Friday, July 11, 2014
A recent Harvard Public Health Magazine 50-year longitudinal study discovered that having a tight-knit social support network including good neighbors, close family and friendships actually boosts physical immunity to disease and increases longevity. Chair of Harvard's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ichiro Kawachi, tells the story of Roseto, Pennsylvania, a close-knit Italian immigrant town full of laborers with bad diets, lacking exercise, high cholesterol, and high smoking rates, who strangely had half the heart-disease and longer lives than all neighboring towns! After all considerations were taken into account, the study concluded that Roseto's highly gregarious social milieu and egalitarian ethos were the sole-factors contributing to their unusually positive results. Kawachi describes the study in the following short video, and Amy Gutman extrapolates what these economically harsh and socially unstable times mean for our health in her article, Failing Economy, Failing Health.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Most allopathic doctors have long touted Vaccines as being a savior of preventative medicine so miraculous that they must be made mandatory. Nowadays newborns are having their bloodstreams injected with dozens of these chemical concoctions before even on solid food. There is a growing body of evidence and community of doctors, however, exposing that these so-called "immunizations" actually contain several poisonous substances like mercury, formaldehyde, and squaline, neurotoxins which have been directly linked to diseases like autism and cancer!
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Time's president, Richard D. Parsons, and the Editor-in-Chief of TIME, Norman Pearlstine, are longstanding CFR members. One CFR published policy objective is substantial worldwide depopulation including half of the current U.S. population being targeted. This population reduction program is largely funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Merck Fund, both financially and administratively linked to the Merck pharmaceutical company--the world's leading vaccine manufacturer.” -Dr. Len Horowitz, “Parenting with Deadly Timely Propaganda”
Sunday, December 29, 2013
All addiction experts agree that in order to replace an old destructive habit, you need a new positive hobby or activity to replace it. With smoking addiction, an unhealthy respiratory activity, what could be more relevant and advantageous than a new healthy respiratory activity like pranayama yogic deep breathing!? I personally smoked cigarettes from approximately age 18-26 and beginning daily pranayama practice is what helped easily and effortlessly ween me off cigarettes forever. Within weeks of starting my practice I became sensitive enough to feel the negative effects of smoking even just 1 cigarette per day. I slowly ramped up my pranayama and cut down my smoking, consciously improving my health, expanding and detoxifying my lungs, until the act of smoking became so counter-productive that I truly haven't wanted to smoke another one since.
The Yogi Cleansing Breath is the perfect detoxification breath for cigarette smokers and anyone with chronic respiratory issues or halitosis. To perform the Yogi Cleansing Breath first sit, stand or lay with your spine straight and inhale slowly and deeply through the nose until your lungs are filled. Make an "O" shape with your mouth and force the exhale out in 3 or 4 quick bursts pushing every last bit by clenching your abdominals. Repeat daily for at least 10 minutes per day, inhaling deeper and slower as you go, picturing the toxins being expelled with each exhale. With practice, this and other pranayama techniques will positively replace your negative smoking habit, and restore your lung health/capacity so you'll be breathing like this!
Friday, October 25, 2013
If you have any sort of sinus or breathing related health issues from allergies to asthma to the common cold, Neti Pot cleansing and Pranic breathwork might just be a lifesaver. Neti Pots are like tiny teapots made specially for your nose and Pranayama is the ancient vedic science of proper breathing. Several of my Yoga students have experienced some rather miraculous healing through these modalities. They have completely cured or significantly reduced allergies, asthma, headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue, snoring and stuffy/runny noses simply with a regiment of sinus cleansing and breathwork. I personally haven't had a case of the common cold since beginning my Neti Pot cleansing and Pranayama practice many years ago. The following video is from health expert Markus Rothkranz on the benefits and how to use a Neti Pot:
Upon completing the Neti Pot cleansing, to really clear your sinuses and open your breathing passage, next you should do at least 10 minutes of the Nadi Purification Breath (also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing). This technique will help further open your sinuses, clear the mucus and equalize the left/right nostril's inhalation rate. Inhale slowly and deeply into the abdomen through the left nostril while plugging the right. Then plug the left nostril and fairly forcefully exhale the entire breath out your right nostril. Squeeze your core muscles to expel every last bit of air, keep the left nostril plugged, inhale through the right then exhale through the left, and continue alternating back and forth like this. Regular Alternate Nostril Breathing reduces stress, boosts energy, clears the sinuses, cleanses the lungs, increases oxygenation of blood, improves sleep, calms the mind/emotions, and has been scientifically proven to improve brain function. When used in conjunction with a Neti Pot cleansing it's like a complete enema for your head/sinuses!
Monday, September 16, 2013
The entire top three levels of the regular pyramid (meat, dairy, refined fats/sugars) are not by any means necessary or conducive to good health. There is not a single vitamin, mineral, nutrient, phyto-nutrient, amino-acid, fatty-acid, protein-chain, omega, or any other such elusive vital ingredient to health, not a single thing found in meat or dairy products that cannot be found, in greater abundance and more optimally, in the plant kingdom. For instance there are more omegas in seaweed than in fish, over twice as much protein in spinach than steak, and four times more calcium in sesame seeds than in milk. An actual healthy food pyramid would look something like this picture.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
the meridian system is the “chakra” system which runs from the base of the spine up to the top of the head. Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel,” and signifies the 7 main energy centers in the body, each of which is located along the spinal column and corresponds directly to a major nerve ganglia, endocrine gland, or internal organ. These focal points of subtle energy have been measured electromagnetically and produce ten-fold stronger biofields than non-chakra points. They have physical manifestations but also extend into the energy body affecting us emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually as well. Briefly, the 7 chakras are as follows:
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Acupuncture is a 3,000+ year old traditional Chinese therapy that involves inserting tiny needles into various vital energy points throughout the human body. Hundreds of these “acupoints” connect to 12 main chi/life energy channels known as “meridians.” Each meridian is related to and named after a specific organ or function, the main 12 being the lung, colon, stomach, spleen, heart, intestine, triple warmer, pericardium, bladder, gallbladder, kidney and liver meridians. Through skillful application and combination of acupoint needles, blockages of chi flow are overcome and healthy energy balance is restored to the body.
“Many traditions worldwide have perceived the manifestation of consciousness through various levels of energetic frequencies. Eastern healing techniques continue this holistic tradition, where disease is treated as a blockage or imbalance in the flow of a life-force energy. Almost all non-Western approaches to medicine speak of a life force, such as the prana of the Indian tradition and the chi of the Chinese tradition. These forces are said to vivify a biological entity at birth and to withdraw on its death. The importance of very low-energy electromagnetic fields associated with the body’s energy flows is being recognized and progressively measured. These energy flows take particular pathways that Eastern medicine has long identified as the meridians. Just as the arterial system carries blood around our bodies, such meridians are deemed to carry both the subtle and the electromagnetic component of these energies. Around our bodies and distributed along these meridians are approximately a thousand points that are the nodes for such energies where they may be accessed via the skin. The Chinese tradition of acupuncture uses extremely fine needles inserted painlessly into the skin at these points to free energy blockages, accelerate wound healing, control pain, and stimulate energy flow in the meridian system.” -Ervin Laszlo and Jude Currivan, “Cosmos” (120)