Living the Healthy Way - page 2
Healthy eating and fitness is the way to go.
Today, is the first of many smoothie receipes I will be sharing with you. This is a recipe I found via google.
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Pour into glasses; serve immediately.
Taste Test: Pineberry Smoothie (run-a-bout.blogspot.com)
Weekend Menu Planning: Keep Cool with Smoothies (blogher.com)
Sergei’s Party In Your Mouth Green Smoothie Recipe (rawlivingfoods.typepad.com)
5 Recipes, 1 Ingredient: Pineapple (healthnews.ediets.com)
Get (and Stay) Inspired to Lose Weight: 5 Tips
Just thought I would share a pic, got to get my photographs out there some way.
Liberty Kontranowski is a freelance writer with hundreds of articles published online and in print, covering topics like health, skin care, beauty, lifestyle, entertainment and more. She is a valued member of the Secure Medical team, providing great content to Viamedic.
Ask any random person on the street what one of the hardest things to do is, and I’d bet a good majority of them would say, “Lose weight.” You might also get “quit smoking,” “exercise more,” and various other health-related quandaries, but the bottom line is, for many people, getting and staying healthy is a tough road.
It need not be that way, though. Because once you incorporate the following practices into your get-healthy plan, your life will change…and so will your health.
Set goals – To begin this process (or any process, really), you need to set goals for yourself. Realistic goals. It’s fine to dream big, but when you’re tackling a large goal, baby steps seem much more achievable than just your end goal. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, break that down to two pounds per week for the next 15 weeks. Doesn’t two pounds seem so much more doable than 30? It’s a mind trick, but it works. Set your goal, break it down into bite-sized pieces, rinse and repeat.
Visualize – Okay, so you want to lose 30 pounds. Great. What will you look like when you lose that weight? What clothes will you wear? What will you feel like? Strong? Powerful? Lean? Will you treat yourself to a new hairdo? A great new dress? Visualize all that will happen in your life when the extra weight you’ve been carrying (both on a physical and emotional level) is gone. Take time throughout the day to visualize the end result of your weight loss. When you put out a vibe of success, you will draw strong and positive universal powers toward you…and your goal will be met.
Affirm – Daily affirmations are all the buzz in the self-development world…and for good reason. Tell yourself something long enough and you will believe it. While an affirmation like “I am the picture of good health” might be the most dishonest and ludicrous words you could mutter right now, saying them over and over will train your subconscious into believing it’s true. You’ll then find yourself making conscious choices to fulfill this affirmation (fruit instead of chips, walk instead of car, etc). This is a very powerful method of personal improvement that can be used in all areas of your life. Give it a try!
Live consciously – Living consciously is simply being aware of the choices you make. Essentially, your dreams and goals are in front of you, and you consciously make choices that will turn them into a reality. Easy in thought, but harder in practice. Living consciously takes some effort, but it’s essential to your development.
Reward yourself – Any goal you undertake is important, no matter how great or how small. Therefore, every time you reach one of your goals or hit a stop on route to a large milestone goal, you need to reward yourself. Maybe losing 5 pounds equals a new nail polish. Losing 10 pounds equals a pair of great new gloves or boots. Losing 20 equals a facial. The choice is yours. Just keep the rewards relevant to the goal (and do not reward yourself with food when your goal is to lose weight!) Keep celebrating yourself right on up to the end and the final result will be all you dreamed.
Do you have any great tips for inspiring weight loss success? Share with us!
Drinking Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight (fitnesstipsforlife.com)
Make Your Resolutions Come True (lifescript.com)
Did Wii Fit Get Me Into Shape? (brighthub.com)
Weight Loss Habits, Proper Foods And Portion Sizes (realgoalgetter.com)
Before getting to a article here is a image by me:
A guest post provided for you:
Brad King is a Nutritional Expert, Bestselling Author and Talk Radio Host. To find out about his latest book 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before… Losing Fat 4 Life, please visit: www.99-series.com . To listen to Brad’s weekly radio show Transforming Health with Brad King visit http://bit.ly/aU2YC6. To find out more about Brad: www.AwakenYourBody.com
First and foremost it is important to point out that weight loss is irrelevant. You have to focus on losing the only weight that matters and that is fat. Far too many people—especially women—are infatuated with their bathroom scales and in the process get way too caught up on which direction the needle on their bathroom scale is moving, that they don’t realize that the scale tells them absolutely nothing about the state of their overall health. So, where is the weight loss coming from?
At any given time 1/3one-third of women and a quarter men are either starting or finishing the latest fad diet. If you are serious about long term fat loss, STOP DIETING. Dieting is a short term fix to a life long problem. Incredibly, we spend more than $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services, skipping from one fad diet to the next.
So, how many diets have you been on? You’ve probably lost count. If this is true, you’re far from alone. In fact, if you’re like the bulk of North Americans, you probably stopped counting years ago. The question is, why do the majority all these diets fail? Sure, in the short term, we may lose a few pounds, but over the long term only about 5% of dieters manage to keep off the lost weight. And worse yet, why do so many of us seem to have a harder time losing the weight every time we start another one?
Obesity rates have tripled since our health experts warned us about the impending obesity epidemic in the 1950s. In fact, despite all our diets, North Americans are getting fatter every year. But the question remains why?
Here’s the skinny—our fat cells are smart! They’re so good at outsmarting us because they’ve been honing their skills since we first appeared on this planet. Back in the days before agriculture, and well before the refrigerator and mini-mart, humans were hunter-gatherers who consumed nuts and berries and enjoyed the occasional meal of wild game.
It was a feast-or-famine world, and we survived by eating as much as we could when food was plentiful—and storing any extra calories in the form of fat. Our bodies eventually became very good—too good in fact—at converting almost anything we ate into fat. The point is food was not nearly as plentiful as it is today.
So, even though we’ve managed to eliminate the feast-famine cycle in much of the world, our bodies haven’t changed their tactics, and they’re not going to any time soon. As Drs. Mary and Dan Eades, the best-selling authors of Protein Power, put it: we’re living with Fred Flintstone bodies in a George Jetson world. If we’re to be successful at life-long fat loss, we’ve got to eat, drink, exercise, and live our lives to work in harmony with these caveman bodies.
The DO’s and DON’Ts of LOSING FAT 4 LIFE!
DO eat smaller meals every 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours—DON’T diet
DO drink plenty of water throughout the day—DON’T drink fruit drinks and soda
DO make sure you don’t eat 2hours before bed—DON’T go to be on a full stomach
DO embrace healthy fats in your diet—DON’T eat fat free foods
DO make sure you get adequate sleep—DON’T stay up too late
DO relax and enjoy life—DON’T stress out over everything little thing
DO workout with weights or resistance bands—DON’T rely on cardio for fat loss
Will A Weight Loss Diet Help You? (justslimming.com)
How To Slice FlabWith Rapid Fat Loss (justslimming.com)
How Diet Food Concepts Change With Time (justslimming.com)
Every week Seattle-based chef, Sarah Betts, will share a healthy, delectable recipe – many of them including YogaEarth’s Balance and Vitality.
A YogaEarth Banana Kale Smoothie is the perfect food to set the stage for your daily consumption and to rev up your metabolism. Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast is the most important thing you can do to kick start your daily routine and ward off overeating or poor eating choices later in the day. This smoothie combines several nutrient packed ingredients, including raw kale and almond milk (it still tastes delicious, we swear!) that will create a solid foundation for your body throughout the rest of the day.
1 Medium Banana peeled and cut into ½ inch slices
4 stalks of raw kale washed and roughly chopped
2/3 cup almond milk (yogurt, keifer, rice or soy milk can also be used)
1 package YogaEarth Balance or Vitality (or both if you like depending on what you feel your body needs)
Put all ingredients in a standing blender. Process at a medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Enjoy immediately!
The banana is naturally cooling for the internal systems and helps lubricate the intestines and lungs. As a breakfast food it will help get your digestive system moving each morning and will help to hydrate the body. It is an extremely easy food to digest and will sit well on the morning’s empty stomach. In addition the banana is a good natural detoxifier.
Kale is a loaded source of chlorophyll, calcium, iron and vitamin A. The high amount of chlorophyll is a good natural anti-inflammatory agent and can be an advantageous addition to the diet of those with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Chlorophyll also stops bacterial growth such as anaerobic yeasts and fungi in the digestive tract, helps remove drug deposits and counteracts toxins in the body.
Almond milk adds lean protein and omega 3’s to the mix. Adding a pack of YogaEarth to this already beneficial smoothie will certainly bring energy, life, strength, endurance and happiness to your day.
Healthy Smoothies at Home (nutrition.suite101.com)
Orange Juice Fruit Smoothies Recipe During a Fast, Good for your health, Delicious Breakfast Or Snack (healthlifestyleforever.com)
Weekend Menu Planning: Keep Cool with Smoothies (blogher.com)
Recipe: Berry Pomegranate Smoothie (craftzine.com)
A guest post just for you
Body: Its simple beauty secrets have been known for many years in Morocco where women use it daily for hair and skin care. The oil effectively moisturizes the skin and hair, taming fly aways and sealing split ends. It helps regenerate the skin and restart cells’ vital functions while aiding in the neutralization of free radicals that cause aging and other skin ailments.
Argan oil comes from the kernel of the Argan which grows well in areas prone to drought. It is rich in Vitamin E, as well as phenolic acid and phenols. It also contains helpful quantities of squalene and carotenes. All of these Vitamins and minerals make Argan oil most suitable for uses on skin and hair.
Argan oil from Morocco can be used day and night to help your skin regenerate itself. It also will moisturize your skin and help to prevent early signs of aging, which may be brought on by stress, de hydration, bad weather and the sun. Argan oil is well-suited for most any skin type, and it helps to rid skin of dry and stretched-looking areas and wrinkles.
Unroasted Argan oil is used traditionally to treat many skin diseases which is why it is so valuable to the skincare field. Argan oil skincare will help alleviate signs of psoriasis and eczema. People who suffer from psoriasis feel that the use of Argan oil has helped in clearing their skin of the physical remnants of the disease. An application of Argan Moroccan oil to your scalp also soothes irritation.
Although Argan oil has a multitude of benefits for preserving skin and hair’s youth, many find that the oil alone is rather thick, leaving an unpleasant residue on skin and hair. Many natural skin products can be combined with other natural oils such as hemp seed or avocado oil for the best effects. Products that combine Argan oil with oils such as hemp will add the greatest anti-aging benefit, as hemp contains valuable skin-identical properties and fatty acids.
If you are purchasing Argan oil, make sure the product you select is authentic. Reputable dealers who carry the product are the safest to buy from, so you know what you’re getting. Some dealers carry Argan oil products that are scented, making the experience more pleasurable and even therapeutic. Argan oil is often labeled Moroccan or Marrakesh oil.
Products that contain mineral oil, dyes, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates and parabens should be avoided, as they can cause more harm to your skin than good. If you’ve tried other skincare products from the department or drug stores and they didn’t deliver the results you’d hoped, transitioning into natural Argan oil skincare will be surprisingly safe, effective and inexpensive.
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The Buzz from Bella Luccè (bellalucce.com)
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Hair Therapy: BE Beverly Hills Inspired Shine & Repair Serum with Argan Oil (beautygirlmusings.blogspot.com)
Argan Oil, a Moroccan Miracle, Astounds Masses (prweb.com)
M3 Cosmetic Labs Brings Argan Oil Technology to Ethnic Hair Care (eon.businesswire.com)
Natural Ingredients Meet High Tech Beauty: The Nu Natural (stylelist.com)
A guest post by Evan Burton
Just so you have a mental image, because I know you want one, I am about 6’5” and weighed 235 pounds. When I graduated high school I weighed 185 pounds. College had not been so good to me. Or it had been really good to me, depends on how you want to look at it I guess. All of that extra weight had decided to concentrate itself to my mid-section. I was eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. That’s the way it had always been. I never paid attention to my food intake.
This past May of 2010, I finally told myself I was ready for a change. I started to pay attention to what I put into my body. Instead of fast food for breakfast on my way to school, I started packing dry cereal. Instead of a sandwich with mayo, I started eating just lunch meat from the package with mustard. I substituted the potato chips for apples and cantaloupe. I was actually watching my calorie consumption for the first time. For dinner, I stopped eating everything on the table and just ate one helping and smaller portions. I told myself if this was going to work I had to be able to stick to limitations.
Next, I needed to find something for the exercise part of my transformation. Being only 25 years old, I considered myself to be in-shape. I started out by running short distances (1-2 miles). After about two weeks, I could run two miles easily. I felt accomplished. The time came to put my fitness to the test.
One of my good friends completed his first sprint triathlon the last week of May. A sprint triathlon consists of a ½ mile open water swim, 17.5 miles of a bicycle ride, and ends with a 3.1 mile run. He found another race that happened to be in my home town that would take place the first week of August. I remember his words very clearly, “You’re doing this one with me.”
We gave ourselves the better part of two months for training. Since we were both teachers, and it was summer time, we had access to the pool three days a week. I found an inexpensive starter road bicycle. I bought a new pair of running shoes (I hoped I could complete the race because I was already out about $250). So train we did. We did at least part of one event every day. It only took me about a week to be able to swim ½ mile without stopping. It took me three weeks to be able to run 3.1 miles and feel good about my time. I was aiming for 8:30 minute miles which I felt were reasonable for a non-runner. Finally, after 3 weeks of training, I could ride the bike 20 miles without much of a problem.
Are you ready for the mental image update? One month into training I had lost 20 pounds! I was still eating better and now training harder. The weight was just falling off. My friends were even starting to notice that my clothes were getting too big. That was just extra motivation to for me to keep going.
After my friend and I got to the point where we could complete all the legs of the race separately, it was time to start doing two legs at a time each day. We would ride from my house to the pool (9 miles), swim ½ mile, and then ride home (9 more miles). On days that we could not get into the pool we would ride 18 miles and follow that up with two or three miles of a run. It was safe to say that I was now in the best shape of my life.
By the time our two month training period was over, I felt like I was ready to complete the race! On race day morning, I weighed in at 205 pounds, my stomach was flatter, my arms were toned and my legs were more solid then they had ever been. I had lost 30 pounds and felt like I was on top of the world. I completed the race, finished in my goal time frame and was ready for more. Are you ready for a change? I knew I was. I set small simple goals for myself then expanded those goals in order to push myself more. Go ahead, challenge yourself. Make it happen!
I am a 25 year old junior high school Administrative Assistant. I graduated from Indiana University and currently reside in Bloomington, Indiana. I have 2 dogs that my girlfriend and I treat like our children. We like to visit friends and family on the weekends and really try to have a good time doing anything we can think of.
Man attempts to cure disease with… DVD?
A guest post by Kerry Westfall
At the age of 15, Kerry Westfall was diagnosed wih a rare neuromuscular disease called “”Friedreichs Ataxia,” which, According to the National Institutes of Health (www.ninds.nih.gov), FA “symptoms that may occur include chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. These symptoms are the result of various forms of heart disease that often accompany Friedreich’s ataxia, such as cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the heart), myocardial fibrosis (formation of fiber-like material in the muscles of the heart), and cardiac failure. Heart rhythm abnormalities such as tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart block (impaired conduction of cardiac impulses within the heart) are also common. Life expectancy may be affected, and many people with Friedreich’s ataxia die in [early] adulthood from the associated heart disease, the most common cause of death. However, some people with less severe symptoms of Friedreichs ataxia live much longer, sometimes into their sixties or seventies.”
Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Kerry made a solemn oath to himself that ho would do everything he could possibly do to help find a cure for FA. “The first few years were tough,” says Kerry, “I felt like a wounded sheep amongst a pack of hungry wolves.” After High School, Kerry began using a wheelchair out of fear of further injury and emnarassment due to his awkward balance. I0 1996 the gene that causes Friedreichs Ataxia was discovered, which led to much excitement and hope for a cure.
“The impact of gene identification on our family and the importance to the establishment of FARA were profound. A local neurologist told us on an afternoon in March of 1997 that she was about 80 percent sure Keith had FA and suggested we send a blood sample for testing. That night, Raychel and I sat down at the computer and web searched Friedreich’s ataxia. We embraced and cried together as we saw all the bad news — very difficult prognosis with wheel chairs, damage to vision, hearing and speech, scoliosis and spinal fusion, diabetes, the serious heart condition so manifest in Keith, no treatment, no cure, no help, no hope, no organization devoted entirely to supporting research into FA.
Image by TeeJe (OFF 4 a fasting month) via Flickr
The one piece of good news we saw online that night was that the gene had been identified about twelve months earlier. We put two and two together and concluded that, with the gene identified, real progress could be made if there were a good organization whose single mission was to support research leading to treatments and a cure for FA. We decided that night to set out to establish such an organization. We began immediately speaking with other FA families, leading FA scientists and the NIH. We assembled a group of patient family members and scientists willing to serve as a Board of Directors, and prepared and filed the necessary paperwork. On September 28 of the following year (1998), we received our incorporation papers officially establishing FARA. The next day, we submitted to the NIH the lengthy request we had prepared for a grant to conduct the world’s first FA scientific conference. We also submitted to the IRS our request for non-profit status. Four months later, the IRS conditionally recognized FARA as a 501(c)(3) and about two months after that we conducted the First International Scientific Conference on Friedreich’s Ataxia. FARA was off to the races.” Says Ron Bartek, President Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).
This discovery has led the medical research community to label the FRDA gene, and the associated oxidative stress it invokes, as a ‘hot spot’ as many other disease researchers agree that developing a working model for curing FA and the associated oxidative stress-factors would serve as a baseline for many other research projects of many other diseases. In response to this, the Westfall Foundation was created to raise funds for medical research projects which will lead to cures and treatments of neuromuscular disease. The first fund raiser is a very motivating and inspiring exercise and health DVD called “Commit to Your Health.”
“Commit to Your Health” is an effective tool for accomplishing any goal or desire because the DVD was created,
produced and stars Kerry Westfall who suffers from the neuromuscular condition which he is trying to cure, Friedreichs Ataxia. Kerry is now 33-years old, while most of the people with FA die in their mid-twenties, he attributes his good-health to his commitment to health and exercise. “I work-out every day, I take pride in knowing that what I 9do now will service the future in a positive way.” Says Kerry.
Exercise has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity:
12.6 million people have coronary heart disease
1.1 million people suffer from a heart attack in a given year
17 million people have diabetes; about 90% to 95% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity and physical inactivity3; approximately 16 million people have ‘pre diabetes
107,000 people are newly diagnosed with colon cancer each year
300,000 people suffer from hip fractures each year
50 million people have high blood pressure
Nearly 50 million adults (between the ages of 20 and 74), or 27% of the adult population, are obese; overall more than 108 million adults, or 61% of the adult population are either obese or overweight.
The numbers speak for themselves. To watch a 5-minute trailer and get more information about the DVD, please
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise
save it and preserve it. ~Plato
Kerry Westfall is a passionate man devoted to improving life of
everyone he comes in contact with. In 1994, Kerry was diagnosed
with a debilitating neuromuscular disease called Friedreichs Ataxia.
This condition affects fine-motor function as well as his heart.
When he was diagnosed, he was devastated. He went in to a depression
for about two years. In 1996 he enrolled in Junior college, since
his family couldn''t afford to send him to a university. Kerry
found his true calling in programming and software development.
He grew fast as he was soon one of the top CSIS students in his
college. He had a particular talent in data modeling and search
algorithms in C++, he whizzed through programming classes and in
1998 was offered a teaching internship at his college
CSIS department. At about the same time, a company called
Microsoft had been told of his talent, impressed by his talent, t
hey flew him to Redmond, WA to talk with hiring managers.
He flew up and spoke with 14 interested groups and before
he flew home, an offer was made. A month later, he packed up
everything and went to washington to work for Microsoft corporation.
Friedreichs Ataxia is now in the treatment era, the IT program
which Kerry immeasurably contributed to is playing a very large part
in the FDA screening process and eventual approval of new candidates
to cure Friedreichs Ataxia... Kerry started the Westfall Foundation
in 2006. This public charity has a focus on direct contributions to
medical research . One of Kerry''s passions is fitness. So as his first
project, he is producing a film which details his workout regime, jointly
developed by his personal weight trainer, Ed Ferrell, and he. This film
has appearances by several leading doctors. The purpose of this film is
to show that disabled people can go to` a gym, and have a positive experience,
the film also features a nutritionist who details a proper diet as well as
supplements to use. A neurologist talks extensively on how to manage
conditions such as neuromuscular disease, and gives general tips on neuro-health
and what everyone should be doing. Finally, a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
discusses bone-health as well as overall wellness and cardiovascular health.
Friedreich’s ataxia – All Information (umm.edu)
Ataxia – telangiectasia – All Information (umm.edu)
Peripheral neuropathy – All Information (umm.edu)
The 5 Most Dangerous Exercises to Avoid
A guest post by Dr Tom Potisk
There certainly are exercises and physical activities that can be harmful. For over 25 years I practised as a Doctor of Chiropractic and observed that many spinal structural misalignments were caused by harmful exercise.
With regard to the fun, regular, physical activities that are an essential part of achieving well-being, all have some level of risk, but when done properly, gently, and with good equipment, the risks are minimal. In most cases, the benefits outweigh the hazards. For example, bicycling requires good brakes, adequately inflated tires, bright clothing, and an awareness of your surroundings (cars, pedestrians, curbs, signs, and so on). And don’t forget the helmet. Our current culture is producing wonderful off-road bike trails in most communities; seek those out. Most are even paved. There is also an increasing number of bike-only lanes on many city streets. Don’t let the rare accidents featured in the media discourage you from bike riding. Activities like skiing, rollerblading, or any of the faster moving
sports carry slightly higher risks, but still, when done properly (i.e., wearing a helmet and protective pads on your knees, elbows, and wrists for rollerblading), the risks are not high enough to justify avoidance. In most cases, unless you’re a professional athlete, you’re not in a race; so move slowly, gently, leisurely, and rhythmically. The benefits come from the consistency of doing these activities, not from the intensity. Striving for intensity raises the risks. Jogging is an activity that can have significant risk. The repetitive jarring to one’s frame (feet, ankles, knees, and spine) is damaging to many who jog. The negative effects are slow, gradual, and accumulative. The benefits to the cardiovascular system are superior, but other, less traumatic and intense activities are adequate. If a person is determined to jog or run regularly, I advise that some preventative measures be taken. I’d suggest thorough stretching beforehand, quality running shoes with custom-made orthotics (supportive inserts), and supplemental nutrition for joint support. These precautions will minimize the traumatic effects.
Many people find it surprising that I say yoga routines can be harmful. In my practice, I’ve observed many yoga-related injuries, most due to over-aggressive instructors. These observations are partly responsible for my devising the simpler stretching routine outlined in my book. But overall, yoga stretches are good.
There are several specific, “therapeutic”-type exercises that I’ve observed consistently hurting people. The military type sit-up for example, done for abdominal strengthening, traumatizes the lower back and neck. These are commonly performed lying on the back, hands behind head, knees bent or legs straight, the sit-up performed by raising the upper torso. I believe this exercise should be avoided. There are better, safer, equally effective movements.
My favourite is to assume the same position, but to keep the head back on the floor, raise the legs so the heels are approximately an inch off the floor and then glide the heels toward the buttocks as the legs are bending, then extend the legs straight. This manoeuvre strengthens both the upper and lower abdominals without traumatizing the neck or lower back. The arms can be either flat to the sides or behind the head, with the head kept back. Repeat the movement until a slight discomfort or fatigue is noticed in the abdominal area. Rest for about a minute, then repeat again. Usually three sets are adequate.
Extension exercise against resistance has an unreasonably high risk. These are usually done sitting with a pad behind the upper back. A person leans back against resistance and repeats the movement. Many people do this hoping to strengthen their backs. I’ve seen this contribute to a lot of back injuries. If you must do this exercise, then keep the resistance to a minimum. Back rotation exercises against resistance are best avoided. These are also done sitting with the hands/arms on handles or arms/hands in a praying position and pads next to the forearms.
The person then rotates (turns) the upper torso against resistance both right and left. Many people do this maneuver hoping to tighten their love handles. Unfortunately, the spine and discs don’t like that movement when under resistance.
Neck rolling is best avoided all together. This is done mistakenly in hopes of stretching or loosening the neck joints and muscles. A person essentially draws a circle with the nose while moving the neck, combining all the lanes of motion the neck can make. Due to the complex nature of the many joints in the neck, this motion causes an unnatural grinding, ultimately producing premature wearing of the joint surfaces. A preferred alternative for stretching the neck is to separate each motion, forward, backward, right turning, right tilting, left turning, and left tilting, doing each deliberately.
-an excerpt from the new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages
Dr Potisk offers a free report on his web site called How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural misalignments.
Neck pain – All Information (umm.edu)
Yoga… For Your Face? (lifescript.com)
Why You Need Strong Core Muscles (healthmad.com)
Healthy Living for the Computer User
This is the computer age i.e. the wonderful age of technological advancement that has helped us to make our tasks easier to handle. Along with this ease has come an unintended consequence. We are now exposed to artificial chemicals and light electromagnetic fields that we were not coded with. Because we are not coded with these chemicals and light fields they are toxic to our human system.
That is the down side of technological advancement. It is not an advancement that is naturally generated consequently these artificial chemicals and light fields pose a lot of health risk to us. I actually read a news article online several years ago that said that the period of the advent of technological advancement in the 20th century was the same as the onset of the explosion of cancer in the populace. The link between the 2 is very clear.
The artificial light hurts because it is lifeless or dead light. Our bodies however need life containing light to survive. Fortunately for us, our maker thought of everything and has put a repair kit in nature to ensure we do not self destroy prematurely from our experimentations.
Consequently, though computer use will always hurt and burn up our resources of biochemicals without the ability to help us replenish them, there are lifestyle changes we can make that can reduce the hurt to the point where it is not devastating. Indeed we can be long-term computer users without self-destroying but these changes must be put in place consistently for that to happen. As always, the choice is ours. If we choose to repair, the kit is available. If we choose not to we have no one to blame.
The issue of computer related health conditions has been a silent ignored epidemic probably because of the erroneous misconception people have that if this issue is brought to light then no one would want to use the computer and that would affect the economy. To the contrary, it is ignoring it that over time will hurt people so badly health wise that they would have to give up computer use to save themselves.
Here are some of the issues. We do not look directly at the sun, our coded source of light. If one tries to, the eyes automatically shut in self-protection but we look directly at the light to read in the case of the computer. In addition, we look at close range contrary to the huge distance between the sun and us. All this coupled with the fact that we only have limited muscle use in computer use contrary to our normal coded way of exercising most of our muscles in concert when carrying out most of life’s functions ensuring no part is overused or under used. These violations of the code of our being are obviously a recipe for health problems.
Now that we understand a few of the issues we have a general idea about the seriousness of the matter. This however is not a situation where we can pop in a pill. No pill can put the sun’s rays into us or give us life neither is there a pill that can replace the need to exercise our muscles in concert nor is there one that can rebalance the indoor air if we refuse to open our windows.
Because the issue most affected by computer use is the stressful exposure to lifeless light, the soul area is the part that is mostly affected and that cannot be medicated. That is why computer related issues do not resolve with medication. A natural approach must be adopted. This may be why it is not well known to the medical profession that is more attuned to medication as the solution to all problems. The medical profession cannot really be blamed because we have become a society that believes and demands that every issue be solved by medication and so doctors have to medicate to avoid litigation.
Unfortunately, the issues arising from technological advancement cannot be resolved this way. We all need to change our thinking if we want to survive the computer age without becoming irreparably broken human computers and to save our economy from becoming irreversibly broken from the burden of the cost of looking for the elusive non-existent wonder drug. Changing will save us from taking medications, which will not resolve the issue but result in a revolving cycle of medication without relief.
Our brain needs sunlight in the presence of outside air to stimulate it to produce the various biochemicals we need such as neurotransmitters to carry out the messaging function that enable us carry out everyday life function like eating, sleeping, motion and so on. Consequently we feel calm and less moody and happier outdoors but we are anxious, moodier and less happy in the presence of computer light. This stress, well-being and behavioral effect is one of the many health issues arising from computer use.
Because these issues develop over time it is possible to get complacent and think one is not being affected. If you are having headaches, dry eyes, anxiety, insomnia, comprehension, memory, allergy, asthma like symptoms, body pain and so on you are being affected.
In this article I will give us a few simple tips to start us off on what to do.
Wake up with the sun and do not sleep too late.
Go for a daily walk. Walk for as long as you can, the mote the better. Let your eyes linger on the green grass and the flower when walking i.e. let your eyes feast on the things they were created to see and enjoy,
Read with the light of the sun daily. The best thing to read in this way is the Bible. It contains the human language interpretation of our code of existence and the word of life. The essence is to carry out activities that increase the amount of life containing light in us so much so that our limited exposure to lifeless light does not overwhelm our souls.
Crack open your window and let the fresh air in. Sit near a window and let the fresh air in if you can. You will notice some improvements especially to your dry eye situation over time as the air around you is able to remoisturize and rebalance itself as it was created to do. Air conditioners cannot do this. It must be done naturally.
Avoid food toxins by eating organic. This will reduce the amount of toxins your system has to handle. Adding food toxins from artificial chemicals and genetical modification to the toxins from the artificial chemicals and light emitting from the computer screen can overwhelm the body over time.
Wash your hands and face after computer use to remove the many unseen chemicals and light fields that are magnetized to and stick unto the skin.
Get an annual eye exam and check for light sensitivity
Wear computer glasses to help your eyes reduce the stress of focusing and refocusing required in reading pixels off the computer screen
Make ergonomic changes such as workstation height, hand rest and so on to your workspace
Do not self diagnose get a doctor ready to go beyond medication. In addressing computer related issues you need to be monitored.
Reduce other exposures. For example place your television about 12 feet away to diffuse the chemicals and light fields before they reach you. In addition do not watch television in bed to avoid these chemicals and light fields staying on your skin overnight and causing health issues over time. An added bonus is that your body will associate lying in bed with sleep and you will over time find it easier to sleep at night.
Remember, the computer use environment is a place of inherent chemical and electrical imbalance that could affect the decision-making ability due to depletion of brain messaging biochemicals. The receptors can also be infected leading to nerve infection and your thinking and emotions may not be what you think they are if you are a long-term user.
For more detailed information for you and your doctor, please get my books available at amazon.com in print and kindle version. These books have been written to help computer users and their doctors. Also visit my websites www.somputeragehealthrisk.com and www.foodthathealdaily.com. I hope I have made you begin to think about this issue. All is not lost. You can be helped. You do not have to lose your career or life over time. You do not have to sacrifice yourself on the altar of technological advancement. Let the computer be a long-term blessing to you and not a curse. Thanks for reading
Adetutu Ijose is an IT and accounting professional with over 25 years of intensive computer use experience. In 2006 she become a cusualty of computer use related stress overload and suffered life threatening complications the doctors could neither diagnose nor treat.
As an IT professional she understood that the computer was based on our understanding of the human computer code presented to us in the user manual we call the Bible. She therefore embarked upon a study of the Bible for answers to save her life.
As she began to understand the way humans were coded to operate, she saw the various violations of the code inherent in computer use. She also came to understand the repair kit needed to manage the exposure. She had to actually help the doctors to not only diagnose but come up with the treatment for her ailments.
Realizing that so many others were suffering with no help as the medical profession has very little knowledge of this issue, she has written the following books to help all computer users and their doctors.
Lessons I Learned the Hard Way: How to identify, minimize, treat and manag computer related health conditions
Computer Related Health Conditions: Understanding the Human Computer:
Healing Juicing, Smoothie and Milk Shake Recipes: Smoothies and Milk Shakes that Help the Body Achieve its Self Healing Process:
Healing Meals Recipes: Meals that Help the Body Achieve its Self Healing Proces
Adetutu has two websites computer age health risk and foods that heal daily dedicated to this subject. She is the author of several articles on this subject.
10 Ways to Save the World and Your Health (lifescript.com)
The Great Sunshine Standoff (psychologytoday.com)
Fix Your Foggy Brain (lifescript.com)
Researchers found that if people slept less than 7 hours a night or more than 8 hours a
night, they had an increased risk of death. For short sleep women, that increase was 21% (men: 26%) and for long sleeping women, the increase was 17% (men: 24%). If the participants reported using sleep medications, their risk for death also increased. Women using them had a 39% increase in risk while men had a 31% increase.
Source: Christer Hublin, MD, PhD; Markku Partinen, MD, PhD; Markku Koskenvuo, MD, PhD; Jaakko Kaprio, MD, PhD. Sleep and Mortality: A Population-Based 22-Year Follow-Up Study. Journal SLEEP. Vol 30. No. 10. 1245-1253.Several non-medicinal protocols can help improve sleep. We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to do it well.
Don’t eat anything other than a light healthy snack 3 hours or less before you go to bed; digestive activity particularly by the stomach, can disrupt sleep patterns.
Invest in the best mattress and pillow you can find. I recommend a water-filled support pillow called Chiroflow®. Make sure you both rotate and flip your mattress at least seasonally.
If your sleep difficulty stems from unwanted thoughts, keep a paper and pen handy near your bed. Put those thoughts on paper and out of your head. Deal with those thoughts another time.
You may want to consider doing this routinely; start a diary or journal, making entries each evening. It’s no coincidence that a high percentage of historically great people kept diaries.
Move the furniture around in your sleeping quarters, particularly your bed position. I don’t know why this works but many sleep strugglers report that shifting the position of the bed can improve their insomnia.
Avoid taking naps during the day. Naps can be refreshing but they generally just steal time from your regular night’s sleep.
Many chiropractic patients report more restful sleep after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
The treatment not only relieves pain but calms the nervous system. Be cautious of your sleeping posture. Your head needs to be level with your spine in all positions.
The one nutritional supplement that commonly helps insomnia is magnesium. Take
300 mg before bedtime. It is a mild relaxant and can be used during the day also for nervousness and anxiety. It is non-addictive and has no side effects.
Keep control over the situation. Don’t watch TV or read until you fall asleep. Have a
regular bed time and give it a lot of priority. Always set an alarm clock even when you can sleep later than usual.
Having a regular, consistent wakening time is much easier on your health.
Get more exercise, both mentally and physically. Do it to a point when you feel the need for rest. Lack of exercise is the single most common cause of poor sleep. If you have become quite sedentary, remember that everyone needs to have goals and challenges every day. Keep at least your mind active if not your body.
Lastly, accept that some people may not need 8 hours of sleep daily. Many people do fine with six or fewer hours of sleep; you might be one.
-an excerpt from the book Whole Health Healing“ The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages by Dr. Tom Potisk,
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