Managing stress with Biofeedback

“Reducing stress” and “bio-feedback therapy” are words often used in the same sentence. Stress may occur from environmental exposure, toxins, allergies, mental-emotional issues, obesity or aging, to name a few.

Stress is first and foremost a necessary part of our lives. Without it, boredom sets in, yet too much can be overwhelming at times. Hans Seyle, a pioneer in stress research defines stress as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand made on it” and especially when external demands exceed resources.

Years ago many health professionals and researchers believed that the mind and body behaved completely independent from each other. Today it is clear that the body and mind are interrelated. Stress therefore can be considered a complex physical and emotional reaction. This reaction is based largely on perception, as what is stressful to one person may not be to another.

Biofeedback continues to emerge as a viable and scientifically-based treatment for an increasing number of conditions. It is a therapeutic tool which provides physiological information to improve self-regulation skills. Our body has a positive or negative reaction to anything it encounters and is trying to tell us many things throughout the day as it gives us physical clues such as being tired, fatigued, constipated, coping with diarrhea or headaches, just as it gives us mental clues when we are feeling irritable, restless, impatient, depressed, confused, angry or moody.

Reduction of stress can improve the quality of life and health. The Quantum Healing Institute provides biofeedback therapies for stress management and mind/body healing.

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The Dental Connection to Chronic Illness

Is it possible that your teeth have a biological effect on other parts of your body? In order to understand this concept, let us consider the therapeutic effects of Chinese acupuncture.

Chinese acupuncture believes there is a universal life energy called Chi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely one’s health is maintained. However, once this flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain or illness will occur.

How does this apply to dentistry? When we analyze the tooth/organ charts which list each tooth in the mouth and its relationship to other major organ systems in the body, it is quite apparent that our teeth are connected to these pathways called meridians and the relationship to these organs is quite real.

If a tooth is compromised by infection, amalgams (silver fillings) or a root canal it is a likely cause of dental induced illness and can create favorable conditions for a large variety of illnesses. While symptoms are not immediately apparent, the progressive weakening of the immune system can lead to chronic conditions that are not attributed to any specific cause.

After addressing dental concerns, changes in systemic conditions, e.g. digestive problems, joint pains, fatigue, headaches, sinus infections and even heart palpitations may correct themselves. Acupuncture works by restoring normal functions through stimulation of points on the meridians to free up Chi energy.

Unlike most conventional disciplines, alternative medicine examines the whole person as a means to uncover informational clues necessary for proper therapy.   Read more…

 

Leptin and Obesity

One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning to be understood.

Overweight people often suffer from gross malnutrition because the nutritional values of the basic foods available to us have been steadily dropping. Excessive caloric intake from too many processed white foods, with the fiber removed along with many vitamins and minerals, is the fast track to leptin resistance. Since it is hard to overeat so-called natural foods, excess calories usually come from junk foods. Dieters are not just starving themselves of calories, they are starving themselves of vital nutrients on top of already existing mineral deficiencies.

Leptin is a hormone that triggers a sense of feeling full. A leptin deficiency can cause overeating, leading to obesity and obesity-related deficiencies. Most people do not have a leptin deficiency – they have a leptin resistance, which is a serious health issue. Essentially they are overfeeding their body but the perception from the brain is that they are starving because they are actually missing vital nutrients such as magnesium. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release “feed me” signals, which drive up hunger, slow down metabolism and therefore cause diets to fail.

When leptin is working properly, it prevents nutrient spillover by telling insulin to shut off. Every time excess food is eaten (more than what the body needs for energy) leptin and insulin levels surge. Leptin resistance leads to insulin resistance which further establishes leptin resistance. Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome, is a combination of insulin resistance, leptin resistance and glucose intolerance. More……

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Let food be your medicine

“Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Hippocrates 377-460 BC

Even today our health would be greatly improved if we would follow these guidelines. The art of eating foods for their medicinal value dates back more than 5000 years. Food and herbs were eaten because of their natural healing properties, relieving pain, or for their prevention of certain health conditions. Several references have been made in the Bible and Greek and Chinese cultures to document the medicinal qualities of specific foods and the connection between our digestive tract and our physical and mental well-being.

We know that if we want to stay healthy we need to eat nutritious food. It is ironic that something as obvious as nutrition has been overlooked in the modern health care system and how in the name of convenience our fast paced society has allowed modified crops, hormone and anti-biotic treated meat products and enzyme and nutrition depleted fast foods.

Hippocrates also said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” It is vitally important to eat a variety of foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables and to stay active. While it’s tempting to eat high calorie or high sugar foods, eating too much of these can cause your body to gain excessive weight, even at a young age.

The consequence of obesity as an adult is disastrous. After a lifetime of unhealthy eating, your health can decline and adults who are obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer. The value of PROPER nourishment and exercise is the “safest way to health”.

Nutritional supplements can be the answer for many people as they provide the essential elements our body need to thrive and achieve the best health possible.

When it comes to vitamins and supplements, there are so many choices, so how do you know if you are getting what is right for you?                Read more…

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Ten Rules for Better Health

Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is declining, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help

(1)  Set realistic goals and expectations. They are your choice. (2) Replace sodas and soft drinks with plain water or herbal teas. A single 12 ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. (3) Make a decision to think of food as nourishment. Eat what your body needs. (4) Commit to eating one fruit or raw vegetable with each meal (preferably organically grown). (5) Instead of watching television, read more books or pursue a hobby. Stay active mentally and physically. (6) Get more sunshine by choosing outdoor activities like gardening. (7)  Try to get some form of exercise every day. (8) Rest and relax – try to get at least eight hours of sleep. Most people are sleep deprived, and the health cost is enormous. (9) Make a point to learn how to safely and gradually get yourself off medications by eliminating underlying imbalances or illnesses. The fewer medications you take, the healthier you’ll be. (10) Forgive and forget. Letting go of anger and bitterness can drastically improve your health.

Do all these things and you will be a happier, healthier person. Small changes to your lifestyle will improve your overall health in the long term. Once you begin to feel the benefits of these changes, you may want to include:  Whole body cleansing, diet and weight-loss programs, detoxification and others.