Complementary First Aid, Part V – Iridology
As we said in the Part IV, self-sufficiency will be the hallmark of the Year 2000 in most aspects of our lives, but especially healthcare. On or before January 1st, access to healthcare facilities and practitioners may be interrupted. This will be due to likely disruptions in the conventional healthcare system, or unknown infrastructure failures – manufacturing, transportation or communications – restricting access to all healthcare practitioners, supplies and services.
Complementary First Aid goes beyond basic First Aid – see Red Cross as well as many schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies. It includes remedies such as Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Herbology and Homeopathy (see our eLetter archives), Bodywork modalities and Reflexology (see our online eGuide).
This issue features a diagnostic technique, Iridology – using the iris – for short and long term indications of internal problems: damaged or weak organs and body systems.
Iridology is the practice of looking at the fiber, color, texture and pattern in the iris of the eye to determine whether a person is exhibiting any inflammation, stress or inherent weaknesses in the overall body constitution. It was discovered by two European doctors in the 1860′s. Since that time, Iridology has been used widely in Europe and Asia, as a single tool for determining a person’s health or in conjunction with other diagnostic modalities.
Dr. Bernard Jensen brought Iridology to the United States around 1935. As a Chiropractor and Herbalist, Dr. Jensen has documented thousands of case histories and therapies using Iridology as part of his routine examination of a client. From his work we find that the eye truly is the window of the soul. The eye chart he developed is the one used worldwide today. See the following “Chart to Iridology.” This chart is used as an example only; it has been updated regularly by Bernard Jensen International.
Some Iridologists take a photograph of the eye and compare it to the eye chart. Other Iridologists use a penlight and magnifying glass to look into a client’s eyes while seated comfortably in a chair.
Have someone else do this for you if an Iridologist is not available. Use a strong, but not bright light on one or, if possible, both sides – do not use your camera flash. – KJ
In either case, the eye analysis will show whether a client has a generally good constitution or a poor one.
We know from research using electron microscopes, that each fiber in the iris is actually a nerve sheath containing more than 20,000nerve fibers. Each of the nerve fibers travels through the central nervous system to every organ, system and area of the body. As such, each region of the iris represents an area of the body.
The patterns, structures, colors and degree of lightness and darkness in the iris will reveal the health of that particular area, including: irritation, injury or degeneration of the tissues and organs.
Iridologists [and you] can use herbs known to feed a particular organ or system, as well as vitamins and minerals, to enhance the body’s own healing mechanisms. Even people with hopeless conditions have found relief using the information discovered through an Iridology exam.
Iridology is a simple, painless and non-intrusive tool for assessing health and well-being. It can be an integral part of preventative healthcare, [and helps clarify your particular conditions on your own].
More Information and Commercial Charts may be found at your local health food market, enlightened bookstores, and from:
- Bernard Jensen International, Escondido CA, (760)749-2727
- Grand Medicine Iridology and Eyology, Camarillo CA, (805)484-8686
- Healing Feats Iridology Page
- Alternative Medicine Online
- Jeannie Davis, ND‘s Iridology Page
Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) and other healthcare professionals know Iridology and can help you learn some of its subtleties. See the CompWellness Network Members list and the Life Enrichment Network list.
Water Purification – Update
In the last issue, we reported on using a replacement Super Stearasy “ceramic candle” secured upright in a five gallon plastic bucket that drips into a jar in another bucket. Mike Jones, a Technical Writer at QCI suggested attaching a small hose that screws into the bottom of the ceramic candle, laying it sideways on the bottom of the bucket then siphoning out the water. This eliminates a second bucket and filters better when the water nears the bottom of the bucket. Thanks Mike.
In a letter to MHY2K Musings, Health, & Y2K, No 36, Suzanne writes, “We use sterilized water all the time and often the water has been sitting in the bottle for a few weeks. I belong to Young’s Living Essential Oils (see our Aromatherapy Article) and have found that almost all of the oils are anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral. … To purify the water we drink, we add a couple of drops of lemon oil to a glass of water. This is enough to purify it, and also to take away the “flat” taste the distilled water has. We also add the oil to a spritzer bottle containing distilled water and use that to purify the air and the keep counter tops clean.” Thanks Suzanne.
If you know of other in-home or field water treatment systems, or other healthy tips that are straight-forward and inexpensive, please drop us a line.
News report summaries on Healthcare and Y2K follow. We have most of the articles on file in case you look for the web references after they are cleared.
Vegan Diet Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes (September 14, Reuters Health/InteliHealth Online) “A strict vegetarian ‘vegan’ diet can help improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, according to research [a small but conclusive study], published in the August issue of Preventive Medicine. Nearly 95% of all diabetics have type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body gradually becomes less sensitive to insulin, leading to potentially dangerous fluctuations in blood sugar levels. … healthy changes in lifestyle – such as low-fat diets and exercise – can help patients maintain safe glycemic (blood sugar) control. More than half the patients in the vegan group … were able to reduce their dosage of these hypoglycemia medications.”
CDC: Food Poisoning Sickens Millions (September 17, AP/InteliHealth Connect) “In the country considered to have the world’s safest food supply, 76 million people are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from food poisoning, according to new federal figures [from the Consumer Advocacy Center].” See 21st Century Wellness eLetter No 4 for a way to cleanse food potentially contaminated before you buy it. Be careful how you store and handle food, especially in an emergency, camping or even home barbecuing. The American Dietetic Association recommends four easy steps for food safety:
- Wash hands often
- Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods separate
- Cook meat to proper temperature – a meat thermometer is fast and easy.
- Refrigerate leftovers promptly to below 40 degrees – most household refrigerators are set for 40 degrees or below – and an ice chest with most of its ice melted may not be cold enough to store leftovers.
Many of friends and associates tell us that the media doesn’t indicate that Y2K will be a problem. We suggest they look a little deeper than the first pages or paragraphs, or the nightly news:
Gov’t Offering Y2K Warnings Abroad (September 13/15, Ted Bridis, Yahoo! News/AP) “The State Department is preparing country-by-country advisories to warn Americans living or traveling overseas about possible failures related to the Year 2000 technology problem. The warnings included details about 194 nations where visiting Americans could be affected by power outages, water shortages, [healthcare problems] and other potentially serious problems caused by the Y2K computer glitch. The reports, which were compiled by embassies worldwide, promised to be the best road map yet for identifying global trouble spots…” The Healthcare problem areas are one of the main sectors evaluated. In a follow-up, Bridis reports that State is warning that around the New Year’s holiday foreign countries likely will experience problems such as power failures or telephone outages, especially in parts of Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Rumors are that pressure from elsewhere in the federal government and the world has forced the State Department to back off on their reports somewhat, so their site’s warnings are not as strong as previously reported.
The Y2K Progress Report Card for Federal Departments and Agencies: B- (September 10, US Representative Stephan Horn‘s Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology as of August 13th). Overall, the government’s internal systems rate a B+, however, its “High-Impact Programs” only rate a C-.
Horn says, “the job is still not completed. Progress during this quarter is discouraging. The flurry of activity we saw among federal agencies earlier this year has slowed to a snail’s pace.” Health and Human Services completed only another 1% of its “Mission-Critical” Systems– as did the government overall – but managed to rate a B.
“In many cases, the federal agency responsible for a particular program may be compliant, but its business partners – state and local governments, and the private sector who assist in delivering the service – are not ready. [In addition,] the number of Year 2000-ready programs has tripled [from 2 to 7 of 24] during the last three months, however, 36 [of the 43] High Impact Programs remain at risk of failure.”
Health and Human Services’ High-Impact Programs rated an F. Incomplete programs include (followed by their white-knuckle completion dates):
- Medicaid – December
- Medicare – December
- Child and Supplemental Nutrition Programs – December
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance – December
Backup systems to the healthcare programs are in trouble too:
- Child Care, Child Support Enforcement and Child Welfare – December
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – December
- Unemployment Insurance – December
- Public Housing – December
- Disaster Relief – November
- Mail Service – NovemberFederal Power Generation/Delivery – October
- Federal Employee Health Benefits – October
Remember, these are all based on self-reported data – unaudited by the GAO or an external agency – and we all know that computer projects usually take longer to complete than estimated. Check out the July 29th GAO report indicating that the 100% completion touted in May is not true. Also, end-to-end testing is very important to ferret out data exchange problems and other “bugs” –impossible until subsystems are complete – which often includes non-federally controlled governments and organizations.
Horn summarizes by saying, “I strongly urge all federal agencies to intensify their Year 2000 efforts, and continue testing and re-testing system changes, and business continuity and contingency plans.”
We need these kind of strong statements and leadership. Hopefully federal agencies will listen and act, as well as strongly encourage state/local governments and small/medium-sized businesses to do the same. It would make sense to call and encourage your local government officials.
Announcements (Send press releases to Kenton H Johnson)
Complementary Healthcare for Year 2000, International Conference, Denver Metro Colorado, November. Please email – by September 30th – your interest and suggestions for topics as well as preferred weekends after November 7th, including any potential conflicts with other national/international healthcare or Y2K conferences. We need your enthusiasm and input to go forward with this project. Thank you.
Life Enrichment Network and CompWellness Network Join Forces. Recently, we have discovered an excellent national organization that is rapidly expanding across the US to help us all build Complementary Healthcare businesses. Life Enrichment Network (LEN) is the kind of substantial, caring, national organization that we need for this particular industry grow even stronger. We have been working with LEN for three months and have been very impressed with who they are, what they are accomplishing and the dedication they bring to serving both their members and the public. In fact, we are happy to announce an partnership between CompWellness Network and Life Enrichment Network. We have combined efforts to accomplish our mission with even more resources than before. If you are a healthcare professional, we wholeheartedly recommend that you take advantage of the September charter LEN membership offer that includes:
- Full membership in the both organizations
- A complete, custom web page at LifeEnrichment.com
- Discount on the purchase of additional web pages for a site
- Listings in up to four categories within the LifeEnrichment.com Directories
- Free hosting of your web site for an entire year
- Preferred placement in the National Wellness Yellow Page Internet directory
- Free publication of selected articles in the Life Enrichment Online Magazine
- A minimum value of $749 for only $100 through September 30th
This a superior offer for Complementary Healthcare professionals from two substantial organizations, so call us today: 1-888-7-HELP-24 or email.
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