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Balance is Power
Alternative Medicine Research Report
Polarity Therapy aims to maintain health by balancing the body’s electromagnetic field. Polarity therapy was initially developed in the
1940s by Randolph Stone, ND, DC, DO. Pierre Pannetier, ND, continued Dr. Stone’s teaching after the mid-1970s.
* The three principles and the five chakras of Ayurvedic medicine
* Draws from ancient Hermetic philosophy.
* Exercise and lifestyle changes
Touch with the hands is used with the intention of influencing flow of body energy.
Polarity Therapy has predictable pathways:
1. Polarity is based on a theory that energy flows through the body along five predictable pathways, and that this flow can be affected by the placement of hands at specific points to correct disorders or imbalances.
2. It has been hypothesized that cells in the body have negative and positive poles that are involved in this flow of energy.
3. Polarity practitioners believe that the clockwise flow between the positive and negative aspects of the body’s electromagnetic field must be in balance and flow freely to maintain health.
The spinal column is thought to have five neutral energy centers (ether, air, fire, water, earth), with each of these areas corresponding to bodily functions.
Practitioners aim to access a client’s energy using energetic touch, observation, and client interviews. Polarity shares some principles with the yin-yang concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Chakrasystem in Ayurvedic medicine.
Polarity Practitioners believe that maintenance of good health requires free flow of life energy through the body.
Polarity therapy uses four different approaches with the goal of balancing life energy:
1. Energetic Touch
2. Energetic Food Awareness
4. Life Style Skills Education.
An overall goal of the Polarity approach to health and well-being is to give clients multiple tools to use in maintaining a balanced way of life. Responsibility and self-esteem are often encouraged.
Polarity is also known as: acu-Polarity, biofield therapy, chakras, chi, energy anatomy, IDA, ki, life force, oval fields, Pingala, Polarity balancing, polarity energy balancing, Polarity Therapy touch, polarity yoga, prana, qi, rajas, rajasic, sattvas, satvic, somatic process, subtle energetic therapy, sushumna, tamas, tamasic, yang and yin.
Reference: Full text of this article appeared in the August, 2003 issue of Alternative Medicine Research Report.
Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. RPP
Holistic Health Consultant
Stop Using Hormone Replacement
“Decrease Cancer Risks!”
New England Journal of Medicine suggests, from a study by R. Chlebowski, that after 2 years of stopping hormone replacement a woman is basically back to normal. She suggests that a decline in breast cancer is the result of women stopping the use of hormone replacement. Reference: R. Chlebowski, New England Journal of Medicine, Halting Hormones
Cuts Cancer Risk, February 29, 2009.
Do Prescription Drugs Deplete Your Nutritional Status?
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Corticosteroid, Prednisone, Medrol, Aristocort, Decodran, also all NSAIDS (Advil, Aleve)
* Nutrient Deficiency
Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins C, B6, B12, folic acid and selenium
* Potential Health Problems
Osteoporosis, blood pressure irregularities, asthma, decrease in wound healing, sleep disturbances
Antihypertensive, beta blocker, sectral, lopressor, and others
* Nutrient Deficiency
CoenzymeQ10, vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin B12
* Potential Health Problems
Weak immune system, sleep disturbance, increased cardiovascular disease risk, decrease in wound healing, depression, low energy.
References: Pelton R, LaValle JB, Hawkins EB, Krinsky DL (eds). Drug-Induced
Nutrient Depletion Handbook (2nd ed.), Lexi-Comp Inc, Hudson, Ohio 2001.
Spectracell Laboratories, http://www.spectracell.com
The moral of this story is:
1. It is necessary to know exactly what side effects may occur when using prescriptive drugs.
2. More importantly, it is necessary to know what
nutrients are being depleted in your body by taking these drugs, which could eventually lead to unwanted health risks.
3. Learning how to balance the potential nutrient deficiency by
adding these nutrients back into your body or looking for non-drug
options, like herbal or homeopathic, is essential to well being.
Talk to your Holistic Practitioner, Naturopathic or Integrative Medicine doctor for help on these issues.
Natural Cold and Flu Fighters
Andrographis: The leaf and underground stem of this South Asian plant is frequently used for preventing and treating the common cold and flu- and a review of seven studies found the herb to be effective for colds in particular.
Elderberry: Preclinical trials suggested that elderberry extract may reduce mucus production and have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects. One study found that elderberry reduced the duration of flu like symptoms, including fever, by more than 50 percent.
Ginseng: Research suggested that ginseng revs up the immune system- and a University of Alberta study found that subjects taking daily doses of North American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) came down with fewer colds, as well as colds of shorter duration and with less severe symptoms.
North American ginseng may help fight acute respiratory illness, including colds and flu. Just beware: Ginseng may have adverse effects such as altering blood pressure, reducing blood sugar and interacting with anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake, reishi, cordyceps and coriolus are used to boost immunity and fend of colds and flu. Mushrooms have been found to have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating properties
Probiotics: Probiotics have been proved to boost immunity and may help to prevent cold and flu. The gut plays such a critical role in our immunity.
Eat for Immunity:
Carotenoids: Found naturally in foods such as carrots, kale, apricots, mango and papaya. They are converted into vitamin A in the body, which helps regulate the immune system.
Omega- 3 fatty acids: Found in salmon, sardines and other oily fish, as well as flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. These fats can help to decrease inflammation and are important for proper immune functions.Vitamin C: Get your fill of this antioxidant by eating plenty of citrus, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli.Vitamin E: Another antioxidant that plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, especially among older people, vitamin E can be found in wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.
Reference: Natural Health Magazine
|Healthcare is changing rapidly; costs for medical procedures, medical insurance coverage, and diagnostic tests are out of control. Americans cannot afford healthcare Insurance and single payer corporations are cutting Co-pays, reducing benefits and cannot afford to adequately cover their employees’ Healthcare.
THERE IS AN ANSWER. CHANGE THE MODEL OF HEALTHCARE!
Healthcare must become wellness care. The paradigm must shift from a sickness model to a Preventive and Wellness Model for Healthcare.
America was founded on small business and the model that mid to large corporations could be profitable enough to take care of their employees.
All corporations no matter what their purpose are struggling to keep their doors open. The main drain financially is employee medical and drug expenses.
WHEN CORPORATIONS FOCUS ON A PREVENTIVE AND A WELLNESS APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE, MEDICAL COSTS GO DOWN AND SAVINGS GO UP.