This is the lead article in the current issue of YES! magazine. If you didn’t get a chance to read it while you were in the office (few patients would have to wait that long:-), then you can read it here. It’s a good article.
February 26, 2014
February 11, 2014
February 4, 2014
Here is the link to the TIME article, The Mindful Revolution. (Not everyone could let that cover photo go without commenting on race, gender and religion issues it raises for them: here is a link that weighs in on that.)
Here are some excerpts, but reading the whole article would be a good thing.
“…we’re in the midst of a popular obsession with mindfulness as the secret to health and happiness — and a growing body of evidence suggests it has clear benefits.”
“…meditation is considered an essential means to achieving mindfulness.”
“Already, many devotees see mindfulness as an indispensable tool for coping-both emotionally and practically- with the daily onslaught. The ability to focus for a few minutes on a single raisin isn’t silly if the skills it requires are the keys to surviving and succeeding in the the 21st century.”
Every Monday evening “…for eight weeks. …$350 to learn about meditation and mindfulness.” [That's $43 and change per session!!]
“…I would try to focus on my breath, as Paulette advised…”
“One evening we were introduced to mindful walking.” “Feel your heel make contact with the floor, then the ball of your foot,…”
“Some of this might sound like New Age retread of previous prescriptions for stress. Mindfulness is rooted in Eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhism. But two factors set it apart and give it a practical veneer that is helping propel it into the mainstream.” [practical "veneer" doesn't sound like a compliment, does it?]
“One might be thought of as smart marketing.” “…careful to avoid talk about spirituality…” “Think of your attention as a muscle.”
A related and potentially more powerful factor in winning over skeptics is what science is learning about our brains’ ability to adapt and rewire. The phenomenon, known as neuroplasticity, suggests there are concrete and provable benefits to exercising the brain.” “It’s difficult to dismiss mindfulness as fleeting or contrived.”
“Precisely because of this scientific component, mindfulness is gaining traction with people who might otherwise find mind-body philosophies a tough sell, and it is growing into a sizable industry.”
“…multitasking leads to lower overall productivity.”
“…technology has gone beyond what we are capable of handling.”
“Google, meanwhile, has an in-house mindfulness program called Search Inside Yourself.”
“…Steve Jobs said his meditation practice was directly responsible for his ability to concentrate and ignore distractions.”
“…scientists have been able to prove that meditation and rigorous mindfulness training can lower cortisol levels and blood pressure, increase immune response and possibility even affect gene expression. Scientific study is also showing that meditation can have an impact on the structure of the brain itself.” “The research has fueled the rapid growth of MBSR and other mindfulness programs inside corporations and public institutions.”
“…they are paying attention to scientific evidence…”
“Educators are turning to mindfulness with increasing frequency…”
“this is something that people are now finding compelling in many countries and many cultures, and the reason is the science,…”
So where is the Tai Chi is all of that?
Tai Chi is referred to by some as “moving meditation”. It is a “mindfulness” practice from start to finish. In addition to all of the above neuroplasticity benefits associated with the brain and stress management, Tai Chi also has a very long list of other health benefits – and an impressive body of research substantiating that it is the Tai Chi delivering those benefits, not something else.
In Everett, Tai Chi is available every Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Peak Health & Fitness for $10 per class.
December 26, 2013
This week’s issue of TIME Magazine reports what should surprise no one: the chemicals in anti-bacterial hand washers (a $450 Million dollar business) are harmful. Now that the damage is done and the money is made, the FDA is thinking of upping the standards. That Germ Theory sure is good for business.
And speaking of business, on the same page, TIME reports what will be old news to readers of this Blog: the $28 million spent on vitamins by Americans in 2010 “may have been useless, since there is scant evidence of their effectiveness.” It’s actually worse than that, many isolated vitamin supplements have the potential for doing harm, great harm. We’ve avoided supplements, other than whole food supplements, since 1980. And when there was evidence of effectiveness – gold standard evidence of the highest quality – we began recommending an alternative to the Big Box Multi-vitamins that so often end up in our patient’s grocery bags.
It seems that for every sick offering being pounded into your head by the media, there is a safe and healthy choice somewhere. When it comes to health, mainstream medicine trades in fear. For every cause of disease that they want you to invest in the “war” against, there is a cause of health that profits them not for you to know about and pursue. So don’t be the tool; use the tool.
December 13, 2013
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
Herophilus (335-280 B.C.),
November 14, 2013
I don’t usually re-Post from the LinkedIn site, but this is too good not to repeat.
November 11, 2013
Listen Tuesday November 12th on 1150 AM Radio @ 12:30PM for an introduction to Kangen Water!
We were invited by the Natural Choice Directory. This will be a great opportunity to introduce individuals you know to Kangen Water. This radio broadcast will be archived on the www.naturalchoice.net website.
Come Early Wednesday November 13th to
The Old Spagetthi Factory
for our Growing Kangen Water Presention.
6:30pm Order dinner.
7:00pm Presentation begins.
Be early if you want to save seats for your people. It will be Packed with an Enthusiastic Crowd!
And if you are a guess of mine, dinner is on me!
November 2, 2013
More good news about fish oil…
My advice: after JuicePlus+, fish oil is probably the most important supplement you can get on.
Get a good quality brand: I get Nortic Naturals.
Get enough each day: for most adults that means nearly 3 grams.
Make sure that your supplement is made up of nearly 50% EPA: Here are the details on what I eat.
Concentrated Omega 3 Supplement
Ultimate Omega from Nordic Naturals is a highly concentrated source of natural omega 3 fatty acids – EPA & DHA – from purified deep sea fish oil. Many people may not get enough of these important nutrients in the typical diet.
Benefits of Ultimate Omega
Omega fatty acids, including EPA and DHA can help support and maintain normal healthy blood lipid and glucose levels as well as supporting brain, mood and immune health. This supplement contains the following:
1,280 mgs of total Omega 3s from purified deep sea fish oil from anchovies and sardines
650 mg EPA
450 mg DHA
180 mg other Omega 3s
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) and rosemary extract to help preserve freshness
Natural lemon flavor
No gluten, yeast, milk derivatives, artificial colors or flavors
Suggested Use for Ultimate Omega
As a concentrated dietary Omega 3 supplement, adults may take two to three soft gels per day, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Consult your physician before use if you are on blood thinning medications or will be having surgery.
October 24, 2013
Over the years many JuicePlus+ customers have reported loosing weight after getting on the JuicePlus+ products. I’ve never promised that, but it’s an effect that many experience. Whether it’s from the increased energy or the decrease in pain resulting in increased activity, or the detoxification effects of getting more fruits and vegetables in their diets, the result is the same – weight comes off.
Now the folks at JuicePlus+ have the 30-Day Complete Transformation Challenge. It’s a simple and super safe way to “Eat Clean. Live Healthy. Completely Transform.” And it’s a very gentle way to do detox.
They call it “Complete” because it includes the JuicePlus+ Complete powdered drink mix. No ordinary meal replacement, this product provides 11 grams of Protein, 7 grams of fiber, almost no fat, and less sugar than any of the store brands, all in a 120 calorie serving. (There is much more detail on, for example the source of the protein, available in brochures at the office.)
It’s a very simple and straightforward program for getting real results in 30 days if you are interested in turning your health around or fast-tracking yourself toward more optimum health.
Still, no one is going to promise that you will loose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time. I just don’t know how you could avoid it myself. Ask for details or get a brochure the next time you are in the office.
October 12, 2013
CLASSES MONDAY EVENINGS 7 – 8:30 PM at PEAK Health & Fitness in Everett, 2902 Rucker Avenue (corner of Rucker and Hewitt Avenue).
FEE: $5 per class (This is the day rate and there is no need to be a member of the Gym to participate in classes.)
“Tai Chi may well be called ‘medication in motion’ because of all the myriad health issues it can prevent or even treat.”
— Harvard Health Publication
“I have studied with a number of tai chi masters and teachers. Their teaching methods often caused me pain- sometimes lasting for months, or did nothing to alleviate the pain my wrong postures were causing. I have read hundreds of books and articles on tai chi and memorized lots of tai chi movements and forms, but after all of that study, my back, knees, ankles, and feet were still hurting. In just two classes you showed me how my physical postures were creating that pain, and you showed me how to move properly, which has reduced my pain by about 90%. I have never seen tai chi presented as effectively as you present it.” – Student (Summer, 2010)
July 8, 2013
More Americans Seek Complementary & Alternative than for All Conventional Physician Services Combined!
I don’t always share this newsletter but this one is full of great stuff, with something in it for everyone. Take a look and be amazed.
Here is a taste…
Oxford University Press, May 2013
The most recent comprehensive assessment of CAM use in the United States found that roughly 40% of US adults had used at least one CAM therapy within the past year. In addition, Americans make more visits to CAM providers each year than to primary care physicians and spend at least as much money on out-of-pocket expenses for CAM services as they do for all conventional physician services combined …
June 30, 2013
INTEGRATING TAI CHI AND RELATED MIND-BODY PRACTICES ACROSS THE ENTIRE HUMAN LIFE SPAN
“… in order for Tai Chi and related practices to influence our current health-care crisis significantly, we need to include people of all ages.” “… To prevent chronic diseases and enhance healthy lifestyles effectively, I believe that Tai Chi and related mind-body practices should begin in childhood.”
Integration of Tai Chi and Mind-Body Exercise for Grade-School Kids
“Physical education curriculum increasingly is being short-changed in schools for budgetary and curriculum-based reasons. The shortsightedness of cutting out gym class is an example of the limited appreciation of the mind-body connection. Lack of exercise during school likely contributes to the current childhood obesity epidemic and likely hurts the academic performance of kids. Multiple studies show that exercise is essential for an adolescent’s mind-body health and set a trajectory for lifelong healthy behaviors.”
“My vision is that Tai Chi and related mind-body exercises will become deeply integrated into the grade-school curriculum, and not only in physical education classes or during recess.”
“Several Tai Chi programs for kids currently are available, and many have been successfully implemented in public schools.”
Tai Chi Is a Nice Alternative to High School Gym Class
“A handful of high schools in the Greater Boston area already give students the option of taking a Tai Chi or yoga class instead of participating in standard gym classes.”
Tai Chi Goes to College and Medical School
“In fact, Tai Chi is becoming increasingly popular in colleges across the country.” “… In China, Tai Chi has found its way into the curriculum of nearly all universities. Researchers have begun to show the benefits of Tai Chi for college students. A growing number of studies have reported that college students who do Tai Chi for a few months have improved sleep quality and mood, and feel less stressed.”
“In the United States, Tai Chi is also beginning to make its way into medical schools and nursing schools as part of the trend toward more mind-body training.”
“Integration of Tai Chi into medical professional training is especially valuable.” “… Good evidence suggests that patients are more likely to follow those who lead by example.”
TAI CHI – THE EASTERN AMBASSADOR TO SELF-CARE AND PREVENTION
“Claims of Tai Chi’s health benefits are increasingly evidence-based, with more that 700 peer-reviewed, scientific publications in print and more than 180 randomized trials conducted, to date.”
“Tai Chi not only serves as a catalyst and example of integrative medicine but also holds a unique niche. Tai Chi has something to offer you whether you are young or old, hoping to prevent disease or rehabilitating from one, trying to manage everyday stress more gracefully, or interested in self-discovery, enhancing creativity, or improving sports performance.”
[A point that I am constantly trying to make.]
“Tai Chi may offer a different enough approach to exercise and self-care to inspire people to sustain health lifestyle changes.” “… Tai Chi can be a lot more fun and meaningful that walking on a treadmill day after day, so you are more likely to stick with it.”
“The emphasis on scientific evidence and more knowledge about how the body works, paired with Eastern wisdom, may make Tai Chi even more attractive to new or potential Tai Chi students, as well as referring health-care professionals.”
[That is the end of the book review – I promise☺]