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Rowena Kryder has made an awesome artistic contribution to all things related to Sacred Geometry, from temple design (she created the Heart of the Sun temple in Mount Shasta, among others) to films and books, to incredibly beautiful art work that literally sings the music of Creation.
Rowena’s understanding is deep and magical. There is much that lies behind the words you will find written here, more than we could possibly report in the scope of one article. But she has books and other materials for those who wish to go further.
And in the final analysis — as with so much that is being given to us at this time — this information is for those “who have eyes to see and ears to hear.”
An interview with Julia Griffin:
Julia: How were you introduced to Sacred Geometry?
Rowena: I was never really introduced; it arose from within. The meanings of the twelve energy patterns, as well as other patterns, are really just an observation of what goes on in nature and design.
This doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for teachers. But I have learned most of it on my own.
Julia: Where should one start with understanding the patterns of Sacred Geometry?
Rowena: Let’s begin with the point. The point in Sacred Geometry is the location of the center — it is the point of the compass. This is the place of connection to the Prime Source, the Divine One, the Unity of All Things. And this central point is inherent in all of the patterns of Sacred Geometry. There is nothing without the point.
The point represents, in a way, focus and Divine origin. The Hindus have the Bindu, which is basically the same. The center of every flower or of every planet or every sun is this point. The focal point is inherent in all things.
Scientists don’t think this way. They observe the sun and the planet from the outside, and say, “It will burn out,” or “Life will disappear within a certain time.” They say this because there is only so much energy. They are measuring everything with the idea of only so much energy. Scientists believe in entropy — the running down of the universe.
The possibility that such diverse form as exists in our Universe could have been created by chance simply does not exist. This is an aside from Sacred Geometry that it nevertheless touches upon.
If one considers that there is a Divine Source in this point, in the center of every sun, planet, star, plant, or person, then we may realize that each from has its own eternal regenerator within it.
If one is always connected to Divine Source, then one doesn’t need to run down at all.
Order — the opposite of entropy — comes from within, from this life-giving point. That point represents the “central” part of everything.
There is a great deal that all of us could do if we only put our consciousness into this point. This knowledge and understanding is part of the value of Sacred Geometry.
Think what you could do with simple meditation by merely focusing on the symbol of the point. This is a real way, a practical way, to actually regenerate by tuning into Source. Focusing on our central point, we are linked with the Eternal, the Transcendent, the Divine, the Absolute. That is the point of all origin.
Julia: Could you explain codes and archetypes, and how they are involved in the way you work with Sacred Geometry?
Rowena: Patterns, or symbols and codes, are delineated tools for understanding that are given to use from Prime Source. When we understand how to unravel the code or pattern, we receive a gift or an understanding.
To understand Prime Source, then, we have to decode the symbols.
There is a genetic code, and a language code. We have to rise in consciousness to understand these codes, and then we become closer to the Prime Source.
Archetypal patterns deal with many worlds. There are the spiritual world, the cultural world, the natural world, and so on, with archetypical patterns for each of these. Also, at any given point in time, there are older and newer archetypes.
We can use archetypal patterns as an intermediary to help us move or transform energy.
For example, intensity is an old quality that could be negative or positive. Intensity came from duality, and it was a focus that helped us move through things.
Now, however, we are becoming “whole-hearted,” which is a different type of focus that involves all of us, our hearts, without the duality. This is part of the move into the fifth dimension — living through our hearts and staying centered, instead of focusing through the will.
We are learning to see the interconnectedness of all things, rather than looking at things from the standpoint of gratification.
Julia: You mentioned twelve major energy patterns. What are they and what do they mean?
Rowena: The astrological signs are a division of the 360-degree circle into twelve energies or patterns. Also within the circle are four triplicities of the division of energies: fire, earth, air, and water.
So the twelve basic symbols or patterns can be correlated with the zodiacal signs. I’m listing them in this order.
Pattern #1: Aries (Fire) Aries is the step. It is the way in which one preserves, through a step-by step process. Certain people from cultures like Mexico and the Middle America created a stepped pyramid form.
Pattern #2: Taurus (Earth) The step moves us into Taurus, which represents the maintaining of substance. Substance is a dense, preserving type of approach.
Pattern #3: Gemini (Air) Gemini relates to the branch. It has to do with choice points. And making a choice relates to duality, the binary code of “on” or “off” represented by the Twins. It also is about distribution of information or energy. We can see this in the body through the branching systems of the lungs and blood, or in the branches of trees. The beauty of trees is that in them, what normally falls — sap, blood, water, fluid — rises, and what normall rises — light — descends from the leaves. So the distribution or the branching represents alchemical change.
Pattern #4: Cancer (Water) The spiral or vortex correlates with Cancer. The vortex creates energy flow. It is a generator, and it could be symbolized as a spiral galaxy, generating everything — stars, planets, everything living. There are two types of vortexes: open and closed. A closed vortex has two points at each end and a circle in the center. An open vortex has the point in the center, with open circles at each end. The movement of the generating spiral in any vortex is connected with the Golden Mean spiral. The Golden Mean acts as a kind of arc between Prime Source and living beings. All spirals generate and create energy in a similar way.
Pattern #5: Leo (Fire) Leo is the radial, and its function is broadcasting. It is for maintaining codes. In the phenomenal world, it is just a star distinguished by its radiance. Flowers mirror Leo: They are little suns on Earth, and many of them have the radial form. They may be in diverse color, but there is meaning in the color.
Pattern #6: Virgo (Earth) Virgo is the loop, the tube torus or doughnut shape. It is turning inside out. It could be a knot, like the Celtic designs, or a link, folding in on itself. The tube torus is like that, it is turning inside out or around, looping inside out, and it has to do with the transformation of substance, or cycles, like the turning of day into night, or the turning of the seasons. The knot is the cycle. Also, the aspect of transformation of substance relates to the food chain and digestion — how all of the animals and plants interact. There is a hierarchy, here — for example, there are billions of grains and comparably a few lions. There is a pyramid. We will evolve to the point where we do not eat animals, and eventually eat very little at all. The more lightly we eat, the higher our consciousness, and this is definitely the direction to go in. Also, what nourishment we do take in should be very useful. So Virgo has to do with the purification of substance into body or consciousness.
Pattern #7: Libra (Air) : Libra relates to the column, the straight vertical line. It has to do with balance and strength. One must be centered to hold whatever is being created. The spine or the trunk of a tree are symbols of the balance and strength that holds creation. The column can actually be visualized for aligning or creating a connection between Heaven and Earth, between Light and Dark. It creates connection between things.
Pattern #8: Scorpio (Water) Scorpio is my favorite. It represents the wave, that which creates the energy flow. It is a matrix that distributes or transmits the flow of energy. It penetrates deep. Waves are the means by which Nature transmits the codes. Scorpio is symbolized by the Dragon, as well as waves of all kinds.
Pattern #9: Sagittarius (Fire) Sagittarius represents nesting: one form within another. In fractals, it is the principle of recursiveness. I like to think of Sagittarius as a diamond. In a way, it is the most allied with transforming codes. The transformation actually takes the energy to another level. It is the return of wisdom and life to the source, but it also is a “stepping up” of the energy. All of the forms have to do with changing energy, but this is a taking or restoring of the energy to a higher level.
Pattern #10: Capricorn (Earth) Capricorn is the circle or the sphere. Yet it is an Earth element. It is the circle that encases things, like a skull or the skin. It is protective, making a barrier that holds shapes and Creation. It holds the life force in the physical matrix.
Pattern #11: Aquarius (Air) Aquarius is the grid, any type of grid. It can be triangular, square, cubic, or hexagonal. It is the shape or grid-work or focus to which things attach. It is the interconnecting force that gives us our commonality. For instance, most of us have five fingers, not six. This “five” is a function of nature. It is found throughout space and within all phenomena. All things are created through the grid. All planets, auric fields, and Universes are created and permeated by the grid. There are also consciousness grids.
Pattern #12: Pisces (Water) Pisces is transformation. There is real chaos in this form. It is unpredictable. It is an ending energy form symbolized by death, diffusion, and decay. Darkness, confusion, and destructiveness are synonymous with this form. You could think of terrorists, their unpredictability, how they can’t really be stopped, bringing confusion and chaos. Pisces brings an end to order when things become too controlled, too fixed.
Julia: How would you use the geometric forms for healing or meditation?
Rowena: It makes sense to think about the triplicities. For instance, for an inflamed condition, you would probably want to use water or air, earth, and then water again. You wouldn’t treat an inflamation with a fire symbol.
For a particular consciousness or situation that you wanted to change, you might use water to transform, maintain, or create a new situation. You could dissolve an unwanted condition by focusing on the Pisces symbol, because it diffuses or transforms old situations by breaking them down.
A patient or person could visualize or draw the symbols. They could put the image on a particular point of the body for healing. Drawing these patterns, or any of the Sacred Geometries, activates the brain, heart, and lungs into a healing space. This practice actually brings life into the body.
Creating designs and patterns is very exciting. The indigenous people wore beautiful garments with incredible color and design. They understood that color and shape could bring about healing, balance, and peace. The shaman wore robes with particular energies brought into being by the ornaments and designs.
Symbols or shapes, like the branch, can be used to bring in energies in your home. For example, if you hvae a garden and you live in a dry environment, you would use the curvilinear wave. This would bring in the water energy to balance the dryness and heat. But if you lived in a swamp, you might want one of the fire signs, such as the star, to balance the dampness.
Julia: I know that you are interested in the education of children. What do you think needs to happen in the teaching of our children?
Rowena: Our children are a new race. So we are essentially the bricklayers of knowledge for a new race.
They cannot learn in the way that children have in the past. They won’t memorize facts without meaning. They need to be introduced to Universal Law so that everything has a meaning, a center, and interconnectedness.
Everything has a resonance or a harmonic system. So I consider harmonics as a parallel to Sacred Geometry. The different tones and colors are ratios. It is all a Universal language.
This is the language that the new race of children needs. We can assist by being the anchor points, with a promise of creating a new culture.
Julia: How would this look in practical terms?
Rowena: I envision a series of rooms in which children could learn music, Sacred Geometry, math, and art. I see a computer room where they may watch DVDs.
The teachers would not be so much instructors, or givers of information, as they would be people who could help the children move more deeply into whatever interested them.
I’m currently working on a DVD that shows life move from a cell to the center of the Universe. A child could go as deeply into this as he or she liked.
All consciousness goes through the process of motion from simple to multifaceted, then back to simple again. Consciousness at some point must always become simple, for it has to move both ways. I don’t mean “simple simple.” I mean “complex simple.” A place where complexity becomes integrated.
Everything is coded, nested. We need to teach the children about the nested patterns, like the code of the chromosome, the code of the Universe. When we teach them about the interrelatedness of life, they will not lose their connection with Divine Source. They will stay connected with Cosmic Law.
Julia: What would you like to add in closing?
Rowena: Sacred Geometry is about our connection to Divine Source. If we learn to work with Universal Law and Divine Source, then all of life is filled with abundance. When we live in this way, we are introduced to a multiplicity of worlds and choices.
The old way was about connection to cause-and-effect. You worked at a job because of the effect of earning money, then you retired. But there was nothing to retire to, because you had lost your connection to Divine Source.
We need to leave behind us this addiction to cause-and-effect that narrows both the result and possible incomes.
Security is not the answer. Fitting in is not the point. These addictions lead to seeking pleasure, not joy.
Pleasure is eating chocolates on the sofa because nothing is left in life. It is the hedonistic search for more pleasure, a cycle of pleasure and pain.
Joy is linking to the Source. True joy is moving through the pain and linking back to Source to receive true happiness.
Faith is not faith as we have known it. Faith is the decision of staying with the Divine Source for the answer.
Inspiration is the appropriate answer from the Divine Source. We can live our lives in a completely different way, linking to the Divine Source, receiving an abundance that which was not possible before.
I know that this works, because I have lived it.
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By Caitlin Johnstone | 25 May 2019 MEDIUM — After posting a video of a young recruit talking to the camera about how service allows him to better himself “as a man and a warrior”, the […]
One section of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “compile, keep current and publish a list of each chemical substance manufactured or processed” in the U.S.1 The initial reporting began in 1978 and was published in 1979, listing 62,000 chemical substances. Currently, the TSCA inventory lists 85,000 chemicals.2 They state:
“As part of EPA’s commitment to strengthen the management of chemicals and increase information on chemicals, the Agency provides free access to the inventory online.”
However, their site goes on to say that to determine if a substance is on the list, a written request must be made to the EPA, which will consider whether there is3 “genuine intent to manufacture or import” the chemical.
The EPA receives 400 requests to add chemicals each year, and while they update the public list twice a year, it contains no identities of chemicals claimed as confidential. Therefore, according to the EPA, the public list is not as complete or current as the Master Inventory File, which contains chemical identities claimed as confidential.4
The master list is updated continuously but requires a written request to determine if a specific chemical is on the list. While this list contains 85,000 chemicals, it does not contain chemicals included in pesticides, food additives, drugs or chemicals contained in cosmetics or tobacco products.5
And, while they maintain the list, they are largely in the dark about what the chemicals mean for human health and the environment, and are unsure of how the chemicals are being used.6
Chemical Safety Is Determined by the Manufacturer
With an ever-growing list of chemicals used in production, the EPA, Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies are unable to adequately test for safety in human health or the environment. To manage this unwieldy system, the FDA has said that while cosmetics are required to be safe, product testing is in the hands of the manufacturer to ensure the safety of the product.7
According to the FDA, the agency has no legal authority to approve cosmetic products and ingredients before they arrive on store shelves. They also do not have a list of tests required by manufacturers for any cosmetic product or ingredient.8 The FDA lays the full legal responsibility for ensuring product safety on the shoulders of the companies making money from the products.
One study9 evaluated a searchable database of additives allowed in human food made publicly available by the FDA with cross references to toxicological studies. The researchers found 80% of the additives lacked the information needed to estimate consumer safety and 93% lacked reproductive or developmental toxicology data.
In total, of all the FDA-regulated additives on the list, two-thirds didn’t have publicly available feeding data to estimate the amount of additive that may be safely eaten.10 In recent years, more researchers have raised warnings of the mounting number of toxic exposures. In some cases, negative effects of a chemical are well-established, but regulatory agencies still allow its continued use.
Chlorpyrifos is one such chemical. It was invented as an alternative to the pesticide DDT but impairs the developing brain in children. The EPA denied a petition to ban it, allowing continued use, while recognizing it is found in food and drinking water above safe levels, according to a report from Harvard University.11
Most studies done on chemicals by manufacturers are also done in isolation under unrealistic conditions. A recently completed European study found a mixture of chemicals increased measurable health risks.12
Threat Posed by Chemical Mixtures Is Underestimated
In late 201813 the European Union made a move to protect consumers when they heavily restricted four types of phthalates in current use in consumer products. Phthalates are plasticizers used to soften and strengthen plastics. They’re found in packaging, cosmetics and food wrapping.
However, they are not strongly bound to the products, so over time they leach into the air, water, soil and household dust. Joelle Ruegg, molecular toxicologist at The Institute of Environmental Medicine in Sweden, believes most are exposed to thousands of chemicals and the interactions between them may potentiate the effects.14
Tested in isolation, some scientists have found chemicals with little to no harmful impact. But testing has ignored the fact chemicals are not used in isolation and often end up in the human body from multiple sources. Ruegg says,15 “If we don’t take into account the many chemicals out there that have a similar effect on the hormone system, then we are underestimating risk.”
Ruegg led a European study called EDC-MixRisk,16 which implicated chemical mixtures in damaging health and development. This study measured 41 chemicals in the blood and urine found in 2,300 pregnant women in Sweden, in an effort to find “real life” endocrine disrupting chemical mixtures.17
When the chemicals were tested individually, the researchers believed there were few short-term concerning effects. However, in mixture, the researchers found the chemicals affected sexual development and metabolism in animals used in the study, such as zebrafish and mice.
The typical mixtures contain bisphenol a (BPA), phthalates and pesticides. Each of these are regulated by different agencies and legislation, but they all eventually end up in the environment and often in the human body. Ruegg points out,18 “… [B]ut the organism does not care if it is a pesticide or plasticizer, or if it is in food or drink. It is going to be important to address mixtures, together.”
A second European initiative, the Human Biomonitoring Initiative,19 measures man-made chemicals found in people to investigate potential health implications. To date, they have identified 18 priority substances,20 including mixtures. There are now 117 groups and agencies across 28 countries collaborating in the hope of generating guidelines for safe levels found in the human body.
No Evidence Demonstrating Safety of Pesticides in Children
In this video excerpt of my interview with Andre Leu, author and president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements — Organics International,21 we discuss the impact pesticides and chemicals have on children. Leu has written and published extensively on this impact and has over 40 years of experience in organic agriculture.
For decades, federal regulatory agencies have stated traces of pesticides left on food would be safe. However, the sheer volume of chemicals involved in food production contaminating everything from fruit and vegetables to meat, crackers and cereals makes this assertion extremely unlikely.
According to a sampling by the FDA,22 79% of fruit and 52.3% of vegetables carry pesticide residues, even the tightly restricted chemical DDT. One pesticide, endosulfan,23 which has been banned worldwide24 due to evidence it causes neurological and reproductive problems, was also found in the food samples, as reported by Environmental Health News.25
While regulators and pesticide manufacturers insist these residues pose no threat, research from the EU finds otherwise. The EPA continues to be confident pesticides in food are safe and have granted requests to increase the allowable tolerance of pesticide residue allowed on food.26
One team of scientists from Harvard University27 called for further research in this area since the potential for cancer development is a serious public health challenge, and pesticide residue found in the food supply is global.
A study28 of 325 women undergoing infertility treatment evaluated the association of pesticide intake from residue left on fruits and vegetables with the outcome of infertility treatment.
Researchers found higher consumption of pesticide residue was associated with lower possibility of pregnancy and live birth after infertility treatment. Data suggested dietary pesticide exposure within a range currently accepted as typical may be associated with adverse reproductive consequences.29
Chemical Absorption Happens Through Several Avenues
There are multiple ways of absorbing toxins into your system you may not have considered. Eating foods with pesticide residue is only one. BPA is used in thermal paper, the type receipts at many grocery stores are made of. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that affects development in children but may also trigger high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity in adults.
Using hand sanitizer before handling a receipt may increase your absorption of BPA from the receipt. This type of absorption route bypasses liver metabolism, which may increase the health risks even further.30 The same study also found the combination of handling BPA receipt paper, using hand sanitizer and eating finger food led to a dramatic and rapid increased absorption.
Air quality is yet another route of absorption. The World Health Organization states 92% of the world breathe air exceeding safety limits set by WHO.31 Even when you can’t see them or smell them, one group of air pollutants may be present — volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds are used in dry cleaning fluids, metal degreasers, paint thinners, adhesives and glue.32
Children and pets may absorb chemicals from household dust on the floor, while all may be ingesting 100 pieces of plastic in dust33 with every meal.34 The composition of dust is complex, and one meta-analysis found the chemicals residing in your dust may come from a variety of different sources in your home.35
Water is another source of toxins, whether you’re drinking bottled water that may contain microparticles of plastic36 or tap water. In 2015, 21 million people were drinking community water that violated health-based quality standards, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.37
Simple Strategies May Reduce Your Exposure
With the number of chemicals used in the manufacture and production of products used throughout your home and work, it is impossible to completely avoid all exposure.
Whether intentionally or not, corporations use your home, water, air, food and body as a convenient chemical dumping ground. Until global changes happen, you may significantly limit your exposure by keeping a number of key principles in mind.
Eat a diet focused on locally grown, fresh and ideally organic whole foods. Processed and packaged foods are a common source of chemicals, from the food and packaging. Wash fresh produce well, since even organically grown produce may be inadvertently exposed to pesticides.38
Choose pastured, sustainably raised meat and dairy. Avoid dairy products containing the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST).
Avoid conventional or farm-raised fish, often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury.39 Instead eat wild-caught Alaskan salmon, anchovies and sardines or supplement with a high-quality krill oil.
Purchase products in glass bottles rather than plastic or cans, as chemicals may leach out of plastics (and plastic can linings) into the contents. Be aware products labeled “BPA-free” are typically made with bisphenol substitutes40 with as many health challenges.
Store your food and beverages in glass, use glass baby bottles and avoid using plastic wrap.
Replace nonstick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware. Also avoid stain- and water-resistant clothing, furniture and carpets to avoid perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
Filter tap water for your drinking and bathing. If you are able to do only one, filtering your bathing water may be more important, as your skin readily absorbs contaminants. Most tap water toxins, including fluoride, may be filtered out using a reverse osmosis filter.
Seek out products made by companies that are Earth-friendly, animal-friendly, sustainable, certified organic and GMO-free. This applies to food, personal care products, building materials, furniture, mattresses and others.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove contaminated house dust. This is one of the major routes of exposure to flame-retardant chemicals.
When buying new products such as furniture, mattresses or carpet padding, consider buying chemical-free varieties containing naturally fewer flammable materials, such as leather, wool, cotton, silk and Kevlar.
Steer clear of plastic toys and pacifiers for your baby.
Use natural cleaning products or make your own. Avoid those containing 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME) — two toxic glycol ethers that may compromise your fertility and cause fetal harm.
Switch over to organic toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. EWG’s Skin Deep database41 may help you find personal care products free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.
Replace a vinyl shower curtain with fabric or glass doors.
Replace feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary pads) with safer organic alternatives.
Look for fragrance-free products. One artificial fragrance may contain hundreds — even thousands — of potentially toxic chemicals.42 Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, which contain a mishmash of synthetic chemicals and fragrances.
Although they aren’t life-threatening, hemorrhoids may be painful and affect your daily activities.1 They more often affect adults from 45 to 65 years old, but younger adults and children may experience them as well. While they are common in both women and men, women have an increased risk during pregnancy, due to the pressure of carrying the baby and straining during delivery.2
In one retrospective study3 using reimbursement claims data from 33,034 patients in Taiwan, researchers evaluated the relationship between hemorrhoids and the subsequent development of coronary heart disease. Over a 12-year follow-up, the researchers found those with hemorrhoids experienced a 127% higher risk of coronary heart disease compared to those without hemorrhoids.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,4 it’s estimated half the people in the U.S. will have hemorrhoids by age 50. Aside from age and pregnancy, other risk factors for developing hemorrhoids include activities that increase your abdominal pressure, such as straining during a bowel movement, lifting heavy objects, obesity or sitting on the toilet for long periods of time.5,6
What Are Hemorrhoids?
To understand how to prevent hemorrhoids and why these tips help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with them, it’s helpful to know exactly what hemorrhoids are and how they are formed.
Inside the anus and lower rectum are veins. When those inside the wall of the rectum or anus become swollen or inflamed they are called internal hemorrhoids. You can’t usually see or feel these hemorrhoids, but if they become irritated from straining, you may experience bleeding.7
Hemorrhoids may also form under the skin around the anus, called external hemorrhoids.8 When these become irritated they cause itching or bleeding. In some cases, hemorrhoids may not cause symptoms or pain, and you won’t be aware you have them unless a physician does an internal examination. When symptoms do occur, you may experience:9,10
- Bright red blood after passing stool in the toilet or on toilet tissue
- An itchy bottom
- A lump outside the anus, which may need to be pushed back after passing stool
- Redness, soreness and swelling around the anus
- Pain or achiness while sitting around your anus
Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins in your legs. In other words, the veins bulge and swell, sometimes in response to added abdominal pressure. At other times, you may not be able to identify a cause.11 The swelling causes irritation to the wall of the veins, and the subsequent symptoms.12
Top Tips to Relieve Hemorrhoid Pain at Home
When you are experiencing pain and discomfort from hemorrhoids, it’s likely you’ll want relief as quickly as possible. In some cases, your relief may be as close as your kitchen cabinet.
Use a bidet — Since hemorrhoids are irritated veins, using a bidet is an effective, less irritating and low-cost way to clean your backside after a bowel movement. If you don’t have one installed at home now, there are several do-it-yourself kits that make installing one on your current toilet safe and simple.
Soften your stool — Since hemorrhoids are aggravated by straining during a bowel movement, it’s important to keep your stool soft. An important strategy is eating enough dietary fiber. Fiber comes in two types: soluble, which easily dissolves in water, and insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve but stays intact as it moves through your colon.
Both are important for digestion. I believe 50 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories is ideal to maintain optimal health, but most Americans don’t get nearly this much.13
Taking an organic psyllium dietary fiber supplement daily, which contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, may assist in softening your stool and has benefits for your cardiovascular system, weight control and blood sugar support.
Stay hydrated — Constipation results in hard dry stool that is difficult to pass and irritates your rectum. One of the more common causes is dehydration. Staying hydrated is a key component of optimal health and, according to a Harvard study,14 54.5% of children and adolescents are chronically dehydrated. This has repercussions for health and academic performance.
Urine concentration and color is one of the best ways to track your individual hydration status from day to day. Ideally you want to drink enough pure, filtered water to turn your urine a light-colored yellow. This may mean drinking more, or less, than the often-repeated eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, giving your body enough fluid to properly form stool and detoxify waste products.
Try a potty stool — If you live in the U.S., it’s likely you haven’t put much thought into the best position to be in while having a bowel movement. However, sitting on a toilet is not the best position and may contribute to difficulty defecating, leading to hemorrhoids and other problems such as urologic disorders, rectal prolapse and anal fissures.15
Squatting places your digestive system in an anatomically correct position to improve elimination and reduce constipation. Squatting on top of the toilet requires strength, flexibility and balance. Another option is to use a simple footstool to help get into a squatting position.
Limit your time on the toilet — Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time places additional pressure on hemorrhoids, increasing irritation to the veins and, therefore, your symptoms. Limit your time on the toilet to only what is needed to complete your bowel movement.
Apply cool witch hazel — While there isn’t scientific evidence for use, witch hazel has been a home treatment of choice for decades. The Cleveland Clinic16 reports it contains tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and some say it tightens the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory.17
Natural witch hazel is an astringent that helps the tissue shrink and has antioxidant properties, according to one study.18 It helps to reduce pain, itching and bleeding until the hemorrhoids fade, but provides only symptom relief and cannot speed healing.
Some find greater relief when the witch hazel is cooled in the refrigerator. Do not dilute witch hazel with alcohol as this may dry and irritate the tissue. Add a small amount to a cotton swab and dab the witch hazel on the hemorrhoid.
Aloe vera — Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and some over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams and pads are impregnated with aloe vera to help soothe the inflammation of the engorged veins.
The Cleveland Clinic19 reports there is no current research available for its use with hemorrhoids, but aloe vera has demonstrated benefit for other inflammatory skin conditions, and they recommend trying it, provided it’s pure aloe and not used in a cream or pad with other ingredients.20
Epsom and glycerin — This home treatment may help painful hemorrhoids and is simple to compound at home.21 Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts with 2 tablespoons of glycerin. Place on a gauze pad over the painful area and leave it in place for up to 20 minutes. Repeat every four to six hours until the pain eases.
Coconut Oil — This natural moisturizer also has anti-inflammatory properties. Applying coconut oil may help reduce irritation and swelling and may help reduce your urge to scratch.22
Ice packs — Ice packs and cold compresses may help combat the pain, inflammation and swelling. Do not apply ice cubes directly to the skin; first wrap them in a small towel to prevent skin damage. Leave them in place for about 15 minutes and continue to use them every one or two hours until the pain subsides.
Loose fitting clothing — You may support healing by wearing loose-fitting clothes that don’t rub the area. It helps to prevent the hemorrhoids from becoming irritated by excess sweat and reduces symptoms.
It’s All in How You Sitz
The word sitz comes from the German verb “sitzen” mean which means “to sit.”23 A sitz bath was also called a hip bath and is a type of soaking done to include only the hips and buttocks. The purpose was to speed healing for patients who had undergone rectal surgery, or experienced hemorrhoids, uterine cramps or prostate infections.24
Warm sitz baths are one of the easiest and effective ways to reduce the pain of hemorrhoids. They are a European tradition in which only the pelvis and abdominal area are submerged in water. Others have used a cool sitz bath to help reduce constipation or tone the muscles of the bladder or bowel.25
On some occasions, you may feel dizzy when getting up from a hot sitz bath, but when using them for hemorrhoids, the water should be warm and not hot. A sitz bath may help relieve the itching, irritation and spasms of the sphincter muscle occurring with pain from hemorrhoids.
Small plastic portable tubs that fit over the toilet seat may be used, or you may use a regular bathtub with a few inches of warm water. Many experts recommend a 20-minute bath after each bowel movement, in addition to another two or three during the day to relieve hemorrhoids.26
Afterward, gently pat the area dry. Do not rub as it irritates the hemorrhoid. Alternatively, you may want to use the cool air from a hair dryer to dry the area. Soaking in mild temperature water helps to speed the healing process by boosting blood supply. It doesn’t cure the condition, but it will help reduce irritation.
Refrain from adding shower gel, bubble bath or soap products to the water, as it can cause irritation.27 However, epsom salts in a sitz bath is soothing to the skin and helps reduce irritation and symptoms.
Don’t Use These for Hemorrhoid Pain
In addition to the methods of reducing pain listed above, there are a few things you should avoid doing as they increase your symptoms and discomfort. As mentioned above, steer clear of using any soap products on the area as it dries the skin and increases the risk of bleeding.
Additionally, commercial baby wipes and perfumed toilet paper are irritating and may increase itching and pain. While some have considered using apple cider vinegar, the Cleveland Clinic28 recommends avoiding this as it may burn irritated skin and exacerbate problems over time.
Since there are several other natural strategies to reduce symptoms, it’s wise to steer clear of apple cider vinegar. Tea tree oil is another antiseptic and anti-inflammatory essential oil some recommend to decrease symptoms. However, as this strategy hasn’t been well studied, experts recommend avoiding it.29
Do not wait to have a bowel movement.30 When you prolong the urge to defecate there’s a tendency the stool will become harder and more difficult to pass. This increases pressure, straining and the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Instead, consider setting up a schedule to help establish regular bowel habits. When your hemorrhoids are inflamed and irritated, it’s best to avoid blood thinning medications, such as aspirin, if it all possible, as they increase the risk of bleeding.31
Nonsurgical Hemorrhoid Relief
There are several types of nonsurgical treatments your physician may use to get rid of hemorrhoids. Before undergoing any of them, discuss the pros and cons of each with your physician and be sure you are comfortable with your decision.
• Rubber band ligation — This procedure is used in the doctor’s office to treat prolapsing or bleeding internal hemorrhoids.32 During the procedure, a specialized rubber band is placed at the base of the hemorrhoid, which cuts off the blood supply. Within a week, the banded area shrivels and falls off, leaving scar tissue.
While this procedure has the lowest risk of recurrence, it is not suitable for those using anticoagulant medications or who have a bleeding disorder.33 It may also lead to increased bleeding, pain and blood clots or infections. If you have several hemorrhoids, the procedure will need to be repeated. Specialized equipment is used, and the physician will monitor your condition; you should never attempt to do this at home.34
• Infrared coagulation — This procedure may be used to address small hemorrhoids. The physician will use a tool that directs infrared light.35 The heat causes scar tissue to form, which eliminates the blood supply and usually shrinks the hemorrhoid.
A local anesthetic will be used to reduce your discomfort. With multiple hemorrhoids, you may require multiple treatments. The recovery period takes several days and care must be taken to reduce constipation and straining to prevent reopening the scar.
• Sclerotherapy — During this procedure the physician injects a solution directly into the hemorrhoid, triggering a local reaction and ultimately shrinking the hemorrhoid. The procedure is effective and safe for those with cirrhosis who have bleeding hemorrhoids, and is preferred over banding in this case.36
Despite treatment, there’s a risk the hemorrhoids will return after a few years and some experts believe this procedure to be less effective than a rubber band ligation.37
When to See Your Doctor
In most cases, you’ll be able to treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids at home using home remedies. However, you should seek medical care immediately if you experience severe anal pain and bleeding that may or may not be associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea or fever.38
Hemorrhoids may also progress to the point where they become thrombosed. In this situation the hemorrhoid is pushed outside of the anus and is filled with blood clots. This makes everyday activities exceedingly uncomfortable.
The symptoms are similar to hemorrhoids, but the pain and itching will increase, as will the swelling around the anus. Thrombosed hemorrhoids may also become infected and can lead to an abscess, which causes additional symptoms such as fever.39
Acutely thrombosed external hemorrhoids may require additional treatment from your physician. In some cases, they will resolve on their own, but in others it may require surgical intervention, especially if they become strangulated and the tissue begins to die (necrosis).40
The severity of the pain is most intense within the first 48 hours and will usually gradually resolve. As a result, surgical removal is usually offered with severe pain within the first 48 hours, and then only if the hemorrhoid progresses to strangulation and necrosis.41
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect anywhere from 25%1 to 60%2,3 of women over the course of their lifetime. According to research published in 2015, UTIs were responsible for 10.5 million doctor visits in the U.S. in 2007.4
A study5 published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases in 2017 noted hospitalization rates for UTIs in the U.S. rose by 52% between 1998 and 2011 — a direct result of increasing antimicrobial resistance.
According to this study, there were 400,000 UTI-related hospitalizations in 2011, with an estimated cost of $2.8 billion. The highest rates of increase were seen in women and older patients.
In the past, recurrent UTIs were thought to be caused by reinfection by the same pathogen,6 but recent research7,8,9 published in the Journal of Molecular Biology suggests this pattern has changed, and the reason why UTIs tend to have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women is because the infection can be caused by several different pathogens.
According to the authors, the data uncovered via urine and bladder biopsies “suggest that diverse bacterial species and the adaptive immune response play important roles” in recurrent UTIs.
Pathogenic Mechanisms of UTIs
Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras. Adult men have another factor going for them. The male prostate gland actually produces a bacterial growth inhibitor that is secreted directly into their urinary system.10
According to research11 published in 2015, several different pathogens can trigger a UTI; most commonly Escherichia coli (E.coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. Of these, about 80% to 90% are caused by E.coli,12,13 which is normally found in the intestinal tract.14
Problems only arise when this ordinary bacterium is present in high numbers in places where it shouldn’t be, like your urinary system. When E. coli gets into your urinary tract and multiplies, you experience the usual signs and symptoms of a UTI, such as:15
- Burning with urination
- Frequent urges to urinate
- Lower abdominal pain or aching
- Blood in your urine (sometimes, but not always)
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
The reason your body cannot simply expel the E. coli through urination is because the bacteria are covered with tiny fingerlike projections called fimbria, made of an amino acid-sugar complex, a glycoprotein called lectin, which makes them sticky.
This stickiness allows the bacteria to adhere to the inner wall of your bladder and/or work their way upward toward your kidneys, at which point the situation can become quite serious.
Sepsis is another complication of untreated or unsuccessfully treated UTI (which can happen if the infection is caused by drug-resistant bacteria), which can be life threatening. Intravenous vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine has been shown to reduce mortality from sepsis nearly fivefold, but many health care professionals are still unaware of this revolutionary treatment.
In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, a UTI in an older individual can also result in sudden behavioral changes such as restlessness, agitation, lethargy or social withdrawal, mental confusion and even hallucinations and delirium.16
According to Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of South Florida, symptoms of UTI in the elderly actually tend to be primarily behavioral,17 which can result in delayed diagnosis and treatment. So, doctors of elderly patients exhibiting these kinds of behavioral symptoms, especially when combined with low-grade fever, should have them checked for UTI.18
Recurrent UTIs Linked to Variety of Pathogens Deeply Embedded in Bladder Wall
What the Journal of Molecular Biology study discovered was that different types of bacteria form colonies deep in the tissue of the bladder wall, past the urothelium layer in many cases, making them very difficult to get rid of. As noted by Science Daily, which reported the Journal of Molecular Biology findings:19
“[F]or some postmenopausal women, UTIs recur so frequently that they become a chronic condition, requiring daily doses of increasingly powerful antibiotics as the infection-causing bacteria gradually become resistant to each new drug.
‘For older women, these infections can go on for tens of years,’ said Dr. Nicole De Nisco, assistant professor of biological sciences at UT Dallas and lead author of the study. ‘Eventually, a patient’s last resort might be removing the bladder’ …
To investigate the pathogenic mechanisms and immune responses related to recurring UTIs, De Nisco and her colleagues analyzed urine and biopsies from 14 postmenopausal women …
They found that in addition to the expected E. coli, bacteria in urine samples included Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterococcus faecalis, while species in biopsied tissue included E. coli, Staphylococcus hominis and Bacillus firmus.
‘Our findings confirm that bacteria do form communities within the bladder wall of RUTI [recurrent UTI] patients, which was not previously known,’ De Nisco said. ‘This research is a critical step toward better understanding the mechanisms of recurring urinary tract infection and inflammation in postmenopausal women’ …
Future studies will focus on determining effective techniques to remove these bacteria and chronic inflammation from the bladder, finding new strategies to enhance immune system response, and pinpointing the various bacterial pathogens involved in RUTIs.”
Factory-farmed Chicken — The Leading Source of UTI Infections
Conventional wisdom has maintained UTIs are primarily caused by a transfer of naturally-occurring E. coli via sexual contact with an infected individual and/or the transfer of fecal bacteria from your anus to your urethra by poor personal hygiene. However, more recent studies have conclusively demonstrated that a majority of UTIs are actually caused by exposure to contaminated chicken.20
Importantly, factory-farmed chickens are the source of most antibiotic-resistant UTIs — a problem that can be traced back to the routine use of antibiotics for growth-promotion purposes, which has allowed resistance to develop. Drug-resistant E. coli strains from supermarket meat were matched to strains found in human E. coli infections as early as 2005.21
Research22,23 published in 2006 confirmed that humans could develop antibiotic resistance by eating poultry treated with antibiotics. Bacteria from conventional chicken, and those who ate such chicken, were found to be more prone to developing resistance against Synercid (generic names: quinupristin and dalfopristin24), a strong antibiotic used to treat vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium.25
In essence, eating antibiotic-treated chicken can cause you to develop resistance to the last lines of defense currently available in the modern medicine cabinet — a steep price for inexpensive meat! As reported by Infectious Control Today:26
“Laboratory tests showed that the bacteria isolated from patients and vegetarians had no pre-existing resistance to Synercid. Resistance was rare among antibiotic-free poultry, but a majority of bacterial isolates from conventional poultry samples were resistant.
After exposure to virginiamycin, E. faecium from conventional poultry and from patients who consumed poultry became resistant to Synercid more often than E. faecium from vegetarians or from antibiotic-free poultry.
Some of the resistance was attributed to a specific gene, and both the gene and resistance were associated with touching raw poultry meat and frequent poultry consumption.”
Genetic Matching Links UTIs to Contaminated Chicken
American, Canadian and European studies27,28,29 published in 2012 all confirmed close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found on poultry (chicken and turkey).
More recently, a study30 published in the journal mBio in 2018 found 79.8% of chicken, pork and turkey samples purchased from large retail stores in Flagstaff, Arizona, were contaminated with E. coli. The researchers also tested blood and urine samples from people who visited a major medical center in the area, finding E. coli in 72.4% of those diagnosed with a UTI.
In particular, a strain of E. coli known as E. coli ST131 showed up in both the meat samples (particularly poultry) and the human UTI samples. Most of the E. coli in the poultry was a variety known as ST131-H22, which is known to thrive in birds. This specific strain was also found in the human UTI samples.
“Our results suggest that one ST131 sublineage — ST131-H22 — has become established in poultry populations around the world and that meat may serve as a vehicle for human exposure and infection,” the researchers noted, adding that this E. coli lineage is just one of many that may be transmitted from poultry and other meat sources to people.
When Buying Chicken and Eggs, Make Sure They’re Organic and Free-Range
While findings such as these are a potent reminder to use caution when handling raw chicken and to cook poultry thoroughly, another option — and perhaps the most sensible and rational approach is to avoid factory-farmed chicken altogether.
It’s easily among the most contaminated foods in the U.S., as a recent lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to address high rates of fecal bacteria on chicken can attest to. Factory-farmed chicken also has a weak nutritional profile compared to other protein sources, including pasture-raised chicken (which is also less likely to carry harmful contaminants).
For example, a study31,32,33 by the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA), which compared the nutrient value of pastured chickens with the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference values for CAFO chicken, found pasture-raised chickens contained:
- 406.8% more vitamin E (1.86 IUs per 100 grams compared to 0.367 IUs)
- About half the fats of CAFO chicken (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)
- An average omega-3-to-6 ratio of 1-to-5, which is near ideal, compared to the USDA’s value of 1-to-1534
Considering the hazards associated with raw chicken, if you’re going to eat it, I recommend making sure it’s organic and free-range, pasture-raised. Ditto for eggs, as CAFO eggs are also far more prone to pathogenic contamination than organic pastured eggs.
Your best bet is to find a local source of organic, free-range eggs and chicken meat. The Cornucopia Institute’s egg report and scorecard ranks 136 egg producers according to 28 organic criteria, is an excellent resource if no local producers are available.
In June 2017, Cornucopia also began working on a chicken report and scorecard. Considering the egg report took six years to produce, it may still be a while before the chicken scorecard is ready. You can contribute to this report by following the simple instructions listed in their June 13 Action Alert.35
How to Treat a UTI at Home
As mentioned earlier, the fimbria (fingerlike projections) of E. coli are made of a sticky glycoprotein called lectin, which is why the bacteria are so hard to flush out. It’s not impossible however, even without an antibiotic. While antibiotics are typically the go-to treatment, you may be better off starting out with a D-mannose supplement.36
Mannose is produced by your cells and covers the internal lining of your urinary organs. The lectin on the bacteria’s fimbria binds to mannose, which is why the bacteria adhere to the walls of your urinary system.
When you take D-mannose, the E. coli adheres to the mannose present in your urine, which is then flushed out when you urinate. As the bacterial load on epithelial cells lessen, they’re more easily overtaken by agents of your immune system.
Infections caused by a bacterium other than E. coli may be eliminated by taking a saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI). Both of these treatments are recommended by Dr. Jonathan Wright, medical director of Tahoma Clinic in Tukwila, Washington, and the author of the book, “D-Mannose and Bladder Infection: The Natural Alternative to Antibiotics.”
For UTIs caused by bacteria or fungi other than E. coli, Wright suggests taking 15 drops of SSKI in water every three to four hours for two days (three days maximum).37 In order to know which of these treatments would work best, you’d need to perform a culture test to identify the bacteria responsible for your infection.
Alternatively, Wright suggests taking D-mannose first, and if significant improvement doesn’t occur, move on to SSKI. A culture test is also advisable to rule out a drug-resistant infection, as this will require close medical supervision to avoid serious complications.
UTI Prevention 101
Prevention is, of course, your best option, and as a woman, there are some specific hygiene steps you can take to maintain a healthy urinary tract:
Drink plenty of pure, filtered water every day
Urinate when you feel the need; don’t resist the urge to go
Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethra
Take showers instead of tub baths; avoid hot tubs/Jacuzzis
Cleanse male and female genital areas prior to sexual intercourse
Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, which may irritate your urethra
Use a bidet
In addition, a healthy diet is key in supporting your urinary tract. You can learn the key basics in my free online nutrition plan. Research38 has shown probiotics — especially Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, L. reuteri RC-14, L. casei shirota and L. crispatus CTV-05 — can prevent UTIs. Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables are great for your overall health, including your urinary system.
The Case Against CAFO Chicken
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, consider ditching all factory-farmed chicken from your menu. At this point, there’s little doubt that chicken raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are a core component of the growing problem that is antibiotic resistance in general, and UTI infections in particular.
Essentially, by using antibiotics, CAFO birds end up driving a cycle of antibiotic use in human medicine as well, as UTIs are typically treated with antibiotics. But aside from being a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and a primary route of UTI infections, there are other reasons to avoid CAFO chicken as well.
In my interview with Maryn McKenna, author of “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats” (embedded above for your convenience), she discusses many of the aspects of the chicken industry that many are still unaware of.
As explained by McKenna, chickens were historically rather scrawny little birds that no one thought to consume as a primary meal on a regular basis. The chicken we eat today bear almost no resemblance to the backyard chickens of old, as they’ve been specifically bred for meat.
A nationwide contest called “The Chicken of Tomorrow Contest,” which took place in the 1940s into the early ’50s, led to breeders reshaping the scrawny barnyard chicken into the breast-heavy bird we’re familiar with today, and a Republican campaign ad for Herbert Hoover, carrying the slogan “A Chicken for Every Pot,” eventually turned chicken meat into a household staple.
Today, chicken production in the U.S. has become an industry that places profits over just about everything else, including animal welfare and farmer’s rights. Precision breeding turned the boisterous barnyard chicken into an exceptionally docile animal that didn’t (indeed couldn’t) move much. These new traits allowed farmers to cram the animals together in tight spaces.
Today, commercial chickens are raised in giant warehouses the length of a football field, which can house 25,000 to 35,000 chickens at a time. There, they live in artificial daylight, with an artificially shortened night. Lack of space prevents them from moving about much and, on average, they only live 42 days. So, avoiding CAFO chicken not only protects your own health, it also encourages the humane treatment of animals.
In contrast, organic, free-range chickens are allowed to engage in their natural behavior in a natural environment (outdoors), and can serve an important role in regenerative agriculture and holistic land management. The lack of stress, access to a natural diet, fresh air and sunshine, makes for healthier birds that don’t need antibiotics.
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