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Holistic Living News – September

What’s new in Holistic Living News? Here are a few things that have surfaced that I feel you should know about


Aspartame is a nasty chemical that’s sold as a zero-calorie healthy sweetener. But did you know that it’s technically not calorie-free? Not a lot, only about 4 calories per gram. [1] That isn’t a lot, and it’s not a big deal. But it’s one weird fact you probably didn’t know about aspartame. Let’s take a look at a few other points about aspartame that rarely get discussed.

Read 5 Shocking Facts About Aspartame

Chemical structure of Aspartame

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Foam Roller

If you’ve ever had sore muscles, then you should keep reading

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Foam rolling is called self-myofascial release, and the benefits are similar to that of a deep tissue massage. It’s also much less than a deep tissue massage -around $20 or so- and is the gift that keeps on giving. You pay for it once and can use it for years. Read the full article from Fitnessista


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For Healthy Aging, You Must Understand Antioxidants and Free Radicals!

For hundreds of years, people have searched for the proverbial Fountain of Youth. How can you stay young as you get older? Many things have been tried and most of them involve plastic surgery or elixirs that leave a lot to be desired. Getting older is a fact of life. How you age is up to you. Plastic surgery is the soup du jour for many people but it only works on the outside of your body. Read the full article from Natural Holistic Health

For Healthy Aging, You Must Understand Antioxidants and Free Radicals!

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The Benefits of Eating Green (Vegetables, That is!)

It seems that no matter what we are discussing, Mom and Grandma were right. Remember all the times they told you to eat your vegetables? Well, science agrees and now we know that consuming the right amount of green vegetables can keep us away from a large number of ailments and health issues. Read the full article from Natural Holistic Health

The Benefits of Eating Green (Vegetables, That is!)

Top 5 Superfoods

Mother nature supplies us with an infinite number of super foods, but the following are five top super food wonders that can prolong your life, give you extra energy and protect against diseases like cancer and dementia. Top super foods can also protect against heart disease and diabetes, as well as boost immunity and keep you at your ideal weight. If you want a bullet proof immune system, otherwise known as Super Immunity, it starts with knowing which foods to eat and then consuming them regularly. Click here to see the 5 superfoods

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The Health Benefits of Oregano

Oregano is widely considered as nature’s antibiotic. It is an indispensable spice in Turkish, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and Italian cuisine, oregano is the must-have ingredient in tomato sauces and pairs well with capers and olives. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. The oil of the wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses and is a powerful antihistamine. Click here to read the rest of the article from Healthy Holistic Living

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8 Easy Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure

8 Easy Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure - Holistic Squid

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EMFs are emitted from every device that plugs into an electrical outlet as well as from airplanes and power lines or transformers. Your laptop, iPod, cell phone or other small handheld electronic devices all emit EMFs when they’re in use, and these frequencies interfere with the flow of energy (Qi flow) in our bodies. Over time, disruption of Qi can create imbalance and disease. Read the rest of the article from Holistic Squid


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Herbs for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in your legs. Moving your legs relieves the urge and the unpleasant feelings. People who have RLS describe the unpleasant feelings as creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, burning, aching, or electric shocks. Sometimes, the feelings also occur in the arms. You use natural remedies and herbs to help ease some of the discomfort of this disorder.

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Low iron can be a factor with those who suffer from restless legs syndrome. Therefore, increasing your iron intake can help. There are a variety of foods that are good sources of iron, including clams, chicken, beef and pork liver, turkey and seafood such as clams, sardines and shrimp. Fortified breakfast cereals are good sources of iron, as are cooked beans and lentils and potatoes with skins on.


Calming Tea can help calm restless legs as well as aid in sleeping. These botanicals are natural sedatives and can help you relax while soothing stress and helping you sleep better.

Blood Circulation Tea : improves circulation in the body ensuring that the legs receive their share of the blood.


Walking before going to bed can reduce nighttimes restless legs syndrome symptoms. Exercise tends to change chemical balances within the brain that can help create restful sleep.

Stop Using Caffeine and Tobacco

Caffeine can increase the “jitters” and can make restless legs syndrome worse than it needs to be. In addition, smoking can reduce circulation. It is not recommended that people who have RLS smoke.

Other Tips


Vitamins and minerals such as E, B12, zinc, magnesium and folic acid can be helpful. Daily Liquid Multi Vitamins are absorbed fast. Taking a multivitamin supplement can give you the vitamins you need to keep certain symptoms at bay.


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What is Holistic Healing?


Holistic healing means taking an holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What primarily distinguishes holistic healing apart from alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine is that physical health is not necessarily the main focus. Even so, it is often the experience of physical discomfort that will first prompt a person’s pursuit of holistic healing.
English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul

English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying “sticking out like a sore thumb'” originated from. It is difficult to ignore the obvious when we are physically hurting. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts. Holistic healing is not an “alternative” to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease.

Physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.

Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.


Holistic healing is really a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes far beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and maintaining wellness. Overall wellness AND “wholeness” is highly valued. All parts of a person’s life (physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values) are considered. Taking a holistic approach involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.

A person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.


The holistic healer recognizes that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue, the result of abusing the physical body

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English: Family Development Program (FDP) is a holistic approach of improving the nutrition and health condition of families through the recognition of each and everyone’s responsibility to themselves, their families and community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep. Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met. No aspect (mind, body, spirit, or emotions) of a person is overlooked when an holistic treatment is sought.

The holistic healer looks at the “whole person” in order to make his or her complete evaluation and uses all information gathered before suggested treatments to the client are offered. Keep in mind, not all holistic healers are equal, each has his or her own specialty or expertise to offer. It will benefit you to shop around for a good fit. Choosing to go to a holistic healer is no different from choosing a medical professional. You decide.



Recommended GO TO reference books for gathering information on a variety of healing modalities, available treatments/remedies, possible causes of illness, and holistic healing knowledge in general.


Alternative Medicine is a term used when therapies are presented as an option to conventional or Western medical treatments.


Complementary Medicine is a term used when therapies are being used in conjunction with conventional or Western medical treatments.

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The Holistic Approach of Alternative Medicine symbolized by the aura of man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Integrative Medicine was the new “buzz” term first used primarily by mainstreamers in the 1990s. This was a time when more medical professionals were opening their eyes to the Mind-Body connection. Alternative therapies were no longer being judged as quackery or far-afield from acceptable. Some therapies were being integrated into the mainstream. Massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation and visualization, and chiropractic medicine were among the first therapies to be integrated into established medical care programs.

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Thoughts to Ponder



We struggle with our worries and problems every day in our lives. Sometimes, we even struggle with unnecessary stresses and burdens. When our ability to be positive in finding solutions decreases, we tend to be more negative, which makes it harder to endure. This is when you need to “work” on your patience. The good news is that patience is a mental skill, one that can be practiced and eventually mastered, even by the most impatient person.
We often hear about exercising patience as it pertains to something else, like raising children or starting a business. The idea of cultivating patience for its own sake gets little attention, but there are some strong and compelling reasons for doing so. Impatience makes us lose our perspective, which hinders our power to create what we want and raises the chances of attracting more of what we don’t want.

I believe that losing patience is a means of misusing spiritual power. Impatience also has a negative impact on our bodies because it generates stress, which elevates blood pressure, thereby weakening the body’s internal organs and immune system. Impatience often produces haste, which prevents you from making right decisions, but rather the kind of decisions you may later regret.

Patience, on the other hand, empowers us at all levels. Cultivating it requires the desire to change in addition to having a good strategy to do so: discernment and persistence. When you find yourself on the verge of losing patience, try one or more of the following techniques:

  • Don’t fall for the demanding behaviors of close people who act impatiently.
  • Look within to understand why you react impatiently to certain situations.
  • Feed your mind with the appropriate self-talk for the occasion you are facing. This is crucial to mastering patience.
  • Use creative visualization to re-frame situations that try your patience.
  • Use meditation as a therapy to grow your patience and de-stress.
  • Write notes to remind yourself to be more patient. Examples could be:

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” — Chinese Proverb
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

Lastly, if you tend to become quickly impatient, make sure that your blood sugar is always balanced. Do something that you like for yourself every once in a while to enhance your tolerance range and be sure to get enough sleep. When your mind and body are rested, you are better able to deal with situations with more patience.

patienceLife is a journey, we each have our own duties and tasks to fulfill and accomplish. Some have it lighter and easier than others, and even those have their own struggles which we may perceive as ‘simple’, yet they are still their struggles. Others have it heavier and harder.

People who are ‘aware’ know that staying healthy and positive and using the power of now may turn anything into a light and simple burden. They choose to change their heavy burdens into ‘simple’ ones. They enjoy life with all that it brings. They enjoy the now, don’t worry about the future and don’t blame past actions. They are in harmony with themselves, with life and with the cosmos. They count on time to solve their stresses and time always is in their favor.

Be patient, the best is yet to come!

“The strongest of all warriors are these two: time and patience.” — Leo Tolstoy

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An Artist’s Experience of Reflexology


Most people recognize reflexology as an enjoyable way in which to improve physical health. I’d like to relate the experience of one graduate of theTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification; an artist and massage therapist who was pleasantly surprised to discover that reflexology delivered much more than physical relief for her. The comments below were submitted as part of her overall feedback of the program (published with her consent).

“As a massage therapist, I am always looking for ways to enrich my client’s therapeutic experience. I knew reflexology would be a valuable addition to my practice since a major roadblock to healing is often a client’s inability to let go of tension. With these ideas in mind, I decided to enroll in Karen Ball’sTherapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification training. The following paragraphs describe my experience receiving my session from Karen during that training.

I had been under a lot of stress in my life and had been experiencing visual migraines: brilliant, multihued bands of color flashing at my periphery, especially when rotating my head quickly. I wondered how or if reflexology would affect this.

As the session unfolded, the deep relaxation became a portal into an even deeper state approaching the hypnagogic experience. The hypnagogic state is a deep transitional state between sleeping and wakefulness, often accompanied by vivid, dreamlike imagery. For a visual artist, hypnagogic imagery is a rich source of inspiration and a way of communicating with the deepest expressions of the psyche.

My consciousness began to weave into unconsciousness as Karen worked on my left foot. When she moved to my right, I noticed that my toes were especially sensitive. That’s the last thing I remember before dissolving into the psyche’s gallery of liquid imagery. There, I drifted onto that dusky limbic edge where the veils between consciousness and unconsciousness are thinnest.”

In the next couple of paragraphs (omitted here) she described – and later painted! – the visual images she experienced during this session. She concludes with…

“As the session neared completion, my experience was accompanied by a sensation of fizzing, carbonated energy bubbles cleansing the dorsal areas of my feet. This sensation channeled upward through my legs and had an integrating effect on the total body. The level of relaxation was deeply profound. I “awoke” from the session feeling rested and rejuvenated.

The meaning of these images is both profound and illusive to me. They reflect a visual/kinesthetic language that is not easily transcribed into words. An artist doesn’t make these images meaningful, they come imbued with meaning. They have a cellular motility like a vitally morphing liquid screen. When fishing in this deep pond of the psyche, one discovers an experience that is both releasing and inspiring. I discovered that reflexology is one door to this healing experience.

Oh, and no more migraines!”


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Essential Energy

The application of pressure is usually done in a circular motion, so that it may stimulate the body’s vital energy and create an overall balance. The vital energy that flows though each organ and system of the body is also referred to as Chi or Prana in Eastern medicine. All of the body’s organs and systems are connected by this vital energy. Therefore, if a particular organ is sick, one must look at the entire body to locate the cause of the illness.

Numerous experiments and studies have been done on Chi or Prana energy in China in the last thirty years. The studies revealed the presence of a mixture of electromagnetic fields in the energy of the human body. Today, various tools and machines exist to measure this type of energy.

More than Just a Foot Massage!

Reflexology is different from a regular foot massage because it works by applying pressure on specific areas. This implies the existence of pain in those areas, if an imbalance is present. On the other hand, a foot massage entails ‘massaging’ the feet in a way which results in a comfortable and relaxing state but which does not really deal with the symptoms of any illness or with the illness itself.

From Imbalance to Illness

Research and experience has shown that reflexology can help deal with various illnesses that a person may be suffering from. If the vital energy is out of BALANCE, there is usually either a physical or emotional manifestation of that imbalance. The aim is to restore this balance through a variety of ways, one of which is reflexology. As it helps put the vital energy back in HARMONY and BALANCE, it deals with the illnesses a person could be suffering from. When the body is in a balanced state, it can act in a HEALTHY manner and can react properly to anything that affects it.

The Importance of Awareness

Part of the whole HEALING process is the ‘awareness’ that we need to develop in order to deal with a disease. Diseases develop as a result of imbalances that have existed for a long time and which have either been ignored or which we have failed to deal with properly. Therefore, AWARENESS should exist before the ailment actually turns into a real disease! Even the slightest thing, such as a headache or interrupted sleep, should be examined closely and dealt with. The key is to be aware of all our mental, emotional and physical needs. Only then, will we be able to act as defenders of our own imbalances and will we be able to remain HEALTHY.

Listen to your Heart (and Body)!

The next time you develop a particular symptom, stay with it and observe it. Try to find out what it is trying to tell you. Pay attention to it in a different way by listening to your mind and body. Being AWARE of your needs and acknowledging them is the first step of any HEALING process, no matter what type of therapy you choose. Take care of your emotions and your body, and you will always be HEALTHY and FIT!


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Inspiration Island – Holistic Healing: Part 1

A Chronology of Reflexology




Confused about reflexology and whether it could benefit you in any way? Wondering if this ancient healing practice can be the key to healing your mind and body? Well wonder no more! Certified Alternative Medicine Tutor Nada Rashed explores the history of reflexology, the impact that it may have on your body and how it actually works.

Apply Pressure like an Egyptian

Reflexology is an ancient healing science which dates back to the time of the Egyptian pharaohs. It has continued to develop over the centuries, with the help of doctors and healers across the world, to become the kind of practice that it is today.

The Human Map

Reflexology is based on the principle that a complete map of the human body exists on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. The map reflects all organs of the human body, from your head to your toe. The upper part of your foot, for instance, represents the upper part of your body which include the chest, the heart, the shoulders and partially the arms. As you go lower on your foot and hand, you also go to a lower corresponding area on your body.

Powerful Pioneers

Dr. William Fitzgerald is an American pioneer in the field of reflexology. Not only was he was an ear, nose and throat specialist, but he was also the first one to start making a connection between applying pressure to a painful area of the body and releasing pain from that very same area. This is essentially the same concept that reflexologists continue to follow today.

In Your Own Zone

Dr. Fitzgerald also discovered what is referred to as ‘zone therapy’, which divides the body into equal longitudinal zones. Dr. Joseph Riley, who worked with Dr. Fitzgerald, later added horizontal zones, across the hands and feet, to the longitudinal zones. This made it easier to determine the different individual reflexes according to the ‘Zone Theory’.

The difference between zone therapy and reflexology must be made clear though. Reflexology works on the zones of the body as well as the different reflexes representing the organs. It thus works to identify the sore areas which are out of balance. On the other hand, zone therapy works mainly on the zones to determine the areas which need to be worked on.


Female Trailblazers

Eunice Ingham was one of the students of Dr. Riley’s zone therapy. She became the main pioneer of reflexology as it is known today. Ingham practiced on hundreds of cases before confirming that “reflexes on the feet were an exact mirror image of the organs of the body.” In her famous book, “Stories Feet Can Tell”, she recorded her cases and outlined the foot reflexes which are commonly used today. As a result of the wide range of beneficial knowledge which it contained, Ingham’s book was translated into seven different languages.

Press, Signal, Relieve

So how does reflexology actually work?

  1. During a normal session, the reflexologist applies pressure on the different points of your foot or hands which represent the different body organs.
  2. Through this pressure, and because of existing nerve endings on your feet and hands, the brain receives a signal.
  3. Upon receiving the signal, your brain begins releasing hormones such as cortisol and endorphins. The first is responsible for reducing the pain that you may be suffering from and the latter is in charge of making you feel ‘happier’ and less stressed, thus causing you to feel more relaxed after your session.


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