What Is Tai Chi and Its Benefits?

Tai Chi was created in China several hundred years ago as a martial art, a means to defend oneself. But it quickly transferred into a practice designed to improve the body's health and Chi energy.

Tai Chi is simply a sequence of movements that can be done either slowly or quickly depending on the style you choose. It has been described as “meditation in movement” meaning its a great way to focus the mind.

In the United States it is primarily used by people who want to improve their health in some way.

Just some of the benefits of Tai Chi include:

1. Reduced stiffness and pain in joints

People who have arthritis often can experience a reduction in pain and an increase in mobility. One popular program is Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis program.

2. Improved coordination and balance

Not only seniors, but people of all ages can greatly improve their coordination and balance through regular practice. This can reduce the risk of falls, which is a common source of injury in seniors.

3. Improved strength and flexibility

People who practice this art can also experience increase strength especially in their legs and core muscles. Flexibility is also another benefit as certain movements are designed to increase your range of motion.

4. Increased focus and concentration

When its practice is done slowly, it is a great way to improve your ability to focus and concentrate on what you are doing in the moment. It's a great way to quiet the mind after a busy day and get rid of anxiety.

5. Improved sleep

Another great benefit is increased sleep. This is most likely a byproduct of getting a good workout and getting rid of stress and anxiety. Daily practice first thing in the morning and right before bed can be a great way to bookend your days.

6. Improved lung capacity

One of Tai Chi's main focus is using your breath to pace your movements. Regular practice can help to increase your lung capacity as you do longer forms.

As you can see there are many benefits to Tai Chi no matter what style you choose to do. The most important thing is to get started practicing and to keep at it for maximum results. Most experts recommend you practice daily in the mornings for maximum benefit, but no matter what time of day you choose to practice, you will receive great benefit from practice.

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Are You Considering The Iliacus In Low Back Pain?

Most manual practitioners view the iliacus muscle and the psoas major muscle as one muscle. These two muscles do share something in common and that is they both insert into the same tendon. In many books you'll see them referred to as the 'iliopsoas' and are described as hip flexors. The 'iliopsoas' or even more often the psoas is blamed for a lot of back pain problems, especially when one has a difficult time straightening out. The psoas is implicated for a lot of back pain issues. The iliacus, on the other hand, is difficult to reach as it is located on the inner aspect of the pelvic bones and is often forgotten. If not forgotten, it is assumed that it does what the psoas does. So if the psoas is treated and relieved, it is assumed that the iliacus has resolved as well.

While I was going through training, I often noticed that when one would teach palpation and treatment of the 'iliopsoas,' they would only teach palpation and treatment of the psoas major muscle. The iliacus portion was never directly palpated or treated. Everyone assumed that if you treated the psoas muscle and it felt better, then the iliacus was no longer an issue. The iliacus, however, is a separate muscle that requires evaluation and treatment separate from the psoas because it is a different muscle and does not needly respond to a treatment aimed at the psoas muscle. Let me emphasize that these are separate muscles and have different innervation.

Speaking from personal experience as someone who suffers with severe back pain for over a year due to iliacus tightness, this is an important muscle that anyone who does manual medicine should assess and treat for low back pain issues. As an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) provider, I routinely check for tenderness at the iliacus when low back pain is an issue. Furthermore, one should never assume that because a psoas dysfunction has been resolved, iliacus dysfunction has been resolved simultaneously. Although not easily accessible, a portion of the iliacus can be palpated by pushing the inside wall of the hip bone from the front. Assessing patients regularly who have back pain, it is rare for iliacus not to be tender and sensitive even after psoas tension has been relieved. It is time we stop viewing the iliacus as simply just being part of the psoas major muscles. Helping your patients backs could depend on it.

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Why Popping Necks, Backs And Joints Is Not Effective In Permanently Resolving Pain Or Stiffness

Do you ever “pop” or “crack” your back by twisting? Does this ever truly resolve or keep you from needing to do this again? If the answer is “no,” then why would it be any different to have someone else do that to your spell? This article discusses what is missing when only this crushing type of treatment is given and why I do not feel it is effective in giving permanent relief of pain and stiffness most of the time.

People often describe osteopathic doctors as “chiropractors who can prescribe medicines.” Although not accurate, part of this perception is because both osteopathic manipulation specialists and chiropractors use thrusting techniques that are aimed at 'popping' joints. As an osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) specialist, I am trained in thirsting techniques, however, I rarely, if ever, use them. Let me first say that this is my point of view and does not represent the view of any other osteopathic physician or osteopathic organization. I want to explain why I have not found thrusting techniques effective in resisting pain and stiffness.

Just like most of you who have suffered with pain, tightness and stiffness, I have experienced the sensation that if I could only get a particular joint to 'pop,' then I would feel better. Sometimes I am successful at 'popping' the joint, but often find the result not to be quite as gratifying as I had hoped. Most of the time, the feeling to 'pop' that particular joint returns in a short amount of time. Herein lies the problem, we feel like joints need to 'pop' and sometimes we do it ourselves or we go to an osteopath, chiropractor or anyone else who may 'pop' them. The only problem is that it rarely resolves anything long-term. The result is temporary. We then go back to these practitioners on a regular basis having the same routine treatment for temporary relief.

Many never consider to stop and ask why there is not overall improvement. This may be because sometimes that individual is unaware of other treatments, does not believe there is more that can be done, or because if the joint feels like it has to 'pop' it should be 'popped' and that is the solution. I consider myself lucky because I have experienced treatments that have led to long-term resolution of the pain and stiffness, which is far more gratifying than the temporary relief of a 'pop.' Furthermore, as long-term resolution was achieved, I noticed that the joints I used to try to 'pop' on a regular basis no longer had that sensation of needing to be 'popped.' Let me also state that the best treatments thatrought permanent resolution of my aches, pains and tension did not involve any crushing or aggressive techniques.

So in order to answer the question of why disturbing techniques are not effective in permanent resolution of pain and stiffness, we need to discuss what is occurring in the body. A vertebra or any bone that is out of place and does not willing move back into its normal position, is out of place for a reason. What I am saying is that the bone is out of place as a result of a problem elsewhere that the body is trying to deal with. It does not randomly have a tendency to go out of place. The practitioner who gets permanent relief understands this and finds the cause of the problem and addresses it. The tricky issues with this are that the underlying cause could be anywhere in the body from the head to the feet and could be a structure that can not be appreciated by aggravating and the cause may not draw significant attention to the patient and requires a lot more skill to find. Otherwise, the bone is being 'forced' back into place without addressing the underlying cause and nothing is really resolved. As a result, the problem will just come back. I find this to be true in all cases regardless of how long the issue has been there.

I find this to be the case with acute or chronic pain or tension. I have had osteopathic doctors and chiropractors argument that a chronic issue must be thrust back into place many times to resolve that dysfunction. I disagree because when I successfully treat the undering cause with gentle techniques that do not involve disturbing for my patients with chronic issues, they too get long-lasting pain relief. Sometimes, there may be multiple causes that need to be resolved and that takes longer. Most of the time, a chronic issue is a problem that people have been trying to resolve for much too long without getting to the undering cause. The principles, however, are the same. Ultimately, the reason why having joints 'popped' does not resolve the problem permanently is because the cause of the problem is not being addressed. The underlying cause can be anything from a muscle, joint, tendon, connective tissue, organ or nerve to name a few. Finding and evaluating the correct structure is what is important, the technique used to normalize the structure, as long as it is appropriate for the tissue, is insignificant.

“One requests, how must we pull a bone to replace it? I reply, pull it to its proper place and leave it there. to go by. Bones do not always pop when they go back to their proper places nor does it mean they are properly adjusted when they do pop. ” Andrew Taylor Still, Osteopathy Research & Practice 1910

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Osteopathic Considerations: The Knee Cap

I went hiking about 5 months ago. Several days later, I started to have diffuse knee pain. I stopped being able to bend my knee completely. Shortly afterwards it became swollen and inflamed. I had joint line tenderness, which can indicate a meniscal tear. My knee felt very unstable and there was a lot of “popping” with moving it. It went through some periods of getting better and then I would make a wrong move and was back to pain and swelling. During all this time, kneeling was out of the question. I was convinced I was dealing with a meniscal or ligamentous tear which can mean surgery.

When the pain was enough enough, I tried treating my knee. I would focus on the back of the knee where I experienced a lot tenderness. The calves, hamstrings, and popliteal muscles were tender over the knee joint. I also worked a lot on the lateral and medial side of my knees. Although it did help and the swilling would significantly reduce when I would treat it, my knee still did not feel “right” and I was still apprehensive with it. One day when things were really bad, it finally dawned on me to try treating my knee cap (patella). There was excellent tenderness all around it and underneath it were I could reach. Immediately after releasing this, my knee felt significantly more stable, less painful, and I had much better range of motion. Within two weeks, it healed completely and now feels as if there was never a problem with my knee. I started to evaluate and treat this on many of my patients and here's what I found:

  • The area around and under the patella is commonly tender. It is important to understand that the patella is part of the knee joint capsule. The knee joint capsule working properly is crucial for full knee flexion, or bending motions. Releasing the joint capsule and it's associated fascia is important to restore normal function to the knee.
  • Patellar strains can keep the tibia and femur (the main bones that make up the knee joint) misaligned. Releasing the knee joint capsule around the patella then frees tension that keeps the tibia and femur from articulating properly. It can keep the tibial plateau anteriorly or posteriorly translated (slipped) on the femur.
  • Releasing the patella will help relax the quadriceps and hamstrings. In previous articles, I discussed how joint dysfunctions will cause the muscles to reflexively contract to protect the joint limiting the full range of motion of the joint. Therefore restoring normal anatomy will allow the splinted muscles to relax. This can be a useful area to consider with patellofemoral tracking disorders where the lateral portion of the quadriceps is considered to be “too strong” in relation to the medial portion resulting in the patellar dysfunction.

Analyzing The Patella

I will only discuss areas to evaluate for dysfunctions around the patella. As a practitioner, use any treatment methods that you prefer. I recommend gliding your fingers perpendicular to the muscle fibers. Usually back and forth along the borders of the knee cap will expose tenderness. In addition, gliding the patella over in multiple directions and evaluating the tibial and femoral joint surface underneath where the patella generally lies. There are often very tender areas underneath the patella and will also amplify a dysfunction between the tibia and femur. In addition, be sure to look for tender points on the posterior surface of the patella as best as possible.

Releasing the patella has helped me to not just resolve knee pain, improve hamstring flexibility, low back pain and more. I have found this area to be often overlooked and not considered by many practitioners. This may be a useful idea to try in your practice.

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Why You Should Be Treating The Mandible During Your Cranial Treatments

Chances are that if you do cranial osteopathic treatment, you probably do not pay much attention to the mandible. Most of the treatments for the mandible have simply focused on treating the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). In this article, I want to explain why as a practitioner of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), you should pay more attention to the mandible even beyond the TMJ, such as intraosseous strains during your osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT). Releasing tension at the mandible can give a thorough pain relief through the body. This is done because of the mandible's influence on the dural membranes.

The mandible can have a strong indirect impact on dura mater. The mandible is not directly connected to dura but there are many ways that it can have an effect on dural membranes. The sensory innervation of the jaw is through the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve, cranial nerve V (CN V). There are strains in the mandible, including intraosseous strains, which facilitate the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is an abundant innervator of the dura mater. It is plausible then, that facilitation of the trigeminal nerve could then influence the dura mater and that has been my observation.

Furthermore, the mandible is also tied to the trigeminal nerve because of the two most powerful muscles in the body. These are the masseter muscle and the temporalis muscle. They are the muscles that are involved with closing the mouth during chewing. The innervation of the masseter and temporalis muscles is through branches of the trigeminal nerve. Tenderness in these muscles can also facilitate the trigeminal nerve and indirectly influencing the trigeminal nerve. The masseter originates on the zygomatic process and maxilla and the temporalis muscle originates on the parietal bones. Dysfunction of the masseter and temporalis can cause dysfunctions in the temporal, zygomatic, maxillary, and parietal bones directly. These muscles, the trigeminal nerve, and dura are also influenced by emotions such as stress, anger, and irritation.

An intraosseous strain of the mandible can alter the shape of the mandible. In doing so, the symmetries of the condyloid process of the mandible can become affected. So if the condyloid processes are no longer symmetrical, then the temporal bones may have to adjust their position on the skull to account for the asymmetry. The tentorium cerebelli, a dural membrane in the head, is attached to the petrous portion of the temporal bones. By changing the position of the temporal bones, the tentorium cerebelli may become strained. Once again, this would be an indirect influence on the dura mater by a mandibular strain.

Lastly, fascia, a connective tissue through the body, is firmly bound to bone through Sharpey's fibers. There is a wonderful and deep layer of fascia in the face that has attachments to the mandible itself. They are continuous down the neck and eventually down to the feet. An intraosseous strain of the mandible places tension on this fascia, which affects proper venous and lymphatic drainage from the face and neck. Two recent cases come to mind that reinforced the importance of this.

One patient, a young woman in her early 30's, had severe cystic acne that was worse along her chin. She had so much infection in her chin, the skin was stretched out and tight from the congestion. A few minutes after releasing her mandibular intraosseous strain, the congestion in her face had drained. Her skin no longer looked so inflamed and she reported feeling the front of her neck feeling like it was “draining.” After a few more treatments, her acne cleared up consideringly and continues to improve to this day without any other specific acne products. It has only been a few weeks so I do not yet know what the final exit will be.

Another patient, also a young woman in her 30's, lost her voice 10 days prior to coming to my office as a result of an upper respiratory infection. On evaluation, I also noted an intraosseous strain of her mandible and felt congestion in the tissues of her neck. In a scratchy voice, the patient was telling me the story of losing her voice while I was releasing her mandible. She was telling me of the exact moment and place when she went from having a normal voice to losing it completely in “mid-sentence.”

After I finished the release, I noticed the congestion in her face and neck draining. So, while she was telling me the story of losing her voice, I could hear her voice improving. By the time she was done telling the story, her voice was back to normal. I noted the improvement and moved on with my treatment. Because I did not want to disrupt the patient from the story, I did not tell her. It was not until later when she spoke again, that she noticed. “Wait a minute. When did my voice come back?” asked the patient. Astonished, she called her friend who she spoke to prior to the visit as proof that her voice was suddenly returned.

The sphenoid bone is considered a very important bone in the cranial concept. The sphenoid can be directly affected by the mandible via the sphenomandibular ligament. The sphenomandibular ligament attaches to the sphenoid at the spina angularis and then attaches to the mandible at the mandibular foramen. The sphenomandibular ligament becomes taut with opening the mouth. An intraosseous strain of the mandible could potentially have an effect on the ligament influencing the sphenoid bone.

Treating the TMJ and intraosseous strains of the mandible can have a substantial effect on the head and the rest of the body via its effects on the trigeminal nerve and dura. Considering this in your treatments may help make progress with patients. In addition, I have added a video of a home exercise for patients to reinvigorate the treatment in the “How To Relieve Tension In The TMJ” video.

http://youtu.be/8O05akGJAy0

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Ultraviolet Light: Too Much Is Bad for Your Skin, But Great for Indoor Air Quality

Ultraviolet light has gotten a bad rap in some circles, and rightly so to some degree because of its effect on skin. Too much UV light from the sun (which contains the harmful UVA and UVB type rays) has been shown to be completely linked to skin cell carcinomas and other types of cancerous growths. At the same time, getting some UVB rays from sunlight is essential, converting vitamin D3 in our skin to its usable form, which is important for a variety of metabolic functions, immune system and many other things. UV light also has some benefits in the home-for better air quality.

UV light has been used for years in all sorts of medical applications to sterilize and disinfect, and it does this very well with just a few seconds of exposure. Consequently, researchers found that UV light in air conditioning ducts really did a number on any bacteria, mold or viruses floating in the air-in fact, with enough UV light, they got a consistent 95% plus kill the first time the air passed by the bulbs. And we say 'bulbs' because in those tests, there were two UV bulbs of 36 watt strength. When you have two bulbs at 36 watts, placed 30 inches apart from each other like they did in the laboratory tests, you get a full 48,000 UV light units which is enough to kill over 95% of all strains of bacteria, mold, viruses, even algae.

And while UV light bulbs are not 'air filters', they do kill the organisms that cause health problems, cause many of them to drop out of the air, and produce OH- ions, which enhance the effectiveness of many air purifier and HVAC filters. UV light used in air conditioning ducts has been so effective that most allergy or respiratory sufferers surveyed say that their symptoms were drastically reduced or eliminated in as little as 48 hours after installation. For anyone with a compromised immune system, or the elderly, a UV system in the air conditioner ducts could make a big difference in their health, since this stop the constant reinfection from airborne bacteria, viruses, mold and other germs.

If you want the best air quality benefits from ultraviolet light, it's best to get it from UV lamps installed in your HVAC ducts, mainly because it's the strength of the bulbs and the fact that all of the air in your home is being sanitized, not just the air in one room (as in a room air cleaner with UV bulbs). Most air purifier UV bulbs are everywhere from 10 to 20 watts and help some, but do not provide enough light units to kill many species of bacteria, mold, or other germs.

UV light air cleaners are very cost effective for indoor air disinfection, with several high quality two-bulb systems for around $ 500, which is less than most top-rated air purifiers. Just make sure that whatever UV system you choose that it has two 36 watt bulbs and that they are installed 30-36 inches apart on the output side of your air conditioner. Installing a UV lamp air purifier system on the output side allows any pollutants being released from the coil to be sterilized, as well as the air coming into the unit.

To Your Health!

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Energy Healing and the Sacred Art of Transmission (Part 2)

In my last article I wrote about the ability to transmit healing and intuitive energy and spiritual awakenings through look, touch, voice, thought or even mere presence. The two meditation masters I lived with were exceptional generators of spiritual energy or “Shakti” and I came to expect this direct transmission of the deeper states of consciousness both of my teachers and extremely of myself.

Reiki is also mainly through initiatory attunements or transmissions from the Master to the student. So I was initially surprised as I have since met many quite legitimate spiritual and meditation teachers, healers, intuitives, psychics and channels who were perhaps quite advanced in their teaching abilities, yet were not endowed with this gift of direct “transmission.” I felt a bit cheated, and wonder why no one was noticing. Then it hit me that maybe they just do not know what to expect, or what what is possible.

For me, energy healing and meditation was not so much something that was “taught” but a space that was held and palpably demonstrated, like the difference between traveling with a tour guide pointing the way, and moving to a foreign land with a native showing you how to live there.

In my spiritual lineage, Bhagawan Nityananda, a great Indian avatar, barely spoken, but people came from all over the world to situ in his Divine Presence and absorb his cavernous depth. He did not talk about higher consciousness, he transported you there.
My first “transmission”

Shortly after my father succumbed to lung cancer in 1988, I went to a gathering where a spiritual teacher from India was chanting in Sanskrit on a video. I could not understand a word and started to become frustrated. But every time her eyes met the camera, I got butterflies in my stomach, like when you are in grade school and the boy you like passes you a special note. It was the same when I met her in person. Being near her, I felt tingly all over.

Within a few months I attended an intensive, where the guru bestows the blessing of “Shaktipat” – awakening the dormant spiritual energy “coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine”. They described many different ways this could happen, but nothing did at first. Except that I felt giddy in love.

I went back to Washington, DC where I practiced law and entered a kind of lucid dreaming state. “Then I saw her face … and I'm a Believer!” A beam of light came from between her brow, or Third Eye chakra representing the inner vision, and zapped me in the same place between the brows, and I slipped into the deepest meditation, remembering nothing else.

When I awoke hours later, I felt entirely different, like my whole life had changed in that split second transmission. I felt brand new, totally alive, and beyond excited about what else was possible on this path I just discovered. It was akin to discovering the world not only was not flat, but it was not the only world! This was a classic Shaktipat spiritual awakening through the guru's transmission.

While I certainly do not believe, like some, that you must have a guru to get you into direct connection with Source, I can tell you it can be incredibly helpful, beautiful and powerful way to shave off years, or lifetimes of struggling on your own. Being in the presence of a great “transmitter” can get you to drop the incessant chatter of the ego mind, and hold the space for you to more easily enter into deceive meditation and pure absorption of higher states of consciousness where healing and crystal clarity reign .
Because because I sat for so many years with true Masters, who were skilled “Shakti” generators, just sitting with them, meditating, chanting was totally transcendent each and every time. Their look, gaze, even their environments held such grace and power. Even photos could send you into bliss!

Ask and Intend to Give and Receive the Highest Transmissions

When I was offered to write the foreword for the book “Journey to Joy”, I asked that my words be a direct transmission of joy to all who read it. And a wondrous thing happened; my beloved Jesus (Yeshua) appeared before me and I could see and touch his face; something that I have willingly wanted for a very long time. And it got even better – He stepped forward and merged into my body, while saying: You now can share the “Full Anointing”. Blissful hard captures what has ensued.
So I am “throwing down the gauntlet” (aka making a challenge) to all energy healers, spiritual teachers, or intuitives to bump it all up a notch, and intend to transmit the power of the healing, meditation, or intuitive energy through your voice, your eyes, your touch, through all of your being.

For all of you who are also seekers, I encourage you to demand that of your teachers and ask for direct downloads of the highest energetic transmissions, knowledge and wisdom, for now that you know what is possible, your longing can be the catalyst to bring it forth!

And finally, please share YOUR experiences of both giving and receiving energy transmissions so that others will be uplifted and inspired to venture down this path less traveled, as I was.

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Combining Homeopathy and Cranial Osteopathy

Homeopathy is one such therapy that can be used in conjunction with Osteopathy successfully. When homeopathy is used along with cranial osteopathy, the effects of each homeopathic remedy can be directly administered by palpation of the involuntary mechanism (IVM) giving both the osteopath and the homeopath a deaf insight into what remedy is most beneficial to the patient.

Osteopathic treatment in general aims to alleviate symptoms by restoring mobility and enabling the body to rebalance itself although the self-healing mechanism. A structural osteopathic treatment which employs mainly joint articulation, soft tissue stretching and manipulation will access the patient mainly on a structural level. This sort of approach is often enough to relieve the overall strain on the body's capacity to heal and the symptoms abate, but if the symptoms are held more on an emotional level, then a purely structural approach may not be enough.

An example of where an osteopath and homeopath would work effectively together would be when a physical and emotional trauma has occurred together. For example a patient presents after having a certain car accident where a fatality is involved. The patient sustains sever head and leg injuries and undertakes a lengthy course of structural osteopathy where any positive results of treatment fade after a few days. He then tries cranial osteopathy to which he also responds faviously, but presents the emotional impact of the car accident during the treatment. As the treatment sessions progress it becomes obvious that, when the patient's emotional 'strain' is addressed, the physical symptoms worsen. The conclusion may be that the emotional strain is at the core of his problem and the physical body is not strong enough to help him resolve it.

By using a combination of homeopathy and cranial osteopathy, the two levels of the strain pattern may be accessed together. There are some osteopaths who actually treat alongside a homeopath within the same treatment session. The cranial osteopath would begin the treatment and palpate where the strain pattern is, the findings would be relayed to the homeopath and in conjuction with the patient's response suitable homeopathic remedies may be prescribed to the patient during treatment, their effects monitored by the osteopath.

Combining these treatment modalities not only gives palpatory feedback to the homeopath as to the effectiveness of the remedies, but assays the osteopath in overlapping sometimes complex emotional strain patterns within the patient. This is beneficial to the homeopath who would normally prescribe specific remedies from a materia medica and their own experience without having any direct palpatory feedback as to the effect on the patient. In these cases combining cranial and homeopathic treatments in this way, the treatment becomes much more specific and effective at getting to the core of the patients symptoms.

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Oxygenate Your Body With 35% Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

What if I told you one of the most powerful things you can do for your health requires very little effort and very little money? I'm not going to tease you into reading on and on to find out what it is. My purpose is to simply share some advice I read in a book called “Love Has Forgotten No One.”

The advice is to oxygenate your body by ingesting drops of 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide in distilled water multiple times a day. I'll give you more precise instructions after I tell you a little more about the source of this advice.

Gary R. Renard has written three books on spirituality, mostly helping students understand “A Course in Miracles.” His message is remarkable and empowering. In his third book, he surprises readers with 12 simple things you can do to improve your health. The 12th suggestion was by far the most startling.

The idea is that oxygenating your body is one of the most powerful things on the level of form you can do for your health. The way to do it is simple. Ingest 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide by adding drops to distilled water. “Love Has Forgotten No One” reflects readers to another book called “The One Minute Cure” for detailed instructions and urges readers to follow the instructions and not to take too much.

After reading this suggestion I did some research and found that there are more and more articles being published on hydrogen peroxide in medical journals. There are advocates and detractors but no definitive conclusions. I can tell you there is a good deal of misinformation out there. I like the fact that the recommended regimen is very simple and very inexpensive. I plan to invest about $ 10 to purchase 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide and another couple dollars in distilled water. I was able to read “The One Minute Cure” by googling it and opening a pdf file. In addition to specific instructions on how to take 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide, the book explains why the idea is not being welcomed by the medical establishment.

This is something any one can do. The investment is so small and the potential benefits so great that I recommend it to everyone. The one exception I read about in 'The One Minute Cure' is that this form of oxygenation is not recommended for anyone with a transplanted organ.

According to “Love Has Forgotten No One”, lack of oxygen is the most overlooked problem in the human body. “If you could properly oxygenate all the cells in your body, then most diseases would be preverted, or cured if you have one.”

I will conclude this brief article with another important quote from the book:

“As we said, the instructions must be followed to the letter, and most people will not do it because they do not have the discipline. can possibly do for your health. Do not take too much. “It's taken by putting drops of it into water.

Those instructions are readily available in “The One Minute Cure”. I'm not recommending anything I will not do myself as I am ordering some 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide today!

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Simple Steps To Hypnosis

For many people hypnosis can seem like something that requires a superpower. The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth.

Hypnotizing a person is something that almost anyone can do. All you need is a willing participant and a little bit of patience and practice.

Oh and you'll probably need to know how too!

So let me take you through what you need to know in order to hypnotize someone:

Step 1. Make sure that you are in an environment where you will not be disturbed and you are able to get the full attention of your subject. That means turning off phones, computers and pagers.

Step 2. Next you will need to have the full attention of your subject. They need to be willing and able to follow each of your instructions.

Step 3. Get the subject to focus on a spot somewhere on the wall and begin your hypnotic induction. There are many different hypnotic inductions that you can do. The Dave Elman induction is probably the simplest and most powerful a beginner can use.

Step 4. Stay calm and relaxed during the induction. Allow yourself to speak slowly and rhythmically so as to keep your subject calm and focused. It does not matter if you have to read your induction.

Step 5. Keep going. Do not allow the fear of failure or something unexpected to put you off. To be a good hypnotist it's important to be relentless in perusing the hypnotic state. When a person is in hypnosis they are not unconscious. So it does not matter if the person moves, coughs or scratches themselves.

Step 6. Remember to bring them out of hypnosis at the end of your session! Although people naturally either fall asleep or come out of hypnosis by themselves it is important to bring them out properly. A simple count from 1 to 5 will do the trick confidently.

Learning to hypnotize someone takes a little practice. It's okay to repeat the steps over and over again with the same person. Hypnosis is not a one shot deal. The more times you do the induction with the person the more chance you have of getting the correct state of mind.

I recall that all it took me was a few hours before I was able to hypnotize my first subject. Whilst it takes more practice and understanding to get the kind of hypnosis phenomena you see on YouTube and the TV, you will be well on your way to hypnotic mastery.

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Professional Developments in Chiropractic: Asia Pacific Chiropractic Doctors’ Federation (APCDF)

Since its inception, the APCDF has been committed to legislation, education, health promotion and research. At the moment as of this writing, the APCDF is itself in its early or pioneer stage, not yet capable to financially support every one of these programs, but over time that will change.

The current President of the European Chiropractic Union , Dr. Øystein Ogre, speaking of their own early years says: “These pioneers had a vision of bringing chiropractic to the European public. stay united. Since then, the number of chiropractors has grown from a competent in just a few countries to around 5,000 practicing chiropractors all over Europe. ”

“What are the tangible benefits of the APCDF?” A common question asked by leaders of a small association. As we have learned from the history of chiropractic in America and Canada, essential for progress was their national associations acting as cross-jurisdictional agents; and so it was with the ECU in Europe. The best future of chiropractic profession in Asia can not only come from the few individuals that first arrive in the country to practice chiropractic. The WFC is a trade federation focused on UN related liaisons and truly International concerns of the profession. Without the APCDF there will be no collective effort at meeting the same goals and objectives that support high international standards in this region that are to be represented within the profession today.

Many colleagues who have misconceptions about what the APCDF is all about ask questions like: “What is the chiropractic philosophy of the APCDF or where does it stand on the vertebral subluxation?” The APCDF is not a club that debates philosophy, academic or professional issues. It is a federation of Asia and Pacific Islands' national chiropractic associations , committed to improving the status of the chiropractic profession by fighting to secure the rights for chiropractors to practice at their very best within their jurisprudence. This means to promote proper legislation, more chiropractic schools, public health promotion and more local research are recommended in each country in the region.

Other areas the APCDF can assist in new chiropractic programs on quality assurance systems and helping to partner consulting institutions, ongoing involvement in the Consortium of Chiropractic Institution – Australasia, and the CCEA as umbrella organizations for all higher learning in Asia.

Could all of this have been done by a single national association or alternately by the World Federation of Chiropractic? The only organization best positioned to expand the profession in Asia and the Pacific is the APCDF. The APCDF may not directly bring more patients into private practices (although legal rights and public recognition does result in greater public utilization). It's about creating and strengthening a profession in Asia. It's about bringing the services of a quality chiropractic profession to the Asia and Pacific public. And it is about securing the legislative rights of our highly qualified members to practice freely and in the best interests of the public as they offer their special skills.

Weak support of the APCDF threatens the very existence of our profession in Asia as we know it in the long run. There is much yet to be done but united we are stronger. Strong support means that we increase our chances of securing chiropractic in missing countries and where it hardly exists at all. Strong support of the APCDF also means that the profession can attract many to enter the profession so that they may succeed as chiropractors in the future. Asia can be like a box of snakes with risks and pitfalls in many places leaving a small national association to struggle for decades with limited progress.

There are two countries in the Asia Pacific region that have everything when it comes to laws, regulations and schools – Australia and New Zealand … while other countries have little to nothing. Chiropractic is a household word in some countries but through out Asia The mention of chiropractic produces a look of complete confusion and bewilderment.

Success in chiropractic for those countries we admire have worked tensely for many years to build strong national associations. Once all rights and privileges are admitted in Asia, these countries can participate even more in the APCDF. Smaller country associations want to see the results of their annual investment of members' dues but they fail to see that their money is a small part of the APCDF matched by a commitment of more developed countries and some benefactors for the entire region to succeed.

One of the key strengths of the profession in Asia is the diversity within the profession and growing respect of each other's differences. However, when it comes to the external presentation of chiropractic in Asia, unity must be preserved.

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The Self-Observing, Self-Organizing Nervous System

From the moment we come into this world, there's a part of our brain and nervous system that begins assessing what is safe and what is not safe for the purpose of survival. This very sensitive part of our nervous system is a part that gathers information by 'feeling' into our world. There's no thinking involved. We're just reaching out into our world through this feeling and sensing part of our nervous system. Through this very sensitive part of our nervous system, we make very fine distinctions about our relationship with ourselves, others and the world by relating to them on a minority energetic level. When our nervous system deems that some experience is not safe, let's say it's a sensory experience of some emotion in our bodies, our system uses tension to sequester the offending energy, to lock it down, to keep it from moving; essentially to keep us from experiencing this thing that has been labeled as unsafe.

This survival programming is a bundle that is tied together through an intricate weaving of physical, emotional and mental components. The physical component of this process involves physical tension, a change in physical posture, a mechanical stretching of the spinal cord and structural changes to the spine. As we mature emotionally, part of our intellectual intelligence becomes stunted because the sequestered energy has an emotional component to it which has been deemed unsafe to feel. Later on, as our mental capacity develops, we apply thoughts and stories to support this survival programming that may have been installed years ago. If this physical / emotional / mental complex is going to dissolve completely, all three parts must be affected. If only one side of the triangle is affected, the momentum of the other two sides will reassert the pattern and force the one side to resort to its old relationship to the other two sides.

Furthermore, our nervous systems are self-observing, self-organizing systems. Your nervous system is observing the state of your body and making a billion decisions in this very moment that you do not have to spend any time thinking about. It's breaking down the food you just ate and turning it into you. It's making decisions about your blood pressure and temperature and body chemistry; constantly keeping all of these things in a delicate balance. Your nervous system is responsible for regulating your immune system; making moment to moment decisions that allow for the most efficient adaptation to your environment.

Both survival programming and resources can be accessed through the body. There are specific parts of our bodies that are anchors for the survival patterns in our systems, parts where there is sequestered energy, parts that are disconnected, parts where information is not freely moving. It's like a circuit breaker has been tripped and the system only knows how to play out the survival pattern in those particular parts.

Then there are specific parts of our bodies that are anchors for what's resourced in our systems, parts that are connected, parts where there is a free-flow of information, parts where there is 'available, free energy,' parts where there is a reservoir of resource.

Conventional chiropractic, the chiropractic that the majority of people will think of when they hear the word chiropractic, works predominantly with the physical / structural aspect of the survival complex, leaving out the mental and emotional components. That's why it's common for people to report having experienced great physical relief from a conventional chiropractic adjustment, only to find that their body looks to eventually resort to its former misaligned state, requiring another adjustment, and the pattern repeats itself. That was my experience so many years ago. I saw many different conventional chiropractors on a regular basis for years and I certainly experienced changes and a lot of relief. But the changes and the relief did not keep deepening; they seemed to bottom out at some point. That's when I started exploring other avenues for healing. It was not until I stumbled upon Network Spinal Analysis that things started to move again.

Many modalities, including conventional chiropractic, as holistic as it is, tend to focus on what is not working; what is not connected. Conventional chiropractic utilizes quick thrusts in a 'subluxated' area of ​​the spell to change the structure before the protective mechanisms of the system have time to react. While a precise adjustment can be hugely beneficial by taking pressure off of the spinal cord and nerves, this model does not take advantage of the nervous system's ability to observe itself and make new choices on its own. In this way, tension may be temporarily released but the system does not learn anything new in the process. The person continues to live their lives the exact way they did before and the tension builds up again.

Network Spinal Analysis is so powerful because it amplifies the system's awareness of what is working; of what is resourced in the system. It only takes a gentle contact – albeit a contact in exactly the right place, with exactly the right force, at exactly the right time – to cue the system to self-observer and self-organize around resource. When the self observing, self organizing nervous system can observe itself from a researched perspective, it naturally wants to spread that resource to areas where survival programming has been installed. The system is then able to reorganize according to a blueprint based on resource. These results in a permanent change in the physical / emotional / mental, survival complex, which results in permanent physical change, as well as new emotional and mental awareness, extremely leading to permanent growth and evolution.

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Hypnosis As An Alternative To Mainstream Therapy

Hypnosis exists on a double edged sword. On one side we have hypnosis promoted by the antics and media grabbing attention of the stage hypnotists. On the other there is hypnotherapy which is desperate for recognition that hypnosis is a legitimate and powerful method of healing.

The mysticism and almost supernatural powers that stage hypnotists' project draw people to hypnotherapy … but at the same time create so many misconceptions.
To top this all off, the speed and high degree of success that hypnosis may provide goes against existing power structures.

Time and time again long term anxiety clients have left after 3 sessions transformed and back in control of their lives. This is after years of psychologists and pharmaceuticals.

Was their magic involved?

NO!

It was just hypnosis and changing their thinking processes.

Now resolving Anxiety this quickly breaks economics. The math is simple. Happy people do not need prescriptions. They do not seek mental health care professionals. They do not consume like they used to.

Just in the case of Turmeric and Alzheimer's, no money can be made from it because it can not be patented.

Now hypnosis is not a panacea. No claims can be made that it cures diseases. And I'm sure it can never compete with modern medicine. But in my experience it can assist in the prevention of many illnesses that are driven from psychological factors.

Obesity in the developed world is at epidemic proportions. We know for a fact that those eating beyond sustenance are doing it for psychological and habitual reasons.

Every week the media announces a new diet so that people can trick themselves into trying to change their thinking (not to mention the weight loss industry is highly profitable).

When you change the psychological drivers then you change the eating and exercise patterns. And people lose weight naturally without rigorous eating and exercise regimes. And there is no need to hype themselves up for some kind of structured program.

Similar anxiety and depression can just be habits of thinking. Many people can acquire anxiety and depression in their later years without any real presence of it in their younger years.

In my experience it often leads to just a particular way of thinking that negatively feeds itself. Hypnosis is excellent for breaking negative thinking patterns and establishing new productive ones.

In the future I hope that modern medicine and mental health care professionals consider integrating hypnosis into our current health care systems.

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Why Getting Frequent Massages Is Good for Your Overall Health and Well Being

Getting regular massages incorporated in your daily routine has medically shown many benefits to the human body. More experiments are being conducted with each passing year and massage is being more and more accepted as a medical practice, one that is preventive and curative in nature.

Massages Fight Depression through Relaxation

There was a time when massages were viewed as luxury activities, often because of the relaxation therapy connotation attached to the phrase or concept. Studies however have shown that relaxation or deep tissue, massages yield real benefits by reducing soreness and curing tired muscles by easing the tension in the tissue. Massage has also shown to clearly reduce anxiety levels.

Massage is Good for the Muscle Tissue

Athletes and body builders can especially appreciate the advancement in massage research today because it has clearly shown to fight muscle inflammation similar to Cyrotherapy. Massage reduces pain in muscle tissue, as well as waving that result from trauma caused by weight lifting and repetitive motion type activities.

In fact, clinical research has also shown that massage after exercise sessions reduce production of cytokines, which are proteins responsible for the swapping in muscle tissue. This in essence is the same effect that an anti inflammatory medicine like Icy Hot or Biofreeze can do to muscles.

Strengthening of Immune System

Research has also shown that massage impacts the immune system and in turn one's overall health and wellness.

Several studies have been associated involving control groups where massage was provided to one group which has clearly shown that those offered massage increased their antibody count. The control groups also in many cases taken off putting on weight relative to the test group.

Other such studies have shown the following benefits: reduction in cytokines, decrease is cortisol production (stress hormone), increase in lymphocytes which are cells that fight disease. These are real, measurable and scientific results. Other benefits are more inherent in nature such as a better, healthier feeling in the patient. Many have also reported improved posture.

There is a lot more evidence through study and experiment that massage truly yields real and measurable benefits to the human body. In fact, in most studies, only one session of massage has been enough to see noticeable benefits. This is why many professionals suggest the incorporation of regular massage in one's routine in frequent increments.

The argument is that if only one session can do the body so much good, imagine what regular sessions can do over time. Many studies have also focused on massages over the course of time. Results of those studies further reinforce the benefits of massage, and further ensures that isolated instances are not strictly driving the recommendations of medical professionals.

Accessing massage has been easier than ever before, with an increased number of therapists, practitioners as well as mobile businesses that offer massage at your place of residence or employment. Those who would like to benefit from massage therapy have the access to do so. This field is gaining more awareness and more importantly, recognition as a legitimate medical service that improves one's overall lifestyle, health and well being.

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How Conscious Education Can Support Our Health Program

When a child enters school, they are in the mode to learn about how they can best prepare for the future. In this article I want to deal with our Education Program and the National Health plan. If we looked at empowering children to develop the life skills needed to learn better and the skills needed to deal with a health program, they would be better prepared to meet their challenges in the future. Skills like a positive self-image and self-trust help them tap powerful inner resources that support healing and education. Those skills also help control any kind of sabotage that would limit them from operating at their full potential in these areas.

Imagine if a child had the ability to control how they deal with important challenges. With a simple training, a child can develop habits that allow them to control these life skills with a simple word or phrase. Once they develop this trigger and experience this life skill, they approach the challenge more confidently without hesitation or self-doubt. This may not sound like a significant change, but when inner resources support the education or healing challenge, the child becomes more 'in-dependent.' This means that they depend on inner resources to work as a partner with outer resources. This makes the student partners with their teacher and doctor. This teachers them how to actively participate with authorizations in accomplishing important goals.

The life skill of a positive self-image gives you the power to control how you interpret your situation. For instance, if a child came from a dysfunctional home, they would tend to start their school day with a frustrated perspective; they would be in a state where they were unable to learn. We tend to refer to ourselves the way we have been related to. Often, in a dysfunctional home, the child is conditioned not to be open and receptive. If a child could switch their self-image, they could turn that frustrated perspective into an open, positive perspective that is open to learn.

I worked with a 7-year-old boy referred to me for school behavior problems. He named his Negative Self 'bad boy' and his Positive Self 'good boy.' I taught him that, when he felt like 'bad boy,' he could switch to 'good boy' and deal with school from that perspective. As a result, he felt more comfortable in school; his grades and behavior improved. Later in life, these habits could set the tone for critical interactions, like dealing with poor health or relationships.

I was counseling a veteran with PTSD, which left him in a pretty consistent state of anger. I got him in touch with his positive and negative self-images. He named his negative self-image 'anger' and his positive self-image 'lover.' His wife got cancer and on the way to the doctor, he wanted to be as supportive as he possibly could. When 'anger' related to his wife, it did not have a supportive tone. When 'lover' related to her, his love definitely came through. I taught him how to switch instantly from 'anger' to 'lover,' so he could always give his wife loving support.

If children could learn to control their self-image, they could develop in these areas. They could meet their challenges from a more confident perspective. That would limit self-doubt and subconscious sabotaging programs that make it difficult to manifest. This could be as minor as approaching a test with confidence or as major as dealing with a chronic illness. If these skills were developed in school at a young age, by the time they had health problems, they would have a perspective connected to powerful inner resources. If they did not develop a self-image connected to inner resources, they would be kept in the maze of their mind and deal with self-doubt during critical times.

I have seen people burdened with a negative past create a positive self-image and deal with challenges their ego was just frustrated with. In school or in the hospital, this self-doubt can grow and sabotage your efforts. You might not be a complete failure, but you are not manifesting to your full potential. This transition would happen easier if the Positive and Negative Self were developed at an early age. When you rely on an old self-image that turned into a strong habit, you are more confident and comfortable operating that way.

Another life skill that is very important in both school and healing is the ability to trust yourself. Self-trust allows you to accept resources that are beyond your conditioned habits. Self-trust also keeps your focus inward, instead of immediately looking outside for the answer. A person who trusts themself can utilize external resources as a partner, so that inner and outer resources work together. Self-trust helps eliminate victim conscience and empowers students to meet their challenges.

Remember the child that came from a dysfunctional home? If that child could trust their positive perspective; they would identify with the more conscious self-image. Then if they were in a situation like the veteran had with Anger, they would be ready to change.

Educating our children is not limited to teaching them the right answers. Real education draws out of the students inner resources that are useful for any problem-solving they will need in their life. In Latin, the root of 'education' is 'to draw out.' To do well in school or to heal from a chronic illness, we need to master our life skills and draw them out when necessary.

To deal with our national health program, we need to start developing people who actively approach their challenges. If this was developed through their education, it could reduce expenses as we better prepare our children to deal with future health challenges.

© Marc Lerner and Life Skills Institute 2013

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