One year, so the story went that Jensen told, Samson lost the world's championship heavyweight weight-lifting contest by just 10 ounces. Jensen was able to find and examine Samson's diaries, and found that Samson had a novel theory explaining his defeat. Samson attributed his loss to the fact that he had neglected to dry-brush his skin for three weeks prior to the contest.
Jensen decided to do a little experiment of his own to see why Samson would have reached such an unusual conclusion. Jensen bought a skin brush and stood on brown wrapping paper while he brushed his own body. After enough debris had fallen onto the paper, Jensen sent the material to a lab. The lab found a lot of dead skin, which, of course, was expected. But the lab also found dried catarrh, urea, sodium chloride, sebum and metabolic acid wastes. From his little experiment, Jensen came to understand that when these substances are not removed from the skin, they can become backed up in the muscle structure, and can consequently cause a loss of vitality. Jensen became a great advocate for daily dry-skin brushing.
One of the most wonderful things about our bodies is that its largest organ - the skin -- is on its outside. We can, and do, automatically and continuously both nourish and detoxify our bodies through the skin.
The ability of the skin to accept substances and deliver them to the bloodstream is well-known. The skin serves as a direct link to all the other organs. Contemporary physicians have revived the age-old practice of delivering medicine through the skin. Heart patients use nitroglycerin patches; cigarette smokers try to break their addiction through the use of nicotine patches. So great, in fact, is the ability of the skin to absorb substances that one drop of essential oil placed on the fingertip will show up in hair analysis ten minutes later.
The skin's ability to excrete toxins, however, is not as well emphasized. In natural health circles, the skin is referred to as the body's third lung, or third kidney. It aids tremendously in throwing off all toxins from the body. We absorb more impurities, and eliminate more waste through the skin than any other organ in our bodies (including the colon). Two pounds of waste are eliminated every day through the skin. The skin works hand in hand with the kidneys. On hot days, we do a lot of our elimination through our skin, and our kidneys don't have to work as hard. Conversely, on cold days, our kidneys take over this function of the skin because the skin is not eliminating as much.
The body organizes itself, in part, through a continuous dance of creating new while simultaneously shedding old, and it does this process especially efficiently with skin cells.
The skin is often the first place that biological imbalance appears. When the other systems are overloaded in dealing with too many toxins, the skin is utilized as an additional organ of detoxification. Sometimes old cells can cling to the surface of the skin, trapping pathogenic microorganisms like bacteria within; as well new cells are inhibited from breathing. Eruptions, blemishes, odors and colors may appear as the skin tries to do overtime in ridding the body of waste.
Skin brushing is especially useful for lymphatic cleansing. Cleansing the lymphatic system is essential because the lymph glands serve as one of the body's primary defense mechanisms. The lymphatic system cleanses out cellular debris that the bloodstream has not been able to take care of, such as viruses, bacteria and dust.
The lymphatic system is like the circulatory system: it moves a fluid -- which makes up about 80% of total body fluids -- throughout the body. This lymphatic fluid picks up debris as it moves along its path. Normally, excess lymphatic fluid is excreted through the skin, the kidneys and other eliminative organs.
Unlike the circulatory system which has a pump -- the heart -- to keep the fluid moving, the lymphatic system has nothing to keep the fluid moving other than your own movement. When there is toxicity from improper diet or elimination, clothing worn too tightly, or not enough exercise, the lymphatic fluid gets blocked.
Improper lymphatic drainage is one of the main reasons that so many women are plagued with cellulite. The dimples that form on the thighs and buttocks are due to the accumulation of fats, proteins and other waste products that are not being excreted from the body efficiently. These unwanted products are usually carried out of the body by the lymphatic system. Dry skin brushing helps to kick-start the lymphatic system by stimulating the lymph canals, which helps detoxify the blood and reduces the toxic build up that causes cellulite.
Jensen himself was testimony to his own theory. When he was 88, he appeared at a conference I was attending. He rolled up his shirt sleeves and pulled up his pants legs, showing us the skin on his arms and legs. There was not a single wrinkle, line or blemish anywhere on this man's body that we could see. Jensen, like Samson, attributed the beauty of his skin - its tautness, smoothness and elasticity -- to his daily regimen of skin brushing.
Real Chemotherapy Cancer Statistics
Getting a cancer diagnosis is a terrible and scary thing. It is an easy time to panic. But before making any decisions about a course of action, you should know the facts - in order to make what my mentor Ruth Sackman called an "informed decision."
A study completed in 2004 by Australian researchers looked at 73,000 cancer cases in Australia and 155,000 cancer cases in the U.S. Their findings were that chemotherapy improved the 5-year cancer survival rate (the medical definition of "cure") by an average of 2%.
The actual percentages are even lower for common cancers because two cancers have a much higher rate of success from chemo. Hodgkin's Disease has a 40.3% improvement rate; testicular cancer has a 37.7% improvement rate. These two rarer cancers raise the average. The most common cancers reflect a much lower success rate: breast cancer 1.4%; prostate cancer 0.0%; lung cancer 2.0%; and colon cancer 1.0%. This reflects a 98% failure rate for the most common treatment of cancer.
This study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2004: 16:549-560).
A Novel Way of Using Radiation to Solve the Energy Crisis
My book, Because People Are Dying, details the therapeutic application of low-level radiation, called radiation hormesis, for which there have been over 3000 studies. For 10 years now, Jay Gutierrez has been diligently and successfully treating all manner of bodily afflictions using stones that he personally mines. Now, researchers have postulated using radioactive decay in yet another novel and interesting way.
Below the surface of our earth, 44 trillion watts of power are generated from the earth's crust and mantle - roughly three times what we currently use worldwide. Half of this energy stems from the continual decay of the radioactive isotopes of uranium, thorium, and potassium. It's a lot of heat we're talking about. As devastating as earthquakes and volcanoes are to human life, they serve an important and necessary function in terms of balancing our planet - much like the function that fever serves in the human body. These natural radioactive decay phenomena are how the earth vents and controls its heat output.
The energy from this natural process of decay (an actual planet-saving process) could be used as an energy source to meet the entire world's energy needs (plus more). We could disband all the nuclear power plants in the world (which don't do so well with tsunamis). Unlike with the nuclear plants -- and the bombs for that matter -- we wouldn't be creating radioactive energy; rather we would be harnessing that which already exists. All that needs to happen is for scientists to devise a method for collecting and harnessing this natural and abundant, never-ending energy.
Stats on Who's Going to Get Alzheimer's
Worldwide Alzheimer's rates are expected to triple over the next 40 years. But a new study by the Mayo Clinic gives hope for slowing down that coming epidemic. The study has found determined risk factors that contribute to the diseases. The single biggest risk factor is physical inactivity, which is linked to 21% of the U.S. cases. Depression accounts for 15%; smoking for 11%. Globally, lack of education is the greatest risk factor, with a link to 19% of cases. These findings contradict the long-held notion of Alzheimer's being a predetermined genetic fate. In a previous Musings, I talked about the power of coconut oil to prevent and even reverse this terrible disease.