Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 31, 2019

“The Complete Guide to FASTING” by Jason Fung, MD – Introduction

page 64

Spiritual Fasting

“Fasting is widely practiced for spiritual reasons…”.

“In spiritual terms, it is often called cleansing or purification, but practically, it amounts to the same thing.”

“The practice of fasting developed…, …not as something that was harmful but as something that was deeply, intrinsically beneficial to the human body and spirit. Fasting is not so much a treatment for illness but a treatment for wellness. The regular application of fasting helps protect people from illness and keeps them feeling well.”

“In the story of Adam and Eve, the only act that is prohibited in the Garden of Eden is to eat the fruit of one tree, and Eve is tempted by the serpent to betray this trust. Fasting is thus act of turning away from temptation and back toward God.”

“In the Bible, Matthew 4:2 states, ‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.’ (I’ll mention here the interesting point that hunger often disappears during extended fast, which has been noted throughout history.)”

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February 26, 2019

Stuff That You Can Not Improve On: Seth Godin

Lessons for telling time

For something as dominant as the four digits that we use to tell time, it’s disappointing that there’s no manual, and not surprising that we do it wrong so often.

I’m not talking about the big hand/little hand part of announcing what time it is. I’m focused on how we use our awareness of time to screw up our narrative about life.

Here are some examples:

We focus on the days, making short-term decisions, instead of being cognizant of the years. We ignore the benefits that short-term pain can have in earning us long-term satisfaction. Which means that we often fail to invest, embracing a shortcut instead.

We rehearse the past, obsessing about sunk costs, instead of freeing ourselves up to make new decisions based on new information.

We put a stopwatch on our best experiences, ticktocking the moments instead of living in them.

But we fail to be honest about the time when we’re in a dip, or unhappy, imagining instead that it is lasting forever.

We confuse the thrill of fast-paced media with the magic of doing work that matters, even though they each take just as long.

We might have a fancy watch, but that doesn’t mean we’re good at telling time.

February 5, 2019

And Speaking of Exercise…

THE PERFECT EXERCISE: TAI CHI

“Researchers found significantly increased ratios of NAA to creatinine after 12 weeks of Tai Chi, suggesting that Tai Chi may promote neuroplasticity, the generation of new neurons, or protect neurons from the normal process of aging.”

“The recovery time for muscles significantly improved after 12 weeks of Tai Chi.”

J Neuroimaging. 2018 Jul;28(4):359-364. doi: 10.1111/jon.12515. Epub 2018 Apr 17

November 6, 2018

Suicide, Depression & Antidepressants

From the Juice Lady…

It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing that a dear friend of mine committed suicide this week. She was on an antidepressant because she’d been depressed and wasn’t sleeping well. She was given the antidepressant to help her sleep. Instead it clouded her judgment and she took her life with those pills. I am absolutely devastated. That is why I’m writing this newsletter to warn you. Beware of antidepressants. The drug my friend was on has a high incidence of suicides. And if you aren’t sleeping well, use something besides an antidepressant to sleep. Warn everyone you know. These drugs are dangerous.

Here is the rest of her Post… very sobering.

September 28, 2018

Practicing Mindfulness Benefits Parents and Children

Another Post about research on Tai Chi…

 

 

 

September 4, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: A (different) Version of the Long Round Hand Form

July 9, 2018

Walk more!

Whatever else this means, it certainly means that we should walk more.

July 7, 2018

Experiencing a Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout the Day

Summary: Waking up feeling stressed and anxious can impact your cognitive function throughout the day, researchers report. A new study reveals those who woke up feeling as though the day ahead would be stressful experienced problems with working memory later in the day. Researchers say the anticipation of stress impacts cognition, even if a stressful event does not occur.

Source: Penn State.

June 27, 2018

Don’t Let Depression Keep You From Exercising

Summary: Researchers say exercise is crucial to the overall health of those with depression. The study reveals people with higher levels of fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, even if they were diagnosed with depression.

Source: UT Southwestern.

Old news, I know. And if you search for Depression on this Blog you will find more than a dozen Posts, going back years, that inform and (hopefully) persuade you to do more exercise (it’s all about the happy chemicals:-)

Unfortunately, the things that cause people to be depressed can sometimes be the very things that keep them from exercising. Not to worry: do tai chi!

 

June 23, 2018

What are you modeling? Childhood emotional eating is learned at home!

https://neurosciencenews.com/emotional-eating-home-9412/

June 22, 2018

What’s this “may” business!

“Mindful Movement May Lower Stress and Anxiety”

Stress Levels Change After Meditation

Summary: Researchers report meditation and yoga are more effective at reducing stress than Chi in soldiers. Additionally, those who meditate showed stronger executive control.

Source: U.S Army Research Laboratory.

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers spent a year collaborating with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas to develop a new data processing technique that uses heart rate variability as a sensor to monitor the state of the brain. Their findings are reported in a paper published in the June edition of Frontiers in Physiology.

[It gets technical, and you do not need to read the whole thing, but do get the point: meditation is beneficial as it relates to stress. A point that I have been harping on in Posts on this Blog for 13 years – and a integral part of why Tai Chi is perfect exercise…  Incidentally, this “Chi” thing referred to in the research is, no doubt, a new agey flavor of the month, so there is another lesson to be learned: the traditional approaches produce results not immediately reproducible by copy cat attempts.]

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