By Jake Anthony (C) ‘IQ Inc’. 1990. 2009.


Jake Anthony
The driving force behind this series of publications was born in England, just one year into World War Two. People dying not in combat but from health problems relating to lifestyle, including his own parents, was the life-amending catalyst which launched Jake Anthony’s lifelong interest in health, fitness and life extension - and a search for answers. A wish to become a professional actor and writer was fulfilled through hard work and dedication against the odds, and Jake Anthony obtained a degree of ‘celebrity’ over the years. His work as a character actor can still be seen on TV from time to time. Jake also became one of the most published writers who nobody knows about! This was due to his work going mainly uncredited as an internationally published journalist in advertising and PR; under pseudonyms as author, with many ‘to-kill-for’ reviews; and as editor and/or ghost writer for others. Jake had a couple of small ‘best sellers’ in the East and the West, and is the man behind a handful of ‘cult’ novels which change hands for large sums via on-line booksellers.

Another life-amending incident occurred when his extremely fit and healthy actor and stunt man son, died from an interaction between prescribed drugs. Like ‘Lord Jim’ - Joseph Conrad’s character in the book and movie - Jake left his homeland and wandered the Orient for 20 plus years trying to make sense of it all. This was interrupted by a series of health disasters at the hands of the allopathic medical system in the West which would have killed most people. Ironically, they were initiated by prescribed drugs that were supposed to cure, not kill. This was added to by the Western system of treating the symptom rather than fully identifying the cause. Jake’s series of the potential lifestyle based killers included cancer, crisis level hypertension, borderline type-2 diabetes, acute and chronic pancreatitis, and gallstones. As prescribed drugs had initiated his series of interlinked health disasters - and time after time exacerbated them - Jake turned his back on the Western medical system and from then on utilised nutritional, holistic and alternative therapies known about for thousands of years in the Orient and the East. His host of ailments regressed or were controlled, and extra decades of life were obtained. Some joint problems came later, but you would not believe it when you see the author pumping iron and skipping (jump rope) like an in-shape boxer. The author’s ‘beating the odds’ experience and use of holistic and alternative therapies, almost certainly played a part in his survival. The ‘How To’ and ‘Why’ are detailed in this series of books. Jake’s fit and youthful appearance belies the fact that he is technically a senior citizen, well over the age of retirement. Knowledge is power. Your choice.


Packaged by IQ Inc. International licencing enquiries: (C) 1990. 2009. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reprinted or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical, electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise, except for brief extracts for the purpose of review, without prior permission in writing from the publisher. ISBN: 978-974-576-471-2 First Pressing: E-Book: 2009.


CONTENTS 1. NATURAL BIRTH The Active Birth Centre Active Birth and Parenting Courses Birth Without Violence A Kinder Approach to the Birth Process


2. CARING THERAPIES FOR MOTHER AND CHILD Massage For Babies and Infants Benefits of Infant Massage Baby & Infant Massage Techniques - An Instant Guide Glossary of Massage Terms Baby Massage Precautions Massage for Mothers Types of Massage - An Instant Guide Reflexology - An Instant Guide Reflexology - Do’s and Dont’s Cranial Osteopathy - What is it and Why? Cranial Osteopathy - Potential Problems At Birth Cranial Osteopathy - Potential Problems For the Newborn Baby Cranial Osteopathy for Childhood Complaints Cranial Osteopathy Treatment - An Instant Guide Osteopathy - Reactions To Treatment Some Success Stories Meditation for Adults Meditation for Kids Acupuncture Nutrition During Pregnancy Herbs Used During Pregnancy Herbs That Help During Pregnancy, Birth & Lactation Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy More Herbs to be Avoided During Pregnancy

3. AYURVEDA Knowledge of Life How to Live a Healthy Life - An Instant Guide Traditional Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies - An Instant Guide 4. NUTRITION DURING PREGNANCY What Should Pregnant Mothers Eat? A Balanced Diet For Pregnant Mothers What Should Pregnant Mother’s Drink? Fluids For Pregnant Mothers - An Instant Guide Mineral Waters - An Instant Guide The Health Benefits of Water Foods to be Avoided During Pregnancy


5. NURTURING THROUGH DIET Breast-Feeding Breast-Milk, Cow’s Milk & Soy - An Instant Analysis Dangers When Feeding Baby Breast-feeding - Reasons Why Herbs to be Avoided During Pregnancy and Lactation Vegetarian Weaning - An Instant Guide Introducing Solid Foods - An Instant Guide Nutritional Groups For Baby - An Instant Guide Vegetarian Food for the One to Five Year Old A Balanced Vegetarian Diet Healthy Snacks for Little Vegetarians Nutritional Groups For the Family 6. SMART NUTRIENTS


7. FEEL GOOD FOODS Feel-Good-Foods Feel-Good Foods - An Instant Guide Foods That Fight Stress Foods That Fight Stress - An Instant Guide Why organic is Best. Yes, Organic Truly is Best. Additives in Supermarket Foods Can Kill You Concentrated Fruit Juices Are Not The Real Thing. Maximising the Vitamin Content of Your Diet An Instant Guide Do Not Microwave Your Food


8. DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS AND DIET Diet, Disruptive Children, Hyperactivity & Attention Deficit Indications of a Hyperactive Child General Behavioural Problems Substances Which Can Trigger Hyperactivity in Children The Hyperactive Children’s Support Centre Allergy Questionnaire REFERENCE NOTES


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (Homoeopathy) Ainsworths Homeopathic Pharmacy, London. UK (Homoeopathy) Mark Hessey, London, UK. (Nutrition) Dr. Robert J. Woodward B.Pharm., Ph.D., M.Royal Pharm. Soc., C.Chem., F.R.S.C. London. (Cognitive Development) Professor Robert Plomin. Institute of Psychiatry, London, England. (Fluoridation) Jane Jones. National Pure Water Association, UK. (Hyperactivity) Sally Bunday and Irene Colquhoun. Hyperactive Children’s Support Group, England. • The knowledge, experience and assistance provided by all of the above, was invaluable in the compilation of this publication.

• Thanks are offered to the many scientists,nutritionists, naturopaths, social scientists, psychologists, educational psychologists and professionals in a wide range of disciplines throughout the world, whose work has been utilised as reference material in the ‘Holistic Health’ series of publications. Cover Design: Bird and Jake Anthony. NB. The content of this publication is for information purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a physician, naturopath or other certified health care practitioner. The products and holistic procedures discussed herein are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease.


Holistic and naturopathic treatments do not just consider the symptom but treat the whole person. In the Western world, a non-holistic approach tends to dominate in the fields of medicine and general health. However, as animals and people build resistance to antibiotics and drugs - in addition to the fact that many drugs have adverse side-effects more and more people are investigating holistic and naturopathic treatments. This kinder, people-friendly approach to good health and well-being is fast gaining ground. A naturopathic and holistic approach to life has long been established in Asia and the Orient, and many of the therapies included in this publication emanate from these ancient societies. Natural birth procedures are a part of the growing movement towards a more instinctive and intuitive way of living - before high-tech and bureaucracy started treating us as if we were its servants, instead of the other way round. Good health both mental and physical, are vital elements in the growth and development of a child. A balanced diet plays an important part in the search for good health in its widest sense, and organic foods are very much a part of the growing movement towards a more natural way of living. Information as to what does what and why, is something everyone should be aware of. A comprehensive and easy to understand guide to foods for nursing mothers and growing children is essential. Knowledge is power. Your choice.

1 Natural Birth


THE ACTIVE BIRTH CENTRE Caring for your child commences at or before conception, regarding the manner in which mother and father take care of themselves. Informed preparation for mother’s confinement is the next important step, and this is where organisations such as the Active Birth Centre can assist. Based in London but with regional personnel and expanding to other nations, the Active Birth Centre provide courses and practical help on the subjects of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. In particular, holistic and natural ways to give birth. Through the Active Birth Centre there are choices. With the aid of the Internet - those choices are international. Mothers-to-be can establish whether a birthing chair might be an alternative way to bring their child into the world, where mother is seated in a commode seat and gravity does much of the work; a water birth, where mother sits or floats in warm water and the child enters the world submerged; the possibilities of using a clinical hypnotist; preparation for birth with yoga; acupuncture for pain relief at time of birth and with pregnancy related ailments such as high blood pressure; carpal tunnel syndrome, morning sickness and general aches and pains, there are alternatives to conventional, hospital birth procedures Other methods such as the Alexander Technique, which works by improving posture; traditional Thai massage, a powerful therapy that combines gentle, passive stretching with applied pressure on important energy lines running throughout the body; or simply a more sensitive atmosphere with low light and soothing music, can be planned and assisted with the support of the Active Birth Centre.

There is also homoeopathy, which can be a safe alternative to drugs during pregnancy and childbirth. Homoeopathy can be used as an effective first line of treatment, or as a complement to conventional medical care. Remedies may be used postnatally for mothers with fatigue, mastitis or depression, and for babies with colic, eczema, teething problems, sleeplessness or allergies. Osteopathy is another treatment which is becoming more widespread during and after pregnancy. This therapy can be very helpful to pregnant mothers in the relief of back ache, fluid retention, tiredness, digestive problems, postnatal depression and general lack of energy. All can be successfully treated by osteopathy. It is also recommended that every baby receives a craniosacral check, as birth compression may be the cause of imbalance in the baby’s body. Craniosacral treatment is gentle, and can successfully treat or prevent many problems. Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy which can help alleviate ailments during or after pregnancy. However, aromatherapy oils are powerful and should only be used during pregnancy under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. The Active Birth Centre can advise in this respect. High blood pressure, oedema, back pain and digestive problems can be relieved utilising this therapy, and body and mind can be rebalanced postnatally with positive results in reducing trauma and stress. Aromatherapy with accupressure massage offers a further alternative, combining aromatherapy with accupressure meridian massage. Yoga can also assist towards a more fulfilled and less stressful birth. The Centre provides weekly 2 hour sessions of gentle yoga and breathing, to help prepare mothers for birth and mothering emotionally and physically. In the modern world, bodies need to be reminded of their

instinctive potential. Yoga can provide the key to a relaxed and enjoyable pregnancy, helping the expectant mother to discover trust and confidence in her body. Many of the gentle yoga postures (asanas) are similar to birthing positions. The body gradually absorbs this knowledge, enabling the mother to move freely and instinctively in labour, and use supported squatting positions with ease when giving birth. Sessions also focus on learning the rhythm of breathing and to align the mother’s body with gravity. This assists towards a more comfortable pregnancy and empowers the mother to cope better with the intensity of labour. If a water pool for labour and birth is intended, the focus on awareness of the breath and yoga positions can be an invaluable tool in water as it is on land. Expectant mothers are encouraged to practice a few essential exercises at home between sessions, and to focus more deeply on the pregnancy. The benefits of this positive approach also extends to baby. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised and gentle skin massage. It can be especially helpful during and after pregnancy for the relief of fluid retention. It can also relieve pain and promote a deep state of relaxation. This is just one of many options available through the Active Birth Centre. Since the first Active Birth Centre was founded in 1985, by Janet Balaskas and Keith Brainin, the organisation has successfully encouraged thousands of women to discover the joy and satisfaction of an Active Birth. The Centre also pioneered a nationwide water pool hire service and has installed birth pools in many state run hospitals (NHS).


ACTIVE BIRTH & PARENTING COURSES The wide variety of part day or full day practical workshops are open to expectant parents and midwives alike. These take place in the UK and internationally. Workshops clearly describe the benefits and advantages of an active birth, and include practical work on birth positions, partner participation and massage. Workshops complement hospital or other classes, and act as an excellent refresher in late pregnancy or as an introduction to active birth in early pregnancy. First time parents are advised to attend the ‘Preparing for Labour & Birth’ course in addition to ‘The Active Birth Workshop.’ ‘Preparing for Labour & Birth’ This fully comprehensive, introductory course for couples or singles is held over four sessions or two full days. Whether parents are hoping to have a natural active birth, planning to use a water pool, or considering an epidural, it is important to approach the birth event well informed and with an open mind. ‘The Active Birth Workshop’ This course provides essential information and guidance to parents, so that informed choices can be made. A full range of options are available for home birth or hospital delivery, with the emphasis on discovering the mother’s potential for a natural, active birth.


‘Preparing for Labour & Birth’ This course covers the physiology of labour and birth; birth options such as using a water pool in labour and for birth; supported upright birthing positions; natural birth, breathing, movement, positions and massage; pain relief from homeopathy to epidurals; induction and assisted birth; prolonged labour and breech presentation; how to avoid foetal distress; assertiveness and negotiation skills; and making a birth plan. ‘The Water Birth Workshop’ This course is essential for anyone considering using a water pool for labour or birth, and of interest to anyone who is pregnant or working with women in labour. Participants are introduced to the philosophy behind water birth as well as the history and pioneers who first used a water pool. The workshop includes an explanation of how and why water helps the birthing process, and gives detailed information about monitoring, birth underwater, bonding and breast-feeding in water. Both practical and experiential aspects are covered as well as the latest research. This workshop also covers the special capabilities of the newborn in an aquatic environment, and encourages parents to explore the possibilities for young babies to swim early. Slides and video extracts are shown and, if a pool is available, it is sometimes possible to try it. Mothers are therefore advised to bring a swimsuit and towel if interested. Participants are recommended to attend the ‘Active Birth Workshop’ in addition to the ‘Water Birth Workshop’.

‘Parents as Architects’ This workshop helps parents discover how to become effective parents by learning to communicate with their baby in a direct and level way; understanding and coping with the depth of feelings that having a baby normally evokes, from joy and love to jealousy and rage; and creative management of conflict and stress. Exploring the ways that we were parented ourselves, and how this role model underlies the way we parent our children, help create a vision for shared parenting with a partner or significant other person. More than anything else, a baby needs loving parents who communicate well with each other and are willing to prioritise their relationship - to baby and one another. Single parenting can also work well when there is an alternative and consistent support system in place. All these factors are explored in ‘Parents as Architects’.

· Much of this chapter was based on literature kindly provided by ‘The Active Birth Centre’.


The Active Birth Centre holds a wide range of workshops and classes which include the physiology of breast-feeding, why breastmilk is the ideal food for baby, the rhythm and timing of feeds, what to do when your baby cries, common problems and how to avoid them, going back to work, emotions and sexuality after birth, bathing baby, sleep patterns and more. Other workshops encompass: ‘Massage for Pregnancy & Labour’; ‘Using Aromatherapy Essential Oils’; ‘Chinese Herbal Medicine with Aromatherapy and Reflexology’; ‘Tai Chi and Healing Meditation’; ‘Yoga’; ‘Resuscitation & First Aid for Babies’; ‘Life in the Womb’; ‘Nutritional Medicine’. The work of the Active Birth Centre continues postnatally, to enable new parents to enhance the quality of family life and support them through the challenges of the early years. The Centre has an expanding programme for parents, midwives, active birth teachers, health professionals and infant massage instructors. There is also a ‘well baby’ clinic and programmes for babies. Very importantly, workshop coordinators and project team members are exceptionally well qualified, and are usually experienced parents themselves. Teacher training courses and a network of certified Active Birth teachers throughout the UK and in other countries, allow pregnant women to actively participate in the birth process. There are choices and alternatives, and you can insist upon a less clinical atmosphere when baby is born if that is what you would prefer. Bright lights, drug dosages and impersonal nursing staff do not have to be the accepted standard [1]. NB. Home births, natural child birth and water births require advance planning plus professional supervision. A DIY approach is not recommended other than in an extreme emergency.

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