NATURAL HEALING: How to raise healthy children

Dr. Lucia John

Children are the future of any civilization, in every generation. When a couple decides to have a child, they are in fact accepting a mandate from God, to take this divine being, made in God’s own Image and Likeness, to feed, train, educate, guide, correct, discipline and mould that child into adulthood, as a responsible, mature and God-Loving individual, who will take up his or her place in the society in full conscious awareness of God, and to advance the human race.

Advancing the human race does not only include the physical body. It also includes deep connection with God; calm, educated, healthy minds; sharp, clear intellects, stress-free Nervous Systems, healthy bodies, balanced emotions and a purified, elevated soul.

Children are our future. When we become the helpless elders, it is the children who will then be the adults of the day, making all the decisions which will affect every aspect of our lives. In order to live a happy old age, and to help them to make the best use of their time on earth, we need to train the children properly. They do not only learn from what we tell them, they also absorb from us whatever we are, so we must also teach them through example.

Take a look at our generation as adults. Most of us grew up in the Catholic Church, regardless of our religion right now. We grew up waking in the morning and going to Mass. Did we wake our children to do the same thing? In most cases, we resented waking up in the morning, and we may have vowed not to do this to our children. How did we do? We grew up as responsible, mature adults. The children are the next generation and they are falling big time. What happened? Did we stray from the path our parents laid before us?
When we woke in the morning at 5 or 5:30, and went to mass, we did many things that we did not even notice then. We woke up at a time when the whole of Nature was waking up, the birds the plants, the beautiful colours of dawn in the sky, etc.
1. We took a walk (exercise)
2. We breathed the fresh air and experienced the dew.
3. We went to mass and listened to God’s words
4. We return home feeling good for the day. This conditioned our day.
5. We noticed the difference when we did not go to mass in the morning

Why did we take this important item away from the life of the children? Instead, we gave them snooze time, late mornings, everything they wished for, thinking that they would grow up to be perfectly satisfied adults. We got bush tea and or milk and cereal, roasted bananas, or breadfruit etc. for breakfast, we give our children soft drinks salami and God knows what else in a plastic bag for breakfast. We ate organic foods. Our children are fed refined and processed foods. We ate lots of coconuts and foods cooked with heat-extracted and cured coconut oil, providing vital essential fatty acids for our brain and nervous system. No wonder we escaped the scourge of ADHD.

The present situation with the children of the world is a complex one. Children are like computers, we program them by what they learn from us. When we caught a cold, our parents knew what herbs would restore our health. If our children catch a cold, we get them antibiotics. We grew up in nature, the sea, in the rivers, in the fields. Our children are growing up behind computer screens and video games doing the babysitting. We grew up in full sunlight, but our children are growing up without enough sunlight, without that contact with nature which is necessary to develop in the proper way. Not having enough exercise, even the structure of the body will be much weaker than the generation before them. To add to this there is now a world-wide rise in child abuse, suicide, and a host of behavioral, emotional, and psychological disorders associated with stress. These include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD.

Modern health care systems no longer match children’s health-care needs. Obesity, allergies, asthma, Type 2 diabetes, PTSS, and a list of others are taking its toll on our children. We can easily remedy this by allowing them to meditate and eliminate the stress which is the basis of all these chronic illnesses. (

The Medical experts are calling for a more integrated system of health care, because of rising costs, the long lists of side- effects of drugs, and very limited effects on the health of the children.
We grew up taking naps. This is something we could not escape from; this was the rule. Even when we went to school, parents would call us to quiet time in the afternoon before we took our snack. This broke the activity of the day and allowed the Nervous System to recover before the activities of the evening. We would have an early night to wake early the next morning for school. Another thing we could not escape from was the seasonal washing out. ‘laxatives.’
Do we do the same thing with our children, I am sure the answer is no. By the light colored stains seen on their faces, one knows that intestinal parasites are playing havoc with the children today.

What do we do? Today when foul language is the norm and restlessness seem to be the way of life; when drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex is only the tip of the iceberg, we cannot recognize children anymore. All is not lost though. There is one answer that I can suggest. Let the children go within. They will find themselves and they will find God. Rest is the opposite to restlessness. Rest is the opposite to stress. Peace of mind which rest cultivates is the opposite to the anger we see today in schools, at work, at home, and at play.
We can engage the children in healthy discussions and debates in the same way we grew up. This will sharpen and strengthen their intellects and open their minds. They will also be able to adapt to new things based on their own research and informed decisions.

Over 600 Scientific Research Studies have been done to document the effect of the deep rest provided by Transcendental meditation on the health, behavior and wellbeing of children. They return to respecting their parents, teachers and peers, and grow up to excel in whatever field of study they undertake. They enjoy greater ability to focus, inner happiness, better memory, and tolerance and improve their grades. We have a great task at hand, and that includes reducing and stopping the flow and increase of collective stress which is taking over our children. We can do something now! Will we?

We need 1 % of the population of Dominica, approximately 600 persons to practice the Transcendental Meditation Technique to significantly lesson collective stress. Whenever 1 % of any population, practices the TM Technique, positive calm is felt in the environment and society, greater energy, creativity and productivity is also experienced by all. All negative tendencies dissipate and the crime rate is reduced. This is called the Maharishi Effect. It was predicted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the early 1970’s.

I have started teaching 200 children the Transcendental Meditation Technique. So far 30 have learned and the results reported include: calmer, more collected minds, greater ability to focus, better memory, ability to do homework without distractions, better relationships at home, at school and with friends. Teachers have started to notice the positive change and comment on it. Parents are experiencing greater calm, more normal blood pressure and greater happiness with their children.

If you need help with your child, or need to know where to get traditional coconut oil, or just need to talk about issues affecting your child, or if you would like to financially support this project, you can contact me at; 1 767 500 5060, 1 767 614 0903, or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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  1. Dr. Lucia john
    December 9, 2012

    Update on ADHD Project.

    Number of Children and parents who have learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique so far: 54.

    It is very gratifying to see children regain their ability to focus in school, enjoy memory, and ace their exams.

    This is the report that I am having from all the children who meditate regularly, morning and evening.

    See how Transcendental Meditation is transforming lives for the better.

  2. Dr. Lucia John
    December 1, 2012

    A word to parents.

    My next article will be directed towards the parents. I want the parents to know that they hold the key to their children’s happiness and their future. They should not hesitate to seek help when they feel that things may be getting out of hand.

    If a parent can remain calm through the thick and thin of their child’s behaviour, if the parent can lend an ear when the child needs someone to talk to, and listen in a non-judgemental way, the child will know that that parent is an ocean that he or she can trust and depend on, but cannot move by force or manipulation but by love and obedience; the child will do the parents’ bidding.

    If on the other hand, the parent is tired and loses his or her cool and gets angry often, the child senses weakness and pushes the parent’s buttons. Some parents may begin to get ill at this point, if too much toxins and stress hormones accumulate in the bloodstream. The child may start manipulating the parent to get his or her way,the body starts to get sick, many things may happen at this time depending on the strength of the parent. This can be avoided by simply remaining rested at all times. The parent can practice Transcendental Meditation to keep rested,tolerant, alert,loving and available to the children at all times.

    The father needs to be involved in the lives of the children. A boy who behaves badly with his mother just needs to hear a few words from dad, and he will behave. Fathers take heed!!!

    Even if the parents are already suffering from chronic diseases, because the Chronic diseases are based on stress,practising Transcendental Meditation will help to eliminate the stress, bring great relief to the individual and make the illness much more treatable by the family doctor.

    If you would like to research this, just google “tm and whatever illness you are suffering from, or for example, if you are suffering from a stroke, you can go to
    If you are suffering from heart disease, go to:

    For epilepsy,

    for Childhood and adolescent disorders,


    Whatever the disorder, you can go online and do your own research. Transcendental Meditation helps the body to lose the acidity and become more alkaline. Illness can only start, grow and exist in an acidic environment. We are all born alkaline, but we die acidic. Think about that.

  3. Dr. Lucia John
    November 26, 2012

    To Concerned Mother,
    Although you contacted me privately, I thank you very much for allowing me to respond publicly, because others will benefit from the discussion also. I will try to answer your question as clearly as I can.

    You said that you felt that Freethinker should be responded to especially on the point of ‘mandate from God’

    When I spoke of mandate, I spoke of purpose. We all have a purpose in life. If we are all made in God’s Image and Likeness, and we perceive ourselves to be individuals, we are also a collectivity with a collective purpose, and that would be ‘accomplishing God’s Purpose on Earth.’
    To accomplish this supreme purpose, every individual would have to play his/her part. That part which we must play within the greater purpose is our mandate from God.

    We all know that we are not here only to wake, work, fete, eat, drink, joke and sleep. Even children about 5 to 8 years old often ask, “What am I here to do, what is my purpose”?

    When a child comes into the world, this child has a purpose which would be part of that collective plan in which we all play a role. It is our individual responsibility as parents, to ensure that this child has all the knowledge, tools, abilities and readiness to accomplish his/her part of the Divine Plan when the time comes.

    Having the tools mean training, patiently guiding, teaching and forming this child to know the truth about life. When this child knows and understands that there is a SOLE Authority in life above all other authorities, and that child knows how to commune daily with, and listen to that Authority, it becomes very difficult for that child to grow up and hurt, rape, abuse, traumatize or bully others. Even if they are in a position and situation to do so, they WILL remember That Authority and will therefore have the strength to turn that thought or intention into a positive one and walk away.

    This is why every guardian, parent or parent to be should be educated in this knowledge so as to help this child to be as ideal a human being as he or she can be.

    For persons like Freethinker who does not believe in God, I hope for him, that he knows that there is an Authority above all earthly authorities and that he would raise his children to at least learn and live by the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If they live like this, they would be drawn automatically to God, because it takes virtue to live by the Golden Rule.

    I believe that we are here to accomplish God’s Business and it is by doing so that our own business gets accomplished. On a smaller scale, if Dominicans decide to clean up Roseau, we may have more cruise ships visiting and everyone would benefit from the extra income.

    Everything has a purpose, the trees, the animals, insects, the air, the ocean etc, etc. nothing can exist in isolation.

    When man was given dominion over the earth and all in it, it was meant to be through love, gentle authority, and order – not hatred, fear and spiteful destruction. So we should assess where we are in the whole scheme of things, and make the appropriate corrections, because time does not seem to be on our side.

  4. Be Nice
    November 16, 2012

    I agree with what you say Dr. John. There is another aspect to this. The adults must learn to deal with their anger/ stress issues and not pass them onto the children as beatings filled with anger and rage. This creates long term emotional trauma in the children’s psyche that affects these children for a long, long time, hence some of the behavioural problems we see today.

    It is true that teachers have to deal with many students in the classroom who have different personalities and different problems, but if the teachers learn to deal with their personal issues, get professional help when they need it, the classroom will be a calmer, more productive place.

    I was a school teacher too, and I know that when I came to school calm and prepared to teach, the children would mirror my state of readiness and behave themselves. If I did not have a good night’s sleep, or had a problem bothering me before school and I did not prepare my class beforehand, I would not be able to handle the children for that day, they would be so agitated. so I really believe that we radiate what we are like heat or light.

    Our people need to take advantage of whatever professional help is available in the community for their own good, the children, and the community. If people are less stressed, it is a fact that there would be less anger and less crime. That much I understand.

  5. Dr. Lucia john
    November 15, 2012

    This is why the Bible says “Honour thy father and mother that thy days will be long upon this earth.” What is meant here is this: Honour every mother and father. These are general terms. It really takes a village to raise a child. The youngsters should respect adults and adults should love and respect and guide children. When the younger generation turns away from the older one, wisdom and common sense fly away from them and they dive into sense pleasures and instant gratifications. without discipline to help them to steer their course in life, deprived of proper guidance and love, they do die young. It is as if they cannot live out their purpose because the basis of the purpose is gone. How can a branch survive without the trunk, and how can a leaf survive if it is cut off from the branch?

    All is not lost though. We were told to ‘Seek the Kingdom and all else shall be added unto us.’ Seek means to look for, inquire, investigate, search. And where is the kingdom? it is within us… in the stillness of our hearts.

  6. Reflections
    November 13, 2012

    It is so true Dr. John. Look what is happening to our communities and societies since people have been ignoring that early morning mass in the Catholic Church. We need to get back to doing the things that our grandparents taught us.

    • Dr. Lucia john
      November 14, 2012

      @ Reflections, This happens because a tradition takes hundreds, even thousands of years to build, and this is what makes a people who they are. When any generation loses sight of their tradition, they are like leaves cut off from the main branch of life and drifting in the wind. They wither quickly and die young.

      The younger generation always comes with new knowledge, this is how God advances the human race. Innovation is what they are about. The older ones in the community are the custodians of all the life experiences of the community. They are the holders of wisdom, and of common sense. When the younger generation breaks away, this is a recipe for disaster. It is like building a house without a foundation, or trying to pull a cart without wheels etc. When persons in the past 40 years spoke about the Generation Gap, no one listened, or no one knew what to expect, well, we have it now.

      For more harmonious living, the people must go within themselves and experience stillness and bring out that silence/ stillness to be lived in daily life, so every part and particle of outer life will be nourished. Transcendental Meditation has existed for thousands of years, and it is just a technique to let go and experience this silence which we all have within. If we experience it morning and evening, day and night, then that silence becomes part of our daily, outer life. That is where the stresses are eliminated and life improves in every way.

  7. November 13, 2012

    @Dr. Lucia John

    I regret that DNO did not print my comment, for your message, I suppose it was too long, but that just too bad; some good information are left out that way.

    For examply some details in my comment would probably have caused the person in “Freethinker” to re-examine his or her thoughts–pertaining to concept of God, healing, good health, and Life itself.

    Those persons like “Freethinker” are claiming their “non-beliefs” in God; but it not that they don’t believe, it is that they are trying their best to deny God, who is Life Himself, but conscience in them will not accept that denial–for man was made in the Image and Likeness of God, from the beginning.

    And so, for as long as those people exist in this world, conscience will force the way into their mind; the mind will continue to reject, but those people will continue in the state of restlessness, without peace, that is the reason they cannot ignore those of us who have believed, received, and conceived Love, which is of God, giving birth to Life.

    Those people witness that stature of Life in our words and action. But it makes them feel unconfortable, that is the reason they are always jumping at us, wanting this proof and that proof; for they are not able to understand why we are the way we are; they, having rejected that privilege for their selves in the first place.

    I do not deny that there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing, making matters worst on both sides–for those who are truly putting God and Life on display, and for those who do not know Him at all. But most people have made their choices and sometimes we just need to ignore the negative choices as we witness that attitude in people–for that attitude is no good for our state of mind.

    Thank you for your messages; just remember to do your best, as you receive the commands from our God–who will always be the Primary control in our lives, for the sake of our perfection, both physically and Spiritually.

  8. Orisha
    November 13, 2012

    rose+ cross :wink:

  9. Freethinker
    November 13, 2012

    More mysticism, unfortunately. A mandate from God? Please. Prove that for me. If I don’t believe in God, I can’t have children, then? Or my children don’t exist?

    If you’re going to push your religion onto others, at least have the decency to admit that these are your views, not everyone else’s.

    • Black Pearl
      November 13, 2012

      To you Freethinker whoever you are: if you are so much of a pessimist why do you still choose to read Dr.John’s articles that others enjoy and learn from? It seems to me you have a lot of energy to waste on negativity. What’s your point really?

    • Dr. Lucia john
      November 13, 2012

      Freethinker, Please explain to me what you mean by “mysticism” then I will respond. Also be a little clearer about what you don’t understand in ‘a mandate from God’ What proof do you want. When I understand what proof you want, then I will respond to the best of my ability. The only thing though, when I give MY proof, don’t ask me for proof of the proof…but I’ll do my best.

      If you don’t believe in God, that’s ok? what do you believe in? I can only write about what I know or believe in. We can have a lively discussion on it and hopefully things can get clarified for you and I and other readers. Thanks for commenting, but if you give me a little more explanation on your position, then I can give you a clearer answer.

    • November 13, 2012

      @Freethinker You wrote “If I don’t believe in God,I can’t have children,then? Or my children don’t exist”?

      Perhaps you think this question of yours above is smart, but you are not smart at all. For if you were smart you would have tried to read the “Word of God” with clear wisdom and understanding, hence you would never make a fool of yourself through that question above.

      Just so you know that at Genesis 1, when God spoke the “Words” “Let there be Light” they were to cause Life to manifest in its physical form at His appointed time, for man, beast of the fields, birds of the air, the huge trees which we see around and all sorts of vegetation that would be useful for Life on the Earth.

      Adam and Eve defiled the plan of God, through them, pertaining to conception and reproduction of the human species, but God could change that plan, as He had already called for Life in the spirit, but that Life would manifest through the physical in attitude and conducts.

      Human beings would still enter this world through Adam and Eve, but God had a plan of Salvation the Life of the soul, which He wanted for all people–including yourself.

      So look at the words bellow, from Genesis 3, the chapter in that Bible which details the fall of Adam and Eve.

      You will see that God does not deny no human being from having children. However Jesus tells us that we, human beings, must undergo a “New birth” of the Spirit, “Love”, He said to Nicodemus–That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Many human beings have experienced that “new birth” I am one of those people–otherwise I would not be able to speak about it.

      Therefore it is not that you cannot have children if you do not believe in God, neither that your children will not exist, but the question is whom will your children belong to? Will they be of Satan’s seed or that of Eve? You alone can answer that question

      Here is what God said to the Satan (Lucifer) who disguised himself in the form of a serpent, by his plan to betray his Maker, through a sinful, shameful, and destructive seduction with Eve, who invited her husband Adam and he foolishly partook.

      Genesis 3: 14-15 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy existence: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

      I hope you also know that God has a plan to redeem the seeds (children) of Eve, by their faith in Him, but the seed (children) of Satan are doomed for eternity, for they are lost souls, the God of Life does not know them.

  10. Damagecontrol
    November 12, 2012

    Dr. John always has something good to say. Dominica is lucky to have her.

  11. .
    November 12, 2012

    gr8 article

  12. neutral
    November 12, 2012

    such a good article. This is good for the family.

  13. mariecherie
    November 12, 2012


  14. siffleur
    November 12, 2012

    Just had a quick look in. What I saw was tremendous. Will take it all in late.

  15. chavista
    November 11, 2012

    Very important for the family.

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