Monday, 16 November 2015

Does the Spiritual/Angelic Realm Really Need Rules or is it Man's Ego Again

I was recently at a talk where the speaker was describing a therapy that used symbols for healing. I'm aware of therapies that do that and have tried them myself. The dilemma I have with them is that everyone that I have come across using symbols, is convinced that they are guided to use certain symbols and that these specific symbols will pull in specific energies or clear certain problems.
I'm not doubting that they work but how they work is more of the issue.

It would seem to me that with matters spiritual and spiritual healing modalities, we human beings can't but help stick an ego on them or an identity.  So we declare that it must be this symbol or that symbol and we fix them into a healing framework. The next thing someone is charging you to gain access to these 'special' symbols -  Now its beginning to feel a whole lot less spiritual or from our nature surroundings

Perhaps all that is going on is the intention - what if 6 people all had the same intention, but it was represented by 6 individual symbols. It would surely be the intention to heal that was the overriding factor and not the symbols.

There is a tendency to represent angelic healing by specific symbols - calling in the help of certain angels by drawing symbols that we are told represent them.....again, i'm not doubting the belief of this, but does such high spiritual energy only come into force if you give the correct symbol?
Do we have angels refusing help if you don't address them properly?   Now that really smacks of a human ego.

Who deems it necessary to have a symbol at all yet alone declare them to be certain one or others,

I do not have a religious back ground at all and I'm extremely grateful to have been raised to respect religious beliefs but without the burden of them myself.  I do however have a belief in something that isn't just the physical.  That spark that makes us who we are are and a connection to something greater than us all, but that connects us all. A back drop to our material world but what that is perhaps needs no definition. Not everything has to be defined and logged in Wikipedia!

May be my lack of religious ceremony and symbolic acts prevents me from seeing why this assigning symbolic drawings or markings is important but I would like to think that when such higher energies are at work, they are there for us all and access is simply by asking or healing through intention.

The moment it gets defined, it becomes tainted by man and usually scuppered by  man made rules.

I was told that symbols are from the ancients and have been used for centuries, that to me isn't an argument for making them 'fact' Man has always felt the need to structure things and apply rules - rules that mean you have to follow or be excluded in some way....not at all spiritual then!

I'd like to think that these higher energy realms are bigger than ego and wouldn't care less if you used a symbol from the 'ancients' or a so called  'guided to be used' symbol at all.

May be they come in to help all those that try and help others with a true and open heart and may be they work to guide those that need it too, regardless of whether you call them or not - that would be true universal unconditional love there for all.

Lets hope our spiritual back drop out there isn't working from ego - there is enough of that on the planet already.

If you need a symbol - where in the 'rules' does it say you can't draw your own.

A symbol for good intentions and for all our highest good

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Panorama - GM bias? softly softly catch the public!?

Panorama's programme on GM plants looks like it is part of someone's recipe to start to soften up the public to be favourably disposed towards GM food on our shelves.
Typical ingredients
First add 2 guys that have switched from being anti GM and show a clip of one of them publicly declaring he was sorry for his previous view and is now a reformed thinker on this and in favour of GM
Next mix in the once leading light of Sainsburys, Justin King with his view that GM will lower the cost of food and that will sway the many 'undecided' in the population - and how timely is that, when you see a weekly shop that increases week on week, of course it's a primed public ready to reduce costs somewhere....but at what expense.
Throw in the 'feeding the world' argument and how morally wrong it is for us here in the UK to deprive the rest of the world access to food.
And stir in a great gush of hospital scenes in Bangladesh whilst referring to farmers suffering from pesticide exposure, happy farmer growing his GM aubergines and show the reporter eating a dish of aubergine and rice declaring it something we couldn't eat here...not true...we could have the GM free version!
Then for the obligatory dose of protesters being portrayed as luddites, ripping up crops and how much in financial terms that cost the company.

A balanced recipe? possible not as that should include farms where GM has failed and talking to someone on the ground who truly knows about that - why not include an Interview with Dr Vandana Shiva, a physicist and global campaigner on GM?  Why not ask her about the lives of Indian farmers that have been destroyed through growing GM crops, what has happened to the land since BT cotton etc

The life of an Indian farmer is hard enough, so growing crops that are drought resistant and naturally pest resistant is crucial....they need seed banks not GM.

Much was made about the health risks of GM food, yes instinctively eating GM doesn't sit well with many, but neither side truly knows the long term health risk. There are pictures of tumours in rats fed GM and strangely nature avoids eating GM, but even so, I'm not keen on any results of studies on animals being supposed as the outcome in humans, be it GM or medicine.
But sovereignty over food is a concern, and we have seen where corporate giants like Monsanto have sued farmers for what is nothing more than an act of nature...cross pollination from wind and insects - so where was the mention of that, a small nod in the direction of a female Bangladeshi farmer, growing a wild form of aubergine which was naturally resistant to the fruit worm that was taking out the cultivated crops....surely the answer was right there....and if you wanted to make a programme based on anti GM, she would be your farmer of choice, no need for pesticide spray, wild form of a plant that was naturally resistant, as nature would have it.

The reporter asking her if it was fair that she could grow her crops but GM couldn't be grown??  well can she sue if she finds her wild crop contaminated by GM....that would be fair.  The problem is once a genie is out of a bottle, how do you get it back in.

Organisations like the Soil Association are not Luddites, the short interview with Helen Browning, the Soil Associations Chief Exec, is far from a farming novice, her comments that were shown, focused on the short and medium term solution, but this was left in the air by the programme.

When programmes cut to hospital scenes for anything, it is nothing more than emotive, the hospital waiting area was less full than our local A & E on a slow day and no one knew if the women, children and men there were farmers suffering from pesticide exposure - I do wish programmes would not do this, we all know what a hospital look like and it's purely emotive for their cause.

As for the  'feed the world' well we have just had a series of programmes on food waste and supermarkets are the biggest offenders along with sell by dates and over buying for actual need. The western world has a food waste problem, so much so, we have a company turning it into fuel to run the supermarket!  We have always had a food distribution problem and we in the west should certainly ask ourselves why we are buying in food from countries that struggle to feed their own, but we are quite happy to have them use their precious water supplies to grow food for the western world.

If Sainsbury's et al think we need to feed the world, why then are they pushing the farmers prices here so low, it is now more profitable for farmers to have fields of solar panels as opposed to fields of potatoes etc.

Then there is food sovereignty...If you create a plant that carries a patent, that plant cannot be reproduced, if it is a sterile seed, you will need to buy it year in and year out and you are then in the hands of the seed companies for ever.

Thank goodness to those right now that have the foresight to be setting up seed banks!

So never mind the unknown health risk, that is an unknown in humans, but do we need our food chain to begin and end with a few Big Agg companies in the long run and once those seeds are out there and cross pollinate with GM resisting farmers....that genie won't fit back in the bottle and who gets to sue who for either ruining there GM free crop or so called stealing the GM technology, albeit wind assisted.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Monsanto 2015 - Did it make the BBC news?

People in 452 cities across the world today, marched and demonstrated against the giant corporation - Monsanto. The third year this global event has taken place and people around the world are encouraging us all to wake up and make sure we all say no to Monsanto and their GM crops.
In a small country such as Britain, a GM crop here would soon contaminate may crops around it and very soon we could see no GM free land here.

There is no credible argument for GM crops...we certainly do not need a GM wheat crop here or GM potatoes or any other GM for that matter.

This is going to solve food shortage apparently...why then if we have food shortage, is a supermarkert in the North of the UK using its waste food to turn into a biofuel to power the supermarket and a few thousand of the surrounding homes...we are wasting food and using it to make fuel...Does that indicate a food shortage?  We have a food distribution problem not a shortage. We waste in the region of 25% of food.

If food is in such short supply, why do we suddenly have crop growing fields turned into solar farms, with solar panels stretching across vast stretches of land in our high agriculture area where I live. Why are we seeing wind farms on arable land? And why are we producing fields of Rape seed? can not live by rape seed alone...or woman for that matter! And actually we managed to live without rapeseed almost hidden into every pre packed food. - Avoiding that is another story!
But if we are told the GMO is the answer to our food shortage, then I think that doesn't stack up.
If this is yet another greedy corporate giant that has found a way to patten 'nature' (in its twisted form) then be honest about it.  The tell the public that you want food control and at any cost and you don't care who you screw over in the process.

If food is in such short supply, should we really see so many fast food outlets on every high street in the land. We have food coming at us from every direction. During the war, food was in short supply and yet people were at there healthiest. There wasn't the abundance of beef and chicken to be turned into some quick snack/poor nutrition food..So what is the real reason we are heading for GM food?

Funny how nature never needed a lab to provide all she has provided and never needed a lab to design life giving

What can't be good is to let patented seeds, genetically modified, be swept across our lands.

What is really odd about today's events and of the past 2 years, is that this global event gets a media blackout....If I search the BBC news site - it takes me to an article from the first march in 2013...nothing since.

Thanks to the TV station, Russia Today - news of all the marches around the world got reported

Shame on the BBC - The Worlds BBC?

Well done to all that attended these events around the globe - and thank you!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

London's March Against Monsanto May 2015

This years Annual March Against Monsanto will take place on 23rd May 2015. 

The Event promises to be packed with entertainment and speakers.....updates coming soon.
March Against Monsanto is a call to action (static event).


Join over 3.5 Million People in over 600 cities worldwide!

23 MAY 2015 12PM

Richmond Terrace. London SW1A 21L


Liz O'Neill, GM Freeze,
Pete Dean, Biofuelwatch
Lawrence Woodward, Beyond GM
Elizabeth Bragg speaking about Small Farmers and Community Food
Mizan The Poet

Other speakers to be confirmed. Programme may be subject to change.

For all those who dont know about March Against Monsanto, please read below. Taken from their website

May Updates

Hi Everyone

Such a beautiful May morning and the neighbours cat is sitting under the table waiting for birds to feed from the food I've just put on it for she either thinks they are all quite stupid or blind but i'm pretty sure breakfast isn't going to land in her paws quite so easily.

I should be walking the Daisy dog with a friend on a beach this morning but the north circular on Monday teatime is no friend to a persons L4, I think i will never complain about the traffic in our city again. When it takes 2hrs to travel a 20min journey and you still don't reach your destination, you can lose the will to people do that everyday is beyond me....So grateful to work from home i think.


Maddy and I did get to the Balens CPD event and I think we would both highly recommend it for the future...The calibre of the speakers was the the best I've seen at any of these type of events.It was purely Complementary Medicine based and David Balen certainly is leading the way in this field on many levels..some exciting developments to come and his final speaker was Rob Verkerk from the Alliance of Natural Health, another champion of CAM.
Given the cost of the event was a mere £25, it was certainly worth it to hear the array of Dr's and academics discussing the effectiveness and the measure of that in Comp health along with where it needs to be heading.

I have put a link to Balens site where you can view the videos of past speakers at these events and very soon the speakers from this event will be up on there too.

Tip of the Spear

One more event that is looming fast and again, if you have never been to hear this guy speak, it is quite a force.

Health journalist, Philip Day will be at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday June 7th or the day before in Norwich 

Details for this at...

He calls it his Tip of the Spear tour this year and not only witty and entertaining in his delivery, extremely hard hitting, so hang on to your hats if you go. I shall get to the Bury one and hope you can make it.

And is the Psychic development evening at the Abington Barns tonight, starts at 7.30pm   Always a great space to be in.

As always if you have anything you would like to share with the like minded people that receive this email, let us know.

Have a great month and if anyone knows how to slow down time, please give it a go!

Good wishes to all

Sarah and on behalf of Maddy

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Since when is a Blue Badge conceding defeat!

Have to get this off my chest-I just read on the BBC website a quote from Nigel Farage....

''After the air accident Mr Farage was told that he could be signed off as partially disabled, but he said that having a blue badge would be "conceding defeat".''

Shameful to even suggest a blue badge is 'conceding defeat'  to many,a blue badge is the complete opposite to that.....It enables people who would otherwise be more restricted, to get to where they need to go and be able to park near enough to be able to go about their business, very often on their own and sometimes allowing others to help them get out and about.

Conceding defeat is an awful term to link in any small way to someone restricted by a disability.  

Clearly Mr Farage doesn't need one then,  but not everyone is that lucky and needs that little bit of help so they can have a near as poss, equal access as an able bodied person.

A 'grown up'society should not see illness and disability as a problem, more of an opportunity to put the right things in place to help everyone maintain their life to the full.  Even the able bodied need that in other ways. 

So people taking up the services they need to help them get on with their lives is far from conceding defeat - quite the opposite...Society should make the 'playing field' as level as it can and there is no stigma in using the services to help you get on with life.

But such comments could be very telling of the mindset of this Mr Farage.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Technology invasion - does it help your health and well being?

It seems that many today have a constant need to share every little detail of their lives, every mundane event that happens - where they are, who they are with, what they are doing, what they are about to do and even, if you are really lucky, they will update you on the outcome of it all.  It seems that if the technology is there to do something, then the process is a given...I wonder when we might stop and consider where that process might end up - which genie will we wish we had never let out of the bottle?

It is not so much the idea of sharing everything we choose to, but the fact that it 'softens up' any resistance to anyone else sharing data about us or wanting data about us..after all if we don't want our own privacy and happy to share all we do constantly, then we can become immune to others wanting to know and share our data.

If you put your life out there to be viewed then you can hardly complain when others want to view it.

We seem to just accept that we are the most observed nation on the planet through CCTV.  I don't feel any safer for it, it would still be foolish to walk down a dark alley in the early hours on your own, after all that is not where the camera is likely to will more than likely be in the shopping arcades or commercial areas, protecting businesses not people...that's a 'by-chance'

Put the right rhetoric with it and many people feel that why worry about many say 'if you are not doing something you shouldn't, then you have no need to worry'   Well that's true and if we are all living with reasonable laws that are protective, yet not draconian or crushing to what the general view of freedom is, may be that view is safe. If the situation changes and you find what were once normal,harmless activities such as gathering with friends becomes seen as subversive, then the once 'helpful' technology may not be quite all that is seemed.

I read yesterday of the warning that voice controlled televisions could be listening into your conversations...well i guess they are or how would they know when you ask them to change channel who might be accessing that?  But why worry anyway?   If you are of the belief that if you are not doing anything wrong, then surely it doesn't matter who listens to your conversations - many constantly share with the world anyway via Facebook or twitter.

So if the tv comes with a little camera, that's ok too I guess - after all...'if you are not doing anything wrong.....' etc

Is it all good for our health?....governments and the media generating fear is certainly not, newspapers creating division. The adverts encouraging people to inform on others.....'Tell the inland revenue if you suspect someone of tax fraud' we are told...what else will we accept that we should 'inform on'  I'm all for paying taxes, (may be we should all keep informing on those big corporations that avoid it) Adverts constantly reminding you of the statistics of you getting cancer.....well worth remembering here that where the thoughts go your body might just follow.

So what data are we happy to share and how much privacy are we happy to give up, either imposed or voluntarily?  being mindful to where the steps are taking us, not fearful, not paranoid, after all that can be the effect of the methods employed now, but being the intelligent questioning beings we are.

The CEO of google defends the lack of privacy on the internet....sharing the right data with the right people.....he claims sharing your medical records with the right research doctors would save 100,000 lives this year....all anonymously of course... 100.000 lives...well who wouldn't want to be part of that?   That is quite a high number and how did he arrive at anything like that. Stating figures without explanation....Trying borrowing money on that basis.

Sharing the right data...absolutely...what might that be then and who might really be benefiting - Hopefully you but who else?

Someone once said if you want to be a millionaire, you ask a millionaire how he did terms of health, there is also mileage in asking those who rarely go to the doctor...those whose medical records are a bit thin on the ground.  What did they do or are doing that keeps from the doctors surgery.

May be we will all grow tired of the constant sharing of artificial data and go back to meeting face to face and being in the moment with the people you are with and not constantly sharing info on ourselves, then we might just start to expect others to observe our privacy again. Living a life with ability to find some quiet space, away from technology could well benefit your health on many levels.  For hundreds of years people managed it. For many of us, we grew up without it and the world still functioned.....may be we perhaps could ask the question....just because we we need to?

Technology is a great thing and sharing is of course fine, may be we could all just question a little more where it might be leading so we avoid heading off on a journey to a destination we can't return from.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

CiCHealths Newsletter - Feb

Hi Everyone

We were very pleased to have hosted the event with Patrick Kingsley earlier last year and the turn out was fantastic. Last November, it was a pleasure to invite Patricia Peat from Cancer Options down for our joint event with Mary and Sue at the Cambridge Cancer Centre, David Raynor Building. She delivered 2 amazing talks to packed audiences for both sessions and I would urge any therapist to try and attend a talk from her - the generosity of the information shared is superb and helps in being a good resource of knowledge for any clients going through this illness.

As yet we have not decided exactly what we might offer this year.  There is a distinct lack of accredited therapy courses in our area now with CRC no longer offering them, and I am in the midst of writing one on reflexology and one on aromatherapy, so that is taking some of my time.  I have a CKT course starting at the end of March and if you are interested in taking this, then just let me know. I am also in the process of developing an addition to the Indian Head Massage course and when that's ready will let you know.

The health headlines today made grim reading with the predication that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer...after all that money in research we have an illness that has increased from 1:20 in the 70's to 1:3 currently and the prospect of 1;2 in the near future. If this was any other industry it would have folded by now! It is a subject very dear to my heart and I see too many people who are continually still offered the same 3 step options that have failed so many be classed as a survivor, you only need to get to 5 years post treatment, if you go beyond that and die, you are technically a dead survivor, so when the adverts say more people survive cancer than ever before...i wonder what they class as a survivor....
Better still - prevention rather than cure....

Maddy and I zipped of to the first talks given by the recently formed BSIO (British Society for Integrated Oncology) on Monday.  Two great speakers, Xandria Williams and Marie Polley, both with extensive nutritional/naturapathic backgrounds.
The talk was titled ' Detecting Cancer'  in brief it looked at cancer markers in the body that might be better at showing the changes from normal cells to cancerous cells at a stage way before a tumour appears...if you had access to that information, lifestyle changes would take care of the problem and the inevitable is so less likely. This is not new as we can credit the Scottish embryologist, John Beard with this. Over 100 years ago he noted that cancer cells behaved like placenta cells and produced HCG early on in their formation. Unless someone is pregnant, there should be no HCG in their serum or urine. In a pregnant woman they would get a reading of around 20 units but a lab in America has perfected the test to detect such small amounts as 1 unit.....that would indicate a cancerous cell change but so tiny you have the ideal chance to change that back.  So 100 years back this was out there and why was that squashed?

If all that pink ribbon money went to fund a lab like that here, i would contribute to that.   This is science, it is not fools gold....this is out there now.

Lung cancer is the one that still continues to rise and especially in women. I was recently looking at a study on Vitamin E and lung cancer...early last year the press reported that Vit E could cause lung cancer....if that gets dragged up again and you have clients worried about taking Vit E....then remind them the Vit E used in that study was synthetic and derived from the petrochemical industry....pretty sure that's not going to sit well in anyone's body....Vit E must be from a natural source and when it is, studies have shown that as little as 300iu's of natural vitamin E could reduce your risk of lung cancer by 61%

The cradle to grave mentality of leaving our health care in the hands of the NHS has perhaps gone too far, the prevention of illness as best we can, must surely sit with us.

As therapists we all know that the physical and emotional are inseparable - when a client is going through any trauma in their life, encourage the increase in Vitamin C, It is cheap, easy and being proactive in their health. There is nothing like a bit of trauma or stress to eat it up faster than your food can replenish it, and without it, your immune system is compromised. I'm not keen on going through life with that system compromised in anyway. 

It has been somewhat heartening in the last few weeks, just how many clients have been given Vit D tests by their Dr's and discovered they are deficient.....This is great and Dr's doing all the right things by recommending Vit D supplementation...sadly they don't seem to know at what level that might be at, but's a start.  It has always been known that you need Vit K2 to help the Vit D do it's job properly and to make sure calcium ends up in your bones and nowhere it can cause harm, but the ratio has never been mentioned....A really recent Mercola interview finally had an expert address this - suggesting anyone taking Vit D3 (that should be all of us)  should take it in a ratio of 100-200 micrograms of K2 to every 1000iu's of Vit D   (1;5)     good sources of it comes from Brie,Gouda, Liver and Eggs.

Pro active 'doctoring' thank goodness, with so many people just handed yet another prescription, it had occurred to me that we could save the NHS a fortune, cut out the middle guy and just forward your symptoms to various drug companies and see what they recommend. May be this is the future....i jest of course?

Some of you may remember that we invited Dr Damien Downing to Cambridge to speak on Environmental medicine a year back.  He will be the next speaker for the BSIO, the venue is very accessible - being in the Holiday Inn right opposite Russell Street Tube station.  His talk will be on the Ketogenic Diet. If you are interested in knowing more on this here is the link

Xandria Williams, I mentioned earlier, has recently brought out a book on the subject of her talk  Detecting Cancer - Gaining time to recover or protect from cancer

With the stats at 1:3 going to 1:2 - as therapists - not a bad time to gain a bit of knowledge in this area.  

Have a great February and if you see anything that you feel you would like to share or have a view on, let us know.

Good wishes

Sarah and on behalf of Maddy.