The dark months are a time of rest and renewal, not a time of high energy. The fairies return to their underground homes at Halloween and return aboveground on May Day. Give in to the slower pace of the winter. Expect less of yourself; enjoy more time in bed. Stop fighting the dark. Let it be deep and nourishing. Before electric lights, humans slept twelve hours a day during the winter. Recognize the softer energy of contemplation and enjoy it, just as you do the active energy of summer.
Herbal tonics can help us lighten up and stay healthier all winter. My favorite winter tonics are sunlight, St. Joan’s wort tincture, elder berry tincture, linden infusion, sauerkraut, and organ meats.
Get out into the sun. Not just in the winter, but in the summer too. And skip the sunscreen. Overuse is causing an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency, which leads to depression, weak bones, and cancer. For optimum mental and physical health – and for sustainable energy – humans need 15-30 minutes of unfiltered sunlight on hands, face and eyes (no glasses, no contacts) every day. You won’t make vitamin D in the northern states during the winter, but sunlight still has beneficial effects on the pineal gland, and thus, overall health. Special high-intensity lights are used to help those who deal with winter depression; but natural sunlight is preferable.
Among the most active efforts within the pharmaceutical industry is the search for a drug that blocks the signal paths to cancer cells. Stop the “grow signals” from reaching the cancer cells and you stop the cancer. So goes the theory, and it is a sound one.
The reason the drug companies are so intent on finding such a drug has nothing to do with any fervent desire to cure cancer. Big Pharma has no interest in curing itself out of business. They simply need to find a patentable drug that does the same thing as curcumin, only bit less effectively than this readily available natural substance is already doing. Curcumin, in the form of Turmeric, can be found on any supermarket shelf, and it is so smart it can tell the difference between a normal cell and a cancer cell and do exactly what we want it to do. Destroy cancer cells. This stuff can also block the cancer producing effects of many chemicals. Curcumin can protect against the estrogen mimickers that cause breast cancer. It can block the chemical effects of solvents, weed killers, and the nitrosamines used in processed “deli” meats.
Curcumin is a substance that has been shown to significantly slow and block the growth of breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancers. And while the drug companies are racing to develop a drug they can patent and sell to us, this natural substance is readily at hand.