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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!

 

 

 

Blood, Lymph and Electrical Circuitry: Keeping Channels Open for Mind & Body

Blood, lymph and electrical circuitry work together to make our body-brain run.  The brain and body are not two separate things to integrate; actually the brain extends throughout the body via the nerves, neurotransmitters, and the natural opiates delivered to every cell.  So those three critical physiological flows promote the innate intelligence and emotional stability, not just of the brain, but of every one of the body’s 70 trillion cells. 

The red blood cell is an energy transformer having the organic (hemoglobin) and inorganic (iron) components that create ‘Orgone’ energy, as described by Wilhelm Reich. Lymph is the living ‘go-between’ fluid that feeds this life-giving properties to the cell.

Our bodies have an interior field of radiation involving many different wavelengths of light.  Researchers have identified our cells as bio-photons, originating from solar photons.  It has been shown that injured cells emit an even stronger light ray, as if it were a distress signal.  It might even be the increased oxydative stress that sets off the stronger light emission.

There are greatAlex Gray I techniques to break through the armoring that builds up throughout the body and blocks the proper transmission.  The body is the sorry battlefield of the chattering, conflict-centered mind which blocks our birthright of bliss consciousness.  A mindful breath is the first step to melt the barriers and feel the flow from mind, heart, right down to the toes.

When we take moments out of the day to FEEL our breath deeply, and FEEL this inner field of light, we are immediately rewarded with feel-good endorphins that flood the system.  The more we do this, the more we get a cumulative effect which also strengthens our immune system as another bonus.  Can’t lose…!

 

The Effects of Positive Thinking on Mental Health

white lightThe effects of positive thinking on mental health  is a popular subject as presented in the film ”The Secret.”  We have all become familiar with the idea that a positive internal state has a direct impact on how we view and respond to the world.  Now we are learning more about how it affects our resulting neurophysiology.  Researchers in physio-cognitive medicine report that when we think an emotional thought, a certain brain wave pattern sends information into the body in the form of nervous system reactions.  This affects our hormone excretions and other chemical reactions in the body. If we had a negative experience in the past and we think about it again and again, this will affect  the body and mind in the same way as if we were actually having the experience over and over again.  Each time the thought occurs, it incites the same negative biochemical and hormonal cascade in the body. This rethinking about a negative event is like a negative meditation and the body establishes a pattern based on this – a negative physiological pattern that gives rise to physical illness and suffering.

Luckily, the same is true conversely for positive thinking techniques: If we evaluate our life experiences positively and remember happy occasions, then these pleasant images trigger the same neuro-physiological responses as if we were actually having the good experience in present time.  Frankly, this gives me the impression that the body is quite indiscriminating.  I have a good imagination but I feel there is a difference between my memory of chocolate cake and eating it NOW.  Just as my opinion of ”God” has changed–if He does not understand that prayers of supplication—asking for what I DON’T HAVE, should not necessarily result in my now creating an energy of Lack that will now be imprinted further.  But the upside of looking at the upside outweighs all down sides..!  I invite your input on this subject!

I designed my Stress Relief CDs to emphasize how to do just that–get all the feel-good chemicals to flow. And they are available here on this blog site. For if the neuro science findings are true, then we can play with this new paradigm and see if it works–to relive the good times in our minds so that we can experience the positive effects of past joys on our bodies. And interpret present situations in the most “Glass half FULL” attitude possible so as to not set off a cascade of unhealthy chemicals in the body.  Instead we want the endorphins and the dopamine to flow….!

Sarcopenia–The Mystery of Muscle Loss

Sarcopenia–The mystery of muscle loss is no mystery. Just look at our sedentary life styles.  Even thin people are often found to be flabby! Why is it that our population seems to either gain excess weight or lose excess weight as they go through their middle years? Don’t the opposing influences ever cancel out and leave us happily in the middle??

It turns out that we have to exercise even if we do not tend to put weight on.  Studies indicate that adults who do not strength train LOSE on average at least a half pound of lean muscle tissue each year starting at about age 25. This process of muscle tissue loss is called ”sarcopenia.” The more lean muscle you retain, the more fat and calories you burn all day and night.  Therefore, less muscle means a slower metabolism; more muscle means a faster metabolism.  This muscle loss and its effect on metabolism is one reason why most people do gain weight as they get older.  Our assimilation of caloric energy–virtually our digestion–really occurs in our muscles. Strength training not only halts this lean muscle loss but can reverse the process and make your body biologically younger.  Now they tell us that exercise also helps our brain cognition and prevents depression.  So enjoy those endorphins as you let your body play!

Professionals claim that all you need are two 20 minute slow-motion strength training sessions a week.  But for those  who can’t afford the time and funds for gyms or personal trainers, here is a link for simple exercises that can be performed at home for no cost:   http://www.moneycrashers.com/strength-training-exercises-women/

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Strength Training Exercises

All these exercises work one or more of your muscle groups, which improves your functional strength while also increasing your metabolism. By improving your functional strength, you’ll have a greater ability to do simple tasks, such as lifting heavy boxes or moving furniture. Try doing four or more of these exercises three times a week to start.

1. Overhead Squat

  • Item Needed: A weighted gym bag
  • Muscles Worked: The overhead squat is one of the best full body exercises you can do. It mainly targets the quads, but also targets the glutes, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, triceps, and the abdominal muscles.

How to Do It
Stand up and hold the gym bag above your head, gripping the bag at the ends. You will hold this position during the entire exercise. Keep your arms straight. Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width.

Next, thrust your hips back and begin bending your knees for the squat. Keep your back straight at all times – resist the urge to slouch. Continue descending downward, envisioning that you’re trying to sit back into a small chair.

Once your hips are parallel to your knee joints, hold the position for one second. Now, rise back up into the starting position. This is one repetition. To build strength, aim for a minimum of 5 repetitions, doing no more than 12. Once you can easily do 12 repetitions, it’s time to add weight to the bag.

If you’re unable to bring your hips parallel to your knee joints, start with wall squats to build up strength. Otherwise, not going fully parallel can place stress on your joints and injure your knees. I didn’t go parallel when I first started weightlifting and seriously injured my knee. In fact, I had to lay off lifting for two months to allow it to heal.

2. Deadlift

  • Item Needed: A weighted gym bag
  • Muscles Worked: The deadlift is arguably one of the best lower body exercises, working most of the back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

How to Do It
Place the gym bag in front of your feet. Stand behind with both feet close to each other. Bend your knees while pushing your hips back to grab the ends of the gym bag. Make sure your back is straight.

Now bring yourself into a standing position by simultaneously straightening your back and legs. Remember to keep your back straight – do not let it slouch, as this can cause injury. Once assuming the straight stance, stick your chest out and contract your shoulder blades. This is one repetition. Do at least five repetitions to build strength and muscle. Once you can do these repetitions easily, add weight to the bag.

These are just two of their listed strength training exercises.  I personally find that gardening and landscaping gives me a good workout and lots of satisfaction.  But actual exercises are irreplaceable and make me stronger for that garden work.  Try it!

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