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Food for Natural Beauty

 

Eating for Beauty. David Wolfe.    Eatingforbeauty.com Food enzymes are destroyed at temperatures over 120 degrees. Each cell has over 4,000 enzymes. They need minerals; pollen is a good source. If it floats in water, it’s rancid. Beauty depends on mineralization.

Cooked oils are a main cause of free radical damage (except for cooking with coconut oil and olive oil), along with pesticides, cigarettes, pollution, and over-exposure to sun. The oxygen molecules lose an electron that it steals from other molecules, causing free radical damage. Antioxidants in oils, minerals and vitamins provide electrons.

Water is very important, alkaline water as in Trinity Springs water. You can charge water with a few pinches of Celtic Grey Mineral Sea Salt in your water container (it contains 84 minerals). Also can use MSM, quartz crystals, lemon juice, and sunshine. Distilled water is OK if bottled in glass. Drink water on an empty stomach, especially when you wake up.

Important minerals:

Silicon rich foods: horsetail, nettles, hemp, burdock, tomatoes, bell peppers, and oats.

MSM: sulfur, also in pine nuts, aloe vera (put on topically for scars), bee pollen

Zinc: pecans, coconut, macadamia nuts

Iron: dark green vegetables and herbs, use lemons with onions, burdock, blackberries, nettles, parsley

Manganese: cloves, kelp, Brazil nuts, almonds

 

Important foods that have useful mineral content, etc

Aloe Vera      can apply topically for scars, anti-inflammatory

Arugula     alkaline and anti-cancer. Pick before it flowers (easy to grow)

Burdock root: blood purifier, aids digestion, buy crisp root

Chaparral tea: balances MSM and Vit. C

Coconut: good for fungus, no cholesterol, stimulates thyroid, normalizes blood sugar

Cucumbers: kidney cleanser, diuretic, eat organic skins (good juice is 4-6 celery stalks, 1 apple, and 1 cuk)

Durian: tyryptamine

Figs: high calcium, laxative, dissolves intestinal mucus

Grapefruit: anti-inflammatory

Hemp seeds: contain all the amino acids, mineral rich

Macadamia nuts: protects against heart diseases. Avoid split open, in pieces, overly yellow.

Nettles: good for weight loss, increase thyroid function, blood purifier,

Olives: vit E, squaline, don’t use green ones, water cured, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil should be in a dark bottle.

Onions: sulfuric, prevents putrefaction in the gut, antiseptic, queratin, thins out clumped blood. White are strongest.

Papaya: good for digestion, apply to skin, good for liver. For parasite cleanse, eat 1T of the seeds on an empty stomach, once a day for a week, and then repeat 2 weeks later.

Pumpkin seeds: hormone building, good for heart, prostrate. For worm cleanse, eat 1T of seeds. Eat a handful, two times a day on empty stomach for one week, one week off, and one week on.

Radish: good for digestion

Turmeric: has curcumin. Good for skin with paste with sesame oil, steeped for two weeks, then strain. For cancer sore, mix with honey and apply.

Watercress: chlorophyll

Avoid: beans, white potatoes, grains (gluten is inflammatory)

 

Skin: useful oils are hemp, olive, coconut, grapeseed, borage, eve. Primrose.

Make a mask with avocado, 1T of hemp oil, and 7 drops of orange juice.

Dark circles under the eyes caused by adrenal stress or potassium overdose.

Puffiness is too much sodium so retain water

 

Beauty Secrets of India by Monisha Bharadwaj

Face: sandalwood, turmeric and water

Eyes: rosewater on eyelids or tea bags

Eye exercises: rapid blinking, palming, and roll eyes in circles, square, and diagonals. Do head stands

Lashes: castor oil thickens them

Dark circles: grated potatoes in a cloth pouch for 15-20 minutes, apples, and don’t apply rich cream in this area. Or mint leaves, 1 tsp almond oil, and 1/2 tsp honey.

Liver spots: lemon juice

Wrinkles: olive or almond oil

Skin: scrub with oatmeal or chickpea flour. Mix egg yolk, 1 tsp honey, and yogurt, leave on for 20 minutes. Also rub with strawberry, mango or grape.

Night cream: 2 T almond oil, 2 T lanolin, 1 tsp coco powder, heated in a bowl in a pan of water, then add 2 T rosewater

Skin in shower: scrub with salt and olive oil, bath with powdered milk, turmeric powder, chickpea flour, and oatmeal. In winter, mustard powder. Mint, orange peel, basil leaves, lemon or vinegar can also be put in the bath.

Hair: coconut oil, dried hibiscus, basil, marigold, balsam leaves.

Breath: clove, cardamom, fennel

Teeth white: 1 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and lemon juice

Travel Notes: New Mexico, Notes on Science & Consciousness

 

Science and Consciousness Conference, 5-04, Albuerque
After the 5-day conference, I rented a car and drove 2 hours west of
Albue. to a pueblo called Acoma. A local who gave me a ride from
Whole Earth store said it was her favorite. I can see why it’s
called the land of enchantment, as with the big sky always in view,
usually with scattered white clouds. You’re aware of the big
picture. You drive down into a valley looking at eroded fingers of
sandstone mesas. It reminded me of Tibet, the high desert with sandy
soil and scrubby bushes, homes built out of stacked rocks and fences
of tree branches.
Acoma is built on top of a tall mesa, two or three story adobe
structures with ladders. They believe humans came from the center of
the earth so they entered homes from the roof: Doors were introduced
by the Spanish conquerors. There’s no water on the mesa and the
elders don’t allow any power, so they use propane and haul water in
trucks. Few people live there full-time. It must have been selected
for safety, although the story is two young medicine men led a group
from the North and stopped when they heard the proper sound from an
echo, “techewee.” The guide told us they’re a matrilineal society;
property is passed on to the youngest daughter to reward her for
caring for the elders, her responsibility. The Antelope Clan picks
the leaders, men. The Spaniards imposed Catholicism by force, but
the guide at this pueblo and Taos said they combine it with
traditional rituals and beliefs, no conflict. They make pottery with
the coil method, no wheels or kilns, lots of images of rain and
clouds since they grew corn on the valley without irrigation. Also
lots of images of a fertility figure, a flute-playing peddler who
came up from Mexico and who brought in outside genes; it was
considered a good thing to have his baby.
Took the scenic route to Sante Fe, found a cheap motel (was able to
bargin, hadn’t expected that) and headed for the Georgia O’Keefe
museum by the downtown plaza. I’ve had the experience once before,
in British Columbia, of seeing a distinctive landscape and then
seeing it through an artist’s eyes—Emily Carr. O’Keefe’s work is so
vivid and colorful, I could see sky and horizon through her eyes as
I continued the trip. Walked around, found a recordkeeper crystal at
a rock shop. Wanted to eat blue corn tortillas, so headed for the
Blue Corn Café. I recognized a guy from the conference, the
Parisian, who came to dinner with me. A few seconds deviation on the
part of either of us and we would have missed each other. It became
clear that he needed the reading I gave him the next day about a
core issue. The next day we drove to Ojo Caliente on the way to
Taos. It’s the only hot springs to have 5 distinctive types of
pools, iron, arsenic, Lithia, soda and sodium. I really needed to
soak off all the vibes from the conference. The pools were outside
so you could watch the New Mexico sky. Driving on to Taos, we did a
releasing the past patterns ritual, throwing stones into the Rio
Grande, felt good.
The Taos Pueblo of the Red Willow people, is built on either side of
a stream, with 5 story homes. They guide said they were patriarchal
but wouldn’t tell me any more. It felt sad, not a lot of energy
there, people sitting inside their homes waiting for tourists to buy
pottery and jewelry.
We went next to a bridge over a gorge carved by the Rio Grande, like
a ribbon of jade green, that extends from Colorado. We ate, me—you
guessed it—blue corn, and headed for a Chimayo cathederal famous for
its healing dirt. It was closed, but people had left notes to God,
crosses on the fence, similar to white folded paper left in temples
in Japan. Felt like a power spot for sure. The landscape here was
pine trees, different from the high desert terrain.
The next day I spent enjoyable time at the Native Amer. Culture
museum, part of 4 others on Museum Hill, funded by Rockefeller,
great dosent who kept going even when I was the only one left. Then
back to Albue. to see the botanical gardens and acquarium and find a
$30 motel, jog. The conference is in Sante Fe next year, plan to go
back and see more pueblos, spend more time at the hotsprings with
massage and wraps.
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Most speakers were Ph.Ds, scientists, etc. who based their
presentations on quantum physics and chaos theory. A major concern
was a crisis about survival of the planet, as with running out of
oil, water, fish, trees. I’ll organize these notes in terms of
wellness, moving from macro to micro issues.
Brian O’Leary, Ph.D., former Princeton physics professor, said we
need to develop the new science of consciousness which is the basis
for quantum physics and is the 5th force of physics (along with
weak, strong, etc.) Human intention can change properties on both
the macro and micro levels. It may be related to dark matter ignored
by physicists. We’re studying UFOs, ETs, crop circles, ESP, PK,
NDEs, psi, etc. He thinks zero point energy from the quantum vacuum
is the key to our salvation. We’re oblivious that we’re in deep
dodo, a disaster, collapse of the US, in a dumbing down process,
although since 1950 the population of the earth has doubled, water
use has increased 4x, fish catch 8x. energy use is up by 5x, the US
uses as much energy as the whole planet did in 1950—we’re 4% who
consume 28% of the energy. Half of the water used in the US is for
animals, such as cattle grazing. About half of the planet’s trees
are gone. Most of the oil will be gone by 2050. We’re facing the
biggest mass extinction in 65 million years since an asteroid
whipped out the dinosaurs. The hydrogen cells pushed by Gov
Swartzineger require a lot of fuel use to produce, solar and wind
sources are intermittent, nuclear is unsafe. The Bush Administration
is pushing hydrogen cells and bio fuel. The solution is cold fusion,
zero point energy. See http://www.newenergymovement.org or
http://www.brianoleary.com. The first new energy conference will be held in
Portland next September 25 and 26.

Author and professor Danah Zohar feels the crisis has to do with
needing to develop spiritual intelligence, in addition to mental and
emotional IQ. Philosopher and author Peter Russell also said we’re
in a spiritual crisis, caught up in materialism. “The real challenge
of our times is exploring consciousness to find how to facilitate
awakening/
Einstein explained that no problem can be solved in the
consciousness that created it.

Huston Smith, Ph.D. believes we’re in dangerous, turbulent times,
doesn’t feel optimistic. The 20th century is the most horrendous
century in all history. 160 million humans slaughtered, mostly of
starvation. The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing and
never greater. Can’t continue to believe in progress. Mystical
traditions have the answers.

Judith Orloff, MD, psychiatrist, author. Advises isolate your
biggest fear, your root memory, and work with it. She used hypnosis
to recall hers. The truth sets you free.

Russell Targ, physicist, author, remote viewing expert. He explained
psychic ability is a non-local awareness independent of space and
time, as Buddhists explained long ago, who we are is non-local. It’s
easier to do diagnosis than remote viewing. Give up the desire to
read, grasping, naming. To prompt remote viewing they ask tell me
the shape, from, not what is it? http://www.espresearch.com

Steven Halpern, musician. A stressed or egotistical performer
affects the listener negatively. William Tiller explained in 1975
that every cell has a keynote frequency which emits and responds to
tone. Can make a siren sound with the vowel o and focus on where it
feels good in the body for an internal massage. Violin, oboe and
trumpets are not relaxing, while electric piano, crystal bowls are.
Musician Don Campbell reports on a Japanese Sendi university study
of the impact of music on the immune system, measuring saliva. He
recommends slow Baroque music for healing, also New Age music,
drumming, humming and toning. Say the vowels oh, ah, ehh. George
Washington University study of elders that found one hour a day
spent in arts resulted in 20% less medication. He thinks ADDH is
hyperactivity of the ear, hypersensitive to sound. He led us in a
fun percussion session using paper plates—try them.

Candace Pert, Ph.D., cell biologist, author of Molecules of Emotion.
We have 1000s of cell receptors on each part of the body. Any drug
acts all over the body. Peptides are the informational substances
influenced by emotions which enter the cell receptors. Cells from
the bone marrow can become neurons in the brain. We make new neurons
every day around the ventricles unless heavily addicted, as to
alcohol. Millions of cells leave the bone marrow to got to their
next stage of development, which means we can change our bodies.
Mind becomes matter. Peptides regulate how quickly the cells divide,
where they migrate, so emotions guide regeneration of the body.
We’re in an epidemic of depression, have an over-medicated society
due to chronic stress. Our 30,000 years old bodies were not designed
for chronic stress. Depression is not caused by lack of serotonin,
as antidepressants take two weeks to kick on but inhibition of
serotonin uptake occurs the first day. Drugs cause the receptors to
shrink, reduce the number, and are less sensitive.

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. cell biologist. Signals come from the
environment and affect the proteins, the building blocks, which
influence the DNA. Disease is caused by protein or the signal is
off. Signals get off due to trauma, toxins, and thought. Our gages
of our perception are sensation, emotions, and symptoms (which is
the only thing treated by doctors).

Meir Schneider. http://www.self-healing.org
When sitting a lot, bend over in your chair and rub your back with
the back of your hand and massage around the waist. Sitting
contracts the lower ab muscles. Massage the groin, do leg lifts of
foot to buttock and breathe. The main cause of back pain is shoes
and cement. Avoid shoes when possible. We use 50 of our 600 muscles.
Weak toes cause tension and gripping, so strengthen them by walking
with your toes pulling you forward, walk backward, do toe exercises
where you rotate each one independently, and pull it back with the
toe resisting coming back up. Put your fingers between your toes and
shake the foot. Rotate different parts of your foot on a tennis
ball. For eyes, palm frequently, look at details (as of faces), look
at distances like the sky, and do sunning where you stand in the sun
and rotate head from shoulder to shoulder with eyes shut, rubbing
the eyebrow. Talk walks at night. Look at finger moving from side to
side without moving head. Blink 22x a minute. Wave hands at
periphery of your face for peripheral vision.

Olga Kharitidi, MD, psychiatrist from Siberia. Technique to deal
with trauma by poking with pen on palm of hand associated with
trauma, then on the other hand associated with positive experience.
Raymond Moody, Ph.D. Evidence of NDE’s—wave of empathetic NDE
experience by bystander.

Jane Katra met Russell Targ when he was given 6 months to live due
to masticized cancer and she was his healer. She says to change the
host so the illness doesn’t recognize it. The healer has to unlearn,
forget yourself, be used by the higher power, empty mind, willing to
be used. She’s had communication from his deceased daughter
Elizabeth.

Donna Eden at Science and Consciousness Conference
Muscle testing: Say, “You push up and I’ll push down.” The hand
should be relaxed rather than in a fist. A self-test is to hold an
allergen, vitamin, etc. to the solar plexus. If you move forward,
like a pendulum, it’s positive, if you fall backward, it’s negative.

Don’t wear an underwire metal or plastic bra because it interferes
with the lymphatic system. You can test the impact by muscle testing
the arm with a finger on the wire. Also avoid carrying bags and
purses over the shoulder. Test after walking a few steps. Correct
with a cross crawl. It’s better to wear a fanny pack around the
waist.
For sore shoulders, tap on them with a hairbrush.

Travel Notes: Costa Rica

My son Jed and I set out on what he described as a mother-son
bonding two weeks in Costa Rica. He did a semester abroad there so
he was a terrific guide, naturalist, and translator. I was glad
though I’d listened to Spanish tapes driving around town before the
trip so I could be courteous and get the gist of some conversations.
We flew from Chico, to SF, to LA, to Guatemala City, (the largest
city in Central America) where we were welcomed by lightning flashes
randomly moving across the horizon (this is the rainy season which
mean fewer tourists and lower costs), and finally to San Jose.
The guide book said CR’s main industries are
electronics, as well as tourism and coffee and bananas. The
indigenous population is very small, because Spanish invaders in
search of gold didn’t find it but left devastating diseases, but we
noticed native people in the rural areas. It’s a country with no
army, but lots of guards in San Jose, in front of a furniture store,
etc. as well as the more obvious bank armed guards. Windows in homes
are barred and grilled, sometimes with barbed wire on top of fences.
We picked up our little Korean four-wheel drive and headed
out of the city to see Volcano Arenal. Somehow I end up by a volcano
when I travel—power spots. Lush and green, kind of like the rainy
side of Hawaiian Islands, we saw impatiens, birds of paradise,
bougainvillea, and hibiscus, growing along the road. Tourists
complain most about those roads because outside of the city there
are lots of rutted, potholed dirt roads. Probably good because it
keeps some visitors away. We found a little café and had what became
the usual meal: grilled fish, rice and beans, fried plantains,
tomatoes and cuke, for about $5 each. That includes a fresh fruit
drink, just fruit and water. I started mixing them, say mango and
pineapple.

This was the most expensive hotel area; we paid $55 for a
simple room with a volcano view ($17 was the least expensive). It
has daily lava flows but we didn’t see much activity because of
cloud cover. We drove closer to observe the volcano and then took a
14 k loop trail in the rain forest below the mt. We saw and heard
howler monkeys which sound like sea lions barking loudly, big
lizards (anole) which Jed promptly caught to examine closer, lines
of busy leaf cutter ants used to garden some fungus in their
underground colony, and toucanette birds. The hotsprings headed by
the thermal activity beaconed and we soaked in them, a warm natural
Jacuzzi in a lovely garden setting. European and American tourists
spoke in many languages, so I could use my French a little.
Fireflies and lightening gave a lovely evening show.
We drove past huge person-made Arenal Lake, a major source
of hydroelectricity, the main power source. We also saw windmills on
the dirt road to Montverde, the cloud rain forest. It’s like hiking
in a greenhouse of our houseplants. We were going to do the zip line
whizzing through the canopy and walk the suspension bridges, but it
was cold and rainy so we decided to head for the coast. Lots of
dairy farms on the way down from the hills, tended by cowboys on
horseback.

We came out at Playa del Coco and then in great desire
for snorkeling went south to Playa Conchal I saw a sting ray and
large blue trigger fish eating along the rocks; didn’t see any reefs
although I saw corral washed up on some beaches. Walking back to the
hotel, I saw an iguana walking up from the sea and then a yellow and
an orange butterfly showed me their colors. That was to be the only
beach with snorkeling during the rainy season, will have to get my
fix in Maui on the back from Japan workshops in October. Next time
will bring bogie board and take surfing lessons to adapt to the
waves. Had dinner on the beach overlooking the sunset and lightning
show.
The next day we swam out to a little island to check out its
tide pools, shells, and birds. We got stung by little invisible jellyfish
coming and going but it was worth it to go to an untouched place and
the rash didn’t last long. Moving south down the Nicoya Peninsula we
checked out Playa Tamarindo, a surfer beach, but it had too many
gringos so we went to Playa Grande where turtles lay their eggs.
Stayed in a lovely $25 hotel, as usual with the sound of the surf
lulling us 24 hours. At dinner a young surfer came up to me, asked
to see the Tao of Medicine book I was reading. I realized how hungry he was for info on alt. Health, told
him about Bastyr in Seattle, the best naturopath college.
Playa Nosara has lots of Europeans and Americans living
there and a terrific yoga center. We took a couple of classes in
their tree house with a distant view of the ocean. Really liked this
Angel Wings breath: Bend knees, circle arms to the sides, lower
hands in front of your public bone palms pressing downward in prayer
position, raise back of palms together above the head and behind the
ears, touch your heart, and lower hands. Our teacher said there are
180,000 yoga positions! I also liked happy baby where you lie on
your back and hold your feet in the air, rolling around on your
back, and one where you roll your forehead and skull on the mat.
I went for a hike in a nature reserve in a mangrove swamp,
serenaded by howler monkeys. It was maize, got lost, and was a bit
late for massage apt. The Viennese therapist and her assistant were
calmly waiting in chair hammocks in the Tico relaxed spirit.
Americans are the most stressed out people I’ve seen…. She started
out the massage tracing the meridians, a good idea. She told me it’s
common for Tico husbands to have girlfriends and babies on the side,
but when her husband indulged she separated from him. I asked about
local schools and she said the worst teachers are sent to the rural
areas. She also said the leaders of CR have put the land up for sale
to the highest bidder. The local expats push to keep the roads
unpaved to preserve their environment.
We went kayaking up a river looking for crocs—only saw the
bank where they sun and rest. We got out and looked at a deserted
black sand beach. It lightly rained but no biggy when it’s so warm.
I went swimming in the ocean to warm up when I got back.
Our last beach was Samosa; as we headed there on a dirt road
we rounded a corner and saw a river flowing over it. Oh merde, but a
Tico guy on a scooter said it was OK to cross. Good that Jed speaks
Spanish so well. That night there was a salsa band with 12
instruments and three dancing singers, very tight, in an outdoor
palapa. Dogs and young teens enjoyed the dancing. I started taking
salsa lessons in preparation for Cuba trip several years ago.
Then we took a ferry to the mainland and drove to San Jose,
did some Christmas shopping in central markets. Their crafts are
wood, pre-Columbian style ceramics, leather, plus Guatemalan
textiles. The towns in CR are laid out similarly to Mexico and Cuba,
and I’m assuming other Latin countries, around a central park/soccer
field, bordered by a church, school, and little shops. Then we flew
to DC and back to Chico to lovely weather.

Staying Calm and Centered

 


Use Body and Mind to Get Centered and Grounded

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

gkimball@csuchico.edu                                                            www.gaylekimball.info

 

Chronic stress impairs the immune system, leading to disease, which costs money. Around 25% of the workforce suffers from excessive stress or anxiety (www.stress.org). Long-term stress contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, depression, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers (according to a study of caregivers of relatives with dementia), divorce, and workplace accidents and injuries. Research shows that tumors transplanted into rats living in stressful situations grow more rapidly. Even wounds take longer to heal when we’re stressed, about 40 percent longer in an Ohio State university study of dental students.

Stress alters the body’s chemistry: Stress hormones encourage formation of fat cells and craving for sugar and fat. A study at Georgetown University, led by Zofia Zukowska, found that mice that were stressed and fed a diet high in sugar and salt gained about twice as much fat in their bellies as non-stressed mice with the same diet. The fat is filled with chemical signals that promote illness and “metabolic syndrome:” (high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol).

Adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and secrete hormones that get the body ready for fight or flight. Chronic secretion of these adrenal hormones (such as cortisol) is taxing. Signs of distress include: irritability, fuzziness, fatigue, anxiety, stuttering, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, grinding teeth, upset stomach, headache, sighing, heart palpitations, skin rashes, loss of sexual interest, back pain, nervous tics, stuttering, crying, anxiety, forgetfulness, allergies; feeling tense, hurried, and pressured; difficulty concentrating, loss of humor, withdrawal, hopelessness, frustration, fatigue, eating too much or too little, digestive problems, irritability, high blood pressure (over 120/80), and smoking and drinking to try to calm down. Here are ways to get centered.

 

1.    Breath work to get oxygen to the brain and activate the parasympathetic system to relax.

*Do 4-8 breathing throughout the day to relax: breath in for the count of 8 from your belly, hold 8, exhale through the mouth like blowing a feather up for 8, and then don’t inhale for as long as comfortable. Author Gay Hendricks reports the latter resets your energy field. Also, try alternate nostril breathing. Put your thumb on one nostril to close it. Breathe in the other nostril, shut it with your middle finger, and exhale out of the first side. The main point is not to breathe shallow quick breaths, which signal stress to the body, but deep slow breaths from the diaphragm which sits under the lungs.

 

*Crunch up your shoulders and face tightly and count to six. Hold your breath, then release your breath and tension while counting to six again. Stress equates with tension; relax to reduce stress, as by remembering your favorite place in nature or stretching. Release your jaw as well as your shoulders.

 

*To relax, breath should begin in the diaphragm laterally, expanding the ribs. Imagine breathing in an appealing color. Press in an inch or two in an acupressure point three finger widths below the navel and hold for one to three minutes.

 

*Relax with minibreaks during the day. Do deep breathing, let your shoulders drop, say, “With every exhalation I release tension and with every inhalation I breathe in relaxation.”

 

2.    Kinesiology to balance the body. When we get stressed our energy gets scrambled. We can’t think clearly, we are clumsy and bump into things, break things. We get “homolateral,” meaning instead of a right side of the brain connected to the left side of the body, and left side to right side, right is connected to right and left to left. The way to correct is any movement that crosses the midline of the body.

     See the exercises:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM7F4YttJdc&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6dqQ20Aeq0

           

a. Make “lazy eights” with your eyes, circling your eyes in an 8 on its side, changing starting to the left or right.

 

b. Cross Crawl: Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching for about two minutes. Look at your hand as it moves up and over. Breathe in with your tongue on the roof of the mouth. Exhale with the tongue on the floor of the mouth.

c. Hook Ups:

* Stand or sit. Cross the right leg over the left at the ankles.

* Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top.

* Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the center of the chest. Stay in this position.

*Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in this position for a few minutes. You will be noticeably calmer after that time.

[Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., and Gail E. Dennison developed Brain Gym as explained in Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. http://esl.about.com/od/englishlessonplans/a/braingym.htm

*Body Talk balances the brain. http://www.bodytalksystem.com/learn/access/cortices.cfm

 

3.    Other Movement

Movement

*Make a fist, then open it and allow any tension to flick out from your fingers. *Shake out leftover tension by shaking out your hands and feet, stomping, or doing the twist. Have a funny temper tantrum by sitting, stomping your feet, slapping your thighs, and growling. If you have time, tighten and relax each muscle starting from your feet up to your face, telling the muscle to be warm and heavy in “progressive relaxation.”

*Blow out lifting arms up over your head and down to the earth.

*Roll your head with ear to one shoulder, down and around to the other.

*Do yoga poses such as the child’s pose (like Islamic prayer position) and happy baby (on your back holding your feet up and rocking side to side).

 

Align the Meridians and Acupressure Points

*With your fist, tap from chest down the arm with palm up, turn arm over and tap on back of arm. Tap along the sides of the legs, like where a pant seam is, up the inside of the legs, down the back of the legs, and up the front.

 

*Rub meridian points, called the Gate Points by Dr. Devi. Nambudripad  “The first gate is located in the “webbing” between the right thumb and index finger. The second point is the “emotional gate” located on the outside of the right wrist. The third point is located on a point outside of the elbow. The fourth, fifth and sixth points are the same points on the left arm. The seventh point is located to the inside of the left shin. The eighth point is located in the “webbing” between the big toe and the next toe. The ninth and tenth points are the same points on the right leg. Then the first point on the right hand is stimulated a second time.”

http://creatingwellness4u.com/custom_content/c_60329_naet.html

 

*Tap on acupressure points and talk to clear blocks, emotional and physical. Emotional Freedom Technique is explained in Gary Craig’s free manual (available at www.EFTUniverse.com)

 

Massage

*Rub your hands over your ears, front to back, down the neck, and hang on your shoulders with your hands, palms touching the body. This calms the triple warmer meridian associated with the flight or fight stress response. When it’s on too much, it weakens the immune system.

*Rub your feet, hands, and ears which all contain many reflexology points connected to various organs. The theory is reflex areas in the feet and hands correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. If you find a tender spot, repeat pressing and breathing into it. When rubbing the feet, think of them side by side as representing the body, with the arches representing the spine. The toes are linked to the head, the organs descending down the feet. With over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, it’s useful to give them attention.

*Massage your face, scalp and shoulders, tap (use a hair brush for your back), rub, stretch the skin, or gently pull the hair at the roots. Rub your gums through your cheeks. Circle your jaw. Try acupuncture, reflexology, and yoga.[i]

*Rub your palms together and rest them over your eyes, visualizing black velvet cloth for two or three minutes to relax your eyes. Periodically look away from your computer.

 

4. Self-Talk, Cognitive Restructuring

Gratitude and love are the strongest emotions, so when you wake up say something like, “I’m in loving gratitude that I am alive and healthy with people I love, learning something new every day.” Write in your gratitude journal daily.

 

University of California, Davis Professor Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks, studies the impact of gratitude–so far with over 2,000 subjects ages 8 to 80. In his studies, one group writes a gratitude journal every day including five things they’re grateful for. The second group writes about the hassles of the day. The third does neither. All three groups are monitored for their emotional, personal, and interpersonal well being. Yes, the gratitude journal group had higher well being, physical and emotional. College students who wrote the journals made 20% more progress than the other two groups on six goals they set for themselves by the end of two months.

Dr. Emmons suggests actions we can take to become more positive and grateful: keep a daily gratitude journal, think back on difficult experiences to realize how far you’ve come, identify ungrateful thoughts, enjoy your senses, use visual reminders such as a “I am grateful” wrist band, watch your language to make sure it’s constructive, make a vow to practice gratitude, send a thank you letter to an important person in your life, and think outside the box. He recommends watching a short video on www.gratefulness.org. Observe what you manifest by keeping a gratitude journal.

Changing your attitude and self-talk is a major tool to reduce stress. See www.positivepsychology.org for evidence that positive attitude leads to greater health and success. Your reaction to a stressor is what counts. As Mark Twain said, “I have had a great many troubles in my life, and most never happened.” Much earlier, Epictetus observed, “People are disturbed, not by events, but by their view of those events.” Be amused at the challenges you’ve selected. People with “hardiness” and “internal locus of control” handle stress better. They view problems as challenges and the opportunity to growth rather than as a threat and believe they have control over their lives.

Use positive self-talk. Richard Bach said, “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hand.” Give yourself and others more praise than criticism. Change your attitude to the glass is half full and to amusement.

*Look for the positive lessons in a challenging problem. If you didn’t do well, think about what you learned from the experience rather than beating yourself up. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes.

*Decide how perfectly a task needs to be done, rather than trying to do everything perfectly.

*Avoid negative people and situations.

*Avoid “awfulizing,” “magnifying,” “catastrophizing,” “overgeneralizing,” “polarized thinking and habitual urgency and “hurry sickness.”

 

5. Visualizations to Reduce Stress

I teach and write about what I call “Energy tools” to harness the power of the mind through simple visualizations. Athletes who imagine a perfect performance have better outcomes. The goal is to be the pilot of your own plane, the driver of your own car, rather than being directed by back seat drivers. Most people go through life tuned into other people’s favorite radio stations, rather than their own preferences. We need to clear out more space to contain our own information and to gain confidence about using our minds. You decide when you want to engage rather than being sucked in by games people play and be bounced around like a ping-pong ball.

Scientists who study our thoughts found the secret of a strong mind is intentions, when you really decide to do something. Thoughts are so powerful the body responds to them, even to something that’s not real. Have you seen a scary movie and jumped or your heart started beating faster? A movie is just colored light on a flat screen but your feelings about it make your body change. Imagine eating your favorite food or a lemon and your mouth may water.

 

*Imagine a secret garden of your own where you can plant flowers and trees, create ponds and waterfalls, and watch wild animals move around your garden. See it change with the seasons as you visit month after month. When you want an answer to a question, go to your garden, sit on your favorite bench under your special tree, and ask the wisest creature in your garden to sit by you on the bench with an answer to your question. See a scroll with the answer in the animal’s beak, paw, or mouth.

*Think about your day as a song, and set the tempo and mood you want as you get ready in the morning. [15 minutes]

 

The Institute of Heart Math (www.webcom.com/hrtmath) developed stress-reduction techniques. The institute does scientific studies about the heart, showing it’s much more than a pump. Its powerful electromagnetic field influences the brain and people around us. HeartMath studies prove the effectiveness of their technique called “Freeze Frame” in making the heartbeat more coherent and peaceful.

 

Freeze Frame to Reduce Stress

1. Freeze frame the stressful feeling, as you would put a video on pause.

2. Shift your focus to your heart by imagining you’re breathing deeply through it, for at least 10 seconds. Keep your awareness here rather than on the problem.

3. Remember a positive time, as when you felt deep love, caring, forgiveness or appreciation, and experience that feeling. Don’t visualize, as this takes you to your head, just sense and feel. This memory causes the heart rate to move to a coherent rhythm.

4.Using your intuition and common sense, ask your heart what would be a more effective response to the situation that would reduce stress? Listen to the answer and be patient.

 

6. Visualizations to Ground, Center, Energize and Be Safe

Grounding

A grounding pipe is a line of energy from you into the earth that makes you feel secure and strong, and allows for release and for cleansing your space. The more widely used term is grounding cord, but it’s actually more like a pipe, in that it’s hollow to release excesses and toxins from the body. It also creates an anchor to make you feel safe and connected to mother earth as you use your energy tools to achieve your goal.

Imagine you have a powerful flashlight to shine down from the bottom of your spine all the way to the center of the planet. We’re playing with symbols or pictures as a way to move energy, in this case a technique to create a line of connection from you to the earth. Put something you like down in the center to attract your attention there.

 

More Energy

Whenever you release old habits down your grounding cord, you need to fill up with fresh golden energy visualizing a sun, or else the same kind of gunk could flow back in. Imagine a big gold sun about five feet above your head. Fill it with clear gold energy and your goals, like feeling energetic. Then unzip the gold sun, or pour the healing energy out like rain.

Have the gold light drain onto the top of your head and into your brain, down your neck and shoulders and arms, down your spine into your torso and your pelvis, down your thighs, into your knees and out your feet. Fill all the trillions of cells.

Imagine filling your sun with different colors and textures, such as honey, sparkles, or bubbles. See if you notice subtle changes. Do you notice any places where the light can’t flow? How does the light feel in different parts of your body? Use it as a diagnostic tool to scan your body, asking the energy to light up any organ, gland, or body part that needs your attention. If something lights up, conduct what feels like an imaginary conversation with it, but can actually be informative.

Get Centered and Calm

Imagine a room in the middle of your head with only you in it. Decorate it and create windows with great views. Put a throne in the middle of the room and be the ruler. This is a way to feel like the boss of your own body and how you feel. It keeps you in your body rather than “spacing out” and aligns with the neutral 6th chakra, our clear inner vision.

 

Be Aware of Your Energy Bubble to Feel Safe

Imagine a beautiful bubble around you, filling with the aura borealis to energize, adjust, clear. Surround it with flowers to capture negative energy before it gets to you. Blow them up with firecrackers when they get wilted and create new ones.

 

7. Time Management

*Make a pie chart, a circle in which you draw what percentage of the circle you spend on various activities. Is this the wisest way to allocate your time?

 

*Get or make a stack of different colored index cards. One color could signal personal tasks and another work tasks, for example. Write one task per card, and then spread the cards out in front of you. List on the back the actions needed to achieve the goal. They’re already grouped by theme by their color. Then take each stack of cards and shuffle to reflect your top priority; which task is most important and time-sensitive for a deadline? Enter your priority tasks on your monthly calendar, such as, Monday: call Ms. X. Reward yourself for sticking to your plan. Regarding the cards on the bottom of your stack, delegate, pay or trade someone to do them, or say No.

 

Resources

*www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm

*Free newsletter about wellness and spirituality

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EarthHaven/

*Free column “Ask Dr. Gayle” (email me for the 150 page compilation)

www.lotusguide.com/index.php/articles/regular-contributors/dr-gayles-column

*Telephone personal coaching sessions (530) 345-8118

*Blog with useful articles https://gaylekimball.wordpress.com/

Books:

* Essential Energy Tools (Book, 2 CDs, and 3 videos)

* 21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces, Schools

and Governments. (Equality Press)

* How to Create Your Ideal Workplace (Equality Press)

* The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)

* 50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)

* 50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)

* ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality Press)

* How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)

* ed. Women’s Culture (Scarecrow Press).

 

 


Your Notes

Microfinance

Open Doors Literacy Project started our first microfinance project with the literacy students, $200 to start. See Hassan’s report on http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com.

Moringa Tree: Hardy Source of Food

 

Moringa Tree Info

The Moringa Tree is a hardy drought-resistant tree that provides an exellent source of food, vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies. See http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa

Here is some advice I’ve collected about growing the tree. I’m going to try it in Northern California and our literacy program will try it in NW Pakistan. http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com.

 

 

Greetings from ECHO and thank you for the work you are doing in Pakistan. Moringa is indeed a remarkable tree however it is also a tropical tree sensitive to frosts and susceptible to freezing. For that reason I would not recommend it for the Peshawar area. It will grow well during the summer if you can protect it during the winter but I do not think that would be economical.
We would be happy to send you a packet of seeds to either California or Pakistan but I would not want you to get your hopes up and then find out the tree is not suited to those climate zones.

Yes, covering the trees with plastic or blankets on nights that dip below freezing should work. In looking at the climate data the average minimum temperature in Dec. and Jan. there is a little below 5° C so I am guessing that the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing more than an hour or two on some nights. Does that sound right?
Here at ECHO in south Florida Moringa trees that are not protected during the one or two nights a year with freezing temperatures will suffer damage to the canopy but come back from the roots and lower trunk when the weather warms up.
And actually our approach to development (I prefer Titus Presler’s term “human flourishing’) is rather than to come up with ideas ourselves for the community we encourage participation with them to assess their strengths, assets and resources and come up with their own ideas for generating income. In some cases learning business skills and access to small low interest loans can be effective.
I know that is not as easy as it sounds and especially for young people who are just becoming literate.
We are here and can be a sounding board for you as you search for ways to help the students. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Sincerely yours,
Bob

Bob Hargrave
Coordinator, Agricultural Consulting Services
East Africa Program Coordinator
ECHO echo@echonet.org
http://www.echonet.org <http://www.echonet.org>

 

you can register with the ECHO Network by following this link — https://creator.zoho.com/echonetwork/network-members/form-perma/Network_Registration/.

Once you have completed the registration form you will be eligible to receive ECHO Development Notes, submit specific questions to our Technical Response Unit and, if you are working with the poor in developing countries, order sample seeds.

 

Moringa olefiera is the species you want, and whether or not you can use it depends on your elevation. Moringa is a tropical lowland plant and at the lower elevations of Peshawar does fine. I would grow it at 500 meters elevation or less, though you might get away with a little higher. N California is too cold and you will need a greenhouse.

I am copying this message to Wasif Nouman, a PhD student at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He would be the best person to talk to about Moringa in Pakistan. Hope this helps and best wishes,

Mark E. Olson • Instituto de Biología • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México • Tercer Circuito s/n de Ciudad Universitaria • México DF 04510 • Mexico • +52 55 5622-9124 • http://www.explorelifeonearth.org

The Organs and Reflexology Points

 

The Organs and Reflexology Points

A useful website provides information about physiology, reflexology, iridology, and minerals and vitamins.  www.marysherbs.com/anat-pin.htm (See Michael Reed Gach.  Acupressure’s Potent Points. Bantam, 1990. Denise Brown. Hand  Reflexology. Eagle Editions, UK, 2000. Iona Teeguarden. Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do. Japan Publications, 1978)

 

Brain: It’s composed of the cerebrum, cerebellum and the medulla oblongata. The latter is the oldest in terms of evolution and closest to the spinal cord. It controls automatic functions (heartbeat, breathing). The cerebellum coordinates muscle movement and balance.  The hypothalamus governs basic drives such as hunger, sex, pleasure and anger and regulates homeostasis. The thalamus replays incoming messages from the nerves. The cerebrum’s two hemispheres controls intellect, speech, and sensation. The right side controls the left side of the body, and the left controls the right side. (See Susan Greenfield. Brain Power. UK, Element, 1999.)  Reflexology point: tip of the thumbs and big toes. Press the point and breathe into it and repeat, especially if it’s sore. This indicates the organ needs some clearing.

Gall Bladder: Shaped like a four-inch-long pear, it’s behind the right side of the liver. It stores bile from the liver and releases it into the small intestine to aid in digestion.  Reflexology point: On the right palm, about one-third of the way between the base of the fingers and the wrist, down from the crease between the little finger and ring finger.

Heart: Our strongest muscle, about the size of a fist, it pumps oxygen- rich blood from the lungs to the arteries and blood from the veins to the lungs. Each day it processes over 1,800 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. About two-thirds of the heart is on the left, and one-third on the right, between the lungs.  The right atrium receives oxygen-depleted blood from the veins, sends it to the right ventricle, which pumps it to the lungs, back in the left atrium, below to the left ventricle, and into the arteries.  Reflexology point: on the left palm, just below the palm pads of the ring finger and little finger.

Intestine: The tube is about 28 feet long. The small intestine is 23 feet, bordered on the sides and top by the five-foot large intestine.  Food moves out of the stomach into the small intestine with digestive juices from the pancreas and bile from the gallbladder.  Undigested material moves through the ileocaecal valve into the large intestine (colon), up the right side of the abdomen, where it turns left at the liver, across to the left side and down into the rectum.  Reflexology point: the lower third of the palms.

Kidneys: About the size of a fist, shaped like beans, behind the stomach and liver behind the lower ribs. They regulate fluids and purify the blood by filtering it through more than one million enthrones. They regulate blood pressure by controlling the water/salt balances in the cells.  Reflexology point: On the palms of both hands, down from the index finger, inside the tendon to the thumb.  Lungs: Air comes in through the trachea into the two bronchial tubes, which divide into thousands of branches, which divide into millions of bronchioles with tiny air sacs at their ends. They exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen about 18 times a minute when resting. The lungs weigh about one pound each; the right lung is a little larger and has three lobes, while the left lung has two lobes.  Reflexology point: On the pads of the middle finger and ring finger.

Spleen: A purplish organ about five inches long, it weighs about seven ounces. It’s located on the left side, between the back of the stomach and diaphragm. With two parts, it cleans red blood cells and filters and stores blood.  Reflexology point: on the left palm, about halfway between the base of the fingers and the wrists, under the little finger.

Stomach: A bean-shaped sack, it’s mostly on the left side, under the diaphragm. It breaks down food to get it ready for the intestines. It can hold about two quarts.  Reflexology point: Just below the pads under the ring, middle, and index fingers.

Lymphatic System: Lymph is a clear or yellowish liquid, made from blood plasma, which feeds the body tissues oxygen and other nutrients while removing carbon dioxide and toxins. The 600 to 700 lymph nodes filter waste products and are found in the armpits, neck and groin.  Reflexology point: the back of the hands where they meet the wrists.

The Glands Adrenals: Small yellow triangles (with a brown interior) over the tops of the kidneys. Their hormones regulate water and mineral balances, including sodium and potassium, which influence blood pressure, and assist in the metabolism of foods. In a stressful situation, they release epinephrine, which triggers the release of glucose.  Reflexology points: above the tendon of the thumb, about one-third of the way up from the wrist, under the index finger.

Liver: The largest gland, reddish brown, it weighs about three and one-half pounds and is found under the right side of the rib cage.  It’s in charge of over 500 biochemical actions. It filters toxic waste, stores vitamins and minerals, manufactures several antibodies, disposes of bacteria, and produces one pint of bile a day.  Reflexology point: Just below the pads of ring finger and the little finger, about one-third of the distance between the base of the fingers and the wrist.

Ovaries, Testicles: develop the female/male hormones, and eggs/sperm.  Reflexology point: on the wrist, below the thumb and the little finger.  Pancreas: Considered both a gland and an organ, it’s about six inches long and yellow. It sits horizontally behind the stomach, about three inches above the navel. It controls the balance of blood sugar and aids in the conversion of food. Its juices break down foods in the small intestines. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the blood to control blood sugar.  Reflexology point: about two-thirds of the way between the base of the fingers and the wrist, below the crease between the middle and index fingers to the edge of the hand below the index finger.

Pineal: The size of a pea, reddish gray, in the center of the head, it’s attached to the upper part of the thalamus. In fish it receives light rays directly, while it receives light through the eyes in humans. It may also receive information about electromagnetic fields, as do migrating birds. It produces melatonin, mainly at night, to regulate sleep patterns. This hormone also stimulates the immune system and protects against damage to the genes. It’s believed to be a “magneto receptor, capable of monitoring magnetic fields.

Pituitary: Located in a small bony cavity in the center of the skull beneath the hypothalamus, it has two lobes. It weighs one-fortieth of an ounce, about the size of a large garbanzo bean. The master gland, it releases over eight hormones, including the growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and corticotropin, which stimulates the adrenal glands. It also stimulates production of male and female hormones.  Reflexology point: The center of the thumb pads.  Hypothalamus: In the middle of the base of the brain, it’s the power behind the throne. It maintains homeostasis by regulating heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, water balance, and the anterior part of the pituitary. It controls body weight and appetite.

Thyroid: A yellowish red butterfly-shaped gland with two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe, it weights about one ounce. It secretes hormones such as thyroxin. It regulates the metabolic rate, monitors pulse rates, and controls the amounts of oxygen in the body. The four parathyroids are brownish red, about one fourth of an inch in diameter, two near the top of lobes and two near the bottom. They produce hormones that control calcium and phosphorus levels in the body.  Reflexology point: On the inner edge of the base of the thumbs.

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