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Table of Contents:

1. Emotional Memory and Disease

2. Relationships and Life Lessons

3. Healing with Hypnotic Analysis, Hypnotherapy, and Hypnosis

4. Milk and Dairy Products are the Prime Cause of Osteoporosis

5. Eating Organic

6. Grocery Store Chickens are Toxic Machines

7. Health and Anti-Aging Benefits of Qi Qong

8. Does everyone need the same "Bag" of Supplements?

9. Osteoporosis De-Mystified. The Truth about Calcium and Bone Loss

10. Understanding your Vitamins: How good are the Store Brands?

11. On Sexuality, Sensuality, and Sex. 


1. Emotional Memory & Disease  

by Dr. John Veltheim

Memory can be stored actively or passively in the bodymind. When the memory is passive, we remember and store experiences as simple memory traces in the mind. The stronger or more interesting the memories, the easier it is to recall them. Passive memory is a healthy normal function of the body and the desirable situation.

Active memory is a state where we store the memory with an emotional charge. This occurs when we haven’t fully synthesized the emotional content of the experience. Our body then stores the emotion in the fascia of the muscles or connective tissue at a location in concordance with the bioenergetic nature of the body. For example, fear relates to the kidney meridian which, in turn, relates to several muscles and areas of the body. The non-synthesized fearful experience, therefore, will be stored in one of those related areas. In the case of fear (kidneys) it could be the psoas muscle or the ligaments around the knee.

 An example of this would be a car accident. Two scenarios can occur:

1. The person may synthesize their emotions and fully recover.  

2. A person may have a car accident that was very traumatic and, because of various factors going on at the time, never had a chance to fully synthesize the emotional associations.

Ten years later the person in the first scenario can recall or talk about their accident as simple memory and a description of an event that was traumatic in their life but is now only a memory.

The second scenario is very different. In this case, the person will be emotionally traumatized by the recall of the accident. When talking about it, they may still experience fear, anxiety, grief, anger, or whatever emotions were involved at the time. In other words, their memory is active and associated with stored emotional trauma. When the thought process of the accident is initiated, the brain links the thought to the stored emotion.

Whenever this happens the body is stressed, especially in any areas associated with the accident. For example, they may have injured their knee in the accident. Whenever the trauma is reactivated, the knee may undergo pathological change inducing pain and discomfort in the weeks thereafter.  

In more serious scenarios, the active memory is unconscious. In these cases, the patient’s bodymind is not consciously aware of the memory associations. Whenever they see and or hear about an accident, or even watch one in a movie, their subconscious mind triggers the emotional association, and the person feels anxiety, fear, etc. that they cannot explain in relation to their current circumstances. Furthermore, many symptoms may suddenly flare up (such as the knee mentioned earlier), and they cannot find reasons for the occurrence at that point in their life.

People collect a smorgasbord of active memories in a lifetime that collectively compounds any health problem they have. These problems will eventually create health issues in a patient who seems to have no particular reason for getting sick at that point in their life.The sickness can be mental or physical and may be simply triggered by watching a movie that portrayed an event similar to a painful subconscious memory stored in the patient’s bodymind. 

A typical case was Jennifer who presented with depression, general aching in the body, fatigue and a feeling of severe body weakness. Using the BodyTalk system, we established that the physical cause was depleted adrenals and a mild chronic virus. However, it was also establish that this was not the primary cause of Jennifer’s problems, just the ‘symptoms’ body was manifesting to ‘explain’ the disease. The primary cause was narrowed down to her childhood abuse. Again, using the BodyTalk System, we determined that this illness manifested a few days after she watched a movie depicting a father beating his child!  

The etiology of the disease was:

1. The child was abused and never fully resolved the emotional factors involved even though her relationship with the father was currently ‘normal’.

2. The emotional memory was stored in the body and triggered subconsciously by the scene in the movie.

3. Stressful emotions were released creating physiological changes in the body that weakened the immune system (virus), depressed the heart emotions (depression), and weakened the adrenals (tiredness). Because the emotion was trying to emerge and not being recognized by the mind, the body diverted it into generalized pain. (Many pains are simply the body’s way of diverting focus so that we do not experience emotional trauma.)

4. The physical treatment of the symptoms could have given the patient a temporary reprieve. Many times, however, the symptoms do not disappear fully and/or they return quickly, unless the original emotional trauma is resolved.  

5. By using the BodyTalk Emotional Synthesis Therapy (EST) we were able to disconnect the link between the brain and the stored active emotional memory. An emotion will only be stored when it is ‘fed’ by underlying thought patterns. Once you cut off the supply of thought energy from the brain, the emotion loses its support system and dissolves.

6. Once the emotional basis was cleared, the patient recovered fully in about three days.

The BodyTalk system is very simple. It involves use of neuromuscular biofeedback to get information from the body. Because it works at the level of the subconscious mind, the patient does not even need to remember the specific emotional traumas. Once isolated, the BodyTalk treatment involves connecting three trigger points on the head with the fingers, doing specific eye movements, and tapping the head and sternum lightly to cause the brain to disassociate from the active memory. The process takes around two minutes and often only one treatment is required to clear an active memory and bring about lasting health changes on the physical and mental/emotional levels.

In another case, Pam suffered severe recurring headaches over a period of about four months. She would often have them three or four times a week. Chiropractic care helped significantly because they seemed to stem from tension in her neck and jaw.  BodyTalk diagnosis located the tension area and then determined that the primary problem was emotional—to do with her relationship with her daughter. It was traced back to strong guilt feelings. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she was having enormous financial burdens and a strained relationship with her husband. He was angry that she was pregnant because of the burden it would place on them. In desperation she attempted a home abortion. It was unsuccessful and she ended up having the child and deriving great joy from her. Deep down, however, the subconscious guilt she felt was enormous. So, I asked why she only started manifesting the headaches now? The answer was simple. Her daughter was now six months pregnant and having relationship problems with her husband. The tension in the neck and jaw was triggered when the daughter announced the pregnancy five months earlier. The triggering occurred subconsciously. Once the memory was activated and the traumatic emotional content dissolved using BodyTalk, the neck and jaw tension and associated headaches disappeared permanently overnight. She later recalled that every headache started after a conversation with her daughter, although she didn’t make the connection at the time.  

Another case involved Mark who had a multitude of food intolerances. He had a list of foods that upset his digestive system and triggered many allergic responses in him. The problems started in his early twenties, and Mark was now thirty-two. The BodyTalk diagnosis determined that his case was emotionally based and associated with his early childhood. With help from the BodyTalk feedback, he recalled many fights with his parents over food. Often it was because he didn’t want to eat certain foods and he was reminded of the ‘starving children in Africa’. Other times it was simply that most of the fights his parent’s had took place at the dinner table while he was eating. He was a sensitive boy and the collective associations of emotional trauma and food created an active emotional memory in his system. The food intolerances became very noticeable in his early twenties because that was when he married and started a family. He suddenly found himself in battle with his own child over food. A subconscious link to the stored active emotional memory occurred and he rapidly developed eating disorders and food intolerance. The BodyTalk emotional treatment cleared the active emotional memory stored in his body and the food intolerance all cleared within a week.

The incredible thing about the BodyTalk system of treating active emotional storage is that it does not require psychological therapy, extensive treatment, or intense emotional discomfort. The traumatic memory can be cleared without the practitioner needing to know the details of the event.

There are times when the patient may recall an event they would really prefer not to relate. In these cases, it is sufficient for the patient to reflect on the event while being treated. Nothing has to be said or explained. In other cases, the memory may be so traumatic that the mind refuses to recall it. Good results in these cases are still obtained by locating the time of the trauma (E.g. – age sixteen), and then treating while the patient is reflecting on being sixteen. The technique seems to trigger the subconscious mind into clearing the active emotion without it having to surface as a painful memory. The limitation here is that it may take several treatments to clear, compared to the one treatment for specifically-recalled events.  

Not all active emotional factors are related to specific events or accumulated experiences. There are many emotional triggers that are initiated by learned attitudes and belief systems. For example, a person may have been brought up in a household where racial prejudice existed against a particular section of society. (E.g., blacks, Mexicans, Jews, whites, etc.) If this is the case, then a negative emotional association may occur. He/she may have been told ridiculous stories as a child of Mexicans being violent and treacherous. This attitude becomes a ‘belief’ that is associated with emotions of fear and anxiety. A belief is really an expectation, or assumption, that something will happen. If you have the belief that Mexicans are violent, there will be an associated expectation or assumption of violence when meeting a Mexican.

As an adult, you may pride yourself on having transcended your prejudiced upbringing and now feel that you are no longer part of that ignorant past culture. However, you may find that you have recently developed numerous stress related health problems. You eat well, exercise, meditate, and have a happy life, yet here you are with all these anxiety symptoms.

Through therapies such as BodyTalk or the Breakthrough system, you may discover that your symptoms are rooted in a stored active emotion to do with a belief system. Eventually, you realize that your symptoms started a week after a new Mexican employee started working with you.

Deep down the active emotional trigger still exists as a belief system embedded in your subconscious. Being with a Mexican triggered all those anxieties the little boy felt, even though you consciously liked the person.

The BodyTalk system would clear that link between the negative belief system and the stored anxiety. In turn, this would not only clear the disease but, once and for all, eliminate the negative belief.

The bodymind is an incredibly complex system of mental, emotional, and physical dynamic interaction. At last, techniques such as the BodyTalk system provide effective ways to simplify those interactions and reduce the negative elements quickly and permanently.

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2. Relationships and Life Lessons

Is everything a Mirror, or is it a Lesson?

There is a certain danger in the belief that everything is a mirror and that everything is a lesson.  There is truth in this, but there is a danger in accepting it in the wrong way. Yes, life does mirror back your own characteristics, because at the highest and widest, you are creating your own world.  And yes, everything is a lesson, to the extent that something can be learned from everything, and of course, your own soul self has set out upon this adventure to live and have experiences. And yes, on your path toward greater spiritual understanding, you will want to be progressing, not going in circles, and so each thing you learn in a spiritual way can help make your experience, this life, more pleasant, more fulfilling, and in many ways, more simple.  Not necessarily easier, for life will continue to toss challenges before you just as one is conquered another appears but simpler, in that you will learn to understand better how things are progressing in your life and how to respond in a given situation.

Should you stay in a Relationship if it is supposedly "teaching" you something?

Important here is to understand that you should not stay in a relationship or situation which is harmful to you simply because you think it is teaching you a lesson or mirroring in a meaningful way. Some of the lessons are very quick ones, and what you are meant to learn can be grasped in a moment, in a day, and does not require you stay in a relationship after it died. It’s like sometimes looking in a mirror where you see your own anger or other emotion; you realize how harmful and poisonous it is to you, and you decide to let it go.  You have realized that it is something you must work on in order to take yourself to the next step.

Observation made.  Lesson learned.  Move on.  It is that simple.  

 

What if you find yourself in a repetitive Cycle of same Relationships?

Have you ever experienced a strange phenomena, when you finally break out of dysfunctional relationship and find a new one - you are with the "same" person again running against the same problems. You continue old arguments, see old patterns, etc.

If you find yourself in repetitive circle with seemingly “no way out” this is a reality check for you: Check your choices. Find courage to see what fear of yours brought you there.

 

It is also important to explore what might be the deeper seeded reasons for perpetually repeated patterns and relationship patterns. See Family Constellation. 

 

How do I know if I am making the right Choice?

In your centre, your deepest calmest centre, below the emotions, there is a feeling of rightness through which your very soul speaks to you, and it is this feeling that you must follow. There could be many memories, yearnings, unfulfilled desires associated with past or present relationship, but underneath these, there is a sense of rightness.  Get below the emotions and find this place.  And then ask, what shall I do? You will find there, below fear, below romantic yearnings, the answer.

 

Do people Change? Should I change myself? Should I wait till my Partner changes?

As for the idea of changing someone the principle is very simple. You must accept others as they are, assuming that they will not change, for changing other people is not within your control or power. 

You have the power only to change yourself. And so, in your heart of acceptance, give your partner the freedom to be who he is.  But that does not mean that you must live with it.  That does not mean that you tolerate behavior, which is harmful to you in any way or blocks your growth.  

At all times you have to exercise your most important right: The right to be who you are.

And so you have a choice: you may change, and it is your choice to do so, or you may leave. But you cannot stay as you are since you are killing your soul.

 

Talk to your Partner

Try to talk and discuss with your partner what you can do to accommodate your mutual rights in this relationship. If this is not working, and you cannot reach understanding here look for alternative decisions. What you do not want to do is set out on a program to change your partner, spending hour upon hour talking to him about his problems, asking him, begging him to change, and then tolerating the situation in its unacceptable forms. And if this situation also brings out the parts of you that you wish to change, if it accentuates these, this is not a positive mirroring and a lesson, it is a repeat of an old pattern, which needs to be broken.

 

Being in service of Self vs. being self-serving 

You owe it to yourself to do what is in your own best interests, and always be in service of your highest interests. If you are following your spiritual path you must learn to love yourself so deeply, so much so that you do not allow others to treat you poorly.  And then, when you love yourself enough, so much that you cannot imagine not being treated with respect and caring, not being yourself, then you will be able to reach out and truly love others.  Some of them you will wish to have around you, because they mirror the wonderful parts of yourself that you wish to move toward.  And some of them you will take as old lessons, as past patterns reflecting back, and learn your lesson quickly and well.  You have moved beyond this.  This is no longer you.  You love yourself too much, and respect your soul too much to allow someone to be like that in your presence.

 

Let your Partner make his/her own Choice  

Your partner may change or stay the same. That is their choice. 

 

Do not surround yourself with corrosive Circumstances and People that do not support your Growth

Do not surround yourself with corrosive circumstances and people that do not support your growth. One of the primary lessons to be learned, always and in every situation, is to respect yourself and to demand that others respect you.  If you are in a relationship in which this is not occurring, then you must change that situation. The most important obligation in our lives is to be true to our soul, and allow it’s light to shine. Everything else should be built around this major understanding.  

 

You need to surround yourself with people who are caring and respectful and who help you to move forward on your path, or you may surround yourself with people who hold you back in old patterns and make it difficult for you to advance.  That is your choice.

So be grateful for this reminder that you have more work to do.  Let it go and then get to work.  Reach down into your heart and begin to build the peace there, begin to build such a core of centered peace that outside circumstances can no longer cause you to respond irrationally and emotionally or collapse your body into sickness (because this is the type of a subconscious response).

 

Stop looking for Excuses and start looking for Ways

Break from the circle of looking for excuses and justifications acting from the place of your own fears. From that place you can only feed your own or someone else’s insecurities. There is no movement, no life, no future on this path.

Connect to this place in you that  “knows”, that holds your feeling of rightness, which is your soul itself. This place in you is beyond fear and beyond Illusion. Reach to it, and it will embrace you as you acknowledge and embrace it.

 

Olga Arsenyuk, MA Psychology/Ed.

Certified BodyTalk and Qi Qong Instructor, Wholistic Practitioner, Natural Health Consultant, Clinical Hypnotherapist  

 

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3. Healing with Hypnotic Analysis, Hypnotherapy, and Hypnosis

Whatever the Mind can Believe, the Mind can Conceive.

FAQs

1. What is Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Analysis?

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness (trance state) similar to one we all spontaneously experience before we enter the sleep state. In terms of brain activity it is very natural and healing time for all Mind and Body Systems. It is the time when our conscious mind is opening the door to our subconscious mind, and subconscious becomes more active and fully available. We also experience it on a daily basis when daydreaming, or being totally absorbed with some activity, or movie. We might not even be aware if someone calls us during these times. These are all naturally occurring trances. 

Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness though (this is how anesthesia works) where you do not  remember or know what is going on. On the contrary, in therapeutic hypnosis/hypnotherapy our conscious mind is in a state of heightened awareness at the same time maintaining open communication with subconscious mind. This makes conscious, deep level healing possible. The client is in full control of the process, themselves, and is consciously aware of what’s going on.

Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Analysis are a form of analytic meditation that incorporates psychological, as well as psycho-physiological benefits. In truth, hypnotherapy is becoming an effective influence in bridging the gap between Eastern Wisdom and Modern Western Medicine and Psychology. Hypnotherapy is the most amazing therapy for activating the powers of the subconscious mind to bring forth healing, and enable us to reach our highest potential in any aspect of our lives.

We are the sum of our life experiences, and by regressing from effect back to cause, the fascinating voyages within our own consciousness bring profound healing from Soul Level to cellular level resulting in physical healing, emotional order, clarity of thoughts, and inner peace. 

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2. Can everybody be Hypnotized?

Yes, because it is a normal state that everybody passes through before going to sleep. However, it is possible to resist hypnosis like it is possible to resist going to sleep. But even if one resists hypnosis, with practice and conscious effort resistance can be overcome.

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  3. Who can do Hypnotic Analysis and Hypnotherapy?

Only a qualified professional person should decide whether one needs hypnosis or could benefit from it. The professional person requires special training in the techniques and uses of hypnosis before he can be considered qualified, and should be certified by a Professional Body. One of the most respected ones as well as acknowledged both internationally and in North America is the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

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4. Why do some People not believe in Hypnosis?

Regardless of the latest research into the life of a cell itself Hypnosis is still a much-misunderstood phenomenon. The exaggerated claims made for it by undisciplined persons have turned some people into not feeling comfortable with it. Some doctors and psychiatrists also do not believe in the value of hypnosis, because Freud gave it up several decades ago, and because they themselves have not had too much experience with its modern uses.

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 5.  Is Hypnosis safe?

The hypnotic state is as safe as the sleep state. Sometimes unskilled operators may give subjects foolish suggestions, such as one often witnessed in stage hypnosis, where the trance is exploited for entertainment purposes. A delicately balanced and sensitive person exposed to unwise and unkind suggestions may not respond favorably. On the whole, hypnosis is safe and comforting when practiced by ethical and qualified practitioners. It is like any other tool, - best in the hands of a professional.

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6. Do I need Hypnotherapy?

If you have symptoms such as depression, fears, fatigue, tensions, chronic pains and certain physical complaints with which regular doctors cannot help you, if you find it difficult to get along at work or in your relations with people; if you have a school, sex or martial problem; or if you merely feel irritable, unhappy and believe you are not getting the most out of life, hypnotherapy could be very helpful for you.

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7How does Hypnotherapy work?

Nervous symptoms and unwarranted unhappiness as well as many physical conditions (especially “stubborn ones”) are the product of inner emotional conflicts. In hypnotherapy you are helped to uncover the real, deep-seeded reasons for internal problems to understand your conflicts. In this way, it is possible for you to do something constructive about solving them.

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8. Can Physical Symptoms be caused by Emotions?

Many physical symptoms are psychosomatic in nature, which means that they have an emotional or nervous basis. When you come to think of it, it is not really so strange that emotional strain or worry would produce physical symptoms. After all every organ in your body is connected with your brain by nerve channels; and so it is logical that when your nervous system is upset by some crisis or conflict, you may feel the effects in various organs of the body.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy could also be used as a great tool and a “shortcut” for resolving and clearing any emotions, and bringing to closure any internal “unfinished” business. 

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9. I am not sure I can be Hypnotized

All people go through a state similar to hypnosis before falling asleep. There is no reason why you should not be able to enter a hypnotic state unless you consciously decide you do not want to.

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10.  What does it feel like to be Hypnotized?

The idea of how it should feel to be hypnotized often leads to many disappointments. Often people have an idea that they will go through something different, new, and spectacular in the hypnotic state. Often being hypnotized is equated with being anesthetized, being asleep, or being unconscious.

The truth is, that experience of being hypnotized is the same as the experience of relaxing and starting to go to sleep. In therapeutic hypnosis (hypnotherapy) and hypnotic analysis we are conscious and fully aware.

Our mind is active and we perceive all stimuli as we are in complete communication with the therapist and ourselves. Because of the change in brain activity patterns we might often experience what we call energy phenomena like heaviness in limbs and/or tingly sensations in the hands and fingers. This is because the electrical impulses from your brain slow down and you enter trance state. If you are habitually a deep sleeper, you may doze momentarily or if you are a light sleeper, you may have a feeling you are completely awake.

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11. How does Hypnosis Work?

Often we find people are scared of Hypnosis because they believe that someone might “manipulate their mind”. To this I would suggest that our minds are “manipulated” and conditioned on a daily basis through mass media, at work, and pretty much everywhere we go. What we hear about our performance at work, image, sexuality, status in the society, even medical conditions we have "manipulates" and conditions our minds. The human mind is extremely suggestible which could literally ruin our lives. Luckily, this same quality of "suggestibility of the mind" can be used as a healing tool. A good deal of suffering is the consequence of negative thoughts and impulses invading our mind. By the time we reached adulthood we have built up "negative" modes of thinking that are not easy to break. We created the  whole  culture of fears where we are operating according to  “should and should not” lists. All the negative and fearsome messages that go into our subconscious minds daily are underlying the decisions we make. In hypnosis, that is therapeutic manipulation of negative programming, we replace these negative attitudes with positive one's.  

If you are afraid that hypnotherapist can "mess up your mind" I always say to this: “The only person that can mess up your mind is you”.

I consider Hypnosis a gift of gods to the humankind, as it can operate as a key to the subconscious, to co-creating our reality, to be truly free and truly happy.

It is also very important to understand that no one can be hypnotized against their will. The client has to be ready to receive hypnotherapy as we all should be ready to receive any spiritual gift on our path. It takes courage to “face our subconscious Demons”, and deal with them by the power of our conscious decision. This is what I call readiness. No professional should recommend hypnotherapy if the client is not ready. 

It takes time to disintegrate old habit patterns, so do not be discouraged if there is no immediate effect. If you continue to practice the principles taught you by your therapist, you will eventually notice change since this is simply the nature of things. An analogy may make this clear. If you hold a batch of white blotters above the level of your eyes so that you see the bottom blotter, you will observe nothing different for a while until sufficient ink has been poured to soak through the entire thickness. Eventually the ink will come down. During this period while nothing seemingly is happening though enough ink was poured, we could be tempted to consider the process a failure. Suggestions in hypnosis are like ink  poured on layers of resistance. One must keep repeating them before they come through to influence old, destructive patterns.

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12. What about Self-Hypnosis?

"Relaxing exercise", "self-hypnosis" and "auto-hypnosis" are interchangeable terms for a reinforcing process that may be valuable in helping your therapist help you. If this is necessary, it will be recommended to you by your therapist. We also teach you self-hypnosis techniques for pain management during labor and delivery. Please go to Pregnancy and Birth.

Olga Arsenyuk, MA Psychology/Ed.

Certified BodyTalk and Qi Qong Instructor, Wholistic Practitioner, Natural Health Consultant, Clinical Hypnotherapist  

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4. Milk And Dairy Products are the Prime Cause of Osteoporosis, or brittle Bones

Bruce Friedrich of PETA gets credit for having written this column. The original appears on their award-winning website: http://milksucks.com/osteo.html   

 

Osteoporosis is not caused by Calcium Deficiency

 

"The myth that osteoporosis is caused by calcium deficiency was created to sell dairy products and calcium supplements. There's no truth to it. American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating even more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact."   - Dr. John McDougall The McDougall Program for Women (2000).    

 

Will more Dairy Products help you with Osteoporosis?

 

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease characterized by low bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue that affects tens of millions of Americans and causes 1.5 million fractures annually. The annual cost of treatment totals more than $10 billion. While some people suffering from osteoporosis experience recurring back pain, loss of height, and spinal deformities, many don't even know they have the disease until a bone fracture occurs. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women over the age of 50, and one in eight men, will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture.  The dairy industry has a powerful hold on the nutrition industry in this country; it pays huge numbers of dietitians, doctors, and researchers to push dairy, spending more than $300 million annually, just at the national level, to retain a market for its products. The dairy industry has infiltrated schools, bought off sports stars, celebrities, and politicians, pushing all the while an agenda based on profit, rather than public health.   Dr. Walter Willett, a veteran nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, says that calcium consumption "has become like a religious crusade," overshadowing true preventive measures such as physical exercise. To hear the dairy industry tell it, if you consume three glasses of milk daily, your bones will be stronger, and you can rest safely knowing that osteoporosis is not in your future.  

 

Studies show that more Dairy causes more Osteoporosis

 

Remarkably enough, if dairy has any effect, both clinical and population evidence strongly implicate dairy in causing, rather than preventing, osteoporosis. That the dairy industry would lull unsuspecting women and children into complacency by telling them, essentially, drink more milk and your bones will be fine, may make good business sense, but it does the public a grave disservice. Most of the world's peoples do not consume cow's milk, and yet most of the world does not experience the high rates of osteoporosis found in the West. In Asian countries, for example, where consumption of dairy foods is low (and where women tend to be thin and small-boned, universally accepted risk factors for osteoporosis), fracture rates are much lower than they are in the United States and in Scandinavian countries, where consumption of dairy products is considerably higher.   

 

But don't take our word for it; examine the science for yourself: One study, funded by the National Dairy Council, involved giving a group of postmenopausal women three 8-ounce glasses of skim milk per day for two years and comparing their bones to those of a control group of women not given the milk. The dairy group consumed 1,400 mg of calcium per day and lost bone at twice the rate of the control group. According to the researchers, "This may have been due to the average 30 percent increase in protein intake during milk supplementation ... The adverse effect of increases in protein intake on calcium balance has been reported from several laboratories, including our own" (they then cite 10 other studies). Says McDougall,   "Needless to say, this finding did not reach the six o'clock news."  

 

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000) looked at all aspects of diet and bone health and found that high consumption of fruits and vegetables positively affect bone health and that dairy consumption did not. Such findings do not surprise nutritional researchers: According to Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Turn Off the Fat Genes (2001) and several other books on diet and health, the calcium absorption from vegetables is as good as or better than that from milk. Calcium absorption from milk is approximately 30 percent, while figures for broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, and some other leafy green vegetables range between 40 percent and 64 percent.   

 

After reviewing studies on the link between protein intake and urinary calcium loss, nutritional researcher Robert P. Heaney found that as consumption of protein increases, so does the amount of calcium lost in the urine (Journal of the American Diabetes Association, 1993): "This effect has been documented in several different study designs for more than 70 years," he writes, adding, "The net effect is such that if protein intake is doubled without changing intake of other nutrients, urinary calcium content increases by about 50 percent."   Researchers from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital discovered that consumption of dairy foods, especially early in life, increases the risk of hip fractures in old age (American Journal of Epidemiology, 1994).   Finally, an analysis of all research conducted since 1985, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000), concluded:   "If dairy food intakes confer bone health, one might expect this to have been apparent from the 57 outcomes, which included randomized, controlled trials and longitudinal cohort studies involving 645,000 person-years."   The researchers go on to lament that "there have been few carefully designed studies of the effects of dairy foods on bone health," and then to conclude with typical scientific reserve that:   "The body of scientific evidence appears inadequate to support a recommendation for daily intake of dairy foods to promote bone health in the general U.S. population."   

 

What is the real Cause of Osteoporosis?

 

Despite the dairy industry funding study after study to try to prove its claims, Dr. John McDougall, upon examining all the available nutritional studies and evidence, concludes:   

"The primary cause of osteoporosis is the high-protein diet most Americans consume today. As one leading researcher in this area said, "Eating a high-protein diet is like pouring acid rain on your bones." 

Real cause of osteoporosis is the disruption of metabolism and absorption of calcium in bones.

 

Studies on Osteoporosis the Food Industry does not want you to know about

 

After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis "including the United States, Sweden, and Finland" are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods. This study also showed that African Americans, who consume, on average, more than 1,000 mg of calcium per day, are nine times more likely to experience hip fractures than are South African blacks, whose daily calcium intake is only 196 mg. Says McDougall,  "On a nation-by-nation basis, people who consume the most calcium have the weakest bones and the highest rates of osteoporosis. ... Only in those places where calcium and protein are eaten in relatively high quantities does a deficiency of bone calcium exist, due to an excess of animal protein."   

 

Harvard University's landmark Nurses Health Study, which followed 78,000 women over a 12-year period, found that the women who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. Summarizing this study, the Lunar Osteoporosis Update (November 1997) explained: "This increased risk of hip fracture was associated with dairy calcium. If this were any agent other than milk, which has been so aggressively marketed by dairy interests, it undoubtedly would be considered a major risk factor."   

 

A National Institutes of Health study out of the University of California, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2001), found that; "Women who ate most of their protein from animal sources had three times the rate of bone loss and 3.7 times the rate of hip fractures of women who ate most of their protein from vegetable sources." Even though the researchers adjusted "for everything we could think of that might otherwise explain the relationship it didn't change the results." The study's conclusion: "An increase in vegetable protein intake and a decrease in animal protein intake may decrease bone loss and the risk of hip fracture.

 

What decreases Osteoporosis?

 

What we do know is that osteoporosis rates decline markedly as body weight, exercise, and caloric intake rise. Corroborating the researchers' lament about bad studies, only three studies have factored caloric intake into the analysis; two of them found no correlation between dairy intake and osteoporosis. The other found a positive link; that is, the more milk consumed, the higher the fracture risk (Harvard Nurses Study, see above).   The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000) study cited above argued that since we know for certain that total caloric intake and body weight are positively associated with bone mass, such factors are "particularly important" in any study of osteoporosis and bone mass.   Is the dairy industry ignoring these factors by design in its clinical studies, perhaps because dairy consumers tend to be heavier and to consume more calories than those consuming fewer (or no) dairy products? It is remarkable that the dairy industry can't get the results it's looking for, since dairy consumption does tend to make people heavier. 

 

Some studies clearly indicate that milk causes osteoporosis. If the tendencies of those who consume more dairy to be heavier and to consume more calories were accounted for, would the studies indicating no link show, in fact, that dairy intake causes osteoporosis, like the Harvard School of Public Health study? That would bring clinical analysis into line with the population analysis, which clearly states that increased dairy consumption is linked to increased risk for osteoporosis.   

 

So what can I do for strong Bones? 

 

Osteoporosis is a horrible disease, and although the evidence is strong that dairy consumption doesn't prevent it, simply eliminating dairy products does not ensure that it won't afflict you. And if, like most people who consume no meat or dairy, you are slender, you should be sure to put some thought (and effort) into keeping your bones healthy. 

 

What the evidence does dictate as useful for strong bones is: Getting enough vitamin D (if you don't spend any time in the sun, be sure to take a supplement or eat fortified foods). Eliminating or reducing animal protein depending on your genetic type, as excess animal protein causes severe bone deterioration. Limiting alcohol consumption (alcohol is toxic to the cells that form bones and inhibits the absorption of calcium).  Limiting salt intake (sodium leaches calcium out of the bones). Not smoking (studies have shown that women who smoke one pack of cigarettes a day have 5 to 10 percent less bone density at menopause than nonsmokers). Getting plenty of exercise. Studies have concluded that physical exercise is the key to building strong bones (more important than any other factor). 

 

A study published in the British Medical Journal, which followed 1,400 men and women over a 15-year period, found that exercise may be the best protection against hip fractures and that "reduced intake of dietary calcium does not seem to be a risk factor." And Penn State University researchers found that bone density is significantly affected by how much exercise girls get during their teen years, when 40 to 50 percent of their skeletal mass is developed. Consistent with previous research, the Penn State study, which was published in Pediatrics (2000), the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, showed that calcium intake, which ranged from 500 to 1,500 mg per day, has no lasting effect on bone health.  

 

Of course, calcium is an essential mineral, and it is possible to have a calcium deficiency. According to Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Milk, in particular, is poor insurance against bone breaks the healthiest calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes. You don't need to eat huge servings of vegetables or beans to get enough calcium, but do include both in your regular menu planning. If you are looking for extra calcium, fortified orange, apple, or grapefruit juices are good choices."   

 

Conclusion: 

 

Drinking milk builds dairy producers' profits, but as the above studies show, it's more likely to harm your bones than to help them. And dairy foods are linked to all sorts of other problems, including obesity, heart disease and cancer (including breast cancer and prostate cancer) and are likely to be contaminated with trace levels of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals, including dioxin, one of the most toxic substances known to humans (The Washington Post reported that "the latest EPA study concludes that people who consume even small amounts of dioxin in fatty foods and dairy products face a cancer risk of 1 in 100. They may also develop other problems, such as attention disorder, learning disabilities, susceptibility to infections and liver disorders" (April 12, 2001).

 

It makes no more sense for humans to consume the mother's milk of cows than for us to consume the mother's milk of rats, cats, dogs, giraffes, or any other mammal. Nature created human mother's milk for baby humans, cow mother's milk for baby cows, and so on.  The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, in Baby and Child Care (the United States' best selling book, other than the Bible, over the past 50 years), after recommending that no one consume cow's milk and cataloging a host of ills associated with milk consumption (heart disease, cancer, obesity, antibiotic residue, iron deficiency, asthma, ear infections, skin conditions, stomach aches, bloating, and diarrhea), concludes:   "In nature, animals do not drink milk after infancy, and that is the normal pattern for humans, too. Children stay in better calcium balance when their protein comes from plant sources."   Dr. Spock recommends human mother's milk for baby humans, as nature intended.   "It is hard to turn on the television without hearing commercials suggesting that milk promotes strong bones. The commercials do not point out that only 30 percent of milk's calcium is absorbed by the body or that osteoporosis is common among milk drinkers. Nor do they help you correct the real causes of bone loss." "Dr. Neal Barnard   Says Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the world's leading epidemiological researcher in the field of diet and health,   "The dairy folks, ever since the 1920s, have been enormously successful in cultivating an environment within virtually all segments of our society "from research and education to public relations and politics" to have us believing that cow's milk and its products are manna from heaven. Make no mistake about it; the dairy industry has been virtually in total control of any and all public health information that ever rises to the level of public scrutiny." 

  

"The association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer." -Dr. T. Colin Campbell 

"Milk, it now seems clear, is not the solution to poor bone density. To the contrary, it's part of the problem." - Dr. Charles Attwood.

 

From Robert Cohen ( NotMilk.com). Also check: http://www.rense.com/general10/ost.htm

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5. Eating Organic

by Simone Gabbay, RNCP

Which Foods contain the most Pesticides? 

Eating organic is the surest way to avoid synthetic pesticides and genetically engineered foods, so shifting the diet to emphasize certified organic foods is important for all of us. However, certain foods tend to have higher pesticide residues than others, and there are some so heavily contaminated that they are best avoided if not available organically grown. It may be surprising to find that this list includes some of our favorite fruits and vegetables. 

Apples

The Alar scare in the 1980s alerted us to the fact that even the apple, always considered wholesome and healthy, is commonly treated with toxic chemicals. In fact, United States Food and Drug Administration tests have detected 36 different pesticide residues on apples, including the fungicide captan (a carcinogen) and the insecticide chlorphyrifos (a neurotoxin). A portion of these pesticides penetrates even the flesh of the fruit and therefore can’t be washed off. Non-organic apples are also heavily wax-coated to prolong shelf life. This wax, too, is not removed by washing. 

Bananas

Pesticides used on banana plantations include chlorphyrifos and the chemical benomyl, which has been linked to birth defects. In Costa Rica, a major exporter of bananas, 35 per cent of the country’s pesticide imports are applied to bananas. As if pesticides were not enough, bananas are also artificially ripened with ethylene gas. 

Grains

Who would think that wholesome staple foods such as grains, including rice and oats, have some of the highest levels of pesticide residues? Rice is contaminated both by the pesticides that are applied to the crops themselves and by water-soluble insecticides and fungicides that have seeped into the groundwater near rice fields. Both imported and domestic types of rice are affected. Oats and other popular grains are subject to similar contamination. 

Green Beans

Neurotoxins and endocrine-disruptor chemicals are among the chemicals applied in the process of growing green beans. In total, there are 60 different pesticides registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency for use on green beans. Of particular concern are green beans imported from Mexico; many of these crops are contaminated with illegal pesticides.

Peaches

Like the apple, this popular fruit is subject to repeated pesticide applications. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG; ewg.org), a non-profit environmental organization based in Washington, DC, peaches, apples and nectarines are the most common source of exposure for young children to unsafe levels of organophosphate pesticides. The next time you give your little one a juicy peach, make sure it is organic!

Strawberries

Everyone knows that strawberries are a seasonal fruit, yet they are now available almost year-round. But we pay a high price for this luxury. An EWG study considers strawberries the single most heavily contaminated fruit or vegetable. Strawberries are also the target of genetic engineering. For instance, some of the genes of strawberries that are available out of season may have been spliced with cold-water fish genes in an attempt to make the strawberries more resistant to frost.

Meat and Dairy

Whenever we eat higher on the food chain, as we do with meat or dairy, we ingest the concentrated residues of any chemicals that were consumed by the animal whose meat or milk we are consuming. Meat and milk from animals raised with intensive farming practices can be laced not only with pesticides from the animals’ feed, but also with antibiotics and hormones. Crammed, unnatural conditions often make the animals ill, requiring the administration of medication, including antibiotics.

Milk imported from the US is almost certain to contain recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a genetically engineered hormone used to boost milk production. A large percentage of cows treated with rBGH are vulnerable to developing clinical mastitis, an infection of the udder, which then necessitates the administration of massive doses of antibiotics.

Organic Alternatives

All of the items listed above are not only popular foods that most people consume, but they are also commonly among the first foods that baby eats, whether pureed at home or store-bought. As a responsible parent, would you knowingly five your baby food quite possible laced with toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals? Fortunately, organic alternatives are readily available in health food stores, as well as in many supermarkets.

If you have difficulty finding a store that carries organic foods, search the Internet for organic delivery services. Liferesearchuniversal.com/caorganics.html has a listing of those in Ontario, BC and Quebec. Consult the Web site of the Canadian Organic Growers (cog.ca) and search their directory for organic producers and retailers in your area. Another helpful source on information is the Organic Trade Association. (ota.com).

Higher price tag?

Why do organic foods generally have higher price tags? Is it fair that we are paying a premium for natural foods? Perhaps we need to turn these questions around: Is it fair that farmers using intensive chemical agricultural practices enjoy tax breaks and indirect subsides, such as public and private research dollars, for growing foods dowsed with toxic pesticides? Considering the “hidden” costs to personal health and the environment, such as soil, air and water contamination, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and the resulting medical expenses, are non-organic foods really less expensive?

Organic farms typically operate on a small scale, which means that farming is considerably more labor intensive. Organic farmers and processors must also pay for the cost of organic certification, which requires documentation of all the steps involved in organic production-from soil management and seed purchase to harvesting, handling and shipping. None of these costs are subsidized by chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing giants, so they must be added to the final price of the product.

When we consider the impact of agricultural chemicals on our health, the health of our planet and the health of our children and future generations, it becomes clear that none of us can afford not to buy organic!

Simone Gabbay is a registered nutrition consultant in Toronto. She’s a writer and editor, the author of Nourishing the Body Temple [A.R.E. Press, 1999], the nutrition columnist for Venture Inward magazine and a health columnist for The Open Road newsletter. 

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6. Grocery Store Chickens are Toxic Machines

by Rhody Lake

No more cute little red hen: Today’s caged chickens grow sick and die to produce our bacteria-laden eggs and meat.

While eggs don’t compromise a major part of my diet, I do keep a dozen eggs for the occasional poached-egg lunch and for guests. Since I like my eggs fresh and organic, it’s no struggle for me to pay twice as much for them as for the commercial variety. But if I was feeding a family, I might hesitate over the price difference.

When I venture to crack the eggs and put the commercial and free - run organic side by side, I ponder the contrast. Those pale yolks look sickly. The shells are thin and almost crumble in my hands. The eggs from organic hens have full-orbed yellow yolks. Their shells are calcium-rich and hard. Those hard shells and golden yolks tell me a story.

It’s no Yolk!

Canada stands far behind other countries in implementing healthy livestock production of all kinds. Many Canadians say they have ceased to eat red meat because of inhumane animal husbandry, yet the raising of chickens might prove even more shocking than the treatment of beef animals in the feedlots of our country.

“ Commercial farm practices do not produce healthy hens. Their immune systems are weakened if not destroyed. They get no exercise. The unnatural diet is necessarily fortified with antibiotics to kill toxic bacteria that thrive in the stress of imprisonment.”

Emotional Health in the Farmyard

The North American egg-production industry dismisses the growing protest against “battery” cages as “ consumer sentimentality.” Egg advertising and packaging carefully foster a happy-chicken mythology while word technicians receive high salaries to preserve the image of plump brown hens cheerily searching and sharing in the chicken yard. Chickens are sociable creatures. They love to run around. They squabble and compete. They occasionally turn on one another. They herd for comfort or for safety and then disperse. Children’s books portray chickens as scatterbrained but lovable. The cock rules the roost. And the children go out to the hen house in evening (or is it the morning?) to gather the warm brown eggs. With the advent of intensive factory farming, that image is obsolete.

Modern Chickens are Toxic Machines

North American eggs come primarily from the lively and excitable Leghorn of Mediterranean descent. She’s a designer hen, bred by genetic selection and an unnatural diet to produce an egg a day. Her commercially manufactured feed contains poultry by-products, including chicken offal (waste parts, entrails, chicken droppings and dead birds). The chickens routinely receive antibiotics to control bacteria that thrive in close confinement, thus causing the evolution of super salmonella and other toxic bacteria. Laying Leghorns are bred to be small so that several birds can be crammed into a wire cage. Up to two-thirds of the hens’ beaks are removed so they don’t peck each other to death. But removing a large part of the beak makes eating a problem. Sometimes hens starve to death. The toes and claws of imprisoned hens don’t develop normally and often become permanently entangled in the mesh. Typically the toes are then cut off-“for their own protection!”

Hens also suffer a form of osteoporosis called “caged layer fatigue” due to lack of sunlight and fresh air. This increases demineralization of bones and muscles because of constant eggshell formation. Calcium is added to an already artificial diet, but this forms a poor substitute for the grit and gravel available in a natural farmyard habitat. Bone fractures and even paralysis are common.

Forced molting is another popular way to increase egg production. When egg-laying naturally declines, hens are deprived of food and water to shock them into a molt to start a new laying cycle. John Robbins, a well-known environmentalist and best-selling author, says that forcing hens to mot has been banned in animal-loving Great Britain since 1987, but continues in North America. 

Meat or “broiler” birds come from heavier breeds. They are intensively raised with growth hormones to develop quickly-from six to eight weeks-in as little space as possible. Unlike laying hens, broilers are sometimes raised on the barn floor rather than in cages, but are not allowed movement that would burn up valuable calories needed for fat production.

Broilers are fed animal byproducts, including condemned, diseased parts, which are significant source of bacterial contamination. Chicken producers simply avoid the brain and nervous tissues that might be a source of mad cow disease, which is equivalent to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. So says Michael W. Fox, veterinarian and spokesman for animal welfare around the world. Dr. Fox warns that intensive confinement systems are “epicenters for food-born diseases in the human population…that benefit [only] the medical and pharmaceutical industries because of the diseases being created in the animals and subsequently humans” (Acres USA, Dec.2002).

Twenty-first-century commercial farm practices do not produce healthy hens. Their immune systems are weakened if not destroyed. They get no exercise. The unnatural diet is necessarily fortified with antibiotics to kill toxic bacteria that thrive in the stress of imprisonment. Such bacteria are never eradicated, and Health Canada sends regular warnings to the public, putting the onus for food safety on consumers to cook eggs well to kill salmonella. Health Canada blames salmonella contamination on organic egg producers who don’t feed antibiotics to their hens! But it’s this same salmonella that Health Canada uses for an excuse to irradiate commercial poultry products, rather than correct bad farming practice.

Eat Food from Happy Hens

The other side of the chicken-and-egg debate is nutrition. How much better are eggs and meat from chickens that are fed whole organic grain, greens and organic mash, no hormones or other drugs, and are allowed to run free? That research has not been profitable for either government or industry to undertake. Egg producers are more concerned with reduced consumer consumption of eggs as a result of the cholesterol scare. And the producers of commercially raised meat birds steer away from comparisons between organic verses factory-farmed chickens, claiming there are no “reliable” studies. But the truth is, the fat content in commercially raised chickens is high and their diet is just as unnatural as in the feed lots of beef animals. You either pay now for real food, or you pay later with poor health caused by poor nutrition.

For lacto-ova vegetarians, organic eggs are an excellent source of useable protein. Eggs contain good fat as well as a high level of lecithin, which emulsifies cholesterol as well as fat and thus eliminates both from the body. Eggs from organically fed hens are also a source of most B vitamins, including B12, minerals and vitamin E. They are actually good for the heart, not bad! They contain essential choline, which is a brain-development and memory nutrient that is recommended, along with niacin, against encroaching senility. Eggs are, by all counts, far more beneficial to the diet than the true cholesterol culprit, processed food!

For the occasional meat eater, organically raised chickens and other poultry provide lean, easily digested animal protein as well as at least five times the amount of essential fatty acids as commercially raised birds. They also contain B vitamins and are less likely to be contaminated with parasites.

While dietary changes to veganism and increased consumer opposition to cage-raised birds are definitely threats to the commercial egg industry, the BC government Department of Food and Agriculture tells us on its Web site that there are “positive animal welfare benefits” for raising hens in cages (it does not say what the benefits are). And that “intensive cage production keeps costs down in order to meet the consumer demand for inexpensive food.”

But do your own research. Shop for your food with discernment. After all, it’s the stuff of life! Buy an organic chicken, even if it costs $2 more, and check the taste and difference. Buy a half dozen organic, free-run eggs and another six, large, white, commercial eggs. Compare. Even without a laboratory analysis from Doctor’s Data, you know which eggs are freshest and most nutritious, just by looking. Put your money down! Since purchasing decisions are often made at the grocery store, the chicken and egg producers will get the message and respond accordingly, because they won’t raise what they can’t sell!

The ball inevitable returns to us. 

Rhody Lake is a freelance researcher and journalist, and former editor of alive. We invite your feedback at editorial@teamalive.com. For more information, please search “chickens” at www.alivepublishing.com 

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7. Health and Anti-Aging Benefits of Qi Qong

Shift your Life’s Focus from a Battling Disease to Cultivation of Health

*Dr. Sancier is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qigong Institute. He is a professor at the American College of Traditional Medicine in San Francisco . He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has carried out basic and applied chemistry research. As a research chemist he published 70 articles in scientific journals and holds 12 patents.

These two surveys of medical qigong (chi kung) research by Kenneth M. Sancier, Ph.D., provide an excellent glimpse of the powerful effects of qigong practice in healing a wide variety of chronic illnesses and dramatically extending lifespan. In Dr. Sancier’s second article, Anti-Aging Benefits of Qigong, he cites three separate long-term studies in China , ranging from 20 to 30 years, and involving nearly 1000 patients suffering from high blood pressure.

The practice of qigong was found to cut the mortality rate of fatal strokes by 50% ! They also found that qigong allowed patients to take smaller doses of medicine. Prof. Sancier is a former research scientist at Stanford Research Institute. His curiosity and scientific background inspired him to collect a database of 3500 scientific studies on qigong and similar kinds of “energy medicine”. His impressive scientific background is given in the full biography at the end of the article.

Of all the energy medical practices, Qigong has the most developed theoretical basis and has been subjected to the most extensive research. In China , the collected knowledge about the therapeutic benefits of Qigong was developed over thousands of years. Medical Qigong is now practiced in clinics and some hospitals that integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and conventional Western Medicine. In Western hospitals Qigong is among several complementary practices used including Therapeutic Touch, Mindful Meditation and Reiki.

 What is Qi Qong?

The word qigong is a combination of two ideas: qi the vital energy of the body, and gong the skill of working of the qi. Medical qigong for health and healing consists primarily of meditation, physical movements, and breathing exercises. Qigong practitioners develop an awareness of qi sensations in their bodies and use their mind, i.e., intention, to guide the qi in the body. The benefits of qigong are said to extend beyond health and healing to enhance spiritual life and even special abilities, such as psychic powers.

Research on Health Benefits of Qi Qong

Research is available on a CD from the Qigong Institute, has been used as a source for six books, 7 dissertations, and numerous research projects. Dr. Sancier has carried out and published experimental studies of mind/body interactions. Including experimental studies and reviews, he has published about 25 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Chinese Medicine and Qi Qong

Qigong Most Developed Form of Energy Medicine. It is a challenge for the Western mind to understand the function of Qi (“chi”) in the context of bodily functions as defined by science. According to Chinese medicine and Qigong theory, Qi has an infinite number of functions in the body. The foundation of Qigong and TCM theory dictates that intention (Yi) directs the movement of Qi, which in turn directs the flow of blood in the body. Increased or decreased electrical activity in specific areas of the body determines blood flow and fluid balance, accumulation and dispersal of substances. The practice of Qigong is the act of bringing awareness and skill to direct the function and movement of Qi. The correct movement of Qi is a force that engages the body’s natural tendency toward homeostasis.

Continued practice provides reinforcement of the body’s inclination toward homeostasis and therefore toward optimal use of all its functions and potential. What are called ‘special abilities’ or ‘psychic powers’ that sometimes develop in Qigong practice are simply the product of our natural capacity in the refined human state.

 Do I need to be healthy to start Qi Qong? Is it difficult for the Body?

For health maintenance, the Qigong practitioners do not have to be an expert. Almost anyone can learn to practice Qigong to maintain and improve his or her own health. The objective of the exercises is to strengthen the Qi in the body and remove obstructions to Qi flow that may have developed due to injury, emotional states, diet, disease or other factors. Conversely, obstruction of Qi flow can also produce disease.

Range of Biological Benefits of Qigong

There are numerous reports of the effects of emitted qi on living systems and the functions and organs of the human body. The present author reviewed some examples of medical applications of qigong and emitted qi on humans, animals, cell cultures, and plants, and he also published some of his experimental research on physiological effects of qigong. He discussed some clinical and experimental evidence showing that qigong exercise and external qi affects various functions and organs of the body.

A short list of some of the functions and organs affected by qigong, and the measurement techniques employed (in parentheses), include: the brain (EEG and magnetometer); blood flow (thermography, sphygmography, and rheoencephalography); heart functions (blood pressure, EKG, and UCG); kidney (urinary albumin assay); biophysical (enzyme activity, immune function, sex hormone levels (laboratory analysis); eyesight (clinical); and tumor size in mice.

Clinical studies on anti-aging benefits of  Qi Qong

Many clinical studies were conducted to illustrate the scope of research on medical applications of qigong to treat chronic medical conditions that may affect the aging process. It was proved by multiple studies that with the consistent Qi Qong practice there is a steady therapeutic balancing of all functions of the body.
The profound effect that internal qigong practice may have on balancing the energies of the organs and functions of the body is illustrated by measurements using Electroacupuncture According to Voll (EAV). In EAV the electrical conductance of the skin above individual acupuncture points is measured using low voltage and low current. Diagnosis depends on measuring the relative electrical conductance and its time dependence. An important diagnostic criterion of degeneration of an organ is an "indicator drop" that may occur during the measurement when the conductance reaches an apparent maximum value but then decreases before leveling off. The main conclusion from many studies is that qigong exercise helps the body to heal itself. In this sense, qigong is a natural anti-aging medicine. Two large studies conducted by Qi Qong Institute indicate that qigong exercise is superior to some physical exercises.
(http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/papers. Qigong Institute is non-profit and is sustained by donations and low-cost user fees for their Qigong & Energy Medicine Database. www.QigongInstitute.org is the best place for deep research into scientific study of medical qigong benefits.)

Qi Qong can complement Western Medicine and make Medications work more efficiently

Qigong can complement Western Medicine in many ways to provide better healthcare. For example, qigong has special value for treating chronic conditions and as a preventive medicine, whereas Western medicine has special value for treating acute conditions. Some examples include chronic problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, aging, asthma, allergies, menstrual and sexual function, neuromuscular problems, and cancer. While practicing Qi Qong we find patients need less medication and have demonstrated decreased side effects to medications they are taking.

Aging and Sex Hormones decline

One consequence of aging is that the levels of sex hormones change in unfavorable directions. For example, female sex hormone (estrogen) levels tend to increase in men and decrease in women. Three studies indicate that qigong exercise can reverse this trend. The effect of qigong exercise on plasma sex hormone levels was determine for hypertensive men and women. The sex hormones levels were measured before and after qigong practice for one year. The results showed the levels of testosterone increased by 35%, and progesterone estrogen balance was changed to pre-menopausal levels in 40% of women.

 Recommendations

• The vast research of medical benefits of Qigong offers a rich source of information for benefiting mankind. Medical cost containment is an attractive benefit of Qigong practice and should be further explored to provide healing potential without side effects.

• The science and art of Qigong may open a window into new thinking about health, medicine, psychology and spirituality. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that continuously supports our natural tendency toward homeostasis.

• If that tendency is supported with regularity, allowing one to hover more closely to that point of balance, then the entire being can experience a tremendous evolutionary advantage.

• From a scientific point of view, the promise of Qigong practices provides new avenues for understanding some of the subtle aspects of human life and its natural inclination to strive for balance.

• For practitioners of Qigong, it gives us an experiential understanding of greater balance within ourselves and of the cultivation our individual physical, mental and spiritual potential.

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 8. Does Everyone need the same “Bag” with Supplements?

Do you know what Supplements you need?

Just as vit B- niacin behaves differently in different people (sympathetic dominants or slow oxidizers benefit from it, parasympathetic will get worse with it) so too do all the other nutrients. Vit. B3  prescribed for elevated cholesterol could be beneficial only for sympathetic type, and potentially harmful for others.

Standard bag with calcium, magnesium, vit. B, A, E, coenzyme Q10 prescribed by most naturopathic doctors could be your medicine or your poison.

 Do you know your Supplements depending on your Body Type and your specific Problem?

For some people the protocol will neutralize itself due to opposing effects of various nutrients, and for some people very little will change for a patient; or others will be lucky and experience clinical benefits; or some peo­ple's biochemical imbalances and related health problems will get worse. But, realistically, there's no way to determine in advance who will improve, and who won’t unless you have additional information about your body metabolic processes.

 Related Problem with Nutritional Advice

Here's a related problem: The uncertainty involved with the use of standardized nutrition is so great that even when clinicians do luck out and get good results with someone, they don't know why they're getting good results. They may assume it's due to the collective value of the nutrients in the protocol-but this can't explain why they get neutral or bad results in other patients so much of the time with the very same protocol.  

How do we know this to be the case? Because today there is not a health practitioner anywhere using clinical nutrition who would not have to admit that what works on one person who comes through his door doesn't work on the next person.

Metabolic Typing Approach to Nutrition

Today's nutrition­ists lack a systematic means of obtaining consistent, predictable, re­producible results. Fortunately, metabolic approach is evolving, and that enables clinicians to predict accurately how specific nutri­ents will affect a person's unique metabolic imbalances. Unlike standardized nutrition, which lacks specificity and preci­sion due to the fact that it's "nutrient specific" rather than "patient specific," addresses people’s underlying biochemical imbalances on a case-by-case basis, with a high degree of precision and specificity.

It's also important to keep in mind that all applicable to nutrients also applies to foods. Foods have highly specific effects - and variable effects-on the body's funda­mental homeostatic controls, in the same way nutrients do. For instance, any given vegetable can either stimulate or inhibit a given homeostatic control-just as calcium or magnesium or niacin or any other nutrient exerts these kinds of precise and specific effects.

Foods for your Nervous System Type

With respect to the autonomic nervous system, for example, parasympathetic dominants do better on root vegetables, whereas sympathetic dominants do better on leafy vegetables. This is due to the fact that some vegetables contain more potassium than others, and potassium either stimulates or inhibits one side or the other of the ANS, depending on the quantity of the mineral that is present.  

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9.Osteoporosis De-mystified

 The Truth about Calcium and Bone Loss

Standardized Protocol for Osteoporosis

To give you a more in-depth understanding of how this works, let's look at a typical standardized nutritional protocol for osteoporo­sis, a disease that causes bones to become thin and fragile. As you know, osteoporosis is a very widespread problem in today's society, due in part to the aging of the baby-boom generation. Since it's associated with hormonal imbalances, it's especially common among postmenopausal women.

Osteoporosis is also associated with calcium deficiency. In fact, calcium supplements are the very first thing most nutritionists pre­scribe for women at risk of bone loss. As a result, women today are buying up calcium supplements like mad.  

Is cal­cium the thing you ought to be taking?

Just for a moment stop and think: if taking calcium supplements would stop osteoporosis – we would not have this problem by now. Just look at shelves in any Pharmacy or grocery store: shelves and shelves with calcium while osteoporosis rates skyrocket. What is wrong with the picture? May be the calcium from the bottle does not necessarily go into bones?

Well, the answer is-yes and no. Yes if it's appropriate to your metabolic type, and no if it's not. But here's a crucial point you need to understand:

Osteoporosis is not a calcium deficiency

Osteoporosis is a dysfunction or, an inefficiency of calcium metabolism and bone metabolism, along with estrogen/progesterone imbalances.

For some metabolic types, such as fast oxidizers or parasympa­thetic dominants, this dysfunctional calcium metabolism is the result of an actual lack or quantitative deficiency of calcium in the body. So, there are some people with osteoporosis who do need to obtain cal­cium, and plenty of it. Then there are other people with osteoporosis who have entirely different biochemical imbalances at the root of the problem. For these people, dysfunctional calcium metabolism is actually the result of a relative excess of calcium. This calcium excess exists relative to synergistic nutrients, i.e., the other nutrients that calcium requires in order to be properly utilized.     

For some Metabolic Types taking Calcium worsens the Problem

So, for some metabolic types, taking more calcium only worsens osteoporosis, by accelerating deficiencies in synergistic nutrients. If calcium is not metabolized properly it could start severe calcification of organs (normally starting from kidneys). At the same time it continuously is being washed out of bones. Taking calcium supplements also can develop calcium allergies, and this in turn accelerates the rate of calcium loss from bone tissue, where it should be held. Now let's go further by looking at a broader spectrum of biochemical imbalances that could potentially lead to osteoporosis.  

To answer the question what supplements YOU need you must know how at least 4 fundamentals of homeostatic control systems work in your body:

1.     the autonomic nervous system dominant function (sympathetic, parasympathetic type)

2.     the oxidative system (the "carbo-oxidative" system)

3.     catabolic/anabolic balance ( the "lipo-oxidative" system)

4.     electrolyte balance

An imbalance in one or more of these systems could cause calcium and bone metabolism to go awry and cause osteoporosis.

Each of these homeostatic controls is dualistic, meaning it's comprised of opposing biochemical imbalances: sympathetic/parasympathetic, fast oxidation/slow oxidation, and so on.

Every Nutrient has Effect on Dualistic Nature of Homeostasis

What's important to realize is that every nutrient has a stimulat­ing effect on either one side or the other of these dualistic homeosta­tic controls. As just one example, calcium has opposite effects on the two opposite sides of the autonomic nervous system. It has a stimulatory effect on the sympathetic branch of the ANS, while it inhibits parasympathetic branch.

Note that not every nutrient influences every control. Calcium, for example, influences each of the four homeostatic controls, while lysine influences only one.

Depending on the control imbalance that lies at the base of the illness in question, a given nutrient will either correct the imbalance, worsen the imbalance, or have no effect; and in turn it will improve the condi­tion, worsen the condition, or have no effect. That is why “bag with supplements for all” does not work.  

Sympathetic, Parasympathetic Nervous Systems and Metabolism Controls

Now imagine that the cause of your osteoporosis is an imbalance in the sympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system (ANS). This would mean that you're sympathetic dominant, i.e., your sympathetic system is too strong and overactive by comparison with your parasympathetic system. If you're a sympathetic dominant, you need to obtain foods and ­nutrients to strengthen your parasympathetic system-since the goal is to create balance within the ANS.

But if you take calcium-what happens? Calcium stimulates or strengthens the sympathetic branch and inhibits the parasympathetic branch, - just the opposite to what you need.

Now, what would happen if you have osteoporosis and you happen to have a parasympathetic imbalance, i.e., you happen to be a parasympathetic domi­nant. This would mean that your parasympathetic system is too strong and overactive by comparison with your sympathetic system.

To establish balance in the autonomic nervous system, your sym­pathetic system would require nutritional support. And since cal­cium stimulates or strengthens the sympathetic system, you'd be in luck. Because calcium helps normalize parasympathetic imbalances, osteoporosis would improve or get better.

Magnesium Protocols

Now, take a look at magnesium, for instance. It too is a typical component of standardized osteoporosis nutritional protocols, but it behaves very differently from calcium. For example, if you have osteoporosis and happen to be a sympathetic dominant, you'd get better with magnesium. But if you happen to be a parasympathetic dominant, magnesium could make your osteoporosis worse.  

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10. Understanding your Vitamins: How Good are the Store Brands?

In North America we have the most Expensive Urine in the World

It has been well documented that in North America we have the most expensive urine in the world because most minerals that people take are not pre-bonded or chelated and are consequently excreted from the body.  They simply do not absorb.  Remember, too, that the products that you buy from a retailer have been marked up several times by middlemen before they get to the retailer. It doesn't make sense to buy products from a retailer that does not tell you how long the products have been sitting on the shelf before you bought them.
The truth is that many vitamins and microelements have a very short life spam.

Are the Ingredients Natural or Synthetic?

Did you know that the main ingredient of One-a-Day tablets is a by-product of Kodak film?  Kodak's biggest client, next to the film industry, is the vitamin industry, because this petroleum by-product is cheap, is approved by the FDA, and is the main ingredient in almost all of the synthetic vitamins.  Can you imagine what that petroleum does to our insides? Would you prefer to swallow something petroleum-based or plant-based?

Yes, with cheap vitamin brands you are paying for petroleum and taking it inside. Ideally the best supplements would consist exclusively of natural ingredients, with no artificial colors or added preservatives. Most of the less expensive supplements are made from synthetic ingredients. 

All nutrient sourcing should be based on the latest science. Ideally, the ingredients should be all natural, vegetarian, vegan and kosher, as well as organic.

What is the Absorption Rate?

By far the most important attribute to look for in a quality supplement is the adsorption rate. If what you are taking does not even adsorb, why even take it in the first place. The problem with most supplements is their small adsorption rates.  Have you ever taken an iron supplement?  Did you enjoy it?  These rather large pills often cause constipation, tarry black stools, and maybe a little nausea, and the pills are so large in the hopes that some portion will be adsorbed.  The rest passes through the body like eating a rock.

Fructose Compounding and Chelated Vitamins

Did you know that the Body does not eliminate Carbohydrates?

Your body never eliminates the carbohydrates that you eat unless you have diabetes or a serious kidney disease? In other words, your body is either going to use or to store all carbohydrates! Fructose is a carbohydrate, and as a carbohydrate fructose is never excreted from your body. There is a patented process called "fructose compounding" whereby the minerals are "pre-bonded" to a fructose molecule, providing one of the highest absorption rates possible. The cells sense and readily accept the fructose, consequently absorbing the mineral simultaneously, since it is part of the same molecule.
One of the ways scientists can tell whether or not something has been adsorbed into the body is to observe how it comes out of the body later. Anything that comes out as feces did not get adsorbed at all. Whatever comes out as urine did get adsorbed, and was used by the body, processed by the spleen, etc.


Secret of Mineral Adsorption

In order to make anything in the body, an ingredient has to get into a cell. All foods are fighting for adsorption, and the intestinal cell walls can adsorb only so much. Vitamins adsorb fairly well, but minerals have a free electron and will bond with whatever is handy, which is often something too large to be able to pass through a cell wall.  Consequently most minerals pass directly through the body without ever being adsorbed.

Most over-the-counter vitamins are only adsorbed 3-9%. The mineral pathway procedure (generally salts as cheapest means) used by most pharmaceuticals is only 3-4% efficient.  The published absorption rate for "Tums" is 5%. 

Colloidal ionic minerals have a 68% absorption rate. "Sea Silver" claims a 100% absorption rate, but because it is colloidal, it is only 30% usable. Fructose-compounded minerals also have an extremely high absorption rate because the fructose is 100% efficient for absorption, and this process is 98% usable. 
Whenever a fructose molecule is adsorbed, it would pull the bonded mineral molecule with it.  This means that the supplements would have close to 100% absorption rate. Instead of the larger doses required for sulfate or amino acid processes, with fructose compounding the doses could be reduced, thus allowing the numbers of tablets and the sizes of tablets to be minimized while at the same time guaranteeing far greater absorption.

Liquid Vitamins of Natural Sources

Liquid vitamins of natural sources are another option. Your best bet will be taking organic vitamins and minerals derived from live plants. Specifically, from pure deep sea vegetation. See E3Live (available at Planet Organic Store) - your complete food, frozen algae. We are a form of life that is not synthetic, and we absorb best the “form of life” that is a building block of some kind. Algae is the oldest population on Earth, and can be a building block to practically any nutrient. Bioavailability is 90-96%. Your liver, immune and endocrine systems will say you a big “Thank you!” Energy levels and detoxing effects are amazing. (Read more at: www.E3Live.com)

Unnecessary Ingredients and Fillers

Many store brands contain ingredients and fillers you don’t need. Most provide inadequate nutrient doses. For example, Centrum contains only 4% of the effective dose of the critical antioxidant lutein, 6% of the effective dose of lycopene, and only 29% of the recommended daily Intake of selenium.  (Studies show that selenium may be a factor in prevention of certain types of cancer.) Widely advertised Centrum contains just 16% of the RDI of calcium.  Centrum as per our research is the worst vitamin on the market. Without the complete therapeutic dose, the ingredients do little and are virtually non-existent.

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11. On Sexuality, Sensuality, and Sex. 

Unless an individual has been involved in conscious spiritual/energy practices of transforming their sexual energy by choice, and moving it to higher energy centers - absence of healthy sex in life could create serious health concerns.

The above mentioned transformative practices include higher levels of yoga, Qi Qong, and Tantric practices.

 

Below is a short article by Dr.Veltheim on the topic.

 

“ Is Sex Necessary?

 

As a general rule we associate sensuality with the emotional body and the senses – especially the subtle ones. The sexuality is primarily a function of the nervous system, reproductive system, and brain.

When the brain is disengaged, interaction tends towards the sensual. Once the brain is activate along with its tool – the imagination, then sexuality tends to be activated.

 

Medically, health problems with sensuality are relatively minor compared to problems with sexuality. Ironically, it is usually and lack of understanding of sensuality that leads to the belief systems that create problems with sexuality. Sexual problems are easily the major cause of serious diseases of the brain, nervous system, and genetics (reproduction or cells).

 

I don't think we can live healthily without sex. I believe some people do manage to cope and live apparently "normal" lives.

 

However, a trained eye will soon be able to spot the many manifestations of sexual blockage causing obesity, diabetes, mental disorders, spinal disorders, seizure type issues such as epilepsy and migraine, IBS, etc. We could also speculate that the lack of sex is due to pathological belief systems that will ensure they do not have the opportunities for healthy sex.

 

Researchers like Reich and Lowen showed that masturbation can be a temporary fix for short periods of time. However, in the long term masturbation without interaction of a partner (opposite or same sex) will definitely create sexual blockage and life threatening disease.

 

Research in Europe is now pointing to an unhappy sex life as probably the major factor in genetic disease and cellular malfunction such as cancer.” 

by Dr. John Veltheim

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