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June, 2000

A monthly newsletter dedicated to serving the principles of 
physical and spiritual health envisioned in the Baha'i Teachings.

Volume 3, Issue #10





- New Millennium, New Healing Attitudes
- The Exchange
- A Response on Addiction
- Finding Your Joy
- Announcement
- Health Habits
- A Letter From the Editor
- A Message to all the Children and Youth
- Purpose of the Newsletter
- Website



By Zoltan Rona, MD, Ontario, Canada. (Editor's note: This article is taken from the journal "alive: Canadian Journal of Health and Nutrition", issue #207 January 2000. This article is of general interest and from the greater community, and is not written from a Baha'i perspective. However, I feel that the author gives some excellent ideas and insights to assist us to change our healing attitudes.) 

After 22 years of general medical practice and over 2,000 letters from readers requesting advice, I have observed some general principles that determine whether or not an individual is capable of controlling his or her health. The following basic habits help reverse illness and prevent disease. 

Questioning authority is good for your sanity as well as your health.

Prescription drugs are often unnecessary and even harmful in treating a long list of chronic ailments including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, arthritis and immune system problems, especially chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. In fact, studies published in 1999 indicated that prescription drugs, even when taken as directed, are the fourth or fifth leading cause of death in North America! (1) 

Fortunately there are well-documented safe and effective natural alternatives to most drugs. Health experts believe that maybe only 10 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs are really necessary. 

Beware of needless surgery, especially for the heart, uterus, ovaries, gall bladder, bowel and joints. Fibroid tumors of the uterus, kidney stones, fibrocystic breast disease and even prostate cancer may not require surgery. Not all conventional surgical procedures are cast in stone. After all, it was only a decade or so ago that radical mastectomy for breast cancer was abandoned for the simple lumpectomy. Also, Dr. Dean Ornish demonstrated in the 1990s that a combination of a diet low in animal fats, exercise and meditation could reverse coronary artery disease and prevent bypass surgery in a high percentage of cases.

North Americans, especially medically socialized Canadians, are the most operated-upon individuals on the planet. While I am by no means saying that surgery is always a bad thing, get a second or even a third opinion.


A few years ago, only a handful of Canadian dentists dared to question dental orthodoxy on the subject of mercury dental fillings. This has changed radically and will be one of the great battles in the new millennium. It is becoming increasingly evident that mercury from dental amalgams escapes as a vapor into the circulation, leading to neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other suboptimal immune system disorders. More and more dentists are seeing the light on this issue as well as the dangers of fluoride and root canal surgery. If at all possible, find yourself a dentist with a more biological orientation.


Medical school still teaches doctors to focus on disease rather than on wellness and to be interveners rather than teachers or equal partners with their patients. This negative and paternalistic attitude encourages ignorance and dependence on both doctors and the socialized disease care system. Such a system views natural life events like pregnancy and menopause as diseases requiring prescription drugs. This attitude, thankfully, is changing. (2)

The latter half of the 20th century has witnessed the emergence of a new paradigm. Responsibility for health maintenance is shifting on to the individual instead of the doctor. Health care practitioners are only now beginning to see their roles as something other then 'doing something to the patient.' (3)

The human body is capable of healing itself from virtually any illness, provided the right nutrients are present whether these be vitamins, minerals, light, water, a positive mental attitude or spiritual nourishment. Learn to depend on this.


Since grade school, high school and colleges offer no training in nutrition, preventative health care and other aspects of self-healing (although I expect this will change in the new millennium as well), one had to become an avid student outside the mainstream. My favorite patients and letters from readers are those that demonstrate a serious attempt to research and understand their health situation. 

The more an individual knows about health matters, the greater the healing potential becomes. Psychologists, psycho-neuro-immunologists and other holistic healers too numerous to list have proven the immense value of visualization and positive thinking in treating disease. One visualizes tumor cells being gobbled up by the white cells and guess what? The cancer is better controlled!

Knowing what coenzyme Q10 and hawthorn does for high blood pressure and visualizing how these remedies work will produce more positive results in blood pressure control than the biochemical effects of these substances on their own. In other words, the more you know about the therapy and how it works, the better the results.

Take courses on natural health care from the 'alive' Academy of Nutrition or another school of natural healing. Take a natural cooking course. Get your personal copy of the 'Encyclopedia of Natural Healing' (published by 'alive' books) and make a habit of reading a bit of it every day. Get on the Internet and do research on your own before spending thousands of dollars on visits to health care providers. Learn, learn and learn some more by reading magazines like this one.

Don't wait for your doctor to give his or her blessing before you take antioxidant vitamins, minerals or other nutrients. I don't recommend that you approach preventive or various 'anti-aging' tactics blindly but one should not take health maintenance lightly.

Research as best you can and take the initiative in controlling your health. Consult a health care practitioner if you have various health challenges but don't be sheepish. Direct action builds confidence. Confidence boosts energy, endurance, stamina and your immunity. (4)

Editor's notes:

(1) It is important to question the use of the prescriptions with the treating physician and sometimes the reduction of prescription drugs should be done carefully over a period of time with the supervision of a skilled physician. Sometimes abruptly stopping a medicine can make the situation worse and a specific drug may be required to help us function better. In the Tablet to a Physician, Baha'u'llah states: "Treat disease first of all through diet, and refrain from medicine. If you can find what you need for healing in single herb, do not use a compound medicine. Leave off medicine when the health is good, and use them in case of necessity", see May, 2000 issue in which the Tablet is printed.

(2) This characterization of physicians as "paternalistic" and "encouraging dependence" is a point in which the Baha'i teachings offer a bit more balance. We are taught to take individual responsibility, but also to respect authority. The medical field is striving to be holistic. Obeying a skilled physician is not a popular stance in current western culture, but it is the Divine Guidance we were given. There is something very healthy about obedience and working in unity. Note this quotation written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, 24 January, 1977: 

The secretaries of the Guardian have conveyed his guidance on this point in many letters to individual believers in passages such as these: "...refer to competent physicians and abide by their considered decisions", "...invariably consult and follow the treatment of competent and conscientious physicians...". Thus the obligation to consult physicians and to distinguish between doctors who are well trained in medical sciences and those who are not is clear, but the Faith should not be associated with any particular school of medical theory or practice. It is left to each believer to decide for himself which doctors he should consult, bearing in mind the principles enunciated above." ('Health and Healing': Compiled by the Universal House of Justice, pp.47-8)

(3) The Baha'i attitude is not that the doctor is alone responsible for our health. Here is one quotation that shows that we do have a great deal of responsibility for guarding our own health. "Praised be God, the women believers have organized meetings where they will learn how to teach the Faith, will spread the sweet savours of the Teachings and make plans for training the children.... Let them also study whatever will nurture the health of the body and its physical soundness, and how to guard their children from disease." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, pp. 123-124 

(4) You can visit his website at: and subscribe to his excellent newsletter, 'HealthWise Digest', 1366 Yonge Street, Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4T 3A7



In the May, 2000 issue, a reader requested for assistance:

I have been under treatment for hepatitis C for the last 4 weeks. I have good days and bad days, but they have been much better than I ever guessed. I had my first blood test on April 3 and my hemoglobin is down slightly and will get a blood test again on April 20 and see the doctor on April 24. This is supposed to last for 48 weeks. I have also been going to a Baha'i for Chinese medicine and acupuncture. She is a great help. Is there any way you can solicit "the experts" you have available and that the issue of hepatitis C could be addressed in the newsletter. This will be reaching major epidemic proportions soon since most people that were infected had no way of knowing until recently and most doctors do not realize that all people should be tested for it when they come in for a physical. New knowledge will be coming out all the time now. Thank you for any news you can get. 


(Editor's note: Here is an explanation of hepatitis taken from "Prescription for Nutritional Healing", by James F. Balch, MD and Phyllis A. Balch, Avery Publishing Group, New York, 1996, p. 314.)

"Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, usually caused by a viral infection. The liver becomes tender and enlarged and is unable to function normally. As a result, toxins that would normally be filtered out by the liver build up in the body, and certain nutrients are not processed and stored as they should be. The symptoms of hepatitis include fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, appetite loss, muscle aches, joint pains, drowsiness, dark urine, light-colored stools, abdominal discomfort, and often jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and elevated liver enzymes in the blood. Flulike symptoms may be mild or severe.

In the last fifteen years, scientists have identified the viruses responsible for three leading types of the disease, called hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. 
1) Hepatitis A, also known as infectious hepatitis, is easily spread through person-to-person contact, and through contact with food, clothing, bed linen, and other items. It is contagious between two to three weeks before and one week after jaundice appears. After a bout with hepatitis A, the individual develops an immunity to it.

2) Hepatitis B, also referred to as serum hepatitis, is spread through contact with infected blood (for example, the use of contaminated syringes, needles, and transfused blood) and some forms of sexual activity. It is estimated that up to 5 percent of all Americans, and as many as 85 percent of gay men, are infected with hepatitis B. However, most hepatitis B come and go unrecognized. In some 10 percent of cases, the disease becomes chronic, scarring the liver and making it more vulnerable to cancer. Hepatitis B is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.

3) Hepatitis C accounts for 20 to 40 percent of all hepatitis and 90 to 95 percent of hepatitis contracted through blood transfusions. Tests can now detect antibodies against hepatitis C in donated blood, a major advance in ensuring a safe blood supply, but an infected individual may take up to six months to develop the antibodies, so it is still impossible to identify all infected blood. Hepatitis C can also be contracted through intravenous drug use, sexual contact, and broken skin or mucous membranes."


I was deeply moved by the letter of the friend, who has been infected with the hepatitis C. I'd like to recommend to this person to investigate macrobiotics. Macrobiotics is a way of healing through food, as well as a healthy life style. The greatest promoter of Macrobiotics and a recognized Macrobiotic healer is Mischio Kushi. (He opened the first health food store in America!) He lives in Boston, MA, US and travels extensively giving lectures and medical consultation. He and his wife are the founders of Kushi Institute, where they teach cooking and healing through food. 

Here is their address: Kushi Institute, Leland Road, P.O. Box 7, Becket, MA, United States, 01223-0007 tel: (413) 623-5741 and fax: (413) 623-8827

I know many, many people when treated by macrobiotics were cured of an advanced cancer, AIDS and many other illnesses, which conventional medicine struggled with. In fact the US Medical Association is currently researching macrobiotics as a possible way to cure those diseases! 

I myself was diagnosed with a 2.5 inches cyst on my ovary. My gynecologist suspected cancer and wanted to operate. I refused since I consider surgery "the last resort". I decided to give a chance to nutrition first. Therefore, I started to practice a strict macrobiotic diet. After two months my cyst got 50% smaller! I lost weight! I looked really healthy and got my energy back. My trust in natural healing methods was confirmed couple months earlier, when I got rid of 20 stones in my gall-bladder. This was due to a 3 day home made apple-juice diet, coupled with an olive oil-lemon juice mixture.  Western medicine says to cases like this is "cut it out" whereas natural medicine suggests non-invasive methods such as - "dissolve it", "melt it", "soften it" and go to the toilet with it. It's painless and effective! So you can imagine why after I've seen my stones come out so easily, I would refuse to operate my reproductive organs (especially before having kids!).

Generally, macrobiotics is all about eating wholesome foods in the right proportion: 60% wholesome grains (brown rice is highly recommended here!), 20-30% vegetables, 10% beans, 5% sea vegetables, 5% soups. And infrequently some fruits and nuts. But there is more to it. It's a whole science. 

Fascinating, logical, and uniting yin & yang forces of nature. Also, depending on the disease, proportions change, therefore, some things - even good things - should not be eaten at all until one gets better (due to their contracting or expanding influence on the organs). That's why a macrobiotic healer is necessary! And the healer is usually somebody, who himself/herself has overcome a fatal disease through nutrition. That was the case with me. I got in touch with Mina Dobic, a healer, from California. She was diagnosed with cancer on both of her ovaries. Chemotherapy didn't help, but food did! As a result, she wrote a book about it and cures others - people like me. Good luck! May God guide you. - Ewa Jodlowski, Poland (see recommended books listed below)



Michio Kushi & Alex Jack - "The Cancer Prevention Diet" (for prevention and healing)
Aveline Kushi & Wendy Esko - "The Macrobiotic Cancer Prevention Cookbook" (for prevention and healing)
Michio Kushi - "The Macrobiotic Way",

- "Diet for a Strong Heart"
- "Standard Macrobiotic Diet"
- "Basic Home Remedies"
- "Basic Shiatsu"

Alex Jack - "Let Food be Thy Medicine"

To order any of the above books or to receive a catalog with a full book list and a program of workshops, courses and treatments offered at the Kushi Institute call: 1-800-645-8744
For any one with a life-threatening disease (such as cancer, or hepatitis C), it is not sufficient just to study these books, as the application of these cooking principles takes time. You should immediately call the Kushi Institute and ask them to recommend to you a certified Macrobiotic Healer in your locality. And consult the physician, as soon as possible. Certain good foods in certain conditions are not good effect, because of their contracting or expanding, warming or cooling effects. Only a Macrobiotic physician, with the experience of natural diagnosis and healing, will be able to tell you what to avoid and what to eat. 


Ibrahim Karim, an Egyptian architect and healer, has developed a pendant with about 400 drawings on it that go into resonance with the part of the body that needs healing. It works upon an energy level which surrounds the body. Basically, by changing the energy into positive energy, it affects the physical (and emotional, and spiritual) body. Universities in Egypt have tested his pendant on hepatitis C, along with homeopathic, allopathic and other medicines. In the first tests, he received a much higher percentage than the other medicines tested. He has an internet site. Look up  The ideas behind his work I find fascinating and may be worth checking into. - T. Pratt, The Netherlands

(Editor's note: The Baha'i Writings are very clear about the importance to consult with competent physicians, therefore it would be wise to share your healing journey with your physician.)




Here is another perspective to the question asked in February, 2000 issue: 

Many of us struggle with different forms of addictions such as: shopping, alcohol, narcotics, smoking, food, gambling, work, computers and others. What are your suggestions to assist us to overcome our specific addictions which may cause us pain and frustrations? How were you able to make the decision to deal with it and to make the right choices to change your life?

Addictive and compulsive behavior is either numbing or distracting behavior. The obvious question is, "what are we trying to numb out or distract ourselves from?" Until we are willing to feel the unfelt and examine the unacknowledged, we will continue to be manipulated by them.

Our first thought is that we are trying to forget or escape painful experiences from our past. Trying to remember and examine these experiences is a valuable step in the process of getting out from under their control. But behind the experiences themselves is the feeling that they generated in us - feelings of shame.

I believe that when we learn to heal unhealthy and toxic shame, then we will gain the serenity and self-acceptance we need to abandon our numbing behaviors.

Toxic shame
From one perspective, we can define shame as the punishment half of the internalization of the principle of reward and punishment. When we do what we believe is right, we reward ourselves with feelings of joy. When we do what we feel is wrong, we punish ourselves with feelings of shame. 

But what is the essence of joy and shame? Joy is the sensation of being drawn towards God. Shame is the sensation of being removed from God. Ironically, whether we do something good or bad, it is not God who moves, but us. Two forces act to separate us from the experience of the presence of God. One is our feelings of unworthiness. The other is our fear of punishment. We try to hide from God's judgment, not realizing that the act of hiding is, in itself, the greatest punishment.

The western culture promotes feelings of unworthiness and fear through its obsession with original sin, black/white thinking, and perfectionism. The Baha'i Faith rejects all three of these ideas. The Baha'i Writings, therefore, promote a more healthy relationship with God that will ultimately reduce addictive behaviors.

Addictions are very difficult to heal if the approach focuses on ending negative behavior, because we are trying to shame ourselves out of shameful behavior. Addictions are more easily dealt with by replacing numbing behavior with positive feelings - the joy of moving towards God. This comes through forgiveness, service and the development of virtues.  - Justice St Rain, U.S.A., Author of "Falling Into Grace"

(Editor's note: Practical examples of applications of these theories would be interesting to know about.) 




By Frances Mezei, Ontario, Canada

True happiness comes from expressing your passion and goals. When you're really in touch with your passion or goals, you begin living on purpose. Passion is that activity that you love to do, that you do with such pleasure or enthusiasm because you find it's so deeply satisfying. 


* Take fifteen minutes a day for yourself alone. If you are not used to this, you can start gradually with one or two days a week and build up. This will help you learn to be still to discover your inner joy and what is important to you.

* Write a purpose statement, a mission statement for your life. This can be very simple with just a few sentences but write it down. Once you know what you're passionate about, or what your purpose in life is, you can look for ways to bring more into your everyday life. 

* Start a gratitude journal to change the way you think about your life. Take those 15  minutes with yourself and write down five things in your life that you are grateful for from that day. This idea of the "Gratitude Journal" is mentioned in "Simple Abundance - A Day Book of Comfort and Joy", by Sarah Ban Breathnach, p. 14. 

* Discover what you enjoy doing. Decide to spend some time this summer paying attention to what you love, what encourages you, and what is healing to you. There's a pattern in your life of things that you are attracted to, that you enjoy, and that you excel in.

* Make a list of all the things you wish to explore but are afraid to do. Then try them out and notice what happens afterwards.  If it is helpful, write down what your inner voice is saying and of any shifts in the felt sense of your body, your energy, and your behavior. 

* Make your home an oasis from the frenzied world outside. Fill it with great music, books, friends and laughter.


A reader from England shares with us this wise quote by Aristotle, 384 - 322 B.C.:

"All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. 

First have a definite, clear, practical ideal - a goal, and objective. 

Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends - wisdom, money, materials and methods. 

Third, adjust your means to that end."





When Dianne Mahbouby, from UK, realised how I was positioned in the bed I Iive my life from, she sensed a need even I was not aware of. She initiated a project that Baha’is from all over the world UNITED around and now I have what I call my BED OF LOVE, with a backrest that can be raised. Instead of lying flat on my back all day without being able to lift my head, I can sit upright. For the first time I have a full view of the garden and feel more dignified when hosting work related meetings. These dear, dear Friends, acting as God’s grace and mercy have not only given me a luxury I never dreamed of  having, but their love and example of ONENESS in action has made my heart overflow with joy.  - Renett Grove, South Africa, e-mail



This bi-monthly newsletter is dedicated to raising families with strong spiritual values and is published for the purpose of sharing thoughts, comments and experiences on how the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are being applied to the task of parenting and family life. If you are interested, please email: or visit the  website at:




Here are some essential elements for our spiritual and physical health provided by a physician who has practiced for more than 35 years under the guidance of the Baha'i teachings. 

Trust in God
Consult a skilled physician and follow his instructions
Practice detachment from all save God
Practice moderation
Pray and meditate daily; read the Creative Word morning and evening
Be always happy
Practice patience
Eat simple, wholesome foods
Drink adequate pure water
Evaluate progress daily, summarize weekly




By Frances Mezei, Ontario, Canada


It has been three years and thirty issues that I have been sending out the "Healing Through Unity" newsletter. There are now over 1,600 subscribers from more than 105 countries, territories and islands. I have been informed by many readers that they have forwarded the newsletter, put it on list services or made copies of it for their friends so the newsletter reaches a much wider audience.

The publication goes to 26 National Spiritual Assemblies (NSA) which are: Australia, Belarus, Cambodia, Canada, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Pakistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Russia, Solomon Islands, Turkey, Zambia 

There are seven members of the Continental Board of Counsellors as well as the office of the Continental Board of Counsellors Australasia receiving the newsletter. The publication is translated into Russian, Urdu (Pakistan's national language), as well as a few other languages. If your National Spiritual Assembly is not listed or if you are currently translating all or parts of the publication, please let me know at: -- .


We are assisting each other in our letters and stories to the newsletter. It is a gift to be able to share the things we have learned and have access to other people's wisdom in this newsletter. We are learning to apply the principles of physical and spiritual health envisioned in the Baha'i teachings into our own lives. We are learning to lead a more productive life, one in which we feel a sense of vitality, cooperation, harmony, balance and reverence within ourselves and in all our encounters. Here is a quotation and poem demonstrating the concept of working together in a spirit of unity to bring health to everyone.

"Go forth and light others until all the separate waiting servants are linked together in a great Unity.

"Those who are working alone," He said, "are like ants, but when they are united they will become like eagles. Those who work alone are as drops, but when united, they will become a great river which will carry the clean water of life into the desert places of the world. When this great river of life becomes a flood, all misery and sorrow and grief will be washed away. Be united! It is dangerous to be a drop all alone; it might be spilled or blown away." (Abdu'l-Baha cited in "The Chosen Highway" by Lady Blomfield, p. 171) 

This poem was written for Race Unity by Diane Tuffs, U.S.A.

One heart singing
Two hands clinging
Three souls bringing
Four colours blending
Broken spirits mending
Unity pending
Humanity's healing

The newsletter will not be published during July and August. I hope that you have a wonderful summer and look forward to your participation in the newsletter in September, 2000. I wish to thank you for your participation, support and encouragement during the past year. 




"Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity. An all-embracing love of children, the manner of treating them, the quality of the attention shown them, the spirit of adult behaviour toward them - these are all among the vital aspects of the requisite attitude. Love demands discipline, the courage to accustom children to hardship, not to indulge their whims or leave them entirely to their own devices. An atmosphere needs to be maintained in which children feel that they belong to the community and share in its purpose. They must lovingly but insistently be guided to live up to Baha'i standards, to study and teach the Cause in ways that are suited to their circumstances." (Ridvan 2000 message from the Universal House of Justice, the supreme administrative body of the Baha'i Faith)

For the "Healing Through Unity" newsletter, we would LOVE to hear from the children and youth. As parents, grandparents, other family members, or friends, why don't you ask your daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends to write an article, story or poem for the newsletter. Ask them questions such as "What makes you happy?", "What are some of the things you are grateful for?", "How do you help/serve other people who are sick, in need or lonely?", "What is your favorite talent, sport, exercise or activity to keep you active and healthy?", "How do you practice your virtues such as kindness, sensitivity, gentleness, respect, etc?" and "What are some of the ways you communicate and show your love to God?" These articles and stories will be printed in the Fall issues.




"Healing Through Unity" is published for the purpose of sharing thoughts, comments and experiences on how the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are being applied to our physical and spiritual health. Other than the quoted Holy Writings, the material in this newsletter represents the thoughts and opinions of the writers and has no authority. You are free to copy articles, provided you indicate the source of the article. If you have a change of e-mail address or wish to unsubscribe the newsletter, please inform me. There are 10 issues per year; it is not published during July and August.  The newsletter is produced in Ontario, Canada. Please send your stories, comments, suggestions or "Question for the Month" ideas to Frances Mezei by e-mail: -- .


Many thanks to all of you who sent such wonderful contributions for "Healing Through Unity" Newsletter. The decision to select and edit material submitted for publication is determined by the editor. 




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