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Finding the Peace, Quiet, & Joy Within ~ Part I
Posted by on 30 November, 2007

In our fast paced modern world the luxury of "down time" for reflection, meditation, or just turn off the outside world for a while is becomeing increasingly difficult. Here are some strategies that may help you.

Used to be..

It used to be that, at the end of the day, there was time for reflection. We had the opportunity to sort through the day just lived. There was ample time to think things through, make up our mind, discover who we are and what we want, make plans, fantasize, dream, and imagine. Candle light or gas-light just added to the mystery that was life creating a gauzy, foggy atmosphere.

With our current technology, we can reach out and touch someone 24/7. We are never turned to the off position. No matter what your preference as an .early riser・ or a "night owl", there is always something you can do. As "human-be-ings".

We are seldom out of touch with the ones we love. We can be contacted via our telephone, fax line, pager, instant messenger, cell phone, email, snail mail, and web cam. Those moments in the car, in the bathroom, shopping, eating, in the movies, at the massage therapists, and at a friend´s house were once great times to reconnect with ourselves in thoughtfulness. They are now constantly punctuated with varying sounds from Beethoven・s Fifth to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and every imaginable bleeping sound in between. Days of connecting to the .people on the street・ or in the supermarket are a thing of the past.

Meditation can allow us to find some balance and harmony within and smooth the transitions of life. By turning everything off and taking time to sit still and be with ourselves, we can renew and recharge our batteries. You and your loved ones, indeed, humanity itself, are the ones who will reap the reward of spending as little as 30 minutes a day with yourself.

Some of the key benefits of daily meditation are: finding peace within and the clarity that comes with that; knowing that our actions are in harmony with who we are; connecting with our truth; and keeping our connection to the Source open and flowing. Grounding to Gaia and taking our place in life on this planet. Meditation reduces pain, and gives us the ability to handle the usual stresses of life. It offers increased mental focus, and an improved immune system. There are a few other .side-effects・ that you will notice after you have practiced for a while.

Since these previously imposed quiet times are not forced upon us today, we need to use self-discipline to carve out our own meditation routine. When we find the time, what do we do then? Do anything that makes you feel connected to the true you: sing, do art, do music, do exercise, breathe deeply, slow down your breathing, meditate, pray, write in your journal, focus on an object, think through a question or issue you would like clarity on, or just sit and be. Mindfulness is the keyword; bringing all of your attention into the moment and creating a soothing NOW (Notice Only What´s in front of you) in your life.

To the quiet, and make it quick!

Follow your breathing. This is something that you can do anywhere, anytime. You can do this with your eyes open or closed but it is better with your eyes closed as that helps to reduce brain chatter. In less than a minute, you can be in a calm, centred space. All you have to do is start paying attention to your breathing. This is a built in talent that most of us don・t use, probably because we never thought of it. Just slow down and breathe slowly two or three times. It works!

Twelve ways to build the peace, quiet, and joy into your life:

1. Get up earlier or stay up later

These are what I refer to as bonus times. Everyone is still asleep, all the radios, computers, and TV・s are off or not yet turned on, and the energy of the house has changed and settled down. When our space is quiet, it is easier for us to be quiet.

2. Use your time in the bathroom

You・re sitting there anyway. Why not use this time throughout the day to centre yourself? Make this time inviolate. When you are in the bathroom, no one must disturb you for any reason unless it is a dire emergency. Keep some uplifting/spiritual/religious books handy for reading. Say your prayers, if you wish. Meditate, light a candle, and burn some incense. Did you know that .The Thinker・ statue was originally seated in the bathroom until they moved him to Paris, France? (smile broadly)

3. Listen to soothing music you love

Really listen. Follow the music and allow yourself to move within it. There are numerous CD・s with quality sound to entrance you. Begin by breathing deeply two or three times, relax your body, then, go into the music, become the notes, or follow one instrument only. When it is not playing, simply rest for a moment. Find the many other ways you can enjoy your selection.

This article will be continued in our next issue

About Lyn Elizabeth Ayre, Ph.D.

Lyn is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a Ph. D. in Energy Healing. She is available for talks, demonstrations, and workshops for your company. For more information see....

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How the Drug Industry Plans to Take Away Your Vitamins & Suppliments!!
Posted by on 10 August, 2005

Are we about to loss our ability to choose and use the suppliements? CODEX a sub-committee of the United Nations is currently attempting to limit our access to, and the availability of vitamins and other essential nutrients.


Codex is a sub-committee of the United Nations mandated to establish guidelines on food trade issues. Such guidelines are not legally binding for any nation, but nations which are part of the World Trade Organization can be severely sanctioned anyway. In the early 1990s, Codex began to look at establishing internationally harmonized standards for food supplements. In 2002 a European Union Directive produced such guidelines for Codex. It turns out, their effect will with certainty be to stop the availability of all vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and most other essential nutrients as food supplements; they are slated to be treated as pharmaceutical drugs, eventually available on prescription only and manufactured by pharmaceutical companies from synthetic materials, including from genetically engineered substances.

Due to interlocking international treaties, specifically the WTO established in 1995, and the still to be ratified Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), Canada and the US would be faced with serious sanctions if they do not adopt these guidelines. Codex authority is already part of these treaty texts. Australia , Norway , Denmark and Germany have already adopted these foods as drugs guidelines.

Health Canada s website already lists the European Parliament Commissions upper safe limits on supplements as desirable for Canadians to follow. Without parliamentary debate, Health Canada snuck up on us and moved all supplements under the drugcategory effective January 2004, in order to get us ready to be harmonized. This treachery prompted Bill C-420 (discussed below).

Consumer groups and various medical associations throughout the world have joined forces with the Alliance for Natural Health, Europe s voice for the supplement industries to challenge this Directive in the International Court in Luxemburg as a violation of the EU Constitution. The 25 EU member states differ widely in medical norms. Article 152 of the EU Constitution expressly forbids any harmonization regarding availability of medicinal and food substances related to health. This provides a solid legal argument for the case to be heard on January 25th. The decision will be published in March. Because the biotech and pharmaceutical industries dominate Codex and the EU food regulatory authority, which wrote this Directive, the International Court s decision will be decisive for either consumer freedom of choice or the multi-national corporations.


In the mid-1990s my mother, then in her 80s, had a stroke. She lived in Germany . When she left hospital, I was ready with a nutritional plan that included high-dose vitamins: C, E, and B - especially Inositol, as well as Co-enzyme Q 10. I went to the pharmacy, whose owner was a family friend for some 25 years, and handed him my list.

Hew gave me a small packet with a price sticker of DM 200 (then about $ 200) containing vitamin E capsules manufactured by one of Germanys largest pharmaceutical companies. The source was synthetic, not the mixed version from living plant sources I wanted which contains the whole E spectrum. The package contained a total of 10,000 international units of E, the equivalent of a mere 25 capsules of 400 IU each that we are used to buying (I take that many in 3 days). Our bottles contain 90 capsules and cost about $ 20. If Codex rules in Canada , we will likely pay $ 800 for a bottle of 90 capsules of low-quality vitamin E if Health Canada lets us buy that many at once, and if you can find a doctor willing to prescribe it.

He then handed me a tube-shaped metal container with vitamin C effervescent tablets. Each tablet , when dissolved in water would release 10 mg of vitamin C in a refined sugar solution. Thus, this ridiculously low amount, was to be taken in a toxic medium that would neutralize the vitamin without it doing anything at all. The cost: about $ 10 for 12 tablets.

Then he asked me, Whats Co-enzyme Q 10? Are you allowed to buy all this in Canada in such dangerous dosages? When I told him what I take daily, his eyes popped. Then I asked, Why cant I buy these supplements here? He replied, Well, Germany is a Codex country. Oddly, Germany has several government-run hospitals where environmental illness is treated with nutrients only, intravenous vitamin C etc. Life is full of paradoxes and few more follow below.


Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor and naturopath well known to Toronto readers, is currently the president of Friends of Freedom International in which capacity she attended the Codex meeting in Bonn last November. She describes Codex as the ultimate Big Brother marching backwards into the future.

Effective August 1, all vitamin and mineral supplements on the so-called positive list, including everything from Beta Carotene to Zinc, will only be available in the 25 EU countries if they comply with specific rules set out in the June 10, 2002 , EU Directive Relating to Food Supplements. All products must show maximum safe levels as established by science. Those nutrients found in the mythic balanced diet are to be subtracted from the final values, and Article 6 (2) decrees that labels shall not attribute to food supplements the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease, or refer to such properties. So, the Directives science knows nothing of Vitamin C preventing and curing scurvy, Vitamin D preventing and curing rickets and osteoporosis, or vitamin B curing and preventing anemia. It also ignores the mountain of evidence showing our diets are chronically deficient in essential nutrients because of factory-style farming practices. To ensure a high level of protection for consumers and facilitate their choice, they even included baking soda and table salt. We must assume they will be unavailable as of August 1 anywhere in Europe - with interesting consequences for the tourist industry in the baked goods paradises Austria , Switzerland and France .

Now, there is also a negative list covering essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, all the enzymes and more. Those cannot be marketed at all, until the EU scientific committee in charge has made a final decision. So, forget omega-3 and omega-6 fats, cod liver oil, and much more. The effect of this directive will be that thousands of products and businesses will be gone this year. In the UK alone some 21 million people will suddenly have no access to any supplement vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids and more. Since the onus is on businesses to produce the scientific information on safety, they cant produce or sell anything not even to physicians who have the power to prescribe any toxic drug as well as any essential nutrient. Obviously, there will be ludicrous enforcement issues: Picture basement-concocted vitamins sold in dark alleys alongside crack and Ecstasy.

Nutrients are essential to life and cannot be subjected to safety analyses like environmental toxins or synthetic drugs. Virtually all research published in mainstream journals is focused on how essential nutrients heal organisms on the cellular level, which nutrients act together to bring about organ repair, and how they cause systemic healing when given in very high doses. Science has known for at least a century that deficiencies cause standard diseases. In the presence of certain viruses and environmental toxins, such deficiencies are major contributing factor to AIDS and all cancers. Indeed, the South Africans recently renamed AIDS to NAIDS which stands for Nutritionally Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome because recent research showed that for the HIV virus to cause illness, a person must also be deficient in the immune-system-controlling mineral Selenium (Foster 2004).

Toxicity studies basically dont exist for essential nutrients (one of a few is vitamin A under certain circumstances). To establish the lethal dose 50, half of a hundred lab rats or mice dies at a substances concentration which is then designated as the toxic level. Well, you cant do that with Vitamin C or essential fatty acids, for example. They cant kill. The body metabolizes these substances and excretes excesses. The occasional individual allergy to a specific type of vitamin does not invalidate general biocompatibility. Meeting the August 1 deadline is impossible in principle and in practice. It is a trap.

By contrast, all synthetic drugs without exception are systemically toxic, meaning they are toxic to more than one body system as well as on a cellular level . Hence the constant need to weigh the benefits of their use with the known risks of their toxicity, specific doses of just so many mg, timing of ingestion, duration of treatment - and the prescription requirement. All this doesnt apply to apples, magnesium or probiotics. If you eat too many apples, you get the runs - same mess for too much vitamin C. Furthermore, all drugs, from Aspirin to Zocor, also deplete essential nutrients. Most accumulate in body tissues because they cannot be metabolized by our enzymes which freak out when encountering this phony chemistry and simply move on. Used for a long time, drugs frequently shut down the bodys natural detoxification center, the liver, and in extreme cases destroy it necessitating a liver transplant. Of course, essential nutrients are readily metabolized and distributed in accordance with the laws of nature, while simultaneously nourishing the liver.


About 800,000 people die every year in North America from properly prescribed and ingested drugs. No toxicity levels are ever published on drugs. They are assumed and were protected by a conspiracy of silence until Johns Hopkins Medical School published the data on this carnage in 2003 (see Dean below). Codexs effort to save us all from supposedly dangerous food supplements, by requiring their (non-existent) toxicity levels, is a determined backlash against the turn medical science took starting with Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Carl Pfeiffer and Roger Williams in the 1950s. They established the concepts of bio-individuality in absorption and detoxification, high-dose essential nutrients as disease curing, and environmental toxins acting as nutrient depleting. Today, we have a flood of evidence showing that drugs have a very limited usefulness and that high-dose nutrients can do anything better than drugs can.

The pharmaceutical industry is anything but slow-witted, and good business practice dictates outfoxing the competition one way or another - to secure the market. If this Directive is not stopped, there will be only one medical world: the pharmaceutical world. When this Codex project began in 2001, some 180 million protest letters reached their office, but Codex doesnt give up on protecting us. Now the fight is on in each country, because Codex is now our problem as well.

South Africa announced on January 17th that it will not follow the foods-as-drugs Directive. Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang stated her country disagrees with the false dichotomy between natural and allopathic medicine, a division fostered by the need to make money from patented drugs through discrediting the use of natural products. At the November Codex meeting the South African delegate, Dr. Antoinette Booyzen MD stood firm on rejecting the Directives notion that supplements dont treat , prevent or cure, but the Codex chairman, who is routinely supported by the EU delegate commanding 25 votes, simply stonewalled all opposition, even the World Health Organizations report entitled Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Since chronic disease is the source of Big Pharmas wealth (see my book), the last thing Codex wants is prevention.

Dr. Dean described how Indias delegate, who represents one third of the human race with one vote, objected to the Codex and EU-promoted baby formulas containing chemicals that cause brain-destroying inflammation in susceptible babies. He was ignored. When he insisted on debate, he was removed from the room. Naturally, India is mounting its resistance to Codex, the EU Directive, the WTO and all the rest of the regulatory alphabet soup.

Despite Bush the Bizarre in the White House, the US has bill H.R. 4004 before Congress, sponsored by Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas . Known as the Health Freedom Bill, it is an anti-Codex, anti-harmonization bill that would ensure supplements to remain foods available according to individual choice. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons expressed their opposition to Codex by formally adopting on December 10th last year a resolution supporting freedom for patients and physicians to choose natural remedies. The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance presented recently before Congress an extensive analysis of the effect of supplements taken on the basis of individual choice. Their data showed that supporting such health freedom would save the government a minimum of US 15 billion annually. Doctors associations also prepared a superb rebuttal to the reports Codex relies on. One of the most important tools is available for free to the health activist on where you can download the entire available mainstream scientific information on all vitamins and minerals up to 2003. This material was assembled with Dr. Carolyn Deans assistance specifically to counteract Codexs tobacco science.

In the UK , physicians practicing natural medicine have been equally active. They are supported by many members of the House of Lords and the Royal Family who subscribe to homeopathy. Tony Blairs pro-Codex policy was attacked publicly by his wifes personal trainer, who supervises the Blairs supplement regime; she accused the Blairs of hypocrisy and urged Britons not to vote for him.

In Canada we have an utterly unique opportunity to save freedom of choice by supporting Bill C-420 which is going into second reading in Parliament in early March. By that time MPs Dr. James Lunney and Dr. Colin Carrie need to show the government that their bill is supported by Canadians just as we did a few years ago with more than a million letters. At that time, Health Canada was poised to place all 60,000 natural products into the drug category. This immense protest resulted in a promise to establish a third category. Without debate or public knowledge , all natural products were simply moved into the drug category January 1, 2004 . Outraged by this treachery, MP Dr.J. Lunney launched bill C-420 which would change the definition of food and drugs such as to achieve what that publicly supported third category would have done. Now we have a minority government and a chance to win. The simple fact is that if our supplements are defined, in law, as foods, Codex has no jurisdiction.


First: chick here for a letter for our Minister of Health and detailed instructions are provided, with the addresses and e-mails of the relevant MPs. (Please note this document is in Microsoft Word Format. An Adobe Acrobat version is avialable for download here.) You may write your own letter, of course. For a hard copy 519-927-1049.
It demands (summary below):

Support Bill C 420, which is coming up for second reading in March. Take the necessary steps to implement the CAUT recommendations by Canada s university teachers.

(i.e. stop Health Canada from doing Big Pharmas bidding).

Initiate a Truth Commission composed of medical, toxicology, and research experts with no ties to the pharmaceutical industry, charged to investigate the validity and reliability of the research of every drug in the current Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)

Amend the regulatory requirements of Health Canada such that, beginning with the 2005 edition of the CPS, every drug therein must show its toxicity level in addition to potential adverse effects.

Support the Ministers call for compulsory adverse event reports on drugs.

Second: Become a member for $ 25 annually of Friends of Freedom International. Download membership form and information on Bill C-420 from my website, or call me for a hard copy. They handle the most important current legal actions against Health Canada .

If everyone of the 50,000 readers of this article were to act now, Canadians would ensure their right to freedom of choice in medicine. In a minority-government, Bill C-420 is certain to pass with public support, and the pending law suits against Health Canada s high-handed attack on vitamin and supplements could be won. Instead of having your (tax) money support the pharmaceutical industry, this would be certain support for Life and Health.

Sources and Resources:

On Codex and the EU Directive : and For international treaties affecting supplements

M. Angell, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive us And What To Do About It, Random House, 2004

J. Bakan, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Viking, 2004

H. Ferrie, Dispatches from the War Zone of Environmental Health, Kos 2004

H. Foster, What Really Causes AIDS, Trafford 2002

S. & H. Hickey, MDs, The Ridiculous Dietary Allowance (type LULU into GOOGLE and download free edition of this book)

S. Rampton & J. Stauber, Trust Us, Were Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future, Tarcher-Putnam, 2001

About Helke Feries

Helke Ferrie, sole owner and director of KOS Publishing, and is a dedicated educator in enviromental medicine, and an inspiring and much sought after speaker and expert in the field. She is an author and publisher and several eye-opening books including Renovating Medicine . Malice and Medicine: The 14 year trail of Enviromental Medicine Physician Jozel Krop and Healing the Planet: One Patient at a time! as well as many more. For more information

.... Visit her professinal page ......

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