Androgen Deficiency In Males
ANDROGEN DEFICIENCY IN MALES
Men do not receive routine medical care. Most likely, they will seek attention
of a physician only when they are ill. Whether this is because of the male
macho image, the philosophy that "if there isn't a problem don't fix it", or
that there is no expectation by men that any available treatment will make any
difference, most men avoid the medical professional. They sit passively, eat
and smoke excessively and occasionally exercise to
extremes. Their mode of thinking, "just for the moment", is counter-productive
to good health.
One of the problems is maintaining good health is that all of us after 40 are
slowing down physically and hormonally. The medical term is catabolic or
"breaking down". Before the 20's most individuals are in an anabolic state,
i.e., they are building new body tissue. By 50 years old, we are considered of
"advanced age" and experience an increased number of serious illness and
disabilities. If only we could reverse the catabolic state and make all aging
individuals anabolic again!
AGING IN THE MALES
Why then would society label men's Mid-life Crisis an emotional event? Men have
the same symptoms as menopausal women, flushes, sleep disturbance, fatigue,
decreased sex drive and performance. And they have the same biochemical changes
in hormones: low testosterone and elevated FSH and LH. As part of the history
taking for men, and prior to ordering the laboratory tests that follow, we
suggest taking the following questionnaire to demonstrate the extent that "male
menopause" affects middle-aged men.
1. Decrease in sex drive
2. Erection less strong
3. Lack of energy
4. Decrease in strength and/or endurance
5. Lost height
6. Decreased "enjoyment of life
7. Sad and/or grumpy
8. Deterioration in sports ability
9. Falling asleep after dinner
10. Decreased work performance
MEN with both 1 & 2 and any 4 are candidates for further testing and
possible hormone replacement.
For example, a middle-aged man may notice fatigue. He blames this on stress at
work or home. With a lack of reserve for completing one's work, he may report a
recurrence of lethargy around 3:00 p.m. and another wave of weariness after
dinner. Typically, they are restless, have interrupted sleep patterns, poor
sexual performance, and exhaustion upon arising in the morning. He may have
more bouts of irritability, indecisiveness and loss of confidence. He may even
state, "I feel old". Male menopause is a BIG problem.
Since no scientific attention has yet been directed to the effect of
diminishing hormones in the aging male, men's health care is already
fragmented. Where women have gynecologists who understand their normal hormonal
changes, men do not. Doctors and men share a common ignorance, men do not ask
and doctors do not treat male menopause.
Interestingly males in Europe have been receiving hormonal replacement with the
male hormone testosterone for more than 40 years. The European articles refer
to improvement of such symptoms as fatigue, weakness, body fat composition and
sex drive after receiving testosterone supplements. But testosterone
replacement in the U.S. is rarely used. Testosterone replacement is done by
hormone injections, gels, creams or subcutaneous pellets that last for 2
months, and have had profound effects on the symptoms of male menopause.
Testosterone replacement alone is not the complete answer for all male
patient's complaints associated with aging. Testosterone on its own does not
satisfactorily relieve fatigue. It takes a comprehensive program that measures
and replaces all the deficient hormones and could prove beneficial for
maintaining and improving the man's physical/emotional health.
Testosterone is the primary hormone of men. It is responsible for a man's
beard, muscles, sex drive, energy and self-confidence. Low levels of
testosterone are most often associated with lower self-esteem, depression and
swings in mood and verbal outbursts. It has been proven that there is some data
now that testosterone may actually make people more sociable and improve their
sense of well being. Testosterone like most other hormones diminishes with age.
With new information becoming available more men and health professionals will
recognize that testosterone is necessary for good health. Testosterone may
prove to be as life enhancing for men as estrogen for women.
How testosterone works is actually quite easy to understand. Testosterone is a
chemical substance that is produced primarily in the testes in the scrotum of
man and released into the blood stream to affect every cell in the body. The
increase release of testosterone at puberty is responsible for the distinct
male body shape, facial hair, muscular development and sex drive. Aging may not
be associated with a significant decrease in testosterone levels. Normal range
is 400 to 1200 mg/dl. When a man's level is below the 300-400 mg/dl range, he
is testosterone deficient and may benefit with testosterone replacement.
Men often function sexually with low testosterone blood levels. On the
average, testosterone levels fall by 2% per year. More men are found to
have low levels in their 50's and 60's. These men often show signs of heart
disease, depression, stroke, osteoporosis and increased incidence of cancer.
At our office we are focusing on understanding the physiological effects of
testosterone in the aging male. We have identified a number of medical
conditions in which amount of free testosterone is reduced. In each case,
the patient's symptoms and laboratory values are followed while on treatment.
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Total Body Cleanse
One of the best ways to rid your body of toxins, rest your digestive system,
and promote total body cleansing and rejuvenation is to remove digestive
irritants from your diet for a full 21-day period while supplementing your diet
with nutrient dense foods and herbs that support the organs in your body that
take part in the purification process. While this approach requires a strong
commitment and willingness to endure temptation and occasional feelings of
hunger and weakness, your reward will be a healthier, more energetic and
happier you. This positive change will encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Wheat grass, for example, is well recognized for its cleansing properties and
for its ability to relieve gastric distress. It is also loaded with vital
nutrients. Wheat grass contains vitamins A and B12, a protein content as robust
as many meats, digestive enzymes, and depending upon the soil it comes from,
can hold as many as 90 plus minerals. Wheat grass is highly concentrated and as
little as one ounce will produce a beneficial effect. You may experience a mild
reaction to wheat grass (diarrhea, headache, or other symptoms), but these
symptoms usually occur only a few times during a purification process, and can
be a sign that your detoxification mechanisms are kicking in.
Cleansing and revitalizing your digestive tract
In order to give your digestive system a break and help your body cleanse
itself from the inside out, remove the following food items from your diet for
a full 21-day period. Not only will this give your body a rest from digestive
irritants, but if you choose to reintroduce these foods into your diet later
on, you can do so one at a time. You will soon be able to tell if you are
sensitive to a particular food by the way that you feel - your body's natural
wellness indicator. While on a purification program, it is important for
you to supplement your diet with nutrient dense foods and herbs that support
all of the organs in your body that take part in the purification process.
What foods you should stop eating
wheat (only exception, organic sprouted wheat berries)
vinegar (except apple cider vinegar)
caffeine (coffee, non-herbal iced tea, etc.)
chicken or red meat (if you eat any meat, eat only wild game or hormone-free
If you are still hungry, increase your intake of whole food-based supplement
shakes**, fresh fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water - at least eight
glasses per day. Tip: Squeeze some organic lemon into your water to add flavor
and promote re-hydration. To help keep your body consistently focused toward
the goal of purification, choose organically grown produce whenever possible.
What foods you can eat
Become a smart shopper. Read labels and make sure you buy only those foods that
contain none of the ingredients mentioned in the list above. For example,
when you're choosing a type of bread, make sure there is no wheat or refined
sugar listed in the ingredients. Any other type of grain acceptable. The
easiest way to find these kinds of foods and to get a better variety is by
shopping at a natural foods store. Buy:
only distilled, filtered, or spring water
fresh fruits and vegetables - organically grown, if possible
brown, Thai, wild, or basmati rice
rice based foods, for example, rice cakes, crackers, bread made with rice
flour, pasta, pancake mix, etc.
non-medicinal herbal or green teas
bottled fruit and vegetable juices, made from organically grown sources
unheated cold-pressed flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil or oil blend that is high
in essential fatty acids, & olive oil.
Here are some names of smaller companies well recognized for high-quality
Pasta: Eden, Westbrae, DeBoles, Mendocino Pasta Company
Juices: Santa Cruz, Knudsen, Mountain Sun, Tree of Life
Flour: Shiloh Farms, Arrowhead Mills
Oils: Flora, Spectrum, Barlean's, Omega .
Bread: Alvarado, Shiloh Farms, Breads for Life, Garden of Eatin', Food for Life
(Ezekiel bread), French Meadow, Nature's Path
Mental / emotional cleansing
Going through a clinical purification program definitely impacts your physical
health, but as an added benefit, it also provides you with the opportunity to
"clear out" some of the mental and emotional "stuff" that may be slowing you
down. As you place less of a strain on your physical body by mindfully eating
nutrient dense foods while supporting your body's natural purification process
with key whole food based nutrient complexes, you will likely find that your
thoughts are clearer and you are better able to handle stress. This
transformation welcomes the opportunity to look at, and release any excess
baggage that may be keeping you from feeling optimal health. Take a walk with
an old friend and share your thoughts, experiences and feelings with him or
her. Keep a journal and write down what
you are feeling. Talk to a health counselor that you trust. Do whatever
you feel comfortable and safe doing that will facilitate your emotional, mental
and even spiritual transformation.
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Cardio Bio Spectrum Diagnostic System (CardioSpec) is a unique and
sophisticated device for an early diagnosis of coronary artery diseases,
particularly the myocardial injury caused by ischemia.
This device is based on the concept that a human heart works like an engine,
and the blood circulation and electrical conduction of the heart and blood
vessels works as a transmission. By applying the engineering principles
and theories, mathematical formulas and bio-cybernetics technologies, one can
evaluate, with high degree sensitivity, specificity and consistency, the
cardiac functions of a human being such as myocardial contractility, electrical
conductivity and blood fluidity, etc.
CardioSpec has been developed to analyze the myocardial function on a more
comprehensive level where the more insight physiological and pathological
information can be extracted. Obviously, this frequency domain cardiac
electro-physiology study provides a more significant meaning and higher
efficacy than what the conventional EKG can provide.
After twenty years of intensive research and more than fifty thousand clinical
tests, a new and complete set of indices for heart diseases diagnosis has been
formulated. The clinical application of this new set of indices through
the use of CardioSpec to detect the heart diseases, especially the heart
impairment of myocardial function due to coronary insufficiency, has been
impressively successful and the device has been recognized by a number of
world-renowned cardiologists to be a medical breakthrough in the field of early
and non-invasive detection of heart diseases.
CardioSpec is highly efficient in diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD) with
more than 90% sensitivity and specificity. Since CardioSpec evaluates the
function of the myocardium directly, it can detect any early subtle changes in
myocardial function or injuries caused by the obstruction of small coronary
arteries which cannot be detected by catheterization or angiography. It
is a new member to the family of the cardiac diagnostic modalities in addition
to the catheterization, angiography and the conventional EKG.
The CardioSpec test is as simple to perform as with the conventional EKG.
It gives four main advantages comparing to other devices: (1) early
detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), (2) high accuracy, (3) fast and
easy to use, and (4) non-invasive.
CardioSpec opens the door to a new era of bio-cybernetics and human engineering
in the 21st century, and represents a milestone in the history of human
Detecting Heart Diseases:
(1) Coronary Artery Diseases; (2) Myocardial Infarction; (3) Left Ventricular
Dysfunction; (4) Left Ventricular Hypertrophy; (5) Conduction Abnormalities;
(6) Arrhythmia; (7) Pulmonary Heart Disease.
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What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a white crystalline substance found naturally in the body.
What Is Function Of Cholesterol?
Functions of cholesterol include facilitating cell membrane permeability
It is an essential building material in the body
Important factor for brain function
Stabilization of neurotransmitters
Structural material from which progesterone, testosterone, estrogens, DHEA,
and cortisol are made.
Where Does Cholesterol Come From?
Cholesterol is only found in foods from animals (Only animals can synthesize
We produce our own cholesterol, so even a person who eats no cholesterol can
potentially have high blood levels due to their own body's production.
What Is The Difference Between Good And Bad Cholesterol?
Cholesterol needs to be carried in the body through blood. It does this
by combining with proteins to make lipoproteins.
LDL (low-density lipoproteins) have more cholesterol than protein
LDL, also known as "bad" cholesterol, attaches to cell surfaces in order to
transfer the cholesterol needed by the body. If there is too much, the
cells will become saturated with cholesterol that is then deposited in your
HDL (high-density lipoproteins) have more protein and less cholesterol
HDL, also known as "good" cholesterol, actually picks up the extra
cholesterol in the artery walls and transports it to the liver for disposal.
A high HDL level can offset the damage high LDL levels can cause.
What Are Normal Cholesterol Levels?
Generally speaking, the normal levels are as follows. However, keep in
mind that some people such as those with known heart disease and diabetes are
advised to maintain lower levels than average.
Total cholesterol: Less than 200
HDL cholesterol: Greater than 59
LDL cholesterol: Less than 100
Triglycerides: Less than 150
What Causes High Cholesterol?
The most common belief is that a diet high in cholesterol is the cause.
However, studies from UCLA, the University of Missouri and others find no
correlations between cholesterol in the diet and serum cholesterol levels.
What can lead to high cholesterol is the lack of other nutrients such as
chromium, magnesium, vitamin B3, and omega-3 essential fatty acids to
Some studies show that a diet lacking in essential fats and high in sugar and
carbohydrates can lead to high serum cholesterol levels.
A Michigan study done in 1976 determined that being overweight correlates
with high cholesterol levels.
It is known that low thyroid function can also lead to elevated cholesterol
Why are high levels of cholesterol bad for me?
Research indicates that high blood levels of cholesterol correlate with
higher incidences of cardiac disease.
What Are The Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medications?
The most commonly used cholesterol lowering medications
o Are in a class called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors
o Very effective in lowering cholesterol levels but can often cause serious
o Side effects include but are not limited to: headaches, muscle aches,
fatigue, liver function tests abnormalities, and rhabdomyolysis which can
result in potentially life threatening complications.
Bile Acid Binders
o Help to rid the body of cholesterol.
o Often come in a powder that is mixed with juice or water
o Most common side effects include constipation, bloating and nausea
o Vitamin deficiencies are also a potential side effect.
o Gemfibrozil is a fibric acid.
o Especially effective in lowering triglyceride levels.
o Most common side effects are gastric symptoms
o Can also cause abnormal liver function tests and rhabdomyolysis.
o Fenofibrate (like Gemfibrozil) is the most effective in lowering triglyceride
o Fenofibrate also helps to decrease LDL levels.
o The side effects are similar to those of Gemfibrozil
o Is a B vitamin.
o Can lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels as well as raising
o Most common side effects are flushing and itching, but there are measures you
can take to prevent or decrease these side effects.
o Can cause abnormal liver function tests so it is important to monitor levels
What Natural Supplement can be used to Lower Cholesterol?
Lipitrol provides a nutritional supplement that helps maintain cholesterol
Bio-Lipotrol provides a nutritional supplement that helps lower cholesterol
levels and increase HDL levels.
Must use C0-Q10 when taking natural or medical supplements.
Is There A More Natural Way to Lower My Cholesterol Levels?
Improving your overall health will help to keep your levels in check.
Maintain a healthy weight
Get regular exercise
Eat a nutrient rich diet
Use nutritional supplements to help achieve and maintain healthy cholesterol
Supplements that help improve levels include: lecithin, vitamin C, vitamin E
(taken with flaxseed, sunflower or safflower oil), fiber, garlic, olive oil and
omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils.
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The following are several questions and answers about the illness called
Depression. Please read all of these carefully, since it is very important that
you understand your illness as thoroughly as possible. Having studied this
sheet, you may have some questions to ask us.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION? It is an illness affecting the entire mind and body,
causing a person to feel miserable in many ways. Changes in brain chemistry
make it happen.
WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION? We do not know. We used to think it was due to
something unhappy in a person's life or to some psychological hang-up. We now
know, however, that this disease happens to people who have no reason to be
depressed and who have no psychiatric problems. In other words, this is a
disease often affecting normal and healthy people.
DOES HAVING A DEPRESSION MEAN THAT A PERSON IS MENTALLY ILL OR GOING CRAZY?
No but it will very often make them think they are.
IS IT A COMMON ILLNESS? Yes, it is one of the most common illnesses seen
in all of medicine; however, it is often confused with other illnesses. For
example, many people who think or are told they have "low blood", vitamin
deficiency, sinus headaches, low sugar, menopause, "the change", "burnout", and
"all run-down and need rest", actually have depression causing their troubles.
WHAT TROUBLE DOES A PERSON HAVE WHO HAS DEPRESSION? A person with
depression will usually feel most of the following symptoms:
Very tired all the time, even when not working or exerting very much. They
will be just as tired on days when they have rested as on days when they have
Sleep will usually be affected in one of two ways: they will either go to
sleep and then wake back up during the night and remain awake or they will
sleep too much all the time, even during the day.
Feel very irritable. He will get upset very easily over little things that
ordinarily would not upset him.
Feel very sad for no reason, and will often break into tears without knowing
Normal sex drive will be very much decreased, and will often go away
Have a headache, perhaps not very severe, but present most of the time.
Almost any chronic pain elsewhere, such as in the abdomen or back, can be
caused by depression. These pains are not imaginary, but are quite real
and often severe. If another illness is already causing pain, depression can
double its intensity.
Find it difficult to enjoy things. Also, they will feel little enthusiasm,
even for things they used to look forward to.
Be constipated, or have other digestive symptoms such as abdominal pain or
diarrhea. They may lose or gain weight.
Find it difficult to concentrate, to make decisions, to remember things, to
get things done.
Feel like an ineffective, worthless person, even though they know there is no
reason to feel that way.
IS THIS REALLY A SERIOUS ILLNESS? Yes. In a mild depression, the
person will often think he just has a case of spring fever, or that he is just
getting a little older, but his efficiency will still be affected. In a
more severe depression, it can be quite serious. This is the illness that can
cause a very healthy and happy person to decide to kill himself.
CAN A PERSON DO ANYTHING TO FIGHT THIS DISEASE? Not by his own efforts. This is
a disease over which a person has no control, and it will do him no good to
"try to fight this myself"
IS THERE ANY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT? There are several drugs that are
usually very effective against depression. They are also quite safe compared to
ARE THEY TRANQUILIZERS, PEP PILLS, SLEEPING PILLS, PAIN PILLS, HORMONE PILLS,
SEX PILLS OR NERVE PILLS? No, none of these. They are called
antidepressants. They work by restoring brain chemistry to normal.
ARE THEY ADDICTING? Absolutely not. A person cannot become addicted even
though these medications are taken for months or years.
DO THEY HAVE UNDESIRABLE SIDE EFFECTS? Unfortunately, some of them have
pesky side effects. They rarely have serious side effects. They will cause a
person's mouth to be dry. Some will cause drowsiness, although this is very
temporary. Others cause no drowsiness. There are several other minor side
effects that affect some people, but they are not serious problems. Many of the
newer ones have no side effects at all.
ARE THESE NOT THE SAME AS THE "PEP PILLS" OR "UPPERS" THAT I HEAR ABOUT?
Absolutely not. Pep pills give anybody a sudden boost of energy, whether
they are depressed or not. Antidepressant pills on the other hand will do
nothing to a person without a depression, but will greatly help a person, who
has depression, by correcting his abnormal brain chemistry,
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO TAKE THEM? It varies from several months to sometimes
longer than a year. Fortunately, the medications can be taken safely for as
long as they are needed, even for a lifetime.
YOU SAY THAT THIS DISEASE HAPPENS TO A PERSON WITHOUT ANYTHING IN THEIR
PERSONAL LIFE CAUSING IT? In many cases this is so. However, many people
will have things in their personal life that are bothering them a great deal,
and if they happen to get a depression while these things are bothering them,
then everything gets much worse. For example, if they are having difficulty
with their marriage or their jobs, and are unfortunate enough to get depression
also, then the difficulties with the marriage or job will get worse, because
their ability to cope with their difficulties is impaired. So difficulties in
life do not cause depression. But depression can and will cause great
difficulties in life.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY HUSBAND OR WIFE ABOUT ALL OF THIS? We strongly recommend
that you have your spouse read this paper too. A person with depression will
almost always find that his husband or wife is very much affected by the way he
feels. Very often your husband or wife will not realize that your symptoms are
due to a disease and will think that you simply do not love them anymore! They
will often think the fault is somehow theirs. It is very important that they
know that this is simply an illness, just as pneumonia or diabetes is an
illness, and that neither you nor they are responsible for it. We would also
welcome them to come back with you on your return visit and discuss this with
them in detail. Even though they do not really cause your depression, it is
still a great help to have your loved one understand what is happening, why you
need medication, etc.
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Drug Free America
DO YOU THINK AMERICA IS DRUG FREE?
By Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.
Think again! "Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies,
of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all."
(Quoted by Voltaire)
In 2002, Americans filled 3,340,000,000 outpatient prescriptions —12
prescriptions for every man, woman and child in America. Each year in the
United States, there are 106,000 deaths from properly prescribed pharmaceutical
drugs. If you tell a doctor that a nutritional supplement, an herb or
essential oil can bring about healing with no negative side effects, they won't
believe you. This is because in medical school, students are repeatedly
told by the professors that all effective medicines have negative side effects,
and if they don't, then they can't be effective.
When I was in medical school, one professor emphasized this point in a
colorful, graphic manner with specifically prepared slides. In each
slide, specific drugs were depicted as evil looking demons or goblins. As
he presented each picture, he explained, although ugly and capable of doing
harm, these demons are also the bearers of some good. "So long as the
benefits outweigh the risk, we use them," he summarized. "We have no
choice," he continued, "because if a drug has no dangers, then it can have no
benefits. That's just the way it is. That is why it is essential
that only qualified physicians be allowed to prescribe medicines," he
Actually, the professor was telling the truth. But in the restricted
practice of allopathy (MD's), the only real medicines are physician-prescribed
pharmaceuticals. Such medicines always have negative side effects - all
of them - no exceptions. Hence, doctors are trained to accept the bad
with the good as a price of effective medicine.
The dangers of prescription drugs are intrinsic to the drugs themselves.
No matter how careful the physician is in prescribing, and how compliant
the patient in following doctor's orders, even then death and damages occur.
In this country, more people die from doctor's prescriptions every ten
days than were killed in the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Why is this so? Why do allopathic drugs always have undesirable effects
while one can find healing with natural products with no undesirable effects?
Here is why.
It is illegal to patent any natural products. The way to big profits in
the medicine industry is to create an unnatural substance that never before
existed in nature, then patent it, and maintain a monopoly. Hence the
molecules of pharmaceutical drugs are all strange to the human body. In
all the history of human kind, such molecules were never encountered or taken
into any human body. Thus, the body does not easily metabolize them.
God never made your body to accept and deal with these chemicals and
antibiotics. And you can find traces of prescriptions drugs in your body
that were taken in childhood.
On the other hand, natural molecules are easily metabolized by the body.
In fact your body was created to handle them. By contrast, the
unnatural molecules of man-made drugs attach themselves to various tissues,
disrupting normal function, for years while the body tries to figure out what
to do with them. Meanwhile, they wreak mischief with our bodily functions
and even our mind. Drugs and natural molecules work in opposite ways.
Drugs toxify. Natural molecules de-toxify. Drugs clog and
confuse receptor sites. Natural molecules clean receptor sites.
Drugs depress the immune system, and natural molecules strengthen the immune
system. Antibiotics attack bacteria indiscriminately, killing both the
good and the bad. Natural molecules attack only the harmful bacteria
allowing our body's friendly flora to
Drugs are designed to send misinformation to cells or to block certain receptor
sites in order to trick the body into giving out symptoms. But drugs
never deal with the actual causes of disease. They aren't designed for
that purpose. While they may give prompt relief for certain uncomfortable
symptoms, because of their strange unnatural design, they will always disrupt
certain other bodily functions. Thus you always have some side effects.
Natural molecules send information to cells and cleanse receptor sites so
that they bring your body back to natural function. Drugs are unbalancing
to the body. With drugs, misinformation is fed into the cells so that
some temporary relief may be obtained, but there is never any true healing.
Drugs only trade one kind of disease for another. Natural molecules
properly applies always work toward the restoration of proper bodily function.
They do not cause undesirable side effects. They are feeding the
body with truth. Drugs feed the body with lies. While no amount of
truth can contradict itself, it doesn't take many lies before contradictions
occur and the body suffers ill effects.
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WHAT IS ENERGY MEDICINE?
By Leigh E. Connealy, MD
Imagine that you're sitting in the doctor's office. The doctor takes a
small, hand-held probe connected to a meter and, with no further questions,
gently presses certain points on your hands and feet while noting the figures
displayed on the meter. From this he or she is able to tell you which
parts of your body are functioning correctly and which organs are causing
problems. Some small glass vials containing colorless liquids are placed
into a container, which is also connected to the device, and the doctor
re-measures some of the points. From this, the doctor is able to tell you
why there is a problem. Finally, he or she gives you a few drops of a
tasteless medicine. Before long, you feel better.
A description from a futuristic fantasy? No, this is precisely what is
happening in medical clinics around the world today with practitioners of
What is Energy Medicine? "For most of this century," says William Tiller,
Ph.D., of Stanford University, "science and medicine have seen health as being
dependent upon the balance of body chemistry and the functioning of physical
structures. However, attempts to treat illnesses and imbalances
chemically often lead to unwanted side effects or the body becoming insensitive
to the chemicals."
This fact has led many physicians and health professionals to look beyond
conventional drug-based therapies to the field of Energy Medicine. Many
of the most sophisticated diagnostic systems used today in conventional
medicine, such as the EKG, EEG, and MRI employ the principles of
Energy Medicine. Energy Medicine refers to therapies that use an energy
field - electrical, magnetic, sonic, microwave, infrared - to screen for or
treat health conditions by detecting imbalances in the body's energy fields and
then correcting them.
The detection of energy level imbalances in the body is essential for providing
an early warning system for potential disruptions in chemical balance that may
lead to disease. Balance can then be restored using holistic therapies,
or with treatment devices that rebalance the energy levels of the various
fields before the chemical or structural disturbances can occur.
Most energy medicine devices are based on the acupuncture meridian system.
Acupuncture works on the principle that there is a network of energy
channels, called meridians, throughout the body. Different organs are
associated with different energy meridians, and health problems in various
organs show up as disturbances of energy in the associated meridians.
Acupuncture points are the points along these meridians where energy flow
can be measured and manipulated.
Since the 1940's, research has established that acupuncture points possess
electrical conductivity. German doctors, led by Reinhold Voll, M.D.,
measured changes in electrical conductivity at each of the body's acupuncture
points. They discovered that the electrical resistance of the skin
decreases dramatically at the acupuncture points when compared to the
surrounding skin. They also found that each point appeared to have a
standard measurement for anyone who is in good health (when there is a steady
flow of bioenergy, or qi, in the meridians). This measurement changes
when health deteriorates.
These discoveries greatly simplified the task of locating acupoints rapidly and
accurately. Based on the work of Dr. Voll and his colleagues, and later
by researchers in Japan, a new field of Energy Medicine instruments has been
developed both for assessment and treatment.
Dr. Voll developed a precise measuring instrument known as the EDS
(electrodermal screening device) that allowed him to measure the electrical
resistance at acupuncture points. He discovered that higher or lower
readings than normal at a particular acupuncture point indicates a problem in
the organ that corresponds to that acupoint; higher generally means there is
irritation or inflammation in the organ and lower actually indicates fatigue or
These acupoints correspond to specific organs and tissues because they provide
a general indication of the health of the organ or tissue as a whole.
There are also specific points that indicate how the various parts of
each organ are functioning. If the point for a particular organ gives a
poor reading, the points for the various parts of that organ can be checked.
Whichever part of the organ shows an imbalance is the site of the
To date there are over two thousand such points that have been established as
having specific relationships with internal organs. A skilled physician
can, in a relatively short time, discover not only which organs have problems,
but which part of the organ is malfunctioning and what other organs, if any, it
is affecting. Thus it becomes possible to find the root cause of any
The electrodermal screening can be used to detect toxins, food allergies, and
disregulations in organs and glandular systems. You can also use this
device to test various remedies to determine which medications will correct the
problem, and if there are likely to be any side effects.
Every function in the body depends on the correct energy. All disease
initially begins as a functional disturbance that only becomes a clinically
recognizable disease over time. This is one reason is why so many
patients have symptoms that cannot be diagnosed using conventional methods.
If there are no tell-tale morphological findings, conventional medicine
is often at a loss to explain the problem. The supremacy (this primacy)
of energy over the material has been known since ancient times. For
example, traditional Chinese medicine clearly states its important principle as
"blood olive qi". This means that the material aspect of the body is
subordinate to the energetic. Nobel Laureate in Medicine Albert
Szent-Gyogyi noted over forty years ago, that in every culture and medical
tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by using moving energy.
It is important to emphasize the fact that this electrodermal screening is only
a tool. Electrodermal screening machines do not produce automatic answers
for medical problems with the push of a button. There is no "black box"
effect at work, no secret circuitry or artificial intelligence contained inside
these machines. It is the practitioner who is doing the testing with the
aid of the instrument - the instrument itself is not doing the testing.
Every medical device provides some type of information about the patient
that must be interpreted by the practitioner. In this regard, EDS
machines are no different than other medical tools such as EKG, x-ray machines
or even a stethoscope. Each of these tools requires a trained
practitioner who has the learning and experience to effectively interpret the
results they produce. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, EDS
machines are powerful tools that can directly access the body's sophisticated
communication and control network. In this way, EDS devices can help
practitioners diagnose or analyze medical conditions that are beyond the reach
of conventional medicine because they provide a way to evaluate the patient at
the energetic level where all disease begins and ends.
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Essential Fatty Acids
How Essential Fatty Acids Help the Body
Approximately 80% of Americans lack sufficient amounts of essential fatty acids
or in short (EFA's in their diet. This presents a serious health threat.
EFA's are needed to provide the body with energy (especially the heart),
and serve as integral parts of nerve cells, cell membranes and hormone-like
substances called prostaglandins. To keep the body healthy, essential
fatty acids and prostaglandins have many widespread roles. They help to:
1. Produce steroids and hormones
2. Direct hormones to their target cells
3. Reduce pain, inflammation and swelling
4. Mediate the immune system
5. Dilate or constrict blood vessels
6. Regulate circulation
7. Regulate smooth muscle and autonomic reflexes
8. Regulate the rate at which cells divide
9. Regulate secretions such as mucous and their viscosity
10. Regulate pressure in the eye, joints and blood vessels
11. Maintain the fluidity and rigidity of cell membranes
12. Regulate the flow of substances in and out of cells
13. Transport oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues
14. Maintain proper kidney function and fluid balance
15. Keep saturated fats moving in the blood stream
16. Prevent blood cells from clumping together
17. Mediate the release of pro-inflammatory substances from cells which may
trigger allergic reactions
Symptoms of Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
The symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency may be mild to very serious,
ranging from dry skin to a fatal heart attack. Doctors who are not
trained in nutrition may miss very obvious signs of essential fatty acid
deficiency. Typical symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency are:
o Dry lifeless hair o Immune system disorders o Constipation
o Dry skin o Fatigue and poor energy o Lack of motivation
o Dry mucous membranes o Breast cancer o High blood pressure
o Chest pain o Indigestion o Depression
o High Cholesterol o Gas and bloating o Split nails
o Frequent colds and flu o Forgetfulness, memory loss o Aching joints
o Arthritis o Cardiovascular disease, endurance
In this era of fat phobia, it may be hard to believe there are good fats.
These good fats are called essential fatty acids because they are
essential for life. You must get them from your diet since your body
cannot make them. Lack of essential fatty acids in your diet can progress
from minor symptoms at first, such as dry skin, to chronic degenerative disease
later on, such as heart disease and cancer. Therefore, I recommend as a
corner stone of therapy that everyone take all the essential fatty acids in a
supplement called Perfect Oils.
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Heavy Metal Toxicity
HEAVY METAL TOXICITY AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO
Most of the problem with heavy metal toxicity (primarily mercury) is its
indolent, slow, smoldering effect that never lets the patient know that mercury
is at the root of the problem. Exposure to mercury begins in the womb where the
mother transfers mercury to the fetus through the placenta. Once the fetus is
out of the uterus, there
are many ways for mercury and other heavy metal levels to begin to accumulate.
The common areas where mercury is found are:
Auto exhaust Paint pigments and solvents
Pesticides Cinnabar (used in jewelry)
Amalgams (silver fillings) Mercurochrome/methiolate
Drinking water (tap and well) Cosmetics: mascara
Tanning weather Floor waxes and polishes
Felt Wood preservatives
Plumbing - piping Adhesives
Bleached flour Batteries
Processed foods Air conditioner filters
Fabric softeners Fish
Calomel (talc, body powder)
Mercury, Metals and Dental Health
If you are like most Americans, or most people in the world for that matter,
you probably have mercury and/or other metal fillings in your mouth. Mercury
fillings, also known as "silver fillings" or "amalgam" fillings, are the most
common fillings in the world. Called silver because of their color, they
actually contain from 45% to 52% mercury. Copper, tin, silver and zinc make up
the remaining volume.
Some interesting facts related to the common dental filling (amalgam):
Scientific research has demonstrated that mercury, even in small amounts, can
damage the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, and pituitary
gland, adrenal gland, cells, enzymes and hormones, and suppress the body's
immune system. Mercury has been shown to pass the placental membrane in
pregnant women and cause permanent damage to the brain of the developing baby.
Mercury is continually released from mercury dental fillings in the form of
mercury vapor and abraded particles. This process is simulated and can be
increased as much as 15-fold by chewing, brushing, hot liquids, etc. The World
Health Organization recently concluded that the daily intake of mercury from
amalgam dental fillings exceeded the combined daily intake of mercury derived
from air, water and food (including fish).
In human autopsy studies, it has been found that there is a direct
correlation between the amount of mercury found in the brain and the number and
surfaces of mercury fillings in the teeth.
Mercury causes normal intestinal microflora to become mercury resistant and
antibiotic resistant. Mercury resistant bacteria cause mercury in the
intestinal tract to be converted back into vapor and recycled back into the
Antibiotic resistance is becoming a major medical concern.
Recent scientific research has shown high levels of mercury in the brains of
individuals dead from Alzheimer's disease (AD). Other research is
demonstrating mercury can cause similar pathological effects in the brain as
that seen in Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and AD. Laboratory studies of spinal
fluid from ALS and AD patients has confirmed that mercury inhibits key brain
detoxification of enzyme systems.
One surely can see from the above list that the body can accumulate a large
quantity of destructive mercury through life from many sources including the
common dental filling.
As an aside, if mercury is so dangerous, shouldn't everyone run out and have
their dental fillings removed? The answer is a great big NO! The process of
removing amalgams can generate mercury vapor and particulates many times
greater than leaving them alone. Before making a decision to have your fillings
removed, have your physician screen your body with a simple urine test to
measure the level of toxic heavy metals in your body.
Why Do Some People Become Mercury Toxic?
This is a question of how much "goes in" versus what "goes out." If more goes
in than out, there is a buildup, so the exposure is important. If less "goes
out," there is a buildup. There are natural ways the body gets rid of mercury,
one of which is with conjugation of a tripeptide nutrient in our body called
In general, we have a balance between how much gets into the body and how much
we eliminate, and the end result is what is stored in the brain, liver and
What are the Symptoms of Metal Toxicity?
Insomnia Paresthesia (numbness and tingling)
Loss of self-confidence Muscle weakness
Irritability Hearing difficulties
Drowsiness Emotional stress
Depression Skin inflammation
Weight loss Uncoordination
Tremors Kidney damage
From the above, it should be quite obvious that many chronic symptoms/complexes
that people have go undiagnosed because mainstream physicians are not familiar
with chronic mercury toxicity and most even doubt its existence.
Does Mercury From Amalgams Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease?
A recent study from the Orient showed direct evidence that mercury damages the
lining of blood vessels. That certainly emphasizes the fact that there is a
link between vascular disease and mercury toxicity.
What Relationship Does Mercury Have in the Contribution to Free Radical
Damage from free radicals ("molecular bullets") has been linked to over 100
medical illnesses ranging from arthritis to aging. Free radicals are necessary
for life but an abundance leads to illness. Like everything else, the right
amount works well - too much is not right.
Therefore, when an individual is chronically exposed to mercury from the
amalgam (losing daily amounts of mercury) the body is under continuous stress
that leads to damage to varied organs and the final consequence of experiencing
Chronic Illness and Chronic Mercury Exposure from Amalgams and the Environment
Between the exposure from the environment (in which 60 tons of mercury is
released into the air every year from industries in the U.S.) and the amalgams
(silver fillings) that contaminate our bodies, it is no wonder there is an
overwhelming increase of chronic illness in our world.
We live in very polluted times. Toxic metals are everywhere. Mercury is in our
fillings, while aluminum is in our drinking water and anti-perspirants.
Cadmium is in cigarette smoke, nickel is in our cooking utensils, and
uranium is in the air and soil. We have 500 times more lead in our bones than
our great great grandparents did. As these levels of toxic metals have
increased, so have the rates for cancer and autoimmune diseases. Chelation
Therapy can safely and effectively remove these toxic metals from our bodies.
Cancer rates have skyrocketed in the last few decades. Right now, the average
person has a 35% chance of dying of cancer. Studies have shown that people who
undertake Chelation Therapy before clinical evidence of cancer may lower their
lifetime risk of cancer by 90%.
Many people use Chelation Therapy to help clean out their arteries and with
good reason. In one study, 92 people who were referred for surgical
intervention for heart disease were given Chelation Therapy instead. After the
Chelation Therapy, only 10 of them ultimately required surgery. The other 82
were able to "bypass the bypass". Doing maintenance Chelation Therapy
also makes good sense when you consider that heart attacks are the number one
cause of death in the US, currently accounting for 45% of all mortalities.
Chelation and Life Extension
Laboratory tests have shown that Chelation Therapy can increase the lifespan of
animals an amazing 49.4%. Chelation not only increased the length of their
lives, it increased the quality of their lives as well. Chelation Therapy kept
them younger, longer. A 49% increase in human lifespan would give us an average
lifespan of 120 years. What would you do with an extra 40 years?
You have briefly read about some of the problems caused by low-level chronic
exposures to metal toxins from the environment. The removal of amalgams, change
in diet and consideration of environmental factors as well as appropriate
Chelation detoxification therapy should be considered once its determined that
the symptoms you are presently experiencing may be the result of metal
Remember, symptoms of this process are varied and difficult to diagnose. Any
organ of the body can be involved but the most common problems involve the
Central nervous systems (brain) Kidney damage
Kidney Blood vessels
Reproductive organs Pancreas
Therefore, if you have problems, which are "strange", or your doctor doesn't
know the cause of these problems, think metal toxicity (mercury) and consider
Chelation Therapy as a treatment option.
Breakthrough Chelation Therapy Treatment Option
You should be aware of the fact that there are alternative techniques to treat
metal toxicity problems. In most instances, the general population knows
nothing about such treatments because the traditional medical establishment
isn't aware of its existence and/or such knowledge has been suppressed over the
years by various powerful organizations.
Chelation Therapy deals with the treatment and prevention of diseases involving
the blood vessels of the body such as heart attacks, hardening of the arteries
and strokes. Historically, the traditional approach to treat metal toxicity
disease primarily involved surgery and/or an extensive IV drug regimen
utilizing a chemical called EDTA (depending upon the individual's severity of
symptoms, doctors typically prescribe an intravenous (I.V.) infusion often
taking two-three hours to administer, two/three times weekly) In early 2001, a
significant treatment alternative became available to patients via a rectal
suppository delivery system which offered patients a minimally invasive
treatment option., However, shortly thereafter, a breakthrough metal toxicity
treatment option was introduced to the medical community which now affords the
patient the added choice to take an oral sodium EDTA solution which offers
enhanced transport with significantly less side effects.
Physicians familiar in the administration of Chelation Therapy treatment
alternatives will thoughtfully review the benefits of undergoing such
therapeutic treatments with their patients. Not only do clinical studies to
support that more than 75% of patients who receive Chelation Therapy treatment
show significant improvement in the reduction of metal toxicity symptoms, they
also show that patients obtain substantial side benefits that tend to correct
dietary deficiencies, smoking habits and lessen the potential for
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Description: An under active thyroid gland that causes an underproduction
of thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the
neck. Virtually all metabolic processes are affected by the thyroid
hormone. Hypothyroidism affects both sexes at any age, but is more common
in middle-aged women.
Frequent Signs and Symptoms: It is unlikely one person will have all the
following symptoms, but most will have several:
Decreased tolerance for cold; decreased sweating.
Coarse or slow-growing hair.
Slow, rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Weight pain or extreme thinness.
Placidity or nervousness.
Sleepiness or insomnia.
Mental impairment, including depression, psychosis or poor memory.
Fluid Retention, especially around the eyes.
Dull facial expression and droopy eyelids.
Decreased tolerance for medication.
Decreased sex drive and infertility.
Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet.
Deepened or hoarse voice.
Causes: Sometimes unknown. Most common causes include:
Autoimmune disease, in which the body's immune system functions abnormally
and attacks the thyroid gland.
Radioactive iodine treatment.
Surgery for hyperthyroidism.
Iodine deficiency in the diet.
Decreased activity of the pituitary gland, which secretes a
Drugs, such as lithium, that may depress thyroid function.
Risk Increases With:
Adults over age 60.
Surgery for hyperthyroidism.
No known measures to prevent primary hypothyroidism.
Take replacement thyroid for life after either thyroid surgery or destruction
of the thyroid gland by radiation treatment.
Expected Outcome: Usually treatable with careful thyroid-replacement
therapy. The goal of treatment is to provide the body with enough thyroid
substance for efficient body function. Medical evaluation may be
necessary for several months to establish the correct dose of thyroid
replacement. Relapses will occur if treatment is interrupted.
Myxedema coma—life-threatening complication of hypothyroidism.
Increased susceptibility to infection.
Adrenal crisis with vigorous treatment of hypothyroidism.
Over-treatment over long periods can lead to bone dimineralization.
Laboratory blood studies of thyroid hormones. Lab studies can confirm
the diagnosis of hypothyroidism, but they cannot indicate how much replacement
therapy is needed.
Goals of treatment are long-term thyroid replacement and recognition of
symptoms to avoid over or under-dosing.
You many require hospitalization if complicating emergencies occur, such as
myxedema coma (extremely rate in warm climates, more common in cold climates).
Medications: Thyroid replacement hormones will be prescribed.
Dosage requirements will depend on age, weight, sex, capacity of thyroid
function, other drugs you take and intestinal function.
Activity: No restrictions. Stay as active as possible.
Diet: No special diet for hypothyroidism. Avoid constipation by
eating a high-fiber diet. Weight loss diet recommended if you are
Notify Our Office If:
You or a family member has symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Symptoms don't improve within 3 weeks after treatment begins.
New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce
Comas or seizures occur. Get emergency help immediately.
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INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY
Sauna therapy is a thermal therapy that has been recognized throughout history
as a viable means of relaxing and cleansing the body, improving overall health,
and promoting a sense of well being. From Finland to India to North America,
medical professionals recommend saunas as a safe and effective adjunctive
therapy for detoxification. It is a practical means of stimulating the release
of non-essential or toxic trace metals such as nickel, cadmium, and lead
through sweat. The therapeutic rationale for using sauna therapy is that
overheating the body, and hence inducing an artificial fever, stimulates
metabolism, inhibits the growth of bacteria, increases the ability of all vital
organs, and increases the capacity of the skin to eliminate, detoxify and
cleanse via profuse sweating.
Infrared saunas use radiant energy to directly penetrate the body's tissues to
a depth of over 1½ ". Its energy output is tuned to correspond so closely
to the body's own radiant energy that our bodies absorb close to 93% of the
infrared waves that reach our skin. Infrared rays are selectively
absorbed by the tissues needing a boost in their output. The internal
production of infrared energy that normally occurs within our tissues is
associated with a variety of healing responses, and may require a boost to a
maximal level to insure the fullest healing response possible in a tissue under
The infrared energy may exceed up to 2-3 times the sweat volume of a hot air
sauna while operating at a significantly cooler air temperature range of 110o -
130o vs. 180o – 235oF for hot air saunas. The lower heat
range is safer for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors.
Infrared saunas emit 1/3 of their output in the middle infrared band from
2 to 5.6 microns for deeper penetration, and the other 2/3 in the long band
from 5.6 to 25 microns. The band from 2 to 25 microns is the most
therapeutic according the Chinese researchers. Japanese researchers have
reported that infrared radiant heat antidotes the negative effects of toxic
electromagnetic sources, i.e. high tension power lines or computer display
terminals. These thermal systems have been free of such toxic
electromagnetic fields and are not dangerous.
Safety of Sauna Therapy
Sauna therapy is generally well tolerated by most healthy adults and children.
This therapy has been shown to cause transient changes in hormones and
cardiovascular, function. However, sauna therapy does not influence
fertility and it is considered a safe treatment during uncomplicated
pregnancies in healthy women. With regard to cardiovascular health,
recent research shows that repeated sauna therapy upregulates endothelial nitro
oxide synthase expression in arterial endothelium thereby improving the
hemodynamics, endothelial function and clinical symptoms in patients with
chronic heart failure. Further, some studies suggest that long-term sauna
therapy may improve the left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with
chronic congestive heart failure, and it may help lower blood pressure in
hypertensive patients. Patients with chronic bronchitis and asthma may
benefit from the transient
improvements in pulmonary function that occur because of sauna therapy.
Further, patients with rheumatic disease can safely employ sauna therapy as a
means of improving joint mobility and relieving pain.
Contraindications to sauna therapy include:
Recent Myocardial Infarction
Unstable Angina Pectoris
Severe Aortic Stenosis
Alcoholism or recent alcohol consumption
Pregnant Women should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare
Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
The major benefits of Infrared sauna therapy include:
Weight Loss: Burns 900 - 2400 calories in just one 30 min. session
Release of accumulated toxins such as pesticides, PCBs, drug residues, acidic
wastes and non-essential trace metals
Improvement in symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
Improves skin tone and elasticity, softens scars / Essential for beautiful,
youthful, glowing skin
Increased oxygenation of the tissues and cells
Greatly speeds any anti-cellulite program
Increased circulation, oxygen and nutrient delivery within the body
Improvement in immune function
Improved cardiovascular function
Improved pulmonary function
Alleviation of pain and improved joint mobility / helps with sprains,
strains, muscle spasm
Improved psoriatic conditions
Relief of symptoms of asthma and chronic bronchitis
More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy and shows great promise
It assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates
Sunburn - Infrared radiations are the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet
Relaxation and enjoyment - remove stress in comfortable warm temperature.
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Integrative Medicine combines the knowledge of modern physiology, biochemistry, and conventional orthodox medicine, with tradtional natural medicine. This is based on thousands of years of experience, from ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, including the practice of modern homeopathy, naturopathy, and herbal medicine. Integrated Medicine requires a completely different way of
Integrative Medicine tries to identify and eliminate causative factors responsible for the pathogenesis of disease in each individual patient, and teaches ways to assist and enhance their self-regulatory, healing mechanisms using homeopathics, herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, homotoxicology and other energetic ways of detoxifying and balancing the body.
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Light Beam Generator
LIGHT BEAM GENERATOR - LYMPHATIC THERAPY
The most underrated circulatory system in the human body is our lymphatic
system. And, most health practitioners never consider the critical role
lymph plays in preventing sickness or the critical role it plays in keeping us
The lymph system is a vital circulatory system and the body's primary immune
defense and waste eliminator system; it is critical to managing the elimination
of toxins from our body. It contains over 600 'collection' sites called
'lymph nodes' and has a network or collecting vessels, making it even more
extensive than the venous system. Our lymphatic system is primarily
responsible for carrying disease-fighting material to cells attacked by germs,
transporting the dead germs away, and supplying protein-rich plasma fluid back
to the heart. When this system is blocked, we become defenseless against
attacks by viruses, fungi and bacterium.
Medical research explains the lymphatic system as the primary system used by
all immunological support elements (such as macrophages, T-Cells, B-Cells,
lymphocytes, etc.) to fight the virus, fungus and bacteria attacking our body.
It is also composed of over 50% plasma protein and is the major system
carrying nutrition-rich plasma protein back into our blood. When the
lymph system is blocked, infection-fighting material is prevented from
destroying germs and cell-nourishing elements are prevented from reaching our
blood. As a result, germs grow, our blood loses needed protein, the
immune system falters and infectious diseases march in.
With the lymphatic system blocked, an engorged (swollen) condition results in
our lymph nodes. In a recent AIDS study by Dr. Fauci, NIH Allergy &
Infectious Disease Center, (this condition) "results in providing a breeding
ground (especially for the HIV virus) for pathogenic material. The lymph
system acts as a reservoir of infection churning out billions of HIV-infected
immune-system cells that eventually spill into the blood stream, where they
travel to other parts of the body. Much later, after enduring years of
viral proliferation, the immune system begins to falter, and infectious disease
marches in." Studies reveal that "up to 10 times as much virus may reside
in the lymph system as in the blood."
Most chronic disease problems occur at the junction of lymph vessels called
'lymph nodes'. One can feel lymph nodes by pressing under the arms just
below the collarbone or in the crease between the thigh and pelvic area.
When touching these areas, many people will feel small bumps and
sometimes pain. The bumps and pain are symptomatic of blocked lymph
nodes. Blocked lymph nodes indicate a breakdown in the 'mechanical'
functioning of the lymphatic system. See common lymph tenderness areas
shown by dark areas:
In men, the inguinal nodes, located in the area (crease) of the groin between
the genitals and the thigh, are the primary channels for letting accumulated
lymph (protein and fluid) release from the prostate. In women, the
axillary nodes, located in the armpit and extending from the armpit down
towards the breast, and the primary channel for releasing accumulated lymph
(protein and fluid) from the breast. In many prostate, breast and other
cancer situations, these lymph nodes are well involved and enlarged, resulting
in reduced ability to eliminate lymphatic fluid.
The issue of lymphatic flow has been studied for many years with in-depth
clinical research resulting in very efficient manual methods for restoring the
lymph system. Using manual lymph drainage techniques in conjunction with
non-invasive technology called the Light Beam Generator (LBG) effects a swift,
safe and natural method of eliminating excess lymphatic fluid. The LBG
assists the body to achieve a free-flow of proteins within the lymph system and
to release bonded protein blockages in the interstitium of the connective
tissue. The LBG is a non-invasive technology and uses extremely low current and
negatively charged light photons providing compatible frequencies to the
blocked area resulting in cells correcting their out-of-balance condition and
disassociating themselves from the binding agent responsible for the swelling
and blockage. Rapid movement of waste material within the cell then
occurs, greatly increasing the delivery of the waste material to the organs
responsible for body waste disposal. Hands-on therapy is increased as
free-flow of proteins speeds the healing process. With waste material
moving within the body, day to day factors like eating habits, body structure,
nutrition, medication and mental health can be addressed to provide a
successful formula for restoring health. Common conditions that can
receive relief from the use of lymph massage and the LBG are: pain,
especially as it involves soft tissue; sciatica, breast conditions, fibrocystic
disease, P.M.S., and inflammation; intestinal syndromes; diabetes; arthritis,
bursitis and other conditions where inflammation is involved; swelling,
bruising with edema; and pre-op and post-op surgical recovery.
Ask your physician / health practitioner to help you evaluate the degree to
which your lymph system is possible contributing to our medical problem. Then,
if applicable, request your physician / health practitioner to prescribe, lymph
massage therapy as part of your medical treatment.
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Meditation, Learn How
LEARN TO MEDITATE
Because it is a subtle and specialized technique, meditation is best learned
from a qualified instructor; it is not as easy to learn how to meditate
correctly from a book. We will have a qualified instructor to teach patients
how to meditate. One of the reasons that it is so important to meditate is that
silence is the "first place of happiness." Silence is where we get our burst of
inspiration, our tender feelings of compassion and empathy, as well as, our
sense of love. These are all delicate emotions and the chaotic roar of me
"internal dialogue," easily drowns them out. When you discover the silence in
your mind, you no longer have to pay attention to all those random images that
trigger worry, anger and pain. This is a meditative technique for reaching your
inner silence that you can learn right now. These techniques are basically
physiological. They take advantages of the natural silence that exists in the
mind body system when it is in a relaxed state.
When you are ready to begin, sit quietly holding at your hands lightly at
your side or in your lap. Now, with your eyes closed, start to breathe lightly
and easily. Let your attention easily follow your breathing. Feel your breath
entering your nostrils and flowing down into your lungs. Do not inhale deeply
or hold your breath, just breathe normally. When you exhale, let your attention
follow the air up out through the lungs and softly through the nostrils.
Nothing should be forced. The breath you're taking should move easily and
gently. Your attention is following the course of your breathing, like leaves
rustling in a gentle wind through the treetops. As your breathing gets a bit
shallower and lighter, just let it happen. If you start to feel short of
breath, do not worry. This means that you need a little more air and deep
stresses are being released through your easy breathing. Be aware, you might
also be forcing your breathing to be lighter than it needs and wants to be. Try
to find the rate of breathing at which your body feels most comfortable....
When you are comfortable with this effortless process, you can add the sound
"so hum" to the procedure. Silently think the word "so" on each inhale and
"hum" on each exhale.
Continue this exercise for two to five minutes, just closing your eyes and
focusing your mind on an easy, natural rate of breathing, silently repeating
"so hum" with each cycle of your breath.
What is happening with this exercise? You probably noticed that just by paying
attention to your breathing, you sank deeper and deeper into relaxation. And as
you did so, your mind naturally became quieter. Did you sense that? If so, you
probably experienced a few glimpses of complete silence, which you would not
have noticed without it being pointed out to you. If you had looked for
silence, it may not have appeared. Did you feel that there were periods when
you lost track of time? This is a good indication that you were getting very
close to the goal.
Most people experience much fainter thoughts than usual during meditation.
This is another good sign of progress towards mastering this technique.
As you gain experience with meditation, you will begin to feel the reappearance
of a youthful energy and vitality, which are being released from a deeper level
of the nervous system. This is a very profound change and the real "fountain of
Although meditation has been wrapped in an aura of mysticism for many
centuries, it has been shown to be an extremely practical and "unmystical"
process of quieting the mind. It is the surest way to open a channel of
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Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA)
An MSA is used to conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine appropriate ways to achieve healthy energetic balance. This process involves measuring electrical conductivity at responsible points on the skin, typically on the hands and feet. According to European medical research, acupuncture points are related to the body’s organs and organ systems – 20 of these meridians begin or end on the hands and feet. According to energy medicine theory, every disease state is preceded by and indicated by an energy signal detectable by electrodermal screening devices. A report is generated which can assist your doctor in assessing which parts of your body are functioning correctly, and identifies possible pathogens and toxins that are making you sick. Another use for this is to test the current supplements / medications you are taking to see if they are compatible with your system.
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Mesotherapy is a medical specialty which involves injecting microscopic
quantities of natural plant extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceutical agents
and vitamins into the skin to treat a variety of conditions. Mesotherapy
is effective for the treatment of cellulite, weight loss, fat spot reduction,
body sculpting and rejuvenation, lifting and tightening of the skin.
All medicines used in Mesotherapy are FDA-approved for their use. These
medicines melt the fat beneath the skin and shrink the fat cells in the scarpus
fascia layer. The fat dissolves and, as occurs when fat is broken down
during typical weight loss is carried through the bloodstream and excreted by
kidneys and bowel.
Mesotherapy for Cellulite:
Cellulite is an accumulation of fat, fluid, and toxins trapped in a hardened
network of connective tissue fibers in the Mesoderm layer. The fat cells
inflate, causing a rippling and puckering of the skin, commonly referred to as
orange peel skin. Lymphatic and venous circulation is poor in these
areas. Mesotherapy is used to cause an increase in venous and lymphatic
flow, as well as the elimination of fat and dimpling in the area. In four
weeks, a patient's skin appears significantly smoother. Most patients
lose anywhere from two to four inches where their cellulite is treated.
Mesotherapy for Overall Weight Loss:
Mesotherapy results are measured in inches. Because fat is melted under
the skin, about one pound of fat per week is lost (equal to four sticks of
butter!). The Mesotherapy treatment can be applied to arms, waist, hips,
back, and legs. A typical patient can lose up to two dress sizes with
these treatments. Patients have lost up to four inches on their waist,
hips and thighs.
Mesotherapy for Spot Weight Reduction:
Mesotherapy is a painless alternative to liposuction. Fat and cellulite
are eliminated from targeted sites using the same techniques as above.
Unlike liposuction, only the fat (not the fat cells) is removed.
After ten sessions, patients can lose two to six inches in their saddle
bags, hips, thighs, waist, love handles, back fat and chin when medicine is
placed in those areas. Mesotherapy is not used to reduce fat in breast
tissue or fatty tumors.
Liposuction versus Mesotherapy
* Surgical Procedure * Non-invasive Procedure
* Removes Fat Cells * Removes Fat From Fat Cells
* Cannot Be Used Where There is Cellulite * Used Wherever There Is Cellulite
* Down Time (2 Weeks) * No Down Time
* Wear Restrictive Garments Afterwards For Weeks * Wear Loose Clothing
* Weight Gain Back In Abnormal Places * Weight Gain Back Where It Was Lost
* Significant Bruising and Pain * Minimal Bruising and Pain
Mesotherapy for Aging Skin:
Mesotherapy is a safe and natural alternative to traditional cosmetic
procedures particularly when recovery time and side effects are of concern.
The process delivers vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into the
skin to nourish, rejuvenate and promote collagen and elastin production and to
stimulate metabolism. This is important because as skin ages circulation
decreases. The resulting decrease in the flow of blood and nutrients
makes it more difficult for the body to flush out metabolic products which
facilitates premature aging and appearance to the skin. Patients commonly
describe their skin as looking rested, glowing and firmer.
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NATURAL OR BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES
What are Natural or Bio-Identical Hormones?
o Does not come from a horse, a chicken or even a tree.
o The key to natural or bio-identical versus synthetic is the molecular
structure of the hormone.
o Natural hormones have a chemical structure that is identical to the hormones
naturally produced by the body.
Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Preparations
"Patented", "conventional", "artificial", or "horse" - hormones that have
been chemically altered.
May have a structure similar to, but not exactly the same as, hormones
produced by the body.
Molecules are added to natural substances to create a synthetic product that
can be patented by a manufacturer which are too potent and not easily excreted
from the body.
A patented drug is profitable to mass produce
Pharmaceutical companies can afford to market the medication's use and
Structural differences that exist between synthetic and human hormones can be
responsible for side effects that are experienced when non-bio-identical
hormones are used for replacement therapy
It is the structure of the hormone, not the source that is key.
o Natural or Bio-Identical
Indicates that the chemical structure of the replacement hormone is identical
in structure and function to that of the hormone naturally found in the human
Chemically processed from precursors found in yams or soy plants and are
identical to hormones produced by the human body - "bio-identical plant-derived
Hormones follow normal metabolic pathways and are easily excreted.
Bio-identical hormones cannot be patented, scientific studies are less
numerous since no profit can be gained.
Benefits of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
o Fewer side effects versus synthetic derivatives
o Protection against heart disease
o Reduced risk of breast cancer
o Improved cholesterol and lipid profile
Goals of Natural HRT
o Alleviate symptoms caused by the progressive decrease in production of
hormones by the body
o Give the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally
o Re-establish a hormonal balance
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Plastics: Beware The Plastic Plague
BEWARE THE PLASTIC PLAGUE
By Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.
"I've got one word for you…Plastics"
You recall this popular cinematic phrase comes from the sixties classic movie
"The Graduate." Dustin Hoffman's character Benjamin has just graduated
from college. While trying to escape the madness of a party he would
rather not be at Benjamin is cornered by a man hoping to convince Benjamin that
he has the secret for the future. He thinks Benjamin should think about a
career in plastics!
Looking back thirty-five years later, we see our whole world engulfed in
plastic. Isn't it about time we learn about the "plastic plague", a world
of chemicals that surrounds and affects every aspect of our lives?
Despite all the conveniences of plastic, the worst-case scenario of plastic's
impact on our health is just that, the worst. Plastics can create
practically every disease and symptom, including cancer.
First, plastic is not just one chemical. It includes styrene, vinyl
chloride, and phthalates. You don't have to be a chemist to know that
these chemicals are swirling around you all the time, including now. Nor
do you need to be a physician to discover how these chemicals are damaging your
Styrene, for example, is found in styrofoam. It's also in the electrical wires
on your appliances, televisions and computers. And you will find it in
kitchen plastic wrap, grocery store packaging, insulation, carpeting,
construction materials, adhesives, cabinets, furniture, carpets, dental work,
paint, flooring, pipes, cigarettes and auto exhaust. If you get a new
car, or a new boat, or a new RV, you actually smell the gases that styrene
continually dispenses into the air.
Another chemical essential in the creation of plastic are phthalates. You
can find phthalates in cosmetics, plastic wraps of fruits, vegetables and
meats, plastic bottles for water, juices, soda, milk, ketchup, mayonnaise, and
everything else that comes in plastic. And that includes vital
intravenous medicine bags and tubing.
And it's not just that plastic and all its dangerous chemicals are continually
around us. They are in us. We have so much plastic in us that they are
becoming a part of our bodies. Government studies show that 100% of human
fat biopsies show storage of plastics.
When you think of how much new effort we're making about incorporating
recommended dietary allowances of nutritional foods in our diets, it's amazing
to think that we're ingesting an unwanted average daily dose of environmental
poisons provided by plastic.
The "plastic plague" would diminish if our body had a good way of getting rid
of all the chemicals we accumulate all day. But it doesn't. What
do these plastic chemicals do when they get into our bodies? Everything.
We slowly accumulate more and more of these chemicals until finally we get a
damaged organ that has been labeled as some particular disease. They
damage the liver and liver enzymes. They can destroy our thyroids, can
cause babies to be born with malformations, create mysterious fatigue, nausea,
depression, addictions, liver kidney disease. Plastics can cause every
type of genetic disease that leads to autoimmune problems and, of course,
cancer. This includes any type of cancer from stomach to breast to
prostate and lungs.
Not a very positive picture, is it? Well, I certainly don't think we're
ready to surrender to this plague. You can minimize the effects of these
chemicals on you and your family by reducing your contact with plastic.
First, buy as few foods in plastic as possible. It may not seem easy, but
it is crucial, since plastic wrapped foods are the major source of
contamination for must humans. There are nutritional supplements you can
take to detoxify your body on a daily basis. Buy vitamins and supplements
in dark glass bottles or very hard plastic bottles that don't dispense the
plastic's chemical gases.
Another idea is to incorporate air cleaners in your home that purify the air
around you at all times. And if you use an infrared sauna on a regular
basis, you could slowly rid your body of the lifelong accumulation of stored
This "plastic plague" is one we are just learning about. More research is
being done every day. But don't wait for test results and lab reports.
The best time to begin your battle against this contemporary hi-tech
"plague" is today.
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GUIDE FOR BETTER SLEEP HYGIENE
Try a hot bath for 30 minutes to raise your body temperature - within two
hours of bedtime.
Sleep as much as needed to feel refreshed and healthy during the following
day, but not more.
Avoid or limit naps to 10-15 minutes a day - short naps can be beneficial.
Limit the bedroom for sleep and relaxation - don't use it as a work area.
Use the bed only for sleeping - do not read, watch TV or eat in bed.
Avoid unfamiliar sleep environments.
Excessively warm rooms can disturb sleep - ideal sleeping temperature is 64
to 66 F.
Eliminate intrusive light and sound from your bedroom.
If you wake in the night, focus on relaxing or get up and do something else
for a while.
If you don't fall asleep within 15 minutes, get up again and do not return to
bed until you feel tired.
Set your alarm and wake up at the same time every morning - your body will
adapt to your sleep rhythm.
Regular arousal time in the AM strengthens circadian cycling and leads to
regular sleep times.
Relaxing music or soothing natural sounds may help induce sleep.
Reading before you go to bed (not in bed) may help you go to sleep.
Hunger can disturb sleep - a light carbohydrate snack before bed may help you
Daily exercise may help deepen your sleep - but should be avoided at least 2
hours prior to bedtime.
Chronic use of tobacco disturbs sleep; quit smoking - or don't smoke after
Avoid caffeine in the evening - and limit morning caffeine intake before
Avoid heavy meals and spicy foods in the evening.
Avoid Alcoholic beverages; alcohol can fragment sleep, especially the 2nd
half of the sleep period.
An occasional sleeping pill may be beneficial - but check with your
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The Sunshine Vitamin
By Leigh Erin Connealy, MD
"Organisms become adapted to the environment through natural selection in their
search for a better world. . . the discovery that sunlight can be eaten. . .
this inexhaustible food supply. . . created the kingdom of plants; and the
discovery that plants can be eaten created the animal kingdom," Karl Popper.
A recent article in the British Medical Journal concludes that moderate sun
exposure is a more proper recommendation, while many experts say you should
stay out of the sun completely to avoid cancer. As we review this whole
aspect of the sun, it has been concluded that the benefits of the sunlight
clearly outweigh the risks.
What is the sun and what does sunlight do for us? Sunlight is energy—it
is electromagnetic energy that radiates from the sun in waves similar to that
of the ocean. Contained within each of these waves are colors of the
rainbow—from longest to shortest, from red to violet—and the effect of these
waves on our health and life is profound. The infrared spectrum provides
us with warmth and the ultraviolet with the nutrient crucial to life: vitamin
The ultraviolet lights have waves of different lengths—UVA, UVB, and UVC.
It is important to know that 90-95% of the ultraviolet light in sunlight
falls into UVA group, with UVB making up the majority of the remainder.
It is within this ultraviolet spectrum that we find most of the
beneficial effects of sunlight.
The most widely known benefit of sunlight is its essential role in production
and regulation of vitamin D, which is important for strong healthy bones as
well as properly functioning nervous system and healthy skin. In extreme
cases, children who do not have enough vitamin D develop rickets. Rickets
can be both prevented and cured by just a few minutes a day of strong sunlight.
Adults who are deprived of sufficient vitamin D don't develop rickets,
but do suffer loss of bone mineral and weakening of their bones, called
osteomalcia. Again, exposure to sunlight (our best source of vitamin D)
will solve this problem.
How does sunlight work its magic to provide us with a steady and correct supply
of vitamin D? When sunlight strikes the exposed skin, the UVB portion
causes a chemical change in a special type of cholesterol present in the skin,
converting it to a form of vitamin D. From the skin this inactive vitamin
D travels through the blood stream to the liver, where it is again chemically
altered, and finally to the kidneys for its final alteration to a substance
called 125 dihydroxycholecalciferol or, more simply, active vitamin D. So
you can see that three organ systems—the skin, the liver and the kidneys—work
together to provide our bodies with a consistent level of vitamin D.
What happens when you slather on sunblock? Most of the sunscreens on the
market block the UVB portion of sunlight but offer little or no protection
against the UVA wavelengths. You end up with a false sense of security
that you are wearing sunscreen and blocking out the dangerous UVA light.
The sun protection factor, or the SPF numbers, on the labels refer only
to UVB screening, which is only 5-10% of the total ultraviolet light. For
example, an SPF of 8 means that the average individual using that strength of
block could stay in the sun eight times longer before burning, because the
blocking agents screen out the harmful UVB rays. Obviously, with a higher
level of SPF it permits that much more protection against UVB waves. By
applying sunscreen you are also inhibiting the production of natural vitamin D.
Research has shown that a single application of sun block with an SPF of
8 can effectively prevent the conversion of cholesterol on the skin to vitamin
D, robbing the body of one of its most valuable bone-building and
Since sunscreens protect primarily against the UVB, what will protect us
against the UVA radiation? Nature has taken care of this, giving humans a
built-in sun protection—the ability of the skin to tan. So with gradual
"unblocked" exposure of skin to sunlight, both UVA and UVB waves stimulate
pigment producing cells within the skin called melanocytes to produce a pigment
called melanin, which is our natural sunscreen. The body has a natural
way of regulating that production. People who are fair skinned require a
buildup of time to develop the pigment in the skin, and they need short
frequent exposure to build up the production of melanin.
You might be thinking that protecting yourself with full spectrum sunscreens is
the best protection for everything, but as mentioned earlier in this article,
these sunscreens cover the UVB rays but do not cover the UVA. There have
been some new developments in recent years that sunscreens with titanium
dioxide (which is a physical sun block and covers half of the UVA wavelengths)
and unfortunately all other sunscreens block UVB and UVA, which essentially
robs the body of natural vitamin D production and prevents the skin from
protecting itself with pigment. You may be thinking that if you don't put
on sunscreen when in the sun, you will surely burn. Indeed, you will if
you over expose your unprotected skin. When your skin begins to turn red
from UVB exposure, then you probably stayed in the sun too long. The best
strategy is to cover up at the first sign that your skin is beginning to
slightly redden. Rest your skin and slowly build up your pigment
protection day by day.
Why wouldn't I just take vitamin D pills? Vitamin D is not abundantly
found in the food we eat. Fish oils provide the richest amounts, and a
little is found in eggs and dairy products. So our bodies really depend
on the regular exposure of our uncovered skin to sunlight as the primary
source. If you were to take vitamin D in the pill form, you may be
setting yourself up for vitamin D toxicity. Our skin, along with the
kidneys and liver, is innately designed to perform the task of supplying our
bodies with natural vitamin D safely, but only when we need it. When the
body has enough, the conversion to the active form slows down, so there is no
risk of becoming toxic.
So why do we even need vitamin D? Vitamin D becomes the body's main
instrument of bone health. It helps the intestines absorb dietary calcium
and phosphorous. Without enough vitamin D the body will not absorb
calcium properly. So beware, menopausal women, if you are taking calcium
supplements and your vitamin D is inadequate, you're not doing anything to help
build your bones. We are constantly rebuilding and destroying bones and
vitamin D exerts a direct effect through a hormone-like action that stimulates
the bone to lay down minerals, remove the old bone, and replace it with new
bone. So with the help of rays of sunlight and vitamin D along .with
proper nutrition, you can build and maintain bones throughout life.
There are several other health benefits of vitamin D: besides building and
strengthening bones, it is involved in regulating calcium metabolism (calcium
is the most prevalent mineral in your body). It is also significant in
balancing our mood, alleviating depression, boosting metabolism, regulating
blood pressure, and preventing the growth of cancers of the breast, colon,
prostate, and even malignant melanoma. When we are exposed to the
sunlight our thyroid gland is stimulated, and production of many of our
hormones such as testosterone, growth hormone, epinephrine, and norepinephrine
(all of which help our metabolic weight, body weight, and aid in blood sugar
control) is stimulated. There have been reports as late as 1997 in which
active vitamin D was given to laboratory mice, which in turn completely
prevented the mice from developing Multiple Sclerosis.
The sun has been around for millions of years giving us energy, warmth, and all
kinds of phenomenal miraculous benefits. Unfortunately, we are
increasingly worried about aging, wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancers, so
therefore we slather ourselves with sunscreen to protect ourselves. The
body has been designed to have antioxidants present in the skin and tissues
that protect you from damage by the sun, but you have to replace them regularly
in your diet with proper nutrition, antioxidants (especially beta carotene),
vitamin e, selenium, good fats, animal proteins, and magnesium so that your
body can replenish the antioxidants that it stores.
Actions to take:
1. Sunbathe year round.
2. Begin with just a few minutes of exposure, until you have a pink foundation.
Never let your skin burn.
3. Sunbathe with clean skin, free of lotions, soaps, perfumes or cosmetics.
4. Do not use sunblock—the production of both vitamin D and melanin
pigmentation are UVB dependent.
5. Use sunscreen only after you've had proper sun exposure and you are going to
be in the sun for extended periods of time.
6. Reduce sun exposure when you are in the snow, white sand, or high altitude
7. Do not exceed the safe daily limits. Put on a hat and the proper
clothing, and a sunscreen that contains a physical sun block, such as titanium
8. Enjoy the sun—the sun is your friend
9. One teaspoon per day of cod liver oil—now available in multiple flavors—or
cod liver oil pills is recommended for a great source of vitamin D.
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Yoga and Breathing
YOGA AND BREATHING
The word "yoga" is derived from the verbal root, yuj, meaning to yoke or
harness. Yoga is the process of unifying one's mind body and soul in order to
express the energy of one's true nature. In the author's professional opinion,
based on personal experience with practicing and teaching yoga, hatha yoga (a
type of yoga referred to as "SCMCysical" yoga) is the ideal exercise practice
while going through a clinical purification program. Just as one uses alchemic
principles to create a purification formula from herbs and foods to address the
functioning of specific organs in the body, hatha yoga involves the alchemic
reprogramming of mind and body that serves to release toxins and purify the
The word "hatha" is derived from the Sanskrit root, ha (sun) and tha (moon),
and is the equalization and stabilization of the sun-moon (yin-yang)
life-force. The purpose of Hatha yoga is to free the body and mind from
dysfunctional blockages. With respect to the Clinical Purification™ Process,
this equates to the elimination of exogenous and endogenous toxins. Hatha
yoga involves a methodical and integrative approach to stretching and
contracting different muscle groups to strengthen and lengthen opposing
muscles. Hatha also re-aligns the
skeleton and applies weight to vital bones to maintain and increase bone
density. At the same time and perhaps less obviously, Hatha yoga also gently
massages all internal organs.
Following is a series of basic yoga postures that one can begin practicing at
home. It is important to be in a warm room, with comfortable clothes and
preferably barefoot. When practicing these postures, one must be mindful of
his/her body, backing off when one feels pain and slowly extending beyond the
point of resistance only when one feels ready to do so. Those who practice yoga
regularly often notice a gradual increase in strength, flexibility and balance.
The most critical factor when practicing yoga is to be mindful of one's
Sit / Easy Position - Sukhasana:
A starting position that helps focus awareness on breathing and the body; helps
strengthen lower back and open the groin and hips.
Sit cross-legged with hands on knees. Focus on your breath. Keep your spine
straight and push the sit bones down into the floor. Allow the knees to gently
lower. If the knees rise above your hips, sit on a cushion or block. This will
help support your back and hips. Take 5-10 slow, deep breaths. On the next
inhale, raise your arms over your head. Exhale and bring your arms down slowly.
Repeat 5-7 times.
Dog and Cat:
Increases flexibility of the spine.
Begin on your hands and knees. Keep your hands just in front of your shoulders,
your legs about hip width apart. As you inhale, tilt the tailbone and pelvis
up, and let the spine curve downward, dropping the stomach low, and lift your
head up. Stretch gently. As you exhale, move into cat by reversing the spinal
bend, tilting the pelvis down, drawing the spine up and pulling the chest and
stomach in. Repeat several times, flowing smoothly from dog into cat, and cat
back into dog.
Mountain - Tadasana:
Improves posture, balance and self-awareness.
Stand with feet together, hands at your sides, eyes looking forward. Raise your
toes, fan them open, then place them back down on the floor. Feel your heel,
outside of your foot, toes and ball of your foot all in contact with the floor.
Tilt your pubic bone slightly forward. Raise your chest up and out, but within
reason - this isn't the army and you're not standing at attention. Raise your
head up and lengthen the neck by lifting the base of your skull toward the
ceiling. Stretch the pinky on each hand downward, then balance that movement by
stretching your index fingers. Push into the floor with your feet and raise
your legs, first the calves and then the thighs.
Breathe. Hold the posture, but try not to tense up. Breathe. As you inhale,
imagine the breath coming up through the floor, rising through your legs and
torso and up into your head. Reverse the process on the exhale and watch your
breath as it passes down from your head, through your chest and stomach, legs
Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, relax and repeat.
On your next inhale, raise your arms over head (Urdhava Hastasana) and hold for
several breaths. Lower your arms on an exhale.
As a warm up, try synchronizing the raising and lowering of your arms with your
breath - raise, inhale; lower, exhale. Repeat 5 times.
Forward Bend or Extension - Uttanasana II:
Stretches the legs and spine, rests the heart and neck, relaxes mind and body.
Begin standing straight in Mountain pose or Tadasana. Inhale and raise
the arms overhead. Exhale, bend at the hips, bring the arms forward and
down until you touch the floor. It's okay to bend your knees, especially
if you're feeling stiff. Either grasp your ankles or just leave your
hands on the floor and breathe several times. Repeat 3-5 times. On
your last bend, hold the position for 5 or 10 breaths. To come out of the
pose, curl upward as if pulling yourself up one vertebrae at a time, stacking
one on top of another, and leaving the head hanging down until last.
Trikonasana - The Triangle:
Stretches the spine, opens the torso, improves balance and concentration.
Start with your legs spread 3-4 feet apart, feet parallel. Turn your left
foot 90 degrees to the left and your right foot about 45 degrees inward.
Inhale and raise both arms so they're parallel with the floor.
Exhale, turn your head to the left and look down your left arm toward
your outstretched fingers. Check that your left knee is aligned with your left
ankle. Take a deep breath and stretch outward to the left, tilting the left hip
down and the right hip up. When you've stretched as far as you can, pivot your
arms, letting your left hand reach down and come to rest against the inside of
your calf, while your right arms points straight up. Turn and look up at your
right hand. Breathe deeply for several breaths. Inhale, and straighten up.
Exhale, lower your arms. Put your hands on your hips and pivot on your heels,
bringing your feet to face front. Repeat the posture on the other side.
Warrior II -- Virabhadrasana II:
Strengthens legs and arms; improves balance and concentration; builds
Begin in mountain pose with feet together and hands at side. Place your feet
4-5 feet apart. Turn your right foot about 45 degrees to the left. Turn
your left foot 90 degrees to the left so that it is pointing straight out to
the side. Slowly bend the left knee until the thigh is parallel with the floor,
but keep the knee either behind or directly over your ankle. Raise your arms
overhead. Then slowly lower them until your left arm is pointing straight ahead
and your right arm is pointing back. Concentrate on a spot in front of you and
breathe. Take 4 or 5 deep breaths, lower your arms, and bring your legs
together. Reverse the position.
The Cobra -- Bhujangasana:
Stretches the spine, strengthens the back and arms, opens the chest and heart.
Lay down on your stomach. Keep your legs together, arms at your side, close to
your body with your hands by your chest.
Step 1: Inhaling, slowly raise your head and chest as high as it will go. Keep
your buttocks muscles tight to protect your lower back. Keep your head up and
chest. Breathe several times and then come down. Repeat as necessary.
Step 2: Follow the steps above. When you've gone as high as you can, gently
raise your hands off of the floor stretching the spine even more. Only go as
far as you are comfortable. Your pelvis should always remain on the floor.
Breathe several times and come down.
Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana:
Builds strength, flexibility and awareness; stretches the spine and hamstrings;
rests the heart.
Start on your hands and knees. Keep your legs about hip width apart and your
arms shoulder width apart. Your middle fingers should be parallel,
pointing straight ahead. Roll your elbows so that the eye or inner elbow
is facing forward. Inhale and curl your toes under, as if getting ready
to stand on your toes. Exhale and straighten your legs; push upward with
your arms. The goal is to lengthen the spine while keeping your legs
straight and your feet flat on the ground. However, in the beginning it's
okay to bend the knees a bit and to keep your heels raised. The important
thing is to work on lengthening the spine. Don't let your shoulders creep
up by your ears - keep them
down. Weight should be evenly distributed between your hands and feet.
Hold the position for a few breaths. Come down on and exhale.
Repeat several times, synchronizing with your breath: up on the
exhale and down on the inhale.
Head to Knee -- Janu Shirshasana:
Stretches and opens back and hamstrings, improves flexibility
Sit on the floor with legs extended in front or you. Bend one leg, bringing the
heel of the foot as close to the groin as possible. You may want to place a
pillow under the bent knee for comfort. Make sure your sitz bones are
firmly grounded on the floor and that your spine is straight, Turn your body
slightly so you face out over the extended leg. Inhale and raise your arms over
head. Exhale and begin to move forward slowly. Try to keep the back as
straight as possible. Instead of bending at the hips, focus on lifting the
tailbone and rolling forward on your sitz bones. Inhale and lengthen and
straighten the spine. Exhale and roll forward, however slightly. To get a bit
more forward movement, engage your quadriceps (thigh muscles) as you move
forward. This releases the hamstrings, giving you a bit more flexibility. When
you've moved as far forward as you can, lower the arms and grasp your foot, or
leg. Hold the position for a moment and breathe. Then on the next exhale gently
pull yourself forward. Go slowly and remember to keep the back straight. When
done, straighten up and do the other side.
Half Shoulderstand -- Ardha Sarvangasana:
Promotes proper thyroid function, strengthens abdomen, stretches upper back,
improves blood circulation, induces relaxation
You probably remember doing this as a kid. Lie on your back and lift your legs
up into air. Place your hands on your lower back for support, resting
your elbows and lower arms on the ground. Make sure your weight is on your
shoulders and mid to upper back - not your neck. Breathe deeply and hold
the posture for at least 5-10 breaths, increasing the hold over time. To come
down, slowly lower your legs, keeping them very straight - a little workout for
your abdominal muscles.
The Bridge - Sethu Bandhasa:
Increases flexibility and suppleness; strengthens the lower back and abdominal
muscles; opens the chest.
Lay on your back with your knees up and hands at your side. Your feet
should be near you buttocks about six inches apart. To begin, gently raise and
lower your tail. Then, slowly, raise the tailbone and continue lifting the
spine, trying to move one vertebra at a time until your entire back is arched
upward. Push firmly with your feet. Keep your knees straight and close
together. Breathe deeply into your chest. Clasp your hands under your
back and push against the floor.
Take five slow, deep breaths.
Come down slowly and repeat.
The Corpse -- Savasana:
Relaxes and refreshes the body and mind, relieves stress and anxiety, quiets
Possibly the most important posture, the Corpse, is as deceptively simple as
Tadasana, the mountain pose. Usually performed at the end of a session, the
goal is conscious relaxation. Many people find the "conscious" part the most
difficult because it is very easy to drift off to sleep while doing Savasana.
Begin by lying on your back, feet slightly apart, arms at your sides with palms
facing up. Close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths. Allow your body
to sink into the ground. Try focusing on a specific part of the body and
willing it to relax. For example, start with your feet, imagine the muscles and
skin relaxing, letting go and slowly melting into the floor. From your feet,
move on to your calves, thighs and so on up to your face and head. Then simply
breathe and relax. Stay in the pose for at least 5-10 minutes.
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