilty, and so on…

But by waking-the-hell up, you can consciously change your perceptions. You can consciously cause significant, demonstrable biological changes in your brain. 

Your brain will change, and your perceptions will change. And as your perceptions will change, your beliefs will change. And as your beliefs change into knowing that you have full power over your own reality, your perceptions will change accordingly.

It’s still a self-reinforcing cycle, but not a vicious one anymore.Both your conscious and your subconscious mind will change into a state in which you genuinely believe down to the core of your being that you’re the one in control. And you can simply pick your beliefs. Your brain, mind and perceptions of your ‘outside reality’ will follow automatically.

Even if you have water on the head, as you have seen…

So who cares if your brain scan looks like Homer Simpson’s?

It doesn’t matter, because you are not your body. You are a unique representation of all that exists, and you kick ass.

December 7, 2008

The Secret’s Secret

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 6:37 pm

Need some inspiration to get you through the day?  Click on the link, below, and listen to this interview with Helene Hadsell.  She is a fiesty 83-years-young and has won everything from a house to cars to numerous trips to Europe and other vacation spots.  She reveals her 4-step process of manifestation in this interview.  Enjoy!

 I AM…Jodi

October 2, 2008

Are You Guilty of Over-Caring?

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 12:37 pm

(Enjoy this great article from the Institute of HeartMath Newsletter.  Click here to go to their website!)
Overcare – Make Sure Your Care is Helping, Not Hurting

“Care is love in action,” Institute of HeartMath founder Doc Childre once said. The capacity to care in human beings and other living creatures is an expression of love that is marvelous to behold.

IHM has cautioned for many years about the importance of balancing the care we feel or experience for family, friends and others in our lives, at the workplace and in issues related to our communities and the world.

You may wonder why we even need to balance our care: After all, isn’t caring as boundless as our capacity to feel it? That is true for many people, but it is not unusual for most of us to take our caring to excess from time to time.

When the care we give to a sick relative, a friend going through a rough patch or a cause dear to the heart causes anxiety, guilt, anger or a feeling of being drained, these are warning signs of overcare. It is quite common for any of us to occasionally overidentify and overattach ourselves to the object of our caring, especially if it involves someone we love.

“The draining cycle begins as we over identify with a situation, an issue, or a person we care about,” the HeartMath book Understanding Care explains. “In other words, we identify too much. We begin to overcare and want to see things go a certain way. We get overattached to how we want things to turn out. As a result, we’re less able to let go and we become obsessive.”

It’s important to check this draining emotion if it begins to overshadow our caring so it doesn’t adversely affect other areas of our lives. “Curiously enough, when overcare exists in one area, it usually results in a lack of care in another area,” Understanding Care notes. “It’s like squeezing a balloon at one end so that it pops out at the other end. This lack of balance in care is causing much of the increased stress and burnout we see in individuals and society today.”
Should you find that you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms of overcare, the HeartMath Cut-Thru Technique can help

Those who feel and offer genuine, balanced care will always be OK, so by all means never stop caring, for it is one of the great joys and rewards of life. A measure of balance is wise, however, as we seek to comfort another, promote our causes or advance in our relationships.

Should you find that you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms of overcare, the HeartMath Cut-Thru® Technique can help. This technique is ideal for cutting through overcare, overidentification and overattachment and reducing the resulting stress. It can help you balance quickly and get back on a track of genuine caring.

Repeat these steps as needed. Some issues take more heart soak time to mature into new understanding and release.

† Adapted from Understanding Care. Click here for a complete description of the Cut-Thru® and to learn more about care vs. overcare.

May 17, 2008


Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 11:03 am

This article Contributed by Jayne Morgan-Kidd.  Please visit her website for more:


The problem of addiction is a very complex sort of problem.  No EFT one-minute wonders here, usually.   But persistently using EFT to address the layers of an addiction can pay off for those who will work at it persistently. 


Addiction is not just a habit that’s hard to give up.  It has become, for that person, the most effective way they know to soothe their own uncomfortable feelings.  It works for them!  No matter how much a person may want to give up an addiction, there is another part of himself or herself that doesn’t want to give it up.  So there’s a conflict within that person.  And that internal conflict takes a lot of energy. 


The first step in using EFT to address the problem of addiction is to acknowledge this conflict.  Acknowledge that part of yourself that doesn’t want to give it up and accept that part too.  Lots of people get angry with themselves because they have tried to give up an addiction and have failed.  They are really hard on themselves and their self-talk will include things like “I’m just too weak” or “I don’t have any willpower” or “my addiction has control over me”.   So step one is get off your own back!   Try phrases like “Even though I have this addiction to…,  I lovingly accept and forgive myself.”   You may have to tap for several days or even weeks on this to get to the point where you feel that this is true!!


When you’ve done enough tapping to feel loving and accepting of yourself, just as you are, you’re ready to begin uncovering the layers.  Look at your history around the addiction.  Ask yourself questions about it and write down your answers.  When did you start?  What was going on at that time (stressful)?  Who else has this addiction (family, friends)?  What would happen to these relationships if you quit (and they didn’t)?  Who wouldn’t like it if you did quit?  How many times have you tried to quit?  What happened to get you started again?  There are many other questions, but this should get you started thinking about the emotional blocks you may have to giving up this addiction.  Read over your answers and look for the emotional drivers and patterns of stressors.


I’m not going to say you can’t use EFT to handle your addiction by yourself.  But I will say that it may take great persistence.  Your progress may not be discernable for a while.  And that’s why people generally give up using EFT – because they think it’s not working.  But as you tap on your energy system, addressing your own issues, something is always happening.  Changes are occurring even though you might not feel much at the time.  Keep tapping.  Do it every day.   If possible, do some work with an EFT practitioner to get yourself started or to keep yourself going.  Otherwise, keep tapping and remember – Persistence pays off! 


Best wishes,   Jayne Morgan-Kidd

May 16, 2008

Our Disappearing Minerals and Their Vital Health Role

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 5:27 pm

This article was contributed by:

Maryann Holden

Holistic Health Counselor                      (BE SURE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE!!)

(NaturalNews) Dating back to the beginning of the last century, mineral depletion in our soils, and thus in the food we eat, has been horrendous — and it has gotten much worse in recent decades, as we strip the top eight feet of soil throughout the world of the vital major minerals and up to 80 trace minerals that man has adapted to for thousands of years and which are needed for optimum health.

“You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner

The way nature works, in a more or less “natural” state, is that tree roots go deep in the soil and bring up vital minerals that are replaced as the trees die and decompose. In addition, animals that eat and contain the minerals themselves die and decompose and are returned to the soil. Similarly, animal and human waste matter is returned to the soil.

In modern times, we have disrupted the natural cycle of mineral replenishment by clear-cutting the forests and trees to make crop land, removing most of the waste and dead animals, and we have over-farmed virtually all of our soil without allowing time for micro-organisms to convert the remaining minerals into usable forms for plants. Thanks to the advent of petro-chemical fertilizers in 1908, we have mostly returned to the soil only petroleum derived nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus — which produce lush growth but nutrient-poor plants.

To make matters worse, we have applied pesticides and herbicides that have killed off vital micro-organisms which help convert remaining soil minerals to usable forms.

Thanks to the extended use of fertilizers and “maximum yield” mass farming methods, the soil in the North American continent has had an average of 85% mineral depletion over the past 100 years — the worst of any other country in the world.

The end result is that a bowl of spinach most of us eat today contains perhaps 1/8th the nutrition of the bowl our grandparents and great grandparents ate.

The role of minerals and human health is immense, yet seldom recognized. Two times Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling went so far as to state unequivocally “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”

Dr. Gary Price Todd echoed this sentiment when he stated, “The lack of minerals is the root of all disease.”

Considering that minerals are the most basic of building blocks for proper nutrition and health, such statements can hardly be considered exaggerations. Quite simply, without minerals, nothing else works. Amino acids and enzymes don’t work and so vitamins and other nutrients don’t get broken down and absorbed properly and we end up with major deficiencies in both vitamins and minerals. The end result is a chain reaction of poor health where nothing works as it should.

“In the absence of minerals, vitamins have no function. Lacking vitamins, the system can make use of the minerals, but lacking minerals vitamins are useless.” – Dr. Charles Northern, researcher and MD

Another major area where mineral deficiency manifests itself, in addition to poor health and immune system support, is obesity. Similar to the cats and dogs one sees eating grass when they instinctively know they are either deficient in vitamins and minerals or need extra ones to combat an illness or infection, I believe that the human body also sends such instinctive signals at times that it is missing vital nutrients, but we no longer recognize what it is our bodies are telling us and where to find what we need to silence the signals.

Such confused signals often lead to cravings, and so we eat and eat to try to satisfy them, but what we really crave is missing nutrition. Instead of turning to a nutritious diet or other healthy way to furnish minerals (such as the plant derived minerals from the prehistoric clays in Utah available from Utopia Silver), we turn to the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), fast foods, nuked meals, sweets, junk food, etc. often to no avail. Perhaps many of us can relate to that familiar quandary of eating and eating to the point of being gorged, and yet still feeling hungry for “something”. That something very often is likely minerals!

May 15, 2008

Stay Tuned for Guest Contributions!

Filed under: Guest Contributions — jodi @ 9:20 pm

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