Happiness is the highest from of health

Pre-Surgery Hypnosis

Take surgery, for example, there are so many minimally invasive technologies available so the huge scars of former operations are less visible. But when you are advised about the need for a surgery and everything leading up to it, the stress and anxiety begin immediately. How does medicine handle this? Why, a pill, of course. And it’s more drugs from there to the finish.

But what if you could mediate your own handling of an operation from diagnosis through the actual surgery to recuperation?

Well, you have that possibility with hypnotherapy.

Scientists have already determined that 95% of everything we know, do, and react to is in our subconscious mind. The conscious mind is only 5%. That’s a huge difference and it’s a no-brainer to engage with the subconscious in hypnosis as an informed and powerful participant in your life.

When you think about it, it’s the subconscious that is keeping the body humming along. It is the conductor of all the bodily systems from the heart’s pumping and blood flow, the nervous system, digestion, cell division… well, everything. Imagine if you had to use your conscious mind to keep everything working… impossible! The only bodily function we can (sometimes) control is breathing, though the subconscious takes over that too when we stop paying attention to it.

There has been a lot of research into hypnosis used before surgery and the results are overwhelmingly positive.

The treatment starts after the diagnosis when the patient is primed to relax and prepare with confidence. Then the pre-surgery where the subconscious is engaged to direct what actually goes on in the patient’s mind during the surgery. As previously mentioned, the subconscious is in charge of all the bodily functions so having set the path of success the research has shown that there is less bleeding, less time in the OR, and less anesthesia

There is also research which points to quicker recuperation and less pain after using hypnosis.

The thing about hypnosis is that we are already experiencing it without realizing that we are. We are in focused attention, just like hypnosis, when we get engrossed in a book or a movie. We forget where we are and, for all intents and purposes, we are just in the moment. It is then that we are highly suggestible and we react to the movie or take in the hypnotic suggestions that allow relaxation about the surgery and belief in the outcome.

Autism and Cord Blood

Many Americans have been resorting to this to heal ASD in their child. The brand-new U.S clinical trial is said to be the very first to get U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval. Administered and managed by Dr. Michael Chez, the Director of Paediatric Neurology, Sutter Medical Center, a team of researchers sometime back had published the outcome of a Phase II Clinical Trial that looked into the effectiveness and security of autologous umbilical cord blood cells for autistic children that deployed a placebo-managed, double-blind design. Back in 2017, these medical researchers at Duke University also published a Phase I security trial assessing autologous umbilical cord blood in autistic children. The emphasis on cord blood cells being a potential cellular therapy accompanied with favourable findings from past clinical studies, promises a brighter future in treating ASD. CBR in its initiative to explore the potential of stem cells has offered institutional funding for Stutter clinical researchers.

The emphasis on cord blood cells being effective in treating ASD stems from its innate benefits. Cells from umbilical cord blood have set of benefits such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties – Research has revealed that stem cells possess the capacity to normalize inflammation and migrate to the location of neurologic injury.
  • Secure and available – Blood from the umbilical cord is collected easily when a baby is born and can be stored indefinitely for any future use by a close family member or the newborn donor
  • Bystander effect- It is said that infused stem cells secrete factors which regenerates the body’s innate healing mechanism in and around a surrounding tissue through paracrine signalling, which is also called the bystander effect.

The very first clinical research making use of the blood from umbilical cord that was earlier banked from the autistic child was completed recently. The children between the age group 2 and 6 who had ASD were researched on for this study. The objective of this trial was to evaluate if blood from the umbilical cord was a secure means to use it on these children and record any health improvement that might occur in a year. This children team was given one dose of stem cells via intravenous infusion and the effects were observed. This study paved the foundation for other advanced studies to commence in future. It proved that cord blood cell was a secure therapy mode when transferred as an infusion. It also recognized certain symptoms that could have been influenced.

Energy Safety and Troubleshooting

It’s important to remember to give yourself space for some of this energy to manifest and be released. I’ll occasionally go for a drive and just start crying for no apparent reason, which can be disturbing if you don’t understand that it’s just an energy outlet. I also make it a point to laugh a lot, work out a lot and even occasionally go for a drive and curse at everyone I know (on a mountain back road in the privacy of the vehicle).

We tend to connect emotional reactions to the people in our lives, or events that happen, and this is just not always the case!

Sometimes it’s the reverse, the event happens because we need a release and subconsciously we were creating a catalyst (an argument with a spouse for instance) to allow that release.

Taking more control of how you release these energies can have a very positive effect on your relationships as well as the harmony of your life.

Some things to remember;

Energy follows thought, which means it goes where you send it, as opposed to where you want it to go. You must work with a high level of awareness and intention.

Cool Your Energy – As you begin drawing energy up your spine in some of the more advanced exercises you’ll need to be sure to cool it off. An excess of hot Yang energy will cause headaches and a hot forehead and crown.

Troubleshooting excessive Yang;

  • The simplest way to fix this is to just relax and let the excess heat just flow out through the top of your head.
  • If that doesn’t work then do the Microcosmic Orbit exercise (from Mantak Chia’s Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao, also presented in Part 2 of this manual) but run the orbit backwards, bringing the hot energy back down the spine.
  • Ground and Center – The Grounding Exercise can also help draw down excess heat. You can also draw all of your energy into your Center (the point 2 inches below your navel) by simply placing your hands there and breathing into the point right behind your hands. Just inhale and draw your breath into that point, it’s easy.
  • Left Nostril Breathing – Close off the right nostril with a finger and inhale through the left. This will increase the flow of Yin and help balance the heat.
  • A cold compress on the forehead. For years I had problems with Yang headaches and had no clue what was causing it. As a last resort a cold compress will make the headache go away almost instantly.

Using Intention – Be sure to be aware of your intentions while running energy with another person. A feeling of dislike or disapproval for the other person can cause you to send harmful or unpleasant energy into them.

Energy doesn’t flow through tight muscles. Use the Secret Smile and Mantak Chia’s Inner Smile and 6 Healing Sounds to ensure that you are running relaxed, happy, loving energy as much as possible.

Do the Secret Smile as often as possible! If I could only do one exercise this would be it. Whenever you seem to be having energy problems and issues in your life take 15 or 20 minutes and run through this exercise. After a while you’ll find that simply remembering to smile will help activate that energy.

I don’t put these warnings here to discourage anyone, but simply to help you be aware of some of the more common problems. Many Qi Qong teachers insist that students be closely guided by a competent teacher and I don’t disagree. On the other hand, it’s not always feasible to try to find a ‘competent teacher’ as many of us are constrained by time, finances or geography.

Be careful, be aware and pay attention to your intentions. Don’t be in a hurry and don’t let your expectations get your ass into something that your mind can’t get you out of. There are a LOT of resources on the web these days as well as discussion groups. Sort through all of this with an open mind and remember that in some cases it’s like the blind men trying to describe the elephant. We all have different pieces of the puzzle, in other words.

Managing Pain With Yoga

Many people are turning towards yoga as a possible solution to such problems. Yoga is an ancient practice combining meditation and exercise which have a deep and long lasting effect on the mind and body.

It regulates breathing and increases metabolism, aids in weight loss, relieves stress and reduces depression by bringing in positive energy via meditation and can also help in pain relief and management.

  • As far as pain management goes, most of the pain culminates in the back and shoulders due to long hours of sitting and incorrect posture.
  • Sometimes even the legs and feet experience pain due to incorrect footwear, strenuous exercise, or long hours of walking or running.
  • Older people fall prey to pain due to aging joints. Yoga has a cure for all of the above and more.
  • And, there is pain that is associated with Arthritis, Fibromylagia and other conditions where pain is the focal point that are known to be helped by yoga.

Firstly, start with simple meditation. Sit in the correct cross legged posture and practice Pranayam.

This will ease your mind and body and prepare it for the exercises ahead. Remember to be slow and steady. Start your routine with stretching.

The best thing about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere and anytime. You can also do it in your cramped office space if you know the right exercises.

Each pose or asana as they are called targets some part of the body or another. The stretching poses are intended to warm up your body. Remember to regulate your breathing and change every posture with proper breathing ins and outs.

There are some pretty straightforward poses like the mountain pose, pyramid pose, raise hand pose, forward bend pose, downward facing dog, warrior pose, etc.

These mainly improve your balance and work your core muscles which will help in relieve pain at the deeper level along with stretching your body to the fullest.

Follow this up with some standing poses like the tree pose and the pant pose which are the higher levels Asanas.

The staff pose, head to knee pose, seated forward bend, cobbler’s pose, seated wide legged straddle, etc are poses to be attempted while seated.

These exercise your stomach, hips and thighs and provide wonderful results.

Now that your body is completely ready and warmed up, try the cobra pose for relieving back pain.

Follow that up with the cat cow stretch. You will immediately find a difference in the level of pain in the body and will be refreshed.

There is also the bridge pose for those wishing to take it further.

Communicating With Dementia

  • Assist With Toileting Needs- A person with dementia may have trouble communicating their bladder is full or that they are constipated. Assisting them with a regular toileting schedule can ensure this isn’t the cause of agitation. Simply asking them if they need to go can often trigger them to remember to use the bathroom.
  • Check Pain Level- Pain is often the cause of agitation and behavior issues for someone suffering from dementia. You may ask them if they’re in pain, and many times they will say “No.” But if you notice grimacing or rubbing a joint or their stomach, often times they are in pain. It can be almost impossible to communicate with a dementia patient who is pain. It is important to treat this pain appropriately with medications, rest, or various other methods.
  • Check Their Hunger- A person with dementia may not always know they’re hungry, or they may not remember how to ask for something to eat. Asking the person if they’re hungry or simply offering a snack at routine intervals can help prevent behavior issues caused from hunger.
  • Hot or Cold- You may notice your patient or loved one is pacing a lot and very agitated. Check their temperature by feeling their skin. Are they hot or cold? It is not uncommon for a patient with dementia to put on multiple layers of clothes, or barely any clothes. Thus they may become very hot or cold quickly and not realize they need a jacket or to remove some layers of clothes. Even if they appear to be dressed appropriately, checking their temperature by feeling their skin will tell you if they are too hot or too cold.
  • Infection- Often times a dementia patient will exhibit behavioral issues and agitation without any apparent reason. An infection can cause major behavior changes and agitation, and there may be no other symptoms. If you’re trying to communicate with a dementia patient, and there isn’t anything that is working to calm them, it may be time for the doctor to check that patient. A urinary tract infection is one of the major causes of behavior changes in dementia patients.

Types of Fidgets for Children With ADHD

Calming

A common issue with children that have ADHD is not being able to settle. This means they are less able to stay focused on something that is taking place in front of them. Fidget toys of this nature are intended to mold, twist or bend into different shapes. Other items that can be a calming influence include a weighted lap pad, a coiled bracelet, plastic nuts and bolts, or a fuzzy pipe cleaner.

Alerting

Many children with ADHD benefit from handling something that has a light, color, or noise to help with staying focused. A great toy to give the desired stimulation includes colored puzzles that easily snap together, pull apart, bend or twist. Other options include the color-changing light-up balls and spinning tops.

This type of toy may be a bit disruptive for the classroom environment, so its use may be limited to time in the home. It is certain to help a child stay focused while listening to an audio book or similar activity.

Chewy

The chewy style of toy can help overcome chewing or biting related issues. They are made in safe FDA-approved materials that are free from BPA, lead, phthalates and heavy metals. This is a great way to keep the mouth occupied while still being quite socially appropriate when outside the home. It stops inappropriate chewing that can lead to biting or sucking on fingers, hair, sleeves, nails, or a pencil. Other options include using chewable distractions like silicone jewelry or pencil toppers. Also, the use of gum is the less embarrassing option for the older child or adult.

Resistance

The resistance type of toy is great for the children that are more able to focus when their hands are kept busy. A simple solution for this is therapeutic putty. This is a great toy for squeezing, pulling or pushing. Other objects of this type include magnetic balls, squishy toys, stress balls, and kneaded erasers.

Tactile

A further type of toy to help with ADHD is the tactile toys. They are useful for the children that need to be touching something to be able to focus. They have different textures and vary from scratchy, slimy, gooey and sticky. Other options include Velcro strips, rubbery squeeze, kinetic sand, and play foam.

Reducing Inflammation

In case you’ve been eating a diet high in sugars, then you will soon sense a lot of benefits from the adoption of a diet consisting of foods that reduce inflammation. The following types of foods will help you in this regard: Fruits ¬†Nuts Leafy green vegetables Fatty fish ¬†Fresh herbs and spices.

You may attain tremendous anti-inflammatory advantages from cutting out fried foods, sodas, processed carbohydrates and processed meats and incorporating these healthy foods into your daily diet. The fat in fish and nuts is a healthy form which also can help nourish your mind. Fruits and greens feature lots of essential minerals and vitamins that help keep you healthy in general while also fighting inflammation especially. When coupled with taking spices and herbs, which are full of antioxidants, you provide your body exactly what it requires to feel relief from the aches, aches, lack of energy and other indicators of a poor diet.

Adjusting your diet is among the most difficult prospects for many people. Most of us hear about creating New Year’s resolutions which are left a couple of weeks after and fitness center memberships of those trying to enhance their health through exercise heading unused after a couple of trips. You want to do anything is required to make this change occur on your own.

Educate yourself on nourishment on the internet and through publications and eBooks, and also combine forums on health-related sites and programs to get in touch with like-minded folks that will assist you to persevere. Should you will need a gym trainer to keep you on course, then that might be the wisest investment you ever make. The anti-inflammatory added benefits of a nutritious diet will provide you the energy and health to handle your daily life with a vigor which you might not have the ability to envision at the moment. When you’ve got this power to be living the life you always wanted, you will not ever need to return to the way you was.

Importance of Gratitude

I recently entered gratitude into a search on Google and it returned 109,000,000 results, and I noticed a disturbing trend. Based on the top links that came back it appears that many people are using gratitude for selfish aims. Among the top links that came back on page one in my search were: “The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About,” “Can Gratitude Make Millennials More Successful?” and “7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude.”

In my experience, the only genuine practice of gratitude is when it is done to enrich others. In fact, in my regular practice of gratitude I specifically ask the recipient not to acknowledge it, but rather, if they feel compelled to respond, to send a similar message of gratitude to someone in their life OTHER THAN ME!

I believe that expressing gratitude for selfish reasons will eventually backfire in the same way I see general selfishness and greed eventually come back to bite people. It’s not always easy to do, but in the long run, helping others will fill you up a lot faster than only looking out for yourself.

Our society has become obsessed with results, to its detriment, in my humble opinion. I have found that the need for results makes those very results much less likely to occur. That’s why my focus is based primarily on process and purpose. Unfortunately, I do not have time to go into process and purpose (but will in a future blog post) as I want to tackle another issue with how people practice giving thanks.

The other problem I have with the way people express gratitude is that they often focus on the easy things. If you have read my blogs before, you have likely seen me utter the phrase: ‘Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it” (although I now believe it’s more like 3% and 97%). I have personally found that once I learned to embrace the bad things that have happened to me, and to be grateful for them, it accelerated my growth exponentially.

As a child, I used to curse the fact that life was not fair and often felt sorry for myself. I think a big reason I felt this way was because my mother passed away two days before my fourth birthday. Regardless of the cause, all feeling sorry for myself did was make a bad situation even worse.

I eventually realized there was a positive side to losing my mom at a young age. It made me a more sensitive and empathetic person and those traits serve me to this day. I’m even grateful for all the people who bullied me or took advantage of me when I was down, for I would not have gained the valuable skills or knowledge I have, otherwise. These experiences forced me to learn how to problem solve at a young age and think on my feet. All of these traits and skills are vital to the work I do today.

In addition, I also suffered deep depression and anxiety after my mom passed away, but fighting those battles made me a better person. Though it took a lot longer than I would have liked, I like the person I am today.

Having said all of that, if I could choose, I would give up all of these benefits in a second to have my mother back for even a few days. But I can’t choose, so I have finally learned to play the cards I have been dealt in a forward looking way.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking about what would have or could have been. In my case it would be if my mother had lived. But those fantasies are filled with inaccuracies as they envision an idealized version of the person I am now, and the reality is I may have ended up being a completely different person. Perhaps even an entitled spoiled momma’s boy with very little compassion, for all I know.

If you want to accelerate your growth, learn to have gratitude for the things that you missed out on or that went wrong, as well as the things that went right, and when you choose to express it outwardly, do it to enrich others not to receive any benefits for yourself.

Essential Oil Of Peppermint

The Benefits

  • The essential oil of peppermint promotes respiratory function, health and also promotes clear breathing.
  • It alleviates stomach aches and discomforts
  • It is also used to promote oral health and it is found in lots of chewing gums and toothpastes.
  • It rejuvenates and uplifts the mind and heart, keeping stress, fear, sadness and pain at bay.
  • It offers great relief to people suffering from hopelessness, pessimism and grief by promoting better understanding and calmness of the nerves.

The essential oil of peppermint can be used with wild orange, spearmint and wintergreen for improved results, especially when used to relieve stress and to uplift your moods and spirits.

Using essential oil of peppermint

  • For a clean and fresh mouth, use a drop of the essential oil and lemon in water and then use the water to rinse the mouth. You will have a fresh mouth for longer because the combination kills bacteria in the mouth.
  • To re-energize without having to snack, you have to apply a little of the oil on the palms before inhaling deeply. You will be surprised by how rejuvenated and energized you will feel after the inhalation.
  • To get rid of ticks, place a drop onto the tick and then wait a few minutes to see the tick back out or fall off the host easily.
  • You can also use the oil to enhance your mental clarity by applying a drop of the oil onto your temples.
  • If you want to soothe a skin salve, combine 2 cups of oil with quarter a cup of beeswax and then heat until the two combine. You can then add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil while the solution is still hot and 15 drops of essential oils of lavender before using.

Truth Behind Calories

Less calories are better

  • Just because there are less calories in a particular food, does not mean that it is necessarily better for you or your diet. Often, less nutritious foods will have less calories, but will also have less nutrients.
  • Low calorie foods can also leave you feeling hungry and empty. This will ultimately lead you to having more cravings for unhealthy foods.

Zero calorie drinks are good for dieting

  • Just because a drink does not contain any calories, does not mean that it will not have any effect on your body. Often, zero calorie drinks will contain carbohydrates, which are processed by your body and, if not used, stored as fat.
  • When a flavored beverage has zero calories, it most likely has artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that can be worse for you than consuming a full-calorie drink. Your body cannot process most artificial sweeteners and they are stored as the dangerous fat around your vital organs.

A calorie is a calorie

  • Not all calories are created equal. Calories can come from carbohydrates, fats or proteins and each of these nutrient groups are processed differently by the body.
  • For example, consuming 100 calories in sugar (simple carbohydrate) will have extremely different outcomes to consuming 100 calories in chicken (protein).