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April 30, 2024

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May 2024

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates








The aura, or human energy field, is like a bubble of energy that surrounds every living thing. Plants, animals, even the earth can be said to have an energy field. However, the human system is specific to our species and affects how we incarnate and perceive life. Though there are variations in terminology and the perceived anatomy of the field, essentially most spiritual traditions agree that such a field exists.

The field both influences and responds to the physical body. Thought forms, past life attachments, astral objects—all of these things can reside within the energy field, and affect how a person functions. If distortions are strong enough for long enough, physical disease can arise. Energy healers and some psychics can read the field, detect these distortions, and also see events that are in the potential phase before they manifest into physical existence.

The color of the aura is impacted by health—both physical and mental—what we are experiencing in the moment, and how we “run” our energy most of the time. Drug use, trauma, prayer, and healing work can all change the substance of the aura for better or worse. What we spend our time thinking about, viewing, doing, and believing all have an impact on the quality of our aura. Our aura is part of our energetic signature, a source of energy, and contains information about our life plan for this incarnation.

Anatomy of the Energy Field

The personal aura consists of seven layers, one that corresponds to each chakra. Each layer governs a different aspect of life and overall health. Typically, when people see colors, they are seeing either the fourth or second layers of the field, which is where distinct colors are most manifest. Let’s take a look at each level, and how it relates to our lives.

First Level. This is also called the Etheric body. It consists of a fine mesh of blue or gray light—almost a web-like structure—that exactly mimics the physical body, including organs. Some healers, like Barbara Brennan, believe that the Etheric body literally supports the physical; it is the matrix upon which our bodies manifest and grow. It corresponds to the first chakra, and both are associated with our physical groundedness, will to live, ability to thrive, and basic survival issues.

Second Level. This is the Emotional body, associated with feelings. The structure is fluid and full of colored clouds of light. Usually, it is perceived about three inches away from the physical body. Colors here reflect mood. For example, the green light Renee saw in her son’s aura shows loving, joyful, or playful feelings. The second chakra is related to this level and governs sexuality, giving and receiving pleasure, and self-love.

Third Level. The third layer is the Mental body. This layer is also structured, like the first, but vibrating at a faster level. Usually, clairvoyants will see this level as a pulsating yellow light. The third level contains the structure of our thoughts and ideas. The third chakra is related to this layer, governing our perception of power, will, and knowledge of our place in the universe.

Fourth Level. Also known as the Astral body, this layer is also filled with colored light but more vivid than that of the second level. It extends about a foot from the body. Much of the energetic activity between people takes place from this level. Energetic objects from past lives can exist at this level of the field. The fourth chakra governs our openness to life and how we love, and also serves as a bridge from the lower to upper chakras.

Fifth Level. Called the Etheric template, this is another structured layer. Barbara Brennan defines this level as “creating an empty or negative space in which the first level of the aura can exist.”¹ This level is often the hardest for people to wrap their head around, but it is essentially like a photographic negative of the first level. It’s the layer where sound creates matter, and as such corresponds to the fifth chakra of communication. In my experience, this is the level where spiritual surgery takes place, which in turn affects the physical body and first level.

Sixth Level. The Celestial body is where the spiritual dimension of emotions exist. It extends about two feet from the body and is full of opalescent, pastel light. This is the level of spiritual ecstasy, oneness with spirit, and other transformative states. The sixth chakra, related to this level, is our portal to unconditional love and also clairvoyant vision.

Seventh Level. This is the Causal body and the mental level of the spiritual plane. The outer form of it defines the aura and contains all the other levels. It is like a golden web of light, containing a template of the chakras and the body. Some mystics say this is where the energetic vertical power current is contained, which runs up and down the spine. The associated seventh chakra is the seat of our divine wisdom, our experiential connection to our spirituality.

The Importance of Working with the Aura

We’ve just scratched the surface of what comprises the human energy field. Because of its direct correlation to any type of illness or malfunction of the body, spirit, or mind, it is crucial to work with the aura for optimum wellness. Energy medicine exists in many forms, from Reiki to Brennan Science to shamanic healing. Psychics and energetic practitioners can help us realize how our negative thoughts and actions are impacting our aura. Understanding your own aura (or that of others) can help heal disease before it manifests in the physical, or transform emotional wounds.
Citations: Brennan, Barbara. Hands of Light, 1987, Bantam Books. pp. 52

By GreenMedInfo Research Group
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC

 A new study finds that viewing real plants, compared to artificial plants, photographs of plants, or no plants, leads to increased physiological relaxation and stress reduction as measured by EEG brain activity and self-reported mood. The findings suggest that incorporating live plants into indoor environments can provide therapeutic mental health benefits. In today's urbanized world, people are increasingly isolated from nature, and that disconnection may come at a cost to mental wellbeing. But a new study suggests a simple solution--just looking at real plants can measurably reduce stress and instill a sense of calm and comfort.

The research, conducted by Ji-Eun Jeong and Sin-Ae Park of Konkuk University in South Korea, examined the physiological and psychological effects of viewing four different plant stimuli: real plants, artificial plants, photographs of plants, and no plants. The results, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, provide compelling evidence that visual exposure to living plants offers unique therapeutic benefits.

To measure the effects, the researchers recruited 30 adults in their 20s and used EEG to record their brain activity while they looked at each type of plant stimuli for 5 minutes. The participants also completed questionnaires rating their mood and emotional state after each viewing session.

The EEG data revealed that viewing real plants significantly increased participants' relative theta (RT) power spectrum in the occipital lobes, indicating a state of relaxation. At the same time, real plants decreased relative high beta (RHB) power spectrum in the left occipital lobe, signifying reduced stress and anxiety. Neither the artificial plants, plant photographs, nor soil alone elicited such brain changes.

On the mood questionnaires, participants reported feeling most comfortable, natural, relaxed, and vigorous after looking at the real plants compared to the other stimuli. Viewing living plants also resulted in the lowest scores for tension, anger, fatigue, depression, and confusion.

The occipital lobes, located in the back of the brain, are primarily responsible for processing visual information. Previous studies have associated theta waves with relaxed, meditative states and high beta waves with stress and anxiety. By triggering these measurable changes in occipital brain activity, real plants demonstrate a potent ability to promote mental restoration. Subjective reports also confirm the soothing, mood-lifting power of plants.

While prior research has documented the restorative effects of spending time in nature, this study specifically highlights the positive psychophysiological impact of viewing plants in indoor settings. The findings suggest that adding live plants to homes and workplaces could offer a simple way to reduce stress, boost mood, and enhance overall quality of life, especially for city dwellers with limited access to green space.

As urban populations continue to grow, finding ways to incorporate nature into built environments becomes increasingly vital for public health. This study points to one surprisingly easy intervention--just putting some potted plants within view. Someday, perhaps doctors will prescribe a "dose of green plants" as a low-cost, non-pharmacological treatment for stress and anxiety. In the meantime, consider cultivating your own indoor garden for a mental health boost.




By Zoltan P. Rona, MD,MSc

The arrival of spring always brings the urge to detoxify the body as an annual ritual and fresh start. Many people take it upon themselves to do juice or water fasts to cleanse their systems, with some adding in colonic irrigations or enemas. This does provide some benefit for enhanced liver detoxification and removing winter’s accumulated toxins from the tissues. But there’s more. From sweating it out, to using ancient Chinese remedies, what follows are some of my favourite strategies based on experience and research.

When people ask me about the best way to detoxify, I have always recommended a few weeks of sauna therapy to rid the body of toxic heavy metals, drug residues, and other toxins stored for months or years in the fat and muscle cells of the body.

Although any sauna will work, the best type of sauna to use for detox purposes is the far infrared sauna, and there is plenty of evidence to support this (see References). In fact, it has been shown that detoxing through the skin (i.e. sweating), can actually lighten the load on the kidneys and liver, and flush out toxins that are hard to eliminate any other way. The far infrared sauna is much better tolerated than a conventional sauna, due to the lower heat yet deeper penetration of tissues experienced over longer periods of time.

Sauna detoxification is, however, not for everyone. For reasons that include things like lack of easy access, cost of sauna use, inexperience with detox regimes, heart and kidney disease, blood sugar concerns, prescription drug use, and heat intolerance, people may not be able to do sauna therapy or any type of fasting. In these cases, one can still use some safe and effective natural remedies to achieve good liver detoxification and improve energy levels as well as general health.

Cleansing Foods

First start by eating or juicing more of the foods that aid liver, kidney, and bowel detoxification. These foods are anti-inflammatory and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and detoxification phytonutrients. Always use organic fruits and vegetables to avoid preservatives and other toxins.

Here’s a partial list of the commonest cleansing foods:

Aloe vera • Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, Artichokes • Asparagus • Avocados, Apples • Beets • Cabbage, Cilantro • Cinnamon • Coriander, Celery • Cranberries • Cucumbers, Dandelions • Flaxseeds • Garlic, Ginger • Grapefruit • Green tea, Green peas • Kale • Lemons, Limes • Mint • Nettles, Pineapple • Radishes • Raspberries, blueberries, Rosemary • Seaweed • Sesame seeds, Spinach • Turmeric • Watermelons, cress.

Top 10 Herbal Remedies

To clean out your system of toxins while optimizing your immunity, here are my top 10 recommended remedies and a description of their benefits:

1. BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium lappa) – 1000 mg or more daily. Studies show that burdock has blood sugar balancing benefits. It can lower very high blood sugar levels, so diabetics need to monitor their blood sugar levels more closely if using burdock. It has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for detoxification and blood purification purposes. Burdock is also a part of the Essiac herbal formula that has been popular as an immune boosting anti-cancer formula used by millions of cancer patients around the world. It also has cancer preventive activity. A 2016 study found that it slowed the growth of breast cancer tumours. Burdock can also act as a diuretic, removing excess water from the system. Burdock has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used by many for osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Burdock can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals and it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. Those on prescription diuretics, blood thinners, or diabetic medications must also be careful in using burdock.

2. ASTRAGALUS ROOT (Astragalus membranaceus) – 1000 mg or more daily. This plant has a long and distinguished history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is one of the most potent natural immune enhancing agents used by TCM doctors for overall detoxification, cleansing the liver, and helping to treat cancer. It is a complementary medical treatment for high blood sugar. Its effect is particularly impressive in people who suffer from any chronic infectious disease. Like many adaptogenic herbs, it fights stress of any kind. Astragalus has recently been in the news for its anti-aging effects. One of its components (cycloastragenol) has been shown to lengthen chromosome telomeres and thus slow the way one ages. Long term use is safe and yields many benefits for general health. There are no reports of adverse reactions other than improved longevity.

3. DANDELION ROOT (taraxacum officinale) – 500 mg or more daily. Don’t trash those dandelions in your back yard. They have significant implications in both detoxification and your general health. Coincidentally, they bloom in the spring. Dandelions are classic liver cleansers. They improve bile flow and thereby aid in better digestion. Dandelion can lower high blood sugar and has also been successfully used to treat some cases of jaundice, cirrhosis, gout, eczema, and acne. A very high concentration of the amino acid kynurenic is found in dandelion; this is the component of dandelion that boosts bile production and increases bile transport of toxins out of the body. Thus, dandelion is a highly successful natural detoxification remedy.

4. MILK THISTLE (Silybum marianum) – 500 mg or more daily. I think just about every health conscious consumer has heard of this herbal remedy as a powerful liver tonic. Some conventional doctors warn of dire consequences if one uses too much of this herb but there is no evidence it can cause any harm. As one of my colleagues puts it, “Where are the dead bodies?” (I think the dead body pile comes from prescription opiates.) The good news is that milk thistle can, to some degree, protect the liver from both prescription and OTC drugs. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And anyone with a heavy intake of alcohol and/or cigarettes should be using milk thistle for liver protection. Milk thistle also protects livers from pesticides in food, heavy metals in drinking water, and air pollution. I recommend milk thistle year-round, especially for those who are exposed to the liver-toxic effects of alcohol, drugs and toxins in food and water.

5. MAITAKE (Grifola frondosa) – 500 grams or more daily. This famous mushroom has a long and illustrious history with TCM doctors who often recommend it as a health tonic and as a cancer fighter. It basically enhances immunity and is excellent when combined with any or all of the above remedies. Its immune enhancing properties come from one of its ingredients called beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a complex long-chain polysaccharide found in this and other mushrooms. Mushrooms are also a source of vitamin D, which has many documented benefits for immunity. Maitake also improves high blood pressure and high blood sugar problems. Diabetics need to monitor their blood sugars more carefully while on this remedy. If you are allergic to mushrooms, it’s best to avoid maitake.

6. SHIITAKE (Lentinula edodes) – 500 mg or more daily. This mushroom is commonly found in grocery stores and is a good source of both B vitamins and vitamin D. It also enhances immunity, detoxifies the body in several ways, and can help as a weight reduction aid, cardiovascular enhancer, and cancer cell fighter. It’s best avoided if you are allergic to mushrooms.

7. YUNZHI (Coriolus or Trametes versicolor) – 500 mg or more daily. This is a lesser known herbal remedy that has immune stimulating properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, slowing cancer spread. Use of this fungus is contraindicated in those who have had bone marrow transplants. Care should also be taken in cases where one has autoimmune disease or is on immunosuppressive drug treatments.

8. ASHWAGANDHA ROOT (Withania somnifera) – 500 mg or more daily. This general tonic is one of the better-known herbal adaptogens most often recommended as an anti-stress, adrenal support remedy. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as some anti-tumour activity. It’s good to use to balance the other remedies on this top 10 list.

9. SLIPPERY ELM BARK (Ulmus rubra) 100 mg or more daily. This herbal remedy contains mucilage that is quite soothing for oral and gastric inflammation (ulcers). It has also been used quite often as a treatment for inflammatory bowel conditions (e.g. colitis, Crohn’s, IBS). Slippery elm is one of the components of the Essiac anti-cancer herbal combo.

10. CHINESE (TURKISH) RHUBARB ROOT (Rheum palmatum) – 25 mg or more daily. This is yet another one of the herbs that make up the anti-cancer Essiac formula. It has often been recommended by TCM practitioners largely as a purgative, ridding the body of unwanted waste products and improving elimination from the large intestine. Those suffering from chronic constipation would certainly welcome its benefits. There is some evidence that several of the components (anthraquinones) possess anti-cancer effects. This remedy should be used with care and not for extended periods of time due to its laxative effects. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid it.


Spring detoxification should be carried out for at least two weeks but could safely be extended into a month. If you are inexperienced with detoxification regimens, work with a natural health care provider who can give you the guidance for a personalized approach. Happy springtime!

"The Secret of Health for Both Mind and Body is Not to Mourn For the Past, Worry About the Future, or Anticipate Troubles, But to Live in the Present Moment Wisely and Earnestly."  ~Gautam Buddha


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