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I would like to say how proud and honoured I am to be one of the four nominees of the RNZ Reflexologist of the Year Award at this years (2014) annual general meeting and conference.
To be standing up in front of your peers and friends, all of whom I look up to and respect has been an inspiration and humbling experience.
Follow this link to use the Association of Reflexologists interactive foot chart. As you select parts of the body the reflexes on the feet light up and give a brief anatomical description.
Interactive foot map © Association of Reflexologists 2013.
A new Functional MRI Scanning trial has been done, furthering the proof that Reflexology really does have effect on the body and the brain. The trial paper is titled:
Activity in the primary somatosensory c…ortex induced by reflexological stimulation is unaffected by pseudo-information: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.
These findings suggest that a robust relationship exists between neural processing of somatosensory percepts for reflexological stimulation and the tactile sensation of a specific reflex area.
Reflexology Footer from Hellas (Greece) “found” the link to the entire article and kindly shared it with Reflexology NZ, from where STS has shared from facebook.
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A fantastic new look at the origins of reflexology by Tony Porter
I don’t know about you, but I have never been satisfied with the ‘romantic’ origins of reflexology. It has always been accepted that its origins were from ancient China or Egypt. After all there is the ‘proof’ from an illustration from the physicians tomb at Saqqara Egypt purporting to shown a reflexology treatment. The Chinese we are lead to believe were the discoverers of the meridians and acupuncture This is something that like you, I have always believed and respected as rock-solid proof. So we also assumed that reflexology was discovered by the Chinese. Although I believed this to be true, a little voice inside, made me think is this so? Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit China and through family connections I was introduced to eminent people in the field of acupuncture. One of these was a charming lady, Dr Susan Wong. Dr Wong was the head of the Chinese acupuncture association. I was invited to take afternoon tea with her and inevitably I broached the subject of the Chinese origins of acupuncture. (You can see me with her on the Archive page) I fully expected her to tell me that reflexology originated in China, imagine my surprise when she told me that this was not so! She went on to explain that the feet, because of their bad energy were not looked upon as portals to any kind of therapy using the hands, with the exception of massage of the feet in bathhouses to help with insomnia. I was so interested and at the same time pleased to hear this, here was a true kindred spirit! This meeting lead to another – a medical doctor and acupuncturist in a hospital some distance away, which meant travelling in a rickety old bus full of farmers taking animals to market. The doctor spoke perfect English, which was due to the fact of him working in America for a few years. He also confirmed what Dr. Wong told me – that reflexology did not originate in China. He went on to describe in great detail about the fact that reflexology was comparatively new to China and many other interesting points of information.
Before going further , I wish to make an important point, which is – just because a picture from an Egyptian tomb shows somebody touching or holding a toe, does not mean they are performing reflexology! I do know the true origins of this illustration, because it was me who got the translation and a description of what they were doing from the British Museum many years ago. I can tell you it was not reflexology! OTZI THE ICEMAN This leads to something even more intriguing which is the case of Otzi the iceman. Otzi is the name of a valley in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria. In 1991 a group of climbers came across a body on the mountain, it was so well preserved by being entombed in ice they assumed it to be the body of a dead skier. When it had been examined by experts it became evident that it was not the body of a modern – day skier, but a corpse who had died at least 5,300 years ago! Examination showed it be a male body of European race. There was something which puzzled the experts, which was the evidence of strange tattoos on the skin. These were not usual tattoos, but rather lines and dots which intersected at certain points. Dr Leopold Darter, president of the Austrian Society of Acupuncture noted that most of the tattoos were on specific acupuncture meridians and points. Of interest was the fact that out of the fifteen groups of tattoos, nine were on the Urinary Bladder meridian points, many of these were on his back where Otzi could not have possibly put them. Dr Darter implied that owing to the location of the points, the tattoos were made for therapeutic purposes. Forensic analysis of Otzi revealed that he suffered from arthritis and injury to the hip joints, lumbar spine and ankles. Nine of the fifteen tattoo lines were on the Urinary Bladder meridian, which is a meridian commonly used to treat back pain in acupuncture. There were also cross shaped tattoos on UB60 (Urinary Bladder acupuncture point) this is considered as the ‘Master Point’ for treating back pain. Another surprising piece of evidence was discovered. Forensic testing revealed that his intestines were filled with worm eggs, which would have caused him severe abdominal pain. Some of the other tattoos were located on points associated with gall bladder, spleen, and liver meridians. These points are traditionally used to treat stomach disorders. This meant that somebody with a great knowledge of the energy channels of the body (meridians) put these tattoos on Otzi’s body to show him where to apply pressure to help alleviate the pain of his ailments. The astonishing fact is that carbon dating showed the tattoos were put on the body at least 2,000 years before the earliest known evidence of the use of acupuncture in China! This, to me was the final part of the puzzle and something I had suspected. The knowledge of where to apply pressure, either with fingers, sticks, knives is part of universal knowledge. After all did we have to be told whether to press or whether to rub or apply static pressure to alleviate pain in our bodies? No of course not, it is instinctive knowledge. My feeling is that this knowledge became instinctively known by ‘sensitive’ individuals since mankind began to walk the Earth, and gradually built up to such a degree where they could be mapped on the body. I have gone into this subject in more detail in my forthcoming book on ART reflexology. I hope you found this of interest.
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Have I got your attention!!!
No, reflexology cannot whiten your teeth! However, rather than using the chemical tooth whitening products availabe or putting up with stains on your teeth, there is a natural and healthy way…
Rub the inside of banana peel on your teeth for two minutes, and after a few days you will really notice the difference. I kid you not, I have tried it and it really works!
Ever wondered why monkeys have white teeth!
by Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield MBBS LRCP MRCS Medical Adviser to Thyroid UK September 9th, 2004
There is a daunting amount of research studies showing that the widely acclaimed benefits on fluoride dental health are more imagined than real.
My main concern however, is the effect of sustained fluoride intake on general health. Again, there is a huge body of research literature on this subject, freely available and in the public domain.
But this body of work was not considered by the York Review when their remit was changed from “Studies of the effects of fluoride on health” to “Studies on the effects of fluoridated water on health.” It is clearly evident that it was not considered by the BMA (Britsh Medical Association), British Dental Association (BDA), BFS (British Fluoridation Society) and FPHM, (Faculty for Public Health and Medicine) since they all insist, as in the briefing paper to Members of Parliament – that fluoridation is safe and non-injurious to health.
This is a public disgrace, I will now show by reviewing the damaging effects of fluoridation, with special reference to thyroid illness.
It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey were chronically ill, with premature ageing, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible. Not only was it clear that the fluoride was having a general effect on the health of the community, but in the early 1920s Goldemberg, working in Argentina showed that fluoride was displacing iodine; thus compounding the damage and rendering the community also hypothyroid from iodine deficiency.
Highly Damaging to the Thyroid Gland
This was the basis of the research in the 1930s of May, Litzka, Gorlitzer von Mundy, who used fluoride preparations to treat over-active thyroid illness. Their patients either drank fluoridated water, swallowed fluoride pills or were bathed in fluoridated bath water; and their thyroid function was as a result, greatly depressed. The use in 1937 of fluorotyrosine for this purpose showed how effective this treatment was; but the effectiveness was difficult to predict and many patients suffered total thyroid loss. So it was given a new role and received a new name, Pardinon. It was marketed not for over-active thyroid disease but as a pesticide. (Note the manufacturer of fluorotyrosine was IG Farben who also made sarin, a gas used in World War II).
This bit of history illustrates the fact that fluorides are dangerous in general and in particular highly damaging to the thyroid gland, a matter to which I shall return shortly. While it is unlikely that it will be disputed that fluorides are toxic – let us be reminded that they are Schedule 2 Poisons under the Poisons Act 1972, the matter in dispute is the level of toxicity attributable to given amounts; in today’s context the degree of damage caused by given concentrations in the water supply. While admitting its toxicity, proponents rely on the fact that it is diluted and therefore, it is claimed, unlikely to have deleterious effects.
They could not be more mistaken.
It seems to me that we must be aware of how fluoride does its damage. It is an enzyme poison. Enzymes are complex protein compounds that vastly speed up biological chemical reactions while themselves remaining unchanged. As we speak, there occurs in all of us a vast multitude of these reactions to maintain life and produce the energy to sustain it. The chains of amino acids that make up these complex proteins are linked by simple compounds called amides; and it is with these that fluorine molecules react, splitting and distorting them, thus damaging the enzymes and their activity. Let it be said at once, this effect can occur at extraordinary low concentrations; even lower than the one part per million which is the dilution proposed for fluoridation in our water supply.
The body can only eliminate half.
Moreover, fluorides are cumulative and build up steadily with ingestion of fluoride from all sources, which include not just water but the air we breathe and the food we eat. The use of fluoride toothpaste in dental hygiene and the coating of teeth are further sources of substantial levels of fluoride intake. The body can only eliminate half of the total intake, which means that the older you are the more fluoride will have accumulated in your body. Inevitably this means the ageing population is particularly targeted. And even worse for the very young there is a major element of risk in baby formula made with fluoridated water. The extreme sensitivity of the very young to fluoride toxicity makes this unacceptable. Since there are so many sources of fluoride in our everyday living, it will prove impossible to maintain an average level of 1ppm as is suggested.
What is the result of these toxic effects?
First the immune system. The distortion of protein structure causes the immune proteins to fail to recognise body proteins, and so instigate an attack on them, which is Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune diseases constitute a body of disease processes troubling many thousands of people: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Asthma and Systemic Sclerosis are examples; but in my particular context today, thyroid antibodies will be produced which will cause Thyroiditis resulting in the common hypothyroid disease, Hashimoto’s Disease and the hyperthyroidism of Graves’ Disease.
Musculo Skeletal damage results further from the enzyme toxic effect; the collagen tissue of which muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones are made, is damaged. Rheumatoid illness, osteoporosis and deformation of bones inevitably follow. This toxic effect extends to the ameloblasts making tooth enamel, which is consequently weakened and then made brittle; and its visible appearance is, of course, dental fluorosis.
The enzyme poison effect extends to our genes; DNA cannot repair itself, and chromosomes are damaged. Work at the University of Missouri showed genital damage, targeting ovaries and testes. Also affected is inter uterine growth and development of the fetus, especially the nervous system. Increased incidence of Down’s Syndrome has been documented.
Fluorides are mutagenic. That is, they can cause the uncontrolled proliferation of cells we call cancer. This applies to cancer anywhere in the body; but bones are particularly picked out. The incidence of osteosarcoma in a study reporting in 1991 showed an unbelievable 50% increase. A report in 1955 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 400% increase in cancer of the thyroid in San Francisco during the period their water was fluoridated.
My particular concern is the effect of fluorides on the thyroid gland
Perhaps I may remind you about thyroid disease. The thyroid gland produces hormones which control our metabolism – the rate at which we burn our fuel. Deficiency is relatively common, much more than is generally accepted by many medical authorities: a figure of 1:4 or 1:3 by mid life is more likely. The illness is insidious in its onset and progression. People become tired, cold, overweight, depressed, constipated; they suffer arthritis, hair loss, infertility, atherosclerosis and chronic illness. Sadly, it is poorly diagnosed and poorly managed by very many doctors in this country. What concerns me so deeply is that in concentrations as low as 1ppm, fluorides damage the thyroid system on 4 levels.
These damaging effects, all of which occur with small concentrations of fluoride, have obvious and easily identifiable effects on thyroid status. The running down of thyroid hormone means a slow slide into hypothyroidism. Already the incidence of hypothyroidism is increasing as a result of other environmental toxins and pollutions together with wide spread nutritional deficiencies.
141 million Europeans are at risk
One further factor should give us deep anxiety. Professor Hume of Dundee, in his paper given earlier this year to the Novartis Foundation, pointed out that iodine deficiency is growing worldwide. There are 141 million Europeans are at risk; only 5 European countries are iodine sufficient. UK now falls into the marginal and focal category. Professor Hume recently produced figures to show that 40% of pregnant women in the Tayside region of Scotland were deficient by at least half of the iodine required for a normal pregnancy. A relatively high level of missing, decayed, filled teeth was noted in this non-fluoridated area, suggesting that the iodine deficiency was causing early hypothyroidism which interferes with the health of teeth. Dare one speculate on the result of now fluoridating the water?
Displaces iodine in the body
These figures would be worrying enough, since they mean that iodine deficiency, which results in hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone cannot be manufactured without iodine) is likely to affect huge numbers of people. What makes it infinitely worse, is that fluorine, being a halogen (chemically related to iodine), but very much more active, displaces iodine. So that the uptake of iodine is compromised by the ejection, as it were, of the iodine by fluorine. To condemn the entire population, already having marginal levels of iodine, to inevitable progressive failure of their thyroid system by fluoridating the water, borders on criminal lunacy.
I would like to place a scenario in front of those colleagues who favour fluoridation. A new pill is marketed. Some trials not all together satisfactory, nevertheless, show a striking improvement in dental caries. Unfortunately, it has been found to be thyrotoxic, mutagenic, immunosuppressive, cause arthritis and infertility in comparatively small doses over a relatively short period of time.
Do you think it should be marketed?
Fluoridation of the nation’s water supply will do little for our dental health; but will have catastrophic effects on our general health. We cannot, must not, dare not, subject our nation to this appalling risk.
Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield obtained his Medical degrees in 1960 at Guy’s Hospital London. He left the NHS in 1980 to specialise in thyroid illnesses drawing inspiration from the work of infamous Dr Broda Barnes, at the Foundation that bears his name, Connecticut, USA. He has been a medical practitioner for over forty years specialising in metabolic disorders during which time he became a leading authority in the UK for thyroid and adrenal management. For over twenty years he also ran a successful private clinic and became a nation-wide leading authority on thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, but clashed with establishment medicine in the management of thyroid illness. He is the author of The Great Thyroid Scandal (see opposite page), he currently lectures at nutritional colleges in London as well as conducting his own teaching seminars. Barry will shortly be opening a diagnostic clinic in the UK for thyroid and adrenal disorders where he will provide advice on diagnosis and treatment with special interests in nutritional aspects.
For further information contact:
Dr B Durrant-Peatfield 36A High St, Mersham Redhill Surrey, RH1 3EA 44 (0)1737 215462 www.drpeatfield.com References: L Goldemberg – La Semana Med 28:628 (1921) – cited in Wilson RH, DeEds F -”The Synergistic Action Of Thyroid On Fluoride Toxicity” Endocrinology 26:851 (1940).
G Litzka – “Die experimentellen Grundlagen der Behandlung des Morbus Basedow und der Hyperthyreose mittels Fluortyrosin” Med Wochenschr 63:1037-1040 (1937) (discusses the basis of the use of fluorides in anti-thyroid medication, documents activity on liver, inhibition of glycolysis, etc.).
W May – “Behandlung der Hypothyreosen einschlieblich des schweren genuinen Morbus Basedow mit Fluor” Klin Wochenschr 16: 562 – 564 (1937).
Sarin: (GB: isopropyl methylphosono-fluoridate) is a colorless, odorless volatile liquid, soluble in water, first synthesized at IG Farben in 1938. It kills mainly through inhalation.
Sarin: (GB: CH3-P(=O)(-F)(-OCH(CH3)2) Source: FOA Briefing Book on Chemical Weapons Gerhard Schrader, a chemist at IG Farben, was given the task of developing a pesticide. Two years later a phosphorus compound with extremely high toxicity was produced for the first time.
IG Farben: “…the board of American IG Farben had three directors from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the most influential of the various Federal Reserve Banks. American IG Farben. also had interlocks with Standard Oil of New Jersey, Ford Motor Company, Bank of Manhattan (later to become the Chase Manhattan Bank), and AEG. (German General Electric) Source: Moody’s Manual of Investments; 1930, page 2149.”