Monthly Archives: December 2011

13 Foods that Fight Pain

Dr Akilah El – Celestial Healing Wellness CenterThe Natural Health and Holistic World According to Dr Akilah El

While many foods taste great, they are also powerful healers in a vibrant multicolor disguise. The best healing remedies also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty common side effects that most drugs cause.

1. Cherries
Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective.

2. Blackberries 3. Raspberries 4. Blueberries and 5. Strawberries
Dr. Nair later found the same anti-pain compound in berries like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries

6. Celery and Celery Seeds
James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.

7. Ginger
Ginger reduces pain-causing prostaglandin levels in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. A study by Indian researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. The recommended dosage of ginger is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day. If you’re taking medications, check with your health practitioner for possible herb-drug interactions.

8. Turmeric
Turmeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow spice commonly used in Indian curries. In research it has been shown to be a more effective anti-inflammatory than steroid medications when dealing with acute inflammation. Its main therapeutic ingredient is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin suppresses pain through a similar mechanism as drugs like COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors (without the harmful side effects). Choose a standardized extract with 1500 mg of curcumin content per day.

9. Salmon 10. Mackerel and 11. Herring
Many fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring also contain these valuable oils. Omega-3s convert in the body into hormone-like substances that decrease inflammation and pain. According to Dr. Alfred D. Steinberg, an arthritis expert at the National Institute of Health, fish oil is an anti-inflammatory agent. Fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines, compounds known to destroy joints. Many other studies also demonstrate that eating moderate amounts of fish or taking fish oil reduces pain and inflammation, particularly for arthritis sufferers.

12. Flax Seeds and Flax Oil
Freshly-ground flax seeds and cold-pressed flax oil, contain plentiful amounts of fatty acids known as Omega-3s. Do not cook with flax oil otherwise it will have the opposite effect-irritating the body’s tissues and causing pain.

13. Raw Walnuts and Walnut Oil
Raw walnuts and walnut oil also contain the same powerful Omega-3 fatty acids that fight pain and inflammation in the body.

When it comes to pain, food really is the best medicine.



we’ve only just begun… Staying in love, falling in love again and again with each other, with life, with all the great company we share on this adventure. daily intention of loving each other well, fully present, both feet in today EUPHORIC HEALING ENERGY, activated by the SACRED YES! choose love….

Santa Sends Christmas Card to Kitty Claus

A Christmas Carol

This a repost from Celestial Elf, Eco-Druid, Bard, Pagan Poet, & Machinima film Maker, Celebrating Nature, Spirit and the Ancient Ways ~ Find more about my machinima films here; To share a slightly different outlook on the Christmas Festival I wrote a short song modeled after Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol but inspired by the earlier Pagan traditions of the Season. With an eye to current world affairs and the rise of Global Corporatism, I have included a protestors scene, with a call to Occupy Christmas as an opportunity to reconsider what the festival may mean now. I replaced Dickens’ Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future with a mischievous Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws who finally gets his Christmas mission right, after a fashion), and instead of the more usual three visits through time in the life of Ebeneezer Scrooge, my character ‘Scourge’ is given 3 visions instead, to the Three Realms of Celtic mythology. With a hope that this film may remind us to think of more than just family gatherings and presents, that it may be a magical time to think with our hearts and consider the wider picture. To focus upon the whole rather than any portion, to live more meaningful lives,we may honor these the Three Realms and each-other throughout our daily lives. More about this film at my Blog The Dance Of Life here ( ) More about the causes of Occupy; Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine here ( ) As The Victorian Policeman and Occupy Protestors/Also the Ancestors; Benno Sands, Liz Sands, Anabelle Kuhn, Nadine Adderstein, Tabbot Resident, Katherina Auer, Liz Sands, Alwin Schlag, Voices of Protestors; Celestial Elf and Wendy Elf. As Scourge, Mr Crachet, Sandy Claws, and the Drummer Boy; Celestial Elf, As Mrs Crachet and the Girl, Natascha Randt. As Air, Earth, Fire and Water; Celestial Elf, Benno Sands, Liz Sands, Anabelle Kuhn. Soundtrack created with A Yuletide Carol Original poem and sung by Celestial Elf. Walking in The Air co Roger. And samples from; Kevin MacLeod ( ) Attack Of The Mole Men, Alchemists Tower, Creative Commons Licenses Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 ( Pub Domain; The Holly and The Ivy Creative Commons license: Attribution ( ) Also Freesound ( ) Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1 License ( ) Sound effects authors; dangerbabe, Jace, creek23, HerbertBoland, acclivity, farbin, genel, kantouth, Robinhood76, Frank Ostrander, eraylik. Grateful thanks for permission to film at; Old Europe co Up4 Dawes, Steelhead Harbourside, Cherry Tree Lane, Roasted Gull Road and Shanghai co TotalLunar Eclipse, Ruins Fall co Sliver Gray, Gaia Rising, co Enchantress Sao. Filmed on Phoenix, Windows XP using Fraps and Serif MoviePlus X3. Conceived, Directed and Produced c.Celestial Elf 2011. Category: Film & Animation Tags: A Christmas Carol Yuletide Pagan Carol The Holly and The Ivy Walking In The Air Modranicht Yule Ronald Hutton Charles Dickens Banksy Economy Globalism Poverty Social Reform Poor Laws The Shock Doctrine Naomi Klein Capitalism Workhouses Jack Skellington Marley’s Ghost Santa Claus Father Christmas Odin Dobby Dumbledore Scrooge Malthus Occupy Protest Democracy Ancestors Celtic Pagan Merry Christmas License: Standard YouTube License

Mrs. Claus, really? God has a sense of humor!

10 months later, and Kitty Claus is owning her place in this world.  and I’m still Marva trusting Jim in that he so validates my voice, my truth, my jokes (I don’t charge for them); he is able to stay in the room til the storm blows over which we facilitate through laughter.  belly laughing is such an important p


art of maintaining well-being and having funny company is sublime.  on my vision board at Avalon is this “he is a generous man with an exuberant laugh”, I placed it there 5 years ago and who appears but Santa Jim.  God has been messing with me for 52 years, convincing me of The Cosmic Joke, (laughter lifts us above the suffering) and so, i humbly accept my path and believe there is a Mrs. Claus in each of us full of comfort and joy, understanding that laughter is the best medicine and there is plenty to go around….  God Bless the Crooked Road that Led Me to this Moment.

the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind….


remembering who i am in concert with divine energy, i step towards life breath by breath. inhaling fresh, exhale tension. mindful that : i am safe. i trust more; i fear less. i am centered and grounded in this day, in this world. fully present moment to moment experiencing the unfolding destiny which is uniquely mine.  activated by the SACRED YES, i step towards life….warmhearted.