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In Eastern and Ayurvedic healing practices radishes are said to have effective toxin-purging effects, helping break down and eliminate toxins and cancer-causing free radicals in the body. They are also a naturally cooling food and their pungent flavor is highly regarded in eastern medicine for the ability to decrease excess heat in the body that can build up during the warmer months. Their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too.Most of us know, that radishes are a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins built up over time. Because of their high vitamin C content and natural cleansing effects, regular consumption of radishes can help prevent viral infections. As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (same family as broccoli and cabbage) radishes contain phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting. Radishes have a calming effect on the digestive system and can help relieve bloating and indigestion. With a very low calorie count, less than 20 calories in an entire cup, radishes are a great way to add nutrients, fiber and tons of flavor to your meals without compromising your health. With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are a nourishing food for the tissues and can help keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh and healthy all summer long!
Some more information on radishes on the following article by Shona Botes, “Radishes offer many health and nutritional benefits” , NaturalNews,Many people may not realize it, but radishes (known as daikens in some parts of the world) offer many health and nutritional benefits. Not only are the roots of these cruciferous vegetables nutritious, but so are their leaves. The leaves of the radish plant actually contain more Vitamin C, protein and calcium than their roots. They have been used to treat kidney and skin disorders, fight cancer and even soothe insect bites.Radish is rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins. These nutrients make it a very effective cancer-fighting food. It is said that radish is effective in fighting oral cancer, colon cancer and intestinal cancer as well as kidney and stomach cancers.
Radishes contain Vitamin C, zinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus. All of these are very effective in treating skin disorders such as rashes and dry skin. Mashed raw radish can be used as a soothing and refreshing face pack. Dieters can benefit greatly from radishes, as they are low in calories, cholesterol and fat. They also contain a lot of roughage and contain a lot of water. Because of its high roughage content, it is also very useful in treating both piles and constipation. Radish juice helps to soothe the digestive system and detoxify the body.
Radish helps to relieve congestion within the respiratory system, making it an excellent food for asthmatics and those who suffer from bronchial infections and sinus problems. It is beneficial for both the gallbladder and liver functions, as it acts as a cleanser. It contains sulphur based chemicals, which regulate the production and flow of bilirubin and bile, enzymes and acids and also help remove excess bilirubin from the blood. This makes it an excellent detoxifying agent for the body. It protects and soothes the gallbladder and liver, while protecting them from infections.
It is also highly effective in treating jaundice, as it is able to halt the destruction of red blood cells and to increase the supply of oxygen to the blood. For this treatment however, the black radish is preferred.
Radish is a natural diuretic. This makes them effective in preventing and fighting urinary tract infections. Radish juice helps to cure the burning feeling during urinary tract or bladder infections, as it is an excellent kidney cleanser.
This root vegetable can be enjoyed either raw or cooked, as well as in juice form. It makes an excellent addition to salad dishes.About the author Shona Botes blogs about green living, budgeting, saving money, natural remedies and humour (which is often combined with the abovementioned topics). Her spare time is spent tending to her organic herb garden, cycling and engaging in photography. Her blog may be viewed here Some of her photography work may be viewed here Other articles written by her may be viewed hereA world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama. He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama under the close supervision of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century, who raised Rinpoche like his own son.
He went on to study with many other great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. In 1971, Rinpoche went to England, where he also studied Comparative Religion at Cambridge University.
First as a translator and aide to his revered masters, and then teaching in his own right, Rinpoche traveled to many countries, observing the reality of people’s lives, and searching how to translate the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism so as to make them relevant to modern men and women of all faiths, by drawing out their universal message while losing none of their authenticity, purity and power.
Out of this was born his unique style of teaching, and his ability to attune these teachings to modern life, demonstrated so vividly in his ground-breaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. More than 2.8 million copies have been printed, in 34 languages and the book is available in 80 countries.
Rinpoche is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of over one hundred and thirty Buddhist centres and groups in forty countries around the world. He has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. The original article is from RIGPA. To view the original article please click here. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying you can read from : holybooks.comPasaulinio garso japonų mokslininko Masaru Emoto knyga “Žinia kurią mums praneša vanduo” išties revoliucinė. Savo tyrimais jis nustatė, jog mūsų mintys, jausmai ir žodžiai veikia vandens molekules. O kadangi žmogaus kūną, kaip ir visą planetą, didžiąja dalimi sudaro vanduo, tai šis mokslinis faktas leidžia visai kitaip pažvelgti į sveikatos, gamtos, aplinkos apsaugos problemas. Suvokę faktą, kad mes iš esmės esame vanduo, gauname raktą nuo Visatos paslapčių durų. Jeigu imsitės analizuoti pasaulį iš šios naujos perspektyvos, pasaulio daiktus išvysite tokius, kokių niekada ligi šioliai nematėte. Įvairiausi žmogaus gyvenime nutinkantys įvykiai įsispaudžia vandenyje. Žmonių visuomenė – tai vienas milžiniškas vandenynas, o mes, kiekvienas atskirai paimtas individas, esame tą vandenyną suformuojantys lašai.
Informacijos šaltiniai: www.agavita.lt, www.moku.lt, www.maistassportui.lt, www.reafamily.lt, www.slideshare.net
- Žmogaus kūne ir Žemėje yra apie 75% vandens. Žmogaus kūne vanduo procentais pasiskirstęs taip: Smegenyse 85 % Širdyje 75 % Plaučiuose 86 % Kraujyje 83 % Raumenyse 75 % Inkstuose 83 % Kepenyse 96 % Kauluose 22 %
- Vanduo turi unikalią savybę – atmintį. Vandens molekulinė struktūra sugeria viską, ką “girdi” aplinkoje – tiek žodžių, tiek minčių lygyje. Meile, geraširdiškumu ir skaidriomis mintimis galime sukurti harmoniją savo „kūno vandenyje“, o tai yra sveikatos ir ilgaamžiškumo pagrindas.
- Vanduo yra pagrindinis energijos šaltinis organizmo gyvavimui (funkcijų atlikimui).
- Vanduo gamina hidroelektrinę energiją ląstelių membranose nervinius impulsus perduodančioms ląstelėms.
- Vandens hidrolitinė savybė, padedanti išsklaidyti medžiagas į pirminius komponentus, yra būtina pasisavinimo gerinimui: – baltymus skaido į amino rūgštis; – riebalus – į riebiąsias rūgštis; – krakmolą – į paprastuosius cukrus.
- Vanduo yra kaip “klijai”, surišantys ląstelių membranas į visumą.
- Beveik visi organizmo cheminiai, fiziologiniai ir koloidiniai procesai vyksta vandens skiediniuose arba kartu su vandeniu.
- Kartu su vandeniu iš organizmo pašalinamos kenksmingos medžiagos arba apykaitos produktai. Laiku jų nepašalinęs, žmogus sunkiai apsinuodija ir net miršta. Suaugusiam žmogui kasdien reikia 2 – 2,5 l geriamojo vandens. Žmogaus organizmas nepakenčia vandens trūkumo. Netekęs 1 – 1,5 l vandens, žmogus pradeda jausti troškulį.
- Žmogui būti be vandens daug pavojingiau negu be maisto: nevalgęs jis gali išgyventi iki 40 dienų, o negėręs numirs aštuntą parą.
- Vanduo grūdina. Vandens šilumos imlumas bei laidumas daug didesni už orą. Šilumos apykaita vandenyje 25 kartus greitesnė nei sausumoje, todėl pasinėrus į vandenį iš karto juntamas šaltis. Dėl to kraujagyslės kūno paviršiuje susiaurėja, kraujo į odos paviršių atiteka mažiau, oda atšąla. Kad suaktyvėtų kraujotaka, širdis turi dirbti stipriau. Tokia nuolatinė termoreguliacijos sistemos treniruotė grūdina organizmą, didina jo atsparumą peršalimams.
- Vanduo didina medžiagų apykaitą. Sausumoje būdamas ramiai žmogus sunaudoja apie 100 kalorijų šilumos per vieną valandą. Vandenyje, esant 24 laipsniams, toks šilumos kiekis sunaudojamas per 15 min., o esant 12 laipsnių temperatūrai – per 4 min. Tokį žymų šilumos netekimą turi kompensuoti padidėjusi medžiagų apykaita (tai patvirtina padidėjęs apetitas po maudymosi). Įrodyta, kad sūrus jūros vanduo šilumos atima dar daugiau, atitinkamai didėja ir medžiagų apykaita.
- Vanduo stimuliuoja kvėpavimo sistemą. Vandens slėgis į krūtinės ląstą vandenyje yra 12,5 kg, o plaukiant siekia 20 kg, nes prisideda dar ir vandens pasipriešinimas bei vandens tankumas. Slėgis apsunkina įkvėpimą, bet skatina ilgą gilų iškvėpimą. Visa tai stimuliuoja kvėpavimo sistemą: stiprėja kvėpuojamieji raumenys, didėja krūtinės ląsta bei jos paslankumas, didėja gyvybinis plaučių tūris.
- Vanduo ramina nervų sistemą. Sudirgindamas nemaža receptorių, vanduo teigiamai stimuliuoja centrinę nervų sistemą (CNS), stiprina ją. Reguliarios pratybos vandenyje ramina CNS, pašalina psichinį įtempimą (gerina miegą). Plaukioti rekomenduojama ir ilgai buvus nejudriam (pvz., po lūžių), po stresų.
- Vanduo masažuoja Vandens slėgis į kūno paviršių, odą glostantis aptekančio vandens poveikis, besikeičiantis kraujo pritekėjimas į kūno paviršių, – visa tai yra natūralus masažas, teigiamai veikiantis tiek odą, tiek raumenyną.
- Vanduo teigiamai veikia judėjimo aparatą. Vandenyje kūno svoris yra neutralizuojamas vandens keliančios jėgos ir tai sudaro sąlygas taisyklingai laikysenai formuoti. Ši galimybė panaudojama stuburo iškrypimams gydyti. „Nesvarumo" būklė padeda atgauti judėjimo funkcijas po traumų.
- Vanduo didina sąnarių paslankumą. Tvirtos atramos nebuvimas labai išplečia judėjimo įvairiomis kryptimis galimybes, stimuliuoja šių gebėjimų tobulėjimą. Dėl to didėja lankstumas, sąnarių paslankumas.
- Higieninis vandens poveikis. Vanduo apvalo odą nuo dulkių, prakaito ir riebalinių liaukų išskyrų. Gerokai pagyvėja odos ir poodinio sluoksnio mityba. Reguliariai plaukiojant organizmas pamažu netenka nereikalingų riebalų. Visą kūną tolygiai padengia plonas poodinis riebalinis tarpsluoksnis.
- Žmogus ir gyvūnai, savo organizme perdirbdami maistą, patys pasigamina endogeninio, t. y. vidinio vandens. Jo nuolat ,,atsiranda" organizmo audiniuose. Visi gyvūnai ir augalai daugiausia vartoja tą vandenį, kurį pasigamina savyje. Kupranugario kuproje esantys riebalai oksidacijos būdu gali duoti gyvuliui 40 l endogeninio vandens.
“Omega-3 Supplements Don’t Lower Heart Disease Risk After All”
If you want to protect your heart, stick to exercise and a healthy diet, and pass on the fish oil pills, says a new study.
For years, doctors and health experts have recommended taking fish oil supplements, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to lower the risk of heart disease. But the latest study on the issue an analysis of previous clinical trials on the effects of omega-3s shows that the supplements don’t lower users’ risks of heart attack, stroke, sudden death or death from heart disease or any cause. Although the rates of these events were lower among those taking omega-3 supplements compared with those not taking them, the differences were not statistically meaningful, the authors said.
It’s not the first time that the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil have been questioned: another recent analysis of previous research found that the supplements didn’t prevent heart attack or stroke in people with heart disease. (Separately, other research has suggested that that pills have little effect on boosting memory in Alzheimer’s patients, reducing symptoms of the disease or improving thinking and verbal skills compared with placebo.)
In the current analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and led by Dr. Moses Elisaf of the Lipid Disorders Clinic at the University Hospital of Ioannina in Greece, the scientists reviewed 20 studies dating back to 1989 that involved 68,680 participants. Volunteers in the studies, most of whom were heart patients, were randomly assigned to take either 1.5 g of omega-3 supplementation or a placebo every day for about two years. They were followed for heart events, including death, heart attack and stroke.
While the omega-3 users showed a 9% lower rate of heart-related death compared with the controls, and an 11% lower rate of heart attack, these differences were too small to attribute to the omega-3 pills.
The findings may lead to some confusion among people both heart patients and those who are healthy but trying to avoid heart disease who may be taking omega-3 supplements daily. While some early studies did show a significant benefit from taking fish oil pills, data from newer clinical trials weakened that effect. That may be because at least one early, important study did not blind participants or researchers, meaning that everyone knew who was taking omega-3s or placebo. Further, inconsistencies between the included trials, such as the dosages of supplement used or preexisting conditions among participants, may have contributed to the discouraging findings.
Much other past data showing benefits of omega-3s also came from studies that did not randomize participants into fish oil and placebo groups, and instead retrospectively compared heart events in people who chose to consume more omega-3 fats than others.
Another reason the current study failed to find a benefit may be that more people are using better treatments for heart disease these days, including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Elisaf says he wasn’t able to eliminate the potential influence of these medications in lowering rates of heart attack and death from heart disease overall. “We need more data in order to have a clear answer about the role of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in everyday clinical practice,” he says.
The authors acknowledge that additional research may help determine whether omega-3 supplements may still benefit people depending on their individual risk of heart disease, or if their diets are low in foods that are naturally rich in the fatty acids.
Currently the American Heart Association (AHA) advises people with high triglyceride levels to eat more fatty fish the omega-3s in oily fish help boost good cholesterol and lower triglycerides but to discuss supplementation with their doctor if they can’t get enough from their diet. The organization does not recommend the pills in general as a way to protect the heart.
Both the AHA and many doctors recommend eating more fish, however: everyone, including healthy people and heart patients, should eat at least two servings of fish per week to benefit from the omega-3 fats. “If people are taking supplements because their physician prescribed them, they should consult with their physician before stopping,” says Dr. Donna Arnett, president of the AHA and professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “But I would tell them they should not stop eating fish. The results of this study are about dietary supplements. So dietary sources of omega-3s may be different than supplements. They should not assume that dietary sources are not useful.”
Which means that the advice you’ve been hearing all along remains the same eat more fish. It’s good for your heart.This article is taken from Yale News By Karen N. Peart March 15, 2012 Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine researchers have determined. The results, based on studies in mice, are published in the March 15 issue of Scientific Reports, a Nature publication. “This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior,” said senior author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Taylor and co-authors exposed pregnant mice to radiation from a muted and silenced cell phone positioned above the cage and placed on an active phone call for the duration of the trial. A control group of mice was kept under the same conditions but with the phone deactivated. The team measured the brain electrical activity of adult mice that were exposed to radiation as fetuses, and conducted a battery of psychological and behavioral tests. They found that the mice that were exposed to radiation tended to be more hyperactive and had reduced memory capacity. Taylor attributed the behavioral changes to an effect during pregnancy on the development of neurons in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a developmental disorder associated with neuropathology localized primarily to the same brain region, and is characterized by inattention and hyperactivity. “We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb,” said Taylor. “The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure.” Taylor said that further research is needed in humans to better understand the mechanisms behind these findings and to establish safe exposure limits during pregnancy. Nevertheless, he said, limiting exposure of the fetus seems warranted. First author Tamir Aldad added that rodent pregnancies last only 19 days and offspring are born with a less-developed brain than human babies, so further research is needed to determine if the potential risks of exposure to radiation during human pregnancy are similar. “Cell phones were used in this study to mimic potential human exposure but future research will instead use standard electromagnetic field generators to more precisely define the level of exposure,” said Aldad. Other Yale authors on the study include Geliang Gan and Xiao-Bing Gao. The study was funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and Environment and Human Health, Inc.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012, April 10). “Personality, habits of thought and gender influence how we remember” ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2012)
We all have them — positive memories of personal events that are a delight to recall, and painful recollections that we would rather forget. A new study reveals that what we do with our emotional memories and how they affect us has a lot to do with our gender, personality and the methods we use (often without awareness) to regulate our feelings.
The study appears in Emotion, a journal of the American Psychological Association.
“We’re looking at traits that are associated with the way that people process the emotional world and the way that they respond to it,” said University of Illinois psychology professor Florin Dolcos, who conducted the study with postdoctoral researcher Sanda Dolcos and University of Alberta postdoctoral researcher Ekaterina Denkova. “We wanted to look not only at how personality traits might influence what and how people remember, but also to examine how that impacts their (subsequent) emotional state.”
Previous studies of personality and its relationship to autobiographical memory have tended to focus only on women and only on negative memories, Florin Dolcos said. They do this because women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with emotional disorders such as depression or anxiety, which are associated with an increased focus on negative emotions.
Previous studies have found that people with high neuroticism – the tendency to focus on negative emotions, particularly in times of stress — also “are more disposed to become ill with affective disorders like depression and anxiety-related problems,” Dolcos said. But these studies have not looked at differences between men and women, the relationship between positive and negative memories, the frequency with which individuals recall specific memories and the vividness of their memories, he said.
Nor have most such studies examined the strategies people use to regulate their emotions when calling to mind positive and negative autobiographical memories. Such strategies include suppression (trying to blunt or hide negative emotions) and reappraisal (trying to adopt a new perspective on unpleasant memories).
The new study examined all these variables, and the findings offer a first hint of the complex interplay of factors that contribute to mood in healthy young men and women.
The researchers used questionnaires and verbal cues to assess personality and to elicit more than 100 autobiographical memories in each of 71 participants (38 of them women). Their analysis revealed that both men and women who were high in extroversion (gregarious, assertive, stimulus-seeking) tended to remember more positive than negative life events. Men who were high in neuroticism tended to recall a greater proportion of negative memories than men who were low in neuroticism, while women who were high in neuroticism tended to return to the same negative memories again and again, a process called rumination.
Rumination is known to be associated with depression, Florin Dolcos said.
“Depressed people recollect those negative memories and as a result they feel sad,” he said. “And as a result of feeling sad, the tendency is to have more negative memories recollected. It’s a kind of a vicious circle.”
None of the study subjects had been diagnosed with depression or other emotional disorders, but, as might be expected, both male and female participants were likely to experience a lower mood after recalling negative autobiographical memories. (Positive memories generally preceded a more positive mood, but the association was indirect and mediated by extroversion, the researchers reported.)
The most pronounced differences between men and women involved the effects of the emotional strategies they used when recalling negative autobiographical memories. Men who engaged in reappraisal, making an effort to think differently about their memories, were likely to recall more positive memories than their peers, while men who used suppression, trying to tamp down their negative emotional responses, saw no pronounced effect on the recall of positive or negative memories. In women, however, suppression was significantly associated with the recall of negative memories and with a lower mood afterward.
“I think that the most important thing here is that we really need to look concomitantly at sex- and personality-related differences and to acknowledge that these factors have a different impact on the way we record our memories, on what we are doing with our memories, and later, how what we are doing with our memories is impacting our emotional well-being,” said Sanda Dolcos.
The findings are instructive for both men and women, she said. Being more outgoing, interrupting rumination and using reappraisal seems to work best for men and women as a strategy for dealing with negative memories and cherishing the positive ones, she said.
Florin and Sanda Dolcos are affiliates of the department of psychology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois.“Mothers’ Diets Have Biggest Influence On Children Eating Healthy, Study Suggests” ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2010)
As health professionals search for ways to combat the rise in obesity and promote healthy eating, new research reveals a mother’s own eating habits — and whether she views her child as a ‘picky eater’ — has a huge impact on whether her child consumes enough fruits and vegetables.
A study by professor Mildred Horodynski of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing looked at nearly 400 low-income women (black and non-Hispanic white) with children ages 1-3 enrolled in Early Head Start programs. Results show toddlers were less likely to consume fruits and vegetables four or more times a week if their mothers did not consume that amount or if their mothers viewed their children as picky eaters.
“What and how mothers eat is the most direct influence on what toddlers eat,” Horodynski said. “Health professionals need to consider this when developing strategies to increase a child’s consumption of healthy foods. Diets low in fruit and vegetables even at young ages pose increased risks for chronic diseases later in life.”
The research was published recently in the journal Public Health Nursing.
When mothers viewed their children as picky eaters — unwilling to try nonfamiliar foods — a decrease also was seen in the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed.
“Perceptions of a toddler as a picky eater may be related to parenting style or culture,” Horodynski said. “Mothers who viewed their children as picky eaters may be more lax in encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables.”
Previous research shows that early repeated exposure to different types of foods is needed; up to 15 exposures may be needed before it can be determined if a child likes or dislikes a food.
Horodynski’s study, which collected information from mothers from 28 Michigan counties, also revealed differences among race: Black mothers and toddlers did not consume as much fruits and vegetables as non-Hispanic whites, though a majority of all study subjects fell below recommended U.S. dietary guidelines.
“Special attention must be given to family-based approaches to incorporating fruits and vegetables into daily eating habits,” she said. “Efforts to increase mothers’ fruit and vegetable intake would result in more positive role modeling.”
In addition, Horodynski said, public health nurses and other health professionals must play an important role in enhancing mothers’ awareness of the importance of health eating.
“Mother needs to have the knowledge and confidence to make these healthy decisions for their children,” she said.
The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Michigan State University.
The face is the index of the mind and the eyes are the windows of the soul, and “the fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes”, once Swami Sitaramananda said.
Anyone who practices yoga will have experienced how releasing stress and increasing flexibility benefits the body’s health. But a part of the body which is often forgotten or ignored is the eyes, and many people are unaware of what can be done to improve vision.
The pioneer in natural vision improvement was New York ophthalmologist, William H Bates (1860-1931). In the years he worked as assistant surgeon at the New York Eye Infirmary Dr Bates examined thousands of eyes, and discovered not only that eyesight changes all the time, but contrary to the conventional belief, which still prevails today, that it was the muscles around the eye which are instrumental to focusing rather than the lens inside the eye.
Although Dr Bates’ ideas were not accepted by the scientific community and he was expelled from the New York Post-Graduate Medical School where he taught ophthalmology, when he taught medical students how to improve their near-sightedness, he continued to develop his theory and also a method of vision training. In 1920 his book, Better Eyesight Without Glasses, was published, which is still in print today.
In the 1930s Indian ophthalmologist, Dr RS Agarwal, became interested in Dr Bates’ work and founded the School for Perfect Eyesight at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.
Leo Angart, author of Improve Your Eyesight Naturally, wore glasses for 25 years before restoring his vision from -5.5 (severe myopia) to 20/20 vision in a period of only three months. For the last twelve years he has helped thousands of people around the world improve their sight.
“The muscles in the eye,” Leo Angart says, “are used to focus, but the focusing is due to intention. Your intention starts and your eye follows. Vision is 90% in the mind.”
Angart says that what is most important is to believe that it is possible to have better eyesight, and also to understand that natural clear vision is effortless. When Leo Angart cured his own vision he searched for a method which would give him quick results. He believes that vision improvement is the combination of four elements:
Belief work – resolving any limiting beliefs related to what you, at one point in your life, did not want to see or because of your beliefs must not be seen.
Physical exercises – if you wear correcting lenses your eye muscles do not get used as much as they normally would, so they must be regenerated by exercise.
Energy work – pranic healing and acupuncture exercises can help remove eyestrain and give energy to the eyes.
Visualisation – imagery and memory are important parts of healthy vision.
To release the tension causing astigmatism use the Tibetan Wheel
Hold the Tibetan Wheel 3cm from your nose, with the tip of your nose at the white circle in the centre. It does not matter if you can not see the chart clearly.
Inhale and move your eyes up the left hand side of the spoke at the top of the page until you reach the black ball at the top of it. Exhale and move your eyes down the right hand side of the spoke. Inhale and move your eyes to the top of the needle like spoke at one o’clock, and exhale as you move your eyes back to the center.
Continue around the chart in a clockwise direction. Then close your eyes, rub your hands together and cover your eyes with the palms of your hands for one minute (this is called palming).
Repeat the Tibetan Wheel exercise in an anticlockwise direction and palm again.
Do this exercise four times a day with at least two hours of rest in between. The eye muscles should regain their flexibility between a few days and a few weeks. Check your progress using the Astigmatism Test Chart.
Take an object like a ball pen with some clear print on it more than 2mm high.
Cover the left eye with one hand.
Holding the pen with the other hand slowly move it away from you.
Find the furthest point your right eye can see the print on the pen clearly.
Slowly move the pen backwards and forwards past your point of clear vision. As you do so your eyes attempt to focus on it and this extends your vision.
Repeat for the left eye.
The movement is similar to the action of a trombone player so is called tromboneing. The more tromboneing is done the better.
Activate your hands by lightly touching the center of your palms and the tip of each finger, finally shake the hands.
- Close the four fingers of one hand to form an imaginary arrow. Close your eyes and imagine apple green energy flowing from the center of your palm down through your folded fingers to create a beam of green energy. Hold your hand so the finger tips are 10cm away from the Ajna Chakra, the third eye. Breathe in and out seven times as you imagine apple green energy flowing in an endless stream from your fingertips to the point between the eyebrows and filling your eyes with cleansing green energy. The green energy works like soap. Then energize the Ajna Chakra with yellow energy for two breathing cycles. Yellow energy has a sticky effect that binds the loosened energy together, so it is easier to remove.
Now imagine you are wearing a glove of transparent green or violet energy, which extends about 10cm from your fingertips. Use your extended energy fingers to scoop away tired and old stress from your eyes. Clean the eyes all the way to the back of the eyeball. This clears the tension and tiredness in the eyes.
Next energize the Ajna Chakra with violet energy for seven breathing cycles. This strengthens the eyes.
- Find the energy point at the back of the head at the same level as the eyes and for seven breathing cycles visualize white energy flowing from your fingertips through the head and into the eyeballs.
- Imagine your hand is a paint roller dipped in blue sky energy. With a couple of sweeps paint a layer of blue around the energy you have projected into your eyes. Blue stabilizes the energy.
- Finally, rub your palms together until they are warm, and finish with about 30 seconds of palming. You may see colors when you do this, and it is the energy being absorbed into the system, but don’t be concerned if you do not see colors.
For maximum benefit do this exercise every two hours, because it restores energy to the eyes. Leo Angart has had myopic participants who have improved their eyesight by as much as 8 diopters just by doing this exercise.
Look at a paragraph of text and move it away from your eyes until you can see it very clearly.
Move the text a fraction closer, so it begins to blur. Then move the text back and forth like a trombone player. You will notice that your eyes begin to focus closer.
Once you can read the paragraph clearly at 15cm from the eyes find some smaller print and repeat the exercise.
Then move the text from an arm’s length away to within 15cm of your eyes in order to develop range.
Finally practice reading small print in different kinds of light.
This tromboneing for reading can be done frequently. It builds up flexibility in your muscles just like when you do asanas.
Meir Schneider is the founder of the School of Self-Healing located in San Francisco, California. He used Bates methods to help heal his own eyes.Care2.com Healing Your Eyes Naturally by Jake Richardson
June 1, 2010
Meir Schneider was born blind. Surgeries on his eyes did not help him, and he lived for seventeen years unable to see. At the age of 17 he became aware of the Bates vision exercises and practiced them without pause, until gradually his eyesight began to improve. Today his vision is normal enough that he holds a California driver’s license and can drive and is self-sufficient. But he didn’t stop with healing himself, he founded and now runs a school of self-healing in San Francisco, helping others with their visual problems, and other conditions such as muscular dystrophy.
I was very grateful he agreed to an interview and that I can share the following information with you.
Interview with Meir Schneider
Q: Your personal story is so dramatic. Looking back, what was it that as a child caused you to persevere so strongly towards healing your eyes?
A: In the first two pages of my book, Movement for Self-Healing, I describe the love of my grandmother, which made a very big difference to me in my life. She used to lie with me in hospital beds, and supported me through five surgeries. Both my parents were deaf and my connection with my grandmother was significant. My grandmother made me feel that I’m worthwhile. And that feeling gave me the tenacity to work on my eyes 13 hours a day. There is nothing like the love of a parental figure to make someone move forward.
Q: I noticed on Amazon.com that your video Yoga for Your Eyes has more than 10 positive or very positive user reviews. What is it that people who practice your techniques or exercises can achieve for their eyesight?
A: My reviews are positive because A. people who practice my exercises see an immediate improvement or experience improvement over time, B. people naturally intuit that the body can heal itself, and C. people see that I practice what I preach- I am always working on and improving my eyes myself. I stand fast that vision can improve when the total medical establishment stands against it.
What a person can achieve for their eyesight is very individualistic. We’re all hypnotized that vision cannot improve by the medical profession. All our beliefs regarding the rigidity of the eyes are founded on the opinions of two 19th century physicists, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz and James W. Kalat from Austria. I know for sure that the eye can change its shape. It is difficult to say that everyone can have 20/20 vision, but everyone can improve their vision, some much better than others. A perfect example of a successful improvement in vision without the client reaching 20/20 [vision] is the story of a toddler boy I recently worked with who was born with cataracts in his left eye. The doctor discovered cataracts in his eye, blood clots and glaucoma.
The doctor said to give up on the eye because it’s shrinking, and because the bones around the eye would potentially grow in a way that would squeeze down on the shrinking eye, the doctor suggested to put in a glass eye. His parents, however, did not want him to have surgery. I worked with the boy, beginning with light stimulation. Then, we did sunning and palming. Just yesterday, I received a phone call that his eye is growing now! We hope it will not be necessary to remove his eye anymore because his eye now has a sense of sight and it is not shrinking.
Q: A common view is that healing is something outside of ourselves. It’s a medical establishment with professionals, hospitals, drugs, etc. and no internal resources. How important is it to the healing process that we are aware that the body can heal itself to some extent and that self-care is involved?
A: That is a very crucial question and there is no time when it is more crucial than now. Usually when someone enters a debate, the most marginal question is the most important question. In the debate of the medical crisis of our country, everybody agrees that this country, the richest country that ever was in human history, has a medical expense that is 1/6th of the national gross. The reason is that we go to doctors after the ailment has happened, and we don’t work on making the body more vital and more alive. Doctors, in a way, discourage us from tapping into the resources of the body. So, the foremost important thing for us to know as a nation is that we need new experts in working with people who can teach what their body can do for them. This is what I do at the School for Self-Healing-I train people to learn the healing resources in their own body.
We have 600 muscles in the body; most people only use 50 of them, and they don’t even know it. The connective tissue thus hardens around the muscles we always use. Why do we use only 50 out of them? Many motions the body can do, we do not do them in modern times; we have no kinesthetic awareness of these motions. Arthur Rubinstein, the great pianist, must have had much more subtle and deep control of his fingers that the rest of us do, but we can at least significantly develop and increase our control of our fingers and of our toes. In all my workshops, when I teach people to use their toes independently, they frown because they never knew they could do it, but armless people can do this. So what we have to do, first of all, is understand that we need to have awareness from within, to what exists in our body.
It’s unacceptable that one out of every four people in this country have arthritis, that eight out of ten people have back pain, and that 180 million people wear glasses. This is totally unacceptable and where we really need to start is to have a whole movement of rediscovering our resources. Then we need medicine maybe 1/20th or less of the time than we need it now. We still will be tested, but we will need the doctors’ help much less and we’ll take care of ourselves much more. They tell me at my age that we need to go to a physical every single year, but I didn’t go to a physical for seven years and found that my physical was exactly the same at the end of the seven years. My physical is my ability to run and my ability to bike, and more than that my ability to feel and my ability to move, and to have better awareness of myself. That’s my real physical.
So, the answer is absolutely-it is absolutely important to the healing process that we are aware that the body can heal itself and that self-care is involved. Not only do we not know our resources, but we don’t have the right teachers for this and this is why the School for Self-Healing exists, to train people to learn what their resources really are.
Q: Is the basic premise of your work with eyes that eyesight is influenced significantly by the muscles around the eye? And that changing the strength and habitual movements of those muscles improves eyesight?
A: The basic premise of my work, The Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method Through Bodywork and Movement, is that most people are born with healthy eyes and most visual habits really create a disturbance to the function and thus the structure of the eyes. The vision exercises taught in Self-Healing teaches healthy eye habits that counter the unhealthy visual habits of our culture.
Our lifestyle requires us to look at computers and read, and we don’t look enough at the distance. We can learn to compensate for this by looking eight minutes, two time to three times each day, at a distance, and surely, but slowly, our lenses would begin to regain their flexibility. Our lenses would convex when we look from near and flatten when we look from far. The muscles around our lenses, the ciliary muscles, would constrict when we look from near, and would really relax and expand when we look from far.
Our ancestors’ survival depended on their peripheral vision; they needed to sense an animal approaching before it saw them. Our near-sighted lifestyle of reading and computer work does not encourage us to pay attention to our peripheral vision. We thus need to learn to pay attention to our periphery to keep it alive. We tend to wear sunglasses, obstructing ourselves from seeing strong sunlight, when actually our pupils need the sunlight to exercise its function of shrinking and constricting fully.
We do not have an in interest in details. For example, when we read, we read for content and do not notice the curves of the letters. We do not enjoy the intricacies of a beautiful flower. This loss of interest in details disengages the macula, whose function is to look from detail to detail. This disinterest is responsible for macular degeneration.
We can counter this by keeping an interest in details- by looking at flowers, looking at the clouds, looking at the curves and landscapes in the distance. Most people have a dominant eye and do not work equally with both eyes. We can practice balancing the use of the two eyes through eye-teaming exercises and waking up the less dominant eye. Unhealthy visual habits leads to degeneration of the eyes and healthy visual habits are healing for the eyes.
The best example I have is a lady who came to me with one legally blind eye and another eye that only sees color and light. We discovered that when she relaxed, she was no longer legally blind and could see an extra line on the chart. This surprised her and her mother because when they went to the best doctors in Canada, she could never see the 20/100 line, the second line on the chart. I sat her in a dark room and patched vigorously, with two eye patches and construction tape, her seeing eye. I flashed a light on and off to stimulate her blind eye, and she was able to recognize the light. Then she was able to recognize features and figures and me. After five minutes, she was able to describe what was in the room.
No doctor tried flashing a light in front of her eye for five minutes in a dark room. But, I know that it takes three minutes for the brain to wake up and use a lazy eye. So, I flashed the light for at least five minutes. Because she started to use her lazy eye, started to consciously look with it, her vision improved. Her vision in that eye was still poor, but it wasn’t blind. The eye could see features and figures and even large letters, which is immensely significant for being a lazy eye for 18 years of her life. When she came to me, the vision in her strong eye was 20/200; when she relaxed, her vision in that eye improved to 20/100 (40% of normal vision); and, after practicing eye-teaming exercises, improved to an incredible 20/60 (70% of normal vision). We have a latent ability in the body that most people are not aware of and we can wake-up this latent potential with my Self-Healing Method.
: People in modern societies tend to spend a lot of time looking at various screens: computer, cellphone, mobile devices, TV screens. How can your exercises benefit eyes that are reading electronic media every day?
Well, we need to blink a lot, we need to look away a lot, we need to massage our eyes a lot, and we need to palm for 6 minutes at a time. Palming is the exercise of rubbing our palms together and then putting them around our eye orbits. In short, we need to take breaks and pay attention to the periphery, and we need to look at the distance every day for eight minutes before we look at the computer.
Q: Are you working on developing new exercises or insights for self-healing and eyesight?
A: All the time, everyday, in every way. Even though my method is very developed, every single time that I work with a new client, especially a client with a great challenge, I learn its limitations and am challenged to invent something new for the person I’m working with. The result of this is that the moment of innovation leads to a very dynamic relationship between me and my clients. It leads to a real connection. As a result of that, I have more material to give to others.“Does drinking coffee reduce the risk of skin cancer?” Monday, July 23, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer NaturalNews
A recent study published in the journal Cancer Research claims that coffee drinkers may be at a reduced risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common types of skin cancer. According to the research, individuals that drink at least three cups of coffee a day have a 20 percent decreased risk of developing this mild form of skin cancer which, while not necessarily deadly, can cause significant disfigurement of skin.
Jiali Han, author of the study and associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Harvard School of Public Health, evaluated data on 113,000 men and women, all of who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. She discovered that rates of basal cell carcinoma were 20 percent less among this group compared to those who drank no coffee at all, and that the active substance in question appears to be caffeine.
“Caffeine may help the body kill off damaged skin cells,” claimed Dr. Josh Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, in response to the study’s findings. “If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don’t have the opportunity to grow and form cancers.”
The findings seem to correlate with a 2011 study out of Rutgers University that identified a link between caffeine and skin cancer prevention. According to that research, caffeine appears to be an effective topical treatment for protecting skin against damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. (http://www.tgdaily.com)
“Although it is known that coffee drinking is associated with a decreased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, there now needs to be studies to determine whether topical caffeine inhibits sunlight-induced skin cancer,” said Allan Conney, Director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research about the Rutgersstudy.
Drinking coffee can exhaust your adrenal glands, lead to substance addiction
As promising as the new research on coffee drinking may initially appear for preventing skin cancer, it is important to remember that coffee consumption can be dangerous and damaging to health. There are many other ways to prevent skin cancer, including regular exposure to natural sunlight without burning and vitamin D supplementation, that do not cause other health problems.
Coffee consumption stimulates the production of adrenaline in the body, which can overspend the adrenal glands, leading to chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), allergies, chronic infections, and other problems. (http://www.naturalnews.com/)
Drinking coffee is also highly addictive, as many who regularly consume it suffer withdrawal symptoms such as headaches when they try to stop. While it may give its drinkers a buzz that helps them through their busy days, coffee ends up exhausting the body’s energy reserves, which can lead to irritability, confusion, severe mood swings, and other problems. (http://www.naturalnews.com/)
Instead of coffee, why not try naturally exposing your skin to between 15 and 30 minutes a day of unfiltered sunlight, or supplementing with between 2,000 and 10,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 every day? This simple, inexpensive, and proven health regimen will not only help protect you against skin cancer, but will also improve your health in many other areas while preventing a myriad of chronic illnesses.
Every our thought and emotion, every metal, stone, plant, sound, color, and all else in this Universe, is energy that is alive and intelligent. Energies from these sources can be with positive or negative information. All these energies influence our body and mind (or energetic system around and in our body). Harmonic positive thought energies can help us to be healthy and protect us from negative information that exists around us. It is the same with our dis-balanced negative energies, as they can create blockages in our auras, eventually weakening us and causing physical behavior problems. Today’s thought is a question; how can we live our lives that we can better to accumulate positive information and harmonize the negative energies around us? How can we help for each other and keep this world clean and with positive information?
“Since many of us do not consider the influence that both positive and negative energy has on our lives, we often fail to control how we use it. There is an old saying, “you are what you eat.” The same holds true with information. If we allow ourselves to feed mentally and spiritually on negative information, we are unlikely to attain positive results in our lives. In his book, “Three Steps To Happiness; Healing Through Joy,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum states, “Until now, most of you have probably been creating most of your reality unconsciously by reacting to your experience and what you have been taught. This is not a very effective way to create what you truly desire.”
“Secrets of ‘SuperAger’ Brains: Elderly Super-Agers Have Brains That Look and Act Decades Younger Than Their Age” Science News ScienceDaily Aug. 16, 2012
Researchers have long chronicled what goes wrong in the brains of older people with dementia. But Northwestern Medicine researcher Emily Rogalski wondered what goes right in the brains of the elderly who still have terrific memories. And, do those people — call them cognitive SuperAgers — even exist?
Rogalski’s new study has for the first time identified an elite group of elderly people age 80 and older whose memories are as sharp as people 20 to 30 years younger than them. And on 3-D MRI scans, the SuperAger participants’ brains appear as young — and one brain region was even bigger — than the brains of the middle-aged participants.
She was astounded by the vitality of the SuperAgers’ cortex — the outer layer of the brain important for memory, attention and other thinking abilities. Theirs was much thicker than the cortex of the normal group of elderly 80 and older (whose showed significant thinning) and closely resembled the cortex size of participants ages 50 to 65, considered the middle-aged group of the study.
“These findings are remarkable given the fact that grey matter or brain cell loss is a common part of normal aging,” said Rogalski, the principal investigator of the study and an assistant research professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Rogalski is senior author of the paper, which is published in theJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society.
By identifying older people who seem to be uniquely protected from the deterioration of memory and atrophy of brain cells that accompanies aging, Rogalski hopes to unlock the secrets of their youthful brains. Those discoveries may be applied to protect others from memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease.
“By looking at a really healthy older brain, we can start to deduce how SuperAgers are able to maintain their good memory,” Rogalski said. “Many scientists study what’s wrong with the brain, but maybe we can ultimately help Alzheimer’s patients by figuring out what goes right in the brain of SuperAgers. What we learn from these healthy brains may inform our strategies for improving quality of life for the elderly and for combatting Alzheimer’s disease.”
By measuring the thickness of the cortex — the outer layer of the brain where neurons (brain cells) reside – Rogalski has a sense of how many brain cells are left.
“We can’t actually count them, but the thickness of the outer cortex of the brain provides an indirect measure of the health of the brain,” she said. “A thicker cortex, suggests a greater number of neurons.”
In another region deep in the brain, the anterior cingulate of SuperAger participants’ was actually thicker than in the 50 to 65 year olds.
“This is pretty incredible,” Rogalski said. “This region is important for attention. Attention supports memory. Perhaps the SuperAgers have really keen attention and that supports their exceptional memories.”
Only 10 percent of the people who “thought they had outstanding memories” met the criteria for the study. To be defined as a SuperAger, the participants needed to score at or above the norm of the 50 to 65 year olds on memory screenings.
“These are a special group of people,” Rogalski said. They aren’t growing on trees.”
For the study, Rogalski viewed the MRI scans of 12 Chicago-area Superager participants’ brains and screened their memory and other cognitive abilities. The study included 10 normally aging elderly participants who were an average age of 83.1 and 14 middle-aged participants who were an average age of 57.9. There were not significant differences in education among the groups.
Most of the SuperAger participants plan to donate their brains to the study. “By studying their brains we can link the attributes of the living person to the underlying cellular features,” Rogalski said.Story Source: The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Northwestern University, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Journal Reference: Theresa M. Harrison, Sandra Weintraub, M.-Marsel Mesulam and Emily Rogalski. Superior Memory and Higher Cortical Volumes in Unusually Successful Cognitive Aging. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2012 DOI: 10.1017/S1355617712000847Gydytoja psichiatrė psichoterapeutė Zita Alseikienė Medicinos Centras „Neuromeda“ 2008 10 30Akivaizdu, kad ne vis reiškiniai žmogaus gyvenime paklūsta mechaninei logikai – didelę įtaką mums daro įsitikinimai, masiškai paplitę ir toliau plintantys per masines informacijos priemones, dėl to paprastai priimami be kritikos. Dabar juokingai atrodo viduramžiais populiarūs mitai, pvz., kad, Velykų dieną iššukavus plaukus, galima atsikratyti utėlių, o sifilio – permiegojus su skaistuole. Taip atsiranda kolektyviniai mitai, ir vienas iš šiuolaikinių mitų – energetiniai vampyrai, apie žmones, neva siurbiančius mūsų energiją, ir magiškus apsisaugojimo nuo jų metodus. Iš tikrųjų visi pastebime, kad ne su visais žmonėmis vienodai lengva bendrauti. Su kai kuriais sutarti sunku beveik visiems, o, pabendravus su jais, lieka nemalonus jausmas. Taigi „vampyrizmą“ galima apibūdinti kaip tam tikrą elgesį, kai taip besielgiantys gerai jaučiasi tada, kai kitiems sukelia nemalonias emocijas. Tačiau kaltinti šio žmogaus taip pat negalima – juk apie savo elgesio problemas jis dažnai net nežino ir toli gražu pats nesijaučia gerai. Tokiam žmogui reikalinga kvalifikuota psichoterapeuto pagalba. Kaip, beje, ir jo aukoms – nuo „energetinių vampyrų“ paprastai nukenčia ypač jautrūs ir pažeidžiami žmonės. Ir padėti geriausiai gali ne būrėjos ar ekstrasensai, o profesionalai, mokantys psichologinę būklę koreguoti moksliniais metodais. Psichoterapijos požiūriu, „enegetinio vampyrizmo“ esmė yra tam tikri psichologiniai žaidimai, nuodugniai aprašyti žymaus JAV psichoterapeuto Eric Berne knygoje „Žaidimai, kuriuos žaidžia žmonės: žmogiškųjų santykių psichologija“. Tai nenuoširdus bendravimas, lyg su „dvigubu dugnu“, kurio metu kyla jausmas, kad pašnekovas nori mumis pasinaudoti. Ir jis iš tikrųjų mus panaudoja, tik tikslas čia – ne materialus. Tai savotiška psichologinė vagystė, kurios objektas – ne pinigai ar materialios vertybės, o … mūsų jausmai. Paprastai vampyras pasinaudoja mūsų užuojauta ir jautrumu, kad „išlietų“ savo susikaupusią blogą nuotaiką, bet ne tiesiogiai, o subtiliai, tam radęs pretekstą. Dažniausią energetinio vampyro variantą galima pavadinti emociniu egoizmu. Taip besielgiantis žmogus rūpinasi savo ramybe ne pačiu geriausiu būdu – aplinkinių sąskaita. Savo blogą nuotaiką jis išlieja psichologiniu gynybos metodu, vadinamuoju perkėlimu. Neigiamas emocijas (pyktį, agresiją, nuoskaudas, susierzinimą, nusivylimą ir t.t.) jis nukreipia ne į juos sukėlusį žmogų, o į kitą – priklausomą nuo jo materialiai ar pagal pareigas arba bejėgį pagal savo elgesio stilių. Taip dėl viršininkų neigiamų emocijų tenka kentėti pavaldiniams, tėvų – vaikams, šeimoje lyderiaujančio sutuoktinio – „silpnesnei pusei“. Kitas „energetinio vampyro“ variantas būdingas vaikams ir suaugusiems žmonėms, kurie vaikystėje negavo pakankamai dėmesio ir šilumos, buvo „nepakankamai mylėti“. Dėl to susiformuoja žema savivertė ir slaptas nepasitikėjimas savimi. Siekdami panaikinti vidinį diskomfortą ir užmaskuoti psichologinį pažeidžiamumą, įsitikinti savo reikšmingumu, tokie žmonės bet kokia kaina siekia į save atkreipti aplinkinių dėmesį. Šis stiprus poreikis numalšinamas tik tada, kai „vampyras“ gauna ne formalius, išorinius dėmesio požymius, o pajaučia gyvą emocinį pašnekovo atsaką (to jis visomis jėgomis ir siekia, net jei pašnekovas atsako neigiamomis emocijomis). Tačiau yra ir kita medalio pusė. Jei panašios „energetinių vampyrų“ manipuliacijos priverčia mus netekti pusiausvyros, tai iš dalies kalti esame ir mes patys. Ne kiekvienas žmogus tampa „vampyrų“ manipuliacijų objektu, nes šie subtiliai jaučia, kuris pasiduos jų „atakoms“, o su kuriuo taip elgtis negalima. Pirmiausia nuo jų kenčia emocionalūs, pernelyg jautrūs pašnekovo intonacijoms ir užuominoms, kas leidžia pastariesiems suprasti jų jautrias vietas. Šiuo atveju kenksmingai veikia ir automatinė emocinio mėgdžiojimo reakcija, kurios dėka mūsų viduje kaip veidrodyje atsispindi pašnekovo emocinė būsena. Pirmiausia, norint atsiriboti nuo „energetinio vampyro“ ir jam padėti, reikia gerai suprasti, kas vyksta (panašiu būdu, kaip aprašyta aukščiau). Pagalba „vampyrui“ būtų paradoksali – jį mylėti, rūpintis juo ir jį suprasti (jokiu būdu – nebijoti jo ir nevengti). Pasitaiko atvejų, kad vaikai, net pakankamai maži, elgiasi kaip energetiniai vampyrai, tuo sukeldami tėvams įvairius sunkius jausmus. Tokiais atvejais vaikui būtina skirti daugiau dėmesio, o ypač tai reikia daryti tam iš tėvų, kuris mažiau būna su vaiku. Su vaiku reikia praleisti daugiau laiko, kurio metu ne griežtai auklėti ar moralizuoti vaiką, o emocinės artumos atmosferoje užsiimti bendra veikla. Labai svarbu, kad artumas būtų tiek emocinis, tiek fizinis: vaiką kuo dažniau stenkitės paglostyti, priglausti. Tada mažojo „vampyro“ elgesys darysis ramesnis, o po kurio laiko šios problemos neliks nė ženklo. Tuo tarpu su paaugliais yra sudėtingiau: jau reikia mokėti išlaikyti tam tikrą distanciją, turėti daugiau kantrybės ir mažiau kritikuoti, gerbti jų pačių nuomonę. Suaugusiems žmonėms, tiek „vampyrams, tiek jų „aukoms“, iš esmės tinka tos pačios rekomendacijos. Tai – prisiimti atsakomybę už savo emocinę būklę bei elgesį tiek svarbiose, nekasdieniškose situacijose, tiek kasdienybėje. Požymiai, padedantys atskirti „energetinį vampyrą“ nuo kitų žmonių: • Žmonės „vampyrai“ mėgsta su aplinkiniais kalbėtis apie įvairiausius nemalonumus, nesėkmes, išsiliedami pašnekovui „iki dugno“. • Jie mėgsta klausti patarimų, tačiau jais niekada nepasinaudoja. Iš tikrųjų šiems žmonėms svarbūs yra ne patys patarimai, o jūsų įsitraukimas ir dėmesys jam. • „Energetiniai vampyrai“ labai praktiški. Jeigu žmogus jiems nenaudingas, jie greit su juo nustoja bendrauti. Todėl jie ir neturi senų draugų. • Visiškai beviltiška yra stengtis juos sujaudinti arba priversti ką nors užjausti. Priešingai, svetimas džiaugsmas šiems žmonėms sukelia pyktį ir liūdesį. • Jie dideli liežuvautojai ir mėgsta už akių apkalbinėti žmones, deja, ne iš gerosios pusės. • Jie nemėgsta gyvūnų, nors kartais namuose laiko katę ar mažą piktą šuniūkštį. Svetimiems gyvūnams jaučia agresiją. Ne kiekvienas gali tapti „vampyro“ auka. Aukos dažniausiai pasižymi šiomis savybėmis: • Pernelyg atviri ir emocionalūs žmonės, pasiruošę į formalų klausimą „Kaip reikalai?“ atsakyti nuodugniu pasakojimu apie savo pasiekimus. • Pagyrūnas – pats skaniausias kąsnelis „energetiniams vampyrams“. Užtenka pagyrūną bent kiek pagirti, ir daryk su juo, ką tik nori. • Nepasitikintys savimi ir savęs nevertinantys žmonės. Tokiems žmonėms vis nepatogu kitą pertraukti, nors ano kalbos tuščios ar nemalonios. • Žmonės, kurie nuolat jaučiasi kalti. Kažin ar yra žmogus, kuriam būtų malonu jaustis niekšu. Būtent todėl mes dažnai ir vengiame nutraukti pabodusį bendravimą su įkyruoliu, prilipusiu prie mūsų kaip musė, nors jis ir siekia sugadinti mums nuotaiką. Kaltės jausmas, jei mes jį jaučiame ir jo siekiame bet kokia kaina išvengti, „energetinius vampyrus“ vilioja kaip jaukas. Psichologinė gynyba nuo „energetinių vampyrų“: • Nuslopinkite savyje kaltės jausmą: jūs niekam nieko neprivalote. Jeigu jūs skubate, užsiėmę arba paprasčiausiai nenorite su niekuo bendrauti, paprasčiausiai taip ir pasakykite. • Nepasakokite apie save nieko asmeniško, bendraudami išlaikykite distanciją, nesikvieskite į savo namus. Neduokite peno apkalboms. Emocinis šaltumas – geriausia gynyba nuo „energetinio vampyro“. • Neleiskite, kad jumis manipuliuotų. Išmokite pasakyti „Ne“, kai pašnekovas iš jūsų tikisi išgirsti „Taip“. Baikite galvoti apie tai, kaip jūs atrodysite aplinkiniams. Jūsų interesai visada jums turi būti svarbiausi. • Savo kalba demonstruokite tvirtumą ir pasitikėjimą savimi. Tokie žodžiai, kaip „turbūt“, „galbūt“, „atrodo“ ir t.t. „vampyrams“ parodo jūsų silpnumą. Sakykite „aš manau“, „aš užtikrintas“, „aš žinau“. • Niekada nekaltinkite žmonių vampyrizmu. Jų atsakomoji reakcija sukels kaltės jausmą jumyse, o taip jūs iš karto neteksite daug energijos. • Jei manote, kad su jumis kalba užuominomis (o „vampyrai“ taip mėgsta), išveskite pašnekovą į „švarius vandenis“, perklausdami, ką jis turėjo omenyje. Geriau turėti reikalų su prašytoju negu su manipuliatoriumi.
We have spoken about faith and positive attitude. Many of us would like to learn to be more patient in life, too. What is patience? Speaking for myself, being patient means that I give God and others time to do what I am expecting of them. Doing this requires that we have faith in God or in the people that we are working with, that we are positive that what we desire will happen and that we have trust. Conversely, faith and positive attitude must be accompanied by patience in order to work in our lives…
One of the biological reactions associated with stress is crying. Our tears that are shed due to an emotional response, such as sadness or extreme happiness, contain a high concentration of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) — a chemical linked to stress. So, when we are extremely emotional our tiers helps our body release some of these excess stress chemicals, thereby helping us feel more calm and concentrated.
While we’re crying is a healthy response to a stressful situation, so, settling in for “a good cry” every day is unlikely to quell the ill effects of stress on your body…
But, attention, there are two major types of stress: stress that’s beneficial and motivating, — good stress, and stress that causes day anxiety and even health problems, — bad stress, and that kind of stress usually stays around for weeks or months and can weaken our immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
But, let’s talk a little more about biological role of emotional tears.The New York Times Company “BIOLOGICAL ROLE OF EMOTIONAL TEARS EMERGES THROUGH RECENT STUDIES” By JANE E. BRODY
ST. PAUL, Minn. WHILE the eyes of all mammals are moistened and soothed by tears, only human beings shed tears in response to emotional stress. Although this fact has been known for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, science has until recently shed little light on the reasons for this uniquely human behavior.
In fact, notes Dr. William H. Frey, until last week no study had ever been reported of how often and under what circumstances adults cry.
Dr. Frey, a self-appointed student of ”psychogenic lacrimation,” as he calls emotionally induced tears, decided several years ago that it was time to find out why people cry. His theory, for which there is now some indirect evidence, is that tears help to relieve stress by ridding the body of potentially harmful stress-induced chemicals. Dr. Frey, a biochemist, is director of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center here.
Thus far he has shown that emotionally induced tears have a higher protein content than tears produced in response to eye irritation, such as that caused by a cut onion. And while he has not yet been able to do the costly analyses needed to determine the identity and levels of stress-related chemicals in human tears, at least one new report suggests that people with stress-related illnesses cry less than their healthy counterparts.
Dr. Margaret Crepeau of Marquette University College of Nursing studied 100 men and women with stress-related disorders – 50 with ulcers, 50 with colitis, an inflammation of the colon. She compared them to 50 healthy persons of similar age and life circumstances. As she reported to the American Psychological Association meeting last week in Washington, those with the two stress-related disorders were more likely than the healthy people to regard crying as a sign of weakness or loss of control. And, according to their own reports, those who were ill were less likely to cry in a variety of situations.
”What now needs to be done is a study of the actual crying behavior of people with stress-related illnesses,” Dr. Frey remarked. ”People say they feel better after crying, and our data show this is so,” he continued. He also noted that children with a rare inherited disease called familial dysautonomia show two characteristics that may be related: They cry without tears and they have a highly exaggerated reaction to mild stress.
”Crying is an exocrine process,” Dr. Frey explained, ”that is, a process in which a substance comes out of the body. Other exocrine processes, like exhaling, urinating, defecating and sweating, release toxic substances from the body. There’s every reason to think crying does the same, releasing chemicals that the body produces in response to stress.”
Dr. Frey sees such research as a route to understanding the biochemical basis of emotion and changes in emotional states. He said, ”If we can measure the body’s specific excretion in response to stress, it may be a clue to the biochemical changes involved in sadness and joy. By measuring what comes out of the body in response to emotion, we may find out what is happening in the brain.”
Although Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, thought the crying process itself relieved suffering, he regarded emotional tears as an incidental and purposeless secretion. ”This is not an easy view for me to accept,” Dr. Frey said in an interview here. ”Darwin himself showed that evolution doesn’t favor purposeless processes.”
The only other theory of emotional crying, offered by the anthropologist Ashley Montagu, saw tears as a means of lubricating upper respiratory passages that would otherwise be dried out by sobbing. Yet, Dr. Frey pointed out, ”Most crying episodes are not associated with sobbing, and sobbing, when it occurs, doesn’t always come before the tears. Also, people who exercise vigorously breathe a lot but without crying.”
Understanding why people cry, Dr. Frey said, is especially important because ”in our society men in particular are discouraged from crying. If crying reduced the effect of stress, by suppressing tears we may be increasing our susceptibility to stress-related disorders.”
To gain a better understanding of the role crying plays in human life, Dr. Frey studied ”normal” crying behavior in adult men and women. The several hundred emotionally healthy volunteers were asked to keep a complete record of any tears they shed over the course of a month. As might be predicted, the women in the study reported crying on an average five times more often than the men -five times a month versus approximately once a month. Furthermore, a much higher percentage of men than women did not cry at all in the course of the month. Forty-five percent of the men, but only 6 percent of the women, shed no emotional tears in the 30-day study.
There was also a wide range in crying frequency. Some women did not cry at all and other women cried nearly every day. ”These were all normal people without any psychological problems,” Dr. Frey said. Women reported feeling a ”lump in their throat” when they cried much more often than men did. Women shed flowing tears in about half their crying episodes, but in only 29 percent of the male episodes did tears actually flow. In the rest, the eyes welled up with tears but the tears were not shed.
”Not only do men cry less often than women but their crying is also less obvious,” Dr. Frey remarked. Sobbing occurred in only 14 percent of the women’s crying episodes and 10 percent of the men’s. More men than women said they were able to stop themselves from crying, and many women said they could make themselves cry without an external cause by thinking sad thoughts.
Although men cry less often than women, when they do cry, the crying episodes last as long as a woman’s -about six minutes on the average, Dr. Frey’s study showed.
Dr. Frey also explored the relationship between personality and crying behavior and, to his surprise, found absolutely no correlation between various personality characteristics and the frequency of crying. For example, no higher crying frequency was found among people who scored high on scales of stress, alienation, impulsiveness, social distance and social impotence. On average, those who showed some evidence of current depression cried more often, but other depressed people did not cry at all.
Nor was any genetic factor revealed in studies of crying behavior among identical and fraternal twins. ”This tells us crying frequency is environmentally determined,” Dr. Frey concluded.
The most frequent triggers of crying episodes were interpersonal relations – such as arguments – and watching a movie or television. Accordingly, Dr. Frey said, the peak time for crying was between 7 and 10 P.M. ”when people are most likely to be with their significant others and to watch TV or a movie.”
Sadness was the emotion most often associated with crying episodes, accounting for nearly half the total. One in five crying episodes was provoked by happiness, one in 10 by anger, one in 15 by sympathy, one in 20 by anxiety and one in 30 by fear. Eighty-five percent of the women and 73 percent of the men said they felt better after crying.
If Dr. Frey’s theory about the purpose of emotional tears is substantiated by further studies, he said, it bodes ill for societal admonitions like ”big boys don’t cry” and such comforting words as ”now, now, don’t cry.”
”We should comfort people without telling them to stop crying,” Dr. Frey observed. ”They do stop crying when they’re comforted.”
HEAD, MRI Sagittal section. 1. Brain. 2. Corpus callosum (splenium). 3. Septum lucidum. 4. Thalamus. 5. Mamillary body. 6.Mesencephalon. 7. Pons. 8. Medulla oblongata. 9. Spinal cord. 10. Cerbellum. 11. Frontal sinus. 12. Ethmoid cells. 13. Concha. 14. Sphenoidal sinus. 15. Genioglossus muscle; tongue. 16. Mandible. 17. Rhinopharynx. 18. Oropharynx. 19. Laryngopharynx. 20. Trachea. 21. Soft palate. 22. Bone of the skull. 23. Internal cerebral vein; Great cerebral vein (called of Galien) and right sinus. 24. Forth ventricle. 25. Anterior arch of the Atlas. 26. Posterior arch of the Atlas. 27. Tooth of the axis (called ontoid process). 28. Optic chiasm. 29. Pituitary gland. 30. Clivus (called basilar cap splint). [source]
(NaturalNews) Distress – The first mental and emotional cause of cancer Sunday, January 29, 2012 by: Dr. Keith Nemec
How can you live a stress-free life and prevent cancer and other health problems? By learning to manage your cortisol stress hormone levels and by putting the mental/emotional stress in your life in the proper perspective. Once you know how to balance the physical factors of sleep, diet and exercise along with the mental and emotional stresses in your life then you will restore health in your body and mind. This is critical in any alternative cancer treatment.
It is a fact that high stress is a major contributing factor to cancer and many other diseases. The question is how does stress cause cancer? To answer this, one must look at what the stress response does physiologically in the body. Hans Selye, the father of stress research, said there are two types of stress, distress and eustress. Distress is a longer, more damaging response which negatively affects the organs, glands and systems including the immune system. Eustress is a short term beneficial stimulus to the system. If you run up and down the stairs ten times you feel invigorated. Now if you run up and down the stairs one thousand times you are exhausted and totally drained, so eustress is health boosting whereas distress is health depleting.
The stress response is controlled by the brain via the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis or HPA axis. The hypothalamus, which has been called the brain of the brain, is the part of your brain that senses biochemical changes similar to the thermostat in your house. If certain biochemicals go high or low, it triggers the brain to respond. The hypothalamus does so by telling the master hormone gland, the pituitary, to send messages to the adrenal glands to secrete a hormone called cortisol. When cortisol is at the proper level it is anti-inflammatory and promotes health. When cortisol goes too high with acute stress or too low with chronic stress, it causes your immune and digestive systems to shut down, inflammation to increase, blood sugar to rise, hormones to go out of balance and bones to become osteoporotic. When cortisol stays high or low it predisposes you to cancer and many other diseases.
What causes cortisol to go out of balance?
1. Mental/emotional stress (distress)
2. Lack of total sleep and pre-midnight sleep (four hours is ideal)
3. Diet high in sugar, starch or acid forming foods
4. Too little or too much exercise
Cancer can form when cortisol becomes chronically high or low because adrenal exhaustion causes immune system suppression and your immune system is what keeps the individual cancer cells (which everyone has), from growing into colonies called tumors.
The most important stress management plan starts with proper sleep, diet, and exercise along with learning how to change your perception of the situation. When you change your perception you can change your reality and your health. To reduce the mental/emotional distress one must live fully in the moment without spending time thinking about the “if only I would have” past or the “if only I could” future. If you had excruciating pain in your body, what does your mind say? “I am going to die if I do not get out of this pain”. But is this really true? Can you endure the pain for one second? The answer is yes and this is how you will endure any storm in your life, by living one moment at a time instead of living in the past or the future. This type of living keeps your cortisol and immune system in balance and keeps you healthy in mind and body.Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/034798_stress_cancer_emotional.html