There is nothing more important than learning about what we eat, drink and breathe. One of the most vital life sustaining action we must take, everyday, is to ensure a good balance of good organic foods and moderate exercise in our lives, and to become aware of content and quality of what we eat, drink and breathe, in order to achieve optimum health. There are many holistic foods that contain high amounts of highly beneficial substances, antioxidant, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene that can help eliminate toxins, boost the immune system and help protect against illnesses.
Cosmetic Products: of any kind, including hair dyes, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polish, nail polish removers, lotions, creams and the rest, are all highly carcinogenic and will cause in time variety of different cancers in our body, lets stay beautiful and sexy naturally. – Must read – Beauty To Die For: health hazards of cosmetics and skin care products revealed – * There is only one safe Cosmetic Product Company: The Body Shop, founded by Anita Roddick in 1976. Read the – Dame Anita Roddick Founder of The Body Shop who brought informality to company management and was a pioneer of green issues. –
(PF) stands for Processed Foods, which includes beverages as well, tainted and contaminated with all kinds of deadly chemicals, such as artificial preservatives, artificial coloring, artificial taste additives, artificial sweeteners, genetically modified (GM) crops, like corn syrup, corn starch and much more.
Due to popular demands, I have decided to post my favorite milkshake recipe, great for a nutritious breakfast. Here it goes, wash with warm water, peel, chop and put in the glass container of your blender: 1 apple, 1 carrots, 1 banana, 1 lime, 4 garlic cloves, 1 inch ginger, 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 cup of organic whole milk and 1 table spoon of organic sugar. – Blend to a smooth liquid mixture, then stop the blender and add 2 organic, or cage free raw eggs, put the blender cover back on and pulse it a couple of times to mix the eggs. — Obviously one could add, or substitute the apple with seasonal fruits and berries. Please make sure to never keep the shake mixture in the blender. Immediately after you are finish, pour the shake mixture into ceramic mugs, or glass container for drinking and properly wash your blender right away. – Read you blenders manual for proper cleaning and safe keep of your blender. Since I posted my shake’s recipe I have gotten a few comments and questions about — what would be the difference between juicing and making shakes, and why not just juice instead –?
The reason for making shakes is more beneficial for the body is as follows; our digestive system works best passing through roughage and liquid mixture, which will keep us satisfied with no desire to eat again shortly after having our shake. The best remedy for flu / cold, fever, cancer and many other illnesses is the following simple and incredibly effective recipe of raw fresh garlic, jalapeño pepper and green, or Persian lime. Eating local and seasonal is another simple preventive measure. Get yourself some fresh garlic, fresh jalapeño pepper and green, or Persian lime. Squeeze half of lime in, or on top of your dinner / meal / food.
Chop up a few fresh raw garlic cloves and one jalapeño pepper and spread them on top of your dinner dish and enjoy. A mixture of organic honey and yogurt is a very effective remedy for jalapeño’s hotness, until you get use to it. If you keep these three wonderful elements: garlic, jalapeño pepper and green, or Persian lime part of your day-to-day diet to avoid getting sick. Lastly, we must not forget that life is about family, wholesome loving environment in which to raise children and congregate, cook together, share life experiences and truly enjoy the most important gift of all, a loving family. Learn how to cook, trust me it is very easy and fulfilling to provide homemade good foods for your children thus guarantee their healthy mental and physical growth, development and prospers future.
Death, divorce, job loss, chronic illness — these situations can bring both tremendous stress and distress into your life. But even daily stressors — the kind you think you can handle — can eventually overwhelm you, throwing your life out of balance and affecting both your psychological and your physical health. Your job
Fewer people doing the same amount of work. Late hours, demanding bosses. Disharmony among co-workers. Your family
Trying to make a marriage work. Making ends meet. Troubled teenagers. Caring for young children and aging parents. Challenges of dual careers. Your physical health
Headaches. Getting sick from being stressed out. Recovering from a life-threatening illness. Learning how to live with a chronic disease. Psychological studies show that your mind and your body are strongly linked. As your mental health declines, your physical health can worsen. And if your physical health declines, you can feel mentally “down.” A positive outlook can help keep you healthy. You can improve the quality of your everyday life by building resilience, which will help you adapt to stress and bounce back from life’s most difficult times. Resilience isn’t something you’re born with — it’s something you can learn over time. Resilient people have strong emotional well-being, healthy relationships and an optimistic outlook. Optimism and good relationships have been shown to improve health and longevity. Pay attention to what your body is telling you about the state of your mind. If you’re getting tension headaches, for example, your body may be telling you that you need help dealing with whatever’s on your mind. A psychologist can help with everyday life
A psychologist can help you meet the challenges and stress you face every day by working with you to create strategies that build resilience. Talking to a psychologist can help you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings that can affect your day-to-day functioning. Psychological well-being and learning resilience go hand-in-hand and provide: * The capacity to make realistic plans to deal with stressors in your life and carry them out * A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strength and ability to confront life’s challenges * Skills in communication and problem solving
* The capacity to manage strong feelings, negative thinking and unhealthy behaviors that may arise when you’re under stress * Ways to avoid illness brought on by stress and anxiety
Sometimes you may face overwhelming feelings or serious illness. A psychologist can help. Psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in
treating depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues. Heart patients have been shown to live longer when their treatment included psychotherapy. When you reach a point in your life when you want professional help, you want to talk to someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you can trust. A good friend can listen, but a psychologist has the skills and professional training to help you learn to manage your stress and emotions when you’re feeling overwhelmed. * Psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed by the state in which they practice. * Psychologists receive one of the highest levels of education of all health care professionals — in fact, psychologists spend an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degree. * Psychologists are experts in human experience and behavior. Psychologists are trained to help people cope more effectively with life problems, using techniques based on best available research and their clinical skills an
Once people become obese, losing weight is hard to do. Most can only lose about 10% to 15% of their body weight, and even these individuals usually regain this weight after their strict program of diet, exercise and behaviour modifications is withdrawn. Once people with Spina Bifida have become obese, it is even harder for them to lose weight than it is for others. It is not impossible, however! If an individual is motivated to lose weight and limits caloric intake while also increasing exercise, weight can be reduced. The assistance of a nutrition consultant may help in such cases, since a very low calorie diet -1,000 calories per day or even less–may be needed. It can be difficult to create an interesting, enjoyable and nutritionally sound diet using so few calories. Weight reduction strategies should be started one by one, so the individual and family can become used to new patterns of living.
Trying to do too much at once is often overwhelming and self-defeating. Most importantly, the individual should recognize that any weight reduction contributes to good health, and that losing weight should be don e in small measures and will take a long time. Small weight losses should be celebrated, (but not with food!) because they really are important! In summary, individuals who have Spina Bifida are very likely to become obese unless they, with the help of their families and friends, prevent gaining too much weight during their childhood and adolescence. Obesity has many negative consequences, so it needs to be prevented or managed to achieve optimum health and quality of life. The benefits of healthy eating and sufficient exercise for individuals who have Spina Bifida are numerous and important, and last throughout life. Perhaps no other single intervention will make such a positive contribution to long-term good health and quality of life.
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Feelings and Disability
This page is available in a printable PDF format for your convenience. Many people with long-term physical difficulties don’t like using the word ‘disabled’ about themselves but it is the word that the government uses to talk about people who have a long-term health problem. If you need to claim social welfare payments then it may be a ‘Disability’ Allowance or if an employer or a college treat you unfairly then it will ‘Disability’ law that is being broken. So we will carry on using this word here. Everybody, disabled or not, goes through times when they feel ‘down’ or low in mood, sometimes for days or weeks at a time. Sometimes we know why we feel this way – losing somebody close, or having other things go on in our lives which we don’t want, for instance. Because we can’t control everything that happens in our lives, bad things are bound to happen from time to time. What this means is that feeling down is ‘normal’. If someone close to you dies it can take many months to get over it but during this time your mind is working hard at getting used to the loss. At first, you may be sad all the time; gradually you are sad for less time and eventually you may be able to remember the person with fondness and even smile at good memories. We call this feeling ‘grief’ and the process ‘grieving’. But other changes in our lives can make us feel the same way.
Breaking up with a close friend, losing a job we like, and so on. While we are getting used to the changes, we will feel low. Sometimes we don’t know why we are feeling this way but there is always a reason. Sometimes we are so used to trying to deal with what is making us feel low that we stop noticing it. When the feelings go on for a long time this can be puzzling for us, and for those around us who can see that there is something wrong. Living with any type of disability is difficult. It can often seem that other people around you get what they want more easily. It may seem to you that there are things you would like to do that you will never be able to. Other people are not always kind if they know you are disabled.
But because disabled people have to cope with these things every day, they sometimes stop realising how hard it is, begin to feel very down and sometimes don’t know why. If you get down sometimes, try to think how someone who is not disabled would feel if they suddenly became disabled and had to cope with all the problems you have to cope with all the time. You are probably doing very well to cope with all your problems. Actually, a lot of people who become disabled, as a result of accidents for instance, do find it very hard to cope and get very down before they learn how to cope. Even when we know why we are feeling low it is often helpful to talk about it to somebody else. Sharing problems with somebody you trust is usually a good idea, especially if they have experienced the same difficulties themselves. If that isn’t possible then you can sometimes find people who are trained to help.
So, if you feel down for a week or so, try:
To talk to someone else you trust about how you feel
To remember that what you are having to cope with is difficult
Not to get angry with yourself –remember that you are coping with something that some people couldn’t cope with at all
To treat yourself as sympathetically as you would want to treat somebody else who was going through the same thing.
To keep on meeting friends and doing the things you know you enjoy- even if you don’t really feel like it you will probably feel better afterwards. Depression
If you feel low for more than a few weeks and you don’t know why; if you can’t tell yourself to ‘snap out of it’ or if the things that usually interest you don’t cheer you up then you may be experiencing what is often called ‘depression’ and you may need special help to start feeling better. Most disabled people are not depressed and disabled people who become depressed do not stay depressed. This is another way of saying that it may not be the disability itself which causes depression but how people cope with it. If you become depressed it may be that you have to cope with change or something new. The difference between feeling ‘down’ and feeling depressed is that when you are depressed, the feelings are deeper and last for longer. If you are down, you can often tell yourself to do things to make you feel better; that doesn’t work when people are depressed because they lose interest totally. What might happen if you or someone you know gets depressed? * Feeling sad nearly all the time
* Feeling hopeless about your future
* Feeling like a failure or feeling worthless
* Not enjoying things you used to enjoy, losing interest in things you used to be interested in, losing interest in sex * Feeling that you are to blame for a lot of what goes wrong * Losing confidence in yourself
* Wanting to harm or kill yourself
* Crying or feeling like crying although you didn’t cry easily before * Being restless a lot of the time
* Lack of energy and feeling tired a lot of the time
* Sleeping much more than usual or having trouble getting off to sleep * Feeling bad tempered a lot of the time
* Wanting to eat a lot more or a lot less than usual
* Not being able to concentrate as well as before, finding it very difficult to make decisions * Smoking or drinking too much. Relying on social drugs.
If you have had a number of these problems for more than a couple of weeks, or if you know someone who seems to have these problems, then getting help from someone else is important. Remember, becoming depressed is not being “silly” or a sign of weakness. There are always real reasons for becoming depressed and help is available. You may be a part of a support group or be part of an organisation (such as SBHI) which can help, so try this first. Most people who become depressed go to their own doctor, who can make a further referral if specialist treatment is required. Dealing with Depression
There are two main ways of dealing with depression:
* Talking about problems to a trained person
* Taking drugs called ‘anti-depressants’ which are prescribed by a doctor. Your doctor should be able to refer you to a counsellor or another suitable therapist who will be able to find out why you are depressed and help you to deal with it. When this is available, this is first thing to try. You will probably need to see your counsellor every one or two weeks to begin with and you should expect to be seeing them for at least 6 months – feelings of depression tend to get better quite slowly but you can expect to get back to normal eventually. Anti-Depressants
If counselling is not available or if you are really depressed, your doctor might suggest you take anti-depressants.
It is true that taking pills will not solve problems but sometimes people are so depressed that they lack the mental energy to sort things out. Anti-depressants will sometimes help by making you feel more like tackling problems. Sometimes you can take anti-depressants and have counselling at the same time but the type of anti-depressant needs to be carefully chosen by your doctor for this to happen. Most anti-depressants are not addictive and you can come off them quite easily when the time comes. You need to be taking them for 3 to 4 weeks before they start to work and you need to take them for at least 3 months before you can tell whether they are working for you. Doctors prefer depressed patients to keep taking them for 6 months. Anti-depressants can make you feel peculiar or a bit poorly when you first start taking them but most people manage to cope. If you get severe problems you should tell your doctor. Do not increase or reduce the amount you take without discussing it with your doctor. Drinking alcohol or taking other drugs while you are taking anti-depressants can be dangerous – again, discuss this with your doctor. When you feel the time has come to stop taking anti-depressants, discuss this with your doctor. You will usually need to reduce the amount you take gradually. How to help other people who become depressed
People who become badly depressed can lose interest in helping themselves and they may have started to shut themselves away from other people. It may seem to you that they are not interested in being with you. Underneath the depression though, there is usually a strong need to be close to others. If they don’t seem interested in seeing you, try to show that you still want to see them. Listen to them if they want to talk about problems. Being with a depressed person is often no fun – be prepared for their gloomy thoughts and lack of interest. Don’t tell them to “pull themselves together”.
Being badly depressed means that they can’t do this. Most important, accept that you may not be able bring them out of depression yourself and try not to feel responsible if you seem to be failing. If you are worried, suggest that they go to see their doctor if they haven’t already been. If they won’t, don’t be afraid to tell someone else who can help, even if the depressed person seems not to want you to. It is important that they get to see someone who can help without becoming too emotionally involved. The person’s doctor, a teacher or a parent are people you could tell. A depressed person may not want you to do this at the time, but may well thank you later when they can understand that you needed to help. Supports
There are a many supports available to help you if you are feeling depressed or to help someone you know who may be feeling depressed. * d experience, and taking into account the person’s unique values, goals and circumstances. A psychologist can help you identify your problems and figure out ways to best cope with them; change unhealthy behaviors and habits; and find constructive ways to deal with a situation that is beyond your control. In other words, a psychologist can improve both your physical and mental well-being |
“The greatest of things are achieved in a light heart.”Emotional health is vital to a creative mind. No one need be a slave to errant or unresolved emotions. There are a number of techniques that allow you to release and resolve emotional issues that impede your personal growth.
To achieve emotional well being it is important to understand where feelings come from and how they relate to the body and mind. With this knowledge you can engender emotional health in the body/mind complex.I recently had the privilege of spending two evenings at a lecture by Dr. Candace Pert. She has written the intriguing book titled Molecules of Emotion. In her book she documents her work in the discovery that peptides are the biochemical basis for emotion in the body. Peptides are chains of amino acids. These chains can be as small as three amino acids in length, or as long as 100, wherein they become polypeptides. A peptide chain longer than 200 is a protein. Protein is the basis for all life.In her research at the NIH, Dr. Pert discovered that peptides reside not only in the brain, but all over the body. They are the informational substances that allow the brain to communicate with the body in the effort to maintain homeostasis.
The ability of peptides to bind with the different receptor sites on each cell determines the health of that cell.Dr. Pert gives the following example in her book, “The same principle functions in the psychosomatic network, which is analogous to a boat sailing along as the result of a series of feedback loops. Cells are constantly signaling other cells through the release of neuropeptides, which bind with receptors. The signaled cells, like the helmsman or the sail trimmer, respond by making physiologic changes. These changes then feed back information to the peptide-secreting cells, telling them how much less or how much more of a peptide to produce. This is how both the body and the sailboat move forward, through a series of rapid feedback loops. A system is healthy – or ‘whole’, a word that shares its origins with the word ‘health’ – when these feedback loops are rapid and unimpeded, whether they are occurring between peptides and receptors or between the helmsman and his tiller.
” What is also evident is that the mind is in control of the body. When we speak of mind we are also including emotions, as the feeling expression of the mind. Everyone has had the experience of feeling embarrassment and consequently blushing. Or, feeling intense fear and the heart begins to pound, the stomach tightens and the bladder becomes excited. Sexual arousal in the mind results in marked changes to the body. These are all common knowledge and experience. Therefore, the question of whether the mind is the precursor to the health of the body has long been obvious to anyone paying attention. This is our first clue that the body is not only controlled by the mind, but is also heavily influenced by the emotions.Emotions are important because it is how we feel about who we are and what we are doing that determines the success or failure of our efforts. The emotions are the bridge between the mind and the body. If you have little confidence in your problem solving abilities, your attempts to find the solution to even the simplest puzzles will be thwarted.
If you are impulsive and don’t have the patience, an emotional attitude, to apply prolonged concentration to an idea or project, your results will be as shallow as your focus.We all have the ability to enhance our emotional self-image and well being. Dr. Pert’s book not only reveals the scientific basis for how emotions are created and distributed throughout the body, but she gives a number of ways that old emotional baggage from the past can be released from the body/mind network. Emotions that have been suppressed do not just disappear into the ethers. They collect in the body. When emotions of fear, anger, lack or pain are held in the body they impede the ability for the affected organs to do their job efficiently. Science now knows that the receptors sites on the cells for particular peptides are disrupted or close down altogether. Since the body is a network of interconnected physical expression, any organ system that has been compromised will weaken the entire system, and reduce mental clarity.Fear or anger actually creates certain peptide chains that are reintroduced into the living cells of the body through repeated DNA replication.
Allopathic medicine is finally conceding that there are particular diseases that may be created through stress. Stress of certain organs, i.e. the stomach subjected to constant anxiety, fear or anger will impair the stomach lining creating an environment conducive to ulcers. There is a good deal of empirical evidence now that many cancers are stress related and the emotions that constrict the effected organs have weakened and deteriorated the bodily tissue, resulting in mutated cellular growth. Some prestigious hospitals are adding yoga, meditation and specific emotional release therapies to their cancer patient’s survival regimes, with great success.For the creative mind any emotional residues from the past need to be released from the body. There are a number of very good techniques for doing this. The following are all methods that I use to accomplish this. One or several could be right for you, it is your decision which works best for you. * Yoga is one of the best, for it stretches all the body structures, relaxes the internal organs and releases stress, while allowing for focused concentration on the well being of the body. Circulation is increased, tension released and the entire organism relaxed and balanced.
* Wilhem Reich pioneered the idea that emotions were held in the body and with the help of Alexander Lowen developed the method called Bioenergetics. This consists of certain exercises in combination with vocalizations that release trapped emotions in the body thus, relieving organic stress. * Keeping a dream journal is another excellent way to see what emotional residues are being held in your body that have been locked away in the subconscious. I have always been a lucid dreamer and remember my dreams every morning. Spending a small amount of time each morning when dreams are fresh will give you great insight into what emotional attitudes are still held in the subconscious mind, therefore having an impact on the physical body. Dreams are also a wonderful way reenact situations that are fearful, painful or demoralizing, allowing the mind to respond in a new way. Anyone can be taught to dream lucidly. This means becoming conscious during the dreaming process and making decisions about the outcome of dreaming scenarios. Once this is learned you can bring new responses to old habit patterns as played out in the dream.
* Meditation is a time honored method of learning to recognize emotional weaknesses in the body and release them. Whatever method you chose allows you to still the babbling personality and listen to the deeper self. Becoming conscious of your emotions in a detached way allows you to release them and adopt new emotional patterns of behavior. * Humor is an excellent tool for reducing stress and negative emotions, adding clarity to the mind. Norman Cousins documented the healing effects of humor in his book Anatomy of an Illness. Very good book to read for understanding how potent humor can be in the healing of the mind and body. Laughter truly is the best medicine. * Detachment is the result of meditation and humor. The eastern philosophies have long promoted detachment as a method of observing our world and ourselves. Cultivating the ability to become a neutral observer of your own feelings, how they effect the body, how they effect your moods, and how they benefit or harm you, will eventually give rise to releasing them as addictive behaviors.
Observing your daily thought patterns for repeated attitudes in a nonjudgmental approach can show you what angers, lacks and fears you are holding that have no real basis in your current daily experience.When emotions are negative or suppressed, the creative urge is either quelled or distorted. If you choose to express your full creative potential, learning to effectively release trapped emotional stress is imperative. The joy that results in unimpeded creative expression or creative problem solving is worth the effort expended to create emotional well being in the body and mind. The body and mind aren’t separate, they are extensions of one another, interconnected and interdependent. Emotions are the bridge that weaves the energetic forces together, and the resulting pattern can be one of joy and appreciation for life. Clarity of mind, perfect health, and freedom of spirit is the pristine reward of emotional well being.