HS40 Heart Conditions

REFER TO THE EXPLANATION CONCERNING HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION IN
HS01 THE BASIS OF SELF THERAPY
HS16 HOW TO USE THESE SUGGESTIONS
HS17 DESCRIPTION OF YOGA EXERCISES

There are many possible problems which one can have with one’s heart. The arteries which supply the heart muscles with blood can be blocked. The heart beat can be irregular, too quick or too slow. A valve in the heart can be malfunctioning. The heart can become oversized. The most common of all these insufficient supply to the heart muscles, so that they have a tendency to fail momentarily or permanently.

We will present a variety of aids to self healing here, but they must in all cases of serious heart problems be employed only with the consent of your physician.

SOME POSSIBLE CAUSES

1. Hereditary weaknesses. 2. A toxic diet. 3. Malfunction. 4. Nervous tension. 5. Overwork. 6. Lack of exercise. 7. Lack of oxygen (smoking). 8. Blocked nerves in the spine. 9. Obesity. 10. High pollution concentration in air, food and water. 11. Failing of other organs such as kidneys, liver or lungs which tend to add more work for the heart. 12. Nervous and endocrine disorders.

EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS

The following dietary guidelines are for the most part taken from Paavo Airola’s research on the effect of diet on heart disease as presented in his book «How to Get Well».

1. Drink plenty of water daily. Spring water is best (but not chlorinated).

2. Eat a diet low in cholesterol and triglycerides, avoiding animal protein and fats, white sugar, white flour, alcohol and coffee.

3. Avoid foods high in sodium: salt and most processed foods.

4. Do not overeat at any meal.

5. Do not smoke (82% of those who die of heart attacks are smokers).

6. Eat whole grains and seeds such as millet, oats, brown rice, sunflower seeds, sesame and vegetables such as potatoes, okra, asparagus and apples, honey, brewer’s’ yeast and fresh cold pressed oils.

7. Check with your doctor about taking the following vitamins: Rutin (Bioflavonoids) and E. (E. should not be taken with other blood thinners).

HEART CONDITIONS

There are many possible problems which one can have with one’s heart. The arteries which supply the heart muscles with blood can be blocked. The heart beat can be irregular, too quick or too slow. A valve in the heart can be malfunctioning. The heart can become oversized. The most common of all these is insufficient blood supply to the heart muscles, so that they have a tendency to fail momentarily or permanently.

We will present a variety of aids to self healing here, but they must in all cases of serious heart problems be employed only with the consent of your physician.

SOME POSSIBLE CAUSES

1. Hereditary weaknesses. 2. A toxic diet. 3. Malnutrition. 4. Nervous tension. 5. Overwork. 6. Lack of exercise. 7. Lack of oxygen (smoking). 8. Blocked nerves in the spine. 9. Obesity. 10. High pollution concentration in air, food and water. 11. Failing of other organs such as kidneys, liver, or lungs which then add more work for the heart. 12. Nervous and endocrine disorders.

EFFECTIVE NATURAL SOLUTIONS

The following dietary guidelines are for the most part taken from Paavo Airola’s research on the effect of diet on heart disease as presented in his book «How to Get Well».

1. Drink plenty of water daily. Spring water is best (but not chlorinated).

2. Eat a diet low in cholesterol and triglycerides, avoiding animal protein and fats, white sugar, white flour, alcohol and coffee.

3. Avoid foods high in sodium: salt and mot processed foods.

4. Do not overeat at any meal.

5. Do not smoke (82% of those who die of heart attacks are smokers).

6. Eat whole grains and seeds such as millet, oats, brown rice, sunflower seeds, sesame and vegetables such as potatoes, okra, asparagus and apples, honey, brewers’ yeast and fresh cold pressed oils.

7. Check with your doctor about taking the following vitamins: Rutin (Bioflavonoids) and E. (E. should not be taken with other blood thinners).

FOR THOSE WITH ARTERIOSCLEROSIS

(Or high cholesterol)

8. Those with Arteriosclerosis or High Cholesterol can benefit from the following:

Vitamins C. (start with 500 mg. and build up to 1000 mg. per day after three weeks), Vitamin F. (take raw seeds, and nuts, sprouts and fresh cold pressed oils). Lecithin, Chromium, Niacin (B3), Calcium, B6, Magnesium and Zinc. These are all known to protect the organism from the accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides.

9. Eat plenty of foods containing Vitamin C. such as grapefruit, lemons, cabbage, brussel sprouts, apples, peppers, parsley etcΖ

10. If there is constipation remove the problem immediately.

11. Avoid smog, get plenty of fresh air.

WHEN COMBORTABLE

Morning

1. Upward stretch. (see issue Oct. 86)

2. Head Rolls. (see issue Jan. 86)

Swing (slowly) (see issue Jan. 87)

4. Sun Salutation Breathing with balloon exhalation.

5. Cat. (see issue Oct. 86)

6. Prayer position (see issue Jan. 87)
7. Breathing 2:1:2:1

8. Vibration «OOO»

9. Deep relaxation

Evening

10. Cat

11. Torsion (see issue Jan. 87)

12. 1/2 Bridge

13. Fish (see issue Jan. 87)

14. Forward stretch

15. 1/2 Shoulder stand (see issue Jan. 87)

16. Deep relaxation

COMMENTS

1. Work slowly with concentration. Do not force any movement. If you feel your breath heavy stop or work more slowly.

2. If you have high blood pressure do not do the fish. If you do the half shoulder stand let your legs be lower on the wall so that the blood flow to the head is lesser.

3. After a few months use the alternate breathing (2:1:2:1) for your morning breathing exercise.

4. Add other exercises only under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher and your doctor’s approval.

5. Walk in fresh air and nature.

6. Be happy. Be relaxed.

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«Lord, keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details – give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others’ pains. Help me to endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains – they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so. Make me thoughtful, but not moody – helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all – but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end».

12. Plenty of enjoyable movement, walking, light jogging, dancing, singing, garden work. Exercise is mandatory; but forcing or pushing yourself is prohibited.

13. Shiatsu massage and spiritual healing can be extremely effective in relieving built up pressures and energy blockages. They are recommended once or twice a week.

14. Reflexology can be used to tonify the functioning of the other organs such as kidneys, adrenals, liver, lungs etc. but not directly for the heart.

15. Deep relaxation is perhaps the most beneficial technique which one with heart problems can employ. It should be done regularly twice a day.

16. When emotional factors are involved, you would do well to reconsider your attitudes towards life, and participate in some seminar or growth group dedicated to exploring ways to facing life in a more relaxed and effective way.

17. Live a natural life with no extremes in anything. Develop your spiritual nature.

18. See the guidelines for High blood Pressure if you have such a problem. (in our issue of November 85).

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REGENERATION

People with heart conditions vary greatly in the seriousness of their conditions. Thus they vary in their ability to safely exercise. It is not known that all people with heart conditions must exercise, but what you will have to determine for yourself with the help of your doctor is how much you need to exercise. In reality the question is not so much how much you need to exercise, but how you must exercise. If you do exercises quickly without concentration, you may cause harm to yourself. On the other hand, if you perform your exercises with a slow and concentrated rhythm you will benefit greatly. For this reason you would best learn exactly how to do the following exercises from an experienced yoga teacher, explaining to him the nature of your problem. If you have reservations about any exercises, check with your doctor.

Start out with a few exercises from the first series and when you feel comfortable with them add more. Do this first series for about a month at least before you start to gradually add exercises from the suggested series. Add exercises gradually about one each week.

The following exercises are designed to: Improve circulation to the area of the chest and heart. 2. Improve the overall circulation throughout the body. 3. Relax the nerves. 4. Clean out the lungs. 5. Harmonize the functioning of the endocrine system.

IN THE BEGINNING

Morning

1. Upward stretch (see issue Oct. 86)

2. Head rolls (see issue Jan. 86)

3. Sun Salutation breathing with balloon exhalation

4. Cat

5. Prayer position (issue Jan. 87)

6. Vibration «OOO»

7. Breathing (2:1:2:1)

8. Deep relaxation

Evening

9. Cat (see issue Oct. 86)

10. Torsion (see issue Jan. 87)

11. 1/2 Shoulderstand

12. Deep relaxation

When able to do the above exercises comfortably without heavy breathing or forcing, then work gradually towards this next series.

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