Laughter Really IS The Best Medicine :-)

I think most of us have come to believe that laughter truly is good medicine, but I found this article especially interesting and enlightening as far as the different statistics between men and women, plus how it helps improve memory. Can’t think of a better way to improve my health, longevity and memory recall, as well as have a more fun-filled holiday season! 🙂

Laugh a Lot, Live Longer

Legendary comedian Bob Hope lived until 100, while comedienne Phyllis Diller enjoyed life until the ripe old age of 95.

Sitcom favorite Dick Van Dyke is still active at 94, as is movie comedy-maker Mel Brooks. And beloved actress Carol Burnett is following close behind, still cracking jokes at 87.

These are just a few of our comedy legends who lived well beyond the average life expectancy. It makes you wonder, what’s their secret?

Good genes, education and financial wealth may help these funny folks tip the longevity scales, but the latest research reveals another important factor that’s attainable by anyone: a sense of humor.

A large study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine reveals that women with a good sense of humor live longer, despite illness such as cardiovascular disease and infection. Their male counterparts also seem to be protected against infection.1

Your Body and Mind Love a Good Joke, Research Proves

Norwegian researchers conducted a 15-year study exploring the connection between sense of humor and mortality among 53,556 women and men in their country.

The team analyzed the cognitive, social and affective factors of humor that were addressed on the participants’ questionnaires.

Next, the researchers assessed death from specific conditions including heart disease, infection, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In a nutshell, the study shows that the greater the role humor plays in the participants’ lives, the better their chances of surviving until at least 70 years.

They found that women with high “humor scores” in the way they view everyday life– called the cognitive component in the study– experienced:

  • A 48 percent lower risk of death from all causes;
  • A 73 percent lower risk of death from heart disease;
  • And a notable 83 percent lower risk of death from infection.

These are substantial reductions in chronic disease and death!

But what might be most interesting is that these results did not completely translate to men.

In this study, men with a high humor score did have a 74 percent reduction in death from infection (compared with women’s 83 percent reduction.) But they did not have a lower risk of premature death from all causes.

What’s going on with these results?

The authors were equally baffled, but they suggested that any gender differences in the results may be because as men age, their humor scores dip slightly. (Don’t tell Mel Brooks that, though!)

Good Humor Positively Affects How You View Life

According to the authors, the cognitive component influences the way people view everyday experiences. It stands to reason that humor can serve as a buffer against the stressful situations of daily life and protects one’s health.

Additional research confirms the study findings that laughter is the best medicine.

  • A laugh does your heart good. A 2009 study at the University of Maryland Medical Center revealed that laughter and an “active sense of humor” can protect against a heart attack and prevent heart disease. The cardiologists discovered that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to exhibit good humor in a variety of daily life scenarios when compared to their peers without heart disease.2The researchers believe that laughter decreases blood pressure and improves blood circulation and oxygen intake.
  • Humor helps manage pain. Remember the movie Patch Adams, featuring Robin Williams? Based on a true story of a doctor who used humor to help his patients heal, it underscores how humor can be a great pain reliever even in a hospital setting. Studies suggest that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, promoting a sense of well-being, and even a reprieve from pain.3 What’s more, laughter also decreases the stress hormone cortisol so inflammation is minimized throughout the body.
  • Laugh more, remember more. That’s right, research shows that the more you laugh, the better your memory. Loma Linda University researchers dug into this premise in a 2014 study.4They examined the stress levels and short-term memory of 20 healthy adults in their 60s and 70s. One group was asked to sit in silence with no communication. The other group got to watch funny videos. According to the researchers, the “humor group had much higher improvement” in the ability to remember things. They experienced 43 percent better memory function following the funny videos compared to only 20 percent in the group that had to sit in silence before their cognitive testing.

I think the ability to laugh at ourselves as we age is so important, not only for our physical health but our mental health, too. Over the years I’ve talked to numerous alternative doctors, including many that treat cancer. They almost always tell me that attitude is vital to any recovery from diseases like cancer.

In fact, I recall one story where a cancer patient claims to have healed his cancer by watching old television comedies all day long for weeks on end! So, it stands to reason that good humor and laughter would also improve our lifespan.

These findings echo other research that we’ve explored on this site. Basically, those people who are positive, laugh easily and don’t take themselves too seriously seem to fare well in the longevity department.

If you aren’t feeling all that funny, try watching your favorite comedy on TV, or call a friend who never fails to make you chuckle. Laughing just feels good and best of all, one laugh seems to lead to another.

SOURCE: https://agingdefeated.com/laugh-a-lot-live-longer/

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26569539/
  2. https://www.umms.org/ummc/news
  3. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-laughter-may-be-the-best-pain-medicine/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24682001/

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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Free Pilates/Qigong Class + Being A Regenerative Force for the Planet!

You can be a regenerative force on this planet!

For millions of years, humans were nourished by and lived in deep symbiosis with a beautifully biodiverse ecosystem. But we have lost our way.

We have systematically sterilized our environment and isolated ourselves from nature.

Now we are on the brink of a total collapse in our global food system. We are engineering the sixth great extinction on this planet — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

At this pivotal moment, can we find ourselves back into nature?
Can we change our mindset from consumers to producers and co-creators?
Can we establish cycles that are regenerative versus destructive?

You can be part of a future that is more diverse and more intelligent than the planet has ever expressed before. The paths are many, but they all revolve around reconnection — with each other, with farmers, with wisdom that is old and true, and with natural patterns.

To that end, this program gathers together thought leaders and changemakers, including special guest Charles Eisenstein, focused on regenerative agriculture, because healthy soil, communities, economies, and people all form one essential ecosystem.

This course runs from Nov 17th – 20th and is for…

  • Anyone who eats food!
  • People who care about being a life-giving force on the planet
  • People curious about the regenerative movement and how they can be a part of it
  • People looking to unite family and friends around a hopeful, healthful vision for humanity

Join this course to…

  • Learn how human & soil health are intimately related
  • Discover why past movements – such as “organic” – failed to change the paradigm
  • Listen to the challenges farmers and agricultural businesses face
  • Understand what it takes to heal an entire ecosystem
  • Reconnect with where your food comes from
  • Explore what regeneration looks like in your life

“As you listen to the many voices in this program, I hope regenerative agriculture will move from an abstract concept to an engaged experience. You will not only better understand the realities of our current farming landscape, but also better understand your role as a stakeholder in this food system. Because at the root of what it means to be regenerative is also what it means to be human.”Zach Bush, MD

We can completely overcome the common paradigm – not through an “anti” mission – but through an alternative mission. Not through an effort to be more “pro” this or that, and thus heighten the polarization of our culture, but to literally rise above the old arguments.

Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

About Your Host

Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr. Zach founded Seraphic Group and the nonprofit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health.

About Farmer’s Footprint

Farmer’s Footprint is a non-profit supporting farmers across the nation who are bravely stepping forward and transforming chemically farmed acreage to regenerative agriculture. Their vision is to unite, inspire and accelerate the movement towards regenerative food systems as a means to restore human and planetary health.

You can sign up for the free course at: https://www.onecommune.com/a-path-for-healing-people-planet-free-sign-up?

And Steven Washington is offering another free Pilates/Qigong Fusion class just in time to get you in shape for Thanksgiving! Here are the details and sign-up link…

Join the party with a FREE class!

Tuesday, November 22nd

11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm UK 

It’s been 2 years since Steven’s first Pilates/Qigong Fusion class and he’d love you to join him in celebrating!

Your FREE, 65-minute class will include:

  • 30 minutes of classic Pilates exercises to strengthen and stretch
  • 30 minutes of energizing and calming Qigong movements  
  • A peaceful and relaxing guided Mindful Meditation
  • Replay of the full class plus condensed and Qigong-only versions.

Learn more and sign-up here: https://www.stevenwashingtonexperience.com/celebration

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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Which is best….Daylight Saving or Standard Time?!

I’ve felt for a long time that there was no longer any real benefit from the annual “spring forward, fall back” routine. The switching twice a year seemed hard on our bodies and overall health, plus an unnecessary expense to the nation and the world (ever considered how costly it is to change the settings on Big Ben each time?!)

Both time systems seemed to have pluses and minuses; I just wanted to switch to one or the other permanently. So I was glad when I heard the US was finally set to end the practice next year and stay on daylight saving time. BUT then I read this article and felt like the lawmakers should have done a better job of researching all the data before making their decision.

I’ve done several posts in the past on the time change and its effects, and will post those links below. I know it’s always great to get that “extra” hour on Sunday in the fall, and the seeming “extra” sunshine in the spring (even though the actual amount stays the same :-)), but overall and long-term, this article makes me wish we could somehow be staying on standard time, not daylight saving, beginning next year.

Read this article from The Washington Post and see what you think….

Palace of Westminster with Big Ben

Why daylight saving time is worse for your body than standard time

An animated story of what science says about changing our clocks in the fall and spring

By Aaron Steckelberg and Lindsey Bever

Within days, 48 states and the District of Columbia will reset their clocks and fall back into standard time. From a health standpoint, most sleep and circadian experts say we should stay there.

Experts say early-morning sunlight is key to maintaining our circadian rhythms, sleep-wake cycles and overall health. Phyllis Zee, a neurologist and chief of sleep medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said without that sunlight, we can slip into circadian misalignment — “when your internal body clocks fall out of sync with that of the sun clock and your social clocks.”

The concern with adopting a permanent change to daylight saving time, which the Senate has voted to do, is that it may chronically throw our bodies out of sync with the sun and lead to a variety of health problems, sleep experts say.

“We would be misaligned all year long,” said Beth Malow, professor of neurology and pediatrics and the director of Vanderbilt University’s sleep division.

How is it that one hour can have such a significant impact?

Your brain has an internal clock.

It helps keep time each day, making sure the right things are happening at the right moments inside our bodies, such as cardiac functions, metabolic processes, hormone fluctuations and sleep.

But for most of us, that internal clock runs slightly longer than 24 hours.

Luckily, the sun steps in to help us by sending signals to specialized receptors in our eyes.

Each morning, sunlight resets our internal clock by “pulling” us back into sync with a 24-hour day.

Then, after the sun sets, the lack of sunlight allows our bodies to produce hormones such as melatonin, which promotes sleep.

Similar to how sunlight in the morning can pull our internal clock earlier, light from any source too late into the evening can do the opposite and “push” our internal clock later.

This can interfere with our ability to sleep.

With the time change each spring to daylight saving time, we abruptly disrupt this important relationship between our brains and the sun. Here’s why.

Our internal clock evolved to align with the sunrise, sunset and a 24-hour day.

Likewise, the clocks we developed to schedule our days were conceived to align with the 24-hour solar day.

When we are observing standard time, noon is when the sun is generally at its highest point. Let’s call it solar noon.

For most of us, our watches and phone clocks dictate how we live large parts of our lives — when to wake up, be at work and go to bed.

Each March, when we switch to daylight saving time, our daily schedules shift by an hour.

Notice how now we wake up in the dark and leave work with more hours of sunlight left in the day.

But the sun doesn’t move. Solar noon, which is synced with your internal clock, is still at the same time as the previous day. Now your daily schedule and solar noon are misaligned.

Unfortunately, the internal clock in your brain can’t adjust as fast as your watch. It takes your internal clock at least one day to adjust to one hour in time change. And for some people, it can take longer than that.

One of the major problems with changing to daylight saving time is that it disrupts sleep. Your body isn’t yet ready to fall asleep at your usual bedtime, which is now an hour earlier.

And in the morning, your body wants its old wake time, too. But your alarm clock wakes you an hour earlier, so you can get to work on time. Now you’re cutting into your sleep at both ends.

This sudden one-hour shift each spring has been associated with more heart attacks and strokes. Automobile and other types of accidents also increase.

There is also a cumulative toll of circadian misalignment. Here’s what would happen if we stayed in daylight saving time all year long.

The summer solstice, around June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, is the longest day of the year. In some locations, such as D.C., there may be nearly 15 hours of daylight.

Those extra hours of sunlight after work may feel nice, but having a later sunset close to bedtime can delay the onset of those sleep hormones, pushing your internal clock later.

Even though you may end up losing some sleep, during the summer you would still have early-morning sun to “pull” you back a little bit.

But let’s imagine if daylight saving time becomes permanent, as has been proposed. Six months later, during the shortest day of the year, on Dec. 21, you would have a different problem.

There would be a bit over nine hours of sunlight in D.C. during the day.

You would wake up in darkness, and the sun wouldn’t rise until you were well awake and already at work.

Because you already would have been awake for hours before the sun rose, it would be less capable of “pulling” your clock back into alignment.

If your internal clock doesn’t get “pulled” enough, it can’t reset itself.

So, your internal clock may remain slightly longer than 24 hours, causing you to drift out of sync with the solar day.

With each passing day, those extra minutes can accumulate. Over time, your internal clock and your real-world clocks move further apart.

This results in circadian misalignment, a mismatch between our schedules that tell us when to wake, “and what our outside environment wants us to do, which is to stay in bed and sleep because it’s dark outside,” Malow said.

As a result, staying in daylight saving time year round could put people at greater risk for seasonal depression in the winter months, experts say. Experts also say circadian misalignment can affect the production of important hormones such as melatonin.

Living chronically out of sync with our internal clock puts us at an increased risk for sleep loss, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders and even certain types of cancer.

Melatonin has oncostatic properties, meaning it can slow the spread of cancer, said Charles Czeisler, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

But what would happen if we adopted standard time year round? Experts say we would eliminate the short-term health problems (and frustration) created by adjusting our clocks twice per year.

More importantly, our internal clock would stay in sync with the solar day.

With better circadian alignment, we may reduce the risk for many long-term health issues.

Circadian and sleep experts say there is a powerful biological case for staying in standard time year round. Changing the clocks doesn’t change the overall duration of sunlight in a day. With permanent standard time, at least you would be getting that light at the right time of day for optimal health.

Go here to read the article with animated graphics that help explain the whole thing further.

SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/interactive/2022/permanent-standard-time-body-health-benefits/?itid=hp-top-table-main_p001_f004

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Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Jin Shin Jyutsu ‘Mediator’ For Harmonizing Emotions And Alleviating Fatigue, Allergic Reactions, Achy Shoulders And More!

I don’t know about you, but the last couple of months have seemed especially tough on my nervous system and my emotions have been all over the place. So I was happy to be reminded in an e-mail from Astrid at FlowsForLife.com of this wonderfully easy JSJ energy routine to help bring a greater sense of balance and harmony to my body, mind and spirit!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Mediator

Something happens or someone says something and I find myself reacting badly. Or I overreact. I just can’t help myself! Not only that: insignificant things become big issues, and I am left feeling mentally, emotionally and physically drained. The good news is that harmony can be restored with this Jin Shin Jyutsu Mediator self help exercise.

But first: A bit about the ‘Trinity’ energies

Mediator energies are very closely related to the Trinity. These are Main Central and Left and Right Supervisor energies.

Main Central is the energy that connects each one of us to the Universal Source of Life. It flows down the front and up the back of the body in an oval, keeping us harmonized with source energy. I often describe it as the trunk of the tree. Because of this, it regenerates all of our other individualized energy functions. To harmonize Main Central you can simply do the Main Central Exercise.

If Main Central is the trunk of the tree, then the Left and Right Supervisor are the two main branches. The Left Supervisor ‘supervises’ the left side energies. It flows down the front and up the back of the left side, also in an oval pattern. The same happens on the right side of the body. There is a simple exercise to harmonize the Left and Right Supervisors.

So again, Main Central along with the Left and Right Supervisor form The Trinity.

On to the Diagonal Mediators

The Diagonal Mediator Energies ensure that the left and right side energies of the body are in balance. In essence, they ‘mediate’ between the two sides, making sure that left and right side are also in harmony with Main Central.

Mary Burmeister wrote: “It is of vital importance to keep [The Mediator] functioning properly for the total supply of energy to the whole man.”

What happens when Mediator is not harmonized?

Mary also said that ‘this energy is the cause for disharmony in the body’. Let’s look at that in more detail.

Fundamentally, attitudes are at the root of all disharmony. By attitudes I mean Worry, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Trying To’s (or Efforting).

These attitudes are born at the level of the Mediator energy.

The way I see it is that we all experience emotions such as Worry, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Trying To’s – we are human after all. It’s when we get ‘stuck’ in one of these emotions that they become an ATTITUDE.

How does that feel, to get ‘stuck in an emotion’? Well, I feel angry all the time. I am reactive and I overreact. I worry all the time and I just can’t stop. I’m anxious about everything. The smallest thing makes me cry. Life isn’t fair! Life isn’t fun! And on and on. You get the picture.

It’s pretty draining, isn’t it? Can’t think straight, let alone find the energy to function optimally from day to day.

Exhaustion is also a good indicator that mediator is overloaded.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Mediator also helps

So apart from balancing the emotions, it also helps take fatigue out of the body. Great for allergic reactions, especially if they affect the nose and eyes. Use it when your shoulders are tight and achey.

Self help exercise to harmonize Mediator energies

The following self help exercise harmonizes Left and Right Diagonal Mediator energies. Practice it every day for a few minutes or for as long as you like! Start with the side that you feel is the most tense. If you don’t know which side that is, then start with the left Mediator.

I find it really comfortable to do this exercise while lying in bed and placing pillows and cushions where I need them.

The left Mediator flow:
Place the right hand over the left shoulder and place the left thumb over the left ring fingernail.  At the same time, bring the knees together. Relax the hands. Hold for 3-5 minutes, or longer, until you feel relief.

Tip: When lying in bed and knees are together, I like to flop my feet out to the side. It’s easier to keep my knees together that way.

The right Mediator flow:
Place the left hand over the right shoulder and place the right thumb over the right ring fingernail. At the same time, bring the knees together. Relax the hands. Hold 3-5 minutes, or longer, until you feel relief.

Mary Burmeister, a foremost teacher of this Universal Art said: “Happiness is the measure of our HARMONY.”

Astrid says you may also like:

In the Flow: Hands-on Self Help Mini eCourse

See my Jin Shin Jyutsu Online Resources

And if you’re new to JSJ, check out my original Self-help Health post on the topic:

Jin Shin Jyutsu – One of my favorite self-help health tools!

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

p.s. Be sure to follow Self-help Health to receive helpful tips on a regular basis.  And check out my website’s To Your Health page for even more useful information and resources for creating better health.

Upcoming Free Qi Gong Class!

Steven Washington is offering another free class, so be sure and take advantage of this opportunity….

Kick-start your summer with a FREE Soulful Movement Core Qigong class…

July 12th at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 7pm UK

Here’s what’s included in your 65-minute class:

  • 30 minutes of classic Pilates strengthening, stretching and balancing exercises
  • 30 minutes of energy-igniting and calming Qigong
  • A peaceful Mindful Meditation
  • Replay of the full class plus 20-minute and Qigong-only versions.

Read more and sign-up for the free class here: https://www.stevenwashingtonexperience.com/soulful-movement

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

ANALOG vs DIGITAL

A few days ago I got a newsletter from Kaitlyn Keyt at Vibes Up about how we’ve been impacted by all the changes from analog to digital formatting, and I found what she had to say very insightful and thought-provoking….

SOME INTERESTING THOUGHTS ON ORGANIC VERSUS SYNTHETIC SOUNDS & IMAGES AND HOW THEY AFFECT US

I remembered when phones where switched from analog to digital. I could hear it and FEEL IT. 

And it set off little alarms in my system. 

It was my insurance company and I called them back and said I am sorry this will sound strange, but I talked to a couple of your employees today that I have spoken to before and today they sounded very robotic. 

Rather than tell me I was kooky, they said “Oh yes, we just had our phone systems switch to digital!” 

My alarm was because I could not READ them (energetically) as clearly thru their voice. Back then I was not even aware of my ability to do this; it was just a natural sense like taste, touch and smell and I never questioned it until that conversation when I was not able to use it. It left me feeling very unsettled. I THINK WE ALL HAVE THIS ABILITY. 

Years later I watched a documentary about analog music vs digital. It was saying when music switched to digital it lost its ‘soul.’ 

It explained that digital takes in the information and scrambles it and resends it out in a form that was not its original. Like organic vs synthetic sound. 

Just like our body does not know how to fully process synthetic foods, it would be the same with sounds. 

I can also imagine this would be the same with images…. 

My dream was showing me the more we are exposed to lower and scrambled PIXELS that it is yet another way to keep humanity in a limited state of being. 

Like consuming food that does not have the full spectrum of its nutrients (KREBS CYCLE), we can not utilize that food item when it’s synthetic and not complete, and it ends up draining our system to try to pull the missing elements from our bodies. 

In the dream I got that  ‘incomplete pixels’  on images also pull from us and leave us in a limited state and with a sense of incompleteness. THAT IS PART OF WHY WE FEEL SO MUCH BETTER IN NATURE!

IN SUMMARY: 

I will still be processing the pixel message from the dream, but in the meantime, I am getting that the more REAL LIFE, IN PERSON sounds and images (organic) we can take it, the better for our systems and activation of our natural abilities as we step into being true full-spectrum, empowered beings. 

To what lengths will those who want to control the masses keep us from REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES? 

Would they go so far as to keep us away from each other and inside watching TV and on ‘smart’ phones, and only seeing and speaking to each other via synthetic technology? HMMM. 

I feel even more Inspired to consume more ORGANIC experiences! 

How many ORGANIC experiences can you collect TODAY? ~ Kaitlyn Keyt

Kaitlyn’s article got me interested in knowing more about analog vs digital and this is one of the information sources I found in my search: https://instrumentationtools.com/what-are-analog-and-digital-signals-differences-examples/

p. s. Kaitlyn’s Vibes Up site is one of my favorite places to shop for items that rely on Nature to enhance our lives, improve our health, off-set EMFs and other non-beneficial energies, and more. I have done several posts highlighting some of the wonderful items she creates in partnership with Nature and offers on her on-line store. Her Age-Less Crystal Cream (on sale right now!), Therapy Bears, Lotus Oil Roll-ons & Sprays, and multi-purpose “squishies”/energy mats are some of my faves that I use on a daily basis. Shop thru this link https://shop.vibesup.com/#goodvibes4u and use the code “goodvibes4u” and get $10 off your order, if you are a new customer. 🙂

Related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/vibes-up-ageless-extreme-cream-special-oral-health-plus-free-scalar-sessions/

Salud!

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Simple Energy Processes for Colds, Flu, Sore Throat and More

Here in the southeast US we have come out of cold and flu season, but are now dealing with an extra intense allergy season and high pollen levels. And these two Jin Shin Jyutsu holds/flows can help mitigate that and so much more. I’m reminded of the ease, simplicity and versatility of this great type of “energy medicine,” and why it’s one of the best things I’ve ever studied. No health and wellness “arsenal” should be without JSJ!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help for Colds and Flu

Before I knew about Jin Shin Jyutsu self help for colds and flu, I would always expect to get at least one cold a year. And guess what? I did!

Not surprising, given my energy was low, my lymphatic system was congested and one thing I didn’t know that would influence whether I manifested a cold or not: my shoulders were tight. Actually, they were very tight.

I hear you ask:

“Tight shoulders are the cause of a cold?”  Well, yes. Let me explain.

Our bodies are very clever (but we already knew that!). One of our 26 energy sites is located between the spine and the upper corner of the shoulder blade. This energy site number 3 (or Safety Energy Lock as it is formally referred to in Jin Shin Jyutsu) came into the universe meaning The Door, and it is our natural antibiotic.

How does that work?

When the door swings back and forth without obstruction, then it can ‘let out’ tension and ‘let in’ pure energy.

When The Door gets jammed up, that’s when the problems or I should say projects start. Projects like colds and flu.

I see many clients in my practice who have very tight shoulders, and even if they don’t have a cold at the time, they are probably really low in energy and suffering from other discomforts. Therefore, it is really important to keep the shoulders as clear and tense-free as possible!

A dynamic combination

This number 3 energy site called The Door works really well with energy site number 15 which is located on the groin. Holding this combination of energy sites helps open up the 3 first and then clears the energy below the waistline. The energy can then move up the back properly.

Already have a cold or flu (for which obviously bed rest is indicated)? Then these self help holds should assist in speeding up the recovery.

I have personally experienced the power of this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold over and over again and it never ceases to amaze me how it works!

Safe for children

I remember how a while back now, I received a rather distressed email from someone taking care of her 3 year-old grandson for a few days, and he’d developed a fever. She asked if there was anything she could do to help him.

I replied, explaining the simple exercise below she could do on her grandson.

A bit later I received a reply from her, and I quote: “It is super how quickly this hold has worked! You wouldn’t say that he had a high fever – he’s now back to being his usual lively, playful and happy self.”

The exercise for colds and flu

To aid breathing, help clear a sore throat, reduce fever, and help the immune system (as in the image above):

For the left flow, place the right hand over the left shoulder (if you can, make sure your fingers rest on the top corner of the shoulder blade usually where it’s sore) and place the left hand on the left side groin. Do for 20 minutes minimum (but if you can’t do it for that long, don’t worry! just hold for a few minutes or as long as is comfortable). If you fall asleep, then the hold will keep working until your hands fall away.

Reverse left and right everywhere for the right side.

To do the exercise on another person: The person lies on their back, face up so that they are comfortable. You sit on the person’s left. For the left flow, place the right hand over their left shoulder (at the top corner of the shoulder blade) and the left hand on the left side groin. If you’re working on a small child then hold only a few minutes, or until the child has had enough.

To help clear a sore throat you can also hold Little fingers. Start by holding the little finger on the side of the throat that is sore.

Mary Burmeister said: “UNLOAD (exhale) all skepticisms. RECEIVE (inhale) your abundance.” That’s how The Door works – our natural antibiotic.

SOURCE: https://www.flowsforlife.com/jin-shin-jyutsu-self-help-colds-flu/

Text and images by Astrid Kauffmann
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and
Self Help Teacher since 2001

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Avocado “Hacks”

Just got this in a newsletter from Robin Openshaw, aka Green Smoothie Girl. Wasn’t aware of the placing avocados in water idea going around, but have heard of and used some of the other things she mentions. Liked the info about the nub and the tip about buying longer avocados. Had never thought about the shape being something to consider or that there were actual avocado saver devices available. 🙂

This is really important to me. Because avocados are my favorite food. There’s this meme-story going around saying that if you put avocados in water they keep for “freaking-ever.” Have you seen it?

People are saying that when they submerge whole, ripe avocados in water in the fridge they’re lasting FOR WEEKS ……meanwhile, that beautiful avocado you left alone for 2 seconds while you went to the bathroom is suddenly mushy and brown — what!? As I’m sure you know all too well, avocados are perpetually difficult. One day they’re too green, and two days later, they’re overripe. So, who doesn’t want this method to work?
Well, it turns out, it might NOT be as wonderful as it seems …FDA scientists showed that Listeria monocytogenes have the potential to infiltrate and get inside the pulp of avocados when submerged in water in the fridge within 15 days. So, even cleaning the avocado surface wouldn’t solve the problem.So, since you don’t want to risk getting food poisoning, what should you do when you buy a bag of avocados and suddenly they’re all perfectly ripe at the same time?
Simply putting ripe avocados in the fridge (NOT in water) works to extend them for a few days. Like you’ve probably always done. I have.

You can also freeze ripe avocados after slicing them, and put them in a bag or jar. Add them to your green smoothies, because their texture will be different. I’m not sure if they’ll work for guacamole that way, I need to try this.

You can also slice them, sprinkle with a bit of lemon or lime, and put them in a bag with the air squeezed out as much as possible. (This will slow down the action of polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that causes avocado to turn brown.)

If you have half an avocado, leave the pit in and squeeze some lemon or lime juice on it then put it in an air-tight container.

You can also try placing an avocado half with the pit into a container and add a piece of onion. (The onion helps prevent oxidation, so the avocado doesn’t brown.)

And, they make “avocado savers” that are created just for saving avocados, which you can find on Amazon, and probably other places, too. I don’t have one, so I can’t speak to how they work–but again, they’re preventing oxidation.

Hopefully that helps you.

And, here are some avocado hacks that DO work:

How to know if an avocado is ripe? Pop off the little stem/nub at the top, and check its color. If it’s bright green, it’s good. If it’s yellow, place the numb back and let it ripen for a day or two. If it’s brown, it’s probably too ripe.

Choose longer avocados, because they have smaller pits, so you get more avocado.

You can ripen avocados more quickly by placing them in a paper bag along with a banana (an apple works, too). (The natural gasses released by the banana will speed up the process.)Yes, avocados are super nutritious. And rich in nutrients that many Americans are lacking in, like potassium.

I don’t worry whatsoever, despite coming of age in the “low-fat” 80’s, about “too much fat” in an avocado. It’s the kind of fats that keep you and your cells and your skin and your mind young and healthy. Eating avocados is good for your immune system, and anti-inflammatory. They’re also good for the gut. And they’re good for your cardiovascular system.

Of course, they’re yummy in many ways. You might like them in a green smoothie. I don’t put them in my smoothie because they’re so delicious, I don’t want them lost in my blended-up greens and superfoods and a little fruit.

My favorite thing to do with an avocado is to mash it up, add a little lemon juice and pepper, and salsa, and eat it with some healthy chips. What’s your favorite way?
~ Robyn Openshaw

Related Self-help Health post: https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/avocado-based-smoothie-recipes-plus-two-week-epigenetics-re-boot/

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my Evolution Made Easier website’s To Your Health page.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

“Cucumber Redeux”

Too funny! I just saw a post on Facebook about interesting uses for cucumbers and was going to do a post on them when I did a search here and realized I’d already featured the information in a 2013 blog I’d completely forgotten about. It was perfect timing to be reminded of all the unusual uses because both my bedroom and bathroom doors recently developed squeaks and I don’t have any WD-40, so I was thinking about trying coconut oil as a remedy, but now I think I’ll go the cucumber route.

Anyway, I figured, with cucumber season just around the corner here in the southeast, it was time to remind myself and others of the health benefits and versatility of this underappreciated “warty green wonder.” And btw, one of my favorite healthy things to drink is made by throwing a chopped up organic cucumber into the Vitamix, along with a couple of organic celery stalks and some lemon or lime juice and water. Simple and very light and refreshing!

Cucumbers belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin) and are made up of 96 percent water, so they are a great source of hydration for the body. They are also loaded with Vitamin A, which protects the body from free radicals and lowers the risk of various cancers and illness due to damaged cells. Vitamin A also has many other important functions, including aiding normal bone growth, white blood cell development and normal blood cell functioning, and eye health.

Cucumbers are also a good source of Vitamin K, which is mainly responsible for making some of the proteins the liver requires for blood clotting. It plays a role in building bone and other tissues of the body, as well. And a 100 g serving (around 3.5 oz.) of cucumber contains approximately 150 mg of potassium. This mineral aids in metabolic functions and plays a role in the development of muscle tissue. Adequate potassium is also necessary for maintaining normal electrical activity of the heart. Cucumbers also contain other beneficial minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Cucumbers have not received as much press as other vegetables in terms of health benefits, but this widely-cultivated food provides us with a unique combination of nutrients. At the top of the phytonutrient list for cucumbers are its cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids. These three types of phytonutrients found in cucumbers provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.

ANTIOXIDANT & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY BENEFITS

Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. In addition, cucumbers contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol. In animal studies, fresh extracts from cucumber have been shown to provide specific antioxidant benefits, including increased scavenging of free radicals and increased overall antioxidant capacity. Fresh cucumber extracts have also been shown to reduce unwanted inflammation in animal studies. Cucumber accomplishes this task by inhibiting activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), and by preventing overproduction of nitric oxide in situations where it could increase the likelihood of excessive inflammation.

ANTI-CANCER BENEFITS

Research on the anti-cancer benefits of cucumber is still in its preliminary stage and has been restricted thus far to lab and animal studies. Interestingly, however, many pharmaceutical companies are actively studying one group of compounds found in cucumber—called cucurbitacins—in the hope that their research may lead to development of new anti-cancer drugs. Cucurbitacins belong to a large family of phytonutrients called triterpenes. Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E have all been identified within fresh cucumber. Researchers have determined that several different signaling pathways (for example, the JAK-STAT and MAPK pathways) required for cancer cell development and cancer cell survival can be blocked by activity of cucurbitacins. Eventually, we expect to see human studies that confirm the anti-cancer benefits of cucumbers when consumed in a normal, everyday meal plan.

A second group of cucumber phytonutrients known to provide anti-cancer benefits are its lignans. The lignans pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol have all been identified within cucumber. Interestingly, the role of these plant lignans in cancer protection involves the role of bacteria in our digestive tract. When we consume plant lignans like those found in cucumber, bacteria in our digestive tract take hold of these lignans and convert them into enterolignans like enterodiol and enterolactone. Enterolignans have the ability to bind onto estrogen receptors and can have both pro-estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects. Reduced risk of estrogen-related cancers, including cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate has been associated with intake of dietary lignans from plant foods like cucumber.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/317043-health-benefit-of-eating-cucumbers/

And here’s a great little list of 13 Uses For Cucumbers by Matt Agorist, at REALfarmacy.com…

Cucumbers are very easy to grow and make for a delicious treat. But did you know they can prevent hangovers, or clean the kitchen sink? Below is a list of tips and tricks you can do with cucumbers that you do not want to miss!

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath; the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing; also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

And check out this great little recipe for fat flush water that uses cucumber:

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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Free On-line Five Elements Class From The Eden Method Team

Just received this announcement and invitation in an e-mail from Donna Eden and thought some of you may want to sign up…..

Donna and her daughters Titanya and Dondi have come together for the first time ever to teach a fun, free, transformational Five Elements class on-line.

The Five Elements can give us understanding and clarity on not just who we are and what we do but WHY we do what we do.

You’ll start to know yourself and other important people in your life in a more profound way than ever before.

And when you learn to identify and recognize the dominant element in yourself and others (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, or Metal), there’s not much that you cannot accomplish!

For instance, understanding the Five Elements can help you:
Feel better about yourself at all levels and embrace your true, authentic self.

Rekindle the fires of passion and intimacy with the one you love.

Develop a deeper understanding and compassion for yourself and others in ways that make sense of unwanted or troubling behavior – so you can allow for inspired growth and expansion.

Experience a more blissful flow and greater ease at work and in other creative endeavors.

Make healthy food choices based on your underlying core energy instead of bouncing from trend to trend to figure out what’s right for you.

Resolve problematic traits that have dogged you all your life (for instance, if you’re a lifelong procrastinator, this system can help you change that!)

Improve your health and vitality in a way that’s aligned with your unique body, mind, and spirit.

Establish greater trust and friendship with others (even “difficult” people who drive you up the wall!) and MUCH more!

Understanding the Five Elements can empower you to build a life of genuine love, friendship, confidence, and success, in a way that is aligned with who you truly are!

In this free class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to begin your journey to better health and relationships, plus more joy and satisfaction in all areas of your life and work.

Donna, Titanya, and Dondi’s teachings are deeply insightful, so get ready for more than a few “a-ha” moments!

Join this one-of-a-kind free class now >>

The Eden Method team

P.S. The class is only available for a limited time so reserve your spot now

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier and blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.