The Whole Health Diet: A Transformational Approach to Weight Loss

CHAPTER 7

BALANCING METABOLISM WITH ENERGY MEDICINE

Wenchiech’u

In order to attain and maintain a healthy weight, one must have a vibrant metabolism. Having a vibrant metabolism requires an energetically balanced body. The ancient Chinese healing art of wenchiech’u is an exceptional way to balance the energies of the body. Wenchiech’u is a form of qigong, or energy mastery, that has been practiced in China for more than five thousand years. Over the millennia, Chinese practitioners have employed various forms of qigong for the purposes of balancing and strengthening organ systems. Translated, wenchiech’u means “thermogenesis,” as its stimulating effect infuses the body with a flow of warm vitality.

There are two forms of wenchiech’u—contact and noncontact thermogenesis. The contact form is quite simple. A practitioner places the index finger of his or her dominant hand directly on the thyroid gland of the subject (at the front base of the neck). Next, the practitioner can either stimulate the subject’s underactive thyroid gland by circling the index finger in a counterclockwise motion (imagining the subject as the clock, facing outward) or de-stimulate a subject’s overactive thyroid gland by circling the index finger in a clockwise motion. So, counterclockwise motions generate a stimulating energy, and clockwise motions generate a de-stimulating energy. A powerful mental intention and a light touch directed in a circular motion is all it takes. This exercise should be practiced twice daily, morning and afternoon, for three minutes each time.

Thyroid Wenchiech’u

The WHD has added a wrinkle to wenchiech’u.

In order to help the practitioner determine whether the subject’s thyroid is over- or underactive, the WHD recommends that every practitioner first administer diagnostic EMT pass/fail and pulse testing on the subject’s thyroid. If the practitioner first establishes that the subject’s thyroid fails a pass/fail test, then he or she should go on to pulse test the subject’s thyroid with minus numbers from 1 to 10.

This pass/fail test, however, doesn’t require the practitioner to call out any phrases, as the previous tests did. Instead, the light presence of the practitioner’s finger on the subject’s thyroid fulfills that function. The test result (the strength resistance of the subject’s arm) will be either strong or weak. A strong response represents a pass. A weak response is a fail.

Following the pass/fail test, the pulse test reveals the degree of strength or weakness of the subject’s thyroid. A minus 1 is not as deficient as a minus 2, and minus 10 would represent the lowest possible score. In any case, minus scores indicate an energetic hypothyroid response that calls for the administration of counterclockwise wenchiech’u for balancing.

On the other hand, assuming that the subject passes the pass/fail test, the subject and practitioner must then go on to pulse test for the potential of hyperthyroid. Positive pulse scores from 1 to 10 are considered healthy and balanced, with plus 10 reflecting the best possible energy score. If there appears to be exceedingly high resistance, then the practitioner should verbally call out the intention to test the subject’s thyroid in unlimited numbers—if the subject’s thyroid pulse test is higher than plus 10, such a score would indicate an energetic hyperthyroid response, necessitating the administration of clockwise wenchiech’u for balancing. Practitioners should also be prepared to retest the subject’s thyroid after every twenty circular motions. This enables the practitioner to calibrate the subject’s thyroid energy to an exact balance point. When combined with the EMT pass/fail and pulse testing techniques, wenchiech’u is a very powerful energy technique to help with thyroid balancing. Always remember to begin EMT with tuning to ensure greater accuracy.

The noncontact form of wenchiech’u can be successfully practiced by either the self or an experienced master. Once again, the key is to generate counterclockwise spirals to stimulate, and clockwise spirals to de-stimulate. The main difference here is that the practitioner produces the spirals not with the touch of the index finger, but rather with the intention of his or her mind. Accomplished masters of wenchiech’u can also perform effective thermogenesis nonlocally. That is, they can actually successfully engage wenchiech’u thyroid balancing at any distance. Though this may be difficult for some to believe, it’s important to keep in mind that this healing technique has been successfully practiced for thousands of years. I can certainly attest to its validity from my thirty-two years and thousands of applications. Wenchiech’u is the most powerful vehicle for energy balancing that I know of. We must keep in mind that everything is energy, even thoughts. Thoughts that carry a powerful intention combined with intense concentration are among the most powerful manifestations of energy. Though they elude our five senses, thoughts are things.

Auricular Wenchiech’u

The WHD’s auricular wenchiech’u was inspired by the healing art of auricular, or ear, acupuncture. Studies have clearly demonstrated that ear acupuncture can indeed help people to both reduce their body mass index and lose weight. A recent Korean study published in the British journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that when practitioners focused on five specific acupuncture points instead of just one, the results were markedly more noteworthy. Auricular acupuncture was pioneered in France in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier. Dr. Nogier envisioned the ear as a curled up fetus with its head pointing downward. He determined that the ear contains a full complement of acupuncture points that corresponded with all the body’s major glands and organs, which he started mapping out in detail. He then began treating his patients by applying acupressure and acupuncture to the points on the ear associated with all the body’s organs. Almost immediately, Nogier discovered that his patients were consistently experiencing positive results.1

In another study, reported in Medical News Today, researchers in Korea “Compared the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in helping obese patients lose weight, comparing the standard Korean five point treatment with acupuncture using a single point of stimulation. They also included a control group who were given a ‘sham’ treatment.

“In a randomized controlled clinical trial, 91 Koreans were recruited—16 men and 75 women—all of whom had a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 23. None of the participants had received any other weight control treatments in the last 6 months.

“The participants were randomly divided into three groups, one group to receive the five point acupuncture treatment, another the one point acupuncture treatment and the third group, the control ‘sham’ treatment. . . .

“[O]f the participants who completed the trial, there were significant differences in results. At the midway point, there were already noticeable differences in BMI with the five point treatment group showing a 6.1% reduction, the one point group a 5.7% reduction, while the sham group showed no reduction at all. Both active treatment groups also showed weight loss.”2

As with all wenchiech’u exercises, auricular wenchiech’u is a form of mental qigong, designed to stimulate the all-important acupuncture points on the ears by mentally projecting counterclockwise spirals from the mind’s eye to the ears. With this particular metabolic stimulation exercise, one need not be concerned about targeting the five auricular acupuncture points. By transmitting thought energy to each ear in its entirety, one at a time, the five points will be sufficiently stimulated.

To perform auricular wenchiech’u, first make sure you’re in a quiet, undisturbed place, then simply close your eyes and take three slow, deep, clearing breaths. Once you’re settled and relaxed, begin to picture yourself transmitting stimulating counterclockwise-spiraling energy to your left ear first. That means the direction of the spin should go from the back of the left ear, in a circular arc over the top of the ear, to the front of the ear. Continue transmitting the counterclockwise-spiral energy for no more than a few minutes. Next, picture yourself transmitting stimulating counterclockwise-spiral energy to your right ear. The direction of this particular spin should go from the front of the right ear, in a circular arc over the top of the ear, to the back of the ear. Once again, no more than a few minutes are required here.

Auricular wenchiech’u combines elements of Korean acupuncture with Chinese qigong. This powerful exercise should be performed no more than once a day, preferably in the early morning.

Three-Point Acupressure Exercise

There are over one thousand acupuncture points on the human body. Each one has its own unique energetic properties, and when any given point is combined with other specifically designated points, the energy healing applications are infinite. The WHD’s Three-Point Acupressure Exercise to balance metabolism emphasizes three very important acupuncture points: stomach 36, small intestine 19 (referred to as the “hunger point”), and conception vessel 6. This exercise should not be performed in late stages of pregnancy.

Weight gain from imbalanced metabolism is the result of a breakdown in the energy flow between the brain’s regulatory hypothalamus, the metabolic endocrine system, and the liver. Studies have shown that acupuncture, acupressure, and qigong can help balance the leptin and ghrelin levels, thereby regulating appetite, cravings, and calorie-burning potential.

Stomach 36 is located on the front of the lower leg, one finger-length below the kneecap and one finger-width outward from the edge of the shinbone (the tibia). This point has a great many applications but has a specific affinity for tonifying poor digestion.

Stomach 36

The Hunger Point

Conception Vessel 6

Small intestine 19, the “hunger point,” is located on the front of the tragus (the prominence at the opening of the ear), in the center on the transitional fold. This point has been used for thousands of years to suppress appetite, stimulate metabolism, and improve digestion.

Conception vessel 6 is one of the most important acupuncture points in the human body. It is located 1¾ inches below the center of the umbilicus. This point stimulates the dormant energy of the body, thus increasing general metabolic output. It is also known to tonify the stomach energy and improve digestive efficiency.

Performing the Three-Point Acupressure Exercise is quite simple. First, find a quiet place to sit and relax for three to five minutes. Begin by clearing all existing oxygen from your lungs. Immediately follow the cleansing breath by taking a deep inhalation. Hold the breath for a count of four seconds, then release.

Now place your index finger directly on the stomach 36 point, applying moderate pressure. Keep your finger pressed down on the point for approximately thirty seconds. Next, pulse your finger up and down, slowly and repeatedly, alternating between shallow and deep pressure, for an additional thirty seconds. Finally, once again place your index finger directly on the point with moderate pressure for thirty seconds, then release. Next, follow the same directions for small intestine 19 and conception vessel 6, in that order.

The Three-Point Acupressure Exercise should be practiced once a day, preferably in the morning. Remember, do not perform this exercise in late stages of pregnancy.

Pranayama

Fat is composed of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Oxygen ultimately circulates into fat cells, breaking them down and converting them into carbon dioxide and water. Blood then carries the carbon dioxide molecules into the lungs, where they can be released. The more oxygen our bodies generate, the more fat we’ll incinerate. Metabolism is like a fire. Without oxygen, fire dies out. So weight loss has everything to do with the way we breathe.

Stress also plays a significant role in metabolism. It upsets the entire nervous system. Seventy percent of the nervous system runs through the digestive tract. Therefore, when stress is high, digestive efficiency is low. Moreover, when stress levels are elevated, hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and ghrelin will also elevate, resulting in brain-driven patterns of uncontrolled overeating. So by consistently calming and balancing our nervous system, we will also keep our calorie-burning metabolism in better balance.

One of the most ancient forms of balancing, healing breath work is pranayama, or “yogic breathing.” The word pranayama represents two Sanskrit words, prana, “breath,” and ayama, “circulation.” For our purposes in this book, we will focus on a pranayama exercise referred to as “circular breathing.” It’s quite simple, powerful, and effective.

Pranayamic circular breathing can be practiced anywhere, but is most effective in a quiet, comfortable, undisturbed setting. Begin by clearing your breath. By that, I mean emptying out all stale air as you prepare to take in fresh, energizing oxygen. Next, place your right thumb over your right nostril so that it’s blocking your right nostril’s ability to take in air. Then simply inhale through your left nostril for a slow count of four. Now, place your last two fingers over your left nostril. As you hold the breath in with both nostrils blocked, count slowly to four, continuing to hold the breath in. Then lift your right thumb at the right nostril and release the breath for a count of four. Return your right thumb to the right nostril so that both nostrils are again blocked, and hold the breath out for a slow count of four. This represents one complete pranayamic circular breathing cycle. Now you’re prepared to begin the cycle again by inhaling through your left nostril for a slow count of four. Take the time to perform four complete cycles. Then, reverse the circular motion of your breathing by repeating this entire exercise in the opposite direction.

This pranayamic circular breathing exercise will immediately improve your metabolism by balancing your oxygenation and stress chemistries. It is recommended that you practice this exercise once daily.

Metabolic Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats subjects with highly diluted substances with the intention of activating the body’s own natural, innate healing powers. The word “homeopathy” means “like cures like.” Thus, the highly diluted substances that are used in homeopathic treatments are energetic agents that, in material form, are likely to cause the very symptoms that they’re intended to heal. For example, the homeopathic remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would, for obvious reasons, be the perfect medicine for a condition known as epiphora—or watery eyes. Similar to vaccines that contain toxins, germs, and viruses, homeopathic medicines are derived from just about everything under the sun. The main difference between homeopathic and inoculation theory is that homeopathy dilutes its—dare I say “medicinal”?—toxic agents down to where there are no remaining material properties. When reading words like “belladonna” and “arsenic” on your homeopathic labels, you must keep in mind that nothing but energy remains therein. It’s always a counterintuitive exercise to read a homeopathic label with the understanding that it’s a safe medication that causes no serious side effects. For these are medicines prepared from toxic ingredients, designed to reverse symptoms by energetically creating a perfect match between illness and cure.

Established in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy subscribes to the idea that disease is a phenomenon caused by states called miasms. Described as energetic states that predispose us to potential future illnesses, miasms may remain dormant for years and even generations, but eventually can flare up to cause chronic or acute illnesses. Viral or bacterial traits are contained within cells, which means a miasm is not necessarily disease but rather potential for disease. Dr. Hahnemann identified three inherited miasms:

1.     Psoric—the mother of all disease; rhythmic imbalance between body and mind

2.     Syphilitic/gonorrheal—sexual transmission with destructive effect on all tissues and bones

3.     Sycotic—sexual transmission (particularly gonorrheal) causing deposits, congestion, and tumor formations; disorders are found in the pelvic and sexual areas as well as skin, digestive, respiratory, and urinary tract

The concept of miasms reveals the true holistic nature of homeopathy. There are believed to be thirty-eight thousand diseases occurring from one or more of the inherited miasms. Hahnemann was far ahead of his time. Today many credit him with being the father of both holistic and energy medicine in the West.

Homeopathic medicines are indeed energy based. Their mode of action generates subcellular vibratory frequencies. Homeopathy is etheric medicine—it operates beyond the physical frequency and has a magnetic presence that vibrates far beyond light velocity. “Homeopathic remedies represent an alternative evolutionary pathway in the application of medicinal plant therapies,” says physician and researcher Richard Gerber. “Where pharmacologists chose to isolate single, active molecular agents from herbs, homeopaths worked with the vibrational essence of the whole plant substance. The homeopathic preparation process liberates from the plants the subtle energetic qualities to charge water, from which they are then transferred to milk sugar tablets for individualized dosage. Thus homeopathic remedies differ from pharmacologic agents in that they are ‘etherealized’ medicines.”3 Etherealized medicines, to this day, remain highly controversial.

The mechanistic Western mentality is generally at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to understanding the quantum nature of such medicine. Nonetheless, homeopathy remains popular worldwide, especially in Europe, where it boasts one hundred million regular users. As many as 44 percent of Dutch doctors say they rely upon homeopathy as a primary medicine.4 In India, according to Dana Ullman, a frequent writer on homeopathy, “Over 100 million people depend solely on this form of medical care.” Ullman further cites a 2007 A. C. Neilsen survey that says 62 percent of them say they “have never tried conventional medicines,” and 82 percent say they “would not switch to conventional treatments.”5

Here in the United States, homeopathic medicines are regulated by the U.S. FDA and are readily available in health food stores and pharmacy chains. There have been a number of interesting studies in recent years, with some that have drawn the attention of the American public.

Supported by numerous clinical trials, a diet using the homeopathic preparation of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) has been shown to activate metabolism by increasing anabolic hormone levels, while significantly reducing appetite. This diet imposes caloric restrictions of 500 to 800 calories per day for extended periods of time, while supplementing with homeopathic drops of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. The homeopathic drops are said to signal the hypothalamus gland to release fat. According to one preliminary study, hundreds of patients were clinically tested via blood, EKGs, and electrolytes. Positive results were noted. These preliminary studies were followed up with four randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. When the hCG group was compared with the placebo group, there were significant differences in subjects’ fat-to-muscle ratio. Both the placebo group and the hCG group lost an average of thirteen to fifteen pounds per month during the study, but the hCG group lost only two pounds of muscle, while the placebo group lost five pounds of muscle.6 The hCG homeopathic program is a prescription program. There are also a number of inexpensive, readily available, over-the-counter homeopathic medicines that are safe and effective at supporting weight loss.

Keep in mind that homeopathy can support weight loss only when it accompanies a sound dietary plan. It’s not likely that one could lose weight with homeopathy alone. That said, below are the WHD’s five favorite homeopathic medicines to assist with weight loss.

1. Calcarea carbonica (carbonate of lime) is principally indicated for belly fat and low metabolism. It’s considered a preeminent homeopathic remedy for chronic weight gain and obesity and is indicated for those who have a tendency to perspire profusely, especially around the head, or have chronic constipation, an underactive pituitary, hypothyroidism, and intolerance to cold air.

2. Nux vomica (poison nut) is a great homeopathic polychrest medicine that might prove helpful for those overweight, sedentary types who suffer from severe chronic constipation and chills. Nux vomica is indicated for those people drawn to rich, fatty foods, alcoholic beverages, and caffeine, who may also tend to be highly stressed, overactive, nervous, and irritable. This homeopathic remedy is also best for those who commonly suffer from inflammatory stress headaches.

3. Ignatia amara (St. Ignatius bean) is an exceptional medicine for aiding weight loss in those who also experience deep, overwhelming emotion—especially sadness and chronic depression. Those most likely to benefit from Ignatia are inclined to cycle between mania and depression. These emotional vicissitudes are often accompanied by spikes in appetite that result in emotional binge eating.

4. Fucus vesiculosus (sea kelp), in its potentized form (see next page), fortifies the thyroid gland—improving its ability to produce and absorb metabolism-stimulating thyroid hormone. Those who suffer from chronic constipation and a sensation of pressure around the head are likely to do very well with this remedy.

5. Antimonium crudum (black sulphide of antimony) increases metabolism, improves digestion, and eliminates sluggishness. This medicine is indicated where there is a history of poor assimilation, indigestion, bloating, and gas. The patient best suited for Antimonium vacillates between sentimental and angry moods and frequently suffers from nausea, nosebleeds, headaches, and hair loss.

Unlike material medicines, homeopathic medicines are energy based—therefore, the more they are diluted, the higher their potency. This is difficult for most mechanistic minds to grasp. I like to think of it in terms of a drawstring effect, in which material medicine is on one side and energy medicine is on the other. If both medicines are diluted, the material medicine will get weaker, but the energy medicine will get stronger. The reason for this is that only matter can be diluted, and as it is, energy becomes more activated.

Homeopathy engages a process known as potentization, in which the medicinal agents are diluted with distilled water and then vigorously shaken to stir up the vital energies contained within the diluted substance. Samuel Hahnemann created several potency scales for medicinal dilution, each signified in Roman numerals. The three most common potency scales are: X, which represents ten dilutions; C, which stands for one hundred dilutions; and M, representing one thousand dilutions. Each of these potency scales is then further broken down to numbers of six, twelve, and thirty. Therefore, the potency of 6X (six times ten) would signify sixty dilutions, and a potency of 30C (thirty times one hundred) would represent three thousand dilutions. Keep in mind, the more material diluting, the higher the energetic potency. Hahnemann himself generally advocated 30C dilutions. Many experts are of the opinion that the higher the homeopathic potency, the greater the likelihood of the medicine reaching deeper into the holistic aspects of body, mind, and spirit. Anyone considering working with the previously mentioned homeopathic medicines might do well to purchase 30C potency. Homeopathic medicines at 30C potency are readily available, over the counter, at most neighborhood health stores. As far as dosing goes, it’s generally recommended to dissolve three or four pellets under the tongue, three times a day, seven days a week, for at least one month.

For more detailed information, you should read up on any remedy in the Homeopathic Materia Medica, typically available at most health food stores and online. While homeopathic medicines are considered very safe for general use, it’s a good idea to consider consulting with a professional homeopath.

Bach Flower Essences

Edward Bach was an early-twentieth-century British orthodox medical practitioner who took homeopathy to another level. It was said that during his youth, he displayed an abiding love of nature and was often seen wandering about the rural countryside near his home, enjoying the splendor and beauty of the indigenous flowering botanicals. Even at that time, he was noted for his uncommon powers of intuition, and word soon spread of his mystical ability to communicate with the flowers and herbs of the neighboring countryside.

Later in life, as a physician in London, he traveled to the countryside as much as possible for the love of his life—botany. He was afraid that the allure of the countryside botanicals would prove too much of a distraction from the medical career to which he was so deeply committed. From 1914 until nearly 1919, Bach continued to study botany and maintain a practice of orthodox medicine. His further study of health and disease eventually inspired him to delve into homeopathy. During these years, he performed a great deal of original research in these two divergent fields of medicine. He gave many lectures and contributed noteworthy articles in medical journals on the findings of his research. Ultimately, the homeopathic medical establishment held him in the highest regard.

Over time, Bach integrated the disciplines of orthodox medicine, homeopathy, and botany, as he began studying the medicinal potentials of flowering botanicals. From the fall of 1928 through the late summer of 1936, Edward Bach collected flowering plants from the English and Welsh countryside. In accordance with the treatises of homeopathy, he prepared medicinal tinctures from these flowers and developed meticulous preparation methods, which demanded specific exposure to both the sun and the moon. His intuition was said to be his chief guiding influence, as he seemed to somehow know that these flowering essences and their magnetic resonance with the sun and moon would have a profound impact on the subtle energies of other living beings.

Bach was far ahead of his time in understanding the relationship between stress and disease. In the minds of many, he is the Western world’s pioneer of mind-body medicine. In his book The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies, he wrote, “Thus, behind all disease lie our fears, our anxieties, our greed, our likes and dislikes. Let us seek these out and heal them, and with the healing of them will go the disease from which we suffer.”7 Bach clearly understood that human emotion generates energetic powers, which ultimately manifest in the material realm as physical symptoms and disease.

Today, Bach’s healing flower essences are extracted from shrubs, trees, and wildflowers from locations around the world. Numbering thirty-eight in all, each is believed to bring about a different vibrational healing influence to the patient, capable of balancing one’s energy from the subtlest thought and emotional levels to the physical somatic levels. Ingested, the flower essence remedies are first absorbed in the blood and are then transported to the central nervous system. It is there where they interact with the vibrational imbalances, prior to gaining entry into the body’s energy pathways.

Where much of the stress of weight gain and weight loss is rooted in emotion, the Bach Flower Remedies represent subtle but effective balancing energy medicine options.

The remedies may be orally ingested, added to the bath, massaged into tissues, or spritzed near the body in order to affect the electromagnetic field. There are a number of Bach Materia Medicas—lists of the remedies along with their uses—available at health stores and bookstores to help you decide which remedies are best for you.

Here’s the WHD’s abbreviated Materia Medica:

1.     Rock Rose—For panic, hysteria, and fear of loss of control.

2.     Mimulus—For fear within the realm of known worldly circumstances.

3.     Cherry Plum—For uncontrollable, obsessive panic.

4.     Aspen—For psychological fears of the unknown, and free-floating anxiety.

5.     Red Chestnut—For obsessive worry about the well-being of others.

6.     Cerato—For self-doubt, negative self-image, and lack of self-confidence.

7.     Scleranthus—For indecisiveness, lack of concentration, and ADHD-like symptoms.

8.     Gentian—For discouragement, loss of faith, and hopelessness.

9.     Gorse—For grief, sadness, and deep despair.

10. Hornbeam—For overwhelming physical fatigue, and inability to face the burdens of the day.

11. Wild Oat—For despondency resulting from unfulfilled desires.

12. Clematis—For absentmindedness, drowsiness, and lack of interest in the present. Good for learning disabilities and ADD.

13. Honeysuckle—For nostalgic heartache and homesickness. For the torment of being stuck in the past.

14. Wild Rose—For apathy and lack of life spark; utter discouragement and despondency.

15. Olive—For complete physical and mental exhaustion; feeling run-down from long, depleting ordeals.

16. White Chestnut—For recurring, obsessive-compulsive thought patterns that cycle on without resolution.

17. Mustard—For depression or gloom that comes on suddenly without any apparent cause or origin.

18. Chestnut Bud—For those who fail to learn from experience.

19. Water Violet—For those whose pride forces them to withdraw to bear their trials alone.

20. Impatiens—For those who are too impulsive to exercise forbearance. For impatience.

21. Heather—For those who suffer from nervous constitutions and cannot bear to be left alone with their pain.

22. Agrimony—For those who show the world a bold face as a disguise for their inner torment.

23. Centaury—For those who are timid, weak willed, and easily dominated by more forceful personalities.

24. Walnut—For those who need protection from outside influences during times of vulnerability. For grounding during times of transformation. Helps one to move on.

25. Holly—For any highly charged negative emotional state, including bitterness, anger, rage, or frustration.

26. Larch—For deeply negative expectations and faithless doubt.

27. Pine—For guilt, shame, and self-reproach. For timid souls, lacking in self-esteem, who are self-critical and readily accepting of blame.

28. Elm—For those who, while capable, feel they lack endurance to face the magnitude and responsibility of their tasks.

29. Sweet Chestnut—For times of deep despair, when one is at the outer limits of one’s psychic endurance. This is the preeminent remedy for “the dark night of the soul.”

30. Star of Bethlehem—For the overwhelming effects of any sudden, unexpected, shocking experience.

31. Willow—For resentment and blame. For those who fail to accept responsibility for their own life lessons.

32. Oak—For mental and emotional stamina in the face of recurring setbacks.

33. Crab Apple—For the cleansing of shame and the detoxification of self-contempt.

34. Chicory—For insecurity and addiction to control, safety, and predictability.

35. Vervain—For strong-opinioned, domineering personalities who overbearingly force their ideology on others.

36. Vine—For those ruthless people who feel constantly driven to dominate others.

37. Beech—For those critical, judgmental, intolerant personalities, who are constantly annoyed at the idiosyncratic ways of others.

38. Rock Water—For repressed, self-restricted, obsessive types, who feel shamefully undeserving and often deny themselves the simple pleasures of life.

Rescue Remedy is a mixture that combines impatiens, clematis, rock rose, cherry plum, and star of bethlehem. This remedy is designed specifically for the emotional and psychological disturbances that may occur during times of emergency.

Typically, the Bach Flower Remedies are available in tincture bottles and may be taken orally in drops. Generally, 3 drops of a chosen tincture or tinctures are added to 3 ounces of water, and sipped three times a day. I’ve found that anywhere from one to seven remedies can be taken at one time. Also, the protocol can be changed as frequently as is deemed necessary. The Bach Flower Remedies can also be EMT tested like any supplement and evaluated for dose, frequency, and duration (see chapter 6).

Essential Oils

Research has shown that human cells begin mutating when electromagnetic frequency drops below 62 MHz. Disease manifests between 38 and 58 MHz, and the electromagnetic vibrational wave frequency at death has been measured at 10–20 MHz. Interestingly, the frequencies produced by the lowest negative mental states are actually lower than those of disease and only slightly higher than the frequencies at death. In the mid-twentieth century, noted researcher Royal Raymond Rife determined that the average electromagnetic frequency of a healthy human body is between 62 and 72 MHz. Therefore, any energetic influences capable of elevating low human frequencies should be considered potentially healing influences.

Aromatherapist Valory Rose describes how the frequencies are measured. “During his work with plants, soil, and water in his agricultural projects, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology invented and built a machine called a BT3 Frequency Monitoring System. This device—modified and perfected over years—used a highly sensitive sensor to measure bio-electrical frequencies of plant nutrients and essential oils.

“To summarize how it worked—As a Hertzian wave is generated and travels out from its source, it transfers energy to the objects it passes through. The frequency monitor’s sensor measures the nano voltage of that wave, using the predominant frequency in the megahertz range, filtering out the lower and higher ranges. The BT3 measures the composite frequency of the vibratory emissions in electrical voltage—MHz—of the elements and enzymes remaining in the oils.”8

Rose goes on to list some of the essential oil frequencies discovered by Tainio:

Rose: 320 MHz

Lavender: 118 MHz

Myrrh: 105 MHz

Blue chamomile: 105 MHz

Juniper: 98 MHz

Aloe: 96 MHz

Sandalwood: 96 MHz

Angelica: 85 MHz

Peppermint: 78 MHz

Galbanum: 56 MHz

Basil: 52 MHz

Essential oils are concentrated, plant-based liquids that contain distilled extractions of volatile agents that emit strong fragrances. These aromatic oils have been effectively used to reduce stress, anxiety, mental fatigue, and depression since the late twelfth century. Their dynamic medicinal quality is activated through the sense of smell, or olfaction.

“The sense of smell was one of the earliest, well-developed senses to rise from the evolution of animals,” writes aromatherapist Shanti Dechen. “Olfaction is the process of the brain perceiving odor. It is utilized to detect odors of food, enemies, territory, and the opposite sex. In humans and animals, olfaction evokes emotional reactions that result in strong behavior changes. The limbic system is where our memories, instincts, and vital functions are controlled and processed. . . . The sense of smell registers at the subconscious level; it is connected to the limbic system, which regulates the sensory and motor activities. The limbic system contains at least 10,000 times more information than the senses of sight, taste, and touch combined. Stimulation of the limbic system sends signals to the visceral behavioral mechanisms of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which affects digestion, sexual, and emotional behavior.

“Airborne molecules travel into the nose, passing through the nasal mucosa in the upper regions of the nose. These molecules then travel through minute holes in the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone in the olfactory bulb of the cranial nerve before entering directly into the limbic system of the brain.”9

When we inhale these powerful oils, their molecular presence is gathered up by our olfactory receptors, which carry limbic impulses to the autonomic nervous system, which then trigger hormonal secretions and neurotransmissions throughout the entire body.

Once the oil’s olfactory influence elicits limbic and hormonal responses, emotions are strongly affected. Some of the emotional responses activated by essential oils have been shown to alter appetite. According to research performed by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush of Wheeling Jesuit University, those subjects who sniffed essence of peppermint oil consumed nearly 300 fewer calories from saturated fat, or 23 percent fewer calories based on 1,800 calories a day, for seven days.10

“Smelling your way thin may sound too good to be true,” writes Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, “but according to exciting research at Niigata University School of Medicine in Japan, certain scents trigger weight loss. According to the study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine, the smell of grapefruit and lemon activates the body’s ability to burn fat while suppressing further weight gain.

“Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science [University] in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils reduced belly fat in postmenopausal women.”11

For our purposes, there are two primary methods for delivering essential oils into the human body:

1.     Inhalation—breathed in

2.     Topical application—massaged in

For the WHD, I’ve selected my five favorite aromatherapy essential oil blends to support your total wellness and weight loss plan:

1.     Myrtle is often indicated to support hypothyroid and to balance negative emotions.

2.     Clove is also commonly used to stimulate underactive thyroid.

3.     Nutmeg is especially beneficial for hormonal balancing. This oil provides great support for the adrenal and thyroid glands.

4.     Palmarosa is extremely beneficial for stress, acute anxiety, and digestive problems.

5.     Lavender is very soothing and relaxing for mind and body. It is also noted for its ability to balance thyroid metabolism, and to help with fluid retention.

Buy these five essential oils in therapeutic grade. Dab one drop of each, in turn, on your finger so that you can apply one oil at a time directly to the base of your throat (thyroid gland). Gently massage the oils together into your tissues at the base of your throat, twice daily, morning and evening.