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3 Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies

It is a beautiful summer day, not a cloud in the sky. The birds are having a grand time as are the assortment of squirrels and other creatures. All of them, except you. You are inside, nose swollen, eyes tearing and sneezing up a storm. Welcome to seasonal allergies.

Allergies affect some 39% of the population but this number is higher in certain areas, Florida being one of them.

There is good news. There are a number of things beyond the usual advice of “take locally grown honey” that can help with this issue. Here are 3:

  1. Acupuncture. It can be remarkably effective for relieving many respiratory and lung related issues. One method called NAET can clear many allergies for extended periods of time. Some permanently.
  2. Steam/Vaporizer. Inhaling steam via shower or vaporizer with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil can act as a natural decongestant. It also helps to strengthen the lungs and respiratory system.
  3. Saline flushes. Flushing the sinuses with a saline (sea salt) mixture can clear the infections that contribute to allergies and sinus congestion. It is also a remarkable prevention.

As an additional treatment, consider the use of the herb Butterbur. I have used this with many patients and in my opinion, it is the most effective for both treatment and prevention of allergies.

The (Literal) Path to Creativity

There are pathways on the body that are associated with moving energy. Each has an organ connected with it and anywhere from 1 to 3 pathways connected. For example, the heart meridian has 3 branches – one goes to the small intestine, one to the tongue and one to the pinkie finger. (Side note, stuttering and the inability to “find the right words” are associated with an imbalance of the heart meridian.)

Many people have at least heard of them. What is not popularly known are the 8 Extras or 8 Extraordinary Meridians. They have odd sounding names like the “Dai Mo” or the “Yang QiaoVessell.” They are shrouded in mystery to a good extent.

On one level, they are considered the overflow place; that is when the main meridians are filled to the maximum with energy, the excess is stored in the 8 extras. Additionally, they guard the body against disease and are considered part of the protective energy.

But on a much deeper level, this is where unique skills, latent talents, and emotional healing occur.

In this case, there is one simple exercise that when done on a regular basis, can provide dramatic results for improvement in creativity and clarity.

If you find the base of the skull, directly in the center, where the (posterior) hairline would be and consider this Point A. Now, find the point about the size of a quarter in the center of the forehead between the 2 eyebrows. Consider this Point B.

Starting at Point A, imagine a thin flexible tube going from Point A to Point B, from the back of the hairline to the forehead. Using your imagination, intention and your breath, move the energy from Point A to Point B. As you do so, say to yourself, “Creativity.”

Now, from Point B (forehead), send the energy back over to Point A saying “Clarity.”

If possible, it is best to say the words in a soft tone, out loud. It is as if you are whispering to a person next to you.

From Point A to B and back to A is considered one loop. Do this 9 times. Over the course of as little as 2 days, you will notice a significant difference. Do this for 30 days and the change will be dramatic.

Essentially what you are doing is directly the energy via breath and intention to the areas that stimulate creativity and clearness of thought. It would be akin to watering a plant.

The method is simple but in the simplicity exists incredible results. I have used this many, many times to write speeches, articles and to pass examinations. I have taught this to musicians who soon found “just the right note” and writers who cleared writer’s block.

It only takes a few minutes at most. Practice and commit to it. Then let me know what results YOU produce!

Successfully Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the worst feelings in the world. That sensation of worry and unease gets mixed in with the anticipation of a negative outcome about an event. Other times, it is simply the unknown creating a nightmare-like scenario. Even though there are times we know it is in our minds, the fact is a sizable portion may, in fact, be in our chemistry.

In Natural Medicine, each major organ not only has physiological functions associated with it, but they also have specific emotions. So when an organ is “weaker” or imbalanced in some form or fashion, the given emotion can come to the forefront. In other words, at times, we are at the mercy of our own chemistry.

Anxiety is considered a variation of fear. The organ that is responsible for fear (and courage) are the Kidneys. The kidneys are part of the urinary system. Their physiological purpose is to filter wastes from the blood and excrete them (along with water). When the organs are weaker than what they should be, problems such as low back pain, problems with the bones, knees, and ankles, hair, memory loss and yes, fear/anxiety come into play.

Please note that Natural Medicine is not nearly as cut and dry as standard care. Terms are used a little more freely and variations are commonplace. Thus, the use of “weakness” does not necessarily mean any time of (diagnosable) disease(s). It simply means that the organs should be stronger and when they are not, anxiety can result.

What weakens the kidneys? There are several factors:

  • Hereditary weakness. Think genetics in this instance. Some people are unfortunately dealt a tough hand. There are substances and methods that can help but it is an uphill battle.
  • Excessive sexual activity. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Chronic Illness(es). Those who suffer from any type of chronic illness(es) will invariably weaken the kidney energy.
  • Overwork. Those who push it hard – 50-60 hours a week in the office for example – will find that the kidney energy will weaken over time, leading to many health and energy issues.

As mentioned, when the kidney energy weakens, anxiety is often expressed. A person is at the mercy of their chemistry. When this energy is weak, the anxiety will usually be experienced as vague or unknown and phrases such as “Nothing in particular happened. I just feel anxious.”

(It should be noted that this type of anxiety is different than an anxiety attack. From a Natural Health stand point, an anxiety attack is typically the result of a blood vessel being damaged from a trauma. Vitamin E taken on a regular basis can often alleviate the typical signs and symptoms of this type of anxiety.)

What Can Be Done?

The great news is that there is much hope for individuals suffering from anxiety. Correct the chemistry and most of the time, the “true” personality shows itself. The confident, happy, joyful person rises like the Phoenix, now that the body has strengthened and repaired itself.

One of the best and safest substance to use for long term anxiety, in particular, is called Fo-Ti. It is an inexpensive herb that can be found in most health stores. As mentioned, it is safe and strengthens the kidney energy, thus alleviating many (all?) of the signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Additionally, one can experience side-benefits of increased energy, improved skeletal health, alleviation of joint pains and other healthy-aging benefits. (It should be noted that I have treated 1000s of patients and have never seen a negative reaction from this particular substance.)

The kidneys by nature like to be kept warm. Therefore, herbs such as ginger and cinnamon are very nourishing and healthy for them. Keeping ice cold drinks and cold foods lower in volume is also recommended.

Life can be challenging enough without compounding it by having to deal with issues such as anxiety. Fortunately, with some effort and time, the body in its infinite wisdom, can heal and correct itself. When it does, such negative feelings have a tendency to dissipate. Courage, anxiety (and fear) counterpart will make its way into your life. Watch the real changes then!

Most Drink It. Is THIS What is Adding Weight?

For starters, it has a tendency to leech minerals and trace minerals from both the bones and the teeth.

Look at your teeth, particularly the upper 2 front ones? Do they appear a little “clear” on the bottom (the contact surface area)? If so, there could be a problem.

It also may be THE thing that is the source of weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight.

What is being referred to here is the drinking of carbonated beverages.

While the fizz (the actual carbonation itself) of carbonated drinks such as soda or mineral water including Perrier and others,  is not a direct contributor to weight gain, add in the amount of sugar that is included or worse, the artificial sweeteners and now you have unwanted pounds and the inability to lose them.

As a general rule, non-carbonated drinks are much healthier. In addition to the 2 factors mentioned – added sugar and the fact that the carbonation pulls minerals and trace minerals from the system – many of these drinks have added citric acid into the mix. This substance in this form is quite unhealthy to the teeth and even the bones.

Pass of the fizz. There are just so many other healthy options, why risk it.

 

Why the “Fat Gene” Really Does Not Matter

The gene called FTO and it is found in chromosome number 16. If you inherited it, you are bound to be overweight or so the recently-written stories go. A closer look tells a new story.

University of North Carolina researchers reviewed over 50 genetic studies of nearly a quarter million people. They studied various factors involving the FTO gene and found some interesting information out along the way.

For starters, do you exercise regularly? Great! You just offset the effects of this gene by at least 30%.

Secondly, researchers noted that being born with FTO does not guarantee a life of obesity (as was reported). In fact, those who have this gene only carry about 6 1/2 pounds extra versus those who do not.

Best of all, experts in the field say that genetic factors contribute to only about five percent of all cases of obesity. Maybe even less.

Doc’s Thoughts: Every single diet or healthy way of eating has 5 characteristics:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Eat more green leafy veggies or greens in general.
  3. Eat more foods that contain healthy fats.
  4. Avoid sugar.
  5. Exercise regularly and live with passion. (I know. Technically this is not under the category of “eating” but fits here nevertheless.)

It is RARE that those who do not follow this have obesity issues. As this and other research is showing, genetics play a much lesser role as compared to behavior.

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