Forgiveness!! An Asset to Your Health
According to the recent publication of Newsweek (September 27, 2004), the topic of forgiveness is one of the hottest fields of research in clinical psychology today. Newsweek reports that Dr. Dean Ornish regards forgiveness as the tofu of the soul. Research suggests that forgiveness works in two ways: One – by reducing the stress of the state of unforgiveness (anger, hostility, hatred, and resentment). All of these conditions cause high blood pressure, hormonal changes and more body harm than we can imagine. Two – holding grudges interferes with keeping friends and maintaining a strong social network – in other words, you lose friends over grudges!!
So the moral of the story is: Got a real grudge to settle? Let it go because it can slowly kill you first.
For more information see Newsweek, September 27, 2004, by J. Lewis and J. Adler
Conflicting Information!!! Aspirin a Day!!
New results out show that women who regularly take aspirin appear to raise their risk for pancreatic cancer. A study of 88,000 nurses shows that women who took two or more aspirin a week for 20 years or more had a 58% greater risk for pancreatic cancer than women who didn’t use aspirin regularly. Author Eva S. Schernhammer, MD, MPH at Harvard Medical School says women taking 14 or more aspirin a week had an 86% higher risk for pancreatic cancer.
For more information, see “Daily Aspirin May Raise Cancer Risk for Women,” Reuters, 10/28/03; January 2004 Taste for Life
Get That Vitamin D In!!
Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource:
- Lack of Vitamin D may be linked to muscle pain!
- People over the age of 50 are at an increased risk of developing Vitamin D deficiency.
- Vitamin D may reduce the risk of Multiple Sclerosis
- Vitamin D may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis
- Vitamin D has an influence on the immune system
The Recommended RDA of Vitamin D is 200 IU for ages 19-50, 400 IU for those ages 51-69 years, and 600 IU for those 70 and older. For more information visit www.mayoclinic.com, August 2004.
Secrets to Handling Stress
- Learn to Chant – Buy a chanting tape, go to a yoga or meditation class. Being able to repeat a phrase over and over balances your nervous system.
- Make Changes – Do not repeat what brings you negative results.
- Use the “Oh Well” Theory – That allows you to be neutral and not judge yourself so strongly. Like: “Oh well, tomorrow’s a new day”, “Oh well, I didn’t really need that”, “Oh well, can’t do everything”, and “Oh well, what can you control anyhow?”
- Realize a Problem is a Challenge – Reframe it, refocus it!
- Eat One Apple Per Day – chew each bite 25 times. You will be so tired from chewing you will forget any worry. (It works!)
- Drink Polarity Tea – a special blend of herbs that aids digestion and relaxes your nerves. * Go to www.columbuspolarity.com for tea information.
Your liver is your best friend and should at all costs be pampered! Did you know that your liver performs more than 500 different functions? Your liver filters, and these filters need to be cleaned regularly.
- Try Caisse’s Herbal Tea and/or Try Liver Lover Herbal Balancer by Charoula (both gently clean the liver)
- Watch the fats
- Fresh lemon in water also helps
Important Information for Anyone Taking Vioxx!!
*** MERCK WITHDRAWS VIOXX ***
Definitive and conclusive is the evidence that Vioxx raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes in those who take it over long periods.
According to USA Today these facts about Vioxx were known years ago! A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in “2000” found a higher rate of heart attacks in patients taking Vioxx than those taking an older drug. Even with clear evidence for years that Vioxx was detrimental to our health, all the FDA required Merck to do was add a warning to Vioxx’s label!! CNN reported October 7, 2004 that there is a correlation to 28,000 premature deaths and heart attacks and the use of Vioxx!!
The Holistic Healthcare advocates have long been aware of the potential dangers in the arthritis pain medications like Vioxx and also other cholesterol lowering drugs. The Health Freedom News Magazine reported this information last summer in great detail. For information go to www.thenhp.com
One of the key issues is that many of these drugs deplete the body of natural nutrients that are essential for survival. One enzyme in particular that was talked about in our June newsletter was CoQ10, an enzyme that gives the spark to the heart. So in essence when on these medications it is important to add supplements to your program.
Consult with your Holistic Healthcare Provider for specific advice about the more non-invasive and natural remedies being used for pain control and arthritis – they are available, effective, and a whole lot safer!!!
Alternative Medicine Research Report
Polarity therapy aims to maintain health by balancing the body’s electromagnetic field: http://www.nhionline.net/news/amr.htm
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. Polarity integrates the three principles and five chakras of Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine, and draws from ancient Hermetic philosophy. Touch with the hands is used with the intention of influencing flow of body energy. Polarity sessions may also involve exercise and lifestyle changes.
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.
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 therapeutic hands at specific points to correct disorders or imbalances. It has been hypothesized that cells in the body have negative and positive poles that are involved in this flow of energy. 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 patient’s energy using energetic touch, observation, and patient interviews. Polarity shares some principles with the yin-yang concept in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the chakra system in Ayurvedic medicine.
Polarity providers believe that maintenance of good health requires free flow of life energy through the body, without areas of excess or depletion. Polarity therapy uses four different approaches with the goal of balancing life energy: energetic touch, energetic food awareness, exercise, and life style skills education. A session consists of energetic touch and a combination of work in the other three areas. 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.
(The full text of this article appears in the August, 2003 issues of Alternative Medicine Research Report. For more information go to http://www.nhionline.net/news/amr.htm)
The Dark Side of Technology
Repetitive Motion Injury
What do Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Dell and Apple all have in common? Young men and women tech workers facing crippling injuries!
From word processor operators to carpenters to factory assembly line workers, our industrialized nation has produced millions of jobs leading to wrist and arm problems better known as repetitive motion injuries (RMI).
The prevailing fear is that an annoying condition that creates pain, numbness or tingling in the fingers, wrists, thumbs, hands and arms could lead to complete impairment of hand function. Repeated movements or tasks can and will cause trauma and pain often leading to permanent disabilities.
Some medical experts, according to USA Today, have taken to calling repetitive motion injuries “Silicon Valley Syndrome” or “programmer’s elbow”. Sixty-hour workweeks, incorrect posture during work, poor ergonomics, high tech and high stress all help to create RMI.
Judith Walker, a licensed massage therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida, has indicated that symptoms of RMI or carpal tunnel syndrome (which is a result of RMI) may also have their origins not just in the wrist but also in the neck, shoulders and/or arms. The search begins.
As a polarity practitioner, I’ve also seen a correlation of RMI to compression in the chest, collarbone and sternum/rib area. Thoracic outlet syndrome, which often includes mid-chest constriction, becomes related to restrictions in the arm, elbow and wrist. Even after carpal tunnel surgery to correct RMI, I frequently see clients having recurring symptoms of burning, numbness and pain. This is the result of trying to fix just the symptom instead of fixing the real problem.
Walker emphasizes that any muscle of the neck, shoulder and arm must be considered a potential source of pain, numbness or dysfunction in the wrist and hand. The problem is that diagnosing RMI is difficult. Often people wait until the pain is unbearable before they begin treatment. The good news is, if caught early enough, RMI can be put in check. Consistent stretching and changing positions along with physical therapy and/or bodywork can maintain a healthy work pattern and eliminate RMI.
A word to the wise: RMI will not go away by itself. RMI is progressive. I observe many clients who have had years of waking up with numbness in the arms and/or reoccurring pain in the neck or shoulders who wait until they can hardly move their hands before seeking help.
The pain of RMI often intensifies as it travels from neck to hand. Basic movements such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, opening up a jar of peanut butter or turning a doorknob become difficult. When this happens, you need help!
USA Today reported that most people in the technology sector are young and think they are immune from RMI problems. But these ergonomic injuries, the report says, are afflicting tech workers as young as 20 to 30 years old, many of whom have been using computers since childhood. Some problems are severe enough to end careers that have barely begun. Many crippling disabilities for young tech workers have resulted from RMI, and they are increasing at record numbers.
The problem is reaching epidemic proportions, especially for young adults. We not only equip our children with a computer by the time they are three or four years old, but we then stick handheld pocket computers in their Christmas stocking so they can play video games at any time or any place. What a gift!
It’s necessary to convince companies and employers to do something about their work environment to correct RMI. Surgeries often do not work so the key word is prevention. It’s necessary to take breaks from computer work, do specific stretches every hour on the hour and utilize bodywork that releases specific trigger points in the arms, neck and shoulders.
The message is we must be aware of the other side of technology. Stopping the factors that produce RMI is paramount. We need to concentrate on the following preventive measures:
- Workplace adjustments
- Physical exercises
- Neuromuscular therapy
- Posture/spinal balance
- Polarity therapy
- Physical therapy
- Nutritional therapy
By all means, do something about it immediately when the first signs of RMI occur. This is truly one case when he or she who hesitates loses. As Seaborn Blair once said, “Everyone wants to change the world but nobody wants to change his or her mind.” We may have to view our surge into the world of technology with a different mindset. Maybe that’s the message the NASDAQ is trying to send. If you’re a computer fanatic, find yourself a good body worker and keep your telephone in good working order, for e-mail may become the nemesis of your life.
Mary Jo Ruggieri
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Sanskrit term denoting one of seven major energy centers situated along the spine, plus scores of minor centers throughout the body. These correspond roughly to the nerve junctions (“little brains”) where nerves from every part of the body join the spinal cord. Many Indian and Chinese modalities, especially acupuncture, focus on re-establishing the free flow of energy throughout the chakras.
Chinese word meaning energy or universal life force.
Chinese exercises of gentle movement, both internal and external, which directly activate and guide chi throughout the body. Promotes self-healing and strengthens the immune system, releases tension and stimulates vitality.
is based on the premise that the health of the spine is essential to human health. Pain and discomfort caused by misalignments (subluxations) of vertebrae are corrected with a variety of methods including activator methods, upper cervical, Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), cranial, and low-force adjusting.
(referred to also as colon irrigation or a colonic) is a soothing process of removing toxins and debris that limit your energy and keep you from vibrant health and well-being. A small amount of warm, purified water flows into the colon, gently stimulating the natural peristaltic action to release softened waste. This procedure results in better elimination, creating a more favorable environment for good flora, and providing the whole body with a clean water supply (for the colon is the entire body’s reservoir). Enhanced immune function, increased vitality, a clearer mind, and a more positive outlook are frequently reported benefits.
is a manual therapy that addresses distortions in the structures of the spine, skill, sacrum and associated connective tissue. It is most often employed by physical therapists and chiropractors to treat pain, stress, and limitations of movement. Craniosacral Therapy combines ancient healing arts with traditional cranial osteopathy. You lie on a massage table in your own clothes; you feel the warm, healing energy from the therapist’s hands as you let go of long-standing tension in your neck, shoulders, arms, torso, legs, feet, and the delicate areas of your face, cranium and spine.
is a subtle technique that works within the Cranial System of the body, which includes the bones of the cranium (skull) and the spine, the tissues surrounding and including the brain, the spinal column, and the cerebrospinal fluid that circulates within the entire system. Similar to CranioSacral Therapy in form and technique, Cranial Balancing differs in that its focus is on the “Energy” of the system and the flow of the Cerebrospinal fluid. Deep states of relaxation are possible through this gentle and non-invasive work.
Of all natural objects, crystals most clearly demonstrate how all forms, including the human body, manifest a characteristic vibrational pattern. The form of each different type of crystal is determined by the particular geometric pattern of its molecular structure. This geometric pattern, which shaped the crystal, continues to vibrate – as does every other molecule. But the qualities of certain crystals’ vibrations, such as quartz, make them an effective tool for many body and/or energy practitioners due to their power to focus and/or amplify the energy being directed by the practitioner into the patient’s biofield. Crystals may also be worn on the body or placed in one’s living space.
Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.