This Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence project started with a clear desire and intention to inform and bring Rongoā study participants and researchers together in a way that serves the needs of both communities. It is expected that the guidelines released will not only protect Rongoā Māori practitioners, but also provide some guidance for the wider research community (both Māori and non-Māori) when conducting research in this area. Donna Kerridge, study participant and Rongoā Māori healer is hopeful that the CERLS guidelines will help consolidate the gifts and abilities, skills and experience necessary to honour the sharing of different world views and that they will facilitate a journey of empowering and informing people, that gives effect to the guideline’s importance and practical value in today’s more responsive research climate. Project lead investigator Dr Amohia Boulton, from Whakauae Research for Māori Health & Development expressed her desire that these guidelines will “provide a strategic framework and promote research that will be culturally, methodologically and ethically appropriate for all parties involved”. Whilst the project team believes that the CERLS guidelines will stimulate ongoing discussion and contemplation about all the issues identified, this is very much just the beginning and there have been many questions raised in this project that still need to be addressed. It is considered imperative that new models, paradigms and frameworks are found that will allow Rongoā Māori to be treated as the taonga it is, even if not currently fully understood by science, medicine or research and which will ensure that the future generations can feel secure that Rongoā Māori is a taonga that continues to be treasured and protected in the years to come.
Who will benefit from these guidelines? Rongoā Māori will benefit most from the CERLS guidelines. Rongoā Māori has a focus of the holistic treatment of all aspects of a person, as well as their whānau (family), spiritual associations and the/ their environment. This approach is sorely missing in the scientific and medical sectors. In many projects the totality of Māori cultural values and the traditions of Rongoā are frequently overlooked in favour of those parts that are easily identified and scientifically studied, and which provide financial gain. The CERLS guidelines work to ensure Rongoā in its entirety is understood and considered in all Rongoā research. These guidelines benefit specifically from Māori healer consultation, which has been lacking in some Rongoā research efforts to date. In alignment with the Treaty of Waitangi, both Māori and Pākehā stand to benefit from research that includes the opinions and perspectives of both cultures, not just one or the other.
INTRODUCTION TO RONGOĀ MĀORI
For those who are unfamiliar with the tenets of Rongoā Māori, we provide a statement describing several elements of Rongoā Māori here.
However, there is so much more to Rongoā than can be covered in these guidelines, and it will take a lifetime to truly learn. While we acknowledge that Rongoā includes the environment, ecology, Māori cosmology, the atua (Māori gods), wairua, the ancestors and tikanga (protocols), as well as the healing practices, principles, values and traditional knowledge, we provide a brief description below as gifted from one of our participants,
Donna Kerridge states:
Rongoā Māori is commonly represented as:
• Mirimiri and romiromi (bodywork/deep tissue massage)
• Rongoā rākau or wai rākau (plant medicines/herbal remedy)
• Matakite (seer, gift of second sight, clairvoyance)
• Karakia and Wairua (prayer/spirituality)
Mirimiri and Romiromi focus on soft tissue manipulation or joint mobilisation, but they are also much more than that. Mirimiri is about soothing the soul and connecting to energy beyond ourselves to invoke healing. Romiromi is about activating deep within, to every cell in our body so that our connections to the natural world flow freely.
Rongoā rākau or wai rākau include herbal remedies made from plants but these are not given in isolation. It is also about understanding the connections that create a vibrant community within the bush and about tuning our skills to know when something is not right and how to correct it.
Matakite is about tapping into our library of knowledge and wisdom that exists beyond the veil.
Karakia includes prayer and much more. It’s about stilling ourselves, clearing ourselves so that we are able to see and hear clearly, learn effectively, focus on the now and channel wairua. Rongoā Māori is so much more than a simple list of modalities.
• A way of understanding our world and how to heal it;
• A way of living that recognises the web of connections that exist between all things; and
• It’s about strengthening our connections to our whenua. Rongoā Māori teaches us that when we know how to heal a tree, we will know how to heal ourselves. If the bark on a tree is damaged, we make a bandage to protect the tree from the elements and invading diseases. We use the soil below it which is rich with all the good things needed just for that tree, to inoculate it and protect it from potential invaders. We can do the same for our skin with a plaster of angiangi (Usnea barbata) or kanono (Coprosma grandifolia).
When we know how to restore our wetlands and swamps, so that water can flow freely through the plants and bogs that filter the water before returning it clean to our waterways, we will come to understand the importance of both our waterways and our kidneys and how to better care for them.
Rongoā Māori understands that everything that exists has a cause and an effect upon everything else. We refer to this as wairua, the invisible connections that bind all things in this world. It is important to realise that everything we do, say or feel has an impact on the wellbeing of others. A cold shoulder or momentary look of disdain can ripple through the lives of many like a pebble in a pond. Our connections permeate all aspects of our lives. Let the ripples we create be from a simple act of kindness, a welcomed smile or a hand extended in friendship. Rongoā doesn’t stop and start at the clinic door, healing touches others in all that we do, say and feel. The simple act of acknowledging those we pass us can change someone’s day and ultimately their health and wellbeing (D. Kerridge, personal communication, February 27, 2017).
Whilst Rhayne does not promote its products as being Rongoā or benefit from any discussions/intimations of "healing". We do appreciate others beliefs and support any discussions about the traditions and cultural aspects of Rongoā Māori.
We at Rhayne cannot promote any of our products as having a healing/medicinal benefit without being approved by "scientists". Whilst we know, having been demonstrated by local Maori healers the positive affects of horopito and kawakawa in particular, we must by law having scientific evidence. Hence, we fully support CERLS guidelines and promote their concerns.
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The only known problem for people, mammals and birds that I have ever been able to find any reference to is inhaling it in.
For food grade diatomaceous earth, there is only the bother of breathing in any dust.
There exists another variety of diatomaceous earth that has been fiddled with so it can be used for pool filters. The pool grade stuff would be bad for you because it contains up to 70% "crystalline silica". My understanding is that if you work with the pool grade stuff all day, every day, for years, you could get cancer. Don't mess with the pool grade stuff. Genuine Food grade diatomaceous earth will contain less than 1% crystalline silica.
This article is really about the pure, food grade diatomaceous earth. I have to say "food grade" over and over or someone will quote a small slice and then bring up the pool grade type and say "its glass".
I have customers that ask will diatomaceous earth "the tiny particles cut my lungs?" Answer: No.
I think the truth behind these reports is that these folks heard how diatomaceous earth works, and when they would breathe in the dust, it would make them cough - just as breathing in flour or corn starch would make you cough.
The thought of the sharpness at a microscopic level is concerning to some, our understanding is that when diatomaceous earth becomes moist, the sharp thing is no longer happening. That's why you have to keep it dry when you use it.
As long as you are using food grade diatomaceous earth, you are perfectly safe. Even if you breathe in lots of it. Of course, if you are asthmatic or have lung problems of any kind, I would think breathing in any kind of dust would be a bad idea.
Diatomaceous Earth – also known as Fossil Shell Flour (Amorphous Silica). Love Your Gut Powder is food-grade, meeting the strict criteria of Food Standards Australia, New Zealand. This is NOT a silica or highly heated product -
Our Diatomaceous Earth is food-grade and safe however, there are different grades of DE that are not, so don’t just buy any DE product it to needs to be of the highest finest quality. Think of it like the difference between cheap salt for the swimming pool and Himalayan Sea Salt!
Does Love Your Gut Powder fit into my dietary requirements?
Yes. Love Your Gut Powder is gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, dairy-free and sugar-free.
HOW DO I USE IT?
How do I take it?
Start off slowly, say one teaspoon per day for the first week. Once you’re used to it, you can build up to a full tablespoon. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day.
What does it taste like?
It has no taste and no odour.
When’s the best time to take it?
One hour before a meal is an ideal time to take it. I recommend having it with at least half a cup of water or juice. Some people even put it in their tea and coffee! But you can have it with food if you want to.
Can I take LYG forever or do I need to stop after a certain period of time?
We have customers that take it most days just once but, when feeling bloated -take it twice a day. It's very gentle - Think of it like brushing your teeth. If you don't brush for a day, a film of plaque arrives and it’s the same with your digestive system. Waste, plaque, bad bacteria builds up constantly so a little gentle cleanse with LYG works every day.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Diatomaceous Earth looks like a cylinder/honeycomb full of holes that has a negative charge. As the millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digest tract, they attract and absorb bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, E-coli and heavy metals.
These pathogens are trapped inside the cylinder and passed out of the body. The bad bacteria has a positive charge and the good bacteria generally has a negative or neutral charge, as does Diatomaceous Earth.
Any larger parasites in the stomach or digestive tract are taken care of by the Diatomaceous Earth particles. This de-burdening of the digestive system results in a healthier digestive system and a healthier body.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS?
What are health benefits of LYG?
Taken daily, It has the ability to sweep clear forms of bacteria out of the system. eliminating parasites and intestinal worms from the body and aids in keeping the bowels clean. Containing 15 minerals that are known to promote healthier, shinier hair, skin and nails. Helping lower cholesterol, blood pressure and give relief from arthritis pain.
Is Diatomaceous Earth absorbed in the blood stream?
A small amount of food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is absorbed into the blood stream. Travelling throughout the body, assists in cleaning and breaking up plaque in the blood vessels and destroy bad fats. Our customers have advised that taking LYG has lowered their cholesterol levels by as much as 40-50 points. To be transparent, this evidence is anecdotal - not from clinical trials. Have a read of our customer feedback
Would it rid the body of parasites and heavy metals?
It will help get rid of both parasites and heavy metals as it’s a gentle but effective cleanse. As it is negatively charged it ‘attracts’ positively charged particles such as bad bacteria and heavy metals. It’s not a quick-fix.
What’s the difference between amorphous and crystalline silica?
Amorphous silica is silica in its natural occurring state. It is a trace mineral which every mammal on the planet needs to gain full health. It becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing, e.g. the type of diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool, and other, filtration systems are crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. It is not biodegradable.
Is there a difference between “Naturopathic Grade” and “Food Grade” products?
Our diatomaceous earth has been approved by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
Similar to the grading of salts – from Celtic sea salt to swimming pool salt, Diatomaceous Earth has many grades also. Supercharged Food's diatomaceous earth is food-grade and approved for human consumption at the serving indicated on the pack.
Does it also get rid of good bacteria?
Diatomaceous Earth will not absorb beneficial bacteria simply due to the fact that DE has a negative charge and bad bacteria has a positive charge. However, we recommend consuming probiotic-rich foods or taking a probiotic supplement to help the good bacteria within the gut flourish and grow, as the body has improved nutrient absorption, enabling more good bacteria to grow.
Why do you say the product is great for skin, hair and nails?
Our product is high in 85% Amorphous Silica which is proven to be great for hair, skin and nails. It also supports collagen production.
How can it help with weight-loss?
A toxic intestinal tract can result in weight gain and even obesity, as people lack the proper nutrients their body needs to promote optimum health. As a result, they continue to eat more foods in attempt to obtain nutrients their bodies are lacking from being toxic. Diatomaceous Earth helps gently sweep away the toxins from the digestive tract and improve nutrient absorption.
The recommended serve is one heaped teaspoon (6g) per day, is there any concern with overdose?
The product is a food, not a medication, so it’s safe to consume. It’s a gentle cleanse, not a quick fix so be sure to keep that in mind when consuming.
Will Love Your Gut Powder affect the effectiveness of medication?
It will not interfere with medication works as it’s a food, not a medicine. However, if you are concerned, you should check with a health professional.
I’m allergic to Spirulina. Diatomaceous Earthis algae, does that mean I’ll be allergic to it too?
As Diatomaceous Earth is fossilised, it’s no longer algae therefore it is safe.
Is Diatomaceous Earth okay for people with Crohn’s disease?
We’ve had a number of people with Chron’s who’ve had success with alleviating symptoms and have experienced improved bowel function and better energy levels. Please speak to your doctor if you are worried.
Is it safe to take when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, it’s safe to take as it’s a food, not a medication. There’s many different grades of Diatomaceous Earth, so it’s important to take only the highest quality, food-grade Diatomaceous Earth like Supercharged Food’s.
Since Diatomaceous Earth eliminates all intestinal worms and parasites when fed in adequate daily doses, the body will better absorb the nutrients.
As LYG is high in silica, does it pose a problem for people with implants?
There’s no safety concerns identified at taking the proposed level of powder.
Is it kid friendly?
Yes, Diatomaceous Earth is a food, not a medication. We recommend smaller doses, based on the size of the child. We recommend school aged children start with ½ a teaspoon per day and slowly build up to 2 level tablespoons over time. Always speak to your doctor if you are worried.