Science and Natural Therapies

I have had a long interest in natural therapies, remedies, supplements and health management. It goes back approximately 42 years. I don’t recall exactly when it started.

Back then it was perfectly acceptable for a doctor to suggest a vitamin supplement might be helpful without the launch of a massive investigation by some governing body such as a medical board or Government department. Doctors now have to be very careful what they suggest it seems.

I have had doctors suggest supplements and meditation and both have important places in one’s health management regime. Preventative medicine and health care needs to be taken a whole lot more seriously especially in any country that has any government funded health care programs. Preventative health care can go a long way to reducing costs of those health programs and thus save tax dollars.

In countries without government sponsored health and medical programs, the use of preventative measures are also exceedingly important. In such regions, such measures can most likely be utilised more easily. These save individuals’ costs later in life, prolong life, prolong productivity which is even more important in such locations as a complete lack of government sponsored health care often equates to third world locations. Even the USA has some government sponsored health programs.

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So, back to my blog article title. I commented on a request for ideas on helping save a marriage after a major dispute. The dispute was rectified but the wife was not ‘feeling it’ anymore but wanted to save her relationship. I suggested Reiki as a way to help reset her mindset and as a possible way to support her mental processes with this whole situation. Of course, I was scoffed and laughed at. The group has rules about only discussing scientifically proven options in these sorts of contexts.

I did reply with an article discussing some of the science and then had to get on with other day to day life requirements. I also made the effort to ask in a couple of other groups for some good articles that I could add to the discussion in support of my Reiki suggestion. I have now got a good list of links to read through.

I thought I would go back to the group post where I suggested reiki and add some of these. Seems I’m no longer in that group. Oh well, their loss. Being in a different time zone to the main body of a social media group has issues sometimes and this was the case here.

The use of the internet, especially wifi devices, has caused people to be in need of instant responses. I don’t participate in that world at all. Another reason that added to the issue in that group in question.

It really is sad that humans have come so far but remain so narrow minded and difficult to get along with.

The next part to this blog article will be some information on the articles that people have kindly helped me gather.

Keep it simple, keep it real,


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Sustainable & Healthy Living in the Age of Covid-19 …

How is that all going for you?
Has your job/work been impacted?
Have your kids had to do crisis distance education?

Have you been cut off from important people because you live alone or are retired?

Perhaps you have been denied access to a loved one in institutional care?

Or, and I hope not, someone in your family has been struck down with Covid-19.

I have put off writing this blog post for months in the hope it would not end up insensitive to someone. Perhaps that is an unrealistic goal. But empathy and compassion have always been two of my major drivers.

As a stay at home, registered homeschooling parent, my life has had minimal but sometimes significant changes. That change is that we cannot have our homeschool activities with our friends face to face at all. We do not get recognised as ‘schools’/places of learning when school returned. We are sort of in a no man’s land.

Back to you though!


Have you had problems getting everyday items? Did toilet paper run out in the stores? Did you have to switch to cloth or water? Did you consider installing a bidet?

Did you adopt a new pet?

How much does your local economy rely on imported goods?

Do you still have a vibrant manufacturing industry in your region/country?

Just before COVID restrictions hit, the last of the remaining car manufacturers shut down here.

What is all this prompting you to consider are the changes that need to be made? My mind races about it all. But I don’t see it creating jobs generally as it will be performed by AI and robots with a skeleton staff of humans to ensure it operates as it should.

How much of your life are you prepared to transact online?  What items do you need in life that you can’t truly buy safely or with good understanding online? I personally am not a fan of buying shoes online without knowing exactly what I am in for so that means a trip to at least one store. Clothing is very hit and miss too.

How sustainable is the internet anyway?!

I’ve spent some of my time doing research on WordPress [dot org] as a space for certain activities in my family’s life – a way to take my teens’ interests and needs to the next level as well as trying to set up some community actions.


Take Care,



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Chlorine in drinking water first linked to heart attacks and stroke in the 1960s & now cancer … so why is it still in our drinking water?

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TOXINS – We all have them. What can you do? Part 1

TOXINS – Where & What Are They?

* How do our bodies get exposed to TOXINS?

There are basically 3 ways that we get exposed to exogenous toxins.

1 – FOOD & DRINK – mucous membranes on our insides ingest stuff via our food & drink [& breath].

2 – AIR that we breathe – our air quality in most places of the world is poor. Some places are better than others and the less populated & less human activity in a place, the better the air quality [usually].

3 – What we put on the outside of our bodies.
This is not just all our personal care, grooming & vanity products but also we can ingest toxins from clothing either due to their processing or their laundering.

There also are endogenous toxins.

Now I will add a 4th dimension to this – your mind!
The mind-body connection is real. So, if you have negativity for any reasons at all it can create toxins within the body as our thoughts can alter our body chemistry.
That is how chronic stress not getting support for negative life events can harm our health.
A 5th point on toxins is the metabolic processes create waste by-products which are toxic and that is part of the job of our detoxification organs to deal with them as well as the ones above. How well your body can do that will affect how healthy you can stay.
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Petition | Please test 5G technology BEFORE it is rolled out — Stop Smart Meters Australia

A petition addressed to Australia’s Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, calls for thorough and independent testing of 5G for potential long-term adverse health effects before this technology is rolled out in Australia. The petition points out that the health effect issue of 5G is potentially very controversial as the communications industry is […]

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You Know You’re A Zero Waster When… — Gippsland Unwrapped

21 well-intentioned, slightly amusing things zero wasters will get.

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Published: “Invisible Barriers, Invisible Disabilities, Invisible People” — Seriously “Sensitive” to Pollution

My article “Invisible Barriers, Invisible Disabilities, Invisible People” is now available to read in the Special Issue on Ecopsychology and Environmental Sensitivities: Chemical, Electrical, and Beyond All the articles in the entire special issue will be available for free until Sept. 5 2017, which is unprecedented access! Please check them out and share as widely […]

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Bio-Effects presentation delivered to the Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group — Stop Smart Meters Australia

Steve Weller (BSc and MORSAA), SSMA’s representative on the Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG), continues in his relentless quest to inform Australian authorities of radiofrequency biological effect findings and issues. Steve delivered a condensed version of his presentation on bio-effects at the bi-annual meeting of EMERG, held in Melbourne on 25 May 2017. EMERG was […]

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Rebuilding Suburbs – Part 1

We live in South East Melbourne. It is equidistant [as the crow flies!] to most of Melbourne. BUT Melbourne is one of the most sprawled cities in the world. Most of that is to do with the “Great Australian Dream” – the family size house on a quarter acre block.

OK, well very few blocks actually are a quarter acre, but most of them used to be quite a significant size. A few suburbs did get some blocks of high density living, but not many. One thing Australia is not short of is space! The practicalities of that space is another issue entirely.

Back to “rebuilding”. So, a few years ago, the then State Government brought in new planning zones for areas that were considered “worthy”. The zoning is “mixed high density” and is for nominated “hubs” of new zones adjoining, in particular, railway stations. Another [bipartisan] policy they decided on was upgrading a number of railway lines where road crossings were plagued with issues such as congestion and or danger. That previous government had suggested 40-odd railway-road crossings would be removed.

This is a multi-billion dollar major project, the likes of which has never been undertaken  in Melbourne, considering the multi-suburban scope and impact. Funding was going to come from “selling” [a long term lease] of the Melbourne Port. Once all the crossings to be removed were identified, then the arduous task of deciding the order was undertaken.

Then we had a state election. The Government lost power. The new Government made some alterations to railway-road crossings list to be done. One of our two locals had been on the original list. We ten found out it would be fast-tracked and expanded to include the other two very nearby crossings. This was a total of three stations & their accompanying crossings in the one project. Massive! The public consultation started within months – as soon as the contract had been awarded. The project consortium was the same as the one doing the first project. [The first one was completed by the end of 2015 [functionally – the landscaping was still going on well into 2016.]

Some minor works at our local station started before any decisions on the type of [engineering] project it would be – a pedestrian crossing was installed at the actual crossing. The public was getting a “vote” on whether the railway would go over or under the road. The main consideration was the fact that all three stations were amidst local shopping strips. The traders wanted the railway dropped and so did many locals. We got what we asked for – but not all the way along the roughly 3-4 kilometres of rail line. We got a gentle roller coaster. And three upgraded/modernised stations.

One of the better parts of the design is a storage room – for bicycles!



I think this is a great idea. I also think the design and execution is wanting. While the room can take many more bikes than what was the previous station situation, I feel an opportunity was missed. What do you think? Here are some more photos of the bike cage.



These are night shots [while walking the dog, around 9.30pm]. I am unsure how well the facility is being utilised at this stage. I’ll do another article soon.

I hope someone with some feedback on the stations cares to comment.

Peace to all,

KISS for Life.


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Stepping into Spring

Oh my! There has been so much rain this September. It is how I remember the first month of spring when I was a child. So, that is one out of the two wettest months of the year out of the way. The other one is October. Hahahaha – it is shaping up to be a historically accurate weather pattern. Based on the old averages.

We are taking it in our stride – which possibly has not amounted to much the last two weeks – as we have all hod a horrid virus of epic proportion. The one “man-flu” sufferer in the household has been worst effected. Oh man-o-man, he finds these beasts [a virus] and brings it home to share.

Strategies abound for dealing with the symptoms of a virus. The one virus can hit you in any number of locations – singularly or multiple locations. Some people swear by “liver cleansing” with a strong citrus juice concoction that is heavy on the lemons. Other ingredients that can be very worthy are ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, echinacea, high doses of vitamin C. Bathing/soaking in clay – bentonite or zeolite – can help draw out the virus. My husband loves a hot & steamy shower when he is ill.

I was lucky [?] I was running my Equinox Detox at the same time as this ‘flu hit us. As a side effect I did not feel like eating but was more than happy to take in lots of fluids or very watered down smoothies.

Now we all have a hacking cough and husky voices that give out after a few words.

Bless you Spring!

Our Black Mulberry tree is “uber” loaded with immature fruit – we are so looking forward what has to be our most productive crop, followed by apricots and grapes. It looks like the possums have ruined any chance of cherries this year. Curly leaf is massive on the nectarine. the joys of Urban Farming.

We can’t wait for the railway project to finally complete – nearly two years of disruptions with the worst of it having been in the winter. They still have a large amount of regenerative work to do for the roads needing resurfacing and the massive plantings that need to undertaken.

You can barely go anywhere in Melbourne East or South East  as well as some parts of the north without being impacted by the project to do away with about 50 level crossings [4 are gone so far].

Progress stops for no man or woman or child?!

I will close out with a VERY Special Offer.

Prepay for 3 Reiki sessions for only $220. [A session is usually priced at $100.]
You can arrange this for yourself or a loved one or even a pet or your garden!

Peace to all,

KISS for life,


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