Great Overall Health, Detox And Cleanse Resource!

 

Wow, I came across this the other day when someone posted it on Facebook. Such a good, in-depth article about ways and means to be healthier. Some of the items mentioned have been featured on this blog (oil pulling, rebounding, lemon water, dry brushing, etc.), but this is a nice compilation of a lot of helpful information for improved health and well-being all in one place. One reason I am featuring it here is so I will always know where to find all the information myself. 🙂

 

23 Great Ways To Painlessly Cleanse Your Whole Body

by DREW CANOLE

A lot of people hear the word “detox” or “cleanse” and immediately have images of starvation and painful detox symptoms. In reality, there are a lot of things you can do on a daily basis to gently cleanse and nourish your body! In the long run, these habits can be more effective than intense short-term detox plans and for many, much more realistic.

 

1) Water

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. It is vital to every cell, organ, system and function that goes on in your body. It is especially important for the lymphatic system because it is what flushes your body of toxins and unneeded substances. Without the consistent flow of water coming in and out, your body will become like a stagnant puddle of water – yuck!

Start off your morning with a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon water and – if you’re daring – add some baking soda. Both lemon and baking soda will normalize the pH of your body, are anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, antibacterial and will pull toxins from your bloodstream. What better way to start off your morning?

For more info on lemon water and using structured water: 

Lemon Water: Better Than Lemonade

Structured Water: H2OMG!

 

2) Meditation

Cleansing the mind is just as important – if not more so – than cleansing the body. Meditation gives you a space to breathe and let go of racing thoughts and emotions. You can take five minutes to meditate, or 60 – whatever you feel you need. There are a lot of meditation aids online such as Alpha Waves, which plays music specifically formulated to help the mind relax and focus

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3) Juicing with dandelion greens

Juicing is one of the most powerful ways to flood your tired body with micronutrients and flush out all the bad guys. Dandelions are a natural diuretic that help the kidneys filter through excess water and salt. They also cleanse the liver (one of your hardest working detox organs), are loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and act as an anti-inflammatory. We highly recommend adding dandelion greens to your juice or smoothies! Don’t have time to juice? Try our superfood-packed green drink powder Organifi.

 

4) Your Lymph System, Using DRY BRUSHING AND REBOUNDING

The Lymphatic System is an intricate network of nodes, ducts and vessels throughout your body that moves lymph from the body tissue to the bloodstream. Since it’s circulating through your body and is key to cleaning out toxins and waste, it’s an important point of focus when it comes to detoxification. A popular way to smooth out the flow of your lymph system is called dry brushing, which is the process of running a brush in specific, continuous, circular motions across your skin, upwards towards your heart. To ensure cleansing, add in some rebounding (physical aerobic activity) to your days to make your brushing efforts worthwhile (plus rebounding is fun!).

 

 

5) Hydrotherapy

After dry brushing, hop in the shower and alternate between 1-2 minutes of hot water and 30 seconds of cold. You can do this 3-5 times during your shower. If the cold is too unbearable at first, try lukewarm and work your way to cold. This type of hydrotherapy increases circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as boosts your immune system and metabolism. Once you get used to it, these shower cycles should actually feel pretty good!

 

6) Workout (qi gong)

Qi = life force and vital energy. Gong = accomplishment or skill. Qi Gong = Cultivating energy. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that uses physical postures, specific breathing techniques and mental focus to help cleanse the body and stimulate energy flow. It is one of the best ways to find relief from anxiety and cultivate inner peace. Even taking 10 minutes out of your day to do qi gong or a similar exercise will boost your productivity and mental performance.

Try it for yourself! Here’s how.

 

7) Stretching

We are always so busy going about our days tending to our responsibilities and obligations, that it’s easy to forget to stop and stretch out our body. Taking the time to stretch gives you the chance to ease out your tensed up muscles and keep your body functioning at a top-notch level. I’m sure you’ve noticed on occasion that while you’re sitting at a table or desk, your shoulders are hunched up. This causes all sorts of problems. Stretching is also a great way to rejuvenate your body and cleanse it through slow, steady motions and movements. These movements help increase the circulation throughout your body and stimulate the release of toxins.

Related post: Unkink With These 12 Yoga Poses

 

8) Bone Broth In The AM

Bone broth is something your grandmother probably believed in (and she’s a smart lady!). This is an affordable, nutrient and mineral dense addition to anyone’s diet. It is particularly high in magnesium, calcium, amino acids and phosphorus and is believed to help reduce cellulite. You can use bones from beef, lamb, bison, fish, and birds. This is an immune boosting drink for when you’re sick and is also great for the digestive system.

 

9) Turn Off The News

CNN = Constant Negative News. The news is a money-making industry just like any other. Depressing and/or shocking news sells more than happy and uplifting news. Turn off the TV to cleanse your mind and clear your time for something more uplifting, like a walk outdoors or time with loved ones. If you are looking for drastic changes in your mental and physical health, try taking an entire week to do a media and electronics fast.

 

10) Sound Therapy

Because we are constantly surrounded by noise and disturbances, our ears start to become desensitized towards the higher pitched sound frequencies. This sort of therapy is designed to help restore that sensitivity again. When our sensitivity to sound frequencies grows dull, it also begins to decrease our energy, increases our irritability to sound and can be a contributor to other health issues. Here is an example of sound therapy for you to enjoy.

 

For the rest of the article, including information about oxygen therapy, reflexology, music therapy, steam therapy, intermittent fasting, foam rolling and more, go to:

23 Great Ways To Painlessly Cleanse Your Whole Body

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow, so you don’t miss out on future posts. And check out the To Your Health page of my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and 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.

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Readers’ Choice, Plus A Free Copy Of The Green Body Cleanse

 

Today I want to do something a little different. Usually I focus on one particular topic or article I think readers will find informative and helpful. But I thought it would be nice to give you the choice of what to read today. So I’ve included links to several articles I’ve found that were interesting to ME, but this way YOU get to pick what you spend time reading. 

I hope you enjoy the selection and end up reading more than just one. After all, variety is supposedly the spice of life. 🙂 And be sure to take advantage of the free e-book offer mentioned at the end of the post.

 

# 1 – This first article is about what seems to be a strong link between polio and the pesticide DDT. This is the kind of data that could very well turn the way we’ve thought about this disease upside down…..

Pesticides and Polio

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/everything-you-learned-about-cause-polio-wrong

 

# 2 – Find out how resonant frequencies are being used to combat cancer cells:

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/shattering-cancer-with-resonant-frequencies/

 

# 3 – For those watching their weight, find out about 5 proven tricks that studies have shown help you eat less calories:

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/tricks-to-eat-less-food.html

 

# 4 – There is now a test for early detection of Alzheimer’s that also shows promise in detecting Parkinson’s, MS and breast cancer:

Alzheimer's Disease

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/detection-test-for-alzheimers/

 

# 5 – I knew using a sauna offered health benefits, but I didn’t realize it could have such a big impact on heart health:

“The researchers found that compared with those who went to the sauna only once a week or less, those who went two to three times per week were 24 percent less likely to die from all causes, 22 percent less likely from sudden cardiac death, 23 percent less likely from coronary heart disease and 27 percent less likely from cardiovascular disease.

The risk reductions among those who made four to seven visits per week were dramatically higher: 40 percent (all causes), 66 percent (sudden cardiac death), 48 percent (coronary heart disease) and 50 percent (cardiovascular disease).

Length of sauna visit also had a striking impact. Compared with those with an average visit shorter than 11 minutes, those whose visits were 11 to 19 minutes long were 7 percent less likely to die from sudden cardiac death. Spending more than 19 minutes per visit reduced sudden cardiac death risk by a whopping 52 percent. Similar benefits were seen for death from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/051781_sauna_heart_health_disease_prevention.html

 

# 6 – And if you’ve ever used detox foot pads, you know that some of them can be a bit pricey, but here’s an article with a recipe for making your own!

Here’s How to Make Homemade Detox Foot Pads to Cleanse Your Body from Toxins Overnight:

http://www.naturalhealingmagazine.com/heres-how-to-make-homemade-detox-foot-pads-to-cleanse-your-body-from-toxins-overnight/

 

# 7 – Two fascinating posts with information and insights about why certain foods are addictive that bring up points ( e. g. how some of them contain opiates) I’d never considered before….

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/top-20-addictive-foods-are-you-hooked

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/do-hidden-opiates-our-food-explain-food-addictions1

 

And if you weren’t fortunate enough to snag a copy of The Green Body Cleanse e-book last year when Dr. Edward Group of Global Healing Center offered it for free, here’s another opportunity….

What Will You Learn from this e-Book?

  • How to reduce and eliminate toxins from your home, workplace, and body

  • How to restore your body’s natural healing powers

  • How to detoxify your air and drinking water

  • How to choose and maintain an organic diet and lifestyle

  • How to maintain health without harmful drugs or surgery

  • How to perform the best cleansing methods, including: Oxygen Colon Cleansing, Liver and Gallbladder Cleansing, Harmful Organism Cleansing, and Toxic Metal Cleansing

  • How to live a happy, rewarding, healthy life

  • How to do it all efficiently to save money and time!

Here’s what one customer had to say about the book:

5 out of 5 starsStraightforward and Information packed “This is very straightforward and understandable. To switch to green living can be difficult. Major changes may be needed for most people reading this. The best part is how to do it: one step at a time and be patient. As Dr. Group says, it could take 3 to 6 months or longer. My favorite part was how to combine foods. I love the lists of alkaline and non-alkaline foods. The examples are very helpful.” ~ Calvi74

Just visit GHC and use the coupon code ‘Free2015’ at check-out when you are ordering the book and it should bring the price down to zero. You should also check out some of Dr. Group’s other best-selling products while you’re there, like Detoxadine (here’s a blog post about the importance of iodine), O2-Zap, and Oxy-powder, all of which I use personally and highly recommend.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my Evolution Made Easier website and my other blogfor more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

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

Humming Your Way To Better Health….Plus, A Free 5-Day Epigenetics Event!

 

Can’t get much simpler or easier than improving your health with humming! Makes me glad I have a tendency to go around humming to myself all the time. Here’s some fascinating info about the power of “the hum” from Underground Health Reporter…..

 

Did You Know…

… that humming is good for your heart and mind?

Sound therapy has healed sick bodies and minds for thousands of years.  Himalayan singing bowls, chanting, and the humming of “Om” have been used for prayer and meditation, and have been shown to enhance relaxation and well-being.

Chances are you use sound therapy in your life without even realizing it.  A Prevention magazine survey revealed that 3 out of 4 people de-stress by listening to music, and 82% verified that they felt significant relief.

If you don’t have any music or singing bowls on hand, then just start humming!  Humming helps to ease any stress or tension you may be feeling and is good for your heart.  Studies suggest that humming can even help clear your sinuses.

Hum for Your Heart

Humming helps to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate.  High blood pressure (hypertension) affects 1 in 3 Americans, many of whom don’t even realize they’re at risk.  Hypertension is called “the silent killer” because if left untreated it can cause kidney, heart, and brain damage.  Humming may help mitigate that risk.

A 2010 study from Nepal College Medical Journal showed that when people hummed “O-U-Mmma” blood pressure dropped significantly and heart rate decreased slightly in just 5 minutes.

Hum for Calm

Humming promotes a state of calm in two ways.  First, it increases the amount of oxygen we take in (stress depletes our bodies of oxygen).  Second, humming activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn triggers the relaxation response.  The relaxation response relaxes muscles, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and even optimizes digestion.

Try it for yourself.  See if when you hum the muscles in your face and jaw let go of tension, your shoulders relax, your belly loosens, your thoughts slow down, and your focus improves.

Hum for Your Sinuses

Sinusitis and other sinus diseases afflict approximately 14% of Americans.  Sinus problems can manifest as headaches, digestive disorders, and pain in the inflamed area around the nose. Research has shown that humming can unblock obstructions in the sinuses.  When these blockages are loosened up, nitric oxide can flow easier.  Nitric oxide is essential for proper sinus function because it helps dilute the capillary beds and improve blood flow.  Scientists also believe that humming helps to lengthen the exhalations of our breath, which gives the body more time to breathe in ample oxygen.

It’s All About the Vibration
According to sound therapy practitioners, everything is made up of vibration, including your body.  Disease occurs when the body’s natural vibration is thrown off tune.  Sound therapy attempts to correct imbalanced vibration, and has been used as a complementary alternative medicine to treat both physical and mental ailments.  Here are just a few:
Fertility complications
IBS
Cancer symptoms
Chronic pain
Arthritis
Anxiety
Depression
Parkinson’s disease
Hormonal imbalancesIt doesn’t matter if you hum a tune or a single note like “Om.”  The trick is tapping into the vibration of the hum to fine-tune the rhythms and resonance in your body.

Also read the post on the vagus nerve and humming:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/vague-about-the-vagus-read-this-plus-southwestern-stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

Related Self-help Health posts:

Sound Healing: Harmonizing Your Mind & Body With Solfeggio Tones

Science Confirms Music Is A Multi-purpose Health Aid

Get Your Groove On! The Music And Movement Connection

Want To Improve Your Mental Health And Performance? Go For Baroque!

 

And here’s an invite from Jennifer McLean of MasterWorks Healing to a free event you may be interested in signing up for…..

Epigenetics Week is a 5-day workshop that will help you understand how environmental and lifestyle factors influence your gene expression through the most cutting-edge, in-depth information on the elaborate relationship between science, health, nutrition, psychology AND spirituality.

Through this very special and informative program, you’ll learn how Ph360 Creator Matt Riemann cured himself of a terminal and rare genetic disorder AND how YOU can prevent AND reverse disease and change how you look AND feel.

– Learn about an exclusive wellness process that has helped tens of thousands turn disease into vibrant health by turning ON your “good” genes and turning OFF your “bad” genes
– Uncover a whole new epigenetic understanding of nutritional science and how it impacts not only your health, but also your energy, functionality AND consciousness
– Receive eye-opening information that will help you see the beautiful interconnectedness between your genes, the new science of health, and your personal capacity for vitality
– Understand what your environment, nutrition, physical activity and relationships are doing to your health – and how to change it ALL easily

REGISTER HERE, bring your notepads, prepare to harness the power of your epigenetic influences and learn to prevent AND control the future of your health.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog 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.

 

Top 20 Posts Of 2014

 

I plan is to spend less time on the computer this week so I can finally get around to doing some things I never get around to otherwise. That means I probably won’t be putting together any new posts in the next few days. But if you are looking for reading material, there is a pretty hefty archive of posts to explore here now, especially if you are new to the blog. To get you started, I’ve put together a Top 20 List for 2014 (okay, I think there are actually 19, but Top 19 sounded sort of lame :-)). It’s a combination of some of the most popular posts of 2014, along with really important topics I think everyone should be in the know about. So get readin’….

 

Self-help Health Top 20 (19) For 2014

1. This is a good one because it contains a number of quick tips all in one post:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/tips-tips-and-more-tips/

2. Iodine is such a critical mineral, especially with all the toxins our bodies are exposed to these days. Be sure you are getting enough:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/iodine-essential-mineral-for-detoxification-radiation-protection-and-more/

3. Yes, it’s actually been proven that practicing an attitude of gratitude literally changes your DNA by being able to switch certain strands off and on:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/gratitude-and-the-dna-connection/

4. I believe we are on the verge of a revolution in the way we view vaccines. Every day I read another article about how we have been sold a bill of goods from the pharmaceutical companies and that most vaccines do more harm than good:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-mounting-evidence-against-vaccines-flu-shots/

5. We’re all familiar with garlic, but did you know it’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti just about everything else? Truly an amazing multi-purpose health aid!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/garlic-amazing-multi-purpose-spice-and-health-aid/

6. Exciting, life-changing news about how we can actually change the make-up of our DNA: 

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/change-your-dna-epigenetics-says-yes/

7. This was probably one of the most popular posts in 2014, and with good reason! It really is amazing what Dragon’s Blood can do:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/dragons-blood-scary-sounding-amazing-stuff/

8. Phytic acid is something we are just starting to hear about, but it’s definitely something everyone should be aware of:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/phytic-acid-and-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/

9. It seems like 2014 was the year that turmeric/curcumin really took the world by storm. It’s now called the world’s most important spice by many healthcare practitioners, and with good reason:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/turmeric-the-worlds-most-important-spice/

10. Yep, honey is definitely more than just a natural sweetener! It’s actually a little first aid kit in a jar:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/why-honey-is-still-the-best-antibiotic/

11. Hemp in all its forms is now the rage, and rightfully so. It’s amazing what all it can do and be made into:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/hemp-the-be-all-end-all-apparently-yes/

12. Apple cider vinegar is STILL one of the greatest multi-purpose health aids ever!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/more-on-that-wonder-aid-acv/

13. If you’ve never “neti-ed,” then you’re missing out on a great way help keep your allergies at bay and your sinuses healthy:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/neti-your-nose-for-sinus-health-allergy-relief/

14. Depressing to read, but important information about our contaminated food system:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/get-the-lead-out/

15. In 2014 I really had my eyes opened to the amazing power of vitamin C and realized that I’d greatly underestimated it all these years:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/dont-underestimate-the-power-of-c/

16. What could be simpler than using sound frequencies to help heal your body of pain, trauma, and more?:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/sound-healing-harmonize-your-life-body-with-solfeggio-tones/

17. Fascinating information about the healing qualities of sound….this time from a cat’s purr:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/great-multi-purpose-health-aid-with-fur/

18. This was a great routine for starting off 2014 and is still just as good today!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/yoga-for-detox-a-great-routine-for-the-new-year/

19. And finally, check out the list of last year’s top posts:

http://selfhelphealth.worpress.com/Top 10 for 2013

 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new 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.

Science Confirms Music Is A Multi-purpose Health Aid

 

They say that music can “soothe the savage beast,” and I’ve always known listening to certain pieces of music was “good for my soul,” and that listening to the Mozart Effect albums had multiple benefits for my mind and body. But I didn’t realize music came with all the pluses mentioned in this article from BodyMindSoulSpirit.com…..

 

15 Amazing Effects Music Has On Your Health - Backed By Science

by Eevee G

Many people don’t know this, but listening to music is not just something that brings joy, it can also improve your health in a variety of ways and scientists have proven that through many researches. Read on to find how music can make your life more awesome.

Helps you sleep better

Music contributes for a healthy sleep. Researchers have found that classical music can help us deal with insomnia, especially college students. This is definitely a healthier and much cheaper fix for your sleeping disorder than taking pills.

Fights stress

It is no surprise that listening to music helps relieve stress from your shoulders. Studies have found that music stimulates biochemical stress reducers, which helps us feel more relaxed.

Helps you get in touch with yourself

As it puts us in a better mood, music helps us get in touch with our emotions, a 2013 study suggests. The participants marked “self-awareness” as one of the most important advantages of music.

It relieves pain

Music has the ability to decrease the intensity of pain. It activates sensory pathways that fight pain pathways and takes a person’s attention away from the pain.

Fights anxiety

When we are feeling anxious, listening to music can help us fight it as it has the same effect on the brain as a massage has on the body.

Acts as a motivator for bikers and runners.

College students conducted research and proved that the people who rode stationary bicycles were able to work harder while they were listening to fast music compared to those who weren’t listening to any music during the experiment. If you are like me and prefer running, listening to your favorite songs can help you beat your personal records and even strengthen your endurance. Long story short, music helps you perform better during your workouts and also makes them a lot more enjoyable.

Helps you recover faster after a workout

It’s proven that your body recovers faster after a hard workout when you are listening to your favorite music.

Fights sadness

Researchers have found that music can successfully fight symptoms of depression, but the genre is very important. Classical and meditation music can boost your mood when you are feeling down,  but listening to heavy metal or techno music won’t help that much with chasing away the bad thoughts.

Personal note: I’ve read studies where some of the heavy metal music actually has a negative effect on health and mood.

Helps the function of the blood vessels

Science has proven that the emotions that people have while listening to music contribute to healthier functions of blood vessels. As music makes you feel happier, it boosts the blood flow in your blood vessels.

Helps with stroke recovery

A Finnish study found that if stroke patients listened to music for 2 hours a day, they recover faster. Not only their moods improve, but also their verbal abilities and attention span, too.

Improves performance in high-pressure experiences

Fast music can help you fight stress before a high-pressure experience—an important game, for example. Research have proven that listening to fast music just before a basketball game helped players relieve the stress and perform better.

Makes you mindful while you eat

Playing some music in the background is proven to help people slow down and enjoy their feeding process. This makes them more aware of what they are consuming and really tasting the food, rather than eating quickly, which leaves them feeling hungry and dissatisfied with the meal.

Improves cognitive functions 

Playing background music while working on tasks that need your mental focus can boost your performance. Research has found that music can boost one’s cognitive abilities, but only if it has the same effect on the emotional state.

Music can get you into a state similar to meditation

Slow music can have an effect on the speed of your brainwaves and makes them similar to someone who is in a meditative or hypnotic state. This can have a healing effect, as it eases the symptoms of PMS and behavioral issues.

Eases patients going through a surgery  

Research discovered that when patients are played music just before cardiovascular surgery, they start feeling less worried. Moreover, music reduces the stress after the surgery, if it is played while the patients are resting in their beds.

It doesn’t matter what the music of your choice is. The information above has probably assured you that music will not only bring joy and inspiration to your life, but is a great source of health as well.

Source: http://www.bodymindsoulspirit.com/15-amazing-effects-music-has-on-your-health-backed-by-science/

 

Related Self-help Health posts:

Harmonize Your Health With Solfeggio Tones

The Movement & Music Connection

Improving Your Mental Focus: Go For Baroque!

Tress: They’re Not Just For Hugging

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new 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.

Great Multi-purpose Health Aid…..With Fur! :-)

This post includes an article I came across awhile ago and found absolutely fascinating. As a cat lover (dogs, too!), I always knew petting them made me feel peaceful and open-hearted. But I had no idea there were so many other health benefits and that there was all this other interesting stuff going on with cats. Makes me love them even more!

 

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CAT PURR HEALS BONES!

Dr. David Williams, the American medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, recently wrote about some fascinating research from the Fauna Communications Research Institute in Hillsborough, North Carolina, a group devoted to animal acoustical sounds, who decided to investigate the very fundamental question of exactly why cats purr.

Survival mechanism

Although most of us believe cats purr to give voice to joy or contentment, cats also purr when they are under stress – when they are caged, or injured, or even during the rigors of birth. In these circumstances, it stands to reason that purring was invented for a larger purpose than just happy noises. Purring, a sound involving both the larynx and the diaphragm, requires a lot from a cat. As the Fauna researchers put it: ‘When was the last time you heard someone singing, or humming to themselves . . .when they were in the emergency room with a broken leg? The purr has to be somehow involved with survival.’
After recording the purring of all manner of cats, from domestic cats to cheetahs and ocelots at the Cincinnati Zoo, the researchers discovered something untoward. The dominant frequency for all the big and small cats besides the cheetah was 25 Hz or 50 Hz – the same frequencies that are optimal for bone growth or repair – although cats seem to be able to ramp up the range to 140 Hz. In their paper, presented at an International Conference on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration in Bristol, the UK, in 2006, the North Carolina researchers said, these various purr frequencies exactly ‘correspond to vibrational/electrical frequencies used in treatment for bone growth/fractures, pain, edema, muscle growth/strain, joint flexibility, dyspnea, and wounds.’ Studies show that frequencies of 25 and 50 hertz promote bone strength by 20 per cent and stimulate fractions to heal faster. Other low frequencies help to heal muscles and alleviate acute and chronic pain, heal wounds, repair tendons, make joints more mobile, and even aid and regulate breathing.
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Nine lives
So, the researchers wondered, is purring some sort of in-built frequency modulator to aid self-healing, the reason for the ancient adage that ‘cats always land on their feet’? Researchers from New York’s Animal Medical Center examined this phenomenon —what vets call ‘high-rise syndrome’ — by studying 132 cats who’d fallen at least five and a half stories from high-rise buildings. Although the cats had all manner of trauma, contusions and fractures, emergency treatment was required for less than a third of the cats, mostly for shock and trauma to the chest. Another third had simple non-emergency care and the final third, nothing at all. Astonishingly, 90 per cent of the treated cats survived their gigantic fall. Another old adage from vets is, ‘Put a cat in a room with a bunch of broken bones and the bones will heal.’ Although cats get osteoarthritis, they don’t have the high level of lameness that dogs do. In one recent study in Veterinary Record, nearly a third of cats had signs of degenerative joint disease, and 16 per cent had joint osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, of 218 cats, only six had clinical signs of lameness. Cats also rarely suffer from many bone illnesses, like bone cancer. Problems after surgery also occur far less in cats than according to one study, where dogs had problems 19 per cent of the time, and cats only 12 per cent.‘By changing the frequency of their purring, cats may be fine-tuning their healing abilities,’ said Williams.
Better than Reiki
I shared this story with Sharyn, my production editor for What Doctors Don’t Tell You, who is also a Reiki practitioner and an ardent cat lover. Sharyn’s cat Egg loves heights and has no fear of falling. Twice she fell off her balcony two stories to the ground, after which she began to limp on both front paws. Sharyn gave her Reiki three times. ‘She just curled up and purred away happily,’ Sharyn wrote me. ‘Her limping cleared within days. And here I thought I had healed Egg’s limping with my Reiki!’ The interesting question is what this means for we humans when we’re in close proximity to cats. Williams claims to know people who say they rid themselves of migraines by lying down right next to a purring cat. Sharyn says she noticed something else strange. ‘When either of the cats rests on or near my wristwatch for at least a half hour —say when watching TV — my watch has stopped. I wonder if it has to do with an electromagnetic-field-cancelling effect, which somehow can also interfere with watches — in my case a self-winding one? Maybe felines were put on this earth to remind us of what to do when the going gets tough: just put your lips together and … purr!
 
And here’s more from thewayfarer.com….
Norwegian Forest Cat

……purring is often compared to the dhikr, the rhythmic chanting of the Sufis , which is used in many early Islamic hospitals as a healing process. Modern science recently discovered the healing powers of the cats’ purr: “…optimal frequency for bone stimulation is 50 hertz. The dominant and fundamental frequency for three species of cats’ purr is exactly 25 to 50 hertz: the best frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing. The cat’s purr falls well within the 20-50 hertz anabolic range, and extends up to 140 hertz .” (healing section)

Dr. Clinton Rubin and his associates made a fantastic discovery. They found that exposure to frequencies between 20-50 Hz (at low dB) creates the robust striations of increased bone density.

Healing by association – Suhba and Cats can Improve Your Mood

But it’s the cat’s “healing by association” that most people find interesting: that ability of a cat to sympathetically help cure illnesses in people simply by being around them. Studies have also shown that owners, especially senior citizens, who have cats have lower blood pressure and can live longer than humans who don’t own pets.

The warmth of their furry bodies and open, purring friendship can drastically influence a person’s state of mind for the better. Vital signs taken after an individual’s interaction with a pet show positive effects on the blood pressure, pulse, and breathing frequency, and the results of these tests are surprisingly similar to the body’s condition after deep meditation. Some studies have even indicated that having pets reduces stress and results in a lowered risk of heart disease.

Many individuals swear they can ease or completely eliminate their migraine headaches simply by lying down with a purring cat next to their head. Can’t hit that minimum recommended daily dose of bone-enriching calcium? Maybe grabbing the nearest cat and holding it close may just prove to be the answer to brittle-bones. Having surgery? Perhaps after coming home, keeping a cat nearby will reduce your recovery time. So, go get a cat. Keep it happy and purring. You’re both likely to be healthier and you’ll have a great friend who truly understands how you’re feeling.

Doctors and scientists in a number of different medical fields are researching the healing properties of sound, and the results are pretty promising. Most body cavities and tissues have their own resonant frequencies, and sound in those ranges can stimulate the respective organs to heal. For example: the human lungs resonate at around 39 hertz (in a fluid medium) and researchers found sound at that frequency to be beneficial to people with lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

Vibrational stimulation not only relieves suffering in 82% of persons suffering from acute and chronic pain but also generates new tissue growth, augments wound tissue strength, improves local circulation and oxygenation, reduces swelling and/or inhibits bacterial growth?

Lowered stress and increased calmness could be the cause, but studies over the last twenty years have also shown that people who own pets are much healthier than their non-pet owning counterparts; they are often less-prone to minor illnesses like colds and influenza, score better on psychological tests, and claim to feel a greater sense of well-being

Adults are not the only ones who benefit from caring for a cat. Children who have participated in the raising of a pet have shown higher self esteem levels, better social skills, and a greater sense of responsibility toward others. For young children and infants, exposure to cats at a young age can also help the child develop resistance to allergens and asthma.

A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who, well, don’t own cats. Researchers, found that feline-less people were 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with cats.

More on the benefits of having cats/pets in your life:

http://www.care2.com/causes/14-ways-your-cat-improves-your-health.html

And here’s where you can find out about ordering a 33 minute CD of the purring 25- 50 hertz frequencies that help regenerate bone:

 

PERSONAL NOTE: I read somewhere that a cat’s purr registers at around 500 on David Hawkins’ (author of Power vs Force) vibrational frequency scale, which is in the same range as unconditional love, if I remember correctly. Maybe the purr has such a healing effect because it corresponds with that frequency??! It may also explain why petting a cat and hearing him/her purr naturally makes me feel more loving.

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.

Want to Improve Your Mental Health and Performance? Go For Baroque!

 

 

 

In a recent post I featured information about the physical benefits of combining music with movement/exercise. The article in today’s post also focuses on using music, particularly classical/baroque, but this time for improving mental performance and health. I’ve been aware of the positive effects listening to certain pieces of classical music can have on mental and emotional well-being for years, and listened to several of The Mozart Effect albums (mentioned in today’s article) regularly in the past. But they somehow got relegated to the back of the closet as I accumulated more and more CDs and MP3s, so I’m grateful for being reminded of them and the benefits they offer. I mean, what could be an easier self-help health tool than listening to music that I thoroughly enjoy?! 

Listening To Music

Boosting Brain Power with Baroque Music

By Frederic Patenaude for Renegade Health
I was lucky enough to spend three years of my life in a music college, right after high school, where I dedicated most of my waking hours to the study of music and classical guitar.After graduating, I decided to do something different with my life. I felt that, although I loved the classical guitar, music wasn’t my true talent. I wanted to become involved in the natural health field instead. Even though I never took my music studies to the next level, music has been a big part of my life ever since. And lately, I’ve been interested in the use of music to boost creativity, enhance brain power, and more.When working on the computer, half the time I blast classical music to bring me to a state of enhanced productivity and creativity. I use music to enhance my workouts, and to relax my mind before going to sleep.

Why Classical Music?

Studies have shown that baroque music has potent brain-enhancing qualities by affecting brain waves. Classical music in general has been used to:

– Improve performance
– Temporarily boost IQ score results
– Lower stress and anxiety
– Help with post-traumatic stress disorder 

One study even used a Mozart Sonata (K448) to help patients suffering from epilepsy. During the test, while listening to this particular piece by Mozart, EEG data showed less epileptic activity. Other studies showed that music had beneficial long-term effects for epileptic patients. The benefits of classical music have been since then referred to as the “Mozart Effect.”

Can Classical Music Make Kids Smarter?

You probably heard the popular idea that if children listen to Mozart’s music, or other classical music, they will grow up more intelligent. This is not actually true. In fact, the original studies were done on students, not children. What they found was that the students listening to a Mozart’s piece before a test did better at certain types of tasks where they had to create shapes in their mind. But the effects only lasted about 10 to 15 minutes.

I also think that generally, parents who play classical music to their children probably also have a well-stocked bookshelf and will care a lot about the education of their children. So it may not be as easy as popping a CD and turning your child into a genius, but I’m sure that developing an interest for music early on helps the brain in some ways we don’t understand just yet.

So merely listening to classical music won’t make you or your children smarter, but it does affect your brain waves and can probably enhance your creativity and help reduce stress.

Specific Benefits to Baroque Music

When I was in music school, my favorite music to play on the guitar was Bach. Bach is considered by some as the greatest composer who ever lived, and he certainly had a huge influence over the development of music. I always found that playing Bach relaxed my mind, creating a state of inner peace. I didn’t know completely why, but I felt like Bach’s music was true music for the soul.

Now that I make my living writing, I often use Bach and other music of the Baroque genre to boost my creativity (Baroque is style of Western music composed in Europe from approximately 1600 to around 1750. The composers that are the most famously associated with this genre are Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Corelli, and Telemann.)

Why Baroque?

Baroque is my favorite genre of classical music, and I have my own theory as to why it’s so appropriate to boost your brain’s creativity. Let’s first take a look at the research.

Some researchers found that Baroque music was best to stabilize “mental, physical and emotional rhythms to attain a state of deep concentration and focus in which large amounts of content information can be processed and learned.” 

“Baroque music, such as that composed by Bach, Handel or Telemann, that is 50 to 80 beats per minute creates an atmosphere of focus that leads students into deep concentration in the alpha brain wave state. Learning vocabulary, memorizing facts or reading to this music is highly effective.”

In one study, students found that they enjoyed the class better when baroque music was playing in the background, and found math classes less challenging.

Some say that baroque music seems to be particularly better than other genres of classical music at inducing relaxation and states of creativity because it generally pulses between 50 and 80 beats per minute, which is close to the human heart. I don’t think that’s necessarily the reason, because many of the movements in the works of Baroque composers are played faster than this.

So why Baroque?

Baroque music is light and lively. Yet, it can be very expressive and soulful, but never falling into the melodramatic. It doesn’t try to hook you with a ton of “hummable melodies” that stick in your head, like those composed by Mozart. It’s often a flow of delicious notes taking you on a melodic journey.

Baroque musicians improvised a lot, and at the time baroque music was considered a bit wild. After that period, starting around the death of Bach in 1750, music became more regimented, with the classical period of Mozart, Haydn, and early Beethoven works.

After the classical period comes the Romantics, with later Beethoven works, Wagner, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Mahler, and many others. Music during this period became very emotional, with grand and dramatic symphonies and concertos and wild piano sonatas, often taking you through a torrent of emotions.

Why Not Other Kinds of Music?

The response to music is individual, and can vary at different times in your life.

I’ve been into rock, pop, alternative, bossa nova, and many other genres. At some point I was even into death metal! (I still listen to some occasionally…) But classical music is what has had the biggest effect on me.

You can listen to any music you’d like, but if you want to specifically enhance your creativity and “boost your brainpower,” you should give baroque music a try.

I can’t get anything done if I listen to music with words. Songs are too distracting and the lyrics just bring a lot of nonsense that I don’t want in my brain if I want to focus on something.

I think the second best thing to baroque would be music from the classical era (from Mozart and Haydn, for example), because it’s very beautiful and structured. Maybe it’s a question of taste. But when you get to the romantics, things get a bit wild and out of control! It’s too emotional to use as a music for focus, at least for me.

Maybe you’ve found that something else works for you.

But my recommendation to you is to give Baroque music a try, if you want to:

– Study for an exam
– Enhance your mood
– Boost your creativity

And who knows… maybe it will even make you smarter, at least temporarily!

If you’d like to try a few Baroque CDs here are some recommendations I think you will love, from my own collection:

 Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (English Concert): This is the pinnacle of Baroque music. I keep discovering new things every time I listen to  it.
– Bach: Goldberg Variations (Pierre Hentai). Some say it’s the most beautiful keyboard music ever written. I prefer the harpsichord version, but you should also listen to the classic recording by pianist Glenn Gould.
– Marin Marais: Pieces de viole des cinq livres, by Jordi Savall. This is true meditative music, and Savall, played on an ancient instrument by a master.
– Mass in B Minor: Some say it’s the best work of music ever written, in any genre.
– Corelli Violin Sonatas: Some of my favorite soothing “background” music.
– Handel: 12 Concerti Grossi. You can’t go wrong with that one.
– Handel: Water Music: For some reason I never get tired of hearing Handel’s Water Music.
– Julian Bream Plays Bach: This has been a favorite CD of mine for the past 20 years solid!

(Also check out author Frederic Pantenaude‘s book on oral health and natural ways to protect your teeth and heal decay, and his Raw Health Starter Kit is a way to kick-start your health and find out exactly how you can use the power of raw foods to experience more energy, detox and rejuvenate, and reach your ideal weight.)

 

FYI, many of the subliminal and brainwave entrainment sites, such as Mind Power MP3 and Real Subliminal use classical music on some of the albums they offer; they also offer some free downloads on stress reduction, etc. you may want to take advantage of.

And be sure to check out the Self-help Health post on using Solfeggio tones to balance and harmonize your body and your life. The post includes information about where you can get downloads of 9 Solfeggio tones for free. I have strained my back twice recently….once shoveling snow (using a dust pan, so I’m not sure if “shoveling” is the correct term to use! :-)) and then when cleaning off my balcony, and I have used the tone for pain and the one for rejuvenation and repair, and whether it was a coincidence or placebo effect or what,… who cares. I have felt better after listening to the tones each time.

 

Other related posts:

Get Your Groove On:The Benefit of Music and Movement

Trees: They’re Not Just For Hugging

 

Salud!

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