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Marks on Michael Phelps? What is Cupping Again??

Michael Phelps of the US is seen with a red cupping mark on his shoulder as he competes in the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 7, 2016. . REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler/File Photo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTSLTVJ

Michael Phelps of the US is seen with a red cupping mark on his shoulder as he competes in the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 7, 2016. . REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler/File Photo

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What are those marks on Michael Phelps?  By now the public is hearing the term ”cupping.” Since I was interviewed last year by Agence France Press to do a demonstration of this procedure for their global media outreach, I will explain cupping again. Seems the sighting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston with cupping marks on their backs had put this ancient practice in the news…You can view it at this link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/videonetwork/2571529145001/Remedy-of-the-Stars-Cupping-Leaves-Its-Mark-on-Hollywood.

“Cupping,” is the term for an ancient Chinese technique to eliminate the stagnant blood that typically occurs around the neck and shoulders. A small glass jar with a vacuum inside creates a suction that pulls this stuck blood to the surface capillaries. From there this ‘old’ blood can easily return through the capillary system to the heart to be re-oxygenated to restore more active blood circulation. (Here Jennifer’s marks have faded from red to white.) Other partakers are Victoria Beckham and Jessica Simpson.

I did two versions in French and English, shown worldwide. A French friend caught it on TV in Brazil.  In 1975, when actress Lee Grant was up to win an Oscar for “Shampoo,”  she declined this treatment before the gala so as NOT to have marks.  We did it the day AFTER… It took 40 years to become fashionable!

Darin 2What did not get included in the segment was my contrasting of cupping with another similar technique called Gua Sah, a friction rub that achieves the same results with some added benefits. It may look dramatic but it is not painful and most of the time actually feels great even while it is being applied! And especially afterwards.  As in cupping, these are not bruises–only the presence of stagnant blood come to the surface.  The marks recede in a day or three, depending on one’s circulation.

In my estimation, it is more comfortable and controllable, less labor intensive and more thorough. In the news clip another acupuncturist’s cupping shows the unnecessary, potentially uncomfortable side effects. Temporary raised red welts resulted from the strong degree of suction that can hurt when pulled off. This is not necessary to achieve results.

But both techniques perform a simple yet critical action of stimulating of blood, lymph and chi circulation around the neck and shoulders, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. These trapezoid muscles work overtime to hold up the 12 pound “bowling ball” that we carry around all day. And when it is hanging over a computer or a steering wheel, the head is more the equivalent of 20 lbs…Cupping and Gua Sah to the rescue!

Ancestral Soul at Solstice Part III

road-homeOur ancestral soul at Solstice time is geared for extra holiday joy but sometimes instead we plummet from seasonal stress, especially after the holiday. Is there a solution–even one for the whole year?

As described in my article in the Malibu Chronicle, (”Staying Balanced at the Winter Solstice, p. 49,) if our emotions are volatile and easily sabotaged, then we can look for cause and effect factors inside and out.  There IS an emotional vortex in our middle section that has the potential of being boiled into a block–even though this area is called ”the solar plexus” and should have sunshine flowing out of it.  Instead, this pressure cooker boiling in our middle causes heat to get trapped above.

This heat rising in the body is one of the main causal imbalances that an acupuncturist addresses. We can break up this quagmire to alleviate this polarizing of our energy.  Sometimes it is just shut down–a dormant area, stifling the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.

This dam of emotional plaque now results in a hot head and cold feet. Hot upper symptoms are headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure above. Meanwhile below we might have low back pain, weak flaccid intestines, low libido, varicose veins, and cold feet. Heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia occur right in the emotional center.

In Part IV  I will discuss how we can empty out the psychic plaque of our personal drama and be ready to refuel with these special cosmic energies pouring in all the time but especially at the Solstice season. Our solar plexus can again be a SUN radiating out to all parts of the body and out to others. The sunny chakra that knits the upper and lower halves back together. A bright solstice solar light to the world! Let’s drink to that Holiday Cheer and an amazing New Year!

 

 

 

Massage with Acupuncture Treatment

Woman with enhanced spinal column, rear view (Digital Composite)

Why do I always include massage with acupuncture treatment? The combination of Acupuncture and Massage can accomplish more together than either separately to breathe life back into muscles. While normal muscles are able to contract and relax without restrictions, over the years they can become gummed up [thixotropy]. Without the ability to contract freely, the muscle becomes weak, tight, and often painful. Overused muscles become chronically shorter, a result of fibrous scar tissue.  This then entraps the nerves running through the muscles, causing numbness and/or tingling sensations.

Chiropractor Adjusting Infant Spine

I apply several types of massage before and after needle or magnet application. While Acupuncture works directly on the laser beam-like meridians, GENTLE MASSAGE can nudge these muscles to let go and breathe again. My technique is to slowly allow the muscle to open up at its own speed without imposing painful pressure. Gradually I move into deeper massage that can access underlying muscle layers.  I believe that ”Hurts Good” is far enough and I always listen to the patient’s feedback.

Stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue, a feedback loop that contributes to yet more pain and stress. The combination of Massage and Acupuncture breaks up and releases the built-up toxins. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body.  Feel good endorphins are released, dopamine relaxes the brain, and the muscles then crave activity and exercise–as they did when they were part of a younger body!  Start the ball rolling!

One formula for Menstruation and Menopause Symptoms?

Lilith RossettiIs it possible to find a single powerful formula for women in general for menstruation and menopause symptoms?  Something to cover most of the fluctuations that can occur in the intricate female system?  The Longevity Pure Medicine line has just such an all-round tonic for women: Female Essential. One important ingredient is Sepia, possibly the most famous female remedy in Homeopathic literature.  For over 100 years, homeopaths have extracted Sepia from the ink of cuttlefish to treat depression, menstrual problems, and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.

A tiny Sepia pill would typically contain 1/100th of a molecule of cuttlefish ink. Just like the effects of splitting the atom, this breaking down of the substance unleashes the atom’s energetic potential without the dense material substance. The discovery of this homeopathic extraction process became the basis for the development of  innoculations…the birth of vaccines.

Female EssentialA miraculous substance, Sepia is known to improve overall mood and eliminate irritability, especially useful during times of PMS or menopause. Practitioners may use the tincture for bodily aches, infertility, libido loss, or exhaustion.

Female Essentials helps with monthly PMS and cramps.  It seems to address most female issues by balancing heat and cold fluctuations.  If chemicals release MORE power when they are reduced, then they become more innately deep acting—not just a band aid to cover the underlying problem, like most conventional medicines.  For $10., a tube lasts forever.  Check it out!

 

Health for Sex; Sex for Health

Health for Sex; Sex for Health was the title of a lecture I gave at the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo two years ago.  With a title like that, I had people sitting in the aisles to hear this subject!  We’ve all learned that a healthy mind and body can improve all human activities, including sex. But studies show that sex in turn can improve one’s overall health. Since the right use of sexual energy is such a critical health factor, this has to be included among the many topics in my upcoming workshop next Sunday 11/2: Anti-Aging Lifestyle: How to Turn On All the Brains of the Body for Inner and Outer Rejuvenation.

Hindi loversGiven the increasing stresses in our lives, many women and men at fifty are already burned-out and feeling non-sexual, non-orgasmic; feeling over the hill and throwing in the towel.  Often, they are also sluggish, achey, depressed and a bit overweight.

On the other hand, many women in their fifties and sixties are reporting ever-increasing numbers of orgasms and sexual responsiveness in general. Why is that?  Why a cumulative effect? Are they simply feeling more entitled to pleasure than their mothers did? Exercising more than their mothers? Less hampered by birth control than their younger selves? Refusing to pay attention to their numerical age? Listening to the wisdom that ever-unfolding age brings—that joy can be truly ever-expanding? That Growth actually DOES continue–if rightly attended to??

There are many reports on the overall benefits of sexual arousal for the human body. Vaginal stimulation has been found to counteract chronic back and leg pain, reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headaches. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer. Joseph J. Pinzone, MD sites a landmark study on how sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.  The list goes on…

254106_233249770025466_6994835_nI will share methods for propagating the feel-good hormones that have been suppressed in our systems for so long–feeling good as a prelude to sex or for its own sake. Every organ takes part in the sexual experience, and the polimorphous pleasure receptors in every cell can be further activated–with or without sex.  The currents up the spine can get fully charged.  When we increase our base-line of wellbeing then we can enhance our energies, including sexual energies.  The feedback loop that these energies create has an exponential effect.  Everything gets enhanced!  And when we handle sexual energy intelligently and intentionally, we create more psychic and physiological force. 

Lots to explore next Sunday.  Come join us!  At the Village Church, 343 Church Lane, between Montana & Sunset just west of the 405 Freeway. 1:30–4:30.  Refreshments.  $20.  RSVP and Reserve your seat by clicking on this website calendar page.

 

 

 

 

Our Genes affected by Epigenes

Our genes affected by epigenes?  Who knew? I was rereading an earlier blog I’d posted about Angelina Jolie’s choice to remove her breasts prophylactically because of her trusting the bad advice that her compromised genes should dictate this action.  I felt that some of the info deserved repeating. Here is the gist of the article by Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo.com in my previous blog that, despite so-called ‘evidence-based medicine,’ acknowledges the most current evidence of genetics.

Christiane's statueBasically he states that, following the completion of the first draft of the entire human genome in 2000, the central dogma of molecular biology – that our DNA controls protein expression, and therefore disease risk – was disproved. Our genome was found to contain roughly only 20,000 genetic instructions  – not even enough to account for the 100,000 proteins in the human body!”

As a result, we now know that the field of epigenetics or ”Junk genes,” is much more important than genes.  Epigenetic factors are influenced by a combination of nutrition, lifestyle factors, environmental exposures, and psychospiritual states that feed back into our physiology.  They constitute as high as 95% of what determines any disease risk. In fact, ”even the psychological trauma associated with being diagnosed with cancer is enough to drive a malignancy via adrenaline-mediated multi-drug resistance, and according to a recent NEJM study, leads up to a 26-fold increased risk of heart-related deaths in the seven days following diagnosis.”  ETH Zurich. “Epigenetics: DNA Isn’t Everything.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 April 2009. . In other words, our mental/emotional state can influence directly the physiological activity of healthy and cancerous cells, more than our inherited ancestral genes.

 

Huffington Post on Swiss Homeopathy

The Huffington Post on Homeopathy in Switzerland:  A treatment written by my friend Dana Ullman in 2012.  Homeopathic medicine is a medical practice that reduces natural substances to a submolecular state so as to release the energetic signature of the element.  Since our physical system operates on electromagnetic frequencies, as measured in the heart and head by EEGs and EKGs for instance), this energy medicine can induce healing changes on a very deep level.

According to Ullman, the Swiss government “Health Technology Assessment” has determined that homeopathic medicine is effective and more cost-effective than conventional medicine.  The report was the most comprehensive review to date of any governmental body on the scientific evidence on homeopathic medicine. It was a thorough analysis of a wide variety of clinical studies and laboratory research. The report also reviewed the body of evidence on Homeopathy’s cost effectiveness.   Savings were a 15.4% reduction compared to conventional treatments. Surveys estimate that 57 percent of the Swiss population uses complementary medicine, and about 40 percent of all medical practitioners in Switzerland prescribed alternative treatments.

cold201Longevity Pure Medicine has created “user-friendly” combination remedies for every-day ailments that are accessible, affordable, and a safe alternative to OTC and prescription medicines.  These combos for arthritis, female issues and cold & flu are easy to use with no side effects.  Check out the website  http://www.longevitypuremedicine.com/healing_power.html

Circulation problems need not be inevitable

Circulation problems need not be chronic nor inevitable.  Yes, sluggish blood flow is the underlying cause of pain and most internal problems.  Blood and lymph stasis is a recurring reason why we bipeds do not always function very well, or feel very well.  How can it pump upstream against the force of gravity? How can the feet withstand the pressure of our entire body on those few square inches?  And the lymph has no pump at all.  Movement is essential to keep it flowing.

At a certain age, powerful herbal tonics are imperative to help the arterial walls from getting blocked.   There are excellent remedies that can stimulate the flow of these energizing fluids–both blood and lymph.  Herbal and Homeopathic remedies work wonders to support this system.   Ischemia is an insufficient supply of blood to any organ, usually due to internal congealed phlegm build-up, and cooling sluggish  microcirculation.  Instead of resorting to drugs with side effects, consider an herbal tonic alone or in addition, that goes deeper to undo blockages.  To review the action of the heart, check out this link:

blood-cells.jpgI depend on formulas from many companies but my current favorite is Evergreen Herbs.  Their webinar on the fifty most popular conventional drugs listed each corollary Chinese formula that achieved a deeper, superior effect with no side effects.  Their formula called ”Circulation” invigorates the heart muscle and deals with blood clots, embolisms, peripheral neuropathy, and general cerebral and and coronary circulation.  It is only available through a practitioner but it provides great support to the Acupuncture treatments.  Having a daily support that cools or warms, clears, strengthens, and balances—is invaluable.

Skin is our largest electric eliminatory organ

Skin is our largest electric eliminatory organ that feeds and reflects our inner health. We use it to detoxify through excretions, sweat, and through the sloughing off of our old dead skin. Let’s look at useful ways we can rejuvenate it, and even better, how we can use it to rejuvenate the rest of us.

IMG_1240This dermal covering is alive with intelligence and processes. It is the threshold between the inner and outer, and it affects us in both directions. We now know that the body, just like planet Earth, is comprised of electrical wiring and magnetic fields of energy.  And some of its most active energy pathways flow along the three thin layers of the skin. Since they are only ‘skin deep,’ we can easily manipulate them in order to balance and fix many functions in the body.

The bio-electric conduits called meridians run all through the body, connecting the major organs with each other and rising to the surface of the body in the dermal layer. Fourteen meridians, named after each major organ, run along the surface, making the skin act as a computer keyboard for the body. An acupuncturist can stimulate  points along these energy pathways and thus rearrange the excesses and deficiencies in the internal organs or in the muscles and sinews. Consequently, improved health inside will reflect in the quality of the skin outside…

IMG_0331So skin is particularly electric.  Touch and massage can affect it, as well as the underlying interior tissue. 

How did we get along without this knowledge and this ability to stimulate and sedate?  It makes health so easy–once you get it.  Of course we’re electric.  Why only allow for EEGs and EKGs?  Yes, the brain and heart are the most electrical parts but the skin can really light us up!

 

 

 

How Acupuncture for Low Back Pain helps Organs too!

Male Back pointsMost people are unaware of how Acupuncture for low back pain helps internal organs too.  Its well known success for back pain usually goes much deeper than merely achieving pain relief.  The ramifications are much greater.  When I apply a treatment of acupuncture with heat, special massage techniques and Electromagnetic Stimulation [PEMF]—all effective for regenerating muscle and nerve tissue, I often see improvements in the kidneys, bladder, metabolism and intestines as well.  For instance, many people report fewer sleep interruptions for urination during the night.  Some have noticed improvements in prostate function, erectile dysfunction or frigidity, and in intestinal and menstrual issues.

Sciatic-nerve-ppic1When our back aches, it is often the cause AND result of various other underlying problems in the body.  While inflammation can migrate to other joints and limbs, it often gravitates to the lower spine–one of our most vulnerable spots.  And yet this area is a vital command center for our adrenal power activation.  Therefore, whether I use laser, PEMF, infrared heat or acupuncture needles,  I find treating the  arthritic build-up or injury of the vertebrae, nerves, and spinal fluid, will also affect the neighboring organs.

The acupuncture meridian channels have all the qualities of a laser beam. In fact they ARE laser beams. So manipulating acupuncture points can have ramifications in the 3-dimensional body and beyond… Multi-tasking at its best!

Miracles for Dogs with Lasers and Electromagnetic Field Stim (PEMF)


Can Lasers and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stim [PEMF] do miracles on dogs? In my experience they have consistently proven to transform animals. I have worked with cats, dogs, and dairy cows with Acupuncture and they responded positively. Now recently I have treated three dogs with PEMF and Laser only, with amazing results.

The most dramatic change occurred in a 9 yr. old, fifty-pound Staffordshire Pitbull named Bleu, who had suddenly developed paralysis in his hind legs due to a lesion on his spine revealed by a veterinary MRI. For almost two months he dragged his bottom behind him until he was bloody. The Veterinarian offered expensive diagnostic tests but had no solution for Bleu’s condition. He advised putting him down. But in five visits with me, Bleu was walking. The first visit he immediately improved his incontinence…; after visit #2 he stood up; fourth visit had him walking albeit wobbly, and fifth visit he was on his way. Now the report is that he is running and back to his old self. The short video shows his progress through the treatments.

Rusty, a large 12 yr. old Rotweiler-Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with a tumor in his intestine. He became lethargic, refused to eat and was plagued with vomiting and diarrhea. With every treatment he continues to keep things down better and regain his appetite and his spirit. Bear, a 12 yr. old Huskie-Chow, was becoming an old dog with severe arthritis and old dog habits–stiff and lethargic. Immediately after each of his three treatments so far he seems to regain more and more of his movement and his spunky, interactive personality.

The electromagnetic field stimulator reestablishes the animals’ own electromagnetic fields exactly as it does for human beings. Just as an MRI uses magnetic resonance to diagnose, so the same magnetic properties can apply to curative treatment. And the laser has the ability to penetrate the skin to reorganize the normal functioning of the organism. The treatments are comfortable and speedy so that animals are willing patients for repeated treatments. And their positive response cannot be due to mind over matter! There is no placebo effect here. Thy are not expecting anything. They simply get better! Please use the comment button and share your feedback and responses with me and my readers.

My Media Gig about Cupping for Neck Tension & Hollywood Stars

I must share my media gig about Cupping away neck tension and its usage by Hollywood stars…  “Cupping,” is the term for an ancient technique used in Chinese medicine to eliminate the stagnant blood circulation that typically occurs around the neck and shoulders. Seems the sighting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston with cupping marks on their backs has put this ancient practice in the news…  A small glass jar with a vacuum inside creates a suction that pulls this stuck blood to the surface capillaries. From there this old blood can easily return to the heart to be re-oxygenated so that a more active flow of blood circulation can be restored. (Here Jennifer’s marks have faded from red to white.) Other partakers are Victoria Beckham and Jessica Simpson.

I was recently interviewed by Agence France Press to do a demonstration of this procedure for their global media outreach. You can view it at this link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/videonetwork/2571529145001/Remedy-of-the-Stars-Cupping-Leaves-Its-Mark-on-Hollywood.                                    I did two versions with different patients, one in French for some markets, and one in English that has already shown in countries all over the world. A French friend caught it on TV in Brazil.  When legendary actress Lee Grant was about to win an Oscar for “Shampoo,”  she declined this treatment right before the gala so as NOT to have marks.  We did it the day AFTER… It took 40 years for it to become fashionable!

What did not get included in the segment was my contrasting cupping with another similar technique called Gua Sah, a friction rub that achieves the same results with some added benefits. (The marks resulting from this style are visible on my patient in the clip.) In my estimation, it is more comfortable, more controllable, less labor intensive, and more thorough.  In my opinion, the second example of cupping performed by another acupuncturist shown in the video is an example of extreme over-the-top treatment that is potentially uncomfortable and excessive. Temporary raised red welts resulted from the strong degree of suction. This is not necessary to achieve results.

But both techniques perform a simple yet critical action of stimulating of blood, lymph and chi circulation around the neck and shoulders, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. These trapezoid muscles work overtime to hold up the 12 pound “bowling ball” that we carry around all day. And when it is hanging over a computer or a steering wheel, the head is more the equivalent of 20 lbs. Now with the trend among young people to slump forward, they will have even worse problems as they age.

This pandemic of poor posture across many groups and generations has become a pet peeve for me. I am on a crusade to help individuals learn to let their head ‘float’ evenly between the front and back by Leading with the Heart.  Pulling in the chin and pushing out the chest. Immediately one feels a relaxation of the neck muscles and a tingling in the nerves as they start to breathe. Meanwhile, one feels a new pressure in the chest and sternum muscles as they begin to work.  It is a good sign that they are engaging.  This constitutes a light work-out for these forgotten muscles, an isometric action that makes one appear taller, leaner, and more confident. I implore patients to let Vanity work for them! Work it—and your neck and shoulders will feel sooo grateful!

Furthermore, this area of the body is in the crossfire between brain and emotional center so there are tremendous psychological repercussions to creat tension there.  Even these actresses with great posture carry literally the weight of the world–and its attention—on their shoulders. Even for them– some form of emotional tension while working their sometimes stressful craft and maintaining careers. Here are two eye-opening links about them and cupping:

http://nky.cincinnati.com/VideoNetwork/2571546077001/Remedy-of-the-Stars-Cupping-Leaves-Its-Mark-on-Hollywood

and   http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3879447.stm  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3879447.stm

What is old is New…!

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Medical Pollution: Poli-Meds that Kill

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Medical Polution: Poli-Meds that Kill

Medical polution and poli-meds that kill is a problem that needs addressing. According to OffGridSurvival.com, “One out of every  5 U.S. adults is taking at least one behavioral pharmaceutical drug and more than one in four women is taking at least one mood altering medication.”  Dr. Mercola writes, “Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America’s “war on drugs” is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!”

Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs.  An analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed that deaths from prescription drug use are increasing. The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed: For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents.  37,485 people died from prescribed drugs. Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69.

There are few research studies on the effects of multiple drugs on a single individual.  The specialists who each prescribe for you are in different departments, different buildings.  Do your specialists confer with one another about your case? One gives an antacid; another gives a blood pressure medication; yet another an anti-depressant. Throw in an allergy medication.  How ’bout a steroid? An antibiotic?  As we all know, there is nothing unusual about such a concoction. Maybe you need another few pills to counteract ALL the combined side effects.  Now you might need a laxative for the drug-induced constipation, or something for the drug induced lethargy and lack of libido.

Recently I took a webinar featuring the fifty most popular drugs contrasted with Chinese herbal formulas for addressing the most common medical issues.  Time-tested formulas to replace the beta-blocker, the antacid, the steroid, the antibiotic, and the anti-depressant.  These carefully crafted formulas might act slower but have virtually none of the side effects of prescribed drugs.

The best thing about these formulas is that they do more than just MASK the symptom and numb the pain—an action which often drives the problem deeper.  Instead, the REMEDY is what goes deep to get to the bottom of the problem, working on the underlying causes. You could also call it ‘working upstream,’ getting at the cause of inflammation before it differentiates into arthritis, or a stroke, or any other possible inflammatory conditions.

I have had good results with patients going this route. A 12-year sinus infection resistant to antibiotics—Gone! Smell and taste returned. And in this current climate of HMO and Insurance company control of doctors and medical procedures, the ability to probe deeper has been removed even further from the doctor’s hands.  I’m told that an MRI MUST preceed a simple appointment with the physical therapist who might be able to work out that kink before it needs anything else.

Let vanity work for you.  Multiple medications confuse the body and make it age faster. Find an informed doctor who uses what is called “functional medicine.”  If the energy body underlying all the physical organs is not addressed, and if the mind and emotions are not exercised and healed, then it is like making a cake lacking crucial ingredients.  We are dealing with human bodies programmed over 30,000 years to have adequate exercise, clean air and lots of time between hunting raids and food gathering for simple relaxation. We must turn to Nature for cures and equanimity…!

I invite your feedback in the comment box below!

How does Exercise improves Brain Function?

exercise improves brain function?

My body has always liked moving around–I spent my childhood upside down–yet exercise can easily get pushed down my list of priorities. So, even as I preach exercise to my patients, especially dance, I still need that push myself. Thus, when I see data like the following, then exercise moves UP my list of priorities. Use it or lose it!  Meaning–Exercise or lose your mind…

As reported by The New York Times, new evidence shows that physical exercise helps your brain to not only resist shrinkage, but increase its cognitive abilities. www.nytimes.com/…/how-exercise-could-lead-to-a-better-brain.html iA study of mice illustrated the direct effect of physical exercise on the brainii.  Animals that exercised, whether or not they had any other enrichments in their cages, had healthier brains and performed significantly better on cognitive tests than the other mice.

 

Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage. During exercise, nerve cells release proteins known as brain derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) which activate brain stem cells to convert into new neurons. Exercise seems to prevent brain decay as much as it prevents and reverses age-related muscle decay.

Exercise also lowers the activity of bone-morphogenetic protein or BMP, a chemical which slows the production of new brain cells, while simultaneously increasing Noggin, a brain protein that acts as a BMP antagonist. The more Noggin present in your brain, the less BMP activity there is, and the more stem cell divisions and neurogenesis (production of new brain cells) takes place. So Noggin is good for your noggin… BMP (or Bump) is Baaad…

As you see in this photo of my grand nephews, exercise benefits us at any age… On the other hand, sugar suppresses BDNF neurotrophic factors, which helps explain why a low-sugar diet in combination with regular exercise is so effective for protecting memory and staving off depression.  So even if those carbs give you a brief lift in spirits, know that they will eventually leave you lower than before. Luckily, exercise and dance stimulate those feel-good opiates in the body such as the neuro-modulators Endorphins, and the neuro-transmitters Dopamine and Seratonin.  That means exercise will give us more of a long term boost in spirits than a piece of cake will, while providing many other benefits.

So bend those knees and rotate those hips! Jump and kick! For joy!

Natural AntiViral Tool

With the flu season in full swing, I want to share my ongoing research into cutting-edge formulas that are powerful but too new to know about!  So I have checked out the antiviral supplement ViRxaL, now repackaged and branded under the name HUMIC FULVIC, a product that stops the replication of viruses!  In a world of excessive antibiotic usage, it stands virtually alone as a unique anti-viral weapon.  This is a huge breakthrough.

The National Institute of Health has recognized humic acid as a broad-spectrum anti-viral and successfully tested it against the pneumonia virus. The humic acid in HUMIC FULVIC coats virus receptors, thus stopping their viral infusion replication process–that means they simply cannot break into our healthy living cells and survive!  HUMIC FULVIC works by releasing its humic acid into the body over a 12 hour period, so that it attaches to any free floating virus, stopping this replication process. Thus, taking HUMIC FULVIC every 12 hours or so will steadily lower viral loads such as Herpes Simplex, Epstein Barr, and other cold and flu viruses, also affecting Lupus, Shingles, certain rheumatoid arthritis cases and more.

HUMIC FULVIC goes systemic, so it works on the first priority in the body. This means it may be repairing something else first before it addresses the health issue you chose it for originally. The research team has seen great success with FIP feline virus, Feline leukemia and the parvovirus in dogs, with every indication that it would also reduce human parvovirus. A cap of the powder can be added to animal food, to baby food, and to juice or food for young children.  There are no side effects except occasional mild detox effects.

HUMIC FULVIC performs many other positive actions in the body. It provides its high doses of time released, highly activated trace minerals more directly into the blood stream so that the blood’s Ph balance is stabilized and can carry more oxygen. The organic carbon in the humic acid assists    in rebuilding the mucosal lining of the gastro-intestinal tract, setting up the environment for the proper beneficial bacterial spectrum. So it helps knock out invasive bacteria and strengthens against fungus as well.

Many HIV patients are on the multi-drug cocktail and thus are carrying a non-detectable viral load. In these cases, HUMIC FULVIC will strengthen the immune system, mitigate the toxicity in the body and allow the CD4 count to rise. In most cases, the AIDS CD4 count of below 200 will steadily increase over a period of several months, bringing the person out of classic AIDS category when this count goes above 200.

HUMIC FULVIC is 100% pure Humic acid which has a small percentage of powerful Fulvic acid naturally present. Humic acid has been used in ethnic medicine for thousands of years, and traces of humic acid used to occur naturally in all our food and water. But our modern agriculture has killed the soil microbes that create it and now, like a baby with the bath water, it is filtered out of the water we drink.

I met the HUMIC FULVIC researchers who spent years searching out the richest deposits on the planet. They ensure that it is processed without chemicals, heat, or pressure. They have spent many years working with this substance until they saw impressive results for the worst of the planet’s serious health challenges.

In my practice, I have knocked out a 10-year-long sinus infection with HUMIC FULVIC that would not respond to antibiotics, and saw a Herpes case reduced 80%–so this has drawn my interest…!  Although it is still generally unknown to both the alternative and conventional medical establishments, Humic acid is Nature’s final processor of nutrients into the cell and toxins out of the cell.

Results are showing that HUMIC FULVIC is THE best protective and healing supplement to appear.  In this age of multi-pollution, finally a real pro-active anti-viral exists.  HUMIC FULVIC should be a daily prophylactic for general maintenance, a quick reach when symptoms first appear, and a core foundational supplement for us on the survival road to come.

Free Radical Theory of Aging

So how do we age? The scientific community’s main theory is the Free Radical Theory of Aging. Free radicals are mostly oxygen-containing molecules with an average life span of only one-millionth of a second, yet they are very potent toxins that afflict our bodies. By attacking the cell’s DNA, free radicals destroy the cell, causing healthy cells to die prematurely.

When we’re young, our natural antioxidant defense system functions well by “mopping up” free radicals before they can cause damage. However, as we age, the antioxidant defense system becomes less efficient through down-regulation of oxidative enzymes. The increase in free radical damage impairs cellular regulation and functioning and triggers aging symptoms as well as many diseases.

Dr. Steven Rosenblatt and daughter Camille (photo) have created a product that can address these issues and cover ALL the body’s daily baseline needs because it is jammed with probiotics. They call it DoctorRBrand Daily Nutritional– combinations customized for men and women–with a morning packet for extra energy and an evening packet for winding down nicely. Dr R Brand is filled with antioxidants including citrus bioflavinoids along with pycnogenol to neutralize free-radicals. Also among the forty other ingredients is Echinacea, Hesperidin, and eight strains of probiotic bacteria to build our defense system. So this product can reduce free radical damage of the skin and internal organs, and protect against the new and rapidly changing viruses that invade our cells. The most unique feature of this product is the number of enzymes so that you get to KEEP WHAT YOU INGEST! Most other vitamins just get excreted and wasted.  Many people report increased energy…Check out www.DoctorRBrand.com.

Bonnie Raitt and the Raitt Legacy of Graceful Aging

 

Bonnie Raitt - Gracefully Aging on Brain Body Bliss

Bonnie Raitt – Gracefully Aging

We all know what a treasure Bonnie Raitt is. What a woman–with such a voice, such guitar brilliance, and success over forty years, to then have such humility, appreciation of us out there, such joy in her work, and such immediacy in her presence. She is a goddess…!

At her concert, she was celebrating the beauty of the Greek Theater and the towering trees encircling us. The Greek opened on Sept. 29th, 1929 eighty-three years ago, just weeks before the stock market crash. It was the perfect venue for Bonnie’s intimate performance for 5800 fans.
Bonnie chatted a lot and spoke of her Dad, John Raitt who was still singing his hits til age 88. She plans to sing and play–with the same hair-do! with a walker if necessary. She hinted it might be a hover craft by then… You can watch and listen to one of her songs from Saturday night:  

I’ve always loved how musicians get to age gracefully without too much
flak from the public. Actresses might feel put out to pasture, but Ella Fitzgerald just became more of a legend as she aged, and Eubie Blake played piano til 101. Only the Stones get picked on for being too old– even as they play with the exuberance of an eight-yr old.  Bonnie seemed to revel in her age and her many decades of doing what she loves. She gave birthday wishes to her guitarist: “Sixty Baby! Welcome to the deep end…!”

Her ballads cut deep but then she rocked out with Elvis’ “Big Hunk of Love.” No sense of ‘age appropriateness’ when it comes to music–it is so egalitarian. With these determined aging musicians you usually witness an increase in skill and art. They seem to only get better–like fine wine? Yet it is our generation which is the first to have to ‘grapple’ with the idea of aging since we invented “Youth Culture” and never thought we would ever grow old. Before that, eighteen year olds immediately donned ‘grown up’ clothing and became adults fast. No extended adolescence. So we are all in shock it seems as one or another organ or joint becomes painful. Mortality? What’s that?! Can we maintain a youthful maturity between adolescence and obsolescence? If we cultivate Joy and encourage our playful self, we can keep a grounded spirit ever growing and emanating outwards.

Bonnie comes from a long line of inveterate doers–She played a song
for her late Mother–a pianist and an untiring activist. I was friends
with her Dad John Raitt, the magnetic Broadway & Hollywood musical
star, and his cultivated, accomplished wife Rosemary, on the board of
Pepperdine University. They were both active, attractive octogenarians. After coming for dinner, they took us along to Bonnie’s concert where he stepped out and sang “Oklahoma” and “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”. They didn’t DO ‘aging’; they did LIVING…to the hilt! Their lust for life was contagious to the end of their lives. All the Raitts share a tradition of service and taking care of others, no matter what their age. Bonnie uses her music to promote many causes, especially against nuclear proliferation.

My son Adam, DJ and engineer at KCSN radio, got four tickets for the show. He LOVES Bonnie. Do catch her in concert if you can and hear her new album Slipstream. Bonnie’s prowess on the electric slide guitar garnered her the first signature Fender guitar named after a woman. That voice that can change from husky, smokey, to a ringing bell. Sultry and soft, she is a real steel Magnolia…

 

Skin Health and Anti-Aging

In our last discussion about skin health, I mentioned how Acupuncture or Acupuressure can be performed on the face and body to detoxify, increase local circulation, and stimulate collagen and elastin. This in turn helps to fill out lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy complexion. Our muscles become deflated with age, losing their moisture— like a dry sponge. Acupuncture restores the natural internal irrigation so the ‘sponge’ is plumped up again and wrinkles disappear. And the needles are so thin that they  are generally painless.

When we start to transform the face, we approach it locally and systemically.  We would treat the points for any off-balance organs (i.e. kidneys, liver) that leave traces on the face such as bags or lines. Then treatment might also include addressing facial muscles directly because the electro-stimulation of the skin’s underlying muscle tissue re-establishes the normal electric charge/discharge cycle. This enlivens the tissue. Some muscles are too charged up and in spasm; others are flaccid. We want to firm up and smooth them all. Finally, nerves and fluids are freed up and can circulate easily as they did in youth. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include more moisturized, softer skin, improved elasticity, skin tone, and overall rejuvenation. For true anti-aging, we don’t just LOOK better—we actually ARE better—as the skin functions better in its job to eliminate toxins. How wonderful that age can bring wisdom AND renewed beauty!

Brain Body Bliss Blog Launch

I am launching my Brain Body Bliss Blog today in order to share with others the knowledge and strategies that I have gathered over the many decades since we launched the first Acupuncture clinic in the country (at UCLA in 1973).  This blog is dedicated to helping others connect with their 70 trillion little brains–the cells that fill their body, each with an intelligence, a consciousness, and an emotional center.  We can alleviate both physical and emotional pain since they are so interconnected in every cell.

Acupuncture, massage, and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) stimulation regenerate and rejuvenate cell tissue and stimulate the receptor sites in every cell to induce the production of the feel-good chemicals–endorphins and dopamine.  We can FEEL healthy and BE healthy—and HAPPY! Naturally!!

At my website CellularMeditation.com, you can listen to two excerpts of my stress release CDs to see how You can influence your physical and emotional state just by exploring these trillions of cells and interior communities on your own–letting your mind travel on the magic carpet of your breath.  Practical techniques make it easy! Check it out and my other website AcupunctureBelair.net.

Til next time!

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