Saturday, November 22, 2008


Over the last few years our lives have been driven by fear. Fear after 911, fear of SARS, Fear of Flu and have spent billions on vaccines which are questionable as to their efficacy and can have dangerous side effects. In some states it is mandatory to take flu shots if you want your child to go to school and in one state even preschoolers are obliged to have them. The pharmaceuticals of the world use fear continually to get people to buy their wares. It is a shame but true.
Because of the problems with our current economy and the downturn in the stock market our fear is poverty, even destitution and abandonment. It has thrown a negative pall on our entire society. It chokes our media. We are swallowed by it.

On Wednesday I went to the Toronto Sick Kids hospital Toastmasters Club open house. It was great fun. I can see why so many men and women use the club to hone their public speaking skills. It would be good for me to go regularly and improve my speaking skills.

The guest speaker was Marilyn Daniels MA,MEd,CPCC who is the Principal of VisionLegacy Coaching and who coaches business people and normal folks like you and I, how to be a positive influence in the world we live in. Her topic was Creative Chaos in Uncertain times. It was fascinating.

With the recent financial problems the world is having Dr. Daniels broke down the kinds of personal views we have at the present time.
Some feel the downturn is part of a normal cycle.
Others are negative and some hopeless and their language supports this: meltdown, depression, collapse, are some of the words they use to describe where we find ourselves right now.
There are many who believe we are in new and unknown territory due to Technology and how it has changed so many of our financial dealings. The future is truly unknown.

I was a cage clerk in a Brokerage house in 1953 and if you bought stock I was the clerk who sent the stock certificates out to you after they were processed. Now all the functions of trading are on line and even the exchanges are more and more out in space and not in huge markets with men and women running about buying and selling.

Fear influences our psychology. Our daily performance at work and our relationships at home suffer in an environment of personal fear. This only makes matters worse.

Answers as to how each of us can change this epidemic are clear; Awareness is the key.

Awareness of the words we use, like meltdown, collapse, depression. Rebuilding our patterns of thinking: Be aware of the scare and build a new vision.

Begin to take care of yourself through exercise, meditation, and getting out into nature. Exercise for your body, meditate for your balance and awareness of the present through proper focus, and nature to feed the spirit and allow yourself to experience the world in its simple and beautiful form.

In the end no one is secure and even the safest people may be overpowered with one or another of the fear symptoms that are mentioned above and can find no way to get yourself balanced again and needed something just to get started. It is not that you do not see the negative situation you are painting. It is that you cannot seem to get started to deal with it.
Dr. Edward Bach (See my post November 19th, 2008 for a good review of Dr. Bach and the 38 flower remedies he examined.
All for the negative thoughts we find ourselves in from time to time.

I use them very effectively and his Rescue Remedy formula is brilliant for calming all negative situations; stage fright, fear of exams, a death of a loved one, marriage jitters, a job interview, impatience to name a few.

Following are some of the remedies for the various fear symptoms in our current Epidemic. The remedies do not mask the feelings but rather balance the mind to accept the situation and move through the experience positively.

Below I am quoting from The Bach Remedies Repertory by F.J. Wheeler. It is just 13 pages of emotional words and beside each a suggest flower remedy. I have used this pamphlet using Gorse for a long bout of hopelessness and Larch for a lack of self confidence on the job. I was amazed how quickly the thoughts disappeared and I just got on with living and enjoying my work and life. These were acute situations and for deeper longstanding problems combinations of the flowers are put together and taken for extended periods and over time help to bring new balance and a positive outlook. The flowers have no known side effects and are not addictive. Simple and straightforward. is the site of all the remedies.

Press any of the Flower remedy buttons and go directly to that remedy. You can read what Dr. Bach said about each.

LOSS OF CONTROL - RESCUE REMEDY - A 5 flower combination that works as quickly as you take it.

Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way

Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present

Impatiens - impatience

Rock Rose - terror and fright

Star of Bethlehem - shock

Other symptoms and flower remedies in the area of our collective fears:

Fear of the Future, poverty, -
Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face, Mimulus - fear of known things

Fear for themselves, health,
Heather - self-centredness and self-concern

Depression -
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason, Gentian - discouragement after a setback

Despondency has many sides
Larch - lack of confidence, Pine - guilt,

Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion, Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Grandma used to say Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are

I wonder if this article understands that in some strange way. This sort of fall out makes me wonder about all the violence we now see on Television and all the lawlessness and the guns are not somehow getting us all worked up into accepting these things as how life is and so we begin to lose our moral base. Have a look. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A great Bach Flower article with case study

I found this article on Rogers Life Style and it impressed me a great deal. I recommend it for a clear understanding of Dr. Edward Bach who created the Bach flower remedies and what he was all about. The case study done in Florida last year speaks highly of the Rescue Remedy which is the made from 5 flowers and it also first remedy in my kits. I use Tromos Stress Formula which is made in Peterborough using Bailey tinctures that come from England and a formula which is the original one Bach used and made by the same method.

If I was cast away on an island and could take only one medicine I would take my Tromos Stress Remedy for it would help me deal with every situation by calming my mind and centering me to look for answers instead of carping about the situation.

Bach Flower Remedies to the rescue

By Joyce Nelson

The essence of flowers can do more just add a decorative touch, according to Dr. Edward Bach.

When we visit a sick friend or relative in the hospital, our first impulse is to bring flowers. At some level, we sense that there's something about fresh flowers that will help the healing process. Bach Flower Remedies are a popular alternative medicine based on the healing powers of flowers.

Pioneer in alternative treatments
Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician, become convinced that some flowers have such healing powers that their "essence" should be ingested by patients. He created Bach Flower Remedies, which have become

Bach began a distinguished career in medicine in 1919, when he was appointed Casualty Medical Officer for the University College Hospital in London, supervising the treatment of hundreds of soldiers wounded in World War I. It was there that he observed the effects of stress and trauma in relationship to the recovery potential of his patients. Surgery and standard medical practice did not hold all the answers to healing, leading him to a great interest in the field of immunology. Over time he began to diagnose and treat patients according to their mental and emotional aspects, not just their external physical symptoms.

In 1930, Bach abandoned his lucrative London practice and began to treat patients in the small villages of Wales and England as he wandered the countryside studying native plants. He became convinced that disease of the body is due not primarily to physical causes, but that moods and states of mind can also undermine the health of bodily organs and tissues.

Mind, body and spirit
Nowadays, there is an entire new field of medicine called psychoneuroimmunology that is based on this concept. But Bach's thinking went further. Through experimentation and observation, he came to believe that flowering plants have high vibrations that are able to raise the lowered vibrations of humans. In the book, The Secret Life of Plants (Avon, 1973), Bach is quoted as saying that such flower based herbal remedies "draw down spiritual power, which cleanses mind and body, and heals".

Before he died in 1936, Bach had isolated 38 flowering plants that he felt had positive energy to neutralize specific negative emotions. To obtain the flower essences, he picked the best specimens grown in sunlight and steeped them individually in bowls of water under the heat and light of the afternoon sun. The result of this process is the 'mother tincture' which is further diluted with brandy to preserve the essence. Any Bach flower remedy is taken in liquid form as a few drops placed under the tongue.

Thirty-eight emotions
According to the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (Stoddard, 1996), each of the 38 remedies counters a specific state of mind by "introducing new information into the emotional and mental fields of the individual". For example the Wild Rose remedy is for someone feeling apathetic and resigned, while the Aspen remedy is for someone feeling apprehension for no known reason. A list of each remedy with the corresponding emotional state is available at the Bach Centre.

There are now more than 25,000 practitioners of Bach flower remedies worldwide, serving hundreds of thousands of clients. Virtually no reliable clinical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of the remedies until recently.

Rescue me now
On July 2, 2007, the Medical News Today reported the results of a study on the effectiveness of a popular Bach Flower preparation called Rescue Remedy. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Miami School of Nursing in conjunction with the Sirkin Creative Living Center. Using a sample of 111 individuals aged 18 to 49, the study was a double-blind clinical trial comparing a standard dose of Rescue Remedy against a placebo of identical appearance. A standard test to evaluate anxiety was administered before and after the dosage.

The result was that Rescue Remedy was found to be "an effective over-the-counter stress reliever with a comparable effect to traditional pharmaceutical drugs yet without any of the known adverse side effects, including addiction."

Bach Flower Remedies are sold at many health food stores as well as pharmacies.

Joyce Nelson is an environmental journalist based in Toronto.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New York Times: Kidney Disease Takes a Growing Toll

It does not take a genius to realize that our poor kidneys have to process the toxins we condone and sell to put into our bodies. We are being killed. Dead. What goes in has to go out and surely our intake of bad drinks like soda pop and a plethora of drugs are the cause. When will governments wake up and get them under control. We are being addicted from a young age. What isn't on the counter screaming to be bought is a start to improving our mind sets. In Toronto cigarettes are not in view at all. Out of sight-out of mind is a first step. Campaigns that discourage people to partake of bad foods just like we do with tobacco and drugs would be good. Elimination of all Alcohol ads would be good. This is what I strive for. Health after all is paramount and good health is better than bad health and maintaining the immune system paramount in our task to be healthy. It is simple to understand and to head ourselves toward.