Isn’t It Time For WHOLISTIC Medicine?

December 22nd, 2005

I posted a story the other day on one of my blogs - the headline reads: “Antidepressant drugs quadruple risk of suicides, research shows”.

Sigh

I mean, c’mon. isn’t the whole reason we take Anti-Depressant drugs centered around NOT wanting to give up, check out, commit suicide, stop living, etc.? So, we take a drug that makes us more bummed? To the point of suicide?

When are we going to stop running to a doctor every time we (or our children) have sniffle or pang to get that ‘magic pill’ that somehow ALWAYS manages to have a side effect worse than the original symptom??

Don’t tell me about the marvels of modern medicine, I know about an awful lot of them. And, in case you’re getting the wrong idea, I have immense respect for scientists and researchers who have devoted lifetimes to try and find ways to overcome modern man’s illnesses.

I have immense respect for most medical doctors and practitioners who have devoted their lives to trying to help and heal their fellow man.

However, the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, the ‘big business’ of medicine - they can go away any day now. When the almighty dollar supercedes the importance of life, it’s time to do something.

Also, why in the heck can’t we learn to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater??? With the advent of ’science’, all of a sudden everything our ancestors did and believed in the realm of healing was all of a sudden labeled ’superstition’ and ineffective ‘folk medicine.’

Isn’t it funny that now we’re realizing how right much of that folk medicine was. Mistletoe is being researched for its effect on Cancer - with astounding results. St John’s Wort is now known to be a very effective Anti-Depressant (without making you want to kill yourself!), light - that’s right, light - is being used to treat ulcers, infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a host of other ailments - successfully.

Therapeutic touch is being used in hospitals for Surgery and heart patients, successfully. The power of prayer - dubbed ineffective by the so-called scientific experts for decades upon decades - has now been proven to have a measurable positive effect on the ill.

So, is the pendulum finally swinging back to center? I sure as heck hope so. But, more than that, I hope it doesn’t completely swing in the opposite direction.

If I feel my children need medical attention, I do NOT HESITATE to get it for them. But, if I can keep my children healthy in the first place with natural therapies, Herbs, Vitamins, good nutrition and treat them at home in the same manner successfully, I do that.

We need that ever-elusive balance. Science, allopathic and ‘alternative’ medicine working TOGETHER for the good of the people. In my humble opinion, THAT is what ‘holistic’ should mean. Everything working together as a whole to help the whole of the person. The new buzz term for this is ‘Integrative Medicine’.

But, no matter what you call it, it makes sense. Use everything at your disposal to heal - and first, do no harm. (I wish the pharmaceutical companies and many doctors would follow that!)

Rachyl

Helping Insomnia With Herbs

December 22nd, 2005

What causes Insomnia?

There are many potential causes of Insomnia, including sleep apnea, snoring, bladder or Prostate Problems, Stress or Depression.

People who are over 60 years old and women going through the Menopause are more prone to Insomnia, probably due to decreased levels of melatonin in the brain.

Other causes of Insomnia include ‘Restless legs’ syndrome (RLS), magnesium or iron deficiency, hormonal imbalance, shift work and excessive consumption of caffeine or other stimulants.

Insomnia is also a side effect of some prescription Anti-Depressant medication.

It is thought that more than 50% of all cases of Insomnia are linked to psychological causes, including Depression, Anxiety and Stress.

Prescription sleeping medication can be addictive and can affect your ability to Fall Asleep naturally.

What is SerenitePlus?

SerenitePlus is a combination herbal/homeopathic formula especially formulated to treat the symptoms of Insomnia, especially sleep onset Insomnia (difficulty Falling Asleep) and to assist in the treatment of chronic Insomnia.

SerenitePlus has been used safely and effectively for many years to help with Sleep Problems.

Using up-to-date scientific knowledge of Insomnia and natural sleep patterns, SerenitePlus combines herbal and Homeopathic Remedies in a new and improved formula.

SerenitePlus may also be combined with Serenite-LT for a long term solution to Insomnia

Use SerenitePlus to:

  • Assist in the treatment of chronic Insomnia and Sleep Maintenance problems
  • Quickly induce a state of Drowsiness and deep Relaxation
  • Relieve night time Anxiety, worry and Stress
  • Prevent morning ‘grogginess’ associated with prescription and OTC sleeping tablets
  • Treat the symptoms of intermittent sleep onset Insomnia
  • Avoid addiction caused by prescription sleeping medication

SerenitePlus is formulated for adults and may also be combined with Serenite-LT.

For babies and children under 12 years of age please see our Serenite Jr. formula.

What are the ingredients of SerenitePlus?

SerenitePlus contains:

Avena sativa - used by herbalists to treat Nervous exhaustion and Insomnia and also as an effective Nerve Tonic.

Scuttelaria laterifolia - has a long history of effective use in the treatment of acute Insomnia and Stress. This herb is also useful in the treatment of epilepsy and nerve pain.

Passiflora incarnata - research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this relaxing herb in the treatment of Anxiety and Stress. It is also particularly useful for the person who lies awake worrying due to Stress or overwork!

Coffea C30 - a homeopathic remedy known for its effectiveness in treating Headaches, Insomnia and Restlessness. People who are over stimulated due to worry or excessive work will benefit very much from the addition of Coffea to the formula.

Nux Vomica C30 - also used homeopathically for the treatment of Irritability and Insomnia, Nux Vomica will also help the tense, ambitious, perfectionistic person who cannot sleep due to worrying about unfinished business or unresolved emotional issues.

How has SerenitePlus helped others?

“I have tried many natural products to try and help me to sleep. None of them has helped me like SerenitePlus.” Kay F., Canada

“I am a pensioner and for the last 6 years, I have not been able to Fall Asleep as I used to do. Maybe it is because I am not as active as before, although I try and walk a little with the dogs every day! I have been very pleased with the results of your remedy, which relaxes me and helps me to Fall Asleep. Thank you for answering all my questions!” B.C., George.

“After some relationship troubles I found myself worrying and obsessing every night and no matter what I did I could not let go and Fall Asleep. This remedy really does the trick. It feels just like natural sleep because I become Drowsy and relaxed and then can’t remember when I fell asleep. No problems in the morning when I wake up unlike the tablets my doctor gave me once before and which I took only once!” Golden Girl.

How do I use SerenitePlus?

SerenitePlus comes in easy to administer drop form and is diluted in about 1/4 glass of water or juice.

Adults and Teenagers over 15: 15 to 20 drops five minutes before bedtime. May be repeated during the night.

Children: See our Serenite Jr.Drops for Children

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been clinically established. Pregnant women and nursing mothers can safely use our Triple Complex Sleep Tonic.

NOTE: SerenitePlus is very effective in the short term treatment of Insomnia. People with chronic Insomnia who would like to treat the underlying causes of their Sleep Problem should consider combining SerenitePlus with Serenite-LT Tablets for a long term solution to Insomnia.

How long does one bottle last?

Depending on frequency of use, one bottle of SerenitePlus can last one month or longer.

How long until I see results?

A feeling of Drowsiness and Relaxation will be noted within about 10-15 minutes.

What else can I do to help?

  • Exercise regularly!
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine products at least 4 hours before bedtime
  • Try to use the hours before bedtime for Relaxation to help your body to wind down.
  • Have a warm bath just before you go to bed
  • If you are worried, Anxious or Depressed, talk about your feelings to someone you trust
  • If you have unresolved issues or problems that are causing Stress, consult a counselor for help in making changes to your life.

Lavender Dream Salt Glow

December 22nd, 2005

1 Cup finely ground mineral Sea Salt 3 tbsp Lavender flowers 1 Cup Olive Oil 2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Store in a glass Jar. Because of the salt content, this scrub has a LONG shelf life.

To use

Mix salt glow well prior to using, you will need about 1/4 - 1/2 a cup for one treatment.

Sit in a dry tub. Massage salt into skin in a circular motion, beginning with the feet and working in toward the heart. Pay extra attention to dry areas such as feet, ankles, knees and elbows. If you have problems with cellulite (Who doesn’t), pay extra attention to those areas as well.

After you are finished, run the tub full of warm water, rinse the salt off of your skin, but allow the oils to remain. Soak and Relax!

Your skin will feel soft and smooth, and you will feel relaxed and ready for bed!

Aloe Vera - A Wonder Herb For Skin

December 22nd, 2005

Aloe is grown mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Because of its many therapeutic uses, it is now commercially cultivated in the United States, Japan, and countries in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. However, in many places you can grown your own Aloe Vera plant quite happy in a pot as a household plant.

Despite its very cactus-like characteristics, Aloe belongs to the lily family, which also includes asparagus, onions, leeks and Garlic. The Aloe plant contains over thirty enzymes, including lipase and oxidase. It could be argued that enzymes are the missing element in the modern diet since 40% of the adult population suffer Digestive Problems and digestion is enzyme-based.

Aloe Vera also contains significant levels of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) which accounts for some of the herb’s pain-killing potential. Some people swear by a burst of Aloe spray on sunburn when a gel or cream is too painful to apply.

Salicylic acid also plays a role in Aloe’s detoxifying and cell-cleansing capacity. The well-researched capacity of Aloe to stimulate the Immune System is arguably its most important attribute. Others have testified that a daily drink with high quality Aloe juice helps clear sensitive skin. Aloe is well known as a soothing ingredient in Skincare Lotions and body products.

There are a host of studies from every continent documenting the healthful benefits of Aloe Vera, taken both internally and used externally. Aloe has truly earned it reputation as a natural, healthful ‘wonder’ herb.

About the Author

Kim Beardsmore M.B.A. (H.R.M.), B.Sc. (Biochemistry) is an independent Herbalife distributor, weight loss coach and creator of the online health & Fitness magazine Weight Loss Health. For a free weight loss consultation, newsletter and resources to help you Lose Weight and keep it off forever, visit http://weight-loss-health.com.au

Beauty Basics at Face Value

December 22nd, 2005

Last year, more than eight-point-seven-million people underwent cosmetic procedures to enhance what nature gave them, or didn’t. But experts tell us that Americans may be jumping into invasive procedures too quickly.

Despite the media coverage of makeover reality shows, the majority of Americans are not looking for extreme transformations. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most of us want to look better, naturally, with 68-percent preferring a subtle change. And experts agree that looking your best could be accomplished at home for considerably less.

Dr. Linda Franks, a leader in the specialized Skin Care frontier, says “To get that timeless, healthy look you need to start with an appropriate Skincare regime. Taking good care of your skin can stave off fine lines, Wrinkles, age spots and even Dry Skin.”

Where to begin? At the sink!

Doctors say whatever your skin type, the key is to cleanse it gently. Avoid hot water and use lukewarm instead, to prevent over-drying. And throw in the towel – traditional washcloths are too abrasive for the face, so use your hands and fingers.

Sixty-eight-percent of women claim to have sensitive skin which means dry, tight, chapped or easily irritated skin. Dr. Franks advises moisturizing regularly and avoiding harsh Cleansers with ingredients such as fragrances, dyes and preservatives because sensitive skin is easily damaged and takes longer to recover.

If your skin is dry and easily irritated, don’t wash more than once a day. You may risk stripping the skin of its natural oils. Dr. Franks recommends looking for non-irritating cleansing washes that are Soap-free, Moisturizers that are light, oil-free, and water-based to help maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Another tip—make sure to choose a facial Moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15, which protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

Skin sensitivity may also result from the third most common, non-surgical Skincare procedure known as Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a quick and easy, non-invasive procedure that helps to reveal healthier-looking skin by sweeping away Dead Skin Cells. Dr. Franks reveals that, following the treatment, the best way to avoid irritation is by opting for an ultra-gentle Cleanser and Moisturizer.

A new clinical study shows that PURPOSE gentle cleansing wash and dual treatment moisture Lotion with spf 15 are compatible with this procedure.

How else can you obtain optimal skin health?

Here are some other healthy basics to keep your skin looking its best:

Dr. Franks says, “Exercise opens up blood vessels to make skin look healthy and youthful. It’s so important for healthy skin.” Regular cardiovascular Exercise increases blood flow to the skin which assists in collagen production. Maintaining muscle mass through Exercise can also help anchor and support skin, keeping it taut.

And drink up! At least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day are crucial for optimal skin hydration.

So before you sign on for an extreme and expensive makeover, just think back on some simple, Beauty basics! You just might like what you see!

About the Author

Recommended by dermatologists, PURPOSE® is the brand trusted by women who value simple and pure Skin Care products that leave their skin feeling clean, refreshed, and moisturized. Visit the new PURPOSE® web site for free Skin Care advice, promotions, and special offers.

Mudras For Health and Vitality

December 22nd, 2005

The physical body is made up of five elements namely - Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Akasha (ether - the tiny intercellular spaces in the human body).

Imbalance of these elements disrupts the immunity system and causes disease.

Deficiencies in any of these elements can be made up by connecting one part of the body with another in a particular manner through Mudras.

When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. Therefore the disease caused by the imbalance is cured. Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body which balance various constituting elements and restore health. The joining of fingers creates an effect on the human body.

The five fingers for five elements :

  • Thumb - Fire
  • Index - Air
  • Middle - Akasha
  • Ring - Earth
  • Little - Water

MUDRAS for benefits:

Gyan Mudra

Effective in cases of mental ailment, imparts happiness, the intellect develops, memory is sharpened.

Method

Join the tips of the index finger and thumb and keep the other 3 fingers stretched and joined.

Shoonya Mudra

Relief in diseases and Pains relating to the ear.

Method

Press the middle finger on the base of the thumb and keep the thumb on middle finger. Keep the other three fingers straight..

Apaan Mudra

Helps in clearing the body by elimination of waste matter from the mouth, eyes, ears, nose etc. Helps when urine is obstructed, reduces Constipation.

Method

Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of middle and ring finger, keeping the other finger straight.

Prana Mudra

Helps in pumping the life force into your body. Beneficial for all types of diseases. Imparts special power to the eyes.

Method

Join the tip of the thumb with tip of little and ring finger. Keeping other two fingers straight.

Vayu Mudra

Helps in diseases like Arthritis, trembling in Parkinson’s disease. Better results obtained if practices after Prana mudra.

Method

Press the index finger on the base of thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight.

Prithvi Mudra

Makes body sturdy. One experiences happiness.

Method

Join the tip of the thumb and ring finger.

Varun Mudra

Improves the deteriorated quality of blood due to shortage of water & gives freshness to the body.

Method

Join the tip of the thumb and little finger.

Surya Mudra

Reduces weight of your body.

Method

Put the tip of ring finger at the base of thumb, with thumb gently pressing on it.

Ling Mudra

Produces heat in the body and helps in curing cold and cough.

Method

Interlock the fingers of both hands together. Keeping the left thumb up (encircled by right thumb and index finger) i.e. left thumb should be vertically straight and right thumb around it.

WHEN TO DO?

1.Can be practiced at all times while sitting, lying, standing, walking or even talking. 2.For good results should be practiced for 24 minutes continuously. Can be practiced for 4-5 minutes also at one time. 3. If a mudra cannot be made in both hands, you may do it in one hand only

Chakra Energy Worker E-Course

December 22nd, 2005

Ever feel out of sorts? Wonder why people are always taking advantage of you? Do you want to feel balanced and in harmony with your body?

Well, if so, than this course can help you to identify problems areas in your life and show you how to bring balance back into your life. Easy to learn-Easy to do techniques to add life to your years!

This course will teach methods of activating, balancing, and cleansing the Chakra system.

The Chakras form a holistic system within the body. When one chakra is affected, the others become affected as well. They all work together as one. Discover each chakra’s name, color, mantra, element, sound, etc.

The whole purpose of becoming familiar with the Chakra system is to help us integrate wholeness within ourselves. We can then bring physical, mental, emotional, and subconscious aspects of health into our lives.

Course Cost

Basic Course:$59.00 With Certificate Option: $77.00

Course Lessons

  1. Introduction into Chakras - Learn how methods of activating and closing Chakras. Use techniques to cleanse and harmonize chakras. Introduction into the seven planets, the seven elements, and the seven rights.
  2. The Root Chakra - Known as the “Base”, “Root”, “Seat of Kundalini”. This center is our will to love-to Survive. It is our “grounding” root through which we gain power, stability, and growth.
  3. The Sacral Chakra - This Chakra center provides us with an ease in sharing our emotions with others and our individuality
  4. The Solar Plexus Chakra - Find your power for compassion, charity, and true justice. Here we have the ability to take action.
  5. The Heart Chakra - This is the chakra where our sense of “wholeness” originates. A balance between the spiritual and the physical.
  6. The Throat Chakra - Transforming our emotions into health creative expressions. Our ability to express ourselves.
  7. The Brow Chakra - This chakra is our source of intuition, insight, and clairvoyance.
  8. The Crown Chakra - This Chakra provides us with the sense of Oneness and Unity with the Divine.

Optional Certificates Awarded

  1. Certificate of Attendance
  2. Certificate of Class Participation
  3. Certificate of Appreciation
  4. Certificate of Merit
  5. Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  6. Certificate of Academic Excellence

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