What is Iridology – Part 1

Introduction to Iridology (By Rhea Baluyut, C.IR.)

History of Iridology

1303837475micIridology is an ancient practice that can be traced back over thousands of years ago. From clay tablets Chaldeans left behind, hieroglyphs from Ancient Egyptians, to Hippocratic writings from the Classical Greeks on signs within the eye indicating internal health and state of the body. In 1670, Philippus Meyens published “Chromatica Medica” in Dresden in which he shared his studies of the eye and how it relates to the body. In 1786 Christian Haertels published “De Oculo et Signo (The eye and it’s signs).

Modern Iridology

The birth of modern iridology as it is known today, really began in the 1800’s, by a Hungarian scientist, physician and homeopath named Ignatz von Peczely whom after decades of comparative studies determined that there is a direct correlation between the state/changes to our health and how that appears in our eyes. This led Dr. Peczely to create a chart in which he utilized throughout his examinations with patients. Overtime as the practice progressed, various scientists and physicians have revised the chart and improved upon it.

Today, there are various different forms of iridology practiced. The European practice of iridology provides a quick and fairly accurate assessment based on the European constitutions. Australian iridology focuses on emotional states and there is also the practice of Sclerology, focusing on analyzing the white part of the eye surrounding the iris. North America practices traditional iridology and was pioneered by a physician in the 1900’s named Bernard Jensen. Dr. Jensen specialized in various areas of health including homeopathy and nutrition and created the original North American iridology chart. Although revised by practitioners, still today the foundation of the chart remains similar to that of what was initially created by Dr. Jensen (below). The chart represents two eyes (the right and left) and within each eye are organs and areas of the body. Around the periphery of the eye are numbers similar to that of a clock

Taking into consideration hundreds and thousands of nerve endings and blood vessels that come from the back of our eyes and connect to various areas of our body, these connections provide a communication highway, communicating changes in our body systems through our eyes. Changes are observed through splitting of fibers, colour changes within the iris or blood vessels laid out within the sclera.

What Iridology can reveal

  • Primary nutritional needs of the body
  • Inherent strengths or weaknesses of organs, glands and tissues
  • Constitutional strengths and weaknesses
  • Toxic settlement in organs, glands and tissues
  • Inflammation within body and tissue health
  • Colon health and condition
  • Pressure on heart
  • Circulation / skin health
  • Nerve depletion
  • Hyper/Hypo activity within organs, glands, tissues
  • Lymphatic system congestion
  • Assimilation of nutrients and minerals
  • Physical or mental fatigue on body
  • Inherent or acquired weaknesses
  • Preclinical stages of diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and other autoimmune diseases
  • Healing signs indicating increased strength in organs, tissues and glands
  • Probable allergies to wheat
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Sources of infection
  • Nerve energy in body

What to expect in an iridology assessment

An iridology assessment is considered non-invasive. A common tool utilized is a hand held scope, held up to the eye during an examination to provide a closer look. Some practitioners will take a picture of their patient’s eyes with a high-resolution still camera. An assessment can focus on the top three observations noticed within the eyes, or an extensive examination can provide insight on everything observed during analysis. Nutritional recommendations and/or protocol will typically follow to work towards improvement of health.


Meditation for Non-Meditators

medMany of us living in urban centres long for a simpler time. Surrounded the the chaos of the city, the hum of technology and the constant stimuli of billboards, racing cars and crowds of people, finding our way back to ourselves seems tough.

I offer you these words by Deepak Chopra (February 20, 2012).

The Mind-Body Connection 

“Only a few decades ago, medical students were taught to view the body as a machine whose parts would inevitably break down until it could no longer be repaired. Today science is arriving at a radically different understanding: While the body appears to be material, it is really a field of energy and intelligence that is inextricably connected to the mind. All of the thoughts, perceptions, memories, emotions, and feelings in our mind influence every cell of our body. When we have a loving thought or focus on a happy memory or feeling, our brain triggers a cascade of molecules that promote wellbeing in our physiology. On the other hand, when we hold onto emotions such as anger, fear, and doubt, this creates stress and damage in the body.

Through meditation, we can reverse the effects of accumulated stress and toxicity.  Meditation takes us into inner silence, allowing the body to restore balance and repair itself.”


Every participant will successfully meditate.


WorkingWell offers a 6-part series for the corporate audience. Participants are given a step-by-step approach for building a successful meditation practice. Each class builds on the one before. Students examine their own beliefs and perceptions about meditation and learn that the practice can take many forms.

Our program introduces employees to three vastly different meditation techniques, which allows them to find which avenue is most comfortable and accessible to them.

WorkingWell’s Learn to Meditate  program has been designed be memorable and to deliver a visceral experience.

The program is delivered either two-times per week for 3 weeks, or once per week for 6 weeks. Each class is 45 minutes.


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Optical Illusions – Cycling Eye Gear

This video explains why protective eye gear is important when you cycle and demonstrates a brand of glasses I use. They are extremely, affordable, versatile and allow you to see better while cycling through various conditions.


Do This Every time You Ride a Bike

Give your bike a good once-over before each ride in 5 easy steps.

Check your bike, check your kids’ bikes, check your mother’s bike – just check and then go have fun!

The ABCD Quick Check 

A = Air

Air: Make sure you have ample air in your tires. It’s dangerous to ride with low tire pressure and really bad for your rims. Also… the more air you have in your tires, the faster you go!

B = Breaks, Bell & (handle) Bars

Breaks: To check your breaks, apply pressure to one break first and then drag your bicycle forward. If your bike skids along the pavement, your breaks work. Do the same for the other break. If either of your breaks don’t cause your bike to skid when you push it forward, DO NOT RIDE!

Bell: It’s the law to have a bell on your bike here in Ontario (or a horn or a gong – exactly… a gong? It’s true, check the Highway Traffic Act). Make sure your bell is working, easy to reach in a riding position and fastened tightly.

Bars: I didn’t mention this in the video but you want to make sure your handle bars are in good working ordering and not loose.

C = Chain, Cogs and Cranks

Chain: Check to see if your chain is on properly. Look to see if it’s rusty and almost falling off. If it looks good, go ride your bike.

Cogs: These are the spiky discs that your chain moves around. You have 2 sets of cogs – check them both. Make sure everything looks good. No funny business.

Crank: The cranks attaches to your pedals. Grab the cranks and try to wiggle them back and forth. There should be no play in the crank, meaning, it’s solid and doesn’t wiggle.

D = Drop Test

Drop: Pick your bicycle up about 1 foot off the ground and drop/bounce the wheels down. Listen and watch to see if anything shakes, rattles or rolls off your bike. With the drop test you should only hear a really solid sound when the wheels hit the ground. If anything sounds like it’s about to fall off, go in for closer inspection and tighten what’s loose, or get your bike in for repair.

Quick Check

Quick Check: Inspect your quick release levers to make sure they are on tight and that they are pointed up and are flush with your front forks. This helps prevent stuff from getting collected in there and loosening your levers (like tall grass or other weird stuff you could be cycling through).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson in bike safety and you’ll put it to good use. Please help share this message wide and far. These 5 simple steps could save you from injury!

Happy Cycling!

Eggcellent Beginnings

Poached Egg atop Sautéed Kale

Poached Egg atop Sautéed Kale

What you have for breakfast has an important impact on how your blood sugar levels will behave for the rest of that day! Starting your morning off with a healthy protein and veggies is an incredible way to give your body and brain what it needs to see you through thick and thin. If you start off with a sugary breakfast, your body will crave sugar all day long and send you on a wild ride of sugar crashes and cravings.

This morning I made a poached egg and placed it atop a bed of sautéed kale, along with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and yellow bell pepper. For added fun I squeezed fresh lemon juice over the kale to bring out its delicious flavour and help my body absorb the maximum amount of iron from the dark leafy greens as possible. If you’re someone who is low in iron, this little trick with help you get the maximum amount of iron out of veggies like kale and spinach.

6 years ago when I was visiting my super-star Nutritional Therapy Practitioner friend Margaret Floyd of Eat Naked I was wowed by the amazing breakfasts she would create. Many a morning we enjoyed poached eggs with greens (and homemade kimchi for an added digestive boost) and I couldn’t believe how INCREDIBLE I felt eating these tasty meals. I’ve you’ve never tried anything like this, I’m sure it will be love at first bite. There’s something special and delicious about egg yolks and dark leafy greens that just go so well together.

Now, when I’m looking to fuel my body well and start off my day with a truly healthy boost, this is a breakfast I go to often. To help you get started, I’m posting the recipe below. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Poached Egg atop a Bed of Kale

Yield: 1 serving             Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 leaves of Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale, washed and sliced into strips
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 of yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp of olive oil or butter
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 egg poached – watch how to poach an egg


  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil, add 1 TBSP of white or apple cider vinegar to water.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, chop pepper, slice kale and sun-dried tomato.
  3. Sauté bell pepper in frying pan over medium-low heat with oil/butter for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add sun-dried tomato and kale. Mix occasionally. When kale turns bright green, remove from heat
  5. When water reaches a boil, crack an egg into the water (the vinegar will keep the whites together).
  6. Remove when your egg is cooked to your liking. The yolk will cook/harden fast in boiling water, so use a slotted spoon to lift it to the surface every 2 minutes to check on it’s progress.
  7. Remove egg from water when cooked. Remove excess water with paper towel.
  8. Plate the veggies and a squeeze lemon over them.
  9. Place egg on top.
  10. Enjoy immediately!

4 Minute Ice Cream That Will Melt Your Heart

Dairy and sugar-free ice cream!

Dairy and sugar-free ice cream!

Tonight I was craving something a little sweet after dinner and because I don’t eat a lot of refined sugar, I needed something healthy. It was a HOT evening so I decided to make my own version of a healthy “ice cream” treat.

I’ve seen a ton of bloggers post recipes about their homemade ice cream concoctions using frozen bananas as the base, so I took a peek in my freezer to see what kinds of ingredients I could pull together to test out this home made “ice cream” thing.

What I created was so delicious that I wanted to share the recipe with you STAT so you could benefit too!

4 Minute Ice Cream

Yeild: 2 servings          Time: 2 minutes


  • 1 frozen banana (peel and chop before freezing)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blackberry, blueberry and raspberry)


  1. Place ingredients into food processor.
  2. Process on high until ingredients look smooth and “creamy”.
  3. OPTIONAL: 2 TBPS of cocoa powder.
  4. Enjoy immediately.

Here are some photos of how the ingredients looked at the beginning and at the end:

Frozen fruit in food processor.

Frozen fruit in food processor.

What it looks like when it's ready

What it looks like when it’s ready

Chocolate Coconut Power Balls

Chocolate Coconut Power BallsThe mid-morning snack attack! We’ve all been there, and this morning I was working outside at my home office when I suddenly got a massive craving for something chocolatey and coconutty and sweet. Knowing I had to be smart about what I would be putting into my body, and really wanting my treat to be delicious yet healthy, I created these these tasty little DELICIOUS treats with the ingredients I had at home.

Behold the Chocolate Coconut Power Balls! 

Yield: 10 pieces       Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus an extra 3/4 cup to coat balls with)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (the kind that’s just almonds)
  • 7 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 TBSP of cocoa powder
  • 1 Tsp of pure vanilla extract


  • Place all ingredients into food processor.
  • Mix on low or high until the mixture is nicely blended together in a slightly chunky dough.
  • Roll dough into little tim-bit sized balls and place aside on a plate or sheet of wax paper.
  • Roll balls into the extra 3/4 cup of shredded coconut.
  • Eat 1 immediately to enjoy the fruits of your labour and put the rest in the fridge for an hour to firm-up.

* Store in fridge or freezer.

If you do end up making these tasty little treats, please leave a comment below to let me know how they turned out! I

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Lose Your Sugar Cravings

I told you that I can’t help but share great information with you that may not be workplace related (but will be wellness related). Please allow me this one indulgence as I share news about an amazing cookbook that is about to be launched.

The Naked Foods Cookbook (which can be preordered now) by Eat Naked author Margaret Floyd, and her husband Chef James (personal chef to the Stars…) is an incredible cookbook with 160 whole-foods, gluten-free, healthy recipes. I have tried some of the recipes Margaret and James featured in this cookbook and I have loved every one of them.

If you’re looking to make healthy dietary changes but have been at a loss for what recipes to try, look no further. This cookbook will soon become your family’s favourite!

We’re working on bringing their 14 Day Sugar Control Program into the workplace.


Pre-order your copy of The Naked Foods Cookbook and get lifetime access to the new online

version of our 14-Day Sugar Control Detox Program.

This program includes:

  • a full set of how-to videos 
  • detailed outline of the 14-Day Sugar Control Detox
  • sugar backgrounder
  • meal plans based 100% on recipes from the Naked Foods Cookbook
  • grocery lists
  • tips and tricks to make the most out of this detox
  • and so much more…!

100% of clients who’ve followed this program to a T have lost weight, improved their energy levels, and drastically reduced their sugar cravings.

This program is valued at $95, but with proof of purchase of your Naked Foods Cookbook preorder by May 3rd, 2012, it’s yours FREE!

Email your proof of purchase to books@eatnakednow.com (just forward the receipt from any of the online retailers below), and they’ll follow up with you within one business day with your personal access to this online program.

5 Foods To Avoid at Meetings

Employees love free food! In fact, many companies choose to provide meals and snacks at their on-site wellness events. We’re always surprised to find out what people think of as wellness foods such as Pure Garcinia Cambogia and more .

Here’s some great information about what not to have on the menu at your next healthy workplace event:


1. Refined sugar – At the turn of the last century we ate on average 5lbs of sugar in a year; in 2011 some of us ate up to 120lbs, and that’s being conservative. Sugar contributes to diabetes, obesity, and hypoglycaemia and should be avoided in its refined form. Keep the donuts, muffins and danishes off the list!

2. Hydrogenated vegetable oilFat is as essential to the body as water and oxygen but people have to be careful which fats they consume. Many of the vegetable oils have been ‘hydrogenated’ to make them last longer. Hydrogenation alters the oil and creates an unhealthy form of fat. Find out if your catering company uses products with these harmful oils. Opt to add in healthy oils on from nuts, seeds, avocado, organic dairy, raw or cold pressed oils

3. White flourWhole grains provide us with fiber, protein, vitamins, mineral and even a small amount of fat. When grains are refined their fiber is stripped away, so is the good fat and much of the protein, vitamins and minerals. We are left mostly with starch and very little nutrition. White flours negatively impact our blood sugar levels and lead to overeating. Choose whole grain flours when feeding the masses at work.

4. Soft drinks – Besides being a good toilet bowl cleaner I can’t think of one good property of soft drinks. If they aren’t high in sugar, they are full of artificial sweeteners, neither of which are good for us. The high phosphorus content can strip our bones of calcium. There is no nutritional value in a soft drink and they often contain questionable, possibly carcinogenic preservatives and additives.

5. Juice – By law, juices must be pasteurized in order for them to be shelf-stable. The pasteurization process eliminates all the live enzymes and health properties of the fruits and vegetables leaving us mostly with sugar and water. Choose instead to bring in, water with freshly squeezed lemon (or orange slices) to meetings and treat staff to freshly squeezed juice as a nice, healthy option.

Eat Naked: Book Review

Book Cover: Eat Naked

If you ask my friends and family, they will tell you that I get a kick out of eating healthy foods that taste amazing. I’m not terribly interested in eating healthy foods that taste weird, or bland, or that smell funny. I love anything that has to do with eating simply and naturally. I’m a HUGE fan of creating meals that haven’t come from a box, or a can, and I love sitting down to enjoy a plate of tasty food with ingredients I can pronounce.

Quite often I am asked about this type of eating, and I sometimes don’t have the time to sit down to explain why eating this way is preferable. Lucky for me, and for what are sure to be millions of readers, a great new book has come along called Eat Naked – Unprocessed, Unpolluted, and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You, by Margaret Floyd, a nutritional therapy practitioner, certified holistic health counselor, and a certified healing foods specialist.

In less than 200 pages, this information-packed book, explains the ins-and-outs of healthy, clean eating. If you’ve ever had questions about why eating organic meat is best, what to think about dairy, where eggs fit into your diet, if fish is okay, how to choose produce, what fats to eat and avoid, what kitchen tools you must have to make life easier, and a few (40) simple new recipes you can use to get yourself eating better, this book is for you!

This Adonis Golden Ratio book has become my new go-to resource for inspiration and information. Don’t walk to get this book, run! It’s simply the best resource out there for eating well. If you do buy it, please tell us what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback on it.