Fermenting foods is a lost knowledge…and that’s a shame, because it’s incredible! Wild fermentation is the process of capturing wild yeast and bacteria from the air around us to create a culture that enhances the nutrition of our food. This was common practice for earlier generations before pasteurization became the standard, due to the growing food industry and its need for products with a longer shelf life. Pasteurization is the process of heating food until all bacteria is killed; thereby leaving it lifeless. Our human bodies are very much alive, and guess what? We need live food to be healthy! We need a diversity of bacteria strains in our body to create and maintain our immune system. If we don’t have good bacteria in our body, then we don’t have anything to fight the bad bacteria with.
I used to suffer with stiff neck pain chronically. It wasn’t until I visited a massage therapist and received my first deep tissue massage that everything changed. I was regularly waking up with a “kink” in my neck and forced to go about my day unable to turn my head to either side. The reason this happens,
As we arrived at our first clinic location, I noticed about 40 inquisitive faces on the patients who were already waiting for us. After riding through hilly rural roads, we pulled up our dusty van and began to unload all of our mobile clinic supplies. That day, we set up in a school classroom. There were many curious looks from the group of tanned Guatemalans who on average are all at least a foot shorter than me. I caught myself staring back at them, dressed in their brightly colored and best traditional garments. I began to stumble out the few Spanish words I knew, although Spanish being their second language also it wasn’t easy for anyone. For many, this was their first time ever receiving medical care. As we treated 85 patients that day in the dry heat of a village near Quiche, I knew I was beginning something that would change my life.
It’s no secret anymore, natural health care is rapidly becoming the more desired option over conventional ways. This includes skin care, diet, medication vs. plant medicinals, acupuncture and ayurveda vs. western doctors…after decades of health problems worsening, we are finally waking up to the realization that, things were better when they were more natural.
Fewer possessions means having less things to manage. I’ve always enjoyed being organized and more recently, living more as a minimalist. It’s been a natural progression for me to slowly downsize my personal belongings. Having belongings can be a slippery slope, because the more things you have, the more you are likely to keep adding.
During the past 16 years of experience as a skin care professional, I have worked with hundreds of cases. What I have found is that most times, the skin surface is a reflection of the inside of the body. When there is a disruption of normal skin health, such as acne, rashes or discoloration, it is vital to examine one’s personal lifestyle to find the possible root of the problem.
I burn a lot of moxa. I burn little pieces or big chunks directly on the skin of my patients and they love me for it! I hold a burning stick just above their skin and they’ve never felt better!
Now you’re probably thinking…“What the heck is moxa and why would you burn it on me??”
If you are spending time with Rob Greenfield, then you are probably spending time in nature. Rob thrives off of a simple and natural environment. I could say the opposite is also true for him, that in an artificially created environment, he is often quite uncomfortable.