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Posted: 10/11/2013 by zandtao in Big Pharma, Health

This is very long so you can jump to the conclusion

I touched on the issue of vaccines when I was considering a flu jab – and rejected it out of hand. My flu problem was dragging on – it turned out to be a glandular issue (click tag cloud glands), so my mind turned again to vaccines. In this blog I analysed further the use of vaccines. I accepted the homeopathic principle (discussed here) that says that a small amount of the “virus” will help produce antibodies. However I concluded that:-

“Basically they didn’t make vaccines until they could be sure that nothing would happen to the companies if there were side effects. I don’t trust the companies anyway, and if they are given carte blanche – no way.”

Checkout this animate from the Health Ranger, I now consider him extreme but this is worth watching for details about the legal shenaningans in the US that support BigPharma.

I have seen further stuff on vaccines, and downloaded this film – The Greater Good. My first reaction was that I don’t feel it is hard-hitting enough. However it does raise questions, and that is what I want to do here – raise more detailed questions and look for answers.

There was one thing I didn’t factor into my consideration of vaccines because of my distrust of BigPharma, and that is how successful they have been in eradicating some diseases. So what do I replace this with if I make a blanket refusal to vaccinate? A much better question. Not only have these diseases been eradicated vaccines have been used over time successfully. So the real question is not just about vaccinating, but what has changed and when did it change? In the movie it says that children in the US are expected to have 69 doses for 16 vaccines in 2010s as opposed to when they had 23 doses for 7 vaccines in 1980s:-

This is a big change. Remember a vaccine contains a disease or virus, and the purpose of them is to build up antibodies. Are we giving our children too much to fight causing them illness?

But what put me off the flu vaccine was the chemicals that help the vaccine:-

Chemicals commonly used in the production of vaccines include a suspending fluid (sterile water, saline, or fluids containing protein); preservatives and stabilizers (for example, albumin, phenols, and glycine); and adjuvants or enhancers that help improve the vaccine’s effectiveness. Vaccines also may contain very small amounts of the culture material used to grow the virus or bacteria used in the vaccine, such as chicken egg protein.

This is from the CDC, so there is no dispute that there are chemical additives, the dispute is concerning the dangers of the additives. Mercury is recognised as a poison yet it is contained in many vaccines disguised as thimerasol; there is also formaldehyde and aluminium, all are discussed in the movie The Greater Good and also discussed here. What the movie points out is that there has not been sufficient testing of the vaccines long-term? I would also suggest that there has not been enough testing on the volume of vaccines. In the 80s when the vaccines eradicated diseases without the problems being reported now, they were only treating 7 diseases, now it is 16. Perhaps the immune system (that is producing the antibodies) has too much to cope with, and perhaps that is why we are having conditions such as autism arising from the vaccinations.

What horrified me was the boy in the movie whose mercury levels were so high:-

In the movie (43m 50s) one system doctor cited studies that the level of mercury in vaccines was acceptable, maybe it isn’t in an accumulation of vaccines. Either way for me taking any mercury is a huge risk, and each person has to balance this out with the risks of the disease itself. Another doctor (44m 50s) said that in 1999 the level had to be reduced, but that still leaves open the question why were vaccines not a problem in the 80s. What was also raised is that mercury tolerance is different for different people, and perhaps this boy was particularly vulnerable. Why isn’t that tolerance tested? Surely that can’t be difficult?

A fascinating point arose around 58m. As in my above conclusion it was pointed out that BigPharma is not liable. Initially they were, and paid out huge money. So the revolving door led to BigPharma becoming immune to prosecution. The lawyer effectively said the government made this for the “greater good”, there must be vaccination. Why doesn’t the government take control? Why doesn’t the government produce and test the vaccines for themselves? And have a procedure for accountability? Rather than leaving it in the hands of companies who put profits before people?

Here is another question, and it scuppers my original statement that immunisation has worked. This particular doctor suggested that improved hygiene awareness contributed to the reduction in disease:-

According to this doctor vaccines were introduced after the reduction in deaths. Is this true? Check this timeline.

This doctor is questioning the effectiveness of vaccines, but after reflection I tend to think this is a red herring; but I am not sure. The principle of vaccinating in my opinion is sound. It is the chemicals and volume of disease I have issues with.

The movie concluded with a very sound position. The science is not there to prove that vaccines are safe nor is it there to prove they are not safe. The problem is that BigPharma has control of the government (in the US the FDA and CDC), and vaccines are recommended or mandated. How can the vaccine be safe with mercury in it? That doesn’t make sense to me. What about other chemicals, that also doesn’t make sense to me.

The debate is polarised, this is the problem. When science is questioned scientists can get defensive. This page tells us which chemicals are in vaccines, it reads like a list of don’ts on my diet; it is produced by the CDC. There are strong detractors of vaccines such as the health ranger, holistic health 1 and 2 (disgusting does not make it bad for you?) , and here. Here is a UK detractor describing the cover-up of vaccine hazards, and here is the UK schedule – not legally mandated apparently.

The hazards are real. The benefits of sound vaccination are real. The vaccines the doctors give are unnecessarily hazardous because of the toxins they contain. Can we produce vaccines without these toxic chemicals? Here is a description, and here is a description of how UK vaccines can be hazardous. What struck me when reading this was that the science process was fine, and that the problems come from mass production – the need to mass produce requires preservation; and mass production is Big Pharma’s profits. So the way forward for vaccinating is clear – small is beautiful BigPharma can kill. The problem is – does small exist?

So I investigated the claims for homeopathic vaccines. I found some places on the net talking of homeopathic vaccines and nosodes, but it wasn’t clear. Then

The Faculty of Homeopathy represents hundreds of professionally qualified clinicians such as doctors, nurses, vets and dentists who are statutorily regulated and safely use homeopathy on a regular basis to the benefit of their patients, many of whom have found little or no relief from their symptoms using conventional medicine. Members of the Faculty of Homeopathy would never recommend homeopathic medicine instead of conventional immunisation. It is the poor advice given by some lay practitioners as highlighted in the Newsnight programme that undermines homeopathy as an effective medicine and results in the hostile media stories.” Case closed on homeppathy as an alternative for the moment.


Some vaccines are a necessity. It would be socially irresponsible to contract diseases that spread and cause deaths to others. But what is definitely clear is the role of the 1% in this. BigPharma use the puppet government agencies of the FDA and CDC in the US and their equivalents in other countries to mandate, or otherwise, the taking of their vaccines; but neither the FDA nor the CDC have properly monitored the quality of these vaccines. To increase their profits Big Pharma have used chemical processes that preserve the vaccines but in doing so have used chemicals that are toxic and some carcinogenic. The impact of these drugs is not consistent as some children have immune systems that can fight them. Whereas in some cases there are strong indications that in some children the vaccines have caused autism and other neural conditions.

Homeopathy sadly does not offer alternatives authoritatively.

So the vaccines taken need to be kept to a minimum because of the potential risks caused by the chemical additives. Vaccines that were given to me in the
50s and 60s have inoculated me for life, but it appears that changes made in vaccines have now made them more toxic. What these changes are is not clear, maybe it is just that there are more vaccines. Big Pharma cannot be relied on to deliver a safe vaccine, and as the government is their puppet do not expect their agencies to help you – to enforce safe practices.

Vaccines are necessary but are not being investigated. BigPharma is given carte-blanche to make vast vaccine profits with medicine that is now unproven. Parents must vaccinate but be prepared there are significant and regular side effects.

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Discussing detox

Posted: 24/10/2013 by zandtao in Health
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I’m just recovering from perhaps my worst detox experience. It is the end of my second day of the fruit part of the detox. It started OK but not well this morning. I felt a small headache above the bridge of my nose, and I was tired. I slept, woke slept again, and the headache worsened. I began to get a cold sweat, and my body was cold. I slept, and then the headache was worse. Then my stomach became uncomfortable, I almost vomited. I couldn’t sit still, because of the discomfort so I got up and walked in the garden for about half an hour. Eventually I could sit down, I sat and thankfully dropped off.

This could have been a description of a bad migraine that I had all those years – a migraine without the headaches that finally made me blackout. But it wasn’t, it was a description of detox. Yet it is more than that. What am I detoxing at the moment? Hormones. What for me has seemed to be a new problem is a problem that I have had all my life – migraines. I want to be clear here. What I described in the first paragraph are symptoms associated with the migraine, with the worst migraines it was the pain spreading all over my head that was the mainstay of the migraine but with these associated symptoms. I don’t think I experienced these associated symptoms with my early migraines – I recall seeking acupuncture treatment for them when I was 28. But what I am certain of with these above symptoms is that they were definitely present in my later life when I had migraines – but not every time.

There is no way that this is a real migraine, I couldn’t have written this blogentry if it had been. It was detox. Now I have often thought that the migraines were a stress relief, therefore an experience similar to detox; this is some form of confirmation.

Fascinating. I’m going to sleep on it, and hopefully get to understand more.

Day 3 was better but not good – just detox. Day 4 I woke up with what was a potential migraine – starting on the right side of the head. I was very dehydrated, and drank maybe 2 litres and the headache eventually disappeared. I had another low day but OK. Day 5 improved, but still not active; day 6 was active – didn’t know I was on a detox but not lively. That’s where I’m at now – end of day 6. I haven’t felt vital today – can remember feeling so during detox, but I suspect I have to get used to a change in vital level because that is a hormonal change.

Despite all my previous hormonal concerns – thyroid, testosterone and oestrogen, my thoughts are turning more and more to the pineal gland. The thyroid still itches a little. It is hard to judge my general level as I am still on detox but I am not concerned about testosterone levels, I suspect they are sufficient to cope with the oestrogen if I am careful. My thoughts are turning more and more to the disrupted sleep, and therefore melatonin levels. Melatonin is the general revitalising hormone – immune system and more, and is secreted at night via the pineal gland – in the hours of darkness. This darkness is key as it is not 8 hours sleep I need but 8 hours of sleep in darkness. Sleep has always been an issue. When young it was ruined by drink, then by stress until I retired. Then I didn’t care about routine – didn’t have to get up, and slept when I wanted; I thought it didn’t matter. Maybe – since I have lived in the new house in the country I have wanted to get up with the chickens and enjoy the countryside; for a month I did this and then my hours have changed gradually worsening until sometimes up to half my sleeping hours are in daylight. This is not good. If I force myself to bed early often I can’t sleep, give up and do something – mostly wasteful, then waking in the morning I am not ready and sleep again to get the hours – but not the melatonin. Unfortunately medtation does not appear to be helping with this.

I have unbalanced my pineal gland, and it is hard to decide what to do. Food-wise I have started berry concentrate when I go to bed – indiciators say berries help pineal gland, this has had no impact on sleep – either way – although I haven’t tried it long. These berry concentrates are a Thai thing, and I am dubious about them so will need to enlist help to find out. They are marketed to be taken as quick shots of “energy?”. They also have different shots – chicken essence and other essences (mushroom?). Sounds strange, but as yet I am unsure whether I should fault them out.

I have already discussed the notion that hormones are borderline other states (less dense) such as mind and energy. I am beginning to think that my health route is non-physical, I don’t know where that is going to take me. I mean it, I am going to look at what some do for the Third Eye. Whatever that is might help the pineal gland. I don’t like it because of the wierdness associated with those areas, but most people think I am wierd.

So detox so far is reasonably fine after day 2. Why was it bad? I am still not entirely sure. For certain I was in the middle of dealing with an accumulated problem concerning hormones. It had reached the turn of the endocrine system to heal, and that had many many years of build-up. As well it is a while since I have detoxed, it could be 3 years. Between these 2 I am satisfied that they give explanation for the bad day 2 – and the rest. My diet has worsened slightly, but in truth my health hasn’t – until the hormone problem developed. But I don’t feel the necessity to halt that “backsliding” – it is minor, and my general good eating copes. Maybe I am being complacent, but at the moment I don’t think so. However what is certain is that I need to detox more often, whilst I am teaching that will be both holidays – now and beginning of May – just pre-rainy season. Just to note, if I haven’t got a grip on the hormones I will use May as another course of acupuncture as well as the detox diet.

I feel different today. I haven’t finished the detox but don’t feel bad about it. Unfortunately my weight is too high, I thought the diet would have reduced it. So the weight is thyroid – the hormone problem. Maybe I don’t have to be pro-active with the hormones. I started my “mb” diet 6 years ago, maybe year 7 is hormone year as the diet naturally heals the glands. I will focus on seaweed for the thyroid, the berry concentrate for the pineal until I feel it is wasteful, and investigate Third Eye techniques to see if that is a “Hail Mary” approach. But maybe I should just trust my body and ride out the trouble. That last will require discipline, I feel my hormonal balance has disturbed my ability to be disciplined, for some they might perceive in me an improvement because of this. It feels different and I must live with it.

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A Cold Farang in Thailand

Posted: 08/10/2013 by zandtao in Health
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This is a long one, and I am being pre-emptive in writing this blog as I am still undergoing treatment. The symptoms are the flu – see tag cloud flu. It came to a head in July and August this year, I got the flu for a week in July and then for a week in August – long discussion here. Suffice it to say I have had flu problems all my life. Recent flu has usually occurred in the rainy season, I developed supersoup if I got wet.

What was particularly irritating was that I am on a healthy diet, and that turns out to have disguised the problem – Dottie’s underlying conditions. In the addendum to the above blog the acupuncturist was talking about balancing the body – I assumed yin and yang, but sometimes acupuncturists don’t always discuss in terms of yin and yang. She might have been talking about hormones – the endocrine system. Whatever, she did say that my problem was caused by andropause – the male menopause.

Now understanding hormones is something I have just passed by in life. There was one circumstance. When I was in an extremely stressful relationship eczema flared up all over the place leading to blood on the sheets as I scratched when sleeping. Begrudgingly the doctor offered cortisone and begrudgingly I accepted. On reflection I am not sure whether I was wrong as the eczema was dreadful, but the after-effects of the cortisone treatment stayed with me a while – maybe even contributing to the current imbalance?

Now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance because of my age. It has given me a cold body that left me vulnerable to flus, can you believe it – a Cold Farang in Thailand? Fortunately this acupuncturist immediately diagnosed the problem as andropause and began treating it. This treatment has greatly helped but in the realisation of the hormonal imbalance it has become a problem that I dont know how to deal with. Fundamentally I don’t know what it is.

Below there are some authoritative quotes about hormone imbalance. They helped me on my way to this current understanding. I freaked at the hormone imbalance, what was I to do? My diet was good, and all that I read said do my diet – well mostly. Why was it happening? It had been a build-up. Coping with GERD and then the gradual renewal of my body with the diet had disguised the hormonal problem.

In a man of my age hormones means testosterone and the droop vis-a-vis the old Farangs in Thailand chasing the suais. So I’m up in the air about my desires and testosterone. But hormones are not just testosterone – see endocrine system, and I began to settle. There is the thyroid, and key in the thyroid was cold intolerance – my cold and damp body. The key is hormonal balance, and this is something I had lost. Perhaps my diet should have given me balance, maybe it would have in time – maybe. But it taught me a big lesson, I don’t feel food is enough hence why I wrote the “Zandtao Cancer Programme?”, significant in this being healing has to include energy (Chi Gung and Acupuncture) and meditation, the 3 tenets of Zandtao:-

Improving the mind

Harmonising our energy

Taking care of our bodies


My last acupuncture programme made me feel uncomfortable, affected my sleep, and I struggled with the teaching. It is school hols so I have gone for 5 more treatments – she had asked me to do that before. In the interim I had settled within my body (a sauna and taking zinc tablets as well) so hormones were not screwing me up, I have had one treatment (of the 2nd five), and balance has gone a bit – less than before. My plan is to finish the 5 treatments, and then do a detox. I remember the Danish ranter talking of the lymphatic system – the endocrine system appears to fit in with that; my usual diet of 3 days fruit and 6 days veg should do the trick. At least I hope so.

This stuff is not good. I have struggled to meditate, the Chi Gung is but a memory, and some of my diet is slipping. All of this is because the hormones have disturbed my meditation. Between the acupuncture courses I gained strength and discipline, but with the second course that has gone a bit again. However I feel confident that once the treatment has finished my discipline will bring me back on song – gradually.

I now realise that routines of old men I have known well (in my family) have been affected by hormones, of course men don’t have hormones they just have the droop and viagra fixes that!! Fascinating stuff – hormones and old men.


Lots of garlic – usually 8 or 10 cloves ground in a mortar then poured in a pan.
Buai – Chinese umeboshi – 5 or 6 – cheap here
Miso – better – started using Dtao giao when ran out
Honey to balance the plums
Seaweed for thyroid

Boil and drink


The hormone imbalance starts to occur naturally at 20 “In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man’s growth hormone falls about 14% for every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he’s lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20-years-old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5% of their original growth hormones. These imbalances can happen at any age.” from here. Over the last 6 years I have improved my diet with an accompanying improvement in health, but now that I have almost completed the 7 years hormonal imbalance has hit.

In Michael Rossoff’s movie and Dan Reid “A Complete guide to Chi Gung”, it is recommended to decrease the amount of ejaculation. But I am convinced that that is not all of it.
“Since fat cells manufacture estrogen (a powerful hormone), it is crucial for men to maintain normal weight to have balanced sex hormones. Excess fat can lead to an excess of estrogen in men. When you see a man with a beer belly and breast-buds (female-like development of breasts), he probably has an estrogen excess made by fat cells. This may be the reason that overweight and obese men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). In males, higher levels of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone derived from testosterone, is associated with BPH and possibly prostate cancer; increased levels of estrogen also appears to play a role in the development of BPH.

Other non-sex-hormone factors can create imbalances in the sex hormones. An excess or deficiency of the thyroid hormone will change sex hormone levels; replacing the sex hormone in any quantity will not correct the problem until you have compensated for the thyroid function. Changes in liver function can also cause a shift in the relative amounts of various hormones, because the liver processes most sex hormones. Many menopausal-aged people, both men and women, still have normal or even high levels of the circulating sex hormones. Additional mammalian hormones in this instance are inadvisable, because they can create an excess of hormones with the associated problems. Faulty liver function, as evidenced by high cholesterol levels, contributes to inadequate transformation of hormones. Improving liver function is a key step in normalizing hormones and the body’s response to hormones (it is possible to have adequate hormone levels and still have symptoms of deficiency or excess if the liver is not working properly).

Remember that overall good health is critical to the body’s production of hormones. Inadequate nutrients from diet is a major factor in hormonal imbalance. Excess alcohol, refined carbohydrates (sugars), and “trans” fats will all have a negative effect on hormone levels.” from here. Here is a reasonable sales pitch from the same site “From the findings (BZ of a consultation), a unique protocol of natural supplements, herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, and/or allergy elimination can often remedy the condition and create profound improvements in health (refer to Testing and Treatment for more details). Even though most natural hormone balancing supplements are safe, professional guidance and monitoring is suggested in order to make sure the right treatment is being given at the right time in the right dose.” It is this protocol I am seeking.

“The most significant hormone imbalance in aging men is a decrease in free testosterone, while estrogen levels remain the same or increase precipitously. As men grow older, they experience a variety of disorders relating to the dual effects of having too little testosterone and excess estrogen. The result is a testosterone-estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the debilitating health problems associated with normal aging (1-12, 28).” from here.

Possible solutions:-

Oestrogen increases as testosterone decreases so “Consume 400 mg of indole-3-carbinol to help neutralize dangerous estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, can also stimulate the liver to metabolize and excrete excess estrogen.” My consumption of these veg is good, maybe look at buying indole-3 carbinol temporarily.

And it could be the thyroid:- “Hypothyroidism in Men:

When men possess low thyroid hormone levels, meaning an underactive thyroid gland and low metabolism, men experience such symptoms as:
Hair Loss
Dry Skin
Weight Gain
Cold intolerance”

I definitely have cold intolerance.

• Selenium: The highest concentration of selenium is found in the thyroid gland, and it’s been shown to be a necessary component of enzymes integral to thyroid function.14 Selenium is an essential trace mineral and has been shown to have a profound effect on the immune system, cognitive function, fertility in both men and women, and mortality rate. I have enough selenium. (I was not able to buy idole-3 carbinol or selenium).

Yoga exercises for the thyroid, those that mess around with the neck. Have had stiff neck and shoulder issues before.

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A Zandtao Cancer Programme?

Posted: 23/08/2013 by zandtao in Big Pharma, Health
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Over the last couple of years I have been increasingly susceptible to flus. Nothing too bad – five times, but what hit home was that I had a flu at the end of July and three weeks later I had the flu again. I recognised that my susceptibility to these flus revolved around a cold chest – a seriously cold chest. Wow look what I found when searching for a link – a blog “Exercise Cold and Damp” on 12/10/08 – fascinating. I have tried to resolve this cold chest issue before. I have made amendments to my diet – increasing warm foods, cayenne pepper etc. – discussed here. But the chest was still cold. My “guru”, Paul Pitchford “Healing through Whole Foods”, says these chest things take time but with herbal treatments it was not happening. I needed a practitioner intervention – acupuncture treatment. The issue has not been resolved yet but I think it is on the way.

So why am I writing this now and not waiting? Quite simple. Meditation. Meditation told me I needed to revise my approach. I have previously said that if I had cancer I would go Gerson, but meditation told me that was not enough. The approach to cancer you want is a “Zandtao in your terms”. I am not saying everyone should follow Zandtao but my approach to the whole person is the three tenets as discussed in the Zandtao Treatise; that is what I am proposing for life, so it should be the same for healing from cancer. Cancer could be termed a holistic disease. I have previously called it a lifestyle disease, and yet although a cure is lifestyle I have often said Gerson. But Gerson is not enough. Using the description “Zandtao in your terms” I mean a lifestyle approach that incorporates meditation (mind), chi and healing the body.

Let’s examine the three tenets:-

Improving the mind

Harmonising our energy

Taking care of our bodies

Let’s start with our bodies, here is where Gerson comes in. I believe the Gerson therapy is the best way of cleaning the toxins, and therefore tumours, from the body. But that is not enough for our bodies, our bodies need rehabilitating. In the cropped clip Charlotte Gerson talks of rehabilitation in general, and I don’t doubt their competence. But because of the Zandtao approach being committed to energy, in this programme a significant part of that rehabilitation needs to be acupuncture. Now acupuncture helps clear the channels but what if your energy intake is not peak, then you need energy techniques such as Chi Gung to “gather energy”. And none of this works if your mind is in a mess, maybe still dealing with the doctor’s cancer death sentence? So you need meditation – the 3 tenets.

For a healing routine a clinical schedule could be

Juice 1 -> Gerson 1
Chi Gung
Juice 2 -> Gerson 2
Chi Gung
Walk Added
Juice 3 -> Gerson 3
Chi Gung
Juice 4 -> Gerson 4
Chi Gung

I stress I am not an expert so to apply this sort of routine requires a team of committed experts, people who understand such a holistic approach. These would include Gerson therapists, acupuncturists, Chi Gung teachers and meditation teachers.

My food diet is primarily macrobiotic, and it is interestng to note that macrobiotics once offered itself as a cure for cancer. I believe some doubt has been cast on its ability to cure cancer, but Denny Waxman worked with patients and their cancer was cured – see Denny Waxman. It appears that he worked on a combination of food and energy. What is practised now as macrobiotics has beceome much more of a food diet; but in its esoteric depths macrobiotics speaks of meditation, energy and food – Denny Waxman is such an example.

A friend advised me to watch this film, “Cancer is curable now”. I was a bit dismissive – I wrote something like I have looked at a number of cancer movies over my retirement years. But I began watching it, and then stopped because the movie was moving to where my meditation had taken me. So that is where I am now; I stopped the movie and wrote this blog ….

…. in light of what I have just written I am going to continue watching the movie.

My concerns that this blog might be viewed as plagiarism based on the movie were unfounded. I completely agreed with the first half of the movie that can be found at this torrent.

However the remainder of the movie I am unwilling to comment on as it involved techniques that I am unsure of. You can view the whole movie “Cancer is curable now” via this torrent..

The movie led to three amendments to the above programme. Firstly exercise needs to be included, the minimum of a 20-minute walk daily – as discussed in the Zandtao Treatise. Sunshine is essential as is evident in the Natural emphasis of the Treatise, but I forgot to write it. I am not a Gerson expert although I recommend their therapy for the body. I have replaced the word juice by Gerson, it is their therapy that should be their decision as part of the “Zandtao programme team” (grandiose eh?).

This programme need not be limited to cancer. In the movie-crop Charlotte Gerson talks of all degenerative diseases, the approach of this programme is the same. It follows from a deep respect of Nature, that we are ONE, and that in our bodies Nature provides the healing.

Corollary:- This programme is unlikely to happen as I have no resources, but if I am going to discuss cancer (degenerative diseases) I ought to offer an approach – not just being critical of “death by chemo”.

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Posted: 22/08/2013 by zandtao in Struggle, War
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I am getting frightened for the world. I have just been watching “The Company you keep” (imdb) – no download sorry. Wonderful people who stood up against the tyranny that was the Vietnam genocide were being called terrorists. Where do you draw the line for the Weathermen and colleagues in struggle?

To my lifelong shame my youth was spent with alcohol so when good people were struggling against the genocide in Vietnam I was learning life at the bottom of a university glass. Mind you, it was probably lucky, being so immature I would have done something stupid. By the time I was on marches in my 30s I was sensible enough to listen to the ropes from friends.

The movie draws on a very important theme – idealism. No matter how important the idealism might appear to be, it is just that – a set of ideas. And if we hold to ideas then it is not compassion that is the source. Compassion is the only constant. In the 70s and 80s before Thatcher finally drowned the movement, politically I saw this so clearly. Passionate, not necessarily compassionate, idealists stood up with their demands. I can’t remember which march it was but I was walking through Kennington, South London. There were some black people conscious of the march but most ignored it. It was this that began to turn me from the Trotsky Left – even though there were some black people on this part of the Left. I was young enough to be asking why all black people weren’t marching with the comrades in a racist society, but the Trot ranters had turned them off. And of course black people might have the colour of their skin in common, but why does skin colour make mentality the same? Lucky for me when I was politically active it was not ideals but the mass movement that guided me, I believe politically that is the nearest way that compassion can show its face, compassion for all people.

What about the dialogue of the movie and Occupy – OWS? When I looked at Occupy (Click OCCUPY in the tag cloud – scroll down on the left) there was a maturity amongst these young, lessons learned that were far beyond the naivete of the 60s and 70s. Our older movement (it shaped me even if I didn’t do anything at the time) opened the door but they didn’t understand that the establishment would be so severe in closing it. Almost genetically the young of Occupy are more sophisticated and have the survival tools to deal with the increasingly repressive 1%. But the 1% have too much power now, and are willing to use anything to keep it. Defenders of liberty in the movie were called terrorists, that was Redford’s licence but it was not a rant.

This movie was wrinkly and nostalgic, tremendous for me. But it discussed things I was never aware of at the time – the weathermen. I’m going to look into them, should people demanding freedom not know about them? Or is just me in my beerglass that didn’t know?

As I mentioned above I am getting frightened by a seachange. The last half century the black civil rights movement were heroes. The Black Panthers were generally considered to have gone a bit too far, the black 200m runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were considered to have had bad taste exploiting sport for political reasons, but I don’t recall their being slated for what they stood up for. [It is worth reading wikipedia on “1968_Olympics_Black_Power_salute”]. They were black people standing up for their rights in a racist society, this was generally considered acceptable, this is the barometer of social opinion as I saw it, and at the time I wasn’t politically active – being drunk in the bottom of the university glass.

And for Vietnam the feeling was much the same. Students were rioting because they didn’t want to be in Vietnam. This wasn’t just a moral question so many of the young people were being drafted to go fight an unacceptable war. Retrospectively it is generally accepted that these people were fighting a wrong that their society should not have been perpetrating. Young people do these things. They haven’t learnt the discipline needed to have a family, they haven’t grown up enough to understand the way society is. This is the way the older generation perceived them especially in the UK where the older generation had been decimated by “World War 2”.

In “The Company You Keep” there was an underlying feeling that the Weather Underground were seen as terrorists by a significant group of people. To me this is a rewriting of history, but I intend investigating this to clarify. But there seems to be a social engineering approach that I picked up from the Terrence Howard FBI guy, and in this I was mindful of the horrendous young Tekkies in the movie “Enemy of the State”. The 1% don’t invest any more in trying to indoctrinate all the people, just sufficient investment to provide their enforcers. The horrific US right wing can stand up on their bought TV platforms, and spout all kinds of incoherent rubbish. These crazy puppets can demand all kinds of inhumane stuff, and their extremism makes Obama and his ilk, the mainstream government puppets appear normal. This is the balance, the balance that appeals to intellect. There is a right and a left so let’s find a “harmony” in the middle. So the crazies are dragged out, spout their tea party filth, and Obama and his drones appear OK because his sweet mouth is so plausible.

Significant in this process is the US hero, the young people who sign up for the “Land of the Brave”, either as soldiers or tekkies. You only need a few for the CIA and the FBI. Once their enthusiasm has sucked them in they beome pawns of indoctrination, and we have the heroes of the Civil Rights movement and anti-war movement painted as terrorists.

This is why Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are getting hammered. These young people get sucked in, and then get indoctrinated. What they also have to know is that if they are ever tempted to blow the whistle on the indoctrination, on what is being done in their country, then they should know that life is not going to be worth living. A couple of days after writing this Bradley Manning was given 35 years for exposing the truth. Whilst part of me is outraged, another part of me just accepts that this sentence was inevitable, as is the persecution of Edward Snowden and any future whistleblower. There is genuine social outrage at these injustices but there is nothing that anyone can do.

Soldiers are being used less and less, because trained Blackwater thugs are much more malleable. Not only are those deluded people conned into believing they are fighting for their country but their country can disown them. So-called rules of war don’t apply to them because they are paid for by a private company. Mercenaries used to be a dirty word, now a mercenary is the soldier of choice for the US government. Mercenaries and arms dealers were shadowy people travelling the hellholes of the world making their dishonest living, now these people have been elevated by the right to heroic status.

Some TV I watch portrays life today as an improvement of 40-50 years ago. As an old man there are certain good old days stuff of my youth that I might like to harken upon. I would say we made more of our own enjoyment, and yet my parents’ generation were critical of our own lack of independence. Now Grumpy Old People moan about the proliferation of swiping pointless phone toys. Whilst such matters of social change might be peccadilloes, the power of the US state (and its allies) and the depths to which they have sunk “in defence of the realm” is to me staggering. And it is fear of this that racks me. On a selfish level I can only hope that the continuing extremism of their policies does not spread to my little retired haven. But that selfishness pales into insignificance for the fear I have for humanity if these people are not harnessed. And there is no sign of that harness. Family friends continue to live compromised lives ignoring the steps on this path of extremism their compromise is forcing them to take. Everyone else is doing it so it’s OK, I’ve got to make a living. Fear, I look at the little children in my school for whom a bump on the head whilst playing is a major setback and see that the slavery they are growing up into is far worse than the slavery I grew up for. When scifi presents visions of future enslaved societies we admire the imagination, we don’t see a future that follows from accepting today’s compromises. Were Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning our last chances for humanity?

Most people who know me would laugh at this. They know me as being extreme, my retired idyll has gone to my head. But it is only stepping back that gives discernment of what is truly happening. It is 20 years since I have properly lived in the UK, my probate year 10 years ago was very much on the periphery. At that time what people had come to accept from the financial corporatocracy was staggering. They had accepted Iraq with far less furore than the people of my generation accepted Vietnam – although there was no need for draft to do their evil deeds. Since the crash austerity
programmes have eaten into quality of life yet there seems but a squeak. Edward Snowden is seen as a hero and a fool, you’d never catch me doing that. People are beaten down, they don’t stand up for Snowden they call him foolhardy. I am frightened.

This brings me back to the movie “The Company you keep” and “The Weather Underground”. Here is The Weather Undergroundthe torrent for a documentary on “The Weather Underground”. It embarrasses me now to know that I was a young adult at the time, and I know nothing of these people of conscience. The 1% Vietnam War forced them into criminal action because legitimate democratic protest had been stifled and ignored. What is there to do now? There was no doubt a great deal of naivete amongst these people, and it highlights the level of maturity amongst Occupy. The documentary shows the strength of repression that existed then, so conversely it shows how strong the movement for change was; this is a major crit of Occupy they don’t appear to appreciate just how powerful the movement for change in the 60s and 70s was – maybe that is just their age?

But talking of discernment in some ways all of this is not important. I am just recovering from flu, and post-flu depression let this fear get to me. It’s all true but is it the priority? When I start meditating properly again after flu depression what will matter is no-self. In no-self there is peace. The present world of suffering can be attributed to the 1%, in all future worlds will the suffering be the same? What will be the same is that peace can be attained through detachment from the prevailing suffering? In our current world peace is not difficult to find. Walk off the beaten track, and you can find a heavenly niche where society’s desires don’t matter. It is important not to avoid responsibility, we are all ONE, but if people don’t listen it is not your fault. But still observing the way some people are so complicit in this world of exploitation cannot make anyone happy.

As a corollary here is a Democracy Now programme about Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground. As part of naivete maybe she went beyond their actions, becoming criminally involved with the Black Liberation Army ending up in prison for her part in the deaths that followed from a robbery. There is a wonderful interplay of humanity in this story brought out in the discussion that lasts from 10.42 until 51.30:-

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Rainy Season Strategy

Posted: 16/08/2013 by zandtao in Big Pharma, Health
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I woke up this morning tempted to get a flu vaccine, so I decided I had to come to terms with what the dangers are; the basic it is not natural doesn’t seem good enough.

There was no internet so that means turning inside first, perhaps that is better. I can’t get out of my head the story of “murder by vaccine”; this committed teacher had pumped herself so full of drugs she fell asleep at the wheel careered across the road and died – unfortunately the oncoming driver was also injured in hospital, I don’t know how serious.

What is the psychology of vaccines? In my own case at the moment there is a sense of embarrassment. I have the flu and I am supposed to be on a healthy diet, my diet should have provided the immunity for flu. This brings into question all the assumptions I have made, that diet can cope with cancer etc. I am also embarrassed because I am too ill to teach and have to call in sick. At one school on a Friday they make me a special cheewajit menu, that makes even more of a mockery of the diet that such efforts are gone to – and yet I have the flu. This is just a particular but standard flu guilt reaction. Throughout my teaching when I was ill there was always intense pressure to go into work, especially in the UK. Why? Quite simple, the conditions of service are so appalling teachers are always ill. The stress is phenomenal, stress weakens the immune system and in each class there are always students who are carrying virus etc. The response from management, to increase the pressure on teachers to attend school. They then return to work whilst still ill spreading the viruses increasing the ill health of the school population. It is no wonder that actuarial statistics for teachers is so shocking, and no wonder I heard of dedicated colleagues who died within a year of retirement.

This description of teachers is just a particular example of how illness is seen in society. Primarily illness is viewed as a loss of working hours and hence a loss of productivity and therefore profit. So business puts pressure to increase the profits and therefore minimise the amount of time people have off work. There are many stoics who boast that they have never missed a day of work as if that is a personal achievement. What is their achievement? They have worked all their lives as slaves and are proud of it. Here in Thailand it is much worse a problem, as a teacher if I was ill I was paid, what do people do if they are not able to work? Starve? This is why flu vaccines are so prevalent here, people can at least get to work irrespective of the harm that working does to them.

To begin examining that harm it is necessary to consider what is the function of disease. Something is imbalanced in the human body, maybe you have been working too hard, maybe there is something amiss in your diet; the body flags it. You need rest, you need to pay attention to the deficiency countering it. Do vaccines fit in with this? Far from it. Somehow they mask the symptoms – I don’t know how but this is what they do. Once masked people are able to attend work even if they get home and flake out during the period of illness. If this is not a clear example of slavery I don’t know what is. You take the vaccine not to heal yourself but simply to enable you to go to work; it makes me ashamed to be a part of a society that does this.

I am going to mention how I felt as I got older in work. My diet was not good so more and more my health was dominating my life. I would go to work, go home and sleep, waking up to eat and mark books. My life was only my holidays. I was an automaton, yet in my later teaching years I was in much easier work environments because I was not working in the UK. When I retired early I soon developed GERD; at last my body was in a position to show the illness in such a way that I could cure it – I had the time and inclination to accept the doctor’s advice to diet. Whilst teaching I would never have had the energy to do the cooking I now do as I was too tired from work and my body was on its downward cycle of ill health because of that. Early retirement followed by following the diet has rejuvenated me – except of course I now have the flu!!

So what do the flu vaccines actually do? I need to look at the internet to find out. Because the English internet is US-control flu vaccination is dominated by the CDC advice to have a flu jab every year (I do not support what the CDC stands for). The basis of the vaccine is that you introduce the virus into the system, the system builds up antibodies and you don’t get the flu. Annually CDC “experts” decide what starins of flu people are likely to get and these become the annual flu shot. Do they use the same flu shot in Thailand?

Homepathy, a traditional medicine, believes in a similar approach, they call it the “Law of Similars”. From hereThe Law of Similars is, interestingly, the principle behind vaccinations. However, the dose and method of delivery commonly used by doctors poses a significant risk of harm to those being vaccinated. Conventional vaccinations involve crude doses of the microbe linked to the disease being vaccinated against, and the dose is injected directly into the blood stream, bypassing all of the natural defense mechanisms of the body. Thus, the body receives too strong a dose and too suddenly, creating a shock to the organism that can lead to reactions, from mild to severe, including death in some cases. The use of actual viral material also sets the body up for auto-immune disorders, a fact well documented in the research literature.

On top of the risk of disorders from the vaccine there are other dangers that go against my anti-toxic (natural) approach. Same page
Along with the crude quantity of virus material injected directly into the person’s bloodstream, there are also the carrying agents in the vaccine fluid itself. It can contain acetone – used in nail polish removers and furniture strippers; thimerisol – a mercury-derivative outlawed for use in contact lens wetting solutions because it is a carcinogen; formaldehyde and other insidious substances.

There is one final note I want to make concerning the safety of flu vaccines from the this page:-
Influenza viruses have a very high rate of mutation, which means they are constantly changing their physico-chemical structure to adapt to new environments. This frustrates vaccine producers, because immunity developed one year carries over to the next year only by chance.

Pharmaceutical companies were initially reluctant to pursue such a challenge because of lawsuits. In the 1970s, Gerald Ford launched a government effort to inject people with Swine Flu Vaccine on the concept that the human race periodically experiences a devastating influenza epidemic like the 1918 Influenza Pandemic; his belief was that we were due.

Based on homeopathic principles, I warned my patients not to take that vaccine for fear of neurological disease. In fact, Swine Flu itself never developed, but drug companies were sued massively over Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a chronic paralytic condition.

Drug companies stayed out of the field of vaccines until Congress provided vaccine makers with lawsuit protection. Since then they have sponsored media campaigns for flu vaccine claiming 80% protection except in the elderly — who were a major justification in the first place.

Basically they didn’t make vaccines until they could be sure that nothing would happen to the companies if there were side effects. I don’t trust the companies anyway, and if they are given carte blanche – no way.

In the last decade or so (starting with the “Swine flu” in the 70s) there have been major scares, bird flu, Asian flu, SARS etc. In recent years these scares have been hyped up in my view influenced by BigPharma trying to drum up business. I am unable to comment on the legitimacy of the threats because I am not knowledgeable enough to differentiate the hype from the facts. I have no doubts however that the recent increase in vaccinations has made the flu strains more virulent. With the dependency on drugs to cope immune systems have become much weaker leaving the gates open to attack.

Having made the decision not to take the flu jabs I have to examine my own health regime more carefully. I am prone to flu – always have been – teacher’s flu – chest and throat and coughs, thanksfully the headaches have almost completely gone. I have been too blase about the seasonal change, the rainy season is devestating here – healthwise. With the prevalence of flu jabs here my immune system has to be stronger. next rainy season I have to be far more proactive to deal with the flu. Strategy:-

1) I have just taken kombucha tea, and my body seemed to want it. The rainy season has to mean an emphasis on probiotics.

2) Cayenne pepper is a way of keeping the temperature up, and garlic is a universal healer so these need to be added to my daily routine in the rainy season.

3) Buy colloidal silver

4) Maybe my enquiry into the homeopathic flu jab will produce results.

5) Keep warm. It seems a stupid thing to say in Thailand but I need to recognise that during the rainy season the weather gets cold, the sea gets cold, I get cold.

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Flu & Jabs

Posted: 20/07/2013 by zandtao in Health

I am recovering from my annual flu, and I say annual because it is seasonal. In May the rains begin, and I am on my bike off to school. One school is 35 km away and nearly two weeks ago (10/7) I got absolutely drenched – so much rain visibility was dangerously limited. Maybe this rain was the tipping point for my flu. The rainy season also lowers the temperatures. Today there isn’t so much rain but it is late morning and the temperature is 27, often as low as 24. There is another big factor in the flu scenario – swimming in the rainy season. I am often harangued at the beach for swimming when the waves are dangerous, compared with UK waves they are nothing. However there are rip tides so people who go in the sea at this time of year do need to be careful. But for me the “danger” is the temperature.

How does this “cold” affect me? A year ago, in June I noticed a cold chest, in fact I got Chinese herbs to try and rectify it. But I hadn’t put together the genesis of this chest. A while back my herb doctor said it was internal wind, and I tried some herbal stuff on that. It helped, but it obviously hasn’t solved the problem. My chest is cold because of getting soaked riding in the rain and swimming in the “cold”. These are both external conditions – seasonal and external.

So what is this cold chest? I think it is accumulation of mucus to protect from the cold, I am often coughing up phlegm. I don’t like it but the cough itself is not a problem – of course bringing up phlegm is not too socially acceptable!! This accumulation of mucus is what brought about the flu. I tend not to see illness in viral terms but it could be true that a virus found a place to grow in the excess mucus; maybe the flu was just a means for the system to get rid of the accumulated mucus. Either way the cause was the same – mucus accumulating because of the need to protect from the cold.

This is not really worth writing about unless I am offering some kind of solution. I don’t know whether this will work or not, but I will try. Firstly the problem is cold so I must do something about heating up my chest. They have electric hot water bags here, so in the evening I will sit with those on my chest whilst wasting time watching TV. I will also be found on the beach wearing my bike jacket after swimming to warm up my body; I must risk the sun more as well. I must eat warmer food. This means less salads, and it also means adding peppers to the food, I have always resisted this as I think Thai food is too spicy but I must try. I must have water at hand. If I cough this is my trying to expel the phlegm, that is done easier if there is water in my system; increasing my liquid intake to the proper amount of 3 litres a day has helped but not solved the problem. I must use a decongestant. There is a very interesting herbal concoction that helps, unfortunately I don’t know what it is. And I must practice deep breathing.

Wage-slave jabs:- Now that I am retired being ill only eats into my time. But then there is the teaching, and I refuse to go to school unless I am completely well. People always ask if I have been to the doctor, and I refuse to go. Why? Because the doctor will give me wage-slave jabs (or antibiotics). These jabs help people get over the symptoms of flu so they can get back to work. Note the purpose – get back to work. Are these jabs good for people? To think about this we must ask what is the purpose of disease? And it is the body’s mechanism for coping with some problem. In the above case I had an accumulation of mucus – that was why I was ill; I also needed to reflect on lifestyle to consider the cold chests. Would the jabs have helped with these? No, they would have got me back to work.

Our society has a sickness. It is natural to be ill; our bodies are speaking to us where our lifestyles are preventing us from hearing normally. Instead of listening our wage-slave society says “get back to work”. Note, it is not just our bosses, but most of us subscribe to this. We go back to work when we are not healthy further creating health hazards. Mostly it is the bosses however. They find mechanisms to put pressure to make people return to work. In teaching it was cover, if I was absent colleagues had to cover. This was not for serious long-term illness but for short-term illness like flu. You’re ill with flu and you sit at home worrying because colleagues are covering for you. You go back to work early, students get your disease as do colleagues and learning is compromised. There are plenty of supply teachers available to cover but no-one wants to pay if they can force teachers to cover.

Thailand is an over-medicated society often blindly reliant on doctors. I remember the case of Reena. Reena was a Thai teacher, and she was ill. She took too many of these wage-slave jabs because of the pressures – no cover, concern for students’ education etc. – the usual vocational concerns. One day she was driving home, fell asleep at the wheel because of over-medication, drove onto the other side of the road where she died whilst injuring the other driver. To me this is murder by the education system because they failed to provide appropriate cover for this committed teacher, for others they think the teacher was at fault. Wage-slave jabs – disgrace!!

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Illness and Water

Posted: 02/02/2013 by zandtao in Health

This is about water and my health. Since the beginning of December I have had some kind of illness but in the end it has turned out positive.

But let me look at water and my health in general first. Early last year I just realised the importance of water to my health. When I was first an adult I was an alcoholic, and the booze governed what I drank. Out on the booze at night the next day would be governed by controlling the alcohol thirst and taking vitamin C or orange juice. And too much coffee. Once I got rid of the alcohol I replaced it with too much food, and never really drank enough water. Even when I started on the diet mb, at least as I knew it, did not stress the importance of water; it was only when I read up on raw that I read enough about water. But it has been hard to drink the water “naturally” – it has always seemed forced. I read somewhere that it is good to drink a litre of water first thing. Overnight the body cleans out the system so in the morning you need a piss. But if you drink additional water that water will then continue the cleaning process attempting to ensure there are no toxins left in the body. By the time I have added nam khao klong, green juice morning and evening, green tea at work and an evening drink I am reaching the required 3 litres of liquid a day. Before I didn’t even drink water with meals preferring maybe a tea or coffee at the end but now I do because the body does not just expect food at meals. My thirst had become imbalanced because of the booze and I had never redressed the balance, I would rarely feel thirsty but often feel hungry.

As well this water has addressed two health issues in particular. Since starting my diet migraines have slowly decreased – despite not drinking water properly. However now I am hoping they are a thing of the past. I have looked into many reasons for migraine in the past, coffee, cheese, chocolate etc, I have had wonderful acupuncture and herbal-healing treatment that rid them for a year; but I never saw water as a cure. During the recent illness I felt a migraine coming on and drank water – it didn’t come. The second problem was mucus. I have coughed up mucus for as long as I can remember. I felt the propensity for the problem came from a cigarette-filled childhood home, maybe that’s true but it is far from an explanation. The real truth is that the mucus was too solid and was getting blocked this needing a cough to move it out of the system. With the extra water there is still naturally mucus but it is not blocking the system.

Now to my illness. I was having a massage early December, and left with a sore throat and the start of the flu. I say this because I am claiming that the flu came from an internal source – not external. This was a mild flu but I let it run its course for about a week – vitamins and food only. Then I went to a Thai herbal doctor. I had visited him once before in September because I had cold on my chest and the herbs seemed to get rid of it although one or two detox reactions were powerful. This time I took the medicine for a few days then stopped as I started vomiting every time I ate. I didn’t understand why herbal treatment should do that. Sometimes natural cures can cause violent reactions if too much of the natural cure was taken, maybe an answer?

My recovery from the flu and herbs was slow, and people around me said I looked awful. I worked hard at dealing with the problem. Iron tablets gave me black shit but didn’t really help. I took a lot of electrolytes, they pepped me up but I soon slowed down again. It reminded me a lot of Hepatitis Z. When in Africa I came down with a liver problem. Each morning I would wake up fine, I would go to work and by the end of teaching at 1.00pm I would get the flu. I went home and slept for the rest of the day. I called it Hepatitis Z because they were hepatitis symptoms. and it was Africa so fun to exaggerate. At that time I trusted the medical system a little, and went to a doctor. He tested my blood and told me that my liver numbers were high, consistent with a heavy drinker. Whilst I had previously been an alcoholic, I hadn’t touched the drink for at least 5 years. He gave me pills that helped, but hep Z lasted nearly 3 months. I’d heard rumours there was an acupuncturist working at the local hospital. I had had acupuncture before beneficially, and overcame my illness-induced apathy and went to see her. One treament and Hep Z went – amazing. With this current illness I felt my liver was a bit like the Hep Z, so was drinking lots of curcumin water (turmeric water). And lots of green juice. But I was still tired and my liver and kidneys still felt off.

Now to the water. In my new house I have two sources of water – pumped from a lake and mains. When I first moved in my body was suspicious about the water. I walked around the area near my home and there was so much pesticide being used on the fruit that I presumed it was getting into the water table – quite frightening. I have not lived rural before and just seeing how much pesticide they use makes me more confirmed in my decision to eat organic as much as possible. I became proud of myself. The farms here use blue pipes to water the crops, and the plumbing into the house is also these blue pipes. I found out where the mains pipes were and I built an extension pipe into my kitchen – into my filter machine. It worked and I felt good that I had done it. My filter machine sales person checked it, and I thought all was well.

My illness was dragging on. I was improving slightly but I still felt tired and weak. Sat 19th Jan I was awake most of the night and my body was telling me water. I resolved to stop drinking the filtered water, and bought bottled water as soon as the shops opened. Within a day I felt improvement, and now two weeks later I feel fine. So what was happening with the water? I had been warned about the mains. It was not the same mains as I was used to in the county town. The mains in my village is taken from a local lake, but it is not chemically-treated as much as in the towns – this was confirmed by the lady at the blood test clinic. So the “village mains” working through the filter machine was still leaving something in the water that was damaging my health.

This water solution resolved an important issue. Why had I had such a bad reaction to the Thai herbs? The week before the 19th I went back to the herbal doctor, he was helpful. My Thai teacher translated for me, and I ended up going for a blood test. By the time I got to the blood test – Tuesday 22nd, I had resolved the problem as being the filtered mains water. I even took the water to the lab test clinic but there was no cheap testing. My body had tested the water and found it wanting, but for other people they want proof. My blood was clear. I was actually surprised. I thought my liver and kidneys would have shown signs of wear and tear because of the toxins from the water, but they didn’t. I am convinced the vomiting was the herbs getting rid of the toxins from my liver and kidneys, and the doctor seemed to agree when I took the blood results back to him. We discussed the results a while, and he thought again about my cold chest and gave me some tablets for wind element. Because of my diet my bowels were generally regular, irregular bowels were a wind problem to him, but he persevered with his diagnosis, and I got wind pills. I was surprised again because I didn’t know Thai herbal doctors were into the five elements. I am guessing that it came from Ayurveda where what he is describing as wind is the air element. This has done two things for me. It has found a new underlying condition, Dottie???, and it is pushing me into studying the Ayurveda stuff – not so much the doshas but the elements. A good way forward.

Since I have been taking the wind pills I have noticed improvement and stuff going on in my head as well as minor reactions with passing wind and bowel movements. It made me think. I told the herbal guy about my GERD, and that flashed blocked wind to him. I should have mentioned the lifetime of migraines that had gradually been disappearing. In addition the mucus being blocked is a pointer. All indicate air to me but I don’t know for sure – no study yet. But the plus about all this is that I don’t have to study. Since I started mb 6 and 1/2 years ago I have been going it alone in a sense, but of course not alone significantly because of the help of online people and Paul Pitchford. Now I don’t have to work through it myself I can be lazy and go to the doctor. I am better off than before the illness – if only I could speak Thai to him.


Posted: 27/12/2012 by zandtao in Health
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I am recovering from the flu, a flu that was mild but clinging. I rested for a week. and then gradually tried to return to normal daily life. It is now into the third week, and I am still feeling stuff. Yesterday I got into a discussion in which my mind was holding onto an old version of happiness. When I first moved house it was wonderful. Although it was stressful during the moving, there were times when I felt I had absolutely completed my life. Then I started to come down to earth mainly with landlady (Walking Disaster Area – WDA) issues but also neighbour issues. The problem is that I have been trying to cling to that glimpse of total happiness that I had. It was this clinging that was the focus of the discussion yesterday, and combined with post-flu depression I did not come out well in the discussion. Then Buddhism is clear, I am clinging to the temporary, happiness based on external things such as the countryside and beach. The discussion revolved around whether I pay for the house and risk bad stuff happening around the house – part of the consequences of the WDA. It was more about money and security, but the truth is I was clinging. Maybe I can get good stuff out of this house, if I cling to a dream I will always be unhappy.

Apart from recognising the way desire copntrols you and makes you unhappy, the above description also highlights the way sickness – in this case post-flu depression – affects awareness. The issue of clinging to desire as the source of suffering is well documented in the 4NT, and I have some understanding of that. Yet through the flu and post-flu depression I let my mind focus on clinging, and it created unhappiness. For a long time I have placed too much emphasis on where I live, and have let my desire for a place cloud my judgement – cause me suffering. But where I live is temporary and has nothing to do with who I really am.

Another consequence of the flu was meditation as a casualty. I know monks are supposed to meditate through sickness – I don’t know whether they do or not. But I didn’t, and it has been hard to get back into it. This morning I gave up and went walking. I blame the toxins of the flu and my weak will for this. But how much do toxins affect the clarity of meditation? Some people say the mind has the power to overcome this. In my case I know the mind could temporarily overcome this, but without a reason and part of daily meditation – maybe not. But when this happened I asked myself about toxins in general. The daily intake of toxins as part of daily life is huge. Whilst the body has several systems – liver, lymph, blood, mucus – for removing toxins, for most people there is a huge imbalance. Many people associate the increase in school violence with increased toxicity in children’s systems. Is there a limit in the clarity of meditation because of toxins in our systems – in the same way post-flu depression affected my thinking?

In Sen Tung there is a doctor selling Thai herbs, his herb shop looks much more like a Chinese herbs shop. In September he cured me of a cold chest so Monday I went about the flu. It is helping to clear the residue, I will have to get to him quicker next time.

Where did the flu come from? As I’m supposed to be healthy how did my immune system let me get the flu? October I was moving house, and November was unusual weather in that it was very wet. If I am stressed I get ill, happened a lot when I was teaching. Physically I have been doing too much as well. ATK means swimming 3 times a week. On top of that I have been walking 1- 1/2 hours every day, and the walking produced tendonitis in the Achilles tendon. With the enforced rest the tendonitis disappeared. From now on I alternate swimming and walking, and just starting this week I am energy-less because of the flu but no tendonitis.

Defeating Bad Guys

Posted: 13/12/2012 by zandtao in Insight, Media
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I have just spent a few days watching pulp TV as I have been down with the flu. I can remember movies like 1984 in which the media is totally controlled, and is used to maintain the establishment position. This is the way I feel about what I have just watched. I remember reading somewhere that the only way you can get a balanced view of life is by swithcing off the TV.

There is a TV series called “Covert Affairs”, it is quite pleasant. An all-American female heroine joins the CIA to defend American interests. Now there is potential for exposing some of the illicit actions of CIA history but it promotes the CIA as a family that cares for its own and cares for America. There’s a cute little sideline, she befriends a Mossad agent who drops in lines aboout Israeli retaliatory strikes and so on.

I watched Stargate Atlantis. So this is in another galaxy, but it still presents images and models that would encourage young men to support the US – the West. One of the heroes is a “cute” guy, not a big macho guy, but macho. He fights, wins, stand up for what is right. This series even has a storyline in which there is an overbearing governmental committee who are basically ignored by the action heroes. Good-minded young people might take this action model to imitate.

Growing up in this entertainment environment, what do young people nowadays receive? I have no idea, but it would be so hard to see the truth. I grew up when the control of the entertainment media was much less established, and people of my age rejected all that went before. Thatcher and after have never allowed that to happen, and media control is much more integrated into the establishment. In the 80s there was “A Very Britsh Coup“, not much chance of that happening again. Occasionally movies do question the establishment “Enemy of the State” but there are few that give complete “1%” pictures – some truth there though.

Overall the distance from TV to the truth is phenomenal as is the majority’s perception and reality. This is of course intentional, genuine insightful truth is the only way through this 1% maze. At no stage in my flu-state did I see the 1% represented as bad guys, and certainly at no stage was there any attempt to take action against these bad guys. But to be quite honest why should I expect there to be?

It is when I receive the brunt of establishment pressure do I start to consider how we who have some insight into their machinations behave. I remember the pointless intellectual arguments with the liberationist whose sole purpose in discussion was to get everybody working together his way. I look at others who have gained some insight often ending up fighting each other or equally often failing to pursue their understanding to their rightful conclusion, such conclusions being inimical to many lifestyles, some relationships, bad food and so much more. And yet most demand of people a perception that in truth people cannot possibly develop due to this intense media pressure.

Then we get Buddhists who have some understanding, argue points of dogma, and distance themselves from engagement; I am sure other religions develop similar distractions. In some ways they are right because happiness is closer to their priority but no matter who we are we cannot gain happiness by ignoring the harm that our system does. But then embroiling oneself in a battle with the 1% cannot produce personal harmony or happiness, there has to be a balance between insight and compassion that will lead to happiness. Listening to how to defeat bad guys is never such a way.