Inferiority – How to Heal This Feeling?

Do you feel lower in status or ability than others? Perhaps you find yourself engaging in self-disparaging self-talk from time to time. 'I can not do this as well as them'; 'I fall behind because I'm basically too slow'; 'They look down on me because I'm not good enough'. Here we have a sense of inferiority causing doubt and uncertainty, feelings of not measuring up to standards, and a lack of self-worth.

Consequences of feelings of inferiority
As a result, others around you may note that you are the sort of person who sees uncertainty of yourself often seeking attention and approval, someone who fees allocate to deal with anything without relying on them for encouragement and reassurance. When these feelings of inferiority really get you down then you have a state of mind that you may inadvertly realize needs healing.

Being at risk for a sense of inferiority
To have a sense of inferiority, you do not have to be a member of an ethnic minority, be poor and out of work, have a physical disability or have a childhood memory of failing to live up to parents expectations, but, if you do have any of these, you may be more at risk.

Perhaps you happen to believe that people who are successful are more important, or that people of a certain race, or state of health are at the top of the list. Maybe your self-criticism has some measure of truth but, even if true, does this make you less less mortal than the majority of humanity? An inferior sort of human? Does not everyone have their own weaknesses as well as strengths?

Some healing suggestions

Open yourself to healing by:

1. Catching yourself running yourself down. Instead get into the habit of being fair and reasonable regarding your strengths and weaknesses. What you say to yourself may be unfair if you are exaggerating your negative side.

2. Affirming the idea that no matter how others denigrate you, we all deserve respect and happiness because of unconditional love that is the spiritual source of all things. A good parent loves the disabled child as much as the able-bodied one not because of their abilities but because of their needs.

3. Watching out for manipulators – individuals who seem to like to put you down in sub ways that are not obvious. Perhaps this can be heard in their tone of voice, sarcastic asides, and focusing on negatives about you without much in the way of any positives. These people want to feel superior and so they try to cause you inferiority feelings. They are practiced at knowing how to detect weaknesses and once found, they use someone's weaknesses against him or her.

4. Remembering a spiritual perspective. I really believe that healing of the spirit will happen if you have a deep desire for living a full life of usefulness unencumbered by self-doubt, and anxiety.

Story
There is a story in the Bible about a loving mother who approaches Christ for help because of her concern for her suffering daughter said to be possessed by demons. The mother is a Canaanite – a nation in the story the Jews despise.

As a woman she is a second class citizen in a culture dominated by men. This was the case two thousand years ago in Palestine and is still the case in some parts of the world now. Considered more like property, she functions more like a servant, and a producer of children than someone to be cherished as a loving companion. She has a husband who by law is allowed to divorce her for any reason. Enough, one might think, to give anyone strong feelings of inferiority.

On top of that she is intimidated by this religious teacher – first ignored, then told to go away, and then suffering his stinging words saying his mission is not for her people's benefit and that she is nothing better than a dog.

Neverheless, she is not put off by his inattention and rudeness but shows humility and love in her renewed plea. As a result the story tells us the healing takes place.

In his book 12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth , E. Kent Rogers suggests that if we are possessed by feelings of inferiority, we would be wise like the woman in the story to be persistent in our efforts to find healing and be willing to struggle with God as the source of all healing.

If we are tired of the way our self-depreciation, inhibits our ability to love and connect with others, if we are saddened by the way our self-hatred affects others negatively then we will be empowered to tenaciously pray God for healing until we receive what we want. “ (E. Kent Rogers, Swedenborgian writer)

So if you are troubled by a feeling of inferiority why not be persistent in humbly asking for help in private prayer?

Copyright 2014 Stephen Russell-Lacy

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Bioenergy Tapping on the Brainstem Influence Neurological and Emotional Issues Directly

Millions of people settle for living their lives in poor health. Are you one? If not, undoably you can name many. My challenge-you first! With practice of Bioenergy, others will see positive health results, and in-turn, realize a healthier, more fulfilled life.

Do not be a person who is stuck -not knowing how to achieve a joyful and satisfying life, accepting a lifestyle of emotional trauma, chronic physical pain, or for some-a troubling emptiness. Along with these problems come pills to kill the pain, pills for sleep, and pills to suppress anxiety. But this is hardly better than the dis-ease.

Do not be a person who is trapped, in an unhealthy cycle. The signs and symptoms are self-evident. A person, you or someone else, in this unhealthy cycle is tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and unwell; sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments; fed up with relinquishing the power over health and happiness to doctors. Having forgotten what it feels like to grow, flourish, and thrive, this person has given up on being their healthiest best, living each day the same.

Instead, I want to influence people to live life with inner peace, joy, and fulfillment, from day-to-day, and moment-to-moment.

My challenge-you first! With Bioenergy, you can achieve this. Chiropractic evolves! Discover the vital secret for wholeness in body and mind-take physical and emotional well-being into your own hands. Bioenergy provides relief from chronic pain, disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical ailments. While Bioenergy is newly set to revolutionize the field of health and wellness based on current neuroscience, Bioenergy represents a blend of ancient wisdom that has been in practice as Eastern medicine, in acupuncture and Ayurveda for over 5,000 years.

Restore balance to the body's energy and you will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption to the brain. The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. The practice of Bioenergy re-establishes the body's energy balance, by correcting interference to the brain. When the mechanoreceptors are stimulated, life-force energy is sent to the brain enhancing physical self-healing and mental well-being.

In some ways, Bioenergy is similar to acupuncture. Acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating the body's meridians and energy flow. However, unlike Bioenergy, acupuncture implants needles! “No needles” is definitely one of the advantages of Bioenergy. Acupuncture also takes years to master. Acupuncture practitioners must memorize hundreds of meridian points along the body; the knowledge and training take years to acquire. Bioenergy is painless. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to restore optimal wellness, allowing control and health destiny to be in your hands.

Like acupuncture and acupressure, Bioenergy allows the body's life-force energy to flow. You can stimulate the brainstem by working on the suboccipital muscles-literally tapping into your body's own life-force energy and healing power. Your body is more powerful than you can imagine … filled with a compelling ability for self-healing. With Bioenergy, you can express your full potential.

Bioenergy Nourishes Your Brain: It's like taking your brain to the spa!

Current Neuroscience suggests Bioenergy may be effective because of its perceived ability to balance out the nervous system, leveling off the activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic regions. Responsible for promoting cell regeneration and relaxation, the parasympathetic nervous system helps to slow our heartbeat, support digestion, and more.

My personal journey in healing has taken my search for healing solutions to this whole new level. Yoga, meditation, massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, Ayurvedic medicine, energy healing, and herbal remedies; these are just some of the contributions to my decades-long search for ways to live well with fewer pills and less-invasive health care. But with the discovery of bioenergy, the field of integrative medicine is cutting-edge because-it combines current neuroscience and the ancient wisdom of acupressure's meridian point therapy, and Ayurveda and massage.

The practice of Bioenergy, or brain health, consist of locating and stimulating specific suboccipital muscles which cover the brain stem. By relaxing these muscles we stimulate their corresponding mechonoreceptors; this results in sending signals directly to the cortex; to the higher levels of our brain.

Bioenergy simultaneously reduces stress on many different physical and emotional levels, and provides us with the best potential for nourishing and restoring body and mind. It's like taking your brain to the spa.

In fact, it's Bioenergy's ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of our brain which initiates our body's negative reaction to fear, a process we refer to as the “fight or flight” response-that makes it so powerful. By reducing stress, Bioenergy corrects dis-ease.

Cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is integral to our body's “fight or flight” response. However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the chronological or chronic “stress” of modern life, may have serious, even dangerous impacts on our physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, living in this kind of biological “survival mode” makes us more vulnerable to everything from cancer to heart disease. We read or hear about the detrimental effects of chronic stress on health every day.

Since Bioenergy can produce a neutral emotional state, which, biologically speaking, is considered by many to be the highest level of health and wellness. It's also the state of well-being people have bought to achieve through meditation, prayer, and yoga practices.

As we grow as chiropractors, and are willing to “go first,” Bioenergy and the focus on brain health will have strong results personally and professionally! I'm seeing it every day, but when you join me in “going first” in the practice of Bioenergy, there will be a positive impact on millions of lives in incredibly healthy ways!

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What Is the History Behind Using Herbs for Medicine?

Man has always used herbs for medicine. From the beginning of time this practice has been documented. The first instance was in ancient Egypt when garlic, juniper and myrrh were used to ward off infections and general disease. Turns out that they were definitely onto something, as garlic consistently tops the charts in terms of having antibiotic and healing properties. This type of medical and herbal healing was used as early as 1500BC. Then, later on, in about 1000AD medical writings in England were found and the content was mostly about how herbs could be used to help people who were suffering from various diseases. Having said that, the knowledge of herbs was also not very advanced back then, as most doctors thought that disease came from being shot at with elven arrows!

Luckily, human theory – with regard to health and medicine – advanced, and by the twelfth century, people had taken the work of Hippocrates into account and had started believing that the solution for great health was more in line with good diet and exercise. At this time, herbs were still used for treatment of all sorts of ailments and afflictions. Herbs were also used in an effort to prevent poor health in general. Shortly after the twelfth century, the church decreed that certain herbs had been signed by God and practitioners were heavily enriched to make use of them in their treatments. They would group the herbs according to color. The white herbs would be used to treat mothers who were breastfeeding, and the yellow herbs would be used to treat jaundiced patients.

Then, as medical knowledge advanced, and as printing presses became available, herbalists would start to spread the word about their creations and people from all over the world got to experience the power of this shared knowledge. There was a definite improvement in the general health of people over this period of time, as there could be a lot of discussion about what works and what does not in terms of a herbal remedy.

Herbal medicine rose to real prominence again in the 19th century, when a botanist who was disenchanted by medicine at the time declined to heal people through the use of roots and herbs. This approach formed the basis for modern day homeopathy.

Herbs in modern medicine

Today, we use herbs in conjunction with western medicine to achieve optimum results. This is called integrated medicine and it recognizes the fact that there are some ailments that western medicine can not treat as well as herbs can – and vice versa. Herbs are also sometimes used to stave off the side effects of western medicine which can often be devastating to the body when used in large, consistent doses.

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The Many Benefits of Using Natural Herbal Medicine

For centuries many doctors and shamans have used natural herbal medicine as the way in which to deal with our medical problems. This is because long before comical medicine exhausted, all that we had were herbs and nature and yet, somehow, we found a way to heal ourselves. The problem with a lot of the modern drugs available today is the fact that your body actually takes on more strain when it processes them. This is due to the fact that they are made up of dangerous materials that are not that good for your domestic internal system. There has been a huge revival over the years concerning the fact that we can actually use natural medicine to help our bodies once again, considering the fact that modern medicine is doing so much damage to us.

Why you should be choosing natural medicine

  1. Side effects. Everyone in the medical world will argue that their medicine is better because it is stronger. This is the case, but the problem with that strength is that it is often way too much for your body to handle and that is why there are a range of negative side effects that are associated with taking certain drugs. For instance, it has been found that herbs like St Johns Wart can treat mild depression and ginger can treat inflammation. Both of these herbs do their jobs perfectly without making your body dependent on them and without giving you horrible side effects, such as anxiety, or reduced ability to take care of certain pains.
  2. Health benefits. If you are using a herbal remedy like wheatgrass and cilantro to cleanse your blood of heavy metals, you will also be receiving other health benefits at the same time. The great thing about herbal medicines is the fact that they can work on solving multiple issues at once, unlike western medicine that does one job, while the excess sits in your system giving you side effects.
  3. Accurate treatment. The herbs that are around now for farming various illnesses have usually been around for centuries, so there are lots of case studies to draw from if you want a reference for the safety or efficiency of the herb.

Whenever you are dealing with a health problem, rather let a professional diagnose you. The art of self-diagnosis can be tricky, so rather go to a homeopath and let them diagnose and treat you the right way. In this way, you will get a course of medicine that will help you with any issues that you are dealing with. You might even be prescribed some western drugs as well as herbs – integrated medicine has proved to be very effective then far.

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Shoulder Hiking

So for this week's tip, we will be discussing the concept of shoulder hiking. This may cause many issues, such as not being able to turn your head well or not having a proper range-of-motion in the shoulders. Such issues may also restrict the breathing pattern. Let's take a deer look into this issue and see how much we can get our shoulders to come down. We will be talking about this from a symptomatic point of view, not just as a driver of pain. We want to start looking at the body to find out what is happening and what is causing this tightness. I will be teaching you how to bring your shoulders down so you can regain some movement. This will not eliminate pain for the long-term, but it will give you relief and actually give your shoulders some range-of-motion so you can process it into a long-term event. I already talked about a few of these things previously, but I received feedback from people requesting I go into more detail. The tip for this week will serve that purpose.

Shoulder hiking also pairs well with the tip about neck pain that I posted a few weeks back, so take a look at that if you have not. One of the muscles that we will focus on is Levator Scapulae. When your shoulders are lifted high, your Levator Scapulae is at work, being one of the many muscles that make this happen. This muscle brings your shoulders up so when you are stuck in a high position, the levator asks the trap to do some work. This solidifies the lifting motion and keeps it there. Once it's held, that means the trap is going to start working harder and in turn, it's going to bring down the electrical tone in one of the key muscles, your lats, which is then going to bring your shoulders down. The lats and the scapulae are the two muscles we will focus on today. So what I'm going to show you is exactly where they are, in which direction they lie, and whether you need to do foam rolling, trigger point work, or stretching. You want to look at these exercises.

The job of the Levator Scapulae is to elevate your scapulae by rolling your shoulder and scapulae up. This can straighten everything out, making you stuck in a tight position.

So we want to start targeting many of the attachment sites near the base of the head, through trigger point work. Doing this through the neck as well, will be key for getting the Levator unstuck. When I spoke about neck pain, I went into detail about the twist in the Levator itself, and that will be the key spot.

It runs all the way from the bottom of the head to the tip of the Scapulae. You want to either do some stretching in this area or trigger point work. You can contract your muscles, take a nice deep breath, and let it all drop and relax. That's a common exercise that people use to alleviate stress and mental stress. I want you guys to focus on the contraction and relaxation aspect of this muscle. You want to contract as hard as you possibly can and then learn how to really let it go as you drop your muscles down. That's one of the things that will drive your shoulders to go up. We now want to focus on our lat.

The main function of the lat is to bring the scapulae down. It's also very important you notice how it brings the scapulae down. It's not just a straight motion, but a rotational motion. This muscle is going to compete with the trap. You want something to compete with the trap but because it is always so tight, it's naturally going to take down the defenses of the lat muscle. Everyone thinks about contracting muscle tissue, but it just can not do its work because it's bound so you want to do some real good foam rolling through the lat so it can do its job and compete. Once you get the lat to move better through foam rolling, you can continue with trigger point work. When you get those things to move, your shoulders will drop and you can move without hiking up the shoulders and using the Levator as stabilization for your head and upper body. You want your lat to hold everything down low so your arms can move properly. This will create momentum that will pull you forward. However if you are bound in that area when the shoulders are brought up, everything is harder to move but as soon as they drop, everything turns into a pendulum. When you are tight, you use more energy to move, yet when everything is lost, less energy is required. If you start working with these two muscles simultaneously, then you have a powerful tool to get your shoulders to drop.

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Are You Listening To Your Patients? Ask Questions To Be Sure

Technology can change your life's work with one click. Online reviews speak volumes. Know that prospective patients are “listening” online!

This is not an uncommon story. Everything is out there for everyone to see-online. Could this be your office?

A chiropractor noticed that many of her regular patients were not showing up any longer. At first, she figured it was a seasonal thing, but she soon discovered it was not. Instead, the decline in patients was due to a couple of Internet “reviews” on superpages.com. What she read was shocking! Unfortunately, she had no previous clue.

There, for the entire web world to see, were three scathing comments about her office assistant. Then, the doctor realized that the sudden drop off in patients started about six weeks after she had hired her new assistant. Until now, she had not paid much attention. The woman had worked as an assistant in a chiropractic office before and she appeared to be extremely efficient at record keeping, billing, etc. What was missing? What was not she doing? Why had not the patients talked to the chiropractor about their feelings?

Then it dawned on her-she never asked or took time to listen. In fact, during her entire career, she had never really solicited feedback from patients. Yes, she took before and after x-rays, tracked outcomes, and carefully monitored medical progress. She asked about their health issues, taught them about subluxations, and made sure they understood that chiropractic was wellness care. But she never asked them about their experience in the office.

Patients need to feel respected-and personally valued as individuals, not replicas of the patient before or after them. Taking time to ask the following questions creates a connection-helping them to know their complete experience is important. In-turn, a practice is more personally rewarding and reasonably more profitable.

• Are they satisfied with the chiropractic care they are receiving?

• Are their phone calls answered or returned quickly?

• Are they made to feel welcome when they walk into the office?

• Are waiting times too long?

• Is the office staff friendly, polite, and professional, making them feel important?

• Is the waiting room comfortable, clean, neat, and reasonably quiet?

Research has shown that at least half of all patients, today, find their providers online, checking out ratings websites to read “reviews.” Sites like: Superpages, Healthgrades, RateMds, or Angie's List-and do not forget the impact of comments made on social media-hopefully positive ones! As a provider, the solution is to be proactive-and ask for patient feedback face-to-face. Or, hand out a short patient satisfaction survey. Encourage them to fill it out at your office, or take it home and mail back.

You can go a step further and email patients a confidential questionnaire link specific to you and your practice. Online, Google “patient satisfaction surveys” to get ideas for formatting your own. Assume for every one complaint, there are possibly 10 others that did not speak up.

Also, I suggest that you monitor online review sites, and set up a Google Search Alert for your name and your office name. You'll get an e-mail when content is posted that contains your name (s), both positive and negative.

Bottom line, ask and listen, always seeking to improve patients confidence in you, and to insure a satisfied experience. Remember, positive online reviews speak volumes, too!

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The Case For The APCDF

In Asia the Chiropractic profession is in its early development stages since the profession began in America 120 years ago, in 1895. Today there are some 100,000 doctors of Chiropractic (DC) throughout the world where in some regions there are barely a competent of practice while in other regions the development of the profession allows every community in their country access to one DC for every 5,000 population; in stark contrast to the 1: 4,000,000 ratio in the Philippines.

Similarly the formation of professional associations in each country has its own personal history of survival, struggles and ever greater success in serving the needs of its communities and individual practitioners.

In Europe, similar to Asia, when each country has less than 100 DCs, the task of formalizing the profession within its country was daunting so, by necessity, the European Chiropractic Union (ECU) emerged and demonstrated the valuable role of collective regional representation.

In those days there was no World Federation of Chiropractors (WFC) so the case for the ECU was not difficult to accept. The next regional group to form in the shadows of the ECU was the Eastern Mediterranean Chiropractic Association that later expanded to include almost of the Arab speaking countries, renamed the Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East Chiropractic Federation. Latin America and SE Asia were next but only the Latin American Federation of Chiropractic (FLAQ) succeeded, mainly due to their common culture and languages, Spanish and English. In Asia, the only common language is English, a second language to most, but more significant are the vast cultural differences making it most challenging to succeed. The SE Asian Association failed in the late 1990s and it was re-organized, re-structured by encompassing the entire region to include “down under” and the Pacific Islands, called the Asian Pacific Chiropractic Doctors Federation (APCDF) . The last Federation to form in 2013 is for Africa.

As in Europe and Latin America, perseverance for the development of APCDF typically falls on a small group of people who remain steady for decades in their active and supportive roles within their country and to a lesser degree in support of the APCDF. It is worthy to mention many of them here:

Dennis Richards, DC Australia | Laurence Tassel, DC Australia

Patrick Montserrat, DC Bali | Henry Chan, DC Hong Kong

Bruce Vaughn, MsCh Hong Kong | Amit Nanda, DC India

Tony Dawson, DC Indonesia | Kei Takeyachi, DC Japan

Graham Hunt, MsCh Malaysia | Thomas Ong, DC Malaysia

Martin Camara, DC Philippines | Michel Tetrault, DC Philippines

Janet Sosna, DC Singapore | Terrence Yap, DC Singapore

Taeg Su Choi, DC South Korea | David Chen, DC Taiwan

(Apologies for missing some we may have overlooked)

Since the formation of the WFC, now of 25 years in duration, holding the international position of representing its members, the Chiropractic National Associations (CNAs) of the world, there are a small dissident group of DCs in Asia who feel that the WFC is sufficient to serve their support needs and that the APCDF is redundant. As an active associate member of the WFC for over 15 years it is clear that the mandate and the capacity of the WFC to locally assist CNAs in Asia is extremely limited in both financial and manpower support.

The WFC's International role is undeniably important but in most situations it can not be very effective in local critical matters. Its policy of “national self-governance” has been resolved in dedicating available resources to focus on Education, Research and representation at the World Health Organization (WHO), areas of truly International impact.

Countries with a rich 50+ years of professional development in the APCDF region are Australia and New Zealand with the largest number of DCs and chiropractic schools and sharing similar cultures and language with the other advanced countries in the world. Asia and the Pacific Islands can not claim much advancement with most countries having less than 100 chiropractors. Survival is the more accurate descriptive of their CNA if such exists and each country is confronting similar limited manpower and financial resources that severely limits its professional development within their borders.

The APCDF is at the same time also in its infancy, so it is up to the few key individuals who volunteer their time and finances to help build the organization to become more effective in supporting CNAs in its Federation region. It continues to be useful to look at the ECU model to guide the APCDF's organizational development. One small but significant contributing factor in the ECU advancement came from the personal wealth and time gifted by just a few dedicated individuals of social standing; and so today the ECU can boast an annual budget of more than one million Euro that permits significant support for its member associations.

The APCDF will be well served by foster its own beneficiaries committed to the development of chiropractic in the Asia Pacific region. If your heart and personal integrity is attracted to being one of these few dedicated supporters, you are welcome to pursue that interest and go to their website to introduce yourself.

There are unique problems that exist in the Asia Pacific region that can not be met by the WFC, beyond strategic support. It really does fall on the leadership of each CNA to meet the challenges within their borders. Going at it alone is frustrating, with little internal participation by DCs in their own country who are just focused on their practices, family and economic survival. Meeting with colleagues of equal dedication through the APCDF activities brings much needed moral support, leadership training and the “out of the box” perspective in problem solving capacities that arise from a collective mind.

In time the APCDF Annual Assembly will mirror the successes of the ECU and recent regional activities of the EMMEF and FLAQ, not to be left behind. It can not be emphasized enough how more challenging it will be for such a region rich in cultural diversity to function within a common organization and to effectively meet common needs.

The status of chiropractic in the Asia Pacific region currently looks like this :

2 countries are fully developed with 1 DC for every 5,000 population in Australia and 1 DC for every 10,000 people in New Zealand. 3 other countries have over 100 DCs with their own war stories of forming and maintaining their CNA; namely Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. All three suffer internal dissent and multiple associations or groups of common interests or ideas. Countries with less than 50 DCs may or may not have a functioning CNA. These are India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia; Philippines, Indonesia, Papa New Guinea and a competent of the Pacific Islands such as Cook Island, Guam, Mariana Island, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tahiti. The remaining countries have yet to attract a single known permanent chiropractor.

Perhaps if we were to take a contrarian view to gain perspective … what would the Asia Pacific region look like in 50 years without the APCDF? That prompts many questions:

Will South Korea overcome its illegal status permitting the chiropractors to avoid imprisonment for electing to practice their profession? Will Japan consolidate its many associations and enhance the complex conditions that prevail because of the unqualified courses in chiropractic? Will chiropractic schools hold to CCE standards or will we see a plethora of hybrid schools such as we see in Indonesia, Japan and China today? What will look like with many schools bastardizing chiropractic education and creating a sub-class of chiropractors that brings much public confusion and professional development problems in those affected countries that could bleed over to neighboring countries, like Japanese intrusion of fake chiropractors in the Philippines?

Will China and Vietnam permit freely meeting professional organizations? Will India finally interest its expatriate chiropractors to return home and establish chiropractic schools to increase DCs in serious numbers? How long will it take Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore to match the advancements of Australia and New Zealand? Will CNAs be directed by the goodwill and integrity or by social class and vain interests of its leaders?

What challenges are to be experienced because of the strong presence of traditional alternative professions in Asia? Will CNAs still regulate its members or force local government and medical societies to get involved in the regulation of DCs? What challenges will be experienced when organized medicine decides to view the profession as a competitor in Asia? Will there ever be any DCs in the poorest countries?

The ECU now boasts a fully institutionalized organization that is able to support the former USSR countries entrance into chiropractic, relying on the strength of its promoting European member countries. The WFC is equally institutionalized in Public Health, Education, Research and representation at the WHO. The Bi-annual Assembly offers countries with some logistics and an exchange to bring their concerns and plea for assistance within their borders.

The APCDF has a long way to go to become as effective as these regional organizations; however, the long-term needs of the Asia Pacific region will be reached soon and inter-regional harmonization of the profession implemented by affording the APCDF the fullest support and broadest participation of its full and active CNA membership. The idea that the chiropractic profession in the Asia Pacific region can manage without the leadership role of the APCDF sounds quite preposterous. What do you think?

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Medicinal Herbs – Mugwort The Prophet

Mystical magical mugwort the herb of protection and psychic vision. Artemisia vulgaris, sometimes known as common wormwood, felon herb, travelers herb, chrysanthemum weed and Sailors tobacco (used as a alternative to tobacco when supplies run low at sea) among others. Native to Europe, Asia, Africa and some parts of North America, this perennial plant grows one to two meters tall and is very hardy, some call it a weed.

One of the most popular medicinal herbs used in Japanese and Chinese medicine for a variety of health benefits, including colds, fever, flu, headache and bowel pain. The leaves and flowers are also used to flavor food, such as meat and fish, the Japanese use mugwort to make a variety of sweets. Before the use of hops, mugwort was the favored flavor ingredient for (dried leaves) beer.

Medicinal uses

Mugwort relieves insomnia helps with sleep walking and if used as a tea aids digestion. The herb is also known for healing the stomach dealing with diarrhea, colic and vomiting. Warning though mugwort contains the toxin thujone which is dangerous taken in excessive amounts or over a long period (not to used by pregnant women). The discharged leaves can be smoked for a relaxing, calming effect or to treat pain.

A tea made from mugwort is especially beneficial for relaxing the uterus and assisting with late periods. A bath made with mugwort has amazing therapeutic benefits relieving rheumatism, aching limbs and tired muscles. Mugwort may also be used externally to heal wounds and burns. Mugwort is also a natural wormer for humans and animals.

Aspect – Feminine

Element – Earth

Planet – Venus

Astrology – Taurus / Libra

Metaphysical uses

Mugwort releases its powerful healing properties through heat, roll up a mugwort leaf hold it over a flame until smoke appears then beginning to wave the herb over the body for purification of the spirit. Drinking tea of ​​mugwort just before sleep will aid in the process of prophecy and lucid dreaming. Placing the dried herb inside your pillow will induce astral travel, lucid dreaming and pleasant dreams and also protects against nightmares.

Chop up dried mugwort leaves and flowers into fine pieces, place them on a heat proof bowl set them alight, inhale the smoke for creative vision and heightened ones psychic awareness. Hang the plant in doorways for protection against disease and evil spirits. Some native American Indians used mugwort as a smudge stick to purify their spiritual and physical environments. Make a small sachet of mugwort place it the car for safe travel.

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Serenity Through Healing

Yes, the title what you read is correct. There is no error. We are talking about “Serenity through Healing”

It is a great experience. One must learn some form of healing art. The happiness you gain from this is just too much to ask for.

The deep se serenity is something one must experience during the lifetime. Something very very very deep. One can not describe it easily. Although, an effort is being made using this article.

It is not only from the feedback or results you achieve using the healing art you have learned. It may seem that one can heal people's ailments and must be able to receive happiness from the feedback and blessings of the people who have been favored. Yes, this does give happiness but if it would have been “the happiness” I am talking about, then it would not have been so deep. The reason being, it is attached to the results. If one does not get feedback or positive result, there is no happiness. This means that this happiness is wonderful. It is just lying somewhere on the surface from where it can escape very easily.

It is not from the monetary reward you receive or the fame you get by practicing the art. Again, this would go if the reward vanishes or say nobody contacts you for few days or few hours! This would be wonderful too.

It is also not only the self healing that one does. It may seem that the person practicing some form of healing art may get benefited from the energy they harness for healing others and that might make them happy. This could be a partial reason for the happiness I am talking about. But only partial reason.

While one practices the art, one becomes more and more sensitive to the energy of people. It becomes easier and easier to connect with others as the practice continues. This easier connection leads to better empathy – putting ones own self in others' shoes. This empathy then grows and grows. At this point, it is important for the healer to practice self cleansing, other one may get negativity from the people they are trying to heal.

As the empathy grows, one can easily connect with the people around them in day to day activities. One gets easily connected with people they meet and understand them better – because they can empathize with them!

The result? There is better understanding and harmony around them. This results in deeper and defect penetration of happiness which I call “Serenity”

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Walking Is The Key To Proper Movement

This week I will be talking about walking. I'm going to show you that walking is a key and a place to practice proper movement all the time. How often do we walk? The answer is all the time, so we have to practice everywhere. Every time you walk, you want to notice what's happening. I want to show you a couple key points to focus on.

The first point is ankle mobility and making sure that your ankles are actually moving. Secondly, you want to make sure your hamstrings and glutes are actually functional. Lastly, you want to look at what's happening inside the arms. Many people hold things in their arms which can prevent them from seeing how much their arms sway.

So let's begin by talking about the ankles. Every time you take a step, you want to think of having a floppy ankle. So when you push off, your foot is almost going to be in the back position and your big toe is actually going to be bending. If someone was behind you, they can look at the back of your shoe and at the end of your stride. Since you are in that position and your big toe is extended, it's going to tell the rest of your body to work. This signal works its way up the posterior chian and requests the glute and the hamstring to bring your leg up so you can bring it back down.

If you're doing this properly and you are walking, your leg will land underneath you. It's always going to land right underneath you so so you are never heel striking. Otherwise, the force of the energy that you're coming down with is going to land on your back. If your big toe and ankle range-of-motion start to get better, your back is going to get better. Our second foundation with our glute and our hamstring will also start to work.

As you walk, you also want to make sure the rise in your elbow is correlating with the movement of your opposite knee. If you observe carefully, you're going to notice that people who take short, choppy steps are heel striking. However, if you're doing everything properly, your feet will find that sweet spot and it will be easy all the way through.

You want to start learning how to do this properly because this will provide a few benefits. Your speed is going to increase because because you are more efficient by walking all the way through. Since you will be swinging, this is going to bring momentum which will allow you to have arch support, instead of being on the balls of your feet. The arch support will also become the spring in your walk.

Your muscle tissues are also giong to start learning how to work. Whoever is behind you, should be able to see the back part of your foot as your hamstrings and glutes will start picking you up.

If you practice this consistently, your running can also improve because running is just a faster way of walking.

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Are You Dependent on Band-Aid Solutions?

This week we will be talking about how to eliminate long-term pain. I want to discuss this a little bit more in depth today. I was working with a client and they asked me if they should eliminate PT from their active routine. I want to remind you that everything works. The tip today is how not to get stuck on using Band-Aid solutions.

If you continue to do something that is not giving you long-term results, you want to only use it temporarily. It is important that you find out what is the hidden cause so you do not consistently have to put a band-aid on it. For example, a brace is great if you have a bony issue or ligament issue that needs time to heal for the long-term, but not for occasionally sitting up. Another example is people that run with knee pads on and who think because a muscle tissue is not working, they have to brace it forever.

You want to focus on the long-term solutions rather than the short-term gains. The long-term solutions do take a little bit of time, especially when it comes to body communication and function. It takes seven to fourteen days for your body to heal itself and unbind cramped muscle tissue.

Yet, tissue can be broken up reliably fast. Massage therapists do this very well but those techniques are for short-term gains. To get long-term gains, you must take it a step further. You can further work by getting the body to learn how to move properly on a constant basis. With this rewiring, you can make sure that you no longer will need that Band-Aid, crutch, or brace. Since the body is so adaptive, once you put a Band-Aid on an area and start working, it's going to realize that it can not use that area anymore and it will compensate.

That compensated area will then start functioning differently than normal. So as an example, a hinge joint will start becoming mobile rather than staying fixed. Due to all the grinding happening in the joint, it will eventually freeze itself. This is how the body is designed. It will adapt until it can not adapt anymore and then it's going to immobilize that area and make the next area adapt.

This week is all about getting you to stop using Band-Aid solutions for the long-term and realize that what works now, will indeed work now. Where can we take it a step further? What is the driving force? Find out what is the driving force and you find your answer for long-term pain relief.

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Getting The Right Treatment To Fight Incontinence

Being healthy has always been one of the important things in one's life. To be healthy means having the freedom to do things freely without having worries that those may be harmful for you or can trigger certain conditions or aggravate some matters.

When you are healthy you get to do things especially those what you love. You do not have the fear to get engage in extreme activities nor be very extra careful with your diet. Yes, one needs to be very conscious of his or her diet take as leading a healthy lifestyle means being very particular with what you eat. But once in a while some people give them some treasures.

One of the things that threaten good health is when one will be diagnosed of a certain medical condition that can affect not only her sound state but also her self-confidence. Yes, there are those admitted illness or medical condition that will create havoc to your self-confidence. One known medical problem that can beat your confidence is urge incontinence. It is a medical problem wherein an individual has involuntary urine leakage from the bladder. When this strike one will have a sudden strong need to urinate. One can feel such and some are often helpless in controlling the said problem.

Having been diagnosed with incontinence is quite hard but with the right people to turn to for help and finding a specialist that would provide you a workaround for the illness would be big helps for you.

There are different kinds of incontinence, urinary and stress incontinence are the common ones. For urinary incontinence, there are treatments formulated to help with the condition. This is common medical issue among women has is also being treated with the use of a certain device hand-held device. This device is usually utilized in exercise routines a women diagnosed with one is asked to do. Using this form of treatment can help improve the condition in just as less as two weeks.

Suffering in silence has never been a cure to anything nor advised by any health practitioner. Using of pads and hygiene products are not the answer to this medical condition. Medication on the other hand helps a lot but you can not deny the fact that taking medicines may offer side effects. For others that are considering surgery, think twice on that as that could cost you a fortune and may also contribute some side effects. It has always been better to make use of effective workarounds that does not involve taking in any medicine or going under the knife. Remember knowing the right treatment to any illnesses helps you combat them and aids you in eliminating them as well.

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Diet Based On Genes: How Chromosomes Effect the Way People Should Eat

Telomeres Are Key

Holding our chromosomes together are tiny caps called telomeres. Much like the plastic aglet that holds the end of a shoestring. Without telomeres, chromosomes would unravel and would not be able to instruct our cells to continue to divide.

Telomeres continue to shorten as a person ages, which scientists think now might be a key factor in what causes aging. This means that by preserving telomeres to keep them from shortening, we could slow down and / or reverse the aging process.

Lifestyle Affects Telomeres

Certain behaviors can shorten telomeres. Smoking, a lack of physical exercise and activity, or experiencing prolonged stress are some examples. Shortened telomeres have been observed to be positively correlated with shorter lifespans and an increased risk of chronic disease.

Telomeres may be at the root of what causes health promoting life changes. Stress reducing activities such as meditation, light exercise, getting enough sleep or just spending time with friends and family are all associated with prolonged telomeres and overall health.

Telomeres and Diet

Telomeres can actually be lengthened by our diet. Eating a low fat, plant based diet, rich in whole foods and low in refined carbohydrates have been observed to actually lengthen telomeres.

Individuals not following the above regimen have been reported to actually experience a three percent shortening of telomeres.

Some Dispute

There are those that are skeptical about the effect of lengthening telomeres in conjunction with improved health. A person who is healthy and has longer telomeres is not necessarily healthier as a result of having longer ones. Many centenarians have longer telomeres than eighty-five year olds, and this may be because the centenarians are healthier than the opposite.

Longer Telomeres Friend or Foe?

Those who dispute the claim that lengthening telomeres could have the key to health point out the disturbing fact that among the cells with the longest telomeres are cancer cells. Many would suggest that increased telomere length is actually the problem and it is why the cells continue to divide at an excess rate.

However, it is unquestionably to change the fact that healthy eating and living actually do correlate to produce a prolonged life. Rather, associations with cancer and increased length would surely serve to caution against drugs that were designed to interfere with telomere shortening.

Regardless of the association with telomeres and aging, revolutionary science has shown a link between DNA, food and nutrition for a healthier and prolonged life.

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Setting Intentions in Sound Therapy

The 5 Keys To Success in Sound Therapy, continued

This article covers the 3rd Key To Success in Sound Therapy:

Setting clear intentions

Much of modern conventional medicine is based on an understanding of physics, chemistry and biology that is now considered by many new-edge scientists as having great value for treating certain conditions while also being somewhat limited and outmoded.

The Newtonian view in which the universe is seen as composed of discrete, self-contained, separate objects has morphed into a quantum mechanical view in which the fundamental nature of reality is seen to be an interconnected web of energy fields exchanging information in a constant, dynamic state of flux and becoming.

At the sub-atomic level less than 0.00000001% of the total space is composed of particles of matter which continuously merge into and re-emerge out of the encompassing energy field. It is as if they exist in a probability cloud with an almost infinite potential to take form anywhere in the cloud.

The very act of observation at the sub-atomic has the effect of collapsing the cloud of potential into discrete particles.

Moreover, the same pioneering quantum theorists such as Bohr, Heisenberg and others in the early part of the 20th century, also discovered that particles, once connected, stay connected – they have non-local properties and interact with each other even when separated by time and space.

More recent scientific studies suggest that physical matter can be changed gently through focussed intention, and that this power of thought and feeling does indeed transcend time and space.

As Lynn McTaggart in “The Intention Experiment” states:

“Intention appears to be akin to a tuning fork, causing the tuning forks of other things in the universe to resonate at the same frequency.”

So how is this relevant to healing and success as a sound therapist?

The fundamental nature of disease is not something fixed but fluid and open to influence. Matter and mind are intimately connected. Intentional thoughts and feelings can play a large part in healing sickness. To be most effective, therefore, sound therapists should certainly cultivate working with the power of intention.

There is now strong evidence to suggest that an effective intent protocol can be learned and applied. Having carefully examined all the latest scientific research in this field, Lynn McTaggart has outlined a 9 step framework for this process:

  • Cultivate and enter into a space dedicated to your therapy work
  • Power up your intention through deep breathing and mediation, to slow your brain waves and become deeply relaxed
  • Move into peak focus through mindful awareness of the present, being aware of the feelings and sensations in your body as you breath; being aware of the inner and outer sounds that you hear in each moment
  • Get onto the same wavelength as your client by focusing on compassion in your heart and making a meaningful empathetic connection, through conversation and touch
  • Clearly state the intention for the therapy session and make it specific
  • Mentally rehearse every moment of it with all your senses
  • Visualise, in vivid detail, your intention as established fact – as the positive exit of the therapy
  • While doing the therapy work, keep firmly in mind the desired outcome and do not allow yourself to think of failure
  • Move aside – surrender to the power of the universe and let go of the output

Jonathan Goldman, one of the pioneers of sound healing, puts it succinctly like this:

Intention + frequency (sound waves) = healing

So by learning to cultivate the power of intention plus playing the synthetic sounds, we can be extremely effective as sound therapists, without needing to be musicians ourselves.

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The Five Keys To Success In Building A Sound Therapy Business

5 keys to success with sound therapy

When we set up and run a sound therapy practice, or a broader holistic therapy practice, there are 5 keys to success:

  1. Develop a strong identity
  2. Develop a positive, supportive mindset
  3. Set clear intentions
  4. Put in place a layered system for training and practice, price and service structures, marketing, selling and administration.
  5. Take action immediately

So let's look at each of these in turn … In this article I cover the first two … I cover the last 3 in another article.

  1. Develop a strong identity

Your identity is a matrix that effects what you do and how you have. A clear, strong, positive identity acts like a navigation system on a boat in stormy weather, helping you reach your chosen destination when the waves are high and the wind is wild. It keeps you moving forward; being resilient when faced by challenges and gives you the strength and courage to overcome obstacles on your path.

Your identity is bigger and wider than the roles you play in your work, your job, your career, and in your personal life, as a friend, sister, brother, child, parent, partner, lover and so on. It gives texture and form to your prime purpose or mission in life and what you hold to be the keys to fulfilling your mission.

There are three features of our identity matrix:

  1. How we see ourselves as people
  2. Our prime purpose or mission in life
  3. The keys aspects of what we do to fulfill our purpose

The clearer you are about your identity and mission and the more focussed you are on realizing it, the more positive impact you will make, and the more successful you will be as a Sound Therapist, if that is what you choose to do. Are you clear about who you are, why you are here and what you are doing to fulfill your life purpose?

  1. Develop a positive, supportive mindset

Our mindset is the way we perceive the world and the ways in which we fit into the world. It is made up of our attitudes and beliefs – thought forms that shape our behavior. Often they remain hidden from view, buried in our subconscious mind, and yet, like our hearts, they constantly beat out their own rhythms, whether we are aware of them or not. Our mindset can support or limit our efforts to succeed.

To be most effective as sound therapists, we need a mindset that is positive and which supports our intentions and identify matrix. This brings us into greater alignment and enables our energy to flow more easily and smoothly, giving us the openness and flexibility we need to keep fresh in the moment, and enabling us to respond appropriately to whatever challenge is present to us.

I know many people who work as complimentary health practitioners, doing a fantastic job helping others to deal with challenging issues in their lives, and yet they struggle to make a living from it. I know others who do an equally great job and they generate a healthy income from their practice. I've noticed that the practitioners who struggle financially often find it difficult to think of their practice as a business and do not do all the things that are needed to generate a financially sustainable income. For example they shy away from marketing and selling, or they do not value their services highly and charge low fees. The key difference between those that struggle financially and those that do not is their MINDSET.

Listed below are the 7 key mindsets for building a successful business as a sound therapist. This is a set of attitudes and beliefs that you can adopt for your own success:

  1. Complementary health care can be just as valuable to people as conventional allopathic medicine. In fact, given the choice, many people prefer to use complementary health care practices instead of surgery and drugs.
  2. By blending the best of ancient wisdom and modern science, sound therapy is a highly effective system for creating balance and well-being.
  3. Sound therapy is especially valuable at this point in time, when the existing financial, economic, social and health care systems are crumbling and many people are experiencing pain, suffering and dis-ease as a result, and are looking for fresh solutions to their problems .
  4. Many people are willing and able to pay for the benefits that professional complementary health care gives them. Most people listen to music and know that sounds affect their moods and emotions. Many people are very receptive to the suggestion that sound therapy can be of great benefit to their health and well-being.
  5. I will be able to help a lot of people by developing and running a successful business as a sound therapist.
  6. I will feel hugely fulfilled when my business as a sound therapist is running successfully and I'm helping many clients every week to deal effectively with the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues that are causing them pain, distress and dis-ease.
  7. I have the resources to face and overcome any frustrations and discomfort that I may experience while developing my business. It's OK not to get it right first time. I can learn from each situation and setbacks can help me develop the qualities, skills and experience that I need to be successful.

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