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SPORTS, NATURAL HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS THAT’S GOOD FOR YOU
MARCH 2020 VOL.30 NO.4
PROTECTION AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS Halotherapy: Help for Respiratory & Skin Ailments BIOHACK YOUR BRAIN FOR LOVE 10 Ways to Boost Energy for RUNNING
IMMUNE BOOSTING SOUP RECIPES CHANGE YOUR FORTUNE with Conscious Luck Cancer Overdiagnosis: A Big Problem
On the Cover: KRISTIN GRAYCE MCGARY
Author “Holistic Keto for Gut Health”
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MARCH 2020 1-800-NEW-LIVING by Howard Golan DDS & Jeffrey Etess, DDS
One of the hardest conversations I have to have with patients day in and day out is to tell them that they need a root canal. Root canals have one of the worst reputations of all the dental procedures. Why? Have you ever had one? Root canals can be very painful and sometimes take weeks or months to completely heal. The procedures and materials are better today than ever before and those who perform root canals every day do some amazing work. However, one thing remains clear to me after almost 2 decades practicing dentistry: Root Canals have their issues.The two main issues are failure to remove all the bacteria within the canals and the significant weakening of the tooth. Root canal teeth have a higher fracture rate that teeth that have healthy nerves. Furthermore, it is impossible to remove all the bacteria inside the canal system. We like to think we can sterilize a root canal, but we can’t. Thus, root canals, even the best ones can fail. For these reasons, it has been a mission for me to prevent root canals as much as possible. Sometimes we cannot avoid it. If a root canal is needed, then we do everything we can to improve the chances for success and prevent fracture. How do we increase the chance of preventing root canals? Biomimetics. Biomimetics is the concept of “Mimicking Nature In Dentistry” and that means if we are going to restore a tooth, a filling or a crown, that restoration must be placed not only to make it look like a natural tooth, but we need to use materials and place those materials that seal and mechanically replicate what an untouched tooth would be like. Teeth are subject to significant stressors while in the mouth. Massive amounts of chewing, temperature, and microbial forces are acting on the tooth every day. The final restored tooth must expand, contract, flex, and resist bacteria as well as a natural tooth. The first step of the Biomimetic Protocol is diagnosis. It is often easy for a dentist to find a “cavity.” Our eyes, x-rays, and modern caries detection devices can see when there is decay in a tooth. However, what is more important and often missed because you have to look for them are cracks in the teeth. Cracks in fillings, enamel and dentin are #1 reason for root canals. Cracks and their resultant problems, almost never show up on x-rays until it is too late. Many times they prevent without symptoms. Think of it like this. You have a leak in your shower behind the wall. It can leak for years without ever being obvious to you. Then one day you are changing the tile and the whole dry wall is rotted out. Now changing the tile becomes a gut renovation of the bathroom. Cracks in teeth are often the same way. They can occur under fillings, in weak
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According to a new study reported on at sciencedaily.com, University of Georgia psychologists compared individual self-concepts between Americans and Japanese counterparts and uncovered this essential contradiction about the heroic myth of American individualism. The findings were published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. "In Western and particularly American culture, there is a notion that we have a lot of freedom, and that you can reinvent yourself and that's a positive thing," said Brian Haas, associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology and lead author on the new study. "But when you apply it to one's self-concept and reinventing one's self, are they better off? Are they happier than people who do not change? We found that it's not the case." The researchers sourced publicly available longitudinal self-reported personality data from the United States and Japan, and found that in the United States, any type of self-concept changes occurring over the course of several years tended to be associated with a marked decrease in well-being. Conversely Japanese respondents did not show a similar link between self-concept changes and decreased well-being. "One way to think about this is in political debates, where one of the worst things you can call somebody out on in the United States is being a flip-flopper," Haas said. "Changing your mind, and not being consistent, tends to be thought of as a very negative characteristic in the United States political culture. We found that when people change their identity and likely change their minds, there are many profound negative consequences in our culture." Individual liberty and self-reinvention may be promoted as a good thing in the US, but Americans who change tend to be worse off than those that remain consistent. "In the United States, people who are being inconsistent, experience lower well-being, report that they are less happy, have less meaning in life and have poorer relationships with their family members." Self-reported emotions and emotional experience in Japan, their sense of value and meaning in life, and also the strength of relationships within families suggest that more stable Japanese culture can withstand changes in individual self-concept. Even Americans who were changing in a socially desirable direction -- becoming, for example, more conscientious, or more extroverted -- were not experiencing positive consequences in terms of their well-being. "It's all negative -- any type of change in any direction in the U.S. tended to be linked to negative well-being," Haas said. "In the United States, we have a strong tendency to hold up on a pillar those that remain consistent and don't change their identity or minds. It's really something we hold as a high value here," Haas said.
STUDY ON REINVENTING ONESELF IS FLAWED! Unfortunately, this study failed to address why Americans have difficulty reinventing or changing themselves for the better, as if lacking consistent beliefs are to blame. What if, as Americans, we have been sold a big fat lie, that we need a bunch of stuff to make us happy? That we are living in the land of opportunity, that if we just work a little harder, or perhaps work ourselves to the bone, we can have “The American Dream.” And when we get into deep debt, and feel bad about how we’re filling up landfills and knowing slave and child labor is used to make the things we buy, we try to change but really can’t because at every turn, we are bombarded with more and more stuff to buy we can no longer afford because we are now in tremendous debt. What if our authentic self says, “you like learning and teaching others and you’re good with kids, go be a teacher?” But when you get out into the real world, you find everything has been done to destroy the teaching profession by corporations looking to privatize our public schools. The corporate brand is on every politician with No Child Left Behind, Common Core, and slamming teacher unions by denying collective bargaining, slashing benefits, etc. What if that person called to be a teacher must work at a Burger King and also a Dollar Tree at night for minimum wage to supplement their income because their teacher pay and benefits no longer keep a roof over their head and food on the table? What happens when there are no better opportunities out there to “better” yourself? All the magical New Age thinking in the world will not change you for the better when the economy is stagnant for the rest of us, rigged by a bunch of greedy pigs at the top stealing everything for themselves. Perhaps Americans are having trouble reinventing themselves because they are tired of constantly have to do it in an economy that has been gimping along since Wall Street psychopaths crashed the economy in 2008. With the Neoliberal betrayal of NAFTA, automation of jobs, closing of brick and mortar retail operations, it’s hard to reinvent yourself when you have no options left. If you must stop being consistent to reinvent yourself with two or three crappy part-time, no-benefit, low paying jobs, just to survive, yes, perhaps your well-being will suffer because of it. As the cost of living and inflation goes up due to a fiat financial system that enriches those holding the pursestrings and forces the rest of us into deeper peonage, and when large corporations have laid off workers, cut benefits and kept salaries at 1970s levels in the noble quest to only satisfy their shareholders (btw, millions of shares in a corporation’s stock are held by the CEO of that corporation), how would you feel after reinventing yourself over and over in a futile attempt to just keep your head above water? Probably not very good.
WHY IS REINVENTING YOURSELF TIED TO LOWERED WELL-BEING IN USA??
MARCH 2020 1-800-NEW LIVING
ALL THE DEVASTATING EPIDEMICS THAT THE CORONAVIRUS IS DISTRACTING US FROM
by TAMARA PEARSON Almost every day, the BBC’s One-minute World News provides the latest death tally from coronavirus. All the other mainstream media outlets are likewise reporting on every single angle to this story they can, including regular updates of the global tally and a country-by-country breakdown. The impact of such intense coverage of the virus is widespread fear, even though pedestrians are still 13 times more likely to be killed by a car than by this virus. Further, mediabased concern about irreversible climate change and the ubiquitous sexual abuse of women seems to have died down. Those issues have become less of an emergency, and the sense that governments and businesses need to rectify straight away, has diminished. While 3,000 people have unfortunately died from coronavirus over the past two months (50 people per day), here are some stats on some comparatively atrocious epidemics that we should also be informed about every single hour, in lurid detail, until something changes: – 87,000 women a year, or 238 a day, are murdered. – 36,000 people a day are forced to flee their homes, with a total of 70.8 million people currently forcibly displaced. – 24,600 people die every day from starvation, and 820 million people don’t have enough food to eat. – 10,000 people die daily because they lack access to healthcare. – 6,000 people die daily from work-related accidents or illnesses, for 2.3 million people per year. There are 340 million occupational accidents every year. – 2,191 people die to suicide every day, for 800,000 per year. – 1,643 people die every day due to second-hand smoking. – 740 pedestrians are killed on roads every day. – Around 998 million women have experienced sexual violence (that is around 35% of women). – At any given time, around 40.3 million people are working in some kind of forced labor or living in an arranged marriage. – An area of forest the size of the UK is being destroyed every year. – There are 150 million people without somewhere to live and 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing.
– More than 50% of indigenous adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes. – An estimated 560,000 people were killed in Syria by December 2018. – Almost half of humanity is living on less than US $5.50 per day. Then there are the epidemics that aren’t even documented or counted. We know that three in 10 young trans people in the US tried take their lives in the space of a year, and that 40% of bisexual people have considered or attempted suicide there, but we don’t have global figures. And no one is measuring the health of people who work three jobs, or the global impact of US invasions and its almost 800 military bases, or the mindnumbing impact of the US $532 billion advertising industry. And we do not know how many people globally are subject to racist attacks, nor is there some kind of daily measurement of the pandemic of bland apathy to the world’s toxic social and economic structures. There is no one categorizing the overproduction of useless shit, though we do know that there are around 50 million tons of e-waste produced each year. There is no daily news on the virulent erasure of histories, voices, people’s organization, cultures, and languages. The mainstream media are not concerned in the same way by the epidemic of corrupt politicians bought off by big business or by the public money lost to corporate tax avoidance (estimated at $500 billion per year). And the mainstream media will not talk much about these things. That isn’t just because rich people don’t understand poverty, it’s because the mainstream media is capitalist and it does not recognize its own flaws and certainly not solutions to them. The media pretends not to, but it does have an agenda, and that agenda is in fact counter to the one that us serious journalists commit to – to revealing the bruises of the world and the screaming injustices and holding those in power accountable. Tamara Pearson is a long-time journalist based in Latin America, and author of The Butterfly Prison. Pearson is also an activist and teacher living in Mexico working with Central American migrants and refugees. She is passionate about the need for a diversity of voices in the media and in publishing. Her writings can be found at her blog at https://resistancewords.com. This article was excerpted from counterpunch.org
MEDICARE, OR CORONAVIRUS FOR ALL by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan “My co-workers make impossible choices daily because a lot of us don’t have access to affordable health insurance,” Vladimir Clairjeune, a passenger service representative at JFK airport, said at a training session learning to deal with the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic. “[We] choose not to see a doctor for a health problem because it could be the difference between paying the rent, taking care of family, or getting needed care.” One thing remains certain: the coronavirus doesn’t care how wealthy you are or what political party you are in. The best way to be sure the person next to you isn’t sick is to make healthcare available to everyone. The best way to achieve that is through Medicare-for-All. The popular Medicare program, instituted in 1965, provides no-cost medical care for those 65 and older. Medicare-for-all would simply drop the eligibility age from 65 to zero, covering all Americans from birth. Our current healthcare system of private and nonprofit hospitals and doctors offices would remain in place. Payments, however, would be made by the U.S. government (the “single payer”), replacing the for-profit health insurance corporations, which would essentially be put out of business. In Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, taxes would go up on middle class and the wealthy, but onerous insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and out-of-network expenses would go away. Healthcare costs would go down more than taxes would go up, except for the very wealthy. Most of Medicare-for-All’s costs would be covered by eliminating the bloated overhead, profit-taking, and multi-million dollar executive salaries of the health insurance industry. More savings would come from negotiating lower prescription drug prices, which Medicare is currently prevented from doing by law. Additional costs to society would be lowered or eliminated, such as the expense incurred by millions of uninsured people who resort to emergency room visits that could have been avoided with preventive care and annual doctor visits. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it is in every individual’s interest to know that all people have access to preventive and diagnostic care, as well as treatment if needed. You don’t want to come down with COVID-19
because a person you were next to in some public setting couldn’t afford a deductible or co-pay, didn’t have paid sick leave, or is among the 37 million in the U.S. who completely lack health insurance. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive requiring New York health insurers to waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests and related emergency room, urgent care and office visits — for those who already have insurance. “Containing this virus depends on us having the facts about who has it,” Gov. Cuomo said. “These measures will break down any barriers that could prevent New Yorkers from getting tested.” But what about those who are uninsured? Pence gave a press briefing, flanked by senior public health officials. At Monday’s briefing, Pence pledged daily updates and full transparency. At a press briefing, the White House inexplicably banned video and audio recording. At the end of the briefing, as Pence exited, and with cameras once again allowed, this exchange took place: Reporter 1: Can you give guidance for the uninsured? Can the uninsured get tested? Gentlemen, ladies, can the uninsured get tested? Katie Waldman Miller, Pence’s Press Secretary: Scream into the camera, it ain’t going to get you anywhere. Reporter 1: Well how about answering the question? Reporter 2: We would like an answer to the question. Reporter 1: It’s a valid question, could you answer it? The question was ignored. Katie Waldman Miller married Trump’s anti-immigrant senior advisor Stephen Miller, three weeks ago. At New York City’s major airports, workers like Vladimir Clairjeune are represented by SEIU 32BJ. Wheelchair attendants, security, cleaners and passenger service representatives are demanding state government action to improve their healthcare plans, which currently make healthcare unaffordable with high premiums and deductibles, the union said. In 2018, Trump disbanded the White House’s pandemic response team and slashed CDC funds for assisting other countries, including China, with epidemic prevention. We need a robust public health infrastructure. Above all, a healthy populace with regular access to affordable healthcare is the best defense against an epidemic like we now face.Medicare-for-All would give our national healthcare system a much needed shot in the arm. Excerpted from democracynow.org
MARCH 2020 1-800-NEW LIVING
a letter to friends about the coronavirus (Covid-19)
by Steve Nenninger, ND First of all, if you are panicking about this, stop. Fear is a poison we give ourselves; if you want to be your most healthy and resistant to viruses, don't take poison. Let's see what lessons we can learn from the classic worldwide epidemic story, the flu of 1918 flu pandemic, also know as the Spanish flu. For a centur,y the high mortality of this flu was blamed on the aggressiveness of the virus. In 2009, an analysis showed that this virus was no more aggressive than any other flu virus. 1918 was the end of World War I. Young men returned home from the war, and these men brought the virus with them. Some scientists state that it started from a pig in Kansas, but no one knows for sure. There are different hypothesis and a new one has arisen - that the Spanish flu originated somewhere in northern China in late 1917 and swiftly moved to western Europe with the 140,000 Chinese laborers the French and British governments recruited to perform manual labor to free up troops for wartime duty. If you don't want pandemics, don't have wars. Wars also cause malnutrition, poverty, homelessness and extremely high levels of fear, anxiety and post traumatic stress in everyone involved. The only ones that do well in war are those pulling the strings and making money off of the business of war. 50 million soldiers were wounded or killed in this war, each had a mother and father, brothers and sisters, children, girlfriends and boyfriends, husbands, wives and lovers, these people had broken hearts and broken lives, and therefore broken immune systems. From now on we call the "Spanish flu" the "World War I flu.” A virus does not want to kill you, it wants to ride you. If you step onto a boat with holes in it and it sinks is that your fault? If you contract a virus and have a broken immune system is that the virus' fault? Aspirin was invented in the early 1900s and used extensively during the 1918 flu pandemic. Throughout the last century, it became more and more clear how dangerous aspirin is when it is used with any kind of viral illness. One side effect of aspirin when it is used with the flu is a buildup of fluid in the lungs. One of the main causes of death in the 1918 flu was a buildup of fluid in the lungs, the main side-effect of aspirin overdose. Aspirin overdose or chronic high dose use of aspirin can lead to aspirin intoxication, especially in the elderly, which may cause pulmonary edema.
Drugs are poison. If you give the body poison when it is sick, you will make the body less able to find the balance it needs to recover from any illness. So go right now and throw out all of the drugs from your medicine cabinet that you don't have a prescription for. Come inside and figure out with the help of a holistic health practitioner how to get off of the rest of them. There is no health problem that a little time, effort and money can't solve. Get off the poisons you are taking if you want to protect yourself from coronavirus. Homeopathic doctors reported less than 1% fatality in treating the 1918 flu. You can research this yourself as it is too broad a topic, but we know at a minimum that homeopathic doctors did not use aspirin. Also a homeopathic constitutional remedy that takes the entire picture of health into account is one of the best preventatives for all illness. Then there are the proactive steps that can be taken from a lifestyle perspective. If you're tired,stay home. If your work won't let you stay home, find a new job. If you're constantly stressed, maybe it is time a smaller house, a used car, new friendships or less going out and more cooking at home. If you want to be healthy when a virus comes knocking, then be healthy now. There are powerful natural tools to help you. High dose vitamins for viral illness works wonders, herbal medicine works wonders, homeopathy has been used in the past 200 years both preventively and when symptoms are present works wonders. These tools require professional guidance to be most effective. And of course, don’t forget a healthy micro-ecosystem, healthy bacteria & healthy helminthic population (aka worms). Interestingly, they are noticing that Chloroquine, a malaria drug is helpful with this virus, and you know what is also a malaria medicine? A healthy worm population. A study showed that people in malaria regions had much less severe malaria symptoms if they had a healthy worm population living in their gut. Viruses are like all living things - they want to live. When a virus kills its host, that is not good for the host or the virus because that genetic version of the virus is done forever. It has failed to replicate. Gentle viruses are successful viruses. A healthy body and mind have mild acute illnesses; don't let anyone tell you different. Use what’s going on with this new virus to make some lifestyle changes you know you have been needing to make. You will be surprised by the immediate improvements to your health. A small online booklet explaining our current understanding of allergies is available from www.stevenenninger.com
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CANCER OVERDIAGNOSIS: A Big Problem • thyroid cancers • melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer They adjusted the data to allow for the risk of dying from other causes, such as cardiovascular disease. Since 1982, the absolute lifetime risk of any invasive cancers in women increased by 8.6%. Doctors overdiagnosed 18% of all cancers in women. In men, the absolute lifetime risk of any invasive cancers increased by 10.9%, and doctors overdiagnosed 24% of all cancers in men. The researchers also point out that most overdiagnoses occur during routine procedures that detect cancers that would otherwise remain undetected. In addition, they suggest that early detection of abnormal cells could also be attributed to overdiagnosis. Despite increased rates of overdiagnosis, more evidence is required before health policies should change to reflect this. Many people would argue that overdiagnosis is better than underdiagnosis, and that screening has already been at the heart of saving many people’s lives. There are many treatments available to treat the cancers the researchers looked at in this study, and many people are able to have long, healthy lives when they use maintenance therapy to manage these types of cancer. It is important to note that when a person receives a treatment harsher than is necessary for their type of cancer, a doctor has misdiagnosed the cancer, not overdiagnosed it. For this reason, it may not be suitable to say that the growing overdiagnosis problem should change cancer screening progams. Health professionals have designed these programs to save lives, and ultimately, the earlier they detect a cancer, the higher the chance of survival and the lower the chance of recurrence. The evidence for this is irrefutable, so researchers would be wise to evaluate the problem of overdiagnosis in more depth before policymakers take any steps. According to an article published on statnews.com. “Paradoxically, overdiagnosis helps fuel the exuberance for early detection. Survival rates skyrocket either because the clock started ticking earlier or the disease was not destined to Doctors Overdiagnose 24% of Male Cancers The researchers collected data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare cause death. False alarms are another: test results that initially indicate the possito analyze recent (2012) and historical (1982) lifetime risks of receiving a diagnosis bility of cancer but that are ultimately shown to be wrong. The earlier doctors try to detect things, the more likely we will set off false alarms. It can take us a while of five common cancers. These were: to sort out these early red flags, during which more people are subjected to cas• prostate cancer cades of tests and procedures to prove they don’t have cancer.” • breast cancer Source: MedicalNewsToday.com • renal cancer Is it possible to overdiagnose one of the world’s leading causes of mortality? A new study from Australia suggests that this might be the case. New research suggests that doctors overdiagnose a large percentage of cancers each year. It is well established that diagnosed cancer cases in the developed world have been increasing steadily over the past few decades. An estimated 1 in 2 people now receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives. There are a number of reasons for this, including an aging population, advancing methods of detection, and higher levels of awareness around the signs and symptoms of cancer. The way health professionals treat cancer has also evolved over time. This is due to a better understanding of cancer-causing genes and the development of better methods to treat the condition. Cancer treatment is also becoming more personalized, as technologies to understand the genetic signatures of tumors are becoming more readily accessible and, in some places, more affordable. Despite these advances in cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment, a new study from Australia describes the growing problem of overdiagnosis. Overdiagnosis means that health professionals are treating cancers that do not necessarily cause harm with harsh cancer drugs, which may negatively impact the person’s quality of life. The results of the study now appear in the Medical Journal of Australia. Prof. Paul Glasziou — the director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University in Queensland, Australia — and team found that doctors may overdiagnose around 11,000 cancers in women and 18,000 cancers in men each year. The researchers say that cancer overdiagnosis can negatively impact a person’s mental health and cause them to undergo harsh treatments when they may not be necessary. They also argue that the burden of overdiagnosis is needlessly costing healthcare systems a lot of money. The aim of the recent study was to estimate the proportion of cancer diagnoses in Australia that may reasonably be attributed to overdiagnosis by comparing current and past lifetime risks of cancer.
How to Make Your Marriage Last a Lifetime: 5 LI Couples Share Their Secrets On February 12th, nearly thirty Long Island couples who have been married for 50 plus years, were treated to a five-course meal by Genser Cona Elder Law (genserlaw.com) at Piccolo (an Italian restaurant in Bellmore, Long Island). At the dinner, the couples reminisced about various memories, and showed off pictures of themselves in their youth together. They also as enjoyed a trivia game about pop culture in the decade for which they met. These couples included: Margie and Joe Licata from East Meadow (who have been married for fifty-years); Rosemary & Robert John from West Babylon (who were married on 11/28/56); Judy & Jerome Coopersmith from Rockville Centre (married on February 14, 1956); Les & Lorraine Parver from Commack who have been married for 71 years; and Jean & Marie Filippi from Hicksville who have been married for 51 years. "The evening was a celebration of love," stated Jennifer Cona, founder and managing partner of Genser Cona Elder Law. "In our multi-generational elder law and estate planning practice, we help all kinds of families. We wanted to take this past Valentine's Day to recognize and honor those who have made marriage work through good times and bad." We sat down with these five great couples and asked them what their secrets for staying together 50+ years are and the advice would they give. Margie and Joe Licata: "Religion & children kept us together plus its very important to always be loyal to each other and stay together no matter what." Rosemary & Robert John said "the secret of being together for that long was to have a sense of humor. They mentioned that as a couple you should always stick together and always be on the same page especially when it comes to their children. Robert also suggested that every husband should learn the words "I'm Sorry & Yes Dear" and all will be alright.” Judy & Jerome Coopersmith: "Our secret is to stay in love forever." Jerome is
hard of hearing so we writes long poems to his wife Judy. They feel that jokes are also important. Les & Lorraine Parver: "It takes patience, tolerance, love, understanding, and good health." Jean & Marie Filippi: "We are great together and get along very well. Our secret is to raise kids together and stay together forever no matter what happens.” One quote that could summarize the love that all five of the couples in question share comes from the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally" - “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” "What advice would you give to young people that are getting married in this day and age?" Margie and Joe Licata "Don't rush into anything, be friends first and make sure you want the same things out of life.” Rosemary & Robert John: "The climate is different these day and to stay together, you really need to work on your relationship on a daily basis. It's also important that you give your partner some space." Judy & Jerome Coopersmith: Judy & Jerome wanted to tell everyone getting married in the near future to have a sense of humor, be kind to each other and talk often. They said they knew they were in love at first site and that they are the perfect match. Les & Lorraine Parver: "Its important that couples work on their relationship everyday." Jean & Marie Filippi: Jean & Marie told us that their secret is to "enjoy your relationship together forever.” "Being married for 50 years or more is a true testament to commitment and dedication. It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so much love. As elder law and estate planning attorneys, we spend time with many couples who share their love stories. It is a privilege to work with them and their families." said Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq. Partner, Genser Cona Elder Law. According to poet and novelist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
CHANGE YOUR FORTUNE: CONSCIOUS LUCK
By Carol Kline Like most people, I’ve had both good and bad luck in my life—losing my father at 12, living through a fire that destroyed my home, and being in an abusive relationship as a young woman - then learning to meditate when I was a teenager, marrying an amazing man, and becoming a New York Times bestselling author! Also like most people, I considered luck outside my control. I’d heard the expression, you can make your own luck, but didn’t believe it. If you accept the dictionary definition of luck—success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions—then how can you affect something that’s entirely random? What I’ve discovered as I’ve studied luck over the last couple of years is that the answer is right there in the definition, in the one word I had always just skipped right over: success or failure apparently brought about by chance. It turns out that appearances can be deceiving. Although there’ll always be a random component to luck—both good and bad—research in the field of Positive Psychology and the experiences of consistently lucky people show that your beliefs, attitudes, and actions have a far greater impact on your luck than chance. That means you can make your own luck! In the same way that there are things you can do to improve your health—get enough sleep, eat a balanced, fresh diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly—there are specific steps you can take to improve your luck. The very first step is a meta-shift in your ideas about how luck works. Stanford University professor, and luck expert Dr. Tina Seeling, explains that the key is “understanding that luck is rarely a lightning strike—isolated and dramatic—but a wind that blows constantly. . . .You need to build a sail—made up of certain tiny behaviors— to catch the winds of luck.” More than a century earlier, Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore is attributed with saying much the same thing: “The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you that must raise your sails.” So how do you “raise your sails” and intentionally change your luck? My coauthor, Gay Hendricks, and I have found that there are eight main secrets. The first four are foundational, requiring you to make shifts in your core beliefs. The remaining four are practices to incorporate into your daily life. Here is a brief summary of each: 1. Commit to being lucky. This secret is all about your mindset. When you decide to be lucky, you become luckier. This may seem like magical thinking, but studies show that people who believe they’re lucky are 1) more aware of the opportunities that come their way and 2) more likely to act on them—which leads to a larger number of positive outcomes. 2. Release your personal barriers to luck. Most of us have decided on an unconscious level how lucky we deserve to be. To turn your luck around often requires “lifting curses,” consciously rooting out the limiting beliefs you’ve acquired along the way that become self-fulfilling prophecies. 3. Transform the shame held in your body into a magnet for luck. Over time, the emotional shame we feel goes “underground” and gets lodged in different parts of our bodies. Fortunately, there’s a somatic technique you can learn to convert those luckkilling areas into tractor-beams for luck. 4. Have luck-worthy goals. When you have goals that move you in the direction of greater purpose and meaning—and helping others—you give luck good reasons to visit. Luck chases worthy goals! 5. Take bold action consistently. Research indicates that people who are proactive in their lives and jump on the opportunities that come along are more successful. To turbocharge this step, get out of your comfort zone. Meet new people, change your daily routine, do things that stretch you. Fortune favors the bold! 6. Hang with your lucky tribe. There’s a growing body of research that shows your social circle has a profound influence on your health, happiness, and success. For more luck, it’s crucial you spend time with people who support your growth, rather than those who encourage a victim mentality in you. 7. Learn to be in the right place at the right time. In turns out that you have a factory-installed luck GPS inside. When you are true to your deepest values, priorities, and intuitions, and stay centered in your body while you move through space, you’ll automatically find yourself in the best possible spot for good fortune. 8. Find the luck in every situation—even challenging ones—by practicing Radical Gratitude. This doesn’t mean suppressing your negative feelings. Just the opposite. The next time something bad happens, let yourself feel whatever comes up and then in the spirit of tremendously gentle inquiry, ask yourself, “Can I be grateful for this, too?” Feeling lucky, like feeling grateful, is within your control. Use these secrets to plant the seeds of luck and watch your life blossom. Carol Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include Happy for No Reason, Love for No Reason, five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and the upcoming Conscious Luck: Eight Secrets to Intentionally Change Your Fortune, co-authored with Gay Hendricks. To find out more, go to: bit.ly/ConsciousLuckBook For information on Gay Hendricks’ seminars, please visit www.hendricks.com
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ON THE COVER: Kristin Grayce McGary, Author, “Holistic KETO for Gut Health” Please explain some of the ways the gut becomes damaged and then becomes “leaky.” Gut damage can occur through poor food choices, exposure to toxic chemicals (air, food, water, body care products, dental materials), pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, eating non-organic foods, inadequate chewing and eating on the go, underproduction of stomach acid or digestive enzymes, stress, genetic factors, and dehydration, among other things. Such damage can lead to leaky gut, where breaches in the protective GI lining allow the entry of undigested antigens, toxins, and bacteria into the submucosa and directly into the bloodstream. What foods are damaging to the gut and why (whey - this would surprise many of our bodybuilder readers and why are eggs damaging?) You can find a comprehensive list of specific foods to avoid in my book, “Holistic Keto for Gut Health.” Some of the most potentially surprising are sugar-free sweeteners like Equal and Splenda, dairy and whey protein; humans no longer have the enzyme to digest dairy after the age of 5, and dairy was meant for a calf with multiple stomach chambers who will grow to be 800 lbs., not a human; high-glycemic fruits like banana, watermelon, mango, nuts and seeds which contain phytic acid and lectins, grains — even gluten-free ones, peppers and tomatoes (night shade veggies can cause inflammation and joint pain), and eggs — which are highly allergic for many. These foods are dietary triggers that cause intestinal and whole-body inflammation. Avoiding them gives your body a chance to repair itself, self-modulate immune function, and prevent, mediate, or halt health challenges, such as autoimmune issues. What are some common symptoms of a damaged gut that people shrug off to acid reflux, food poisoning, fatigue, having the flu, etc. Symptoms associated with leaky gut include exhaustion, memory challenges, diarrhea, abdominal pain or bloating, frequent belching, chronic bacterial or yeast (candida) overgrowths, chronic sore throats and infections, fevers of unknown origin, difficulty concentrating, inflammation, swollen joints, headaches, allergies, and poor tolerance of exercise. It’s also often an underlying factor in conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorders, joint and collagen problems, multiple chemical sensitivities, compromised liver function, cystic fibrosis, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune diseases and cancer. Please explain why gut health is so important to overall health…. Any level of gut disharmony, no matter how small, impacts other areas of your body and even your brain. Your gut is known as your second brain. It’s the throne of your immune function as well as manufacturing neurochemicals such as serotonin. Meanwhile, the conditions of your life — nutrition, stress, genetic factors, hydration, trauma, and environmental factors such as toxins, pesticides, preservatives, and plastics — directly impact your gut and therefore your brain, your hormones, your immune system, your organ function, the way you think, the way you feel, and the way you cope. It may seem unfathomable that your gut possesses such wide-ranging power to influence so many corners of your life, but it does. How can a person reset their floral biome to encourage healthy bacteria (explain importance of probiotics and what they are) Your microbiome is like a garden in your gut. Prebiotics and probiotics are both essential for intestinal microbiota balance, immune function, healthy weight, neurotransmitters, and optimal health. Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when given in small amounts, support you, the host, by improving digestive health, brain chemistry, pH balance, hormone balance, and immune function. Prebiotics are non-digestible plant fibers, fermented ingredients, and oligosaccharides that help feed the good bacteria living in your large intestine and colon. You can reset the garden in your gut by addressing and minimizing stress in your environment, eating organic whole foods, and avoiding sugar, chemicals, coffee, and alcohol. Add “the good guys” back in through highquality pre- and probiotics. Sometimes, you must also kill off the imbalance of “bad guys” in your gut and then re-florinate with more “good guys.” How does Holistic Keto for Gut Health reset your metabolism as opposed to other lifestyle programs? When you train your body to burn long lasting fat (ketone bodies) for fuel instead of quick, inefficient carbohydrates, you stimulate your metabolism and decrease inflammatory insulin. Once you shift to an optimized functional ketogenic gut repair nutritional plan, it can take anywhere from three days to two months to convert your metabolism from carbohydrate junkie to fat-burning powerhouse. My Holistic Keto for Gut Health program is unique because it addresses so much more than just food and exercise. It addresses gut
health, stress, hydration, functional testing for food sensitivities, balancing your immune system, and your relationship to food and self-care. It’s quite comprehensive. I consider a functional and holistic ketogenic gut repair plan a therapeutic diet that can be extremely beneficial and safe for long periods of time — a diet that is especially wonderful during gut repair. Since people don’t like taking a ton of pills, recommend 3 must-have supplements to heal the gut first and then encourage a healthy gut flora and why: 1. Aloe vera is incredible for decreasing inflammation and promoting tissue repair, especially in the gut. It also helps lubricate the intestines. 2. L-glutamine is an amino acid that is known to act like spackle in the gut, helping to seal off tight junctions that may be open, causing “leaky gut.” 3. Pre and probiotics are critical for bringing balance into your gut and immune system. Potency and quality matter, so please work with a healthcare provider who offers professional-grade products without fillers and synthetics. How did you discover this lifestyle program, were you sick and found it healed you? Before starting on this path, I had a painful journey of discovery that led to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and later Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It wasn’t until I learned about intestinal health and gut repair that I began to grasp that one of the roots of the autoimmunity and thyroid challenges was my gut. And it wasn’t until I learned the value of a truly comprehensive lab panel, and how to interpret the results based on a healthy scale rather than the normal disease-based scale, that things actually shifted. The program I share changed my life — and probably saved it. What do you do to stay healthy every day? (Please discuss what you do physically, mentally, spiritually) I have a strong daily practice of Qi Gong, meditation, prayer, singing, and exercise. I am blessed with a small garden and organic food. I live on a magical river where I can connect deeply with nature. I love gyrotonics, cycling, dance, and singing and participate in these things weekly (often daily). I listen to my body, mind, and soul and act accordingly. My intention is to live my best life and then model this for others while inspiring and empowering them to upgrade to their best life, sharing their gifts with the world. What is your typical daily eating and supplement plan and why…. I listen to my body and cycle through various foods and supplements depending on how my body feels, the season, my workout schedule, and my travel schedule. I often do intermittent fasting in the mornings while other days I’ll have a strong breakfast that looks more like dinner with a protein, healthy fat, and stir fry leafy green vegetables. Or I’ll have a strong green drink with collagen and adaptogenic herbs and concentrated green powders. I take vitamin D3 (immune function and strong bones), omega-3 (anti-inflammatory and great for brain), liposomal glutathione (the mother of antioxidants), and vitamin C (a great antioxidant as well as healthy immune function), hormone balancing herbs (I’m early perimenopausal due to previous thyroid challenges), biotin, probiotics, and trace minerals to name a few. Mention some of the recipes in your book specifically to heal the gut: My “Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Gut” can be very healing and balancing for the body, stabilizing blood sugar, while being easy to digest. My fermented kimchi recipe is excellent for gut repair, as well. And if you’re feeling deprived, I even offer gut-repair-friendly desserts that are so nutritious you can eat them for breakfast. Visit Kristin Grayce MCGary’s website at www.kristingraycemcgary.com to learn more about her new book “Holistic Keto for Gut Health,” her VIP oneon-one programs to transform your health, body, and life, her upcoming women’s retreat in Costa Rica in early Fall. Please visit GutHappyKeto.com to stay connected with her and learn more about how she can inspire you on your journey to vibrant health.
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HALOTHERAPY: THE HIMALAYAN SALT CAVE in Hauppauge, NY Helps a Variety of Medical Conditions YOGA SESSION AT THE HIMALAYAN SALT CAVE MAKES SALT THERAPY MORE EFFECTIVE Salt Caves are popping up everywhere and people love them. What’s so special about them? They are an all natural therapy and work by releasing fine particles of salt into a small enclosed room where a person spends 30-60 minutes breathing in the salty air (halotherapy). Salt has medicinal and healing properties that the ancients were well aware of. Since salt possesses antimicrobial qualities, it was used for thousands of years to process and preserve food and is still used today in food processing and medical applications. With the fear of corona virus spreading researchers at the University of Alberta are working on a virus-killing salt coating that can be applied to surgical masks to prevent the spread of the pathogen. According to a Hungarian study published in 2015, inhaled salt decreases fluid build up in the lungs and bronchial tubes, decreases inflammation of the bronchial tubes, acts as an expectorant, increases phagocyte activity, relaxes the central nervous system which in turn relaxes the airways making it easier to breathe and helps decrease the incidence of recurring respiratory infections, bronchitis and allergies. A series of dry salt therapy sessions can also shorten and possibly prevent viruses from taking up home in the sinuses where most colds and flus start. The principle is similar to the ayurvedic action of a neti pot without the neti pot. Instead of washing sinus cavities with a salt water solution in a neti pot, you simply breath in the salted air and because you are breathing in salted air for longer time than washing the sinuses, halotherapy is more effective in the long term helping to reduce the toxic load of the respiratory system on the immune system helping it to function more efficiently. For this reason, a salt cave therapy session is excellent for allergies and asthma. Since salt causes less mucus production, microbes and allergens are less likely to get stuck in the mucus and cause further irritation. Over a series of ses-
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sions, inhaling dry salt aerosol will improve mucociliary clearance and reduce bronchial hyper immune response. Annemarie Capuano, owner of The Himalayan Salt Cave in Hauppauge, NY which uses over 5 tons of pure Himalayan pink sea salt, says “we offer yoga and mediation and the deep breathing that is elicited during both practices allows the salt to work on an even deeper level for even deeper healing therapy. I have seen amazing results in clients that attend Himalayan Salt Cave sessions who suffer from chronic ear infections to allergies and asthma, to all sorts of respiratory ailments, skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema, but it also works really well for cystic fibrosis.” The salt increases skin pH which helps the beneficial skin flora to protect the body against pathogens which causes a hyper immune response from the skin causing inflammation. In cystic fibrosis, a faulty gene produces excessively thick mucus in the body causing severe damage to the lungs and pancreas. A 2006 NEJM study showed that halotherapy helped thin the thick bronchial mucus associated with the disease, helping to eliminate it from the respiratory tract and reducing inflammation. Researchers said, “The results of our trial were revolutionary. We saw a sustained improvement in lung function, a major reduction in the number of lung flare ups, a reduced need for antibiotics, and fewer says off school or work due to illness.” Using a salt cave is also beneficial for other health issues affecting the respiratory system like snoring and sleep apnea by helping alleviate fluid build up and relaxing the airways for easier breathing. Halotherapy is extremely beneficial for COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a chronic inflammatory lung disease caused by chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Emphysema is caused by damage to the alveoli at the end of the bronchioles due to gases, chemicals and particulates from cigarette smoke. A 2015 study in the International Journal for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease found that halotherapy helped COPD patients sleep better, cough less, produce a more productive cough and feel less fatigue. Halotherapy also improved immune function (98% compared to 67% in the control group) and decreased the need for medicine, but more thorough studies are needed, the study concluded. “Come to The Himalayan Salt Cave at 3 Gaymor Lane, Hauppauge, NY where you can destress, detox and heal with our many packages. New Living readers get a special 2 for 1 discount, bring a friend, family member or business associate for free when you pay for one session,” says Capuano. See ad below, visit The Salt Cave on Facebook and Instagram or call 631-979-2977.
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CYBORGS: the Next Step in Human Evolution or De-Evolution? by Tom Ferraro Ph.D., Sport Psychologist Throughout the film “Terminator: Dark Fate” Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, a woman who embodies human hatred and fear of the machine. In this film, the terminator cyborg, played once again by Arnold ‘I’ll be back’ Schwarznegger, is clearly aligned with the human race, but that makes little difference to Sarah Connor. She has learned the hard way that machines are cold, inhuman and dangerous to hang with. The “Terminator” film juggernaut has been embraced by movie goers since its release back in 1984. A primary reason that a film obtains worldwide recognition is that it strikes a deep nerve in the collective unconscious. It is as if the creator of the film has dived deeply into the “spiritus mundi” of the world and returned with news of what the world is most worried about. Great filmmakers express our deepest fears and conflicts. And our modern day 21st century fears relate to the awesome power of modern technology to take over our lives. The crisis that technology has produced cannot be overstated. Henry Adams wrote his famous essay “A Law of Acceleration” in 1904. In it he stated that technological advancement was like a racing comet and would not be slowed down to suit the convenience of mankind. This essay is considered by most to be prescient and highly predictive of what occurred in the 20th century. And things are only getting faster. Technology and machines have given us World War I, World War II and the nuclear bomb. Millions have been killed in the 20th century. It is the killingest century in human history. Technology has given us cars which now contribute to global warming. Our sense of community is disappearing. Computers, analytics and logistics has given us Amazon and GrubHub. Shopping in stores and dining in restaurants where we had some semblance of human connection will soon be a thing of the past. We all are now hunkering down in our homes, renting Netflix online, never socializing with our neighbors. A knock on our front door produces paranoid reactions of fear and dread. Social isolation has produced an epidemic of psychosomatic disorders including headaches, back pain, heart disease, allergies etc. Information floods us all. We are exposed to instantaneous news by media, computers and smart phones and this has produced a serious mental crisis as the mind speeds up and no longer is able to process such a tsunami of information. We no longer critically think, debate or have discourse over matters of importance and instead, we have hard-headed opinions and attitudes. The impeachment trial was a perfect expression of this problem where the two sides
seemed to be speaking different languages and living in different realities. Humans often seek answers through literature. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein which was about how man may be able to create a version of itself with the help of science. The Frankenstein monster was in essence, the first cyborg. Fast forward 167 years and we have Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto” (1985) which is a serious, chilling and impactful discussion of the way humans are fast becoming fused to machines. In other words, we are becoming cyborgs. Of course the wedding of man and machine is an unholy one given the fact that mankind is organic and alive and machines are inorganic and “unalive,” although the manufacturers of sex robots will tell you otherwise. Soon enough we all will be implanted with chips and as MIT’s professor Ray Kurzweil wrote in “The Age of Spiritual Machines” we will be able to download our minds into a computer within 100 years thereby obtaining immortality. This is eerily reminiscent of Dr. Faustus’ pack with Mephistopheles. In recent memory we have the award winning novel “Saturday” by Ian McEwans written in 2005 which begins with a prosperous neurosurgeon looking up to see a burning jet liner racing through the sky on its way to a fiery grave. In this novel, the term anosognosia is used which refers to a person’s inability to recognize that they are sick. The psychological term for this is denial and it is considered one of man’s more primitive coping mechanisms. Like all great artists, Ian McEwan managed to channel the current zeitgeist. Mankind remains in a state of denial about many things. But random acts of violence seen in the endless number of mass shootings, school shootings, rampant drug use and widespread depression proves that something is terribly wrong. In fact, we are fast approaching a tipping point whereby global warming or political collapse or a total loss of morality or just plain mental confusion gets the better of mankind and just like in the “Terminator” or the “Matrix” films the machines finally win out and humans become children of a lesser God. This is what Charles Darwin told us in “Origin of the Species” but nowhere in it did he predict that machines would be the next step in evolution. Donna Haraway’s cyborg manifesto ought to serve as a warning to us all. Dr. Tom Ferraro has specialized in sport psychology for the last 20 years and works in the fields of golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, swimming, running, biking and more. Dr. Ferraro is available to speak at school, running clubs, libraries and gyms. He can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (516) 2487189. His website is drtomferraro.com
IMMUNE BOOSTING SOUP RECIPES IMMUNITY SOUP Astragalus root, a Chinese herb long used to ward off colds and flu, has powerful immune-enhancing properties. 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 2 large onions, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, mashed 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced 2 large carrots, thinly sliced on the bias 2 1/2 pieces astragalus root (about 15 inches total) 10 cups Mushroom Stock 2 tablespoons tamari or low sodium soy sauce 2 cups broccoli florets 1/2 cup chopped scallions In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger and saute until soft and translucent. Add the shiitakes, carrots, astragalus root and mushroom stock. Bring to a low boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the tamari. Add the broccoli florets and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Remove the astragalus root pieces and discard. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with scallions before serving. Excerpted from Dr.Weil.com
Seperate stems from tops and slice tops and remaining stem if necessary, into large pieces. You will only discard the very bottom of the stems, not the full stems as they contain many nutritional benefits! Heat up coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add in garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add in celery and mushrooms and sautee for about 10 minutes or until mushrooms have wilted. Add in spices and water and bring to a boil. Then let simmer, covered for 1 hour or as long as you want (the longer you leave, the better!) Add bok choy and kale in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Excerpted from www.thehealthymaven.com
IMMUNE BOSTING PUMPKIN AND GINGER SOUP 1 pumpkin 1 red pepper, diced small chunk fresh ginger, thinly chopped 1 small onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder THE ULTIMATE IMMUNE-BOOSTING SOUP Juice of half a lemon 1 T coconut oil Dash of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 cup of coconut milk 6 garlic cloves, minced Pure water 2 celery stalks, sliced Himalayan or sea salt and black pepper to season 1 lb shitake mushrooms Basil or cilantro leaves to garnish 1 1/2 tsp sea salt Place the pumpkin in a saucepan with just enough water to cover it. Bring to 1/4 tsp black pepper the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the pumpkin is ten1 tsp turmeric der. Gently heat the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onions until soft (not 12 cups water brown), add the ginger and red pepper and cook for another minute. Add the coriander 4 heads baby bok choy, bottoms chopped off seeds until they pop. Add the coconut milk and cook everything together for about 30 1/2 head kale, chopped seconds. Turn off the heat. Blend the soup in a blender or with a hand held blender until optional: 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger it is thick, smooth and creamy. Squeeze in the lemon juice for a final zing. Garnish with Chop off the bottom of the stem from your mushrooms and discard. basil and cilantro. Excerpted from www.awakeninghealth.co.uk
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10 WAYS TO BOOST ENERGY FOR RUNNING by Christine Luff Many runners say that low energy is one of the main reasons why they don't run as frequently as they'd like. Chronic fatigue can derail your best attempts at a consistent running program. After all, who has the motivation to get out the door and push your limits when your body feels drained? But it's not just before your run that you might experience frustrating fatigue. Some runners quit their workouts before they reach their goal mileage or perform at a lackluster pace because they don't have enough energy. And post-run exhaustion can be so severe that it affects your willingness to head out the door the next day. The result is that your running consistency may suffer. And without consistency, your running pace, endurance, and race performance may suffer as well. 1. Exercise Regularly: Ironically, regular exercise can improve your energy level so you are more motivated to run. Running, walking, and other forms of cardiovascular exercise help release potent feel-good hormones like endorphins. These hormones help boost energy even hours later. If you are feeling sluggish and hesitant about a run later in the day, consider going for an energy-boosting walk earlier in the day. Even a 30-minute run can provide benefits. If you still feel tired, consider a different form of exercise for the day. Just because you don't have the energy to run doesn't mean that you shouldn't exercise. Hop on an elliptical at the gym, swim a few laps at your local pool, or get some fresh air during an invigorating hike at a nearby park. 2. Warm-Up Properly: Exercise feels more exhausting when your body is not properly prepared. In addition, if your muscles aren't warmed up, you put yourself at higher risk for injury. If you are someone who runs at a moderate to fast pace, you might start your workout with a slow jog. After five minutes, you might stop to do do a few running drills (butt kicks, long strides, or skips) to increase the range of motion in your joints. After you complete 2–3 minutes of drills, you should be ready for a harder workout. If your running pace is closer to a jog, start your workout with a fast-paced walk. This will help to warm up your muscles and increase your heart rate to prepare it for more vigorous activity. 3. Get Adequate Sleep: A good night's sleep is your body’s most natural and efficient way of refreshing itself. While everyone's sleep needs differ, 7–8 hours per night is a smart goal. If you struggle with getting to sleep at night, practice good sleep hygiene. For example, an hour before bed you might turn off your phone and other electronic distractions. You might read or take a warm shower to relax your body. Some people remove the television (and the phone charger) from their bedroom to create a quiet space. And cooling your sleep space might help, too. 4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: When your body becomes dehydrated, your energy levels plummet. In fact, performance plummets, as well. In a published report on hydration and health, researchers summarized the way that dehydration affects physical performance. They concluded that even under mild levels of dehydration, you are likely to experience a decrease in performance related to reduced endurance, increased fatigue, an inability to regulate body temperature, reduced motivation, and increased perceived effort. For this reason, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends letting thirst be your guide. However, they also a guideline of 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female. 5. Change Your Diet: A healthy, balanced diet will give your body the fuel it needs to perform daily tasks and exercise. As a runner, you may want to focus on your intake of nutritious macronutrients. Protein: Try to include a lean protein such as chicken, turkey, fish, or low-fat dairy at every meal. High-protein foods will help keep you from getting hungry and getting low on the energy between meals. Smart Carbs: Healthy sources of carbohydrates are your body's preferred energy source. Pick whole grains, rather than refined grains whenever possible. They contain more fiber, take longer to digest, and they'll supply you with more energy than simple carbs. Fill up on fresh fruits, rich green leafy vegetables as much as possible. Healthy Fats: Fat can—and should—be part of a healthy balanced diet. all fats are the best choices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics not But recommends choosing poly- or monounsaturated fats (including plant-based oils, nuts, seeds, avocado) instead of saturated fats (from meat and full-fat dairy products) whenever possible to boost heart health. Avoid Fast Sugar: Sugary snacks provide a quick boost of energy that is usually followed by an energy slump. These empty calorie foods also increase caloric intake without providing any valuable nutrition for your body Get Enough Iron: Iron-deficiency anemia is fairly common, particularly in female athletes who have heavy periods. Anemia causes fatigue and reduced performance. If you frequently feel tired without an explanation, get your iron levels checked with a blood test. Vtamin C: Helps iron absorption and collagen production which helps keep the body pliable for runners. So try to include vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, tomatoes, berries, and broccoli at every meal.
6. Reduce Alcohol: drinking too much alcohol can cause fatigue in a number of ways. First, alcohol interferes with sleep. While you might be able to fall asleep faster with a glass of wine or a beer before bed, you are less likely to stay asleep. The result is that you wake up feeling tired. Also, alcohol is a diuretic. That means that it reduces your body water and can cause dehydration. And as previously mentioned, dehydration can cause not only fatigue but also reduced athletic performance. 7. Skip the Caffeine: While most of us rely on a cup of coffee or a caffeinated soda to provide energy, it can have the opposite effect. Try to avoid caffeine, or try to limit yourself to one cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage a day. Consuming too much caffeine can make you feel weak or jittery. It also contributes to dehydration (along with alcohol, it is a diuretic) 8. Reduce Stress: Anxiety and stress can be huge energy killers. To combat stress, make an effort to fit relaxing activities, such as reading or listening to music, into your day. You can also try aromatherapy. Taking the time to relax with lavender or another relaxing sent can calm your nerves and reduce stress. And if you need a quick boost of energy some smells like peppermint, citrus, or ginger have an energizing effect. Try lighting a candle or spraying a perfume infused with these scents to help you feel more alert. 9. Change it Up: Getting into a rut can zap your energy levels. Change things up by trying new foods, exercises, and seeking out new experiences to prevent boredom and keep you more alert and awake. You can also try running at a different time of day if your current schedule isn't working well. For example, if you usually run after work at the end of the day but find that you skip workouts because you are tired, try running in the morning. Many runners find that when they begin the day with a healthy activity, they have more energy to devote to other pursuits during the day. Too many responsibilities in the morning? Pack a gym back and sneak away at lunchtime for a quick run. Breaking up the day with exercise can help reduce stress and help the day go by faster. 10. Care for Your Joints: Your body will feel more agile and energetic if you take care of the joints that help you move all day. Activities like yoga and pilates help to increase the range of motion in your joints, helping you to feel more flexible. These activities are especially helpful for runners who usually exercise primarily in the sagittal plane (this is the plane of movement that involves flexing the legs forward and extending them behind you). By moving in other planes of movement, you help your joints to stay healthy. Excerpted from www.verywellfit.com
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PROTECTION AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS Misinformation Spreads Coronavirus The Trump Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are negligent in containing the spread of the coronavirus due to slash-and-burn-budget cuts, poor management and spreading misinformation. Compounding the problem are right-wing personalities like Rush Limbaugh telling his 15 million weekly listeners that the coronavirus is nothing more than the common cold and a left wing hoax to destroy Trump’s re-election campaign. Americans need to be properly informed so that they can prevent contracting and spreading this virus. Politics in large part, have made the outbreak worse. In 2018, the Trump Administration made cuts to the US Pandemic Response Team that would have made containing the coronavirus more manageable here in the US as well as when it first appeared in China. The President negated WHO’s projected global 3.4% mortality rate (the flu has a .1% death rate in comparison) on Fox TV’s Sean Hannity program based on a “hunch.” Hannity has over 3.5 million highly impressionable viewers. At a meeting with health officials, the President suggested a flu vaccine could be used to combat coronavirus which it can not, since it is a novel virus. Even The National Review, a Conservative Republican magazine stated, “the president is giving bad public health advice on cable television. The president ...implied that people should still go to work even if they contracted coronavirus. He once again made an irresponsible comparison between coronavirus and the seasonal flu in an attempt to downplay the spread.” SNOPES confirmed that on Feb. 10, 2020, the President told the crowd at his rally in New Hampshire, that, “The virus, they’re working hard, looks like by April you know in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that’s true.” The National Institutes of Health state people can still get a form of cold and flu in summer months. The respiratory infections people get in the winter time are caused by rhinoviruses; in the warmer weather, they are caused by enteroviruses. No one knows what role weather will play in spreading the coronavirus. Whatever side of the aisle you stand on, we need scientific facts and not personal hunches. And maybe we should start paying more attention to what’s going on in the realm of politics especially when it affects a global health crisis. According to a 3/7/20 article in the New Yorker magazine, “Slow federal action on this matter has impeded our ability to beat back this epidemic,” Raul Perea-Henze, New York’s deputy mayor for health and human services, said in a letter to the CDC. These remarks were echoed by a panel of experts on infectious diseases from Johns Hopkins University who delivered a briefing on Capitol Hill. “Testing capacity is not currently adequate, and we need more,” Lisa Maragakis, an epidemiologist, said. “We need this as soon as we can have it.” More extensive testing would increase the number of confirmed cases, Maragakis added, but it could also reduce public alarm, by providing more information about the extent of the epidemic.”
Why a Vegan Lifestyle Helps Stop Coronavirus Here is yet another reason why a vegan diet is better for your health. Ground Zero for the coronavirus, which is a nootropic virus (can be spread from animal to human and vice versa) appears to have originated from a wildlife market in Wuhan. The Chinese are well known for their consumption of exotic wildlife in their cuisine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese consume deer penises, deer blood, tiger bones, rhino horns, Asiatic black bear gall bladders, pangolin scales and other body parts of mostly endangered species holding the primitive belief that consuming a specific wild animal’s body parts will give you the strength or attribute of that animal or offer a miraculous cure. Chinese president Xi Jinping has encouraged the TCM trade - a $60 billion business and the wildlife trade is a $73 billion dollar business that employs 1 million Chinese. But it’s a market that needs to end immediately and forever because of its animal cruelty and before a virus is unleashed that wipes out most of humanity. The Chinese do not treat animals humanely, preferring to “farm” cats and dogs for their fur and meat. Animals that we in western society view as family members are abhorrently treated then slaughtered for their fur and leather which winds up in coats, hats, ladies gloves, men’s belts and wallets sold in the US. “The danger of an outbreak comes when many exotic animals from different environments are kept in close proximity. The Wuhan market is not unusual. Across mainland China, hundreds of similar markets offer a wide range of exot-
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ic animals for food and medicine. Snakes, tanuki (raccoon dogs), porcupines and deer were just some of the species crammed inside cages with many of the animals being slaughtered in the Wuhan market in front of customers. Footage of the live Coronavirus comes from a wildlife market in Wuhan. These markets slaughter was posted engage in animal cruelty and sell endangered species. A civet cat sits in a to Weibo by a con- cage waiting slaughter to be eaten. A virus from one of these wildlife markets in China was cause for the last viral epidemic of SARS in 2003. The cerned citizen but Chinese killed civet cats en masse in 2007 in a futile attempt to eradicate was deleted by the virus. (Chinese) government censors. "These animals have their own viruses," said Hong Kong University virologist professor Leo Poon. "These viruses can jump from one species to another species, then that species may become an amplifier.” According to Poon, as large numbers of people visit these wildlife markets daily, the risk of the virus jumping to humans rises sharply. The Chinese government has supposedly shut these markets down, but there is always and will always be a black market for exotic animals since the Chinese government does nothing to re-educate its citizens on why exotic animal consumption needs to end. Dr. Poon was one of the first scientists to link the SARS coronavirus epidemic in 2003 to civet cats being sold for meat, an animal that is similar to a felinelike half raccoon type creature, at a Guangzhou market. He believes farmed civet cats didn't have the virus, but acquired it from another animal at the market. In any event, the practice of consuming exotic wildlife needs to end immediately and forever. China is using Big Data through an app called Alibaba to quarantine citizens and to report anyone who appears sick to police. Citizens are coded according to green, yellow and red. Green allows you to travel and yellow and red will get you quarantined and denied being helped by others. “Citizens are forced to download software on their phones so the state can track them and all of it is being carried out for their own “safety.” The fact is that China has become an Orwellian nightmare and experts are predicting that this police state will stay even if the coronavirus threat does not,” says Matt Agorist a former Marine intelligence operator turned activist journalist who writes about government corruption and the American police state at TheFreeThoughtProject.com Chinese citizens are also dying from regular illnesses because they can’t get the medical help they need due to being quarantined. So it's hard to discern whether deaths are due to pneumonia caused by coronavirus or non coronavirus pneumonia that progressed due to lack of medical care. Agorist says further, “As cases of coronavirus continue to climb inside the United States, we can rest assured that police state measures will climb as well. Last year, we witnessed a similar case unfold with measles which is likely just a drop in the bucket compared to the reaction to coronavirus. We saw children banned from public spaces, mandatory vaccinations enforced with police action, and a pro-vaccine push in the mainstream media like we’ve never seen before. In May, the pro-mandatory vaccine push reached a new level, as the Washington Post published an article calling for the arrest of those who choose not to vaccinate. Agorist quoted economic historian Robert Higgs, the author of “Crisis and Leviathan” (1987), a book on how bad times drive government to grow in power and scope. “The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature. They exploit it, and they cultivate it. Whether they compose a warfare state or a welfare state, they depend on it to secure popular submission, compliance with official dictates, and, on some occasions, affirmative cooperation with the state’s enterprises and adventures.”
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PROTECTION AGAINST CORONAVIRUS Cont’d from previous page Just like the flu, the most vulnerable populations are those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, infants and children. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. WHAT SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE & THE NEED FOR TESTING It is easy to believe everything is OK until it isn’t, but you will not know you are sick until you actually contract the virus and pray your immune system is strong enough to handle it. As the virus evolves, it has the potential to mutate and become more deadly and resistant to treatment. After being exposed, as with any disease, some people will get sick to lesser or greater degress while others will show no symptoms at all. An important point to consider is that the regular flu has infected 30 million people and killed 18,000 people in the US so far this year. Time will tell whether COVID-19 is more virulent than the flu. Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch believes that 40-70% people globally will be exposed to the coronavirus. The emerging conclusion among epidemiologists is that the outbreak will cause a new seasonal disease—a fifth constantly present (endemic) coronavirus with the other four that now exist - 229E and NL63 alpha coronavirus and OC43 and HKU1 beta coronavirus. If the disease continues to be as severe as it is now, “cold and flu season” could become “cold, flu and COVID-19 season.” Drive thru style testing like what they have in South Korea needs to be implemented nationwide in order to test those exposed and provide medical care and quarantine to stop the deadly spread of the disease. Seattle Washington has just implemented this drive thru system, but is only testing people if they have symptoms. A nasal swab will tell you whether you have Influenza A/B, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) or COVID-19. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure and include typical flu-like symptoms with fever, cough, difficulty breathing which can evolve to pneumonia and eventual death. Kidney failure can also occur. If you think you have been exposed, go to your medical provider immediately and get tested. If you test positive, be responsible and quarantine yourself for 2 weeks. Rest, proper hydration and following these tips below is the only course since there is no vaccine or cure at this time. PREVENTION TIPS Avoid close contact with people who are sick; Avoid shaking hands with people; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Do not bite your nails or pick your nose; Stay home when you are sick; Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe; Use of facemasks do not protect against the spread of coronavirus. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19. They should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. After washing your hands, use a paper towel or an alcohol based wipe to operate the paper towel roller, water faucet handles, door handles, hand dryer to prevent reinfecting your sanitized hands. Carry Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes/spray around with you to wipe/spray down vector areas in your home, office, car, etc. These are 99% effective against bacteria and viruses, similar to Lysol wipes, but without the chemicals, since its only ingredient is all-natural thymol from thyme. Do not attend large conferences, concerts or sporting events; do not travel on an airplane or train or take a cruise ship. Avoid shopping at the mall. Do not travel to cities. All these venues have large concentrations of people where your odds of coming into contact with the coronavirus increase substantially. NATURAL REMEDIES TO FORTIFY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Do several sessions in a salt cave and regularly use a neti pot with salt solution to wash out your sinuses and nasal cavities. Studies show sinus washing and salt inhalation in a salt cave helps loosen and rid the body of mucus that harbors viruses and bacteria. Salt is a known antimicrobial. Researchers at the University of Alberta are currently working on a salt-covered surgical mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Get plenty of sleep (7-8 hrs daily) and eliminate stressors (smoking, drinking, being around toxic people, overworking, etc). Cortisol from stress and lack of sleep prevents your immune system from fighting viruses. It leads to increased lev-
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els of suppressor T cells which hinder the immune system making you much more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. Stay hydrated with purified water (8-10 glasses daily) and non caffeinated herbal teas. Fruit juices raise blood sugar levels while coffee, tea and soda imbalance the gut pH which encourages pathogenic growth in the body depleting your immune system so it can’t fight the coronavirus should you be exposed. ANTIVIRAL ESSENTIAL OILS (EOs): Place a few drops of each or a combination of them with water in an aromatherapy diffuser in your home, office and car (all three places will offer triple protection). Run the diffusers 24 hours a day, making sure to refresh the reservoir with water and fresh EOs often. Use tea tree, oregano, thyme, and/or Four Thieves formula (Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Rosemary) all of which possess very potent antiviral phytochemicals. Once aerosolized into fine particles through a diffuser, inhaling these antiviral essential oils will enter your bloodstream safely providing protection against viruses. STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. Take a Good Organic Whole Food Source Multivitamin with a meal that includes some fat for the best absorption in the following recommended amounts daily: * Vitamin A (betacarotene) 5,000 IUs or one sweet potato * Vitamin B Complex chose a supplement that contains all the B vitamins preferably from plant sources which is more bioavailable. We recommend Naturelo B Complex * Vitamin C 250-1,200 mg (prolonged use of 2,000 mg daily can result in kidney stones) We recommend Pure Synergy Pure Radiance C from camu camu and a variety of organic berries * Vitamin D3 2,000 IUs or 1 TBS Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil (for vegans, spending 10-30 minutes outdoors in the sun three times a week is enough to raise your blood levels of Vitamin D). * Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) 35 mg or 1 TBS of wheat germ oil * Zinc 12 mg or 3 oz of oysters or 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes for vegans * Selenium 55 mcg or a handful of Brazil nuts ST JOHNS WORT is well known for its antidepressive effects, but what people do not know is that it is a potent antiviral herb. Scientific studies show it has been used successfully in Brazil to treat herpes, specifically mouth lesions caused by the virus. In other studies, it has been shown to neutralize influenza. A study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology October 2019 found that Hypericum perforatum provided strong protection against viral bronchitis by interfering with the virus’ RNA sequence. It is believed that photoactivation of hypericin results in photo-oxidation of viruses and bacterial cells thus killing them (pharmaxchange.info). Take 1-2 capsules standardized for .3% hypericin daily. The higher the hypericin, the better. ELDERBERRY Several studies show this underutilized little black berry (Sambucus nigra) that is native to North America has potent antiviral properties in combating influenza. The berries can be consumed fresh or dried (purchase at frontiercoop.com), as a syrup, supplement, juice, tea (sold at your local health food store) or as a wine you can make yourself. Take 4 TBS of the syrup dailly. BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL the oil from Nigella sativa has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be a potent antiviral, knocking out Hepatitis C viral replication and being protective against cytomegalovirus infection (chickenpox, mononucleosis, and cold sores which stay with a person for life once they are infected and can recur later due to a stressing event). Take 2 TBS daily. OREGANO OIL contains thymol, carvacrol and terpinene which are all potent antivirals. Oregano is most effective for respiratory ailments and has been shown in studies to lessen cold and flu symptoms and their length. A 2011 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology showed that carvacrol in Mexican oregano has antiviral activity against human and animal viruses. Wild P73 is the most potent, but for acute infections, 500 mg capsules four times daily is needed. Oregano Oil is caustic on the digestive tract, so do not drink the oil straight and make sure you have eaten before supplementing. Also, do not confuse Oil of Oregano with Oregano Essential Oil (EO). The former is food grade, the letter is not meant to be ingested. Oregano EO can be used as a disinfectant and in an aromatherapy diffuser and breathed in. GARLIC has been shown in studies to shorten the length of colds. Allicin, diallyl trisulfide and ajoene in garlic show antiviral activity against Influenza A and B, cytomegalovirus, rhinovirus, HIV, herpes simplex virus, viral pneumonia and rotavirus. Garlic has not yet been tested on coronavirus, so more studies need to be done. Consume 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic per day, by mixing into soups, salads and other dishes to reap its antiviral health benefits. Crushing or dicing garlic and allowing to sit for a few hours before consumption helps release allicin and potentiate its healing benefits. Powdered garlic, garlic in supplement form and garlic preserved in oil and/or vinegar is not as effective as fresh garlic. Christine Lynn Harvey is editor in chief, publisher and founder of New Living Magazine.
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NO MORE BACK PAIN: How I Healed Myself with Reiki
It was a normal harried work day: up at 6 am, two children off to school, breakfast, going into my home office to check on the progress of the most recent listings and pending sales, returning phone calls, speaking with the processors who always seemed to be on top of the latest information anyone needed. A typical busy day for a real estate broker. Then it happened. I stooped down to pick up a piece of paper that had fallen on the floor and could not stand up. Excruciating pain shot through my back as I tried to straighten up. Fortunately, I had worn a mid-calf skirt that day and found that by scrunching my knees, I could feign some semblance of walking straight. I even took a listing appointment that night in my neighborhood without the husband and wife ever knowing anything was wrong with me. I should have realized that crisis would hit. For years, I had experienced back pain that at times would put me in tears. It hurt to stand, it hurt to sit, it hurt to lie down. What else is there? My mother-in-law, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, felt better than I did. Five visits to five specialists left me with these resolutions: NO surgery, NO drugs, and NO side-effects. Of the five specialists, three were quickly dismissed. Their only advice was to “Slow Down.” To which I replied, “I can’t.” Only the Osteopath and the Chiropractor helped me. The Osteopath stretched the piriformis muscle inside my hip, similar to what he would do to dancers at the end of their performances. The Chiropractor had me come three times the first week, two times the second week, then once a week, then monthly. When he showed me an X-ray of my spine, an “S” shaped figure appeared on the X-ray. No wonder my back hurt. My spine did not at all resemble a normal spine. In my desire to be healed, I started to read everything on the market about back pain. The most impressive book was “Mind Over Back Pain” by John Sarno, MD. Similar to Napoleon Hill’s, “Think and Grow Rich,” the entire message of Dr. Sarno’s book is in the title. He had performed 10,000 operations on spines at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. His premise was that most of those operations were not truly necessary. He ended his practice and wrote this book instead. I devoured his words and made them part of my inner lexicon: I can think this away. I quickly realized that energy healing was my only option for complete per-
manent healing. I had been introduced to energy healing shortly before this incident happened. The wife of my meditation instructor attuned me to Reiki I: a very simple method of “laying on of hands” on the physical body. This healing comes through visualizing white light flowing through the body through certain points, called chakra points. Chakra is a Sanskrit word – the sacred language of India – that means “spinning wheels of light.” All healing is part of the Universal energy in our surroundings, which flows through our body, dispelling and removing the old stagnant energy of pain and replacing it with vibrant new healing energy. Reiki energy is made available to us through our “intent.” We are electro-magnetic beings. Our bodies are charged and recharged by our thoughts. Negative thoughts drag our vibrational level down. Positive thoughts elevate our vibrational level, in almost the same way a battery charges a piece of electronic equipment. We resonate with others who are on the same vibrational level we are on. That is why it is futile to try to convince someone of some concept that they do not resonate with. Like attracts like. You are going to attract the same vibration you put out. Eighty percent of the world’s population over 17 years of age will experience back pain at some point in their life. In my case, anytime that back pain recurred, which it periodically would, I would give myself Reiki. One time, watching my son play rugby, a young man from the opposing team slammed into me so hard that it pushed me one foot over from where I was standing. Immediately, Oh my God, I am going to be sore tomorrow, invaded my thoughts. I wrapped my arms around myself with the intent to give myself Reiki. Everywhere that felt sore was sent light. The next day, I was completely normal. No pain. No bruises. Reiki is a “hands on” energy healing modality available to everyone. No one is prevented from being able to learn it. Only the awareness of it is necessary, preceded by intent. It is part of the Divine aspect of our self. Fortunately, it is becoming mainstream as more articles appear about it and more hospitals install Reiki rooms or facilities for healing. Reiki healed my back pain permanently. Alice “Alicja” Jones, Author “Own Your Power Day by Day: 365 Meditation for Clearing Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Blockages to Becoming Your Higher Self.” Purchase Hardcover on my website: www.alicjajones.com, Purchase softcover or e-book from Amazon.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
USING MINDFULNESS TO TRANSFORM YOUR RELATIONSHIPS By Julie Potiker When people think of mindfulness practice, some of the first things that come to mind are stress reduction. Mindfulness certainly has many applications for personal wellness, and research continues to point to its effectiveness. What you may not have considered, though, is that mindfulness can also be a tool for creating greater ease in more than just your own inner experience. In fact, it is a wonderful way to transform relationships — even difficult ones. An often-cited famous study done by Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina in 2008 compared people who had done seven weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation with a control group of people on her waiting list. Her testing proved that metta meditation significantly increased positive emotions such as love, joy, gratitude, hope, and awe in everyone who learned how to do it. It also increased problem-solving ability, physical health, mindfulness, self-acceptance, and positive relations with others. Apply Loving Kindness to All Your Relationships The practice of Loving Kindness Meditation is very simple, and you can start today. You can use it with your partner, your parents, your friends, your kids, and you can even use it with people whom you find off-putting or frustrating. Apply Loving Kindness to all the relationships in your life — especially the most challenging ones — and watch how they transform. To practice Loving Kindness Meditation, all you need to do is choose a Loving Kindness mantra that feels good to you and appropriate for the person or situation you’d like to direct it towards. Here are some examples of Loving Kindness phrases you can use: You are loved. May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease. May you be loved and appreciated. May you be valued. May you be kind. May you accept yourself just as you are. May all beings be safe and free from suffering. You can also create your own Loving Kindness phrase to use as a mantra. Feel free to exchange the word “you” for “I” or “we” as needed to suit the circumstances and what feels best to you. Once you’ve selected a Loving Kindness phrase, simply repeat it over and over to yourself silently as a mantra. You can even cycle through several phrases if you like. Use Loving Kindness Meditation any time you think of a relationship
you’d like to improve. Focusing on Loving Kindness has the potential to defuse a tense situation quickly. For example, try calling upon Loving Kindness in times like these: 1. When someone gets on your nerves, try repeating a Loving Kindness mantra silently to yourself in that moment. Come up with one that feels appropriate the person or situation, or try one of these: “May you be kind. May you know you are loved.” 2. When someone speaks harshly to you, defuse internal defensiveness or anger with Loving Kindness. Silently repeat a Loving Kindness mantra to yourself, such as: “May we be peaceful with each other,” or “May you be at peace.” 3. When someone you care about is acting in a way that is harmful to themselves or others, tap into Loving Kindness to access compassion. Come up with a phrase that works for the situation, or try these: “May you be healthy. May you be happy. May you know you are loved. May all beings be free from suffering.” 4. When someone activates an old emotional wound, stay in touch with your self-compassion and your own healing process by using a Loving Kindness mantra such as “May I be healthy and happy,” or “May I know that I am loved,” or “May I know I have all I need to heal.” 5. When someone fails to meet your expectations, tap into compassion and acceptance with Loving Kindness. Try using phrases that nurture you both, such as “May we know we are loved,” or “May we be kind,” or “May we be at peace with each other.” The more you practice Loving Kindness in your relationships and interactions with others, the more you will find yourself moving away from reactive emotions like fear, frustration, and anger and embracing newfound feelings of grace and gratitude. Julie Potiker is an attorney who graduated from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She is trained in Mindful Self-Compassion, and completed the Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course with Rick Hanson. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” For more info, visit www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com.
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BIOHACK YOUR BRAIN FOR LOVE by Patrick Porter PhD Neuroscience Expert Explains Thought-Provoking Link Between Your Brainwaves and Romance According to a recent survey, over 50% of sexually active individuals today are dissatisfied with their sex lives; only 30% of online daters are in search of true love; and an eye-opening 23% of women say they aren’t happy in their relationships. It's no wonder nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. If you are married, engaged or considering getting hitched, you know that the odds are against you. Some people might say, “So, then don’t get married.” However, another response might be to put in the sweat equity that can help you succeed in love and your relationship. In my 30-plus years of experience in the field, I have seen positive results of the power of an increasingly popular method called brainwave entrainment. Brainwave training helps couples that may be experiencing high stress and communication issues, difficulty sleeping, low energy or other lifestyle challenges, recharge and revitalize their relationships. Often, relationships or marriages fall apart for a wide array of reasons, however, communication challenges and the accumulation of negative emotions are often at the root of the issue. Here is where the qualities of the mind—such as clarity and pausing—that are developed by regular brainwave entrainment sessions, can make a significant difference. Training your brainwaves helps guide the brain from an awake, reactionary mind into an intuitive, creative state, and then to a place where superlearning and healing can occur–the outcome is a heightened state of consciousness with crystal clear focus. The practice, also commonly referred to as “braintapping,” creates a symphony of brainwave activity and feelings of calm focus that’s ideal for learning, productivity, healing and clarity. So, can it really help enhance your marriage? Braintapping uses auditory and visual stimulation to synchronize and balance brainwaves. As the light and sound frequency changes, so does the frequency in the brain. The approach stabilizes the limbic system, which is involved in motivation, emotion, learning and memory. And the result is a calmer, more tranquil body. You also experience more rhythmic breathing, your hands warm and your muscles relax, the perfect ingredients for symbiotic, romantic relationships. Here’s another way to explain how it works: the light and sound stimu-
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lation used in brainwave training boost your brain’s levels of serotonin, betaendorphins and norepinephrine, the same chemicals that are released during attraction and trigger people to act giddy, energetic and euphoric in relationships. The science behind training your brainwaves relies on four critical elements that enable technology to induce brainwave entrainment. The four components include: binaural beats, guided visualization, 10-cycle holographic music and isochronic tones. The approach is unlike traditional meditation programs, and uses neuro-algorithms naturally to gently guide the brain through a broad range of brainwave patterns. The result is a complete spectrum of brainwave activity. Couples can incorporate brainwave training into their daily lives, helping them de-stress while also achieving physical, mental and emotional balance. The calming, rejuvenating effects of even just 10 to 20 minutes of this method can help balance the nervous system and protect against common stressors of everyday life, including relationship challenges. For many of us, fostering a fulfilling, romantic relationship with another person is one of the most challenging tasks in life. Nobody knows how to press our buttons better than a partner in a close relationship or marriage. In my clinical experience, those couples that use brainwave entrainment as part of their regular routine, report significant stress relief through deep relaxation. They also maintain healthier sleep patterns, a boost in physical energy and focus, experience improved memory and learning skills, and enjoy a better sense of calm and happiness in their relationships. Keep in mind that brainwave training is not a quick fix—it must be used along with other healthy strategies and incorporated as a lifelong practice. However, if you follow through, you and your partner will find, as many others have discovered, that the approach can transform your relationship significantly. Dr. Patrick K. Porter, PhD, is an award-winning author and speaker who has devoted his career to neuroscience and brainwave entrainment. As the creator of BrainTap Technology™, Porter has emerged as a leader in the digital health and wellness field. BrainTap’s digital tools and mind development apps use Creative Visualization and Relaxation, a biohacking technique that has made tremendous advances in treating mental, physical, and emotional health issues. BrainTap has been praised for helping people overcome stress and insomnia, lose weight, stop smoking, manage pain, accelerate learning, and much more. For more info, www.braintap.com
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