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  • 06 Apr 2014 8:30 AM | John (Administrator)
    I remember the first time I read about this in one of my favorite books from my doctorate program - When Healing Becomes a Crime.  It describes the history of the medical industry and how we began down this path of Western Medicine.  I also remember thinking..."I didn't want to know that", as it conflicts with so many beliefs that I was taught as a boy.  Sigh...

    By Kimberly Carter Gamble with Erin Breech When your doctor tells you your prescription is approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), it’s intended to give you confidence. But what it really means is that the drug or procedure is endorsed and funded by the same corporations that endorse and fund Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other products that are harmful to your health. In fact, the AMA is in part financed by Pfizer, which owns Monsanto, the company that manufactured controversial and proven-to-be-dangerous products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and recombinant bovine somatotropin (a.k.a. bovine growth hormone) and is now the largest manufacturer of genetically modified seeds and the herbicide glyphosate, which GMO’s require. This is only one of the insidious connections between the AMA and corporations that cause, and prosper from, your ill health.

    Here’s how it works:

    Founded in 1847, the American Medical Association is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. Its stated mission includes “…lobbying for legislation favorable to physicians and patients, and to raise money for medical education.”

    The AMA spends big money on lobbying. One of the AMA’s top lobbying firms, the McManus Group, also lobbies for PhRMA, Eli Lilly & Co, Merck and Pfizer. According to OpenSecrets.org, the American Medical Association comes in second in overall money spent on lobbying in the last 10 years with over $264 million. The health industry as a whole trumps all other industries including energy and finance in lobbying expenditure.

    The AMA looks to legitimize its agenda through its Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, which is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. JAMA receives major funding through its advertisers, many of which are pharmaceuticals. In addition, the American Medical Association has been accepting money from the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations from as early as 1910. In World Without Cancer, G. Edward Griffin makes the argument that the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations began to support the AMA in an effort to control the medical schooling establishment and to gain power over this “large and vital sphere of American life.”

    The editor of JAMA is very influential, and has historically played a significant role in suppressing alternative health treatments. Morris Fishbein, editor of JAMA from 1924–1950, was directly engaged in suppressing Royal Rife’s cancer cure. In 1849, homeopathy was nearly as popular as allopathic medical practices. The AMA was able to use its position to squash what it referred to as “quackery” undefined stating that the public did not know what was good for it and that the medical establishment must have total control. At that point it called for control over all medical regulations and licenses. These regulations eventually lead to closing down of schools and almost complete suppression of the practice. Even today in America homeopathic practices are mostly “underground.”

    This is essentially the same story as that which played out with chiropractors. 12,000 chiropractors were arrested in the first half of the twentieth century simply for helping patients with only their hands. A pivotal point in this war, an antitrust case, Wilk v. the AMA, occurred when court testimony revealed the AMA’s final solution for the “chiropractic menace” to be the “complete elimination of the chiropractic profession.” They called chiropractors “rabid dogs”, “killers”, an “unscientific cult”, and “a danger to public safety”. When taken to task in court, the AMA could not provide one witness to prove these accusations; it was purely propaganda. But the role of the AMA in determining what qualifies as sanctioned medical practice was established nonetheless. It is noteworthy, especially for those who discredit conspiracy theories, that the AMA was convicted of conspiracy for its attack on chiropractic.

    It was around the turn of the century that the AMA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation forged their partnership. They put their money into drug-based research and made that the main focus of “healthcare”undefineda move that turned “healthcare” into “sickness management.” The Rockefellers and other prominent banking elite have been able to control and profit enormously from the drug industry.

    Now, all medical doctors in the USA are trained in medical schools that are run and/or accredited/sanctioned by the AMA. Of 129 medical schools in America, only 22 require even what amounts to basic rudimentary courses in nutrition. Medical students are not trained to see the connections between many degenerative diseases and malnutrition. Instead they are taught only how to treat with surgical or pharmaceutical methods but do not cure or alleviate the root problem or ailment. In this way, they are assured of life-long customers. Surveys conclude that nearly half of all Americans regularly take prescription drugs. In 2013, the World Health Organization ranked the U.S. #37 in healthcare despite spending $8,608 on each person annually.

    What Can We Do?

    We are whole and integrated beings and therefore require whole-system, integrated health care solutions.

    • Get educated and take responsibility for your own health.
    • Ask your own health care providers to disclose the source of their information regarding their prescription choices and knowledge updates, if they know who funds the research they are relying on, and ask if they have any interactions with drug companies whose products they prescribe.
    • Create small community-based health clinics, including home visits for individual patients as well as health education and promotion for whole communities.
    • Encourage more whole-system education throughout all schools.
    • Make Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) part of mainstream curriculum undefined not as something to be learned in addition to medical training, but rather as a valid body of knowledge to be integrated at all levels.
    • Create a campaign to make integrative medicine a mandatory part of curriculum in U.S. medical schools through the American Commission for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).
    • Join a campaign to protect alternative health practices.
    • Support naturopathic medical colleges in the U.S. with enrollment and funding.
    • Lobby to make alternative therapies accessible to everyone. Currently most alternative therapies in the U.S. are not covered by health insurance and alternative treatments are rarely accessed by low-income individuals. Fabulous work on this is being done by Dean Ornish. Follow and support his work.
    • Educate yourself and bring awareness of new energy technologies and health devices based on Rife and other current inventors work out into the open. If you have financial resources, help support their development and dissemination.

    As people are waking up, Monsanto has been removed and banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland. Monsanto is currently the target of effective resistance in the US as well. This same organizing can happen with pharmaceuticals, as we gain an understanding of the connection between them and the agribusiness companies and the medical establishment.

    Next time someone says “It’s approved by the AMA”, ask them if they understand what that really means, and share this information.

    Source

             

  • 05 Apr 2014 9:32 AM | John (Administrator)
    In my opinion, this is probably the most important key to happiness (followed closely by gratitude).  It seems so simple, but can be quite a challenge.  To accept what happens in life and KNOW that it's all OK is a wonderful feeling.  I'm still working on it! :)



    To surrender does not mean putting your hands in the air and flying a white flag, it is not defeat, giving up or failing. To surrender is to be wise. It is wise to accept the flow of life's energy rather than resist it. To surrender is to accept "What is now" unconditionally and to give up, without any reservations whatsoever, any inner resistance to "What is now".

    By making a conscious choice at this moment, and in every present moment of now, to fully accept that the present moment is as it should be, then by surrendering to this knowledge you are more powerful than you could possibly believe. By not judging the present moment of now but by accepting it and offering no resistance to what is now, you show tremendous faith in God and other Unseen Entities. This allows you to be in a state of grace, easy flow and enlightenment. Whether things are perceived "good" or "bad" is not material in this state of grace. Things are what they are and, eventually everything happens for the best. You can truly let go and let God - but make sure you row away from the rocks! By surrendering to "what is now", in this state of graceful surrender, you can see clearly what action needs to take place and by doing one thing at a time, step by step, inch by inch, moment by moment, as illustrated in the Law of Process, you accomplish what needs to be done, in your surrendered state.

    The energy released in a surrendered state is a powerful, healing energy. This energy propels your healing, growth and evolvement. Surrender to discover how powerful You Really Are.

    Laws From: Guide Speak (From Raising Vibrations Facebook page)

             
  • 01 Apr 2014 6:55 AM | John (Administrator)
    I definitely believe that there is a link between the condition of the liver and your eyesight.  It's interesting to hear people talking about improved eyesight after doing the 21 Day Purification Program - cleaning the liver is one of the best things you can do for your health!


    Top three factors for improving your eyesight naturally
    by Derek Henry

    When looking to improve your eyesight, it seems that eye exercises are the most commonly prescribed method to do so. Although it is an important component, there are may other factors you need to consider if you want to seriously improve your eyesight.

    Detoxify your liver

    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a strong relationship between your liver and eye health. Improving the health of your liver can often help prevent and improve eye conditions.

    The liver is your main detoxifier and filter of your bloodstream. Any toxins you ingest eventually end up in your liver to be broken down and excreted from your body. The better your liver is at detoxification, the fewer toxins you will have in your body.

    However, when the liver becomes compromised, the quantity of toxins increases, causing free radical damage and harm to your organs and tissues. The delicate retina and macula in your eyes are very vulnerable to free radical damage, and it can have a seriously negative impact on your vision. Free radicals can attack the retina and result in the breakdown of healthy tissue.

    Liver blood deficiency can cause blurry vision, short sightedness, dry eyes and floaters. If you have excessive liver heat, it can result in painful, burning and blood shot eyes.

    Based on these points alone, it becomes apparent that detoxifying your liver is an important component to improving your eyesight naturally.

    Nourish your eyes and brain

    As a general rule, eating plenty of raw vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and various carotenoids (typically yellow, orange and red pigments) will help protect and improve eyesight. This is mainly accomplished through lutein and zeaxanthin, two specific antioxidants found in large quantities around the lens and retina of the eyes, which have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

    Foods that are high in carotenoids:

    • Carrots
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Pumpkin
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Goji berries
    • Cantaloupe
    • Apricots

    Another important source is astaxanthin, known as the "King of Carotenoids."

    Also consider eyebright herb, cayenne pepper, red raspberry and bayberry bark for additional benefits, as well as foods high in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, beans, beef and chicken.

    Another important part of clear vision is brain function, so ensure that you eat plenty of healthy brain foods as well like wild-caught salmon, avocados, coconut oil, hemp, walnuts and brazil nuts.

    Eye exercises

    One of the best ways to do eye exercises is to use the sun as the focal point (do not look at it directly but, rather, around it) during less intense sunlight hours (typically before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.) in order to strengthen the "oculo-endocrine system."

    Quite simply, the key to this therapy is the invisible ultraviolet band, and the retina. While the visible bands of light stimulate the retina's cone and rods that produce vision, the invisible band stimulates the adjacent epithelial cells, which transmit the stimulus as a powerful nerve impulse through the optic nerve directly to the pituitary and pineal glands. This is a powerful healing and strengthening exercise for the eyes.

    To put this powerful force to use, try the "sun blinking exercise":

    • Look once to the north of the sun (about 15 degrees above it) while blinking the eyes for 3-5 seconds
    • Do the same after looking to the east (right), south (below) and west (left) of the sun

    Again, do not look directly at the sun, as the as the part of the retina we want to hit with the rays of the sun is on the sides and not the center.

    Enjoy your new and improved vision.


             
  • 31 Mar 2014 4:43 PM | John (Administrator)
    I love these messages from the author of The Secret.  Most of them focus on gratitude...and for good reason.  It invites so many wonderful things in our lives when we put this energy out there...


    From The Secret Daily Teachings

    Write down all the great things about everyone you know. Make a huge list of all the wonderful things about you. Compliment people wherever you go. Praise every single thing you see. Be a ray of sunshine to everyone you meet, and make their day better for having seen you. Say "Thank you" at every turn. Walk, talk, think, and breathe appreciation and gratitude.

    When you do this, your outer life will change to reflect your inner state of being.
             
  • 31 Mar 2014 6:58 AM | John (Administrator)
    We are one of the few animals that can't make Vitamin C - so like any other "essential" vitamin or mineral we must consume it!



    Vitamin C is a nutrient that has received a lot of attention over the years. It has been used by many households to combat colds, and is now getting acclaim for treating cancer. It's best to get vitamin C in whole food for its synergistic effect with other nutrients, and these are 5 great ways to do just that.

    Camu Camu

    This extraordinary fruit lives deep in the Amazon rainforests of South America and packs an amazing nutrient density, with its claim to fame being the densest source of vitamin C in the world.

    In a 100 gram serving, camu camu has shown to have up to 7.5 grams of vitamin c, which is an unprecedented 7.5% of its weight. To provide comparison, it provides 60 times more vitamin c than an orange on an ounce-by-ounce basis.

    Along with being the highest known source of vitamin c, it also has the following health benefits:

    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps prevent cancer
    • Promotes eye health
    • Improves mood
    • Boosts the immune system
    • Guards against infections

    Acerola Cherry

    Also known as the Barbados cherry, this fruit has its origin in the Yucatan but is also cultivated in the Caribbean and sub tropical regions, as well as Brazil.

    In a 100 grams serving, the acerola cherry has shown up to 4.5 grams of vitamin C, which is an amazing 4.5% of its weight. Once it is harvested it must be used or made into a supplemental form quickly due to rapid spoilage.

    Along with being the second highest known source of vitamin c, it also has the following health benefits:

    • Reduce intestinal inflammation
    • Treating the common cold
    • Minimizes depression
    • Relieves infections

    Guava

    Native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, guava is a somewhat round or pear shaped fruit and is light green, yellow, or maroon on the outside when it is ripe.

    In a 100 grams serving, the guava has about .22 grams of vitamin C, which is about .22% of its weight. This may not seem like a lot but it still provides you with approximately 250% of your RDA.

    Along with being the third highest known source of vitamin C, it also has the following health benefits:

    • Good for eyesight
    • Helps with cancer prevention
    • Helps relieve diarrhea
    • Helps relieve constipation
    • Helps treat the common cold

    Peppers

    Bell peppers and red chili peppers are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America and are cultivated across the world. They range from green to purple in color, and contain many nutrients.

    In a 100 grams serving, peppers (bell and chili) have between .14 and .18 grams of vitamin C, which is about .14% to .18% of its weight. Peppers provide you up to 200% of your RDA.

    Along with being the fourth highest known source of vitamin c, it also has the following health benefits:

    • Improved circulation
    • Boosts metabolism
    • Improves digestion
    • Fights free radicals

    Kale

    Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable that is cultivated in many areas of the world. It has become well known in the health world through salads, juicing and healthy snacks such as kale chips.

    In a 100 grams serving, kale has .12 grams of vitamin C, which is about .12% of its weight. Kale provides you with approximately 135% of your RDA.

    Along with being the fifth highest known source of vitamin C, it also has the following health benefits:

    • Prevents osteoarthritis and bone fractures
    • Powerful detoxifier
    • Great anti-inflammatory
    • Improves digestion
    • Protects eye and skin health

    Other foods that are also good sources of vitamin C include kiwi, oranges, melons, berries, pineapple, and citrus peels.

    If you want to make your own vitamin C, dehydrated citrus peels is another good source, which you could use in smoothies, teas, and cold drinks.


    Source


             
  • 29 Mar 2014 7:02 AM | John (Administrator)
    Who knew about these joys of ear wax??

    By Dr. Mercola

    Earwax, known technically as cerumen, is produced by glands in your ear canal. Made up mostly of dead skin cells, earwax also contains other substances, including lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme, fatty acids, alcohols, cholesterol, and squalene.1

    In fact, earwax isn't "wax" at all; it's a mixture of water-soluble secretions. And although you probably don't give your earwax much thought, it actually represents one of your body's most ingenious protective mechanisms. Earwax isn't simply a hygienic nuisance… far from it.

    Earwax Benefits: Why Your Ears Need Wax

    Your ears produce earwax constantly so that, ideally, you'll maintain just the right amount in your ear canals. Unless you have an earwax blockage, which I'll discuss below, it's actually best to leave your earwax alone – don't try to remove it with cotton swabs or other devices.

    In fact, if you have too little earwax in your ear canal, your ears may feel dry and itchy. This is because earwax is there for a reason – to protect your ears and provide lubrication. It does this by:

    • Preventing dust, bacteria, and other germs from entering and damaging your ear
    • Trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria
    • Protecting the skin of your ear canal from becoming irritated by water

    Your Ears Are Self-Cleaning: Keep the Cotton Swabs Out

    Your ear canals are self-cleaning, and earwax is the self-cleaning agent. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), under ideal circumstances your ear canals should never have to be cleaned.

    Excess earwax should move out of your ear canal automatically, as cells there actually migrate naturally. The removal of earwax is also helped along by movements of your jaw (talking, chewing, etc.), and once it reaches your outer ear it will simply fall out or be removed when you shower or bathe. AAO-HNSF states:2

    "Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that earwax should be routinely removed for personal hygiene. This is not so. In fact, attempting to remove Earwax with cotton-tipped swabs, bobby pins, or other probing devices can result in damage to the ear, including trauma, impaction of the Earwax, or even temporary deafness. These objects only push the wax in deeper, and can block the ear canal entirely."

    Your Genes Determine Whether Your Earwax Is Wet or Dry

    There are two types of earwax:

    • Wet, which is sticky and yellow or brown in color
    • Dry, which is crumbly and lighter colored, grey, or tan

    A single gene has been identified as the determining factor in which type of earwax you have, and your family background matters. Dry earwax is common in East Asian populations while wet earwax dominates in African and European populations. The same gene variant that leads to dry earwax is also responsible for reduced underarm body odor in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean individuals.3

    Interestingly, when measuring the concentration of 12 volatile organic compounds in earwax from East Asian and white men, Caucasian earwax had more odorous compounds, which one day might be used to help detect disease.4

    Earwax Might Reveal Exposure to Pollutants

    Like certain other bodily secretions, earwax may be an indicator of your exposure to environmental pollutants, although there's not much reason to measure earwax pollutants as opposed to, say, getting a blood test.

    To get an idea of how much you could, theoretically, learn from analyzing earwax, consider an analysis of earwax from a blue whale. As BBC News reported, blue whales actually retain their earwax for life "recording life events similar to the way tree rings reveal arid and wet seasons during its lifetime."5

    Whale earwax has been described as "a time capsule for stress and toxins,"6 with one analysis showing the whale had been exposed to several organic pollutants, including pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, as well as mercury, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol released upon reaching the age of sexual maturity.7

    Earwax Blockages: When to Remove Earwax

    I have treated hundreds of people in my life who had cerumen impactions. Typically, this required flushing the ear with a syringe or using a dental irrigator to soften the cerumen so it could come out.

    The wax can effectively eliminate most of the sound coming to that ear making one nearly deaf on one side. It's estimated that more than 12 million people a year suffer from impacted earwax. This accumulation of earwax may cause your ear canal to become blocked, leading to the following symptoms:8

    • Earache, fullness in the ear, or a sensation the ear is plugged
    • Partial (reversible) hearing loss, which may be progressive
    • Tinnitus, ring, or noises in the ear
    • Itching, odor, or discharge
    • Coughing

    If you do experience a buildup of wax, you can easily remedy the situation at home by using either water, oil, or ear drops to soften the wax to help it migrate out on its own, or you can use ear irrigation to flush the wax out.Acceptable liquids that you can use for this purpose include:

    • Coconut oil
    • Hydrogen peroxide (3% available in most grocery stores)
    • Carbamide peroxide
    • Olive oil

    It's worth noting that using plain sterile water, or a sterile saline solution, to soften earwax works just as well as oil or over-the-counter ear drops. However, I normally find that high-pressure irrigation of the ear canal with a syringe is necessary to remove troublesome wax. This should only be done by a professional as if done improperly it can damage your ear drum.

    Additionally, you should NOT irrigate your ears if you have diabetes, a perforated eardrum, a tube in your eardrum, or if your immune system is weakened. If you suffer from a more serious impaction or you can't get results at home, you may need to get the earwax removed by a physician who can manually remove the wax using microsuction, an otoscope, and appropriate instruments.

    Ear Candling Is Not Recommended

    Ear candling involves putting a hollow cone-shaped device or "candle," typically made of linen or cotton soaked in wax or paraffin, in the ear canal, and lighting it on fire. The person undergoing the procedure lies on his or her side. A paper plate or other collection device is placed above the ear, and the candle is inserted through a hole in the plate into the ear canal. The candle is lit, and trimmed as it burns down.

    After the candle burns down and is removed from the ear, a cotton swab is used to clean visible wax from the ear, and oil is sometimes applied as a finishing touch. Proponents and practitioners of candling maintain the procedure removes wax and other impurities from the ear. The process by which this purportedly happens is as the smoke moves down the candle into your ear and back out again, a vacuum is created that pulls out wax and other debris from your ear into the hollow candle.

    However, research published in the journal Laryngoscope measured this pressure and concluded that no negative pressure was created.9 The same research also revealed that no earwax was removed during candling, and that candle wax was actually deposited in some test subjects' ears. Additionally, serious injuries may result from ear candling, including external burns, ear canal obstruction with candle wax, and even a perforated eardrum. Remember, earwax has been designed by nature as a cleaning mechanism for your ears. For most of us, the wax moves through the ear canal and eventually makes it to the outside, taking any dirt and other accumulated matter with it. Typically, only earwax that has reached the opening of your ear should be removed.

    You May Be Deficient in Omega-3 if You Have Frequent Earwax Buildup

    Prevention is the best way to treat this problem. Frequent excess buildup of earwax can oftentimes be traced back to an omega-3 deficiency, so the remedy is quite simple: take a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 supplement. Once you've cleared out any excess buildup or impaction, making sure you're getting sufficient amounts of omega-3 will normally prevent a recurrence. If the earwax buildup does return, it's a clue that you may still have a serious omega-3 deficiency.

             


  • 27 Mar 2014 5:48 PM | John (Administrator)
    Ever wonder why we shout when we are angry?  This story is one of the best explanations I've come across. Enjoy!

    A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other.


    He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked, 'Why do people shout in anger at each other?'

    His disciples thought for a while and one of them said, 'Because when we lose our calm we shout.'

    'But why should you shout when the other person is just next to you?' asked the saint. 'Can you just as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner?'

    When some of the answers did not satisfied the others the saint finally explained, 'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

    'What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small.'

    The saint continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.'

    He looked at his disciples and said, 'So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.'

             
  • 26 Mar 2014 7:10 AM | John (Administrator)
    Excellent overview of one of the most prevalent issues around today.  This is the physical manifestation of "all of that stress" that we go through every day.  There are some great supplements (adaptogenic herbs) that can help the body nourish the adrenal glands, but the most important thing is to manage your lifestyle.  You really have to schedule (yes, put it on the calendar) self care days for things like massage, yoga, spa day...).

    The devastating effects of adrenal fatigue

    The adrenal glands are responsible for producing major hormones that help the body reproduce and adapt to stress. The adrenal glands produce over 50 hormones that are absolutely essential to your health and vitality. When the adrenals get overworked, it creates adrenal fatigue which can be devastating to the body.

    The adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet they produce some of the most important compounds in the body. Of the many different hormones secreted by the adrenals, you have steroid hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, aldosterone, estrogen and testosterone.

    Stress hormones are more critical than sex hormones:

    The adrenal glands help regulate the body's ability to adapt to stress, and they also produce hormones that regulate reproduction. The caveat is that adapting to stress overrides reproduction. Adapting to stress is critical for immediate survival, and that is the first priority. Once our physiology understands that we are not under an environmental threat, it will focus its energy on reproductive hormones.

    The major stress hormones are cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones help increase energy, increase blood sugar levels and speed up circulation and respiration to help the body survive through fight or flight.

    The major sex hormones produced by the adrenals are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These are all critical for growth, metabolism, strength, endurance, mental drive, menstrual function and reproductive ability.

    The master compound that is used by the body to produce cortisol and progesterone is called pregnenolone. Pregnenolone can create cortisol, progesterone or DHEA. DHEA is used by the body to produce testosterone and estrogen. When the body is under chronic stress, there is a high demand to produce cortisol, which reduces the amount of progesterone and DHEA that is produced.

    What stresses out the adrenal glands?

    The adrenal glands are meant to adapt the body to stressors. Our body is meant to grow stronger through daily stressors. We should have a natural stress, rest and adaptation cycle that allows the body to effectively acclimate to environmental stimuli. However, when these stressors override our ability to adapt effectively, the body becomes weaker and chronic stress becomes hardwired into our system. This can lead to adrenal fatigue.

    The adrenal glands are overstressed by a number of different chronic lifestyle factors including the following:
    • Blood sugar imbalances
    • Gut inflammation
    • Food intolerances
    • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Infections (bacterial, fungal or viral)
    • Autoimmunity
    • Environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, pollutants, etc.)
    • Physical trauma
    • Bad posture and ligament damage in the spine and joints
    • Constant mental and emotional stress

    Stages of adrenal fatigue:

    The first stage of adrenal activity is called the alarm reaction, which is when the system becomes hyperactive in order to increase cortisol levels to adapt to the demands of stress. This is a healthy survival-based response that everyone encounters throughout a typical day.

    The second phase is the resistance stage, where the body adapts to prolonged stress. During this phase, the body steals pregnenolone from cholesterol to make more cortisol. This phenomenon is called "pregnenolone steal."

    Under normal circumstances, the pregnenolone helps make sex hormones such as progesterone and testosterone. When pregnenolone steal takes place, it leads to hormonal imbalances. Over time, this can cause very serious hormonal problems such as PMS, infertility, male menopause and polycystic ovary syndrome.

    The third and final phase of adrenal fatigue is the exhaustion phase. This is when the adrenals are so exhausted that they are unable to adapt to stress. All the necessary cofactors to produce cortisol are depleted, so cortisol levels drop. The pregnenolone steal effect stops at this point. The body is unable to produce adequate energy, and fatigue, accelerated aging and breakdown of the body's protective barriers (skin, blood-brain barrier and gut barrier) are the hallmarks of this particular physiological state.


             
  • 22 Mar 2014 9:38 AM | John (Administrator)
    Very insightful article and list!  It's funny how things continue to cycle around if you look back in history.  Now science is proving the age old wisdom of our ancestors...maybe they were smarter than we think?!?
    The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn't mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically.

    A full 55 pages of Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, are dedicated to these scientific breakthroughs that often confirm the power of ancient psychology and contemplative practices. On an intuitive level, we’ve known for centuries that these lifestyle practices can help us lead happy, healthy and balanced lives. But now, with the support of hard science, we can embrace these pieces of ancient wisdom and start really living them.

    Here are eight ancient beliefs and practices that have been confirmed by modern science.

    Helping others can make you healthier.

    helping others

    In their never-ending search for the best way to live, Greek philosophers argued over the relative benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic well-being sees happiness as a factor of increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudaimonic ("human flourishing") happiness has more to do with having a larger purpose or meaning in life. A recent study from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson may reveal which form of happiness is more beneficial for health and well-being.

    The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year, found that while both types of happiness can make you feel good, the latter could promote physical health and longevity as well. Using phone interviews, questionnaires and blood samples, the study explored how the two forms of happiness affected individuals on a genetic level. Participants with more hedonic and less eudaimonic well-being were found to have a lower production of virus-attacking antibodies, while those with more eudaimonic well-being experienced an increase in antibody production.

    Acupuncture can restore balance to your body.

    The traditional Chinese medicine technique is believed to address imbalances in a person’s qi (pronounced chi), the circulating energy within every living thing. Whether or not you believe in the existence of this energy flow, a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the age-old practice may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains.

    Analyzing previous research data from approximately 18,000 subjects, researchers found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and standard western care when treating various types of pain, including migraines and chronic back pain.

    We need the support of a community in order to thrive.

    community

    Traditional Buddhist teachings suggest that community is a key component in any happy, fulfilled life. A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers confirmed this belief, concluding that a healthy social life promotes longevity.

    In analyzing the 148 studies -- involving more than 300,000 individual participants -- available on the subject, the researchers discovered that those with stronger social relationships maintained a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival. The effect of social relationships on mortality risk is even greater than the effect of exercise or obesity.

    Tai chi can help alleviate a variety of health conditions.

    This ancient Chinese martial art is based on the belief that achieving balance with one’s mind and body creates an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring a long life. A report in the May 2009 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch summarized several studies confirming that this “moving meditation” practice can help prevent and treat many age-related health problems alongside standard treatment in older adults. A number of studies in the past decade have found tai chi to be helpful for those suffering from arthritis, low bone density and heart disease.

    Meditation can help you reduce stress and discover inner peace.

    meditate

    Stemming from ancient Eastern origins, the practice of meditation is believed to help still the mind and reach a heightened level of awareness, improving health and well-being as a byproduct. Science is now proving the health benefits of meditation. The latest study from a team of Harvard Medical School scientists reveals how this mind-body practice can affect genes that control stress levels and immune function.

    Harvard psychiatrist John Denniger and his team used neuro-imaging and genomics technology to measure potential physiological changes in each subject more accurately. After observing the high-stress individuals as they followed the study’s prescribed yoga and meditation practices, the team noticed an improved mitochondrial energy production, utilization and resiliency, which help to reduce the stress linked to health conditions like hypertension and infertility.

    Compassion is the key to a meaningful life.

    Tibetan Buddhist tradition includes a practice called metta, or loving-kindness. A 2012 study from Emory University found that compassion meditation based on this Tibetan model can effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions.

    Another loving-kindness meditation study from 2011 found that, over time, this practice increased participants' positive emotions that allowed them to find a deeper sense of mindfulness, their purpose in life, the network of support surrounding them, and their health. These components helped increase their overall life satisfaction.

    Accepting what you can’t change is key to reducing suffering.

    serenity

    According to Buddhist teachings, one must accept the things they cannot change in order to reduce suffering. Now, scientists have found that this belief rings true, especially for older adults who are working through difficult life changes.

    Researchers from Deakin University in Australia found that facing the realities of living with assistance and losing a degree of independence helps seniors live longer and feel far happier. Their study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies last year, compared feelings of life satisfaction and perceived control of older adults living with assistance and those living in the community. Their analysis revealed that the ability to accept the inevitable (as well as maintain low-level control) in an assisted living setting was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. The researchers concluded, "In order to protect the well-being of older individuals, adaptation involves both a sense of control and the active acceptance of what cannot be changed."

    All you need is love.

    If there is one thing that a variety of ancient wisdom traditions can agree on, it’s the value of love in maintaining a happy, meaningful life. And a group of Harvard researchers, on a mission to uncover the true roots of life fulfillment, conducted a 75-year study that reached the same conclusion.

    The Harvard Grant Study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the life trajectories of 268 male students in order to answer life’s universal questions of growth, development, value and purpose. Vaillant considers the most meaningful finding of the study to be that a happy life revolves around loving relationships. He explained that there are two pillars of happiness: "One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away."

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  • 18 Mar 2014 7:00 AM | John (Administrator)

    Which is the best type of water to drink?

    "Water composes half to four-fifths of you, depending on how much body fat you have. It makes up about 85 percent of your brain, 80 percent of your blood, and 70 percent of your lean muscle. The human body, like all living organisms, survives by means of an ongoing flow of energy. You are an engine, and water is your fuel, coolant, and lubricant. Water keeps you running," states Suzanne Winckler in the UC Davis publication Groundwater.

    Generally, health-conscious folks are well aware of the importance of proper hydration. And yet, with so many options for water purification and enhancement, the question remains - which water is best?

    Processed or natural

    Raw foods guru David Wolf endorses spring water in glass jars, as does nutritionist and natural health advocate Daniel Vitalis. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute recommends a living water system, while Gabriel Cousens, M.D., favors distilled water which has been restructured.

    Processed water can be problematic, however - from municipal treatment plants, all the way down to the most simple home filtration system. Vitalis points out that demineralized water, like what you find with distilled and reverse osmosis, can lead to health problems:

    "Recent epidemiological studies of an ecologic design among Russian populations supplied with water varying in TDS suggest that low-mineral drinking water may be a risk factor for hypertension and coronary heart disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, goiter, pregnancy complications and several complications in newborns and infants, including jaundice, anemia, fractures and growth disorders." - Health risks from drinking demineralized water, F. Kozisek, WHO guidelines for drinking water quality.

    Vitalis classifies reverse osmosis and distilled water as the "white flour" of water. Nevertheless, removing pharmaceutical and industrial waste, heavy metals, chemicals, fluoride, radioactive particles and chlorine from drinking water is exceptionally important. How do we strike a balance?

    Dr. Cousens suggests a distillation process to remove toxins, and then restructuring the water with trace elements through small amounts of unprocessed salt. Both Wolf and Vitalis advise finding wild water that is free of pollutants - that is, an aquifer-fed spring. If you like the idea of spring water from the source, have a look at FindASpring.com.

    If a natural spring is unavailable in your area, or simply too much of a hassle, the next best thing is to recreate it with a living water system. Specialized copper pipes contain a spiral interior which mimics the movement of springs and rivers, thereby restructuring the water into clusters. Proponents believe that this clustering makes the water more bioavailable. The system also increases the level of dissolved oxygen and reduces a variety of contaminants.

    Lastly, there's alkaline ionized water. Nobel laureate Dr. Henri Coanda spent six decades studying Hunza water and discovered that it had a unique viscosity and surface tension. The water also had a high, alkaline pH, exceptional active hydrogen and abundant colloidal mineral content. Based on this research, Japanese scientists endeavored to recreate Hunza water using Russian electrolysis technology - which gave birth to ionized water.

    Regrettably, many, including Lawrence Wilson, M.D., feel that ionized water falls short of true spring water and should be avoided. Dr. Wilson notes that "[s]pring water passes over rocks in the earth and picks up various minerals, which affect its pH. Good spring water usually has a slightly alkaline pH of about 8 or even 8.5, but not much more." In contrast, ionized water can have a pH of up to 12 or 13, which isn't considered healthy.



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