..That joke with the priest that said "do as I say, not as I do"?
(Wiktionary says: This order first appeared in John Selden's Table-Talk (c. 1654): "Preachers say, 'Do as I say, not as I do.'")
I watch V, he is learning, every second of his life.
He is learning how this world works, how his body works, how interaction works.
Does he learn from what I say?
A bit, when I insist, I explain and I plead.
But the biggest part from his learning he does by watching me.
He learns from what I do.
I believe we are all like this naturally - but we the grown-ups seem to have learned to only (mostly) believe the words and not the actions of people around us.
In marketing school I even learned that people believe it more if they see something written - so I'd better write all kinds of convincing "facts" (read: lies) on my website - in order for people to buy what I sell..
Of course, this opens the door for everybody to write whatever they think fit - and declare it "truth"..
As a reaction to announcing my new (free) April's Shine Detox program, a well-intentioned friend had sent me this article in the Guardian online.
The article, in a well known and respected (online) newspaper bashes the idea of detox and everything around it.
The Guardian is such an old, respectable newspaper.
Just like most of the press nowadays it expresses a certain point of view, namely the "official" point of view.
It cites "emerit doctors" and specialists, all respectable people that we should believe and trust.
Unfortunately nowadays it becomes increasingly difficult to know what we should believe and trust.
There is the point of view of the article - the official one - and there are other points of view, more empowering, becoming stronger and stronger - that state the opposite.
Of course, there is no picture of the people cited in the article, no picture of the one who skillfully put the article together. We do not know and cannot see how healthy and vital these people are.
Also, we have no picture of what is the driving force behind the article, namely "the powers that be" (and I do not mean God).
But we should do as the article says..
It makes me wonder, where would this power be if we took our lives into our own hands and be healthy in our own way? Where would the pharmaceutical industry be if we all would be healthy? What would remain from these doctor's "life work"?
Their point of view simply says that we do not have any choices (besides smoking less, drinking less alcohol - and beware to not stop with alcohol because it's "relaxing" and eating a "Mediterranean" diet)..
That we cannot become healthier, that "toxins" do not exist, that being or becoming sick has nothing to do with how our body functions. That we have a "perfect system" in our body - that would be dead or in an emergency room if we had any toxins in it..
Meanwhile there are toxins in everything: our food, air and water are increasingly polluted and toxic.
Our houses are polluting and polluted.
Most of our work is toxic to the Earth.
There are chemtrails coming down from plains, the tap water has all kind of "other that water" things in it and our "food" is getting further and further from what is natural for our physical body - every day.
Even the toys for our children are in most cases toxic.
There is plastic in organic honey.
Politics is mostly toxic and we as people are made to feel small, insignificant and powerless.
We have a pill for everything and are drugged every time we make a "wrong move".
So is the above mentioned article right?
I personally detoxified and detoxify my body.
I do it regularly - with green smoothies and green juices, with raw food, superfoods and other methods (yes, including the "dreaded" "colon perforating" colon spooling).
I feel better than I ever-ever-ever felt before - and my health is amazing.
I used to be sick, tired and on the verge of breaking down most of the time.
Now I feel great, I feel energetic and healthy.
Point is, I am really not interested in convincing anybody to do anything.
Everybody - you - should be aloud to do and say what they - you - feel and think.
The writer of the article should also be able to do and say what he thinks is best.
I believe with all my heart in this democratic idea that we should all be able to follow what resonates with each of us, unless we harm others.
And in the same time, because they are such an influence, this kind of articles are in my view toxic.
The idea that we can detox our body resonated much more with me than what I used to believe only 6 years ago - namely that we have no control on our health and well-being (besides the above mentioned: less drinking, smoking and eating the Mediterranean diet").
I detoxed and the results were fantastic.
In my personal opinion, if we want to live long and be healthy, we should follow what people who are vital and healthy do.
That is what I want and should do.
The beauty of it is - you are free to do the same as I do - or follow whomever you feel is right for you, listen to whomever you feel is right - for YOU. The world is open and with the internet it is easy to find any information you fancy.
If what I say inspires you to follow my programs, fine.
If not, also totally fine.
It is and should be your choice.
BUT: detox is not a myth or a legend. It is possible to become healthy / healthier by making even small changes in your life style - and I am not referring only to "not drinking alcohol". (the writer of the article seems to think that heavily drinking is what we all do - and the only plague of modern society).
He says, if we had toxins in our bodies we would either be dead or in an emergency room..
Excuse me, but this is totally BS. The "science" already knows that most if not all the disease (and our sensitivity for disease) comes from accumulation of all kinds of toxins. "Accumulation" is what the word says, there were a few toxins first, then more and then too much.
There's not at all "I got sick" second.
More than that, it is quite known that disease (including the dreaded C word) can also appear from energetic or emotional imbalance.
And most of us are sick - even if not in an emergency room.
Not a generally accepted point of view, I acknowledge that.
Look, I am not a doctor.
I have respect for my friends who are doctors and what most of them do.
But with all due respect, they mostly seem to only be able to study what the accepted point of view is.
Most doctors I know do not even dare to think that something else is possible between Heaven and Earth.
In my experience, yes. It is possible to heal your body.
I did it with mine.
I was in a shitty situation, running away from an abusive ex.
I was severely depressed, tired and had no energy - and the only solution the "system" offered was "get back to work and you'll forget about being depressed".
I was recovering after 3 operations at my knee for skin cancer (that I wanted to hide from my ex as to not be vulnerable, so I walked just fine) - and I had all kinds of sickness and pains in my body. My hair was falling out and I had for three weeks a month all kinds of debilitating herpes - and had a developing arthritis in my knees.
I wanted desperately to keep breastfeeding and carrying my son - but all I was offered was anti depressant pills and no hope of ever getting better.
That is when I discovered raw food and the green smoothies, later the green juices and the superfoods - and I started slowly and surely to take care of my body in a natural way.
I ditched all the chemical stuff I was using - and started.. to detox.
The detox that the article I mentioned says is a myth, it does not exist.
The article mentioned that the only way to take care of your health is sport and maybe a "Mediterranean" diet.
Yes, moving is good. Each body is different, I love to dance and you may love to walk or run. I love yoga, you may hate yoga. "Sport" is good.
"Diet" - not so much, in my opinion.
Just as "raw food" is not a "diet". It is a way of life. The word 'diet' implies something one coerces the body to do - and something temporary.
Is this possible for everybody? I don't know.
Once again: I do not intend to convince anybody of anything.
I can only tell you what and how it worked for me.
It might very well not work for you - as we are all different.
Do not do what I say - do not even do what I do.
Do what YOU do. And look for more of what feels good, for YOU. For your body and your health.
In my personal opinion and experience, detox is a necessity for us living in this day and age.
But don't believe me.
Experience it for yourself and tell me what you think.
Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it.
That is how it goes.
For the ones who will love it, I am here to support you and guide you, if you need and want it.
For the ones who will hate it, i wish you a safe and beautiful journey with your own search.
If I see one purpose in the article I mentioned, is to make us less empowered, to make us not think and judge for ourselves. As much of what happens in most of our press today.
We all have a way of resonating with everything around us. When I was little I was fascinated by how we all seem to instinctively love different kinds of music or sounds. I felt it was about resonance - and now I know it's the same with everything - with people and with what kind of information we attract or believe.
I do not want to change you. I do not want to convince you.
I am just here for you if you can use what I learned and have to offer so far.
It is totally fine if you want to surrender to the way you are told things "are". I just hope that you will choose to believe what is helping you be healthy and to shine.
Don't do what I say. Don't even do what I do (unless you resonate with it).
Detoxing with green smoothies works for me.
It might now work for you.
Should you try it if you feel so inclined?
Should you bash it because you think it's BS?
I do not say that you should drink green smoothies, eat raw food or take care of your body.
I do not tell you what to do.
So please do not tell me what to do.
Should you join April's Shine?
Only if you think I might have a point.
In that case, sign here for free:
Ps: oh, do also read the comments of that article if you are in for some laughs :-)
just a few samples:
(related to a line in the article that states: "Close your eyes, if you will, and imagine a Mediterranean diet. A red chequered table cloth adorned with meats, fish, olive oil, cheeses, salads, wholegrain cereals, nuts and fruits. All these foods give the protein, amino acids, unsaturated fats, fibre, starches, vitamins and minerals to keep the body – and your immune system, the biggest protector from ill-health – functioning perfectly."
judy63 Where can I get a red chequered table cloth?
Jaydee23 At a red chequered table cloth shop?
twosides Why is there no Nigel Slater recipe for cooking red chequered tablecloths? Or are we meant to eat them raw?
PabloBass reply to Fuchsiaperfect (related to colonics) "Would the patient inflate, or fly off the table like an escaping balloon scattering unmentionable liquids around the treatment room?"
Yes, yes they would.
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