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“The aging brain: Why getting older just might be awesome”by Amanda Enayati, Special to CNN Tue June 19, 2012
Google “the aging brain” and you will find a largely sobering landscape of cognitive deterioration.
“Funny,” said the dashing older gentleman I tried to interview for this piece. “I don’t remember being absent-minded.”
But turn the kaleidoscope of our knowledge about the aging brain and a far more interesting picture emerges.
The prevailing wisdom is that creative endeavors are good for helping to slow the decline of our mental capabilities. But what if, in fact, the aging brain is more capable than its younger counterpart at creativity and innovation?
It’s a compelling proposition in our society, where more and more seniors are looking for jobs and going back to work (the number of working seniors has more than doubled since 1990, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics); where ageism is rampant in many areas (particularly hiring); and where innovation is, for the most part, considered a young person’s domain.
Bad news from the psych labs
A large body of research about aging tells us that as we cross the threshold into middle age, neural connections that receive, process and transmit information can weaken from age and disuse. It may take us longer to learn new information. We often can’t think as sharply or as quickly. Our reaction times may be slower.
Researchers also tell us that older people have a harder time multitasking. We can become more forgetful, resulting in those tip-of-the-tongue moments where familiar words, names and concepts lie just out of reach. An older person is more easily distracted and more prone to daydreaming and errors.
Disconcerting, yes, but also an incomplete picture.
In his book, “Major Issues in Cognitive Aging,” Timothy A. Salthouse, professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Aging Laboratory at the University of Virginia, writes, “Although there is no shortage of opinions about cognitive aging, it sometimes seems that relatively few of the claims are based on well-established empirical evidence … assertions about cognitive aging may be influenced as much by the authors’ preconceptions and attitudes as by systematic evaluations of empirical research.”
Salthouse goes on to make two more significant observations about cognitive aging: Discoveries of decline in the laboratory do not necessarily correlate to success out in the real world, and there is often considerable variation among different people of the same age.
Place these findings alongside research about the power of suggestion (both deliberate and otherwise) and how response expectancies — the ways in which we anticipate a specific outcome — drive subsequent thoughts and behaviors that will actually help to bring that outcome to fruition. And suddenly you have a whole new narrative about the possibilities of healthy aging.
As Ron, one of our readers, pointed out in a Facebook message following this story of a few weeks ago, A creative life is a healthy life: “Want REAL innovation? Bring in the seniors.”
Like a fine wine
Research details a number of ways in which the brain actually improves with age. And what’s even more interesting is that many of these advanced abilities correlate with key conceptual elements of innovation and creativity.
This is particularly true for the human-centered design process – empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test — as outlined by the Institute of Design at Stanford, also known as “the d.school” where, in the interest of full disclosure, I have coached a design course called Sustainable Abundance.
“There are neuro-circuitry factors that can favor age in terms of innovation,” observes Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center on Aging.
First there is empathy, “the foundation of a human-centered design process.” Empathy is critical to design because of the need to understand the people for whom you are designing.
Older people have a greater capacity for empathy because empathy is learned and refined as we age.
“How many adolescents do you know with the gift of empathy,” asks Kathleen Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of California and an internationally recognized authority on adult learning. “Not many. It’s a developmental stage that lasts through the teen years and into the 20s — longer for some people.”
According to Taylor, younger people are more likely to connect with others from their own place of need. A 22-year-old may have an idea, and that idea may be quite brilliant and useful, but more than likely it’s all tied up in how that young person feels.
“Because of their greater capacity to empathize, older people can have a better sense of the things that may charge up another person’s brain and get them excited.”
Older people are also highly capable when it comes to the “define” aspect of human-centered design — that is, the unpacking and synthesizing of empathy findings into compelling needs and insights.
An aging brain can better tease out patterns and see the big picture, Small says.
Whereas younger people may have better short-term and get-to-the-point-quickly memory, older folks have had a greater variety of experiences and are better able to build a wider image out of a lot of different parts of memory. They can make more connections because they have more things that have happened to them.
Put another way by design legend Steve Jobs when he spoke to Wired in the 1990s: “A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Of course, seniors “can sometimes lose those dots,” Taylor jokes. “But only temporarily, because remember: We absolutely never reach the full capacity of our brain.”
As we get older, so much more is stored in our brain; it’s like having overfull drawers. And those things you can’t quite recall? They haven’t disappeared. They’re just tucked away in the folds of your neurons. You can’t necessarily find everything in it, but it’s all still there.
As we age, we are better able to anticipate problems and reason things out than when we were young. Small’s research shows that our complex reasoning skills continue to improve as we get older.
But that particular capacity can also serve as a double-edged sword.
Albert Einstein famously said that we can’t solve problems through the same kind of thinking as when we created them. As we age, yesterday’s thinking can form an invisible box that some may resist venturing out of today.
“Young people don’t try to solve problems with yesterday’s solutions because they don’t know them,” Taylor says. “They have no clue about the places where they shouldn’t be treading. And ultimately, they go outside the box because they don’t know there is a box.”
There’s a certain fearlessness to ignorance. But balance fearlessness against wisdom — an equally inchoate and difficult-to-quantify gift — that can guide the aging brain to greater insights to advance creativity and innovation.
Small also emphasizes the importance of mindfulness. “As I get older, I think more in terms of what is meaningful in my life right now, rather than what can I do to make things better in the future,” Small says.
Maybe it’s because you realize that the future is briefer, so you tend to live more in the present. That contributes to creativity. You are able to notice more about yourself and others in your environment, leading to new ideas that can be incredibly useful.
Believing in your power
So is the future bright for the older would-be innovator?
Absolutely, says Taylor, the picture is rosy. But as with any rose, there are thorns.
Debra Dunn, an associate professor at the d.school. was a senior executive at Hewlett-Packard for 22 years.
Steeped in Silicon Valley culture, Dunn says: “Some of the most wonderfully innovative engineers I have known were older-timers.”
Ultimately, though, Dunn believes that older people’s perceptions of their own ability to contribute become powerful predictors of what they can and cannot achieve.
“What you think, you become,” she quotes Buddha.
Small agrees. “The older brain is quite resilient and can be stimulated to innovate, create and contribute in extraordinary ways. We need incentives to encourage older people to continue to be creative because I think … what they have to offer is tremendous.”
The decline in creativity can also result from people’s capabilities not being challenged.
“Take my area as a university professor,” Small says. “You go from researching, writing and coming up with new ideas to becoming a manager and department dean, where you’re basically writing speeches and managing people and institutions, which does not really bring out a whole lot of creative energy.”
Nudge your neurons, Taylor suggests. Shake things up. Stay physically active. Keep doing different things. Challenge your assumptions. Become comfortable with ambiguity. Listen to differing points of view and develop the ability to accept differences. Travel. Learn different languages.
“You can seek out new environments that support your insights and creativity, but it becomes harder because you are more accustomed to the way things are,” Taylor says. “If you have had 30 years of having been in a groove, it becomes really difficult to get out of that groove.”
As I was attempting to complete this story, I glanced through the reams of jaw-dropping research I simply could not fit in. The true picture of healthy, productive aging is so much more interesting and complex than any of us can begin to imagine.
What’s the secret to longevity?
What’s the secret to innovation?
You might have to ask the old folks.
My current relationship isn’t what I had dreamed for myself. How to be happy in love?
To have a healthy relationship, we first must understand what that is. Many of us associate it with sexual desire, kindness, compassion, altruism, and help. With those things in mind, many of us turn love into loving acts and loving feelings. But such effort are the effect of love, but not love it self. We cannot turn an effect into a cause, because in this way, love becomes what we call “I Want”.
Instead of wasting time with the ego’s version of love, I think, it will be more intelligent to return to the “space of love” and to detach ourselves from our negative feelings and thoughts such as anger, unhappiness or being a victim in the our relations. We can find this space by devoting ourselves to knowing who we really are, but, in the first, we must to leave our ego behind.
Like we already discussed, we’re like a magnet attracting all things in our life through our thoughts and feelings. In order to become that powerful magnet that attracts love necessary for a wonderful relationship, we must only do the following:
- Fall in love with “Ourselves”! Deeply, kindly and warmly.
- Free ourselves of any past resentments or disappointments, because they are already past.
- Never criticize or blame ourselves or anyone else for anything.
- Be grateful for everything, good or bad, what is coming to us. See ourselves only in a positive and healthy way.
- Love and appreciate everything and everyone, same as we are doing with ourselves.
- Laugh! Laughing is our way to happiness and love.
- Know and accept that we are perfect as we are right now and that we have the perfect relationship with our partner, just like we want.
I’m certain that when we learn to appreciate and love ourselves, we will completely transform all of our relationships, no matter what it’s like right now. Every single relationship that we have is a reflection of how we feel inside about us. We always must remember that now we’re that magnet who is attracting to us all things, and that every relationship that we have, and every interaction with every person, is a reflection of our own thoughts and feelings in that moment.
“How looking back in anger is bad for your health”Straipsnis paimtas iš Lietuvių Liaudies Medicinos Šaltinių. Autorius nežinomas
Prieskoniai – tai it augalo dovanos mums, jo sėklos, žiedai, lapeliai. Tinkamai derinami jie negali pakenkti. Nėra nė vieno prieskonio, kuris žmogui sukeltų alergiją ar kitus negerus pojūčius. Atvirkščiai – prieskonių naudingų savybių spektras labai platus, juose gausu natūralių polivitaminų, biologiškai aktyvių medžiagų.
Prieskoniai, žinia, neveiks kaip koncentruotas vaistas, bet ilgą laiką vartojami pagerins sveikatą – neleis sąnariuose susikaupti druskoms, aktyvins medžiagų apykaitą, šalins iš organizmo toksinus ir pan.
Pavyzdžiui, ciberžolė, kitaip vadinama kurkuma, kuri dažnai vartojama ryžiams skaninti, ne tik valo kraują, varo šlapimą, bet ir pasižymi poliartritų, kepenų ir inkstų ligų gydomosiomis savybėmis, taip pat padeda nuo dvylikapirštės žarnos opaligės, cukrinio diabeto.
Beje, Ajurveda teigia, jog maitindamasis žmogus turi patenkinti visus savo šešis skonius – saldų, rūgštų, kartų, aštrų, sūrų bei aitrų. Išgauti visus tuos skonius maiste gerai padeda mūsų prieskononiai.
Kaip panaudojami prieskoniai?
Arbatoms tiks tik natūralūs, be sintetinių priedų prieskoniai. Dedant į maistą jie pakepinami su aliejumi. Kepinant išsiskiria vitaminai, karotinas, žymiai suaktyvėja veikliosios medžiagos. Beje, malami, kepinami prieskoniai skleidžia tokius kvapus, kad veikia ir kaip aromaterapija.
Kokiais prieskoniais galime pagerinti savo būklę žiemą, sustiprinti imunitetą, kad išvengtume peršalimo ligų?
Žiemą naudinga gerti tarkuoto imbiero šaknies arbatą su citrina ir medum, nes jis išvalo kraują, pagerina medžiagų apykaitą, sustiprina atsparumą virusams. Jis tiks ir nuo depresijos, nes ši liga dažnai atsiranda tada, kai užsiteršia kraujas, toksinai ima nuodyti smegenis.
Be to, imbieras padeda gydyti daugelį alerginių ligų, stiprina psichiką streso situacijose, atkuria jėgas, malšina žarnyno spazmus, skatina virškinimą, gydo peršalimo ir plaučių ligas.
Ajurvedoje akcentuojama, jog maistas, kuris tinka pusryčiams, nelabai tinka vakarienei. O kaip prieskoniai?..
Ryte, kada Ajurveda rekomenduoja valgyti saldų maistą, tiks tie prieskoniai, kurie derinami su saldumynais. Tai gali būti cinamonas, natūrali vanilė, kardamonas, šafranas, anyžius, pankolis.
Beje, cinamonas Ajurvedoje vertinamas už tai, kad skatina atsikosėjimą, prakaito išsiskyrimą, gerina medžiagų apykaitą, stiprina kraują, raumenis, nervų audinį, mažina cholesterolio kiekį kraujuje.
Dieną, jei esame jautrūs šalčiui, tiks juodasis pipiras, nes jis sušildo, teigiamai veikia plaučius, valo gleives.
Vakare palanku gerti karštą pieną su pankoliu, šafrano, ramunėlių arbatas. Jos sumažins įtampas, apramins protą, pagerins miegą.
4-5 plaušeliai šafrano į stiklinę karšto pieno – nuostabus gėrimas prieš miegą. Šafranas naudingosiomis savybėmis kelis kartus lenkia ženšenį. Ženšenis veikia apatines čakras, skatina aistrą, o šafranas tinka intelektualiems žmonėms, nes turi nervų ląsteles regeneruojančių savybių.
Pankolis ne tik ramina, o ir skatina virškinimą, naudingas sergant gastritais, skrandžio opomis, kitomis virškinimo ligomis. Jis dar stimuliuoja maitinančių motinų pieno tekėjimą, mažina arterinį kraujospūdį, padeda atsikosėti.
Ar yra prieskonių, padedančių įveikti sunkias ligas?
Yra žmonių, sustabdžiusių vėžio antrą ar trečią stadiją prieskoniais. Bet tam būtinas stiprus nusiteikimas ir tik vegetarinė mityba. Tam pusę mėnesio reikia vartoti gvazdikėlius, pelynus ir juodojo graikinio riešutmedžio spiritinę tinktūrą. Pirmą dieną praryjam, užsigerdami vandeniu, po vieną arbatinį šaukštelį maltų gvazdikėlių, smulkintų pelynų ir juodojo riešutmedžio tinktūros. Kas dieną didiname dozę po šaukštelį – iki 15 šaukštelių 15-ąją dieną.
O kaip žinoti, kuris prieskonis žmogui tinka?
Ajurveda moko, kad skonius reikia rinktis pagal savo došą, t.y. tam tikras būdingas savybes. Jas galima nusistatyti pagal testus.
Jei prieskonis kvepia gaiviai, vėsiai – jis tinkamas vartoti. Jei kvapas šiltas, nemalonus – geriau nevartoti. Galima paeksperimentuoti, nebijoti į virtuvę įsileisti kuo daugiau ir įvairesnių prieskonių – pamažu organizmas valysis, šalinsis toksinai, tikrai padaugės optimizmo.
Indijoje nuo gilios senovės šventyklose maistą gamindavo su įvairiais prieksoniais, kurie suteikdavo malonumą Krišnai ir jo sutuoktinei. O sudvasinto maisto skonis nepakartojamas…
Mokslininkai jau seniai įrodė, kad sveikatai išlaikyti labai svarbūs tiek vitaminai, tiek fermentai, tiek mikroelementai, kurių daug vaisiuose, daržovėse ir ypač prieskoniuose. Prieskoniai labai praverčia žiemą ir pavasarį, kai gerų vaisių ir daržovių mažiau. Vartokite paprikos miltelius esant aterosklerozei, vartokite jūros kopūstus, nes jie turi daug jodo, o Lietuvoje geriamajame vandenyje jo trūksta ir tai kenkia skydliaukei, smegenų funkcijai. Vartokite prieskonių mišinį “Karis”, neužmirškite čiobrelio, kadagio, melisos, agurklės, peletrūno, o ypač- svogūno ir česnako…
Anyžiai didina pieno kiekį krūtimi maitinančioms motinoms. Jie išvalo kvėpavimo takus ir padeda atsikosėti. Ypač naudingi anyžiai tiems, kuriuos kankina skrandžio spazmai. Jis atpalaiduoja spazmus ir suteikia palengvėjimą.
Bazilikas stiprina imuninę sistemą, maitiną centrinę nervų sistemą, gydo alkoholizmą, vidurių užkietėjimą, depresiją, širdies nepakankamumą. Bazilikais patariama gydytis, jei pučia pilvą. Jei nutarėte mesti rūkyti, kramtykite baziliko, kuris mažina potraukį rūkyti.
Ciberžolė padeda atstatyti jėgas nesilpus raumenims, valo kraują, stiprina imunitetą, gydo cukraligę, turi šlapimą varančių savybių, gerina virškinimą.
Cikorija padeda darbuotis širdžiai, gerina virškinimą, skatina medžiagų apykaitą ir toksinų pasišalinimą, didina tulžies pūslės, kepenų, inkstų aktyvumą. Naudinga sergantiesiems diabetu. Priešingai nei kava, ramina nervų sistemą ir padeda nuo nemigos.
Cinamonas – graikiškas šio augalo pavadinimas reiškia „nepriekaištingas prieskonis“. Liaudies medicinoje cinamonas vartojamas apetitui žadinti, nuo dujų susidarymo žarnyne, skrandžio ir žarnyno skausmų, taip pat viduriavimui slopinti, kraujavimui stabdyti. Cinamono žievė naikina mikrobus, todėl jos esencija gydomas gripas. Jis išjudina kraujo apytaką. Raudonoji cinamono medžio žievė turi ypač daug eterinių aliejų, kurie labai naudingi nuo mažo kraujospūdžio ir kraujo apytakos problemų turintiems žmonėms. Be to, cinamono aliejai turi antiseptinį poveikį ir saugo nuo uždegimų.
Cinamonas normalizuoja kraujospūdį, užtraukia žarnyno ir skrandžio opas. 1 arbatinis šaukštelis cinamono užplikomas 1 stikline karšto vandens, paskui 10-20 minučių palaikoma karšto vandens vonelėje. Dar 20 minučių palaikoma ir geriama po ketvirtį stiklinės 2-3 kartus per dieną prieš valgį.
Cinamonu taip pat gydomi virškinimo sutrikimai, meteorizmas, mažinamas cukraus kiekis kraujyje. Žiemos periodu jis rekomenduojamas kaip vidinė “šildyklė”. Pavyzdžiui, sumaišoma po 2 dalis cinamono, raudonojo ankštpipirio, druskos bei 1 dalis cukraus ir gautu mišiniu įtrinama kepimui ruošiama višta, lašiša ar kitokia žuvis. Neturint cinamono, galima šildytis vien raudonaisiais ankštpipiriais. Juose esantis kapsacinas malšina skausmą ir naikina nitrozaminus bei kitus kancerogenus. Rekomenduojama jais paskaninti padažus, salotas, mėsos bei makaronų patiekalus. Tik nevalia šiuo prieskoniu piktnaudžiauti, nes gali sutrikti skrandžio veikla, o ilgainiui net išsivystyti jo vėžys.
Česnakais medikai rekomenduoja mažinti cholesterolio kiekį kraujyje, mažinti kraujo spaudimą, gydyti širdies ligas. Šis prieskoninis augalas labai tinka virusinių ligų ir vėžio profilaktikai. Bet bene efektyviausiai jis saugo nuo peršalimo.
10 česnako skiltelių užpilama alyvuogių aliejumi, 30 minučių pakaitinama ant silpnos ugnies, atvėsinama ir 1 savaitę palaikoma šaldytuve. Po to šiuo aliejumi skaninama bulvių košė, daržovių tyrė, troškiniai ir salotos.
Žiemą ne mažiau naudingas ir česnako “giminaitis” – laiškinis česnakas, taip pat dažnai rekomenduojamas aterosklerozės ir vėžio profilaktikai. 3 dalys laiškinio česnako sumaišomos su 1 dalimi špinato lapų; 3 minutes pakepinama, perpilama šaltu vandeniu, nuvarvinama, nudžiovinama, sutrinama ir sumaišoma su tokiu pat kiekiu alyvuogių aliejaus. Šios tyrės dedama į sriubas, mėsos bei paukštienos faršą.
Čiobreliai yra gera raminamoji priemonė kamuojant sausam, spazminiam kosuliui, sergant bronchitu, astma, plaučių uždegimu, sutrikus virškinimui, pučiant vidurius, esant skrandžio ar dvylikapirštės žarnos opai, uždegimui.
Druska kaip ir dauguma prieskonių, organizmą veikia šildomai, todėl jos poreikis padidėja žiemą. Dabar parduotuvėse galima įsigyti jūros druskos, kurioje yra ne tik natrio ir chloro, bet ir daugybė kt organizmui reikalingų medžiagų. Vartojant jūros druską vietoj paprastos, galima atsikratyti naktinių raumenų mėšlungių, rankų ir kojų tirpimo, padidėjusio jautrumo, lengviau bus įveikti nuovargį, sumažės depresijos rizika, ji padeda žarnyno veiklai.
Kalendra skatina tulžies išsiskyrimą, gerina imuninę sistemą, tinka nuo stresų ir profilaktiškai nuo įvairių auglių ir vėžio, valo kraują. Sunokę kalendros vaisiai vartojami apetitui ir virškinimui gerinti (kai pučia vidurius, spazmuoja). Tinka ir kaip atsikosėjimą lengvinanti priemonė. Maltų sėklų galima įberti į sriubas, sklindžius, giras, marinatus, raugintus kopūstus.
Gvazdikėliai skausmus ir slopina uždegimą. Kvapieji gvazdikėliai dėl plataus poveikio spektro yra tikros žvaigždės tarp prieskonių: jų eteriniai aliejai slopina bakterijų ir virusų dauginimąsi, atpalaiduoja kvėpavimo takus ir stiprina nervus. Ypač svarbu: eterinis gvazdikėlių aliejus eugenolis mažina skausmus ir pasižymi antiuždeginėmis savybėmis. Gvazdikėliais paskaninta arbata – puikus vaistas persišaldžius ar užsikrėtus infekcija.
Hipokratas buvo vienas pirmųjų gydytojų, panaudojusių gvazdikėlius kaip vaistą. Nuo tų laikų jie vartojami virškinimui gerinti, atminčiai stiprinti. Vandeniniu gvazdikėlių ekstraktu gydomos alkių ligos, aliejumi malšinamas dantų skausmas, gvazdikėlių dedama į vaistažolių mišinius, kuriais gydomi piktybiniai augliai.
Gvazdikėliai padeda ištirpti sukietėjimams kepenyse, išvaro tulžies perteklių, atveria užakimus. Gvazdikėliai gerina nuotaiką. 2-3 gvazdikėliai užplikomi puse litro karšto vandens, paverdama ant mažos ugnies 5 minutes, palaikoma pusvalandį, perkošiama ir geriama po ketvirtį stiklinės 2-3 kartus per dieną prieš valgį dvi savaites.
Gvazdikėliai padeda vegetodistonijos atvejais, neutralizuoja toksinus, gelbsti nuo peršalimo
Imbiero dedama į visus indiškus patiekalus. Jis turi neprilygstamų gydomųjų savybių, stiprina imuninę sistemą, padidina psichikos atsparumą streso situacijos, malšina žarnyno spazmus, peršalimo ligas, sunormalina skydliaukės veiklą, tinka nuo pervargimo. Imbiero pravartu dėti į karštą arbatą ir į karštą vonią; ypač skanu ant sumuštinio- duona+ avokados+ krienai ar česnakas+ imbieras.
Kadagių uogomis patariama gydyti šlapimtakių ir skrandžio ligas. Kadagių uogos skatina skrandžio sulčių išsiskyrimą.
Kardamonas padeda organizmui atgauti pusiausvyrą. Kardamonai priskiriami prie brangiausių pasaulio prieskonių, bet jie verti savo kainos: jų eteriniai aliejai (pvz. įberus kardamono į arbatą) pagerina virškinimą, stabilizuoja širdies veiklą, šalina nuodingąsias medžiagas. Manoma, kad kardamonas net apsaugo nuo vėžio.
Kardamonas gydo širdies ir kraujagyslių ligas, palengvina atsikosėjimą, mažina skydliaukės veiklą.
Kmynuose esantys eteriniai aliejai veikia antiseptiškai, skatina spazmolitinių liaukų sekreciją, žadina apetitą. Vartojami, kai pučia vidurius, skrandį ir žarnyną varsto diegliai, sutrinka virškinimas. Kmynai padeda pasišalinti sekretui iš bronchų sergant kvėpavimo takų ligomis. Geriausia sausas kmynų sėklas kramtyti (35 g per parą) arba paskaninti jais valgį.
Kmynais patariama gydyti žarnyno spazmus bei malšinti galvos skausmus.
Krapai, ypač jų sėklos, palengvina virškinimą, užkerta kelią susidaryti žarnyne dujoms, mažina kraujo spaudimą, padeda, gydyti vaikus nuo naktinio šlapimo nelaikymo, tinka sergant stenokardija, širdies veiklos nepakankamumu, turint akmenų inkstuose ar šlapimo pūslėje. Jais patariama gydyti hemorojų. Krapai didina pieno kiekį krūtimi maitinančioms moterims.
Visose šio augalo dalyse yra eterinio aliejaus, provitamino A, vitamino C, flavanoidų. Liaudies medicinoje krapų žalėsiai vartojami rūgimo procesams žarnyne slopinti, virškinimui gerinti. Krapų antpilas mažina arterinį kraujospūdį, išplečia kraujagysles, atpalaiduoja žarnyną, skatina šlapimo išsiskyrimą.
Krapų sėklų nuo seno dedama į duoną bei įvairius kepinius. Norint sušildyti organizmą, rekomenduojama jas pakaitinti sausoje keptuvėje, sumalti, sumaišyti su juodaisiais pipirais ir gautu mišiniu įtrinti kepimui ruošiamą mėsą arba paukštieną.
Krienai turi daug medžiagų, kurios užmuša bakterijas, daug vitamino C, fermentų, mineralinių medžiagų. Jie liaudies medicinoje vartojami nuo nevaisingumo, ypač vėžio profilaktikai. Siūlomas toks receptas: 100g tarkuotų krienų užpilti 500ml degtinės ir palaikyti stikliniame inde saulėje 30 dienų. Vartoti po 1 valg. šaukštą 2-3 kartus per dieną po valgio neužgeriant.
Jie žadina apetitą ir pagerina žarnyno veiklą. Šviežios krienų sultys skatina druskos rūgšties išsiskyrimą skrandyje ir efektyviai gydo gastritą sumažėjus skrandžio rūgštingumui.
Liaudies medicinoje krienais varomas šlapimas sergant šlapimo pūslės akmenlige, podagra, reumatu. Šaknų košelė dirgina odą, ja įtrinamos skaudamos vietos, taip pat ir sergant radikulitu. Šaknų košelė ir antpilas vartojami nuo pūlinių žaizdų, opų, ausų uždegimo. Skiestomis krienų sultimis skalaujama burna ir gerklė prasidėjus uždegimui ir anginai, valomas veidas nuo lakų ir pigmentinių dėmių.
Laurų lapai šalina iš organizmo druskų perteklių, smėlį iš inkstų ir šlapimo pūslės. 3-5 lapeliai įmetami į stiklinę karšto vandens ir 10 minučių palaikoma ant silpnos ugnies. Geriama po 1 valgomąjį šaukštą 3 kartus per dieną prieš valgį dvi savaites.
Liaudies medicina rekomenduoja gerti laurų lapų antpilą ir kaip pykinimą bei vėmimą stabdančią priemonę.
Mairūnas gerina virškinimą, slopina migreninius galvos skausmus, ramina nervų sistemą, gydo nemigą.
Jų nuovirai ir antpilai liaudies medicinoje vartojami kaip tonikai – nuo spazmų ir katarų. Mairūnų aliejumi įtrinami mazginiai venų išsiplėtimai, podagros ir reumato apimti sąnariai.
Migdolai Senovės Arabų medicina migdolus labai vertino: siūlydavo juos vartoti virškinimui gerinti, skausmingam šlapinimuisi gydyti, o migdomų aliejų – įvairiems skausmams malšinti. Saldžiausiais migdolais rekomenduojama gydyti opaligę, nes jie slopina skrandžio sulčių išsiskyrimą.
Liaudies medicinoje jie vartojami kaip raminamasis, malšinantis skausmą ir uždegimą vaistas.
Muskatas- Senovės Arabų ir daugelio kitų šalių medicina muskatais siūlydavo gydyti pūtimą, viduriavimą, vidurių dieglius, peršalimus ir kitas ligas. Mamona, kad muskatai tonizuoja nervų sistemą. Sudane malti muskatų riešutai vartojami nuo impotencijos, hemoepatijoje – nuo skausmingų menstruacijų.
Paprikos labai žadina apetitą. Medicinoje labiau vertinamos aitriųjų paprikų rūšys. Paprikų trauktinė naikina uždegimus sukeliančius bakterijas, o sumaišytą su saulėgrąžų aliejumi ją galima vartoti kaip tepalą raumenų uždegimams gydyti.
Raudonieji aštrieji pipirai yra lyginami su bomba, turinčia vitaminų užtaisą. Juos yra retos medžiagos – kapsaicino, kuris veikia kaip galinga antibakterinė dezinfekuojanti medžiaga, neutralizuojanti skrandžio opaligės sukėlėją ir gydanti kai kurias skrandžio ir 12-pirštės žarnos ligas. Raudonųjų pipirų spiritinė ištrauka tinka trinti- malšinti neuralginius ir reumatinius skausmus. Visus prieskonius reikia vartoti saikingai, bet ypač aštriuosius raudonuosius pipirus.
Peletrūnai stiprina ir stimuliuoja organizmo imuninę sistemą bei stiprina vyrų potenciją.
Petražolė – ne tik nuostabi prieskoninė daržovė, bet dažnai net vaistažolių karaliene vadinamas augalas. Joje daug vitaminų E, S, kalcio, geležies. Tai puikus šlapimą varantis vaistas, sumažinantis pilvo pūtimą, skausmą, krūtų tempimą prieš menstruacijas, padedantis inkstams pašalinti nereikalingas medžiagas, taip pat pasižymi dezinfekuojančiomis, bei atsikosėjimą skatinančiomis savybėmis.
Liaudies medicinoje petražolėmis žadinamas apetitas ir gerinamas virškinimas, jų sėklomis varomas šlapimas sergant inkstų ir šlapimo pūslės akmenlige, pabrinkus dėl širdies nepakankamumo.
Hemoepatijoje augalas vartojamas sutrikus mėnesinių ciklui arba joms tapus skausmingoms, prostatos uždegimui gydyti ir kaip prakaitavimą skatinantis vaistas.
Raudonėlis turi daug eterinių aliejų, karotino, vitamino C. Jis gerina virškinimą sumažėjus skrandžio sulčių rūgštingumui, padeda pakilus kraujospūdžiui, sergant gripu, bronchitu, diabetu. Raudonėlis gerai valo kraują ir jo arbata vartojama kaip priešvėžinis vaistas.
Rozmarinas padeda kovoti su infekcijomis, stabdo riebalų oksidacijos ir skilimo procesą, todėl mėsa ilgiau būna šviežesnė. Jis padeda stiprinti atmintį, slopina spazmus.
Salierai. Jie stiprina sudirgusią centrinę nervų sistemą, neleidžia inkstuose susidaryti akmenims. Be to, salierai iš organizmo pašalina šlapimo rūgštį.
Šafranas gerina žarnyno ir skrandžio darbą.
Šalavijo nuoviru patariama nuplauti ilgai negyjančias žaizdas. Sergantiems angina patariama skalauti gerklę šalavijo nuoviru.
Vanilė atpalaiduoja spazmus ir tonizuoja. Švelnus vanilės kvapas nuramina ir padeda atgauti dvasinę pusiausvyrą. Valgoma su saldumynais vanilė stiprina nervus ir atpalaiduoja spazmus. Ypač jausmingai nuteikia karšta vonia su vanile.
Liaudies medicinoje ji buvo vartojama virškinimui gerinti, nuo vidurių pūtimo, reumato, nervų, psichinių ir kitų ligų, o ypač ji buvo vertinama kaip dirginantis vaistas ir nuo mažakraujystės.
Organizmą sušildantys prieskoniai
Pasikliaujant kinų tradicine medicina, tie prieskoniai sušildo organizmą iš vidaus ir padeda išvengti ligų.
Vienas iš labiausiai rekomenduojamų prieskonių yra imbieras. Nuo seno žinoma, kad šio augalo šaknys gydo skrandžio sutrikimus, malšina šleikštulį ir vėmimą. Bet pasirodo, kad jos dar padeda kovoti ir su žiemos šalčiais!
Rekomenduojama: 1 smulkintą imbiero šaknį užpilti 4 stiklinėmis vandens, pavirinti, kol nugaruoja pusė skysčio, ir sumaišyti su medumi. Šio mišinio galima dėti į arbatas, kepinius, blynus, salotas, sriubas ir kitus patiekalus. Bet tik po truputį, nes didesnis kiekis gali suteikti kartoką skonį.
Aromatingosios žolelės visais metų laikais
Žolelės iš daržo, sodo, darželio kasdieniam gyvenimui suteikia išties savitą aromatą. Kaip jas panaudoti, sprendžiame kiekvienas individualiai. Ką daryti, kad galėtume džiaugtis ne tik vasarą šviežiomis, ką tik parsineštomis iš lauko, bet ir kitais trimis metų laikais?
Geriausia prieskonines žoleles skinti prieš pat žydėjimą. Tada aromatinių medžiagų koncentracija būna aukščiausia. Geriausias paros metas – rytas, tačiau rasa turi būti jau visiškai nudžiūvusi.
Krapus, mėtas ir peletrūnus pjaukite prie pat žemės. Jie greitai atželia, be to, išlieka kompaktiški. Nuo bazilikų, rozmarinų, šalavijų nupešamos tik viršūnėlės. Jei nuskinsite atskirus lapelius, augalai atrodys lyg nuskabyti.
Žolelių iš nuosavo sodo nebūtina plauti, tik apžiūrėkite, ar ant jų nėra vabalėlių, ir papurtykite.
Aromatingiausios žolelės yra šviežiai nuskintos, ypač bazilikai, kalendros ir agurklės. Tad jas geriausia sunaudoti iškart.
Džiovinti galima įvairiai
Karčiai, gaižiai kvepiančios žolelės (čiobreliai, dašiai, šalavijai) – labiausiai tinkamos džiovinti. Jos net ir sudžiovintos išlieka aromatingos. Drėgmę mėgstantys prieskoniniai augalai (svogūnai, petražolės, krapai) netenka dalies savo aromato.
*Džiovinant žoleles reikia surišti po kelias į ryšulėlius ir pakabinti sausoje, gerai išvėdintoje patalpoje, kur nėra tiesioginių saulės spindulių, arba lauke, užuovėjoje, nuo lietaus apsaugotoje vietoje. Jei jų surišite per daug, gali neišdžiūti arba džius per ilgai.
Žolelės gerai išdžius ir pabertos plonu sluoksniu ant popieriaus.
Jei sąlygos yra geros, žolelės sudžiūsta greitai – maždaug per 4–5 dienas. Kai šakelės bus tokios sausos, kad šiugždės, o patrynus tarp pirštų subyrės į miltelius, nuo kotelių nubraukite lapelius ir suberkite juos į tamsų stiklinį indą.
*Jei džiovinate žoleles su sėklomis, kad šios neišbirtų, viršūnes apsukite orą praleidžiančia medžiaga.
*Jei neturite tinkamos džiovinimo vietos, tiks orkaitė arba šildomieji prietaisai.
Orkaitėje galima džiovinti šalavijus ir gelsves. Tačiau jei šalavijai džiūsta nepakankamai gerai, jų lapeliai paruduoja. Tokie jau netinka vartoti. Jei gelsvės nesudžiūsta per 2–3 dienas, jų lapai pageltonuoja.
Žolelėms, turinčioms eterinių aliejų, oro temperatūra turi būti ne aukštesnė nei 35º C. Jas reikia plonai paberti ant kepimo popieriumi išklotos skardos. Orkaitės durelės paliekamos praviros, kad drėgmė galėtų išgaruoti.
Jei žoleles džiovinate šalia šildomųjų prietaisų, taip pat stebėkite, kad oro temperatūra nebūtų per aukšta.
Jei žoleles norite keletą dienų išlaikyti šviežias, laikykite šaldytuve, pamerkę į stiklinę su vandeniu.
Užšaldę naudosite visus metus
Geriausia šaldyti petražoles, builius, krapus, svogūnų laiškus, rūgštynes, pankolius. Vis dėlto kai kurios prieskoninės žolelės (pavyzdžiui, kalendros) praranda savo aromatą net ir laikomos šaldiklyje.
Žoleles nuplaukite ir palaukite, kol nudžius. Susmulkinkite ir sudėkite į maišelius ar indus. Įpilkite šiek tiek vandens ir sukiškite į šaldiklį. Po dienos sušalusias žoleles galite susmulkinti inde, sudėti į maišelius ir vėl grąžinti į šaldiklį. Taip paruoštos, jos gali išbūti metus, iki kito derliaus.
Labai susmulkintas žoleles galima sušaldyti ir ledukų indeliuose. Jas bus labai patogu naudoti.
Kai žolelės atšyla, jas būtina skubiai suvartoti, nes greitai pasidaro minkštos, vandeningos ir praranda savo skonį ir aromatą.
Įmantresnės konservuotos žolelės
Konservuoti galima bazilikus, krapus, peletrūnus, česnakus, lauro lapus, šalavijus, čiobrelius, melisas, raudonėlius, rozmarinus. Žolelės gali būti konservuojamos aliejuje, acte arba sūdomos.
Sūdyti ruošiamus augalus reikia labai susmulkinti ir pakaitomis su druska susluoksniuoti stiklainyje arba kitame inde.
Kas yra tikslas? Kodėl mes dažnai jį suvokiame kaip savo norus, įgeidžius ar troškimus? Pamastykime, kodėl mūms taip patinka vartoti frazę “…ai, aš esu tik žmogus! Visi mes čia vienodi…“ Ar tai ne mūsų pasiteisinimas ir bėgimas nuo mūsų tikslų įgyvendinimo? Ar iš tikrųjų žmonės yra tokie jau visai vienodi?
Pagal mane, žmogus panašus į knygą. Jis gimsta švariu popieriaus lapu, ir tik jam pačiam spręsti ką jis nori jame surašyti. Čia mūms visiems Kūrėjas davė pasirinkimo laisvę ir pilną atsakomybę. Todėl, mūsų tikslas čia būtu, kiek galima gražiau užpildyti šį musų atsinešta popieriaus lapą, kuris bus isegtas į musų Gyvenimo Knygą.
Čia mūsų, žmonių, skirtybė ir pasireišk tuo, kad vieni į šį lapą surašysime skaičius, o kiti čia sukursime gražią poemą. Savo gyvenimui tik mes patys čia pasirinksime spalvas ir atspalvius, paišysime čia ar tapysime, ar gal nutarsime ką nors konstruktyviai nubraižyti…
Prisiminkime, kad viskas, visada ir viskame priklauso tik nuo mūsų pačių, bei nuo mūsų tikslų, todėl atsakomybę taip pat mūms patiems už save reikės priimti…Su meile, Irmina SantaikaLiveScience “Good or Bad, Baby Names Have Long-lasting Effects”by Jeanna Bryner Date: 13 June 2010 Time: 10:31 AM ET
Choosing a baby name proves to be a challenging task for many parents. And they’re wise to work hard at it. A name can have a profound impact on a child that reverberates well into adulthood, a growing body of research suggests.
“There is a reason why baby name books are extremely popular,” said David Figlio of Northwestern University in Illinois. “We’re always trying to think about the first bit of a child’s identity and so if we as a society pay a lot of attention to names it makes a lot of sense that people’s names might influence how they think about themselves and the way in which people might think about them.”
Plenty of research suggests the name chosen impacts a baby’s life well into adulthood. For instance, donning your newborn boy with a girly sounding name could mean behavioral problems later in life. And unique baby names that only your child will have can be a hardship too.
British study of 3,000 parents released in May suggests one-in-five parents regret the name they chose for a child, many of whom were distressed over the unusual or oddly spelled names they’d chosen. And even those who didn’t explicitly regret the name choice admitted there were names they knew now they wished they’d chosen then, according to the study conducted by Bounty.com. “List of history’s most popular baby names”.
Boys with names traditionally given to girls are more likely to misbehave than their counterparts with masculine names, research suggests.
When in elementary school, boys named Ashley and Shannon, for instance, behave just like their more masculine-named classmates named Brian and other boyish names.
“Once these kids hit sixth grade, all of a sudden the rates of disciplinary problems skyrocket [for those boys with girlish names], and it was much more the case if there happened to be a girl in the grade with that same name,” Figlio told LiveScience.
Imagine, Figlio said, having to come face-to-face with your girly name every day when there’s a girl in the classroom with a matching moniker. That suggests feelings of self-consciousness, which are perhaps magnified by teasing from others, play a role in the name-behavior link in this case.
Girls given boy names also see an effect. In a 2005 study, Figlio parsed out names by their phonemic sounds and then figured out their likelihood of belonging to a girl. For instance, the names Kayla and Isabella were so phonemically feminine their predicted probability of belonging to a girl was more than 100 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, Taylor, Madison and Alexis were phonemically predicted to be twice as likely to belong to boys than girls.
“I found girls with names that are relatively feminine in high school chose advanced coursework in humanities – and less feminine are more likely to choose math and science courses,” Figlio said, adding the research focused on high-achieving girls.
He can’t say that one causes the other. Perhaps parents treat one daughter, Morgan, differently from an early age than they do her sister Elizabeth, whose name is much more feminine. “Did the parents choose that when they were choosing the name or did the name end up shaping their behavior toward their daughter?” Figlio said.
Socioeconomic status and expectations
Just as a person’s accent or clothing can indicate something about that individual’s background or character, so can a first name. And just like any other external indicator, names can lie.
Figlio got names from millions of birth certificates, and then broke down each name into more than a thousand phonemic components. He analyzed the names for letter combinations, complexity and other factors, and then used a statistical analysis to figure out the probability that the name belonged to someone of low socioeconomic status.
“Kids who have names [that] from a linguistic perspective are likely to be given by poorly educated parents, those kids ended up being treated differently,” Figlio said. “They do worse in school and are less likely to be recommended for gifted [classes] and more likely to be classified as learning disabled.”
He specifically looked at more unusual baby names, since with common names people have their individual experiences that can taint one’s perspective of that name. Say you went to school with a jerk named George, you’re likely to associate that name with negative qualities, regardless of how the name sounds linguistically.
To account for the idea that “dropout moms” might just give their babies poor-sounding names, Figlio included siblings from the same family with both high- and low-status sounding names. (Not all “poor-sounding” names were donned by kids of low socioeconomic status.)
Meeting low expectations
The link between a name and success later in life could have to do with these kids fulfilling others’ expectations of them. Names that sound as though they came from a family of low socioeconomic status, might be tagged as less capable of achieving, for instance.
“People draw subconscious cues all the time about people. You meet a person for the first time and without thinking about it on an explicit level you’re looking at the way they’re walking, what their accent sounds like, how they’re dressed, whether they smell … and you’re developing these immediate reactions,” Figlio said.
He added, “I think there’s probably an evolutionary reason behind that. We’re hardwired to try to figure out in a heartbeat whether or not we want to trust somebody, whether we want to run from somebody.”
Today, Figlio said to imagine a teacher on the first day of class looking over his or her roster and trying to figure out what to expect from a child. Plenty of teachers have told Figlio “I have to fight myself from doing this. I see this name … I think maybe they aren’t going to have active parents.”
And so the story continues. Children typically meet expectations, research has shown.
Whether or not your name sounds upper class might not matter if you don’t like it. Accumulating research has shown a strong link between a person’s like or dislike of his or her name and high and low self-esteem, respectively.
“The relationship is so strong that when people want to measure self-esteem in a more subtle way you can do it with the name-letter task,” said Jean Twenge of San Diego State University, referring to a method in which subjects report whether they like different letters of the alphabet. Those with high self-esteem will say they like those letters in their names, particularly the first letter, she said.
It makes sense if you think about how much a part of a person a name really is.
“Our names really are wrapped up in our identity, and that might be why you get this somewhat surprising finding at least in some areas,” Twenge said during a telephone interview. “People who particularly dislike their name and also if other people think it’s an odd and unlikeable name, that can cause some problems. [They] tend not to be as well-adjusted.”
Unusual vs. common names
When it’s time to pick baby’s name, there are two types of parents, those who want an unusual baby name and those who prefer a more common name donned by lots of kids.
Turns out, even if the particular name chosen doesn’t make a difference in a child’s success later in life, whether or not that name is common or unusual does matter.
The difference between choosing, say, one of five common, relatively likeable names is small in terms of any impact on the child’s life. “If you’re choosing between a relatively likeable, common name and one that is really odd, that definitely could have an impact,” Twenge said.
“Some of it ends up being a proxy for the parents’ philosophy on life in general,” Twenge said. “The parent who says ‘I want my kid to be unique and stand out’ and gives their kid a name that’s uncommon, probably will have a parenting style that emphasizes uniqueness and standing out.”
She added, “So it ends up building on itself. The type of parent who would give a really unusual name is often going to parent differently from a parent who says ‘I want to give my child a name so they fit in.’”
Twenge’s recent research suggests parents are, in fact, choosing more unusual baby names than decades ago.
Baby-naming advice books and blogs often suggest changing up the spelling of a common, or on-the-rise, name, in order to add some flare. Preliminary results from Figlio’s work suggest that may not be wise. Children with a deviant spelling of a common name tended to have slowed spelling and reading capabilities.
“That suggests a lot about internalizing,” Figlio said. “You have the child named Jennifer spelled with a “G” – her teacher says ‘Are you sure your name is spelled that way?’ That can be incredibly hard on a person’s confidence.”
All this parents end up realizing, as the Bounty study shows: One-fifth of parents in the British study wished they had chosen a name that was easier to spell; 8 percent were fed up with people being unable to pronounce the child’s name; and one in 10 thought the chosen name was clever at the time, but said the novelty had worn off.
“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.
Water contains information. God existed in water, and all energies existed in water, too. God’s creation and all information was and still is in our water. So, water contains powerful information about God, life around us, the universe; it contains all information about us. Think about how life, our bodies, fruits, plants, and even microbes consist mostly of water.Pray, think positive and heal! /R.Stiles Thursday, January 06, 2005 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com “Healing with water: the work of “water cure” pioneer Dr. Batmanghelidj”
Water contains information. God existed in water, and all energies existed in Water, too. God’s Creation and all information was and still is in our Water. So, Water contains powerful information about God, life around us, the universe; it contains all information about us. Think about how life, our bodies, fruits, plants, and even microbes consist mostly of Water. Pray, think positive and heal! /R.Stiles
Those of you who are familiar with the work of the late Dr B. may own his book called “The Water Cure,” or “Water for health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty.” He’s also the author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.” Essentially, Dr. B is the foremost authority on the relationship between the consumption of water and states of health or disease in the human body.
As he explains in great detail in his many books, most common diseases (for which there are a variety of names such as asthma, arthritis, hypertension and so on) are really just names given to patterns of symptoms created by the body’s drought management system. When the human body begins to get dehydrated, it initiates a drought management system that seeks to conserve water. The symptoms characterized by this drought management effort are given disease names by conventional medicine and then treated with toxic prescription drugs.
Here’s a straightforward example of what I’m talking about: the brain must be kept hydrated at all times. So the body, when it is lacking water, will do everything possible to keep supplying adequate water to the brain. This involves limiting the loss of water in other areas of the body. As Dr. B points out, simply breathing causes the loss of a significant quantity of water each and every day, depending on the climate in which you live and your level of physical exercise.
If you are experiencing chronic dehydration from not drinking enough water, or from drinking water-depleting drinks such as coffee, beer or beverages containing sugar, your body tries to prevent respiratory water loss by producing histamines which close off the capillaries in your lungs. Through the constriction of these capillaries, water loss is reduced, but of course breathing is made far more difficult. It’s important to understand that the body is doing this on purpose. The body is producing histamines as a strategy, not as a disease or something gone awry. The body wants to constrict the capillaries in your lungs because it is trying to save your brain.
What is conventional medicine’s answer to this production of histamines by the body? Well, of course, it is the prescription of antihistamines, or drugs that are designed to counteract the histamines produced on purpose by the body in order to conserve water. These antihistamines then open up the capillaries in the lungs, making breathing seem easier. As you can see here, then, the conventional medicine approach treats nothing but the symptoms, and in doing so it counteracts the body’s own intentions and strategies in trying to conserve water. What patients with asthma really need is lots of water on a regular basis, not histamine prescription drugs.
As Dr. B explains in his books, the same sort of destructive cycle of medical treatment is taking place with other diseases as well — most notably hypertension and arthritis. Many of the prescription drugs profitably marketed to doctors and patients today are, in effect, various forms of histamines which counteract the body’s efforts to conserve water.
What we need to be doing as a population, of course, is simply drinking more water. But there’s more to it than just that — we also need to stop drinking beverages that deplete our water supplies. Believe it or not, most beverages that are consumed by American consumers today actually don’t offer hydration; drinking soft drinks results in a loss of water in your body, not a gain in water. Once you drink one can of a soft drink beverage, you feel like you still need more, and thus the body is trapped in a never-ending cycle of craving for hydration that simply cannot be met by consuming soft drinks. What your body truly craves is water.
Caffeine is also another water-depleting drug. Consuming caffeine in any form, whether soft drinks or coffee or pills, creates a diuretic effect in your body, which means your body begins to eliminate water through urination. Sadly, most Americans continue to drink alarming quantities of soft drinks, coffee and other beverages that actually deplete water from their systems.
There’s another fascinating point on chronic dehydration and weight loss that’s worth mentioning here, too: many people who are attempting to lose weight end up in a state of chronic dehydration because they don’t want to drink water for fear that it will add “water weight” to their bodies. They actually impair their body’s ability to metabolize fat because they’re afraid to drink enough water on a regular basis. In reality, being fully hydrated is a prerequisite to weight loss. If you want to lose weight, you have to give your body enough water so that it’s no longer in a state of emergency. When the body is in a state of chronic dehydration, or a state of emergency, it will not let go of fat supplies easily. It wants to hold on to everything it can eat or drink. The only way to convince your body to let go of body fat, and start metabolizing body fat, is to drink a lot of water – enough water so that your body feels safe in letting go of unneeded calories. (Remember: water has zero calories, is low-carb, and has zero grams of fat, so drink up!)
It’s also interesting to note that many people who go on short term diets and who think they’re losing five or ten pounds over a couple of days are really only losing water weight. They haven’t lost any body fat at all but they have managed to put themselves in a state of chronic dehydration that will inevitably lead to weight gain once they return to normal habits of eating and drinking.
Getting back to Dr. B, it’s curious to note that he’s a conventionally trained medical doctor, and yet, like so many of the doctors I interview on this site, he has the calling of a true scientist. He has the willingness to venture beyond modern medicine and explore the true causes of health and disease. In doing so, he has pioneered the understanding of how water can create health (or lack of water can create disease) in the human body. This is groundbreaking work and Dr. B deserves to be widely recognized for his contribution to medical understanding. And yet, that is precisely what is not happening. Rather than being nominated for a scientific prize, Dr B has been marginalized by the conventional medical community. His critics refuse to recognize the true role of water in the human body. And, of course, the tremendous financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry and the “sick care” industry (also known as the healthcare industry) all have a vested interest in making sure that doctors treat diseases with extremely expensive prescription drugs and high profit medical procedures rather than low-cost substances like water.
This is an important point: there’s no money in the treatment of disease with water, so there’s no motivation for any organization whatsoever to reveal the truth about the role of water in preventing chronic disease in human beings. Why would a pharmaceutical company or a doctor or a hospital tell you that you can prevent arthritis, asthma, hypertension and other diseases by simply drinking water? They wouldn’t. And they don’t. Medical schools don’t even teach it.
Diabetes is also another disease that is strongly influenced by water consumption. And the diabetes industry is a multi-billion dollar industry of sickness treatment and prescription drugs. Why would that industry want to tell people that all they need to do is drink more water and avoid drinking soft drinks in order to greatly improve their health?
The answer is that there is no motivation whatsoever for any medical industry or group or drug company to tell people the truth about water and human health. Not only that they’re not willing to tell the truth, they’re also not willing to intellectually accept the truth about water because it runs counter to their profitable paradigms of disease treatment. In other words, an executive working at a pharmaceutical company, who’s making millions of dollars a year from the sale of pharmaceuticals, cannot psychologically accept the idea that diseases could be prevented or reversed by drinking something that would be freely available to the public. The thought doesn’t even penetrate that person’s belief system.
And yet the truth of it all is that most illness in the United States can be easily prevented by strategies that are inexpensive or even free of charge. Two of the most powerful therapies for health and disease prevention are pure water and natural sunlight. I’ve written many articles about sunlight, about how it prevents and even reverses mental disorders, schizophrenia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and even nervous system disorders. And that’s available free of charge, all you have to do is walk outside and get some sunshine on your skin. Now, with the work of Dr. B being published and widely available, we also know that water is one of the most powerful healing substances available to each and every consumer in the United States and around the world. It’s virtually free; all you need to do is keep drinking it, and don’t wait for your thirst perception to tell you when to drink more. You have to make a commitment to hydrate yourself throughout the day on a regular basis. At the same time you have to make a commitment to avoid drinking beverages that result in dehydration, such as soft drinks, sport drinks or any beverage with caffeine or added sugars. That means avoiding cow’s milk, fruit juices, beer and alcohol, fruit punches or any other drinks that simply don’t substitute for the healing power of pure water.
The bottom line to all of this is that Dr B is a true international hero when it comes to having the wisdom to recognize the fundamental causes of disease and the courage to speak up about it and tell the truth as he sees it. If we had more doctors like this in the world, our world would be free of 90% of all chronic disease. The healthcare industry would be a fraction of its current size, and the pharmaceutical industry would be practically nonexistent. We’d all be healthier, happier, and we’d live longer. We would have less violence in society, lower crime rates, stronger families, better educational outcomes for our children, and we would even experience great increases in our collective quality of life. This is the promise we can have if we accept the fundamental truth that health is our right, and that many highly effective health strategies are freely available to us right now.
At the same time, we must also reject the current sick care treatment system that prevents and suppresses information that would help people get better and that profits handsomely from a population that remains chronically diseased.
Even after his passing in late 2004, Dr. B remains a pioneer in the fight for restoring freedom and fundamental health to the human population, and I strongly encourage you to go to http://www.amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.com or your local bookstore and check out the books by Dr. B. They represent some of the most interesting reading you will ever find, and once you read his books you will never go back to drinking soft drinks, coffee or fruit juices ever again. These books will change your life, and if you follow the strategies they offer, they will even help you prevent chronic disease for a lifetime.
The world owes Dr. B. a debt of gratitude, and I only hope that some day he will be considered for the Nobel Prize or some other worthy recognition for his pioneering and courageous work on the healing effects of water.
About the author: Mike Adams is an award-winning journalist and holistic nutritionist with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is an honest, independent journalist and accepts no money or commissions on the third-party products he writes about or the companies he promotes. In 2010, Adams co-founded NaturalNews.TV, a natural health video sharing site that has now grown in popularity. He also founded an environmentally-friendly online retailer called BetterLifeGoods.com that uses retail profits to help support consumer advocacy programs. He’s also the CEO of a highly successful email newsletter software company that develops software used to send permission email campaigns to subscribers. Adams is currently the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and pursues hobbies such as martial arts, Capoeira, nature macrophotography and organic gardening. He’s also author a large number of health books offered by Truth Publishing and is the creator of numerous reference website including NaturalPedia.com and the free downloadable Honest Food Guide. His websites also include the free reference sites HerbReference.com and HealingFoodReference.com. Adams believes in free speech, free access to nutritional supplements and the innate healing ability of the human body. Known on the ‘net as ‘the Health Ranger,’ Adams shares his ethics, mission statements and personal health statistics at www.HealthRanger.org
by R. Stiles
In the title it says “Who am I?” If asked 10 years ago, perhaps even fewer, I would have explained by stating a variety of credentials and achievements. Regardless of those things, I felt lacking, and thus never really loved and appreciated myself, thus treating myself badly. Today, if asked “Who am I?” my answer is simply “me”. I have, to large extent, separated who I am from the standards that we’ve been raised and taught to use to identify ourselves. I remember years ago there was an older black man on the job, Nat, who was a concrete finisher. Everyone loved to be around him. He loved what he did and came to work and spent hours pouring and finishing concrete, always happy and enjoying what he did. He simply enjoyed who he was – Nat – not a rich man, not someone with great authority, just loved to get up each morning and I doubt that he treated himself badly, nor did he treat himself as above anyone else. I have come to realize that the dishwasher at a restaurant can feel as good about himself as the president of a nation or huge company – we are not our credentials, but rather children of God who should respect, like, and love ourselves…once we do that we will be able to respect, like, and love others as they are with no difficulty.
Cyril Henry Hoskin (8 April 1910 – 25 January 1981), more popularly known as Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, was a writer who claimed to have been a lama in Tibet before spending the second part of his life in the body of a British man. Hoskin described himself as the “host” of Tuesday Lobsang Rampa. The name Tuesday relates to a claim in The Third Eye that Tibetans are named after the day of the week on which they were born.
The Third Eye
In November 1956 a book called The Third Eye was published in the United Kingdom. It was written by a man named Tuesday Lobsang Rampa and purported to relate his experiences while growing up in a monastery in Tibet after being sent there at the age of seven. The title of the book is derived from an operation, similar to trepanation, that Rampa claimed he had, in which a small hole was drilled into his forehead to arouse the third eye and allow stronger powers of clairvoyance. The book describes the operation as follows:
The instrument penetrated the bone. A very hard, clean sliver of wood had been treated by fire and herbs and was slid down so that it just entered the hole in my head. I felt a stinging, tickling sensation apparently in the bridge of my nose. It subsided and I became aware of subtle scents which I could not identify. Suddenly there was a blinding flash. For a moment the pain was intense. It diminished, died and was replaced by spirals of colour. As the projecting sliver was being bound into place so that it could not move, the Lama Mingyar Dondup turned to me and said:” You are now one of us, Lobsang. For the rest of your life you will see people as they are and not as they pretend to be.”
During the story, Rampa meets yetis and, at the end of the book, he encounters a mummified body that was him in an earlier incarnation. He also takes part in an initiation ceremony in which he learns that during its early history the Earth was struck by another planet, causing Tibet to become the mountain kingdom that it is today.Original 1950s cover of The Third Eye
The manuscript of The Third Eye had been turned down by several leading British publishers before being accepted by Secker and Warburg for an advance of £800. Prior to the book’s publication Fredric Warburg met “Doctor Carl Kuon Suo” – before he changed his name to Dr Tuesday Lobsang Rampa - and was intrigued by his personality. Warburg sent the manuscript of the unpublished book to a number of scholars, several of whom expressed doubts about its authenticity. Nevertheless, the book was published in November 1956 and soon became a global bestseller. The Times Literary Supplement said of the book: “It comes near to being a work of art.”
Controversy over authorship of The Third Eye
Explorer and Tibetologist Heinrich Harrer was unconvinced about the book’s origins and hired a private detective from Liverpool named Clifford Burgess to investigate Rampa. The findings of Burgess’ investigation were published in the Daily Mail in February 1958. It was reported that the author of the book was a man named Cyril Henry Hoskin, who had been born in Plympton, Devon in 1910 and was the son of a plumber. Hoskin had never been to Tibet and spoke no Tibetan. In 1948, he had legally changed his name to Carl Kuon Suo before adopting the name Lobsang Rampa. An obituary of Fra Andrew Bertie, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, claims that he was involved in unmasking Lobsang Rampa as a West Country plumber.
Rampa was tracked by the British press to Howth, Ireland and confronted with these allegations. He did not deny that he had been born as Cyril Hoskin, but claimed that his body was now occupied by the spirit of Lobsang Rampa. According to the account given in his third book, The Rampa Story, he had fallen out of a fir tree in his garden in Thames Ditton, Surrey while attempting to photograph an owl. He was concussed and on regaining his senses had seen a Buddhist monk in saffron robes walking towards him. The monk spoke to him about Rampa taking over his body and Hoskin agreed, saying that he was dissatisfied with his current life. When Rampa’s original body became too worn out to continue, he took over Hoskin’s body in a process of transmigration of the soul.
Rampa maintained for the rest of his life that The Third Eye was a true story. In the foreword to the 1964 edition of the book, he wrote:
I am Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, that is my only name, now my legal name, and I answer to no other.
Lobsang Rampa went on to write another 18 books containing a mixture of religious and occult material. One of the books, Living With The Lama, was described as being dictated to Rampa by his pet Siamese cat, Mrs Fifi Greywhiskers. Faced with repeated accusations from the British press that he was a charlatan and a con artist, Rampa went to live in Canada in the 1960s. He and his wife, San Ra’ab, became Canadian citizens in 1973, along with Sheelagh Rouse (Buttercup) who was his secretary and regarded by Rampa as his adopted daughter.
Lobsang Rampa died in Calgary on 25 January 1981, at the age of 70.
Index of T. Lobsang Rampa books
1. The Third Eye (1956)
2. Doctor from Lhasa (1959)
3. The Rampa Story (1960)
4. The Cave of the Ancients (1963)
5. Living with the Lama (1964)
6. You-Forever ! (1965)
7. Wisdom of the Ancients (1965)
8. The Saffron Robe (1966)
9. Chapters of Life (1967)
10. Beyond the Tenth (1969)
11. Feeding the Flame (1971)
12. The Hermit (1971)
13. The Thirteen Candle (1972)
14. Candlelight (1973)
15. Twilight (1975)
16. As It Was ! (1976)
17. I Believe (1976)
18. Three Lives (1977)
19. Tibetan Sage (1980)
20. My Visit to Venus (1957)
Books by San Ra’ab Rampa:
The original article is from Wikipedia. To view the original article please click here.Smart Mind A new vision of the science and philosophy of Mind Sena Fernando “The Dreaming” and Shamanism
Modern civilization is characterized by a rigid division between the material and the spiritual which is characterized as being “normal”; any observed phenomenon which calls this division into question is dismissed as “anomalous” or “delusional”. The aborigines in Australia who evolved separately from the rest of the human race for 40,000 years developed a world view in which matter, mind, and spirit were harmoniously integrated. Anthropologists have revealed that the “The Dreaming” or Dreamtime myths are at the core of aboriginal society. The basis of aboriginal religious beliefs is an essential unity and harmony between humans, the land and the Dreaming.They were only able to survive in the harsh environment of the outback because of their close bond with, and understanding of, the land. The term Dreaming was first used in 1896 by Spencer and Gillen as a rough translation of the aboriginal term “alcheringa”.The Aborigine concept of the Dreaming is poorly understood by anthropologists for two reasons:(a) Being a philosophy which was lived rather than theorized about,any verbal formulation of it is likely to be only an approximation.(b) By the time serious study of the Dreaming began in the twentieth century, the destruction of aboriginal culture was already well under way. Perhaps the only evidence we now have of Aboriginal culture is in their art, although even that is being corrupted by commercial demands. To the Aboriginal people the act of producing the art is as important as, or more important than, the finished product. Body paintings and ground sculptures are only meant to last a few hours.The indigenous Australian people refer to the Dreaming in translation as the”All-at-once” Time in which past, present, and future coalesce one into the other. They considered the Dreaming to be objective, whilst linear time was considered a subjective construction of waking consciousness. This is the converse of the European concept which views dreams as subjective and linear time as objective. The Dreaming, however, should not be equated with dreams as we understand them; it is an embodiment of the spiritual forces of the Universe.The Dreaming has been described by Max Charlesworth in his book Religion in Aboriginal Australia (1999) as follows: “First, it is a narrative mythical account of the foundation and shaping of the entire world by the ancestor heroes who are uncreated and eternal. Second, “the Dreaming” refers to the embodiment of the spiritual power of the ancestor heroes in the land in certain sites, and in species of fauna and flora, so that this power is available to people today. Indeed, one might say that for the Aboriginal his land is a kind of religious icon, since it both represents the power of the Dreaming beings and also effects and transmits that power… (The Dreaming is) the most real and concrete and fundamental aspect of Aboriginal life and has nothing to do with the Western concept of dreaming as an imaginary, fantastic and illusory state of consciousness”. The indigenous people believe that every person in an essential way exists eternally in the Dreaming. This eternal part existed before the life of the individual begins, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends.Another way of interpreting the Dreaming is that it is outside of linear time, just as Smart Mind appears to be. Paul Wildman has pointed out that the concept of Dreaming is quite different to the Hindu idea of “circular time” in which the world is created, destroyed and recreated every 4,320,000 years, and is also not mystic in the sense of direct apperception of God.“It is unique in that it contextualizes the present manifesting moment within the unmanifesting cosmos of the ancestors’ dreaming and the present dreaming as the ancestors’ present moment.” In the context of this ontology there is no need for original sin, ego elimination or universal consciousness.Rosemary Jane Beaumont has attempted to resuscitate for our benefit something of the aborigine’s vision of sacredness. She quotes the Jungian psychologist David Tacey: “The power in the landscape of Australia is able to crack open the psyche beyond the ego to the mythic realms and psychic field of nature”.Aldous Huxley wrote in The Perennial Philosophy: “….men are not content to be merely kind and clever within the limits of a concrete situation. They aspire to relate their actions, and the thoughts and feelings accompanying those actions, to general principles and a philosophy on the cosmic scale.”The Dreamtime myths are certainly a philosophy on the cosmic scale, which modern science fails to provide. Huxley’s book explores the common elements in the great religions of the Northern hemisphere – Christianity, Islam, Vedanta, Buddhism, and Taoism – but has little to say about the rest of the world. There are of course no written documents on religion and philosophy emerging from the Australian aborigines, and few from Africa and America south of the equator, but there are many sacred buildings and other archaeological features such as the Nazca lines and figures etched into Peru’s Atacama Desert in South America which have been investigated by Graham Hancock.Huxley did not consider shamanism, a form of spirituality which probably originated 30,000 years ago and found in both Northern and Southern hemispheres, as a part of the perennial philosophy. The word Shaman originated from Siberia and other parts of Northern Asia extending to Northern China, being the Turkic-Tungus word for a traditional healer and literally meaning “he or she who knows”.The biography of Chuonnasuan, said to be the last Shaman of North-East China,has been written by Richard Noll. Having obtained permission form the Chinese Foreign Affairs Office, Noll travelled to the village of Shibazhan in Northern Heilongjiang province in 1994 to meet this man. He belonged to the Oroqen tribe, who were previously nomadic hunters and gatherers, but since the early 1950s have been forced to settle in log cabins and to learn to grow their own food. With the aid of an interpreter, Chuonnasuan told Noll and his colleagues the story of his life.His grandfather and his paternal uncle were both powerful shamans, but Chuonnasuan was told that he had to be selected by the spirits to become a shaman himself. It would take three classic “initiatory illnesses” and three healings by master shamans before Chuonnasuan would join their ranks. His first illness occurred at the age of 16. He lost a younger brother and sister in 1943, and that traumatic experience made him wander around in the forest sometimes in a trance state. Shamanic illness is a psycho-spiritual crisis or a rite of passage, observed among those becoming shamans.The episode often marks the beginning of a time-limited episode of confusion or disturbing behavior where the shamanic initiate might have an experience of being”disturbed by spirits”. A healing ritual was organized, during which the spirits came to know Chuonnasuan and taught him to dance; this was the first step to becoming a shaman. After two more such illnesses over a period of years he became a fully-fledged healer himself.Some anthropologists and religious scholars define a shaman as an intermediary between the natural and spiritual world, who travels between worlds in a state of trance.Once in the spirit world, the shaman would commune with the spirits for assistance in healing, hunting or weather management. Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. The difference between a priest and a shaman is that while a priest is appointed by a religious organization or at least has his activities sanctioned by such an organization,the shaman is one who, as a consequence of a personal psychological crisis, has gained a certain power of his own.Ian Prattis, Professor of Anthropology and Religion at Carleton University,Ottawa, Canada, has observed that many of the events associated with shamanism have to do with the shaman’s ability to move into altered states of consciousness (A.S.C.).He is of the view that the scientific observer will not be able to appreciate the feature,structure and process of the experience the shaman is trying to describe unless the observer himself to travel through the shamanic experience or something similar. Prattis has been able to enter altered states of consciousness by using a breath control technique. Writer Graham Hancock has done so with the aid of the psychedelic drugs ayahuasca (containing DMT) and ibogaine.Hancock takes issue with the conventional definition of the term“hallucination”, which states that what is perceived in this way is not real; its contents are derived from memory and life experiences, and are culture-specific. He asks, if shamans in primitive societies located in South America, Africa, and Australia hallucinate certain visions very similar to those perceived by modern citizens of the United States, can one regard these as “culture-specific”? He is here referring to “alienabduction” experiences documented by John Mack and others in the United States.British-born John Edward Mack, M.D. (1929 – 2004) was Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Mack followed up 200 people who claimed such experiences over a 10-year period. He found that some of them had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but none were psychotic and there was no evidence that they were abnormal personalities. When Mack published his findings he had to suffer ridicule of his psychiatrist colleagues who attempted unsuccessfully to get him ousted from his job.Hancock believes that these abduction experiences resulted from altered states of consciousness rather than from “nut-and-bolts” encounters with aliens, and are thus similar to shamanic experiences under the influences of drugs such as ayahuasca and ibogaine. There were remarkable similarities in the content of the hallucinations: Both groups referred to experiences such as being induced to ascend by a large owl, floating up on threads of light to encounter beings in the sky, being given a highly informative book which later disappears, and experiencing piercings by long needles or the implantation of foreign objects in their bodies. How can these hallucinations be regarded as culture-specific? One can argue that this kind of evidence will now be contaminated by the publication of Hancock’s book (in 2007), but many of the abduction experiences were reported in the sixties when the ayahuasca experiences had not been given wide publicity.Michael Winkelman is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University. He believes that shamanism played a fundamental role in the Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition of the human race 40,000 years ago and the emergence of modern human cognition.A universal and central feature of shamanism is the experience of traveling to the supernatural world in an altered state of consciousness and encountering apparently intelligent entities there. This corresponds to the out-of-body experience which sometimes occurs in NDE, and also to the phenomenon of “astral projection”. These experiences enable the shaman to see himself from others’ point of view in a visual symbolic experience.In Winkelman’s view the evolution of the human brain and its modular structures produced a fragmentation of consciousness. Shamanic traditions using ritual altered states of consciousness enabled primitive humans to overcome the fragmentation of consciousness by synchronizing the divergent aspects of human cognition. These integrative brain states are typified by theta brain-wave patterns producing integrative discharges along the neuraxis of the brain.The hypothesis emerging from these anthropological studies is that shamanism served the human race well for perhaps 30,000 years, giving rise to stable communities such as existed in Australia before colonization. It is only in the past five to six thousand years that the human race has been evolving in a different direction leading to the establishment of cities, nation-states, and wars.“Feeling Angry? Say a Prayer and the Wrath Fades Away, Study Suggests” ScienceDaily (Mar. 21, 2011)
Saying a prayer may help many people feel less angry and behave less aggressively after someone has left them fuming, new research suggests.
A series of studies showed that people who were provoked by insulting comments from a stranger showed less anger and aggression soon afterwards if they prayed for another person in the meantime.
The benefits of prayer identified in this study don’t rely on divine intervention: they probably occur because the act of praying changed the way people think about a negative situation, said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.
“People often turn to prayer when they’re feeling negative emotions, including anger,” he said.
“We found that prayer really can help people cope with their anger, probably by helping them change how they view the events that angered them and helping them take it less personally.”
The power of prayer also didn’t rely on people being particularly religious, or attending church regularly, Bushman emphasized. Results showed prayer helped calm people regardless of their religious affiliation, or how often they attended church services or prayed in daily life.
Bushman noted that the studies didn’t examine whether prayer had any effect on the people who were prayed for. The research focused entirely on those who do the praying.
Bushman said these are the first experimental studies to examine the effects of prayer on anger and aggression. He conducted the research with Ryan Bremner of the University of Michigan and Sander Koole of VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It appears online in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and will be published in a future print edition.
The project involved three separate studies.
In the first study, 53 U.S. college students were told they would be participating in a series of experiments. First, they completed a questionnaire that measured their levels of anger, fatigue, depression, vigor, and tension.
They then wrote an essay about an event that made them feel very angry. Afterwards, they were told the essay would be given to a partner, whom they would never meet, for evaluation.
But, in reality, there was no partner and all the participants received the same negative, anger-inducing evaluation that included the statement: “This is one of the worst essays I have ever read!”
After angering the participants, the researchers had the students participate in another “study” in which they read a newspaper story about a student named Maureen with a rare form of cancer. Participants were asked to imagine how Maureen feels about what happened and how it affected her life.
Then, the participants were randomly assigned to either pray for Maureen for five minutes, or to simply think about her.
Afterwards, the researchers again measured the students’ levels of anger, fatigue, depression, vigor and tension. As expected, self-reported levels of anger were higher among the participants after they were provoked. But those who prayed for Maureen reported being significantly less angry than those who simply thought about her.
Prayer had no effect on the other emotions measured in the study.
Bushman said that in this study, and in the second one, there was no prior requirement that the participants be Christian or even religious. However, nearly all the participants said they were Christian. Only one participant refused to pray and he was not included in the study.
The researchers didn’t ask participants about the content of their prayers or thoughts because they didn’t want them to become suspicious about what the study was about, which might have contaminated the findings, Bushman said.
But the researchers did run several similar pilot studies in which they did ask participants about what they prayed or thought about. In those pilot studies, participants who prayed tended to plead for the target’s well-being. Those who were asked to think about the target of prayers tended to express empathetic thoughts, saying they felt sad about the situation and felt compassion for those who were suffering.
The second study had a similar setup to the first. All the students wrote an essay, but half wrote about a topic that angered them and then received anger-inducing negative feedback, supposedly from their partner. The other half wrote about a neutral subject and received positive feedback, which they thought was from their partner.
Participants were then asked to either pray or think about their partner for five minutes. (They were told this was for a study about how people form impressions about others, and that praying for or thinking about their partner would help them organize the information that they had already received about their partner in order to form a more valid impression.)
Finally, the participants completed a reaction-time task in which they competed with their unseen “partner.”
Afterwards, if participants won, they could blast their partner with noise through headphones, choosing how long and loud the blast would be.
Results showed that students who were provoked acted more aggressively than those who were not provoked — but only if they had been asked to simply think about their partner. Students who prayed for their partner did not act more aggressively than others, even after they had been provoked.
The third study took advantage of previous research that found that angry people tend to attribute events in their lives to the actions of other people, while those who aren’t angry more often attribute events to situations out of their control.
This study was done at a Dutch university, and all participants were required to be Christian. The Netherlands has a large proportion of atheists.
Half the participants were angered (similar to the methods in the first two studies), while the other half were not.
They then spent five minutes praying for or thinking about a person they personally knew who could use some extra help or support.
Finally, they were asked to judge the likelihood of each of 10 life events. Half the events were described as caused by a person (You miss an important flight because of a careless cab driver). Angry people would be expected to think these kinds of events would be more likely.
The other events were described as the result of situational factors (You miss an important flight because of a flat tire).
Results showed that those who simply thought of another person were more likely to hold the anger-related appraisals of situations if they were provoked, compared to those who were not provoked.
But those who prayed were not more likely to hold the anger-related views, regardless of whether they were provoked or not.
“Praying undid the effects of provocation on how people viewed the likelihood of these situations,” Koole said.
While the three studies approached the issue in different ways, they all pointed to the personal benefits of prayer, Bushman said.
“The effects we found in these experiments were quite large, which suggests that prayer may really be an effective way to calm anger and aggression,” he said.
These results would only apply to the typical benevolent prayers that are advocated by most religions, Bushman said. Vengeful or hateful prayers, rather than changing how people view a negative situation, may actually fuel anger and aggression.
“When people are confronting their own anger, they may want to consider the old advice of praying for one’s enemies,” Bremner said.
“It may not benefit their enemies, but it may help them deal with the negative emotions.”
Story Source: The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Ohio State University. Journal Reference: R. H. Bremner, S. L. Koole, B. J. Bushman. “Pray for Those Who Mistreat You”: Effects of Prayer on Anger and Aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2011By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer“Study sees benefit to early menopause hot flashes” The Associated Press – Thu, Feb 24, 2011
CHICAGO – Hot flashes that bedevil many women in menopause might actually be a good thing, depending on when they strike, according to new data from a long-running government study.
Women who had hot flashes at the start of menopause but not later seemed to have a lower risk for heart attack and death than women who never had hot flashes, or those whose symptoms persisted long after menopause began.
By contrast, among the few women who developed hot flashes late — in some cases many years after menopause began — there were more heart attacks and deaths when compared with the other groups.
The research involved more than 60,000 women followed for an average of almost 10 years. It’s the first to examine timing of menopausal symptoms and subsequent risks for heart problems and deaths, said co-author Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Recent studies linked hot flashes with higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which could suggest a higher risk for heart problems, but the new research offers a more detailed look, Manson said.
Lead author Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz, an endocrinologist with Northwestern University’s medical school, said the results should reassure millions of women who experience hot flashes or night sweats, which are essentially hot flashes that can be bothersome enough to awaken women.
The results suggest “there may be a positive side” to having these annoying symptoms, Szmuilowicz said.
The study was released online Thursday in the journal Menopause.
Dr. Elsa-Grace Giardina, a Columbia University specialist in women’s heart disease who was not involved in the study, said the research has several limitations and that more rigorous study is needed to prove the results.
Few women developed hot flashes long after menopause began, and for at least some, previous use of hormone pills may have increased their risks for heart problems, Giardina said.
But more than one-third of the women with late-onset symptoms never used hormones, and Szmuilowicz said the researchers took past hormone use into consideration and still found timing of symptoms played a role.
Menopause occurs when women stop having periods and estrogen levels dwindle. Most women experience symptoms including hot flashes that can last for several years. But they don’t usually persist indefinitely or begin long after the beginning of menopause.
Hot flashes aren’t well studied but are thought to result from blood vessels dilating in response to the normal hormone fluctuations of menopause, Manson said. If they occur long after menopause begins it could signal a blood vessel abnormality that could also affect the heart, she said.
The research involved 60,027 women from the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative observational study, examining disease risk factors and health outcomes and funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Women were in their early 60s on average, about 14 years past the start of menopause, when they answered questionnaires about their health, education history, and symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats. Cardiovascular problems and deaths were tracked during almost 10 years of follow-up.
More than one-third, or almost 25,000 women, had early symptoms — hot flashes at the onset of menopause that had stopped before they enrolled. Just 1,391 had late symptoms — hot flashes at enrollment but not at the start of menopause.
About 2.5 percent of women with early symptoms had heart attacks, compared with 3.4 percent of women with no symptoms and 5.5 percent of those with late symptoms. Also, about 6 percent of the early symptom women died, versus 11 percent of the late symptom group and 8 percent of the symptomless women. Women who had persistent hot flashes throughout menopause had risks similar to those without symptoms.
Giardina noted that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity — which all can contribute to heart problems — were more common among the late symptom women.
But the researchers said they accounted for that and still found that timing of menopause symptoms played a role in later heart attacks and deaths.
Multiple studies show that eating vegan protein is much healthier for you than protein from animals (dairy and meat). The best source of non animal protein is green leafy vegetables, nuts & seeds, (wheat) grasses, sprouts, grains. A diet consisting of about 7% protein is enough for most people.
Below is an overview of the (average) percentage of calories from protein:
NaturalNews “Top seven vegan sources of protein” Saturday, June 23, 2012 by: Willow Tohi
- Sprouts 55%;
- Green leafy vegetables 35-50%;
- Nuts & Seeds 12-20%;
- Other vegetables 10- 45%;
- Grains 8-20%;
- Fruits 1-10%.
Like most people who have a higher health conscious, most vegans and vegetarians have a story about how they came to the decision to live their particular lifestyle. No matter your reasons, one of the challenges for non-meat eaters is making sure they get enough protein every day. But its not as big a deal as many think. Like most of the nutrients from quality food, a little goes a long way. Back in the hunter/gatherer days, primitive man ate a lot less meat – usually around 20% of his total diet – a far cry from how much the average American consumes daily in the 21st century.
Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in how our bodies function. But too much protein is associated with several diseases. It is more important to eat a varied diet than to isolate and focus on any one nutrient. As long as calorie intake is adequate, it can be easy for vegan diets to meet protein recommendations (http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm). RDA recommendations for protein are from .36 – .45 grams of protein per pound of body weight, or about 15-20% of calories. That’s roughly 48-60 grams/day.
Top sources of vegan protein
It’s a great time to be a vegan. As the numbers of vegans grows, the demand for vegan products increases. There are lots of nutrient dense foods with a decent protein content. Even meat eaters ought to vary their protein sources, and try some of these:
1. Vegetables – the proper foundation for all diets. • 1 avocado – 10 grams • 1 cup broccoli – 5 grams • 1 cup spinach – 5 grams • 2 cups cooked kale – 5 grams • 1 cup boiled peas – 9 grams • 1 cup cooked sweet potato – 5 grams
2. Legumes, also vegetables, get their own mention. Specifically lentils and beans, the foundation of many diets for centuries. • 1 cup soybeans – 28 grams (1 cup tofu – 22 grams, 1 cup tempeh – 30 grams) • 1 cup lentils – 18 grams • 1 cup refried beans – 15.5 grams • 1 cup garbanzo beans (and hummus) – 14.5 grams • 1 cup pinto, kidney, black beans – 13-15 grams • 1 oz peanuts – 6.5 grams
3. Nuts and seeds – a staple in most vegetarian and vegan diets. • 1 oz. cashews – 4.4 grams • 1 oz. sesame seeds 6.5 grams, 3 tablespoons of tahini – 8 grams • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) walnuts – 5 grams • 1 oz. pistachios – 5.8 grams • 2 tbsp almonds – 4 grams • Nut butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter – 2 tablespoons has about 8 grams of protein
4. Non-dairy milk – Soy, almond, ancient grain. 1 cup gets you 7-9 grams of protein.
5. Grains - Ancient grains, sprouted grains, multi-grains – a major part of the diet. • Quinoa is versatile and delicious. 1 cup – 9 grams. • Amaranth, bulgur, brown rice, wheat germ, oat bran are other grains with a high protein content. • Seitan, or flavored wheat gluten, has about 52 grams per cup, but it may not be a good idea to eat a lot of it. • Oatmeal – 1 cup = 6 grams. • Sprouted grain bread products – buns, tortillas, bread. Pack a sandwich or a wrap and you’ll get 7-10 grams from the bread alone.
6. Convenience foods: There are vegan protein powders and bars to fill in the gaps on the go. Hemp – 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie gives you 11 grams of protein.
7. Supplements – spirulina and chlorella are used often by vegetarians and vegans for their rich nutrient content, and protein content.
There are lots of cookbooks and websites with meal plans and inventive recipes, including many on how to make traditional dishes substituted with vegan ingredients.
Other topics often discussed regarding vegan diets include whether or not vegans need more iron or iodine. Requirements can be met without animal sources, but it is good to be mindful of it.
Whether its a long term lifestyle or a diet for cleansing, eating vegan can be enjoyable and rewarding. As with any diet, it is possible to be an unhealthy vegan. The best diets, vegan and otherwise, center around raw, fresh, organic vegetables. Many vegan’s stories begin with disease. They tried vegan to get better, and liked it so much it stuck.
What is meditation?
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to meditation is that there are definite parameters of what meditation is. Since we are all different, some forms of meditation work better than others for different people. We have different degrees of focus over the course of our day, too. So a specific type of meditation that works great for you at one time in your life may not be that powerful at another time.
I think, that the most important thing about any form of meditation is calming our mind and to detach from our thoughts. Try to relax, be sure, that in the beginning there are some thoughts rumbling around. There will be no “sizzle” but rather eventually a river of peace. Please be patient; there are monks in temples still trying to control the voices that seem to flood their mind. The river of peace comes little by little….you start getting to the point of being able to block out thoughts and voices for 30 seconds, then you lose your focus and again realize that your thinking about what to cook for dinner or what transpired at work, and then you remember that your thoughts must be quiet. This likely never goes away entirely, and I would not be surprised if even the Dali Lama doesn’t occasionally have problems keeping all thoughts quiet while meditating. But eventually you will find that you can be free of them for longer and longer, and this is the point, this increased focus brings you peace, clarity, awareness of your true self, and healing. I started with just meditating for 5 minutes at a time….15 min in the beginning will likely frustrate you. But remember, it is a life long practice, with the emphasis being on PRACTICE, because none of us will ever be perfect, but we will always gain benefit from the practice.
When you meditate, you need to focus on something, perhaps the center of your being, your breathing, a mantra – or whatever you’re choosing to focus upon. Let’s face it, until you’re a master meditator (which will really be never), realize that it’s not a competition. If today you can’t focus right, tomorrow you will do better. Be sure to do it every day. In time, you’ll find that you’ll naturally want to increase the amount of time you meditate and that it becomes an essential part of who you are. Go with the flow, live in the “Now Moment”.