How Holistic Living is Related to Spirituality? Written by Yogi Marlon

My personal thoughts on how to maintain a healthy existence are far from mainstream. Living how nature has intended us to live is my supreme guideline and thankfully, a rapidly growing phenomenon for many. I want to share with you the knowledge I have been accumulating since I was a very young child, and how I have integrated that knowledge into my personal lifestyle. Please take my ideas as intended. They are my educated opinions, not gospel or medical advice.

Here in Holistic Living, I will continually present ideas for you to consider adopting into your own lifestyle as well as the means to do it. That change can range from a shift in your

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Padre Pio Spirituality Centre (Photo credit: Otto Phokus)

thought pattern, or the use of a particular item. In the case of material goods, I encourage you to look for the items yourself. Wherever I am able, I will provide the ability for you to order those items conveniently, on site. Going forward, I am making it my job to find more of these items see shopping that can be delivered right to your door. Living healthily should after all, be easy!

“How Holistic Living is Related to Spirituality”

This section evolved from a conversation I had at one of my most loyal student’s office, only months after we met. After a long meeting with her and her boss concerning the concept of what is now this site, she volunteered to walk me down to my car. I knew something was about to transpire, but I do not believe either of us knew what then.

After a few minutes of closing discussion about the meeting, Theresa politely asked if I would tell her my age. Clearly shocked when I did, she remarked that I was only a year or two younger than she was, and yet I looked about a decade younger. I assumed she would know what I meant when I wryly said that I had “yoga-ed my whole life”, but her expression assured me she hadn’t a clue where I was going.

So I explained to her as I will now explain to you, all the things I have done in my life, not expressly to remain youthful looking, but to retain my shakti, chi, or life force energy. For me all these things are common sense, but the more I live, the more I realize for many people my suggestions for a healthy lifestyle are–well, esoteric.

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Martinism seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want scientific evidence that these things actually do work, I’m sorry, but you will have to dig that up yourself. Although I am ravenous about collecting information on how to live healthily, I operate firstly from instinct and inspiration on all matters in my life. Therefore, these ideas are merely a description of what I have decided is right living for me. I cannot legally prescribe them for you or anyone. I am simply offering you an insight into my lifestyle. Surely, it has created health, clarity, happiness and sensitivity for me. I think you understand …

My Habits
OK, so Theresa wanted to know more. I said, “Look, Theresa, there are many things you do on a daily basis, that I have eliminated from my life. Whenever possible,
I do not:
  • breathe re-circulated air, as in an office building

    Holistic Gardens

    Holistic Gardens (Photo credit: MangakaMaiden Photography)

  • sit under florescent lights, as in an office building.
  • eat junk food for lunch and wash it down with a soda.
  • drink out of Styrofoam, or eat off plastic plates and I especially do not eat with plastic utensils.
  • drink much liquid with meals, especially iced drinks or liquor.
  • eat chemical preservatives of any kind. That means absolutely no mono sodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates, or hormone or antibiotic fed animals.
  • take prescription drugs especially antibiotics.
  • eat foods made with hydrogenated oil, especially margarine or other butter substitutes.
  • ingest any of the sugar substitutes, and very little processed, white sugar
  • eat unripe or waxed vegetables and fruits
  • eat bleached white flour
  • consume iradiated vegetables or spices
  • eat when I am not hungry
  • drink when I am not thirsty
  • breathe or use air fresheners (i.e. Many automatic room deodorizers in restaurant restrooms are designed to anaesthetize your sense of smell by coating the little hairs in your nose with an thin, airborne emollient film that deadens the olfactory sense for up to one hour! Not my idea of an appetizer!)
  • use bug repellant or extermination fluid on my skin or in the house/office
  • sitin front of a computer that emits negative electromagnetic impulses (EMI’s)
  • use poor quality sunglasses
  • use synthetic eye drops made to reduce redness
  • breathe fumes from chemicals, including: paint, paint thinner, lye, varnish, lacquer, formaldehyde, cigarettes, magic markers, gasoline, instant glue, acrylic nails, hair dresser’s chemicals, etc., etc. Simple rule: if it stinks, get out of it!
  • wear commercial perfume
  • use commercial sunscreens ,especially those containing PABA, and those that do not filter out UVB and UVC rays
  • use perfumed or dyed laundry detergent
  • use fabric softener
  • use perfumed, bleached or synthetic (usually rayon) tampons.
  • use perfumed or dyed toilet paper
  • wear clothing made from purely synthetic fibers like nylon, acetate, polyester, etc.
  • worry much; get too attached to my ideas about the way I think life should go. (that one’s tough!)

    HFW Corporate Safehouse (living room)

    HFW Corporate Safehouse (living room) (Photo credit: NineInchNachosIV)

I do:
  • work under natural light (sunlight), or full spectrum light bulbs.
  • have plants in the room where I work during the day, and have fresh air from an open window, or use an air purifier when needed.
  • protect myself from negative electromagnetic impulses.
  • drink lots of room temperature, purified water between meals from glass.
  • drink juice that is squeezed immediately before consuming.
  • drink lots of herb tea, warm not scalding, throughout the day and evening.

  • eat delicious, fresh, pesticide and chemical free food daily. I spend the extra and buy organic goods whenever possible.
  • use unheated extra virgin olive oil liberally and butter or ghee sparingly.
  • eat local and in-season fruits and vegetables as close to the day it was picked as possible.
  • Shop in order of preference at the weekly farmer’s market, at the health food supermarket. I use the regular supermarket only for emergencies.
  • eat free-range, hormone-free meats, dairy, and poultry.
  • use unprocessed honey in the winter and a natural sugar like turbinado, sucrose, or fructose in the summer.
  • eat whole grain bread.
  • scrape my tongue every morning with a tongue scraper, not my toothbrush, to remove toxins or ama that accumulate there overnight.
  • use natural, saccharine-free, flouride-free toothpaste like Thom’s of Maine brand.
  • take herbal nutritional supplements daily, making sure to at least taste them before swallowing them, or letting them completely dissolve in my mouth.
  • sensitively monitor my body for subtle changes that may benefit from some change in routine.
  • check the back of my upper arms for the little bumps that tell me I need more beta-carotene. (If so, I drink some carrot juice or eat papaya, cantaloupe or yams)
  • oilate my entire body with sesame oil every day, performing see abhyanga.
  • use pure jojoba oil lavishly and frequently as a sunscreen
  • mix essential oils in a sesame seed oil base as perfume
  • take B vitamins and wear essential oil of citronella to discourage bug bites
  • get some ultra-violet ray exposure in my eyes daily
  • burn stick of Nag Champa incense to relax
  • wear natural fibers: cotton, silk, linen, & wool.
  • meditate.
  • practice Pranayama.
  • yoga postures
  • pray
  • give people warm smiles for no reason at all
  • appreciate beauty as a materialistic expression of love
  • think of both the past and future daily, yet remain mostly in the present.
  • wish the best for all those I know and all those I do not know by extending an energetic generosity to them.
How to Integrate
So that is a lot. You may want to try incorporating these, one at a time, starting with the ones that seem easy to you. Remember it is a process. If you keep at it, soon it will become second nature, and you will start to spot ways of your own to detoxify your life.
How It Works
The benefit for me is that my senses are keener. That makes life more sensuous. I know for a fact that I see more, hear more and feel more than most people as a result of my efforts. It is not until you take some of these very ordinary toxins out of your life that you will realize what you have been missing. It is actually very simple. My understanding is that because our bodies work continually to remove these toxins, we may not have the energy left to do all the things unnecessary to survival. That is actually the brilliance of our being. Our bodies automatically take care of what is absolutely needed first, then what is preferred, then it gets around to the fineries such as:
  • growing lustrous hair,
  • growing smooth, even nails
  • having glowing skin,
  • seeing very small or far objects clearly,
  • hearing delicate sounds,
  • etc …

Next our energy goes to our mind. The more energy we have available, the more clarity in thinking. (By this I do not refer to the common over-tired, hyper, type A energy that is so common. That is actually a Vata imbalance. see doshas.) 

Why bother?

When all the basic needs of the body are met, and clarity of the mind is established, awareness of the spirit becomes more easily accessible. So that is the point of all this. Simply put, a sound body and clear, calm mind is fertile ground for the evolvement of the spirit. In the process we:

  • feel better, life is fuller and more alive
  • think better
  • can be more productive
  • can be more compassionate, understanding and loving
  • evolve as a species and as individual souls 
What can we do?
If this seems (see My habits) like a lot to do, you are right. Our world culture’s manufacturing, over-refinements of goods, hyper-processing of food, creation of petroleum laden, artificial environments are not very supportive of our well being. When we see that toxic products and conditions are present, we need to demand better from:
  • stores we shop in
  • our mangers at work
  • our farmers
  • the pharmaceutical companies
  • chemical companies
  • energy companies
  • manufacturers
  • our governments
  • the FDA
  • builders
  • our friends, relatives and spouses, & teachers.
Remember, in our society your voice is often heard by how you spend your dollars. If we continue to consume substandard goods, they will continue to make them. We have the power to change all of this, if we are brave enough to speak up.

Nature is, as God created it, a perfect system. It is supportive to our needs. That is why getting back to nature is so essential to your well-being and spiritual evolvement. Our challenge is to be in congruency with it.

Good luck! Good health and happiness to you!

– Yogi Marlon 

 

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What is an allergy?

What is an allergy?

Allergy is an immune response seen in an individual when he/she is exposed to certain substances which are normally harmless in the environment. Allergies are of different types:

Allergy starter

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  • The type seen when a person is exposed to environmental irritants like smoke, smog, dust particles,pollen grains, smell of some substance, even changes in the environment like hot or cold weather can trigger intense allergic reaction.
  • Some people show allergic reactions when they eat something. For example people show allergy to peanuts, coffee or different food proteins.
  • Some allergies are seen when exposed to some toxic substance e.g. when a wasp bites a person, that area gets red and swollen.
  • Repeat usage of some medicines or repeated use of injections can cause allergies.

Whenever an allergic substance gets entry into the body, the body responds by increasing the production of anti-bodies i.e. IgE anti-bodies. It’s a protective mechanism which helps body get rid of the allergen. As a side effect, this immune reaction trigger several symptoms of allergy like:

  • Running nose and eyes.
  • Coughing and sneezing.
  • Swelling of affecting area.
  • Triggering of pain.
  • A generalized feeling of malaise.
  • Itching at the site of infection.

Natural remedies for allergies:

Luckily, there are several natural remedies for allergies which you can use to get rid of the condition. All these remedies suppress the signs and symptoms of allergies and make your immune system strong enough to eliminate the causative agent. Such remedies include:

Normal saline solution:

  • It is one of the most effective natural remedies for allergies, especially for the irritation of nose and respiratory track. Saline solution (water + salt) is easily available in a variety of preparations like nasal sprays or nasal drops. Irrigating your nose with this solution helps suppress allergy in following ways:
    • First, it helps wash away the irritant logged in the respiratory track.
    • Second, it washes away the cells causing inflammation and irritation (mast cells) and anti-bodies produced by them.
    • Saline solution, in general, has a soothing effect on the nose and respiratory passage.

Honey:
It’s one of the most widely used natural remedy for irritation. Honey is known for its soothing effect when used for treating sore throat. Honey contains a small of pollen in it. When this pollen enters into the body, it alarms the immune system to produce anti-bodies. But, these anti-bodies are not high enough to produce symptoms of allergy. Over the longer run, these anti-bodies start to accumulate into the blood of that individual. Now, if the person is exposed to the pollens, these anti-bodies eliminate the irritant without even producing significant symptoms of

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflo...

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The image is magnified some x500, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory Ipomoea purpurea, hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis). The image is magnified some x500, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

allergy.
Applying honey over bee’s sting also helps limit the allergic reaction and helps lessen the pain.

Apple cider vinegar:
It’s another effective natural remedy for allergies. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce allergy in two ways:

  • The production of mucous increases during allergy. It causes the blockade of respiratory track producing symptoms like coughing and sneezing. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce the production of mucous.
  • Lymphatic system is a protective system of the body which helps get rid of the foreign particle making way to the body. It helps strengthen the lymphatic system, making it powerful enough to fight against the irritant.

Quercetin:
It’s a bioflavonoid naturally present in foods like broccoli and citrus fruits. Several supplements are also available. Using it for about 4-6 weeks before the allergy season helps reduce allergy. Quercetin, however, is not advised to pregnant females. It produces its anti-allergy effect because of following reasons:

  • Mast cells are the basic culprit for producing allergy. When these cells are exposed to irritants, their cell walls burst releasing several mediators of inflammation and pain. Quercetin helps stabilize the membrane of mast cells.
  • It is a natural anti-oxidant, preventing the membrane damage, and inflammation in return, caused by allergens.

Nettle leaf:
You can use these leaves by making a tea or using the capsule preparations available in the market. You can make a refreshing tea by mixing it with other herbs like peppermint leaves and raspberry leaves. It contains a natural anti-histamine substance which not only limits the release of histamine but also helps reduce the adverse effects produced by histamine release.

Peppermint tea:
You can make peppermint tea for curing you allergies. Take some peppermint leaves and boil them in water. Filter the water, let it cool and sweeten it if required. Use this tea 2-3 times in allergy season for maximum results. Peppermint helps relieve allergies because:

  • It is a decongestant and helps open the airway. This way, it helps cure problems like coughing, sneezing and nasal irritation.
  • It contains substances that have anti-histamine action.
  • It has strong anti-bacterial and thus helps reduce the infection caused by bacteria.

Steaming of face:
It’s a common home remedy for allergy. It helps open the air ways and helps clear the irritants. Take 1-2 liters of water and heat it till it boils. Drape a towel over your head and breathe the vapors of water for 5-10 minutes.

Gargling:
Gargling is an effective remedy for allergies characterized by throat pain and irritation during speaking and swallowing. Take 1-2 cups of water and boil it till it becomes Luke warm. Add a pinch of common salt and gargle with this mixture. Repeat the process 1-2 times each day till the pain goes away.

Eucalyptus oil:
It produces its anti-allergy effects when you inhale it by adding it in boiling water. It’s a decongestant and anti-inflammatory substance which helps abate the symptoms of allergy.

oedema of the conjunctiva due to hay fever allergy

oedema of the conjunctiva due to hay fever allergy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

oedema of the conjunctiva due to hay fever allergy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diet changes:
Some people show allergic response when they eat some food. So, keep following things in mind before eating something.

  • Minimize, or ideally give away, the consumption of the food stuff which triggers allergy.
  • Use less spices in your food.
  • Use plant oils for cooking purposes.
  • Try to avoid canned and processed food. Eat fresh and healthy food.

 

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How Does Reflexology Work?

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How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology, in common with other complementary therapies, is trying to gain scientific credibility in order to be accepted by the mainstream medical profession. Part of this process involves explaining how Reflexology works. Listed below are some of the common theories of how Reflexology works. Many of the theories are not exclusive to Reflexology, and can be applied to a number of other therapies.

The Nerve Impulse Theory
When pressure is applied to the foot, or any other organ in the body, afferent neurons conduct the message to ganglia or groups of neurons outside the spinal cord. Normally, messages pass

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. ...

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. Side of head and Brain 4. Top of head and Brain 5. Sinus 6. Eye 7. Eustachian tube 8. Ear 9. Thyroid 10. Lung 11. Heart 12. Solar Plexus 13. Liver 14. Spleen 15. Stomach and Pancreas 16. Small Intestine 17. Colon 18. Bladder 19. Ureter tube 20. Kidney 21. Adrenal 22. Shoulder 23. Ovary/testes 24. Sciatic Nerve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

from the ganglia to the spinal cord then up to the brain for interpretation. Motor nerves than carry responses down the spinal cord, out to the ganglia then on to the appropriate muscles for activity.

The electrical impulse theory says that for a reason, as yet unexplained, messages from the feet reaching the ganglia connect up with the messages going to muscles, so that working the feet has direct action on bodily organs. This explains why Reflexology zones are vertical, with pressure on one side of the foot affecting organs on the same side of the body. The theory can also be used to explain how Reflexology benefits people with paralysis due to severing of the spinal cord.

The electrical impulse theory has much in common with the reflex arc, a well-known physiological phenomenon. Examples of involuntary reflexes include blinking, pupil contraction to light, knee and ankle jerks. The doctor tapping the bottom of the knee with a rubber hammer so that the leg shoots up is checking that the reflex arc is working, as an indication of proper neurological functioning. The reflex arc relies on nerve synapses or connections between sensory nerves and motor nerves in the spinal cord so that the activity takes place a split second before the brain is told about it, or can initiate it itself.

Gate Control Theory
A theory of pain is the gate-control theory. This theory says that pain receptors in the spinal cord regulating the amount of pain that can pass up to the brain. Once all the receptors are full, the ‘gate’ shuts, stopping further pain messages going up to the brain. This limits the amount of pain we feel.

The Placebo Effect
Many studies have indicated that patients have benefited from medication and surgery when they have in fact been receiving a placebo. Likewise, patients have suffered side effects from inert substances taken as a placebo. Trust in the therapist is an essential component of the effect as is the therapists’ confidence in what they are doing. Personality type is no indication as to reaction to a placebo. Perhaps the reason that Reflexology works is because of a placebo effect and the type of treatment is not as important as the relationship between therapist and client.

Impeded and Unimpeded Energy Flow Theory
This theory suggests that the ground pulsates with positive and negative electrical energy charges that are picked up by positive and negative receptors on the feet. The energy receptors in the feet are a part of the nervous system. In the healthy person, the charges and energy from the earth pass freely into the nervous system.

If the positive and negative charges in the feet are not in contact with the earth, due to congestion in the feet or particles impeding passage, they cannot pick up the earth charges as effectively and energy flow is impeded.

Reflexology can unblock the pathways allowing the electrical terminals in the feet to touch the ground again so that energy can flow freely

Reflexology Rocks

Reflexology Rocks (Photo credit: teddy-rised)

again.

It is now thought that modern systems of pain relief e.g. TENS machines, work by mildly stimulating the nerve pathways. All the receptors are filled, the gates shut and severe pain stimuli cannot be passed up the spinal cord to the brain. It has been hypothesized that Reflexology works in the same way as a TENS machine.

The Relaxation Effect
It is known that much illness originates from stress and tension in the body. It can be theorized that anything that relieves stress and tension and promotes deep relaxation will enable systems and organs in the body to work much more effectively. This theory suggest that Reflexology is very restful and relaxing, and therefore alleviates and helps prevent illness.

Subtle Energy/Zone/Meridian Theories
Subtle energy is a life force that animates the physical body. It is absorbed from the universe in general and from the air around us in particular when we breathe, touch or eat and it can be channeled into the body by healers. Zone theories have been around for several centuries, meridian theories for a lot longer. Both believe that subtle energy flows through the body in channels

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library (Photo credit: Cockburn Libraries)

and that disruption to this energy flow results in ill health. Energy may stagnate, become blocked, or speed up. Blockages may be caused by stress, pain, injury and trauma or by a lack of exercise, amongst other reasons. The role of the therapist is to work on the areas of disrupted energy to restore a normal flow. See Zone Theory article for more details

The Holographic Principle
At a highly symbolic level, the holographic principle that “every piece contains the whole” can be seen in the cellular structure of all living bodies. Scientific discoveries in the world of cellular biology, have demonstrated that every cell contains a copy of the master DNA blueprint, with enough information to make an entire human body from scratch. The fact that every cell within the human body contains the information to create an entire duplicate body mirrors the holographic principle (see article “Understanding the Holographic Principle” ) whereby every piece contains the information of the whole.

This holographic principle when extended to the human body as a whole and Reflexology in particular may be applied like this. Parts of the body such as the hands, ears, and feet when stimulated affect the body as a whole. In that each of these parts carries the picture of the whole body, and so homeostasis or a dynamic state of balance can be achieved by stimulating the

English: Hand reflexology is a "pressure ...

English: Hand reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the hand to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

reflexes in any one of these parts.

Electro-Magnetic Theories of Healing
A number of slightly different theories have much in common. It is known that all matter, including human cells, vibrate at certain rates. The brain in particular has recognized waves that can be detected on Electroencephalograms (EEGs). Alpha waves (8 – 13Hz cycles per second) are indicative of deep relaxation. It is also known that the earth is vibrating at a regular rate, in a frequency band known as Schumann Resonance, and that this rate is similar to that of Alpha waves. It can be postulated that the person whose cells vibrate at an alpha rhythm is in harmony with their surrounding and therefore likely to be in a positive state of health.

It is theorized that the brain is the link between the earth’s vibrations and our bodily vibrations. Electromagnetic messages are created in the brain as it oscillates between positive and negative polarities. It is also known that the human body contains iron (in red blood cells), dissolved electrolytes (sodium, chloride and potassium bicarbonate, in blood plasma), proteins (which act as semiconductors) and water, and therefore generates a bio-magnetic field. To send rapid messages the brain works like a radio transmitter/receiver, sending and receiving electro-magnetic signals directly to and from our body cells to regulate their vibrational frequency . The brain also uses the much slower nervous and circulatory systems to pass chemical and electro-magnetic messages to and from cells to regulate vibrational frequency.

Problems can arise in two ways. Firstly, under certain conditions the electrical messages from the brain can become blocked or distorted like a radio not quite tuned into a station. With damage e.g. caused by stress, the pairs of electrons spin in the same rather than in opposite directions, distorting the signal and causing cells to malfunction. Secondly, cells can vibrate at less than optimum frequency due to injury, emotional trauma or a decreased magnetic field. Degenerative diseases, memory loss and conditions such as ME have all been associated with magnetic field

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deficiency.

Healing focuses on these two areas. Simultaneous EEG recordings (measuring brain electrical activity) often show that a client’s EEG pattern comes into synchrony with those of the healer during a healing session indicating sympathetic resonance is taking place. Studies have shown that the brain waves generated by healers are often Alpha waves. It is theorized that the healer, having tuned the client into the same wave length as themselves, can retune the messages to the correct frequency, or replace missing signals with their own signals restoring the Alpha wave link between brain and cells. In developing a relaxed alpha state prior to healing, the healer also taps into the earth’s vibrational energy to channel healing from outside through to the cells.

Healers monitored by electrometers have generated fluctuating surges of low frequency body potential of between 0.3 Hz and 30 Hz, with most activity in the range 7Hz. In some healers, up to 60 Hz of potential difference was found between the head/hands and the feet. In electrical terms the healer’s body becomes a LF bio-electric dipole antenna. It is known that 2 Hz can regenerate nerve tissue, 7 Hz can trigger bone growth, 10 Hz can heal ligaments whilst 15-72 Hz can decrease skin necrosis and generate capillary formation.

Magnetometers have measured palmar biomagnetic fields 1000 times greater than those of the heart and a million times greater than those of the brain. In

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everyday life, palmer bio-magnetism is borderline detectability. The theory can explain why healers often feel tingling in their hands during a treatment. Areas of heat or blockage that healers sometimes say that they can feel on the body may be electrical resistance at the cellular or tissue level. It is also theorized that the healer’s sweeping or scanning of the body during healing could re-magnetize the blood and stimulate the bio-magnetic fields of the body. The circulatory system can then transport healing energy around the body in blood and plasma to restore correct vibrations.

Evidence in support of a healing energy theory have included accelerated tissue healing and bone repair beyond chance probability. Experiments with nerve cells in petri dishes have shown that energy generated by healers can cause impulses to travel along these nerve cells and jump between the synapses or gaps between cells from one nerve to another. Research has shown that brain cells contain millions of crystals suggesting that the brain acts like a radio transmitter/receiver.

Endorphin Release Theories
Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates or painkillers, with actions similar to that of morphine. These are stimulated by pain, and serve to reduce the amount of pain that we feel by inhibiting

English: Foot reflexology is a "pressure ...

English: Foot reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the activity of a neurotransmitter called substance P, that is thought to transmit pain. It is theorized that a Reflexology treatment stimulates the release of endorphins to help ease pain and to give the body the same natural elevation in mood as strong painkillers.

Facilitation Theory
This school of thought believes that the patient does their own healing when and if they are ready, regardless of the therapist or the type of therapy. The role of the therapist is to facilitate the process.

The Feet as a ‘U’ Bend Theory
In a plumbing system, the ‘U’ bend traps all the debris that passes through the sink, toilet or wash basin. With time, unless proprietary cleaners are used, the bend becomes clogged and waste water cannot flow away properly. The feet are the furthest point in the circulatory system from the heart. They are also the part of the body where the effect of gravity is greatest, and are in effect, the “U’ bend of the body. It is theorized that calcium, uric acid and lymphatic deposits in the blood accumulate in the feet interfering with the normal circulation of blood and lymph. Reflexology breaks up and moves these deposits, thus improving blood and lymph circulation.

Conclusion
Maybe Reflexology works because it is a combination of all of the above. At this point in time we just don’t know. Whilst it is important for the credibility of Reflexology to explain how it works, it may be many years before the scientific capability is available to test some of the theories, if at all. The effect of Reflexology may be due to an isolated factor, or due to a combination of factors. The important point to bear in mind in the meantime, is that regardless of how and why it works, Reflexology does work and brings benefit to thousand of people.

 

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What is Holistic Healing?

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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 GOES BEYOND THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION:

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.

ROLE OF THE HOLISTIC HEALER:

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

English: Family Development Program (FDP) is a...

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.

TYPES OF HOLISTIC HEALING THERAPIES AND TREATMENTS:

HOLISTIC HEALING REFERENCE LIBRARY:

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.

DEFINITION OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

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

DEFINITION OF COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

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)

DEFINITION OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

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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What is Vital Energy?

Vital Energy

When you understand how your body makes energy then it becomes easier to see how you get fatigue. We tend to associate energy as something we need to move the things we can physically control like muscles and to help the brain with our thought processes.

Although this is true, a much larger percentage of your daily energy supply is used to run all the systems in the body that you have no control over like your heart, kidneys and digestive system for example. This is what your RMR, resting metabolic rate is. It is the amount of calories your body needs to run all it’s system before you can even attempt to do all the things you want to do like move and think.

For example an average woman uses approximately 1700 calories a day just in running the internal workings of her body. If your calories intake is around 2500 per day then approximately two thirds of your daily calorie intake is used to do the jobs you may not even know exist or have any control over. You can also see why your body hates to be put on a low calorie diet because it fears it will not have enough usable energy to go around. The priority energy supply must go to the body first and whatever is left over, you can use to consciously do things.

If your body is under constant or extreme stress, ill or injured the additional workload and the increase in wear and tear will mean your body will need more energy and resources to operate, leaving less available for your conscious purposes. As more energy is used internally your movement and thought processes will reduce in strength as energy levels fall, resulting in poor concentration and physical fatigue. It can also result in your body craving for stimulants and high calorie foods in a desperate attempt to boost flagging energy levels but the additional strain these generate means that your body has to work even harder, putting further stress on the body.

The brain is one of the highest internal energy users so any drop in energy will have a huge effect on your brain’s ability to function. Your brain is your control centre, it oversees every movement, response and function. Imagine how you feel when you are tired and run down. You find it hard to concentrate, your movements slow down, your emotions go all over the place, you make silly mistakes and you forget things altogether.

If low energy has this noticeable effect on your ability to function, just imagine what effect it is having on the internal workings of your body. Processes and responses will be affected in the same way. They will slow down through exhaustion, send out wrong information or won’t send any out at all, systems will be put on low tick over and any repair and maintenance programme will be put on hold while the body frantically diverts what resources it has to immediate priorities and life maintaining processes.

The body needs to supply essential operational systems first before your demands are even considered. If energy levels are constantly low then what is available is used to keep the systems of the body operational and this means there is very little remaining for you to use elsewhere. We do have the ability to store energy and this causes many of us great distress as it is in the form of fat cells.

Most of us have a good supply of stored energy and some of us have an excessive supply so why does our energy levels fluctuate or remain low when the body has the ability to store a constant and often excessive supply of potential energy?It is not because we do not have energy supplies available to us but more the fact that our body finds it hard to manufacture Chakrasthose supplies into usable energy because it does not have the right resources or processes available to it.

Symptons of an Energy Imbalance

Your body may be struggling to cope with energy production if you have energy slumps about an hour after eating.You need to eat between meals to restore your energy.You crave for high sugar or fatty foods.You regularly use caffeine, alcohol or nicotine as an energy restorer.

Your body may be poor at energy production if you have consistently low energy.Your weight has gone up as your energy levels have gone down.You always feel tired after eating a meal. Stimulants and stimulation makes you feel immediately exhausted.

Making the Right Mix

The two key components required to make energy are oxygen and glucose. So problems in energy production can come from shortages of either of these components, an imbalance between the two, or an inability to process them. You need molecules of both oxygen and glucose to make energy so if supplies or production of either are affected, then energy cannot be produced. Too much short, shallow breathing brought on by stimulation, stress or anxiety will give you an initial boost of energy but will reduce your oxygen intake over time, making your energy levels fall dramatically. In this situation, reduced oxygen intake is reducing energy production but if your body is stressed in will be demanding more energy. This means that energy levels are being reduced at a time when the body actually needs more. Low oxygen levels mean that you cannot utilise as much glucose to make energy so it is irrelevant how much you have stored or put in because your body can only process it with the help of oxygen. So you can see that extremes or constant stress on the body can create a shortage of supply, imbalance existing supplies and upset the process of energy production. This is why it is so important to give your body regular breaks because relaxation through deep breathing will restore oxygen levels, enabling your body to re boost energy.

 

 

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Unconditional Love…

To love without any condition is to accept the other just as they are. That is to see through the person without judging them, expecting something from them, or even waiting back for something.

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Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of love, empathy, selflessness and devotion. On the psychic level, this center of force inspires the human being to love, be compassionate, altruistic, devoted and to accept the things that happen in a divine way. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is your ability to treat each one as a unique creation who therefore has their own unique relationship with God and know their own soul journey.

Unconditional love.. is to recognize and accept that you do not always know what is best for everyone around you, because you just love them and know they are doing the best they can at this very moment.

This is not an emotional state. We tend to associate the word “love” with emotions, however, unconditional love is more of an attitude. You begin to feel the benefits of such an attitude and how “ freeing” and liberating it is , once you start embracing it.

It opens the way to really making the best use of your energy and time for your own spiritual maturation.

There are many forms by which we can identify the attitude of unconditional love. A mother’s love to her children, children’s love to their parents, a partner’s love to his/her other partner..etc.  Through the attitudes of these different examples, we can see the power of unconditional love.

Some experts have said that we need four qualities in order to have a true, authentic unconditional love: friendliness or loving kindness, compassion, joy , and calmness. Through that, you will be able to see the right key for the right person and maintain your peace and calmness.

When we see happy people, cultivating a friendly attitude toward them will help prevent feelings of jealousy and envy. When we encounter those who are suffering, we should compassionately do what we can to help—for our own sake as much as for the person who is suffering.

English: The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso

The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jamphel Gyatso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In terms of chakras ( energy centers) in the body, judgments and expectations from  are solar plexus perceptions ( 3rd chakra), and the more the attention is held in these perceptions, the less likely one  feels  the heart chakra perceptions of what love really is.

While we often think that we are always surrounded by love, we are actually the ones that make the decision to put our attention on it, or to notice it, or to feel it. We are the ones who must decide for ourselves whether to love or not, and this decision must come as an aspect of free will, in order for it to make sense as a step in our evolution as humans. We all are capable of infinite acceptance to develop the attitude of unconditional love. When a mother stays the whole night next to her sick child, she does it with no conditions, when you decide to share your life with someone; you don’t tell them “I will marry you if…”, After all, there are many people we can love, without wanting to be their partner.

When the communication is clear in both directions, the love flows and is clearly expressed in both directions. The appreciation for the other continues to grow.

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay”, Dalai Lama.

Nada Rashed

 

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Fantastic source of Vitamin D

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Do you need more vitamin D but dislike taking pills? Try eating more mushrooms. New research from a team led by Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a leading expert on vitamin D, found that taking daily doses of mushroom extract for 12 weeks raised blood levels of “D” as high as daily supplements. The research team used an extract of dried white button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) and recruited 30 adults whose vitamin D levels were low to assess its efficacy. The participants were randomized into three groups and instructed to take either supplements providing 2,000 IU of vitamin D3, 2000 IU of vitamin D2, or 2000 IU of the mushroom powder containing vitamin D2. The team reported that 25 of the 30 participants completed the 12-week study, and that their serum vitamin D levels increased gradually until they all leveled off at about seven weeks and remained at that level for the next five weeks. The study was reported in April 2013 at the joint American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Experimental Biology meeting in Boston. Dr. Holick stated that the results show that eating mushrooms that have been exposed to ultraviolet light and contain vitamin D2 “can improve the vitamin D status of healthy adults.”

 

Source:

Michael Holick, J.M. Bogusz et al “Evaluation of the bioavailability of vitamin D2 in mushrooms in healthy adults” Experimental Biology 2013.

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