Marion Institute Blog
November's Open Market Day is this weekend, Nov. 22nd from noon - 5PM - we will be gathering at the barn
- Geoff will be selling sausages, pork and lamb for you to stock up on for the holiday season ahead. He is also offering the option of a CowShare. A CowShare is another way you can support local farmers while experiencing the benefits of purchasing and eating beef that has been raised locally and ethically. Our cows are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, they don’t do drugs (they are antibiotic and hormone free) and are pastured (they eat only their natural diet). All it takes is one person to organize a group of people - email Geoff for more information on CowShares at Geoff.Kinder@hotmail.com
- Ashley's Produce will be selling cabbages, carrots, macomber turnips, spinach, storage radishes, bok choy, salad turnips and herb bundles.
- Liz will be offering a family-fun, farm tour at 2:00pm.
- In a spirit of celebration and thanks, we will be dressing in costumes and think you should as well. Folks that come in costume will receive 15% off your meat purchase!!
Marion Institute teammates, Desa Van Laarhoven and Abby Smith had the incredible opportunity to visit The American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM) in Scottsdale, AZ earlier this fall.
Over the course of the four day visit, Desa and Abby toured the facility, met the team of doctors, nurses and administrative staff, experienced some of the treatments and got to know some of the patients undergoing intensive treatment at the clinic. One of these patients, Oksana, had travelled across the country with her sister, to receive the unique state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and individualized biological treatments available at ACBM.
"We travelled to the American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM) from the east coast, to address medical issues at the root of the problem and not just address and mask symptoms. We wanted to utilize a natural approach which had no negative side effects, yet result in a continuous, permanent cure.
In Bill Henderson & Dr. Carlos Garcia’s book Cancer Free, we were steered to this clinic which was highly recommended and gave us great hope in achieving this goal.
We feel that it is extremely unfortunate that most of the states do not permit the practice of naturopathic medicine by qualified physicians; which is an injustice to the general public. People should have the right to choose how their health insurance dollars are spent.
What we found at ACBM is personalized friendly care in a family supportive atmosphere. In addition, there are lectures provided to acquaint the patients with various treatments offered and how they contribute to healing. The staff is willing, able and trained to further explain to each patient individually the unique purpose of the apparatus used and what they are meant to accomplish. In most cases, there is a one on one patient to staff ratio and an opportunity to speak with the doctor on a daily basis.”
- Oksana and Lida
Below are some of Desa and Abby's favorite photos from the trip.
ACBM lobby and receptionist desk with ACBM teammates Liz and Mindy
Jeoff Drobot, NMD, and Desa
Dickson Thom, DDS, ND
Whole-Body Low Level Hyperthermia with Oxygen/Ozone Exposure. Hyperthermia with oxygen/ozone exposure is a supervised treatment that increases core body temperature. It can increase immune cells, circulation, and detoxification and improves metabolic and endocrine function. It can decrease lactic acid and circulating C02, while facilitating cellular waste removal. Hyperthermia can reduce blood pressure and shifts metabolism to positively decrease body mass.
Abby and Desa receiving an Electron Foot Baths. Electron Foot Baths are different from detox footbaths that claim to pull out toxins through the feet. Electron footbaths usually last 30-45 minutes and use conduction to drive and shift electrons through the body. The treatments may help with cellular communication, energy and compliment other treatments by enhancing treatment benefits.
EWOT (Exercise with oxygen therapy). Live 02 therapy is an effective way of increasing the oxygen tension in body tissues. Traditional Live O2 therapy involves breathing 90-95% oxygen while doing light exercise (the air we breath contains about 20% oxygen). The higher concentration of oxygen coupled with exercise enables the body to pull more oxygen into the bloodstream. More oxygen in the bloodstream means more oxygen is delivered downstream to the tissues.
Many chronic illnesses are accompanied by reduced oxygen tension in the body tissues. This is called hypoxia or ischemia. Since oxygen is required for optimal output of energy, the tissues that are hypoxic have reduced metabolism overall. This means that all of the cellular functions are impaired. Our cells can’t utilize energy efficiently and begin to produce lactic acid as a by-product. This begins to build in the tissues because the functions of elimination and detoxification are also impaired.
Nurse Jacque preparing an IV Infusion. IV therapy is a quick way to deliver vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. It is a “supportive” treatment that helps stimulate energy, healing and recovery. Whether you have a chronic illness, want to slow the aging process, or increase your stamina, energy and performance, IV therapy is a supportive treatment.
Biological medicine recognizes that inflammation of, and malabsorption by the digestive tract is nearly always a major factor in chronic illness. There is no faster way to get vitamins, minerals and nutrients into the body than through an IV. By using this method, we are able to bypass the digestive tract and deliver nutrients directly to the tissues. By delivering nutrients directly to the tissues, metabolic change can happen much more quickly that relying solely on oral supplementation and medication. This greatly reduces the treatment time in many cases of chronic illness.
IV therapies are individually designed around the personal needs of each patient. They can contain a mixture of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients depending upon test results and ongoing assessments of each patient.
IV Treatment Room
Desa being instructed by Jennifer Smith, NMD, in the Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber.
Whole Body Cryotherapy consists of whole-body exposures (2-3min) to very cold temperatures to stimulate the metabolic regulatory systems in the body. It was first developed in Japan in 1978 and has been refined and used extensively in Europe ever since. One of the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy is the ability to turn on our own internal heat-producing metabolism. This is a fast way to induce a hyperthermic response (increased metabolic state) that will last for hours.
It gets COLD in the chamber! Dr. Smith kept Abby moving with a series of marches and movements and at one point vented the chamber. The vapor that is visable in the image below is liquid nitrogen escaping from the chamber.
Sound Healing Room. A Sound Table is a massage table with powerful low frequency speakers mounted on the bottom of the table. The table itself acts like a speaker sending healing low frequency vibrations throughout every cell of your body. Sound tables are used in vibroacoustic therapies, which are treatment methods based on the combined effects of music and low frequency sound vibration. Auditory and vibratory stimulations are applied to the body to achieve physical and psychological results.
Lymphatic drainage is very important in the detox and healing process. In addition to a manual treatment, practitioner Kurt Kardoskee uses Lymphstar therapy that enhances detoxification & health by improving lymphatic circulation. Proven to augment massage techniques for lymph drainage, it is excellent for edema, pain, breast health, relaxation, post - op, esthetics and more.
Drs. Smith and Drobot with Shelly Wieseler, Massage Therapist & Colon Hydrotherapist in the ACBM kitchen
The gorgeous garden at ACBM
While in such an amazing area of the country, Desa and Abby did a bit of sightseeing and visited a few of the local state parks!
A big thank you to the ACBM team for welcoming Desa and Abby to your incredible clinic and letting the MI team be part of the healing process!
To learn more or if you are interested in becoming a patient, please contact Barbara Christian at email@example.com or call (774) 553-5324.
On Top of Biological Dentistry for your Benefit
Completely metal-free dental restoration is finally feasible.
Metals in our mouth (amalgam, dental crowns, bridges, or prostheses) can cause numerous problems. Especially for those of our patients who suffer from complex or chronic disorders, oral metals frequently are the greatest obstacle on their way to real recovery.
Latest findings in terms of material research in combination with our proprietary dental lab’s competence now facilitate completely metal-free dental restoration with sustainable and substantial ceramic designs.
Immediate implants – extraction and implant placement in one session only.
The immediate placement of ceramic implants is a brand-new way to close gaps right after front or side tooth extractions. Patients are thus offered an immediately functional and esthetically acceptable solution.
What makes this approach so useful is the fact that patients are provided with long-term prostheses at the same day specific teeth are being extracted on. The normal treatment duration is thus reduced from several months to one day. 4 to 6 months later, the final prosthesis can be placed for unlimited masticatory functions and a perfectly esthetic appearance.
At the same time, this technology ensures the excellent healing and recovery of the maxillodental areas affected.
Plasma Therapy – Ideal Wound Care
From now on, we are able to offer plasma treatments within the scope of surgical interventions (dental extractions, bone augmentation, implantology, sinus lifting).
The patient’s own blood plasma is applied to the alveolus to cover the bone defect.
The wound healing process is thus actively supported and significantly expedited.
Plasma therapy advantages are:
• improved repair of soft and hard tissue
• pain alleviation
• quick inflammatory recession
• improved bone density and regeneration
• reduced complication risk
Treatment under light anesthesia for challenging cases
If patients suffer from chronic conditions, it might be important to ensure full dental restoration as quick as possible. But extensive dental treatments might understandably cause fears. In suchlike cases, patients are frequently concerned and worried about undergoing dental restoration.
We are thus pleased to now be able to offer such patients a great alternative to traditional therapies: treatment under light anesthesia.
The huge advantage is that this approach facilitates the removal and restoration of all metals, interference fields and de-vitalized teeth in only one session.
Information and advice
For detailed information, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +41 71 335 71 77.
If you would like more information about the Paracelsus Clinic and becoming a patient, please contact Barbara Christian at the Biological Medicine Network (email@example.com) or call (774) 553-5324.
CASTOR OIL: AN ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH
by Jeoff Drobot, NMD and Dickson Thom, DDS, ND
The American Center for Biological Medicine
Castor bean seeds (Ricinus communis) are thought to date back to 4,000 years ago and they have surfaced in historical documents for millenniums. They were even discovered in Egyptian tombs.
The plant has been called various names by different cultures. For example, the ancient Greeks called it Kiki and the Romans referred to it as the Palma Christi (due to its resemblance to the palm of a hand).
The first medicinal prescription of castor oil may have been in pre-Christian times. The Egyptian physicians instructed to chew the seeds of the plant with beer to relieve constipation while the Aztecs used the oil externally to treat skin lesions and hemorrhoids. The Chinese used it to induce childbirth and expel the placenta.
Considering these specific historical uses, how did using this ancient oil topically in the form of a “castor oil pack” become part of the BTG’s? In fact, it never would have without the work of Edgar Cayce - an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift.
Edgar Cayce, a native of Kentucky with a ninth grade education, had the ability to enter into a hypnotic state and accurately diagnose a wide range of diseases for his clients. These hypnotic “readings” were very detailed and used precise medical terminology. Even more interesting was that Cayce had no medical ability when not in the trance.
Cayce is considered the most talented 20th century psychic as well as the "Father of Holistic Medicine" by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Out of the 9,000 health related readings, Cayce suggested using castor oil 545 times as the treatment for a variety of ailments.
Cayce listed over 30 physiologic functions of castor oil, including:
- Increasing eliminations, lymphatic circulation, relaxation
- Stimulating the liver, gall bladder, lacteal duct circulation, and cecum
- Dissolving and removing adhesions, lesions, and gallstones
- Relieving pain
- Reducing flatulence, inflammation, nausea, swelling
- Improving intestinal assimilation
- Coordinating liver-kidney function
How castor oil works is still a mystery.
Scientifically, castor oil has demonstrated immune stimulating properties. The oil may also have antiviral properties. The ricin, a substance in the bean, has been shown to kill the HIV virus in test-tube trials. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that the ricin attacks and destroys both the virus as well as the cells in which it resides. Interestingly, in 1913 Douglas W. Montgomery, MD reported his belief that castor oil acts on the ascending colon and he also found the oil indispensable when treating diseases of the skin. Montgomery felt that toxins generated in the haustra of the colon caused many of these skin conditions. (He regarded this area as a favorable location for anaerobic proteolytic bacteria). Naturopathically, this makes sense considering the important relation the digestive tract has with the skin.
Through its influence on the parasympathetic nervous system, or the “rest and digest” system, castor oil may produce a sedative state in the body. Individuals have reported that the castor oil pack relaxes them and helps them sleep when used before bed. One author suggests that this may be the result of placing the packs over the solar plexus, the largest accumulation of autonomic nerve cells in the lower body. Considering the stress of modern living, this could prove to be incredibly beneficial.
Increasing the flow of lymph is definitely beneficial to detoxifying the body (see Lymphatic Massage). The lymph is the only fluid that maintains contact with every cell in the human body. It is the vehicle that allows the wastes accumulating around the cells to be removed. The oil is thought to act on the lymphatic system and increase the quantity of lymph, as well as contracting the lymphatic vessels. This increase in lymphatic flow is likely the result of the oil stimulating the parasympathetic nerves that innervate the lymphatic vessels. The increase in the quantity of lymph may result from hepatic stimulation, as the liver produces one-third to one-half of the lymph in the human body.
Castor oil packs have been scientifically proven to increase lymphocyte production and activity of T-cell lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. Increasing lymphocyte 'traffic' throughout the body initiates and perpetuates the immune response. This equates to the body producing more antibodies as well as killing viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells. This increase in T-cells peaks at seven hours after the treatment and declines to normal within 24 hours (exemplifying the importance of daily use).
The skin, being the primary barrier in the body, has an active role in immune functioning. T-lymphocytes reside in the skin's epidermis and dermis. Castor oil may trigger the T-cells in the skin to activate a general immune system reaction throughout the lymphatics. The messengers for this systemic reaction may be prostaglandins. The body's production of prostaglandins may be stimulated by the chemical similarity of the castor oil to immune stimulating prostaglandins.
If indeed castor oil did replicate prostaglandins, many of the oil's effects, controlling inflammation, stimulating smooth muscle, contracting vasculature, and stimulating the B and T lymphocytes, may be explained. Castor oil has been shown to produce prostanoids, which are precursors to prostaglandins. A further discussion of prostaglandins can be found in the flax/evening primrose section of this guide.
Another possible explanation for the increased lymphocyte count may involve a series of aggregated lymphatic nodules known as Peyer's patches, which vary in length from two to ten centimeters. Twenty to thirty of these patches exist with the largest and greatest concentration residing in the ileum. Each patch is a group of aggregated lymphatic nodules encapsulated in mucous membrane. They are most easily observed in younger individuals and may disappear with age.
They are considered to be important to the development of the immune system in children (see probiotics discussion).
According to Edgar Cayce, the Peyer's patches produce a substance that facilitates electrical contact between the autonomic and the cerebrospinal nervous system when it reaches those areas via the bloodstream. His readings suggested that the patches secrete substances that balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Cayce further believed that the health of the entire nervous system is, to an extent, maintained through the substances produced by the Peyer's patches when they are in good health. Although the Peyer's patches were discovered in 1677, it is only recently that medical science has begun to recognize them as constituents of the body's immune system.
In his last reading in 1944, Cayce stated, "when there is over exercise physically, or especially the mental forces as of worry or anxiety, to be sure it calls on the necessity of castor oil treatment”.
In 63% of Cayce’s readings the liver was the target organ for a castor oil pack and in 90% of his readings he suggested the pack be positioned to include the liver. The prescription of treatment was most commonly one hour three times a week over a cycle of three weeks with a one week break.
This was thought to evoke the body into developing its own functioning while adding additional tonification. However, with the considerable toxicity of today's world, daily use is necessary and the most efficacious method is to cover the entire abdomen with cotton flannel. This will maximize the oil’s positive healing influence on all the digestive organs.
A double-blind study, described by Harvey Grady in a report entitled “Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs” published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, examined lymphocyte values of 36 healthy subjects before and after topical castor oil application. This study identified castor oil as an anti-toxin, and as having impact on the lymphatic system, enhancing immunological function.
The study found that castor oil pack therapy, of minimal two-hour duration, produced an increase in the number of T-11 cells within a 24-hour period following treatment, with a concomitant increase in the number of total lymphocytes. This T-11 cell increase represents a general boost in the body's specific defense status, since lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins. T-cells identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and cancer cells.
The American Center for Biological Medicine is a proud sponsor of the Biological Medicine Network, a program of the Marion Institute.
The Marion Institute Board of Directors are pleased to share this letter about the transition taking place at the Marion Institute:
Dear Friends of the Marion Institute and Round the Bend Farm,
As close friends and collaborators of the Marion Institute (MI) and Round the Bend Farm (RTB), we wanted you to be aware of some exciting and positive changes at MI and RTB.
Effective Jan 1, 2015, ownership of the land and property at RTB will be transferred to the Bromley Charitable Trust that first made it a reality. While the ownership of the property will change, Desa Van Laarhoven, her partner, Geoff Kinder, and the RTB team will continue to operate the programming in close conjunction with the MI with the same vision, energy and dedication which have engaged us all in the work. They have created a vibrant example of good and innovative agricultural practices and community building.
It is exciting for us to see RTB as a marvelous example of the Marion Institute's successful commitment to act as an incubator for innovative and dynamic projects. In the process we were able not only to evolve RTB but also to work closely with Desa and Geoff as well as Ellen and Duncan McFarland, the principals of Bromley Charitable Trust, to create the framework of a truly sustainable agricultural community. The wide range of intellectual and financial commitments which coalesced around it allowed RTB to thrive and to fledge much sooner than we anticipated or dreamed.
We are already in productive discussions about ongoing collaborations between MI and RTB including joint curricula for the new Center at RTB which will hopefully begin construction at RTB next year. Naturally, a very close connection will continue with Desa and RTB and the McFarlands.
With this change, Desa will be stepping over to RTB full time and will be leaving her position as Executive Director of the MI, which she has filled for nearly 8 years. Desa has been an extraordinary force at the Institute since she first worked on Bioneers by the Bay, now Connecting for Change, in 2005 and she has performed herculean and exemplary work from day one as the Executive Director. We are hugely grateful to her for the enormous and multiple contributions she has made in furthering the beneficial impact of our Institute, including forging strong ties with the South Coast community.
Margie and Michael Baldwin, co-founders of the Institute, summed up the feelings of the Board past and present when they observed, “We know in spades from experience Desa will always make an enormous impact for the good of all in anything she undertakes, and we wish her well."
We will begin a search for a new Executive Director for the Marion Institute and look forward to a new chapter with your engagement and support.
With best wishes,
The Board of the Marion Institute
Miso Pumpkin Soup
2 pounds kabocha, pumpkin, or butternut squash
1 pound sweet potatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 shallot, chopped
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
3 tablespoons mellow white or yellow miso (gluten-free if necessary)
6 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons chopped chives or scallions
1/2 teaspoon shichimi togarashi or black and/or white sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Seed the pumpkin and cut it into 2-inch pieces. If the pumpkin is easy enough to peel raw, such in the case of a butternut squash, you can go ahead and peel it before cutting and roasting. A pumpkin with a harder skin, such as a kabocha, may be cut and roasted and the peel removed afterwards. (Or simply leave the skin on; it's edible when tender, although the soup will be slightly less smooth.)
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 2-inch pieces.
Combine the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and garlic on a baking sheet, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until the pumpkin and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. If you left the pumpkin skins on, peel when cool enough to handle.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add the shallots and ginger and cook until softened. Add the miso and vegetable stock and stir until dissolved. Add the roasted vegetables and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat if necessary to avoid boiling, as this can impair the flavor of the miso.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or puree in batches in a blender or food processor.
To serve, garnish with chives and a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi or sesame seeds.
Source: The Kitchn
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