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Ancestral Soul at Solstice Time Part II

blue winter 2Our ancestral soul at Solstice time is designed to be a blessing, not a curse.  So how to avoid the Holiday blues?? While we carry on the traditions of gaeity and solemnity during this season, our emotional centers are often wrought with negative reactions to life’s (and the season’s) challenges, and we can become even more sensitive at this time of year. We may not be part of a circle of loved ones.  As a result, we might suffer resentment since our culture programs us to focus on drama and conflict—in films, TV and in our own lives, which requires dramatic tension, adversity, crisis, and lots of pathos.
diaphonous bodySo the effects of stress are equally traumatic for the body whether we expose our poor nerves to our own real life dramas or to fictional ones; to bad memories of our life time or to the echos of our ancestors’ plights.  Over the years the ‘plaque’ of so many griefs, grievances, and resentments collects in the heart and solar plexus area of the body, the center of our emotional life.  This build-up creates an armoring across the middle. The free circulation of blood and lymph that we experienced as a child is now cut off at a chest-high bottleneck and no longer flows freely up and down from head to toe.  In Part III, I will share how to address to create champagne from this bottleneck.

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.

 

 

 

 

Let’s treat Veterans on Valentines Day with CDs & Gift Baskets

Remember the families

Help me help Veterans on Valentines Day with CDs & Gift Baskets! Yes, I invite my readers to help me support Veterans with PTSD, as well as the families of dying and fallen Veterans, in Southern California. Valentine’s Day is the day of the Heart.  And the heart IS the physical center of our emotional well-being.  The term ”Soldiers Heart” was the Civil War term for shell shock or PTSD.  SoldiersHeart.org addresses the spiritual wounds of Veterans and their families by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community.  So I would like to send them my VETERANS STRESS RELIEF CDs for Valentine’s Day.  Can you help me do that?

Eliz me & baskets for Vets 2Over the holidays I provided 75 gift baskets at my own expense to HonoringOurFallen.org.  I also funded 200 Vets Stress Relief CDs and CDs designed for the general public for the widows and families.  My fundraising outreach was sabotaged by my collision with a drunk driver so I covered the outlays alone.  Here with Elizabeth England, we’d planned on 150 baskets. Now I’m continuing again for Valentine’s Day with CDs and gifts for three Vets group, including TheTwilightBrigade.org which helps Vets in their last days.
rose heart photo

If you donate toward this Veterans Valentine’s Day Outreach right here at BrainBodyBliss.com you will be helping support dying Veterans, grieving families, and the young returning soldiers who are struggling with trauma, toxic accumulations, excessive medications, and difficult economic circumstances.

The PAYPAL button is below and on the BrainBodyBliss.com Veterans page.  Another way to help this campaign is simply to purchase a Vet or non-Vet CD for yourself or to give to a friend.  The proceeds will go directly toward this campaign.  The Blind Veterans Association has ordered fifty CDs for their members.




EarthHarmonyFoundation.org is handling any large tax deductible donations for this cause.  I am currently Director of Community Outreach for EarthHarmonyFoundation.org [EFH], founder and manager of the organization’s food bank program and the Veterans PTSD Project.  EHF is a non-profit educational, environmental, and humanitarian organization dedicated to protecting the world’s marginalized, including Veterans, children, and the planet. A non-profit 501C3, it will accept donations towards our efforts for SoldiersHeart.org, TheTwilightBrigade.org, and HonoringOurFallen.org.

Soldier’s Heart, developed by Edward Tick, Ph.D., provides a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional and spiritual wounds of veterans and their families. Edward Tick’s groundbreaking book, War and the Soul, explores ancient and cross-cultural warrior traditions that reveal the necessities for successful warrior return.

Honoring Our Fallen (http://honoringourfallen.org) was created specifically to aid families in the tragic moments of a fallen warrior’s return home and to continue support through outreach programs.  There are 743 Californians who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leaving behind devastated families. California is home to the largest number of military who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Twilight Brigade is one of the largest end-of-life care organizations, operating as an independent agency within VA hospitals and hospice care facilities across America. I have studied with founder, Dannion Brinkley, who has 5,000 volunteers.  His endorsement on my CD means a lot. We are intersupporting each other’s efforts.

VETERANS STRESS RELIEF CDs: Both versions of guided relaxation meditations encourage the release of endorphins and dopamine—our body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals—to spread them into receptor sites in EVERY CELL OF THE BODY. The easy self-help exercises and practical tools provide a self-healing empowerment for PTSD, depression, loss, and grief, or to rise from ‘Okay’ to higher states of wellbeing. STRESS RELIEF recordings are available for free listening on this website www.BrainBodyBliss.com. Thousands of young soldiers are suffering fatal heart attacks from too many meds for pain and mental suffering. We have to provide another answer.

Graham Nash and Dr. Kathleen RosenblattRenowned singer/songwriter Graham Nash has contributed generously to my project of acupuncture and  STRESS RELIEF CDs. It complements a Veteran’s ongoing therapies and helps restore well-being and good sleep.  I have lectured twice at the Combat Stress Conference about the science behind them and my work has been well-received and found many new supporters for cellular meditation for PTSD.
Happy Valentine’s Day!  May your heart shine…!

Veterans PTSD Treatment

Veterans Acupuncture for Veterans with PTSD: How can we make acupuncture and meditation more available to our military Veterans? If they are returning with severe trauma and pain, we need to address this problem before it worsens.

As a pioneer acupuncturist in this country, I have aided many Veterans suffering from PTSD through my multi-pronged Veterans PTSD Project: a therapy program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression. It includes:

  • Acupuncture treatment for physical and emotional pain.
  • Deep-state endorphin release achieved through herbs and pharmaceuticals, specialized massage, breathing techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.
  • The powerful Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Stimulator that can regenerate cell tissue anywhere in the brain or body, FDA approved for depression.
  • My  Cellular Meditation VETERANS STRESS RELIEF audio CDs. Two STRESS RELIEF recorded segments are available for listening for free on this blog site www.BrainbodyBliss.com.

Acupuncture or massage point combinations can open up blocked neural centers, waking up the right bio-electrical frequencies.  This can help “teach” traumatized cells how to “unlearn” states of fear and demoralization.  It helps remove physical imbalances such as inflammation, toxicity, pain, brain chemistry imbalance, physical injuries and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects these issues by helping to break up intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.  This impacts the mental and emotional systems as well.

Acupuncture and the Stress Release CDs both address the entire body’s natural, feel-good neuro-hormones to regenerate the proper brain-body connections.  This restores a state of wellbeing and good sleep.

I have lectured twice at the Combat Stress Conference, explaining the science behind the CDs and treatment therapies.  Many Veterans groups are requesting help.  Singer/songwriter Graham Nash has generously contributed, but much more is needed to fill this critical need.  Drug therapy alone does not always go deep enough and often wears off or causes side effects.

We are working toward the opening of a clinical program for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder located near the West L.A. V.A.  This will help Vets transition to civilian life, helping to eliminate both painful memories and painful conditions.

Cellular Meditation is the full-body form of meditation—made easy. It is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS OF THE BODY—by freeing them up, and sensing them from inside.  It is the ‘Feel Good’ form of meditation, easier to do than other meditation practices, while also achieving deeper results.  A version of the double CDs is also available for the general public and the Veterans’ families.

Studies have shown that relaxing meditation techniques increase the feel-good neuro-transmitters that counter mood disorders, such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA; and beneficial hormones such as DHEA, HGH (human growth hormone), and melatonin for anti-aging and good sleep. Meditation also reduces harmful cortisol produced by stress.

Many Veterans and civilians have benefited from the treatments and these CDs. Our non-profit Earth Harmony Foundation.org receives tax deductible donations from those who want to help our returning soldiers by funding their distribution to many veterans organizations who have requested these CDs.

Acupuncture & Meditation affect PTSD: Part II

Meditation for the Military

Just how does acupuncture and meditation affect PTSD? Many returning Veterans suffer from difficult syndromes including flashbacks of overwhelming violence. Or they cannot down regulate their learned hyper-vigilance. Fortunately, there is an easy acupuncture protocol that involves stimulating five points in the ear that can help to relax and energize an anxious or traumatized patient since the ear is an outcropping, the “keyboard”, of the brain.

Another randomized controlled pilot trial, this one “Acupuncture for post traumatic stress disorder” was done at the Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences, and Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY 40202, USA. [J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13.] The study evaluated the effect of acupuncture for PTSD.  Patients received either acupuncture treatment, or a group cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a wait-list control. Both acupuncture and cognitive-behavior therapy provided large treatment effects for PTSD. Symptoms still remained reduced at the 3-month follow-up for both modalities.

For four decades since we founded the first acupuncture clinic in the U.S. at UCLA, I’ve been watching acupuncture affect people’s emotional states.  I have worked with clinical psychologists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, and I continue to treat serious depression with acupuncture and electro-magnetic pulse stimulus. Secondly, research for my book, “Rene Daumal, The Lilfe and Work of a Mystic Guide”, (SUNY Press & Paris, France) taught me how much awareness of spirit and focus on sensation are relevant to the healing process, especially for the psyche.

From these two strands, I was able to connect the importance of sensing the nervous system and all the cells of the body, once I had experienced myself how much each cell contributes and magnifies my emotional state.  Eventually I realized that my ‘state’ was happening all over my body. I was able to collect all the first hand data into my Cellular Meditation CDs.  Together, acupuncture and this bodily meditation can help to reverse the course of painful life experiences on the mind and body.

Thirdly, in Chinese medicine, each major organ has it own related emotional symptom, but it is a two-way street. There is a feedback loop between the organ and the feeling. The mind can affect the organ, and the organ can affect the mind. Excessive grief damages the lungs or, if the lungs are weak, then melancholy may appear.  Obsessive thinking damages the spleen; and excessive fear damages or can develop from–the kidneys. Excessive worry hurts the liver and likewise, if the liver is toxic, then anger or depression may develop. Acupuncture turns on endorphins and aims at rebalancing these organs which calms their aberrant emotion.

When balanced among themselves these organs work together in harmony, as the ultimate example of Wholistic health! But when out of balance, they can then lead to emotional obstructions resulting in blockages, pain, inflammation and overeating from stress.

Truly, treating the whole body affects both mind and body. Together, words and stimulation of our body’s electromagnetic wiring can both sink deep to balance the waters underneath—of our mind, emotions and total apparatus.

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Medical Pollution: Poli-Meds that Kill

Drugs

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…!

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Emotional Abuse: Generational and Self-Inflicted

Hurting Hearts - PTSD

Emotional abuse, both generational and self-inflicted, keeps us in an emotional prison that we learn to call ‘home.’  As in my last post, this emotional strangle-hold is literally that: a strangle hold around our throat, our lungs, and solar plexus. “My heart was in my throat”, “I had butterflies in my stomach.”  Those individuals most heavily burdened emotionally often have heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia–all impairments that occur right where the emotional center is happening. It is not an accident. Most depressed individuals are shallow weak breathers. They are not getting nourished adequately by this precious substance that enters when we breathe generously with gusto!

Nowadays the term ‘mind-body’ is mentioned so often that one assumes one understands all its ramifications.  But most people do not understand that the brain occurs all through the body. The preeminent endorphin researcher Candace Pert entitled her recent book: Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. In it she shares new research that shows that the brain’s activity is more dependent on hormones than it is on the synaptic action of the brain neurons. She claims the term ‘brain blood barrier” is an anachronism left over from our old paradigm of separating the brain and

body. She states that AIDS researchers have isolated immune cells in the brain that originated for instance in the bones. The interaction is constant. The neuropeptide hormonal soup is lapping up in the brain but even more so around the spine and the entire digestive system.

When we breathe deeply into our lungs and abdomen we can begin to break up the strangle hold of negativity in our emotional center. We can clear from its walls the toxic plaque made up of old griefs and grievances. When this dissolves then we have space for something new. The bions of light blasting us from our Sun and magnetism from our living entity Earth. As we travel every day about 25 million miles through the galaxy we encounter brand new energies daily. Every day going where no man has gone before… Imagine!

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Dr. Mercola: Acupuncture and Chronic Pain

 

I am happy to pass on this article by Dr. Mercola about Acupuncture and Chronic Pain. It includes a study, an overview, and other alternative measures for pain.  Please comment below with your much welcomed feedback and…Enjoy!

cupuncture Confirmed Helpful for Chronic Pain

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By Dr. Mercola

Chronic pain is an exceedingly common condition impacting an estimated 76.5 million Americans, one-third of whom describe their pain as severe and “disabling.” When it comes to treating ailments such as chronic pain, I definitely prefer non-toxic options to modern medicine’s poor excuses for “cures.”

One such option is acupuncture, which can be an effective option for a number of health problems, but pain in particular.

In a recent analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine,1 researchers concluded that acupuncture has a definite effect in reducing chronic pain, such as back pain and headaches – more so than standard pain treatment. Real acupuncture also produced slightly better results than using sham needles, which suggests the benefits of needling are due to more than the placebo effect.

According to Time magazine:2

“The findings counter those of the last large study on the subject, which found that the needle technique was no better than a fake acupuncture treatment – using random pricking with toothpicks – in reducing people’s pain. But Vickers says his meta-analysis of the data, in which researchers reviewed 29 previous studies involving 17,922 participants, does a few things the previous studies did not.

For one, he and his colleagues began by looking at only the most rigorous trials involving acupuncture and pain relief – those that directly compared acupuncture treatment with some type of sham needle therapy in which needles were either inserted only superficially or placed in locations that are not known by acupuncture standards to be key treatment points in the body.

The authors of the analysis contacted each of the researchers on the previous studies to discuss with them how they separated the two treatment groups. By limiting their review to the most robust studies published, the authors could assess with more confidence acupuncture’s true effect on participants’ reports of pain before and after treatment.”

Clear and Robust Effects of Acupuncture

The researchers also went the extra mile by retrieving the raw data on self-reported pain. By standardizing the various study participants’ responses, they were able to more accurately assess and compare them as a whole. The team discovered a “clear and robust” effect of acupuncture in the treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches

On a scale of 0 to 100, participants who started out with a pain rating of 60 experienced an average 30 point drop (a 50 percent reduction) in response to the real acupuncture treatments (using needles); a 25 point drop when receiving sham acupuncture; and a mere 17 point drop when receiving “standard pain care” that did not include acupuncture. According to the lead author:3

“The effects of acupuncture are statistically significant and different from those of sham or placebo treatments… So we conclude that the effects aren’t due merely to the placebo effect.”

Furthermore, as reported by HealthDay:4

“The authors stressed that although the superiority of true acupuncture over sham acupuncture appeared to be relatively small, the real-world choice patients face is not between acupuncture or fake acupuncture but rather between acupuncture or no acupuncture at all. And in that context they suggested that their findings are ‘of major importance for clinical practice.’

‘Basically what we see here is that the pain relief difference from acupuncture versus no acupuncture is notable, and important, and difficult to ignore,’ [lead author] Vickers said.”

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice with roots that go back thousands of years. According to the Eastern mindset, your body is a cohesive unit, or whole – a complex system where everything within it is inter-connected, and where each part affects all other parts. A major component is the acceptance of an invisible flow of chi (or ki). This chi can be translated as “energy” or “life force,” which circulates through meridians in your body. When energetic blocks or deficiencies occur within a meridian, an imbalance is created that can cause a ripple effect of physical symptoms. Needles inserted into certain points along the meridians can stimulate sluggish chi, disperse blocks, or otherwise manipulate the flow of energy.

In essence, lack of balance within this bio-energetic system – which also includes blood flow and nutrients – is the precursor to all illness. Your body exhibits symptoms when suffering from inner disease and if it is not rebalanced, these symptoms may lead to acute or chronic illnesses of all kinds.

Chinese medicine, contrary to Western allopathic medicine, does not treat symptoms, but rather seeks to find the origin of the imbalance that produced the symptoms in the first place. Another major difference is that acupuncture, which is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is remarkably safe with few, if any, negative side effects, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to try.

Traditionally, acupuncture is used to treat all kinds of health problems. In many Asian cultures, you see an acupuncturist in the same way you’d see a primary care physician here in the West, and in someUSstates acupuncturists are in fact considered primary health care physicians. Still, many Westerners have been slow to grasp this type of holistic view, where your body is perceived as being perfectly capable of self-correction and healing without drug intervention. Scientists are still at a loss to explain why acupuncture works, but for those who get relief or healing, the mechanics may not be of great importance.

Other Alternative Pain Treatments

Besides acupuncture, there are a number of treatment modalities that can help ease pain, such as:

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Few people want to be told that their pain is psychological or emotional in origin, but there’s quite a bit of evidence that backs this up. Underlying emotional issues and unresolved trauma can have a massive influence on your health, particularly as it relates to physical pain. According to Dr. John Sarno, a psychiatrist who uses mind-body techniques to treat patients with severe low back pain, EFT has a greater than 80 percent success rate
  • Chiropractic adjustments: According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine5 and funded by the National Institutes of Health, patients with neck pain who used a chiropractor and/or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free in 12 weeks compared to those who took medication
  • Massage: Massage releases endorphins, which help induce relaxation, relieve pain, and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline – reversing the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration and metabolism and lowering raised blood pressure. It is a particularly effective therapy for stress-related tension, which experts believe accounts for as much as 80 to 90 percent of disease
  • Neuro-Structural Integration Technique (NST): NST is a gentle, non-invasive technique that stimulates your body’s reflexes, which can provide relief for back pain. Simple movements are done across muscles, nerves and connective tissue, which helps your neuromuscular system to reset all related tension levels, promoting natural healing. The results can be both profound and lasting, and are usually apparent within two or three sessions.

More Natural Solutions for Pain

If you have chronic pain of any kind, please understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, though they may require some patience. Among the best are:

  • Start taking a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat like krill oil. Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, they positively influence prostaglandins.) The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA contained in krill oil have also been found in many animal and clinical studies to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Reduce your intake of most processed foods as not only do they contain sugar and additives but most are loaded with omega-6 fats that upset your delicate omega 3-6 ratio, which will contribute to inflammation.
  • Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars (especially fructose) from your diet. Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels are one of the most profound stimulators of inflammatory prostaglandin production. That is why eliminating sugar and grains is so important to controlling your pain.
  • Optimize your production of vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain.

In the meantime, you don’t need to suffer unnecessarily. Following are options that provide excellent pain relief without any of the health hazards that pain medications often carry.

  • Astaxanthin: One of the most effective oil-soluble antioxidants known. It has very potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases works far more effectively than NSAIDs. Higher doses are typically required and one may need 8 mg or more per day to achieve this benefit.
  • Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
  • Curcumin: Curcumin is the primary therapeutic compound identified in the spice turmeric. In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility. In fact, curcumin has been shown in over 50 clinical studies to have potent anti-inflammatory activity, as well as demonstrating the ability in four studies to reduce Tylenol-associated adverse health effects.
  • Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been prized for thousands of years. This is one of my personal favorites as I have seen it work well with many rheumatoid arthritis patients.
  • Bromelain: This protein-digesting enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful. Keep in mind that most of the bromelain is found within the core of the pineapple, so consider leaving a little of the pulpy core intact when you consume the fruit.
  • Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO): This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a “joint lubricant” and an anti-inflammatory. I have used a topical preparation for myself to relieve ganglion cysts and a mild annoying carpal tunnel syndrome that pops up when I type too much on non-ergonomic keyboards.
  • Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain.

 

Acupuncture for Back Pain II

Let us look at Acupuncture for back pain—the pandemic in our society among stressed sedentary workers who overdo on weekends. So many people depend on NSAIDs “band aid” pain meds with deleterious effects even when easy alternatives exist. The great thing about treating low back pain with Acupuncture is that the treatment will benefit internal organs while alleviating pain. Certain trigger points for pain are also activating points for intestines, kidneys, and bladder. The adrenals—the power pack of the hormone system, are ‘ad-renals’ as they sit on top of the kidneys. Together these joined organs ‘govern’ the back, according to Chinese Medicine theory. So when the adrenals become run down from stress and agitation, they directly affect the nerves of the back, making it susceptible to stiffness and pain. This explains why so many people will suddenly throw their back out with no causal exertion or injury.

The low back is a vulnerable spot where our two bendable upper and lower halves are linked solely by the narrow spine and its adjoining muscles & fascia. This area gets both overworked and under used. The muscles become board-like and lose their flexibility, just like a new supple garden hose will eventually become brittle and easily cracked from oxidation.

When I treat the back, I address the muscles and the electrical conduits that run its entire length.  There are points along the Bladder Meridian running down the leg that pull low back congestion down and away. So I start with a vibrating massage tool to relax the body from head to toe to “wake it up” and get all the cells vibrating. The patient LOVES this part and can sink into a relaxed state of “letting go.” The infra-red heat lamp gives luxuriant heat to the area and helps break up inflammation.

 

Painless, fine needles are inserted so quickly that, in most cases, the brain does not have time to register any sensation at all. The heat from a moxa stick or the lamp penetrates the tissue and is also conducted down the shaft of the needle to reach the core of the tight muscle or the pinched nerve. It can flow into the joints, deep into the thickest part of the buttock, addressing the sciatic nerve and any inflammatory arthritis in the hip joint. The heat and the electric effect of the needle cause the muscle fibers to relax around the nerve, discharge the built-up charge, and turn off the pain nerves. The increased circulation brings in nutrients and carries away toxins. And the overall treatment induces the feel-good endorphins all through the body and mind…

If only people realized that they could alleviate their back pain AND balance and rejuvenate their internal organs at the same time. Then they would get it that this kind of treatment achieves much more as a ‘5,000 mile tune-up,’ and is worth pursuing.  After forty years of watching miracles happen, I feel bad for so many who still bear it in silence, allowing the condition to worsen while suffering from the accumulating side effects of pain meds.

One patient was on 10 Vicodin a day after 2 surgeries, was screaming as he maneuvered his walker into my waiting room. After 2 treatments he was almost pain free, and then okay ever after. I love those stories…! Please post your comments here on the blog in the box below and share Your views or stories!! I would love to hear…

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!

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans: Gallery Show Opening Night

Last night Graham Nash was superb at his opening at Gallery 169. It was the largest crowd they had ever had–just off the beach at PCH and Channel Road in Santa Monica.  Graham’s photographic assemblages were sometimes beautiful,  sometimes disturbing. They have a strong political content which reflects Graham’s concern about our crazy planet.  And his desire for solutions as reflected in his interest in my Veterans’ Stress Release CDs which will benefit from the proceeds of his art show.

One of the goals of these Cellular Meditation Stress Release CDs  is to melt the interior walls of the automatic brain.  My repetitive brain function is stuck in certain patterns, often based on fears of various intensities.  Many of these fear patterns are lifelong, from childhood.  As I outgrew some, I grew into new ones, so the pattern of living in a fear dynamic was set.  Some fears were attached to my youth; now new ones are connected to getting old! Worries, agendas, concerns, that become so habitual, they become familiar sign posts that represent ME, or my little prison that I have become attached to.

Veterans’ Stress Release CDs cover many of these issues and pull me into a joyful NOW. They get me used to just being present and learning to see joy around me instead of fear.  Even listening to them in the car affects my conscious brain, while listening to them in a dark room, sitting or lying down takes me deeper on an excursion of this whole body full of brains… More anon…

Veterans and PTSD

PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast which helps Veteran sufferers.  In World War II, they called it “Shell Shock.”  Finally, today PTSD is considered an actual disease syndrome.  It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem.  Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer.  A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches.  We need to provide other modalities and therapies.

“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches.  It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations do sink into the psyche upon repeated listening.  It is clear common sense and cognitive & behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and release trauma-related thoughts and beliefs.

There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states.  Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation.  They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and the triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.” Most of all, they connect with their entire body’s network of feel-good hormones until a new baseline of wellbeing pervades their mental and emotional outlook.

 When coupled with acupuncture, there is a huge shift possible.  Acupuncture enduces the relaxing endorphins, dopamine and seratonin.  In the graphic below, we see the dopamine jumping across and binding to receptors and then returning to the original neuron through the uptake pump. Veterans with PTSD improve considerably.

The PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator has also been shown to affect mental and emotional imbalances.  The Mayo Clinic was the first U.S. medical facility to study PEMF in 2002, and offered it for treatment after FDA approval was granted in 2008.  Columbia Univ. Dept. of Psychology has done a study on PEMF and depersonalization disorder (DPD).  Cedars Sinai did a depression study at the Thalian Mental Health Center in 1998.  The greatest amount of studies  of  PEMF and depression has been done in Israel.

These are all non-invasive modalities that have been shown to treat many conditions without harmful side effects, alone or in conjunction with other conventional remedies.  Acupuncture, PEMF, and stress release meditation can access the deeper roots of energy imbalance so that the recovery is deeper and longer lasting.  The body’s intelligence is tapped and reinforced.  We can then begin to trust the trillions of cells’ brains and emotional centers to reintegrate the Whole of the Body/Mind…

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans

 Famed singer/songwriter Graham Nash is having an exhibit of his photographic collages– of social/political content– at the Gallery 169 in Santa Monica, at 169 Channel Rd at Chatauqua and PCH. The opening is on September 1st and it will run into October. Graham will donate part of the proceeds to support my Veterans Stress Release CD Project for veterans with PTSD.  I will be donating them to veterans through the Veterans for Peace organization.   Graham has already written an endorsement for my CDs:  “I am against war, but I support efforts like these CDs that support the men and women who are fighting for us.”

Graham is a mensch.

The CDs include practical advice, guided imagery & focused breath sensation to help normalize biochemical imbalances, reprogram negative patterns, release endorphins, achieve emotional readjustment— with innovative self-help exercises to improve focus and wellbeing.  Initially designed for everybody and titled Cellular Meditation, also available, I added material about the military experience to create a separate version for veterans. Two selections are available for listening on my website (currently being updated) CellularMeditation.com.   

Cellular Meditation is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS–ALL THE BRAINS– OF THE BODY–sensing them from inside via our breath. Since we are 99.9% pure air and energy, we can finally taste our real make-up.  Based on physiology and neurochemistry,  I try to guide the listener to better understand the power we have over our own thoughts and emotions.  Science now validates the conscious mind’s ability to alter neuro-peptides.  

The CDs are an adjunct to acupuncture as a program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression through a combination of

 1) Acupuncture treatment especially in the ear— an outcropping of the brain, and thus a way to access the brain centers.  

2) Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Stimulator (PEMF) FDA approved for treating depression.

3) Deep-state endorphin release, achieved through herbs, specialized massage, breathing/sensation techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.      Acupuncture point combinations have been discovered for opening up frozen chakras–stimulating bio-energy frequencies that can help “teach” traumatized cells how to unlearn most dysfunctional reactions and states such as fear, demoralization, inflammation, toxification, and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects trauma, anxiety and depression, by helping to dissipate intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.      

More importantly, it is possible to heal ancestral, genetic emotional trauma—the psychic pain that we have inherited from generations of suppression. Genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional scars of our forefathers in the DNA of our mitochondria.  This DNA, in contrast to the DNA in our cellular nuclei, is in fact accessible and re-programmable.  This is a huge breakthrough in our understanding of the alterability of our genetic make-up.  (It must be added that we also carry the DNA from a previous era when our ancestors built open cities, not fortresses— and sharing, not conflict, was the order of the day. Will we ever return to that era of abundance for all? 

T’is my prayer…

What is PEMF? Electromagnetic Field Stim

What is PEMF?  Since the body has a magnetic field just as critical as the earth’s field, the Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field stimulator acts to strengthen the body’s magnetic field  and thus affect all bodily systems and tissue.  Just as we use MAGNETIC resonance (MRI) for diagnosis, so we can use magnetism for treatment.  PEMF can heal and regenerate damaged tissue for faster recovery from sports injuries, torn tendons,  fractured bones, and especially “incurable” neuropathy (numbness and pain in the feet).  This form of  PEMF therapy enhances cellular protein synthesis and improves circulation.  It has also been shown to improve many psychological conditions such as depression and PTSD by modulating neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

Dr. William Pawluk’s book on PEMF:  Magnetic Therapy in Eastern Europe explains how PEMF can provide a basic anti-aging strategy. Pathology starts in the magnetic field first and then in individual cell tissue, rising from damaging agents such as stress, pollutants, oxidation deprivation, chemical agents, genetic derangements, radiation, or drugs.

PEMF only affects damaged cells by reestablishing a normal magnetic field around them.  The normalized field then induces normal tissue regeneration. PEMF penetrates all biological tissue unlike laser or ultrasound, going right through casts and splints.  This stimulator, so popular in Europe and the Middle East, can affect every bodily system since electromagnetic fields surround the body as well as every organ and cell.  PEMF:

—Activates the metabolism.

—Helps repair torn muscles and ligaments.  Revitalizes skin tissue.

— Boosts the body’s defenses: Toxins & waste products are more rapidly broken down.

—Boosts Energy and healing processes through better micro-circulation.

—Increases formation of the body’s natural protective substances to combat free radicals, and strengthen the immune system.

Improves the rolling and adhesion behavior of white blood cells that fight infection.

—Increases usable oxygen and ATP, the body’s own energy supplier.

I use acupuncture and massage with the PEMF for an enhanced synergistic effect.  Most patients feel energized, relaxed, and usually pain free–immediately or within hours.  Just as in every other field of science and industry dependent on field theory, for our own bodily health we must all begin to THINK FIELDS…!

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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