Dr. Moffat’s NATURAL HEALTH TECHNIQUES NEWSLETTER
NHT News Vol. 10 No. 7 Dec.22, 2014 Newsletter
In This Issue:
- From the Desk of Dr. Moffat: Merry Christmas Everyone!
- Product of the Month: Frankincense
- Ask Dr. Moffat: Crawling sensation under the skin
- Inspiration & Perspective: Privately Manifesting
- Recipe: Vegetable Fettuccine
- What’s New at Our House: The Permaculture Orchard
(Please note that full names are never used in this newsletter or on my website without the full consent of the sender or client. Some cases also encompass groupings of cases with similar symptoms and suggestions for healing in an attempt to educate the general public.)
From the Desk of Dr. Moffat:
I received a very special Christmas gift from dear client that included a 40 million year old piece of amber this month which I was supposed to burn and walk through the smoke of it to release all karmic debts from past lives. What an honor!
So, Michael and I were going to do this together. I lit the amber and it caught fire WAY more quickly than I expected which kind of freaked me out. “What the. . . Quick Honey! Oh no! Fan the smoke your way!” An then it was gone. Just like that! It was nothing like smudging yourself with a piece of sage or a braid of sweet grass. I think I will do this again and alone so I can more appreciate the experience. It burned so fast that all I could think about was the 40 million year waste of energy going up in flames with little time to ‘get centered’ and appreciate and honor its existence.
Thinking I did something wrong I phoned my client and discussed the disaster. She sent me a larger piece of amber but it’s so pretty I’m never going to burn it! I then sent her some Frankincense tears and a rare Chalchiuitl healing stone I’ve treasured for over 20 years which changes color as it absorbs dis-ease from the body. Then she sent me some Benzoin from Sumatra and some Black Copall from Mexico to burn as incense. The chunk of Benzoin smells wonderful! We’re hooked on saps and pitch and all things sacred.
And so it goes—crystals, stones and sacred pitch in process of being appreciated and cared for. We don’t own them, but are honored to be the caretakers of them in our lifetimes. So this month I thought it was appropriate to write about Frankincense.
Product of the Month: Frankincense
Alias names: Boswellia thurifera or Boswellia sacra, Boswellia serrata, dhoop (India) and Olibanum from Arabic term meaning “Oil of Lebanon”. The English word is derived from Old French “franc encens” which means high-quality incense.
About Frankincense: Frankincense or Olibanum (from the Arabic worl al-lubban meaning ‘white’) is a fragrant gum resin extracted from several species of Boswellia trees, most commonly the Boswellia sacra. It consists of small, white chunks and beads which are easily ground into a powder. It emits a balsam like odor when burned. An important component of religious services, the gum was originally imported from Arabia to Palestine where it was probably produced in the central district of Hadramaut (Isa. 60:6; Jer. 6:20).
The scent is described as being balsamic sweet or spicy, slightly lemon, fragrance of incense with a conifer-like undertone. It was one of the major ingredients of the incense holy unto the Lord (Exod. 30:34-38). The use of this incense for purposes other than those specified in the priestly legislation was forbidden. Stores of frankincense were kept in the Jerusalem temple (1 Chr. 9:29; Neh. 13:5, 9). It was one of the gifts offered to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men (Matt. 2:11). When mixed with other gum resins the end substance is called ‘guggals’.
Frankincense has been traded in Arabia and North Africa for more than 5000 years. It has been described in the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud and in the Old Testament.
Historic Uses & Current Research for Frankincense:
Frankincense gum resin, a bitter, pungent, warming herb is used by burning the gum as in incense, grinding it into powder, or making it into an essential oil.
- Air purifier
- Aging (Antiwrinkle creams)
- Antidepressant effects: Reduces serum corticosterone levels and down regulated cortcotrophin releasing factor and up-regulates brain neurotrophic factor components modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
- Anti-inflammatory (much like an NSAID but without the negative side effects)
- Asthma: Essence of the gum is physically and mentally soothing to asthma conditions by helping to calm panic accompanied by shallow breathing.
- Bad breath: Egyptians who lived in Old Testament times chewed frankincense gum for bad breath. The consistency is like gum only stickier.
- Bronchitis/Laryngitis (inhalation of steamed form)
- Cancer: One study showed that it killed late stage ovarian cancer cells that had become resistant to chemotherapy. It is being studied for breast, bladder, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer as well.
- Ceremony: Historically in Jewish ceremony, frankincense was used as one of the four ‘sweet scents’ pounded together in equal proportion (balsam, myrrh and benzoin were the other three and some sources mention cloves)
Ask Dr. Moffat: Crawling sensation under the skin
Dear Dr Moffat, I have been suffering from a mite infestation for several years. It started when I was working in a warehouse basement, I noticed there was a problem with small flies and also noticed an issue with these small beetle looking insects that liked paper and cardboard. I began to be very itchy. Two years has gone by and still I have little black specs coming out my skin as well as white ones too, which are softer in appearance. They can be quite aggressive sometimes leaving big hard spots and are often connected to hairs. I have tried treatments for scabies like stromectol, which seemed to help only temporarily. I also use clove, colloidal silver, H2O2 and a natural pesticide on my skin but it only offers temporarily relief from the crawling sensation. I was a really happy guy, but now I am so unhappy and have thought about suicide. I was wondering if you could give me some advice to stop this. I was a successful guy, but this has consumed my money, motivation and mental clarity too! The only reason I continue is for my kids who are 2 and 6; otherwise there would be no point. I want to get my life back! Best, Steve from England
Sounds like Morgellons to me Steven. I suspect the white specs attached to the hair are part of the hair called the bulb that you’ve pulled out when picking the area. I think your challenge can be attended to but it takes time. One of the main things I have found with this condition is/was the past ingestion of NutraSweet and Splenda (aspartame) products. My theory is that the chemicals in these artificial sweeteners glom on to the subcutaneous fibers just under the skin and kind of ‘perm’ the fibers much like a hair permanent treatment. The fibers then tweak and come through the skin causing that itching (formication) sensation. The fibers need to be reconstructed and de-permed. I have some homeopathic drops for that, but you’ll also need to get all those artificials out of your diet and there are things that can speed things up for that. I’ve also had a few of these cases where people were working in organic marijuana growing greenhouses. I don’t know if they are exposing themselves to mites living on the organic plants or what. Here’s an article on Morgellons that I wrote a while back: http://naturalhealthtechniques.com/morgellons-disease.htm
Most people don’t believe my theory. They are SO focused on the parasite thing, but I think you’ve been going on with this long enough that maybe your mind is open to other things? If there are parasites also in your case, we’ll find them, but if not then we have to work on the other core causes of your health issue. Please read about me and how I work, choose a time and we can move forward. You can do this Steven. Don’t give up hope! Denice
Inspiration & Perspective: Privately Manifesting:
Sometimes our health problems drain on our Life Force. Sometimes we feel like there is no light at the end of our tunnel to walk towards. We lose hope in ever finding a solution for what ails us. These are the times when our minds and attitudes can make all the difference in believing there is a solution. This month some very special clients reminded me of this concept. Recovered Lyme’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia patients with great attitudes who didn’t give up and incorporated gratitude into their programs called in for updates and to reorder supplements.
“Don’t you remember that when I came to you I had chronic Lyme’s and was walking with two crutches a few years back?” asked one client who now competes and wins tennis matches. She recently quit a job because her lessons in blaming others, being the victim and overcoming parental-induced low self-worth were complete. The people she was spending most of her time with had not completed those lessons. She felt she was no longer in vibration with what they stood for and talked about and was tired and drained at the end of each day. So she made the leap and quit her job.
She now works from home—having a blast and nearly unable to keep up with her new clients and is spending more time on what she really LOVES to do. She says “NO!” to activities that intuitively would bring her health and immune systems down. She’s found her voice. She committed several years back to sticking to a health program. She takes high-quality supplements (and doesn’t add in a bunch of other stuff), engages in volunteer activities that give her joy and eats whole/fresh foods made with love. When those challenging days happen (as they do with every one of us) she refuses to let them get her down knowing that she is making forward progress overall. Attitude. It really makes a difference. Be open to all the good that life has to bring.
Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Fettuccine
Vegetable Fettuccine (Shrimp Optional)
This is one of our favorite garden recipes and is great for entertaining and showing off your fresh-picked produce.
- 2 Carrots, sliced very thin
- 2 small Zucchini, sliced very thin
- 2 cups Broccoli, cut into small flowerets with stems sliced thin or into chips
- 1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cups fresh Snow Pea Pods
- ½ pint Cherry Tomatoes, hulled and cut in half
- 1-2 cups of pre-cooked, deveined thawed frozen Shrimp (optional)
- A few sprigs of fresh Basil
- 1 pound uncooked Fettuccine Noodles (gluten free if that is what you need)
- Celtic Sea Salt
- ½ cup organic Cream (NOT ultra-pasteurized)
- ¾ to 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated (additional for garnish)
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Tbls fresh Parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbls organic Butter
- 2 Tbls Olive Oil
- Freshly ground Pepper
Precook the pasta in salted boiling water until tender but still firm.
While the noodles are cooking, heat the cream and butter over low heat in a 1-quart saucepan. Add the cheese, slowly stirring until melted.
In a 10-inch frying pan sauté the garlic in the olive oil first then add the mushrooms. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add in the carrots and broccoli. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add in the basil and pea pods. Cook for 1 more minute—you want these to be crisp. Add the tomatoes last—just before combining with the noodles and sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Drain the noodles then transfer into a large serving bowl, toss the noodles with the cream and cheese mixture, top with the vegetable mixture and serve at once. Pass around extra cheese and a pepper mill.
Makes 4 main-course servings.
- Be sure the vegetables are firm.
- Shrimp—make sure it has not been preserved with metabisulfites—check the bag for ingredients.
- I’ve used Romano cheese instead of parmesan but it isn’t as good. I’ve also used parmesan from the container and it tastes almost as good as freshly grated.
- This recipe is also great with fresh asparagus or some fresh corn kernels tossed in.
What’s new at our House:
We’ll be having a relaxing day at home this Christmas. We’ve been placing plant orders for our permaculture orchard we’ll be putting in this 2015 spring and I spent almost the entire weekend on a community project making an excel chart for the 12 other people going in with us on the wholesale fruit tree order. We’ll be ordering 196 trees at the end of the month (about 50 of them ours). A big thanks to my clients and friends who gave us gift certificates for some of these plants. Our Food Forest project will be complete in 2015—then all we’ll have to do is keep the plants alive and find help to harvest the produce from them as they mature. We’re pretty excited about it. You can see what it’s all about here:
Hope you all are having a great, relaxing winter spending time with the people who love and appreciate you most. Be well. Denice
- Dr. Denice Moffat
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- Deary, ID 83823 (208) 877-1222
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