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by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Salt is one of the easiest most affective remedies on the planet! Sea salt, a salt obtained by evaporating seawater, is used in cooking
and cosmetics. Its mineral content gives it a different taste from
table salt, which is usually sodium chloride refined from mined rock
salt (halite), or refined from sea salt. Table salt may contain anti-
caking agents and additives such as the dietary supplement iodides.
Areas that produce specialized sea salt include the Cayman Islands,
France, Ireland, Sicily and Apulia in Italy, and Maine and Cape Cod
in the United States.
Salt is essential for life and you cannot live without it. There are
enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking
salt and healthy natural salt. The differences can have a major
impact on your health.
Halite crystal (sodium chloride) occurs in seawater, along with other salts of sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other light metals. When seawater evaporates in a closed lagoon, halite and other minerals precipitate out and sink to the bottom as crystals. In this way, great beds of rock salt have been formed. Pure halite is colorless, though it is often colored by impurities. It is soft and breaks (cleaves) into cubes. Halite crystallizes in the isometric (also called cubic) crystal system and when it forms crystals, it generally forms cubes. Its most noticeable and important physical feature is that halite is readily soluble in water. This allows halite to be useful in such varied applications as cooking, food preservation, and chemical production.
Salt can be mined from rock salt either by traditional mining
practices using heavy equipment underground, or by pumping hot water
in pipes into the salt deposit, where the hot water dissolves the
halite. The resulting salt water is then pumped to surface and
evaporated to yield salt. This is called "solution mining". In some
modern dry salt lakes, a crust of halite can be recovered by simply
scraping the salt crust off the lake bottom with bulldozers or
scrapers. Ancient rock salt is mined in Michigan, New York, Kansas,
and other states. Solution mining is used to recover salt from
underground "salt domes" in Louisiana and Texas. Recovery of salt
from dry lakes takes place in the deserts of California, Nevada, and
Table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such
as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees
Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure
of the salt causing the potential for many health problems in your
body. Table salt is not recommended in your healing arsenal.
Dead Sea Salt
The mineral content of the Dead Sea is significantly different from
that of ocean water, consisting of approximately 53% magnesium
chloride, 37% potassium chloride and 8% sodium chloride (common salt)
with the remainder comprised of various trace elements.
The concentration of sulfate, SO42-, ions is very low, and the
bromide ion concentration is the highest of all waters on Earth.
Chlorides neutralize most of the calcium ions in the Dead Sea and its
surroundings. While in other seas sodium chloride is 97% of the
salts, in the Dead Sea the quantity of NaCl is only 12-18%.
Comparison between the chemical composition of the Dead Sea to other
lakes and oceans show that the salt concentration in the Dead Sea is
31.5% (the salinity fluctuates somewhat). Because of its unusually
high concentration of salt, anyone can easily float in the Dead Sea
because of natural buoyancy as a result of the higher density of the
Celtic Sea Salt
This salt is unparalleled in the world. Less than 1% of the world's
salt harvest has the quality of Celtic Sea Salt. Pure, moist,
biologically active, and free from any chemicals or additives, this
is considered "living sea salt". Celts discovered a way to harvest
salt from the ocean using the sun, the wind, and shallow clay ponds.
Pristine ocean channels spiral water into the concentrating ponds.
The live flowing mixture is carefully stirred by the salt farmer, and
dazzling crystals form and are gathered by hand. The ionizing action
of the clay, combined with the artisan's skillful method, passed down
through generations, enlivens the unique, bioavailable array of trace
elements that exist in a perfectly balanced matrix.
This salt is a rich source of magnesium. Magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Sulfates serve a wide variety of functions in the body, playing a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants. Soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts. This is good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
Himalayan Crystal Salt
Himalayan Crystal Salt is salt in its native form, with all its
vibrational energy intact and it helps your body return to a state of
balance. Not having balanced electrolytes shifts your body out of
homeostasis - the balance of chemicals that is conducive to the
The renowned Frezenius Institute in Europe analyzed the Himalayan
Crystal Salt and proved that it has an amazing array of important
trace minerals and elements including potassium, calcium and
magnesium that help your body achieve balance by restoring fluids and
replenishing your supply of electrolytes whenever you sweat heavily.
The healing abilities of salt water are profound and well documented.
Salt water is an astringent and speeds wound healing. Floating in sea
water is an extreme release of tension and stress of the day. Allow
yourself to float weightlessly in the water. You deserve it.
Deep breathing of ocean air helps us to relax and let go. The faint
smell of salt in the air can take us to a place of pure joy. Sea air
has a certain aliveness found no where else. This deep breathing can
help release tension and the problems associated with it.
(from the Greek word thalassos, meaning "sea") is the
medical use of seawater. The properties of seawater are believed to
have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin. Thalassotherapy
was developed in seaside towns in France during the 19th century.
Trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium sulphates and sodium,
found in seawater, are believed to be absorbed through the skin. The
therapy is applied in various forms, as either showers of warmed
seawater, application of marine mud or of algae paste, or the
inhalation of sea fog. Spas make hot seawater and provide mud- and
seaweed wrapping services available.
Healing Salt Remedies
Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that
continues for weeks, months, or even years. Allergies are the most
common cause of chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can persist even
after antibiotics are given. It's the most frequently reported
Acute sinusitis occurs when bacteria invade the sinus cavities and
impair proper drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the nose. Chronic
inflammation of the nasal passages or rhinitis also can lead to
sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the most common cause of
chronic sinusitis and is a frequent cause of acute sinusitis.
The common cold is the most prevalent predisposing factor to
sinusitis. Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal
congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms
include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and
sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses.
Entering bacteria gets trapped and filtered out by mucus and minute
nasal hairs called cilia. This air-flow system can sometimes slow
down when something impedes the cilia, if a cold clogs the sinus
openings, or if an allergen swells the sinus linings. Then air gets
trapped, pressure builds, the mucus stagnates, and bacteria breed.
Infection sets in and you have sinusitis. When you get clogged up,
you may end up with a permanent thickening of the sinus membranes and
Flush out nasal secretions. Mix 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea
salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it
into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your
thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your
nose gently. Repeat on the other side.
An Ayurvedic solution, similar to this is done in the same manner
with a Neti Pot. It looks similar to a tea pot, but with a longer,
narrower spout for the nostrils. These can be found in most health
A cup or handful of water in your hand or neti pot is a wonderful
cleansing therapy. Slowly inhale the salt water into your nose to
cleanse your sinus and open up the air passages.
Over the counter nasal washes (not nasal sprays) are available. The
simplest form is a non iodized salt water spray.
The tissues in the mouth can benefit greatly from sea salt.
For bleeding gums - make a paste of 1 tsp. baking soda to 1/2 tsp.
sea salt...brush with this mixture 3 times per day instead of the
toothpaste. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.
Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore
throat, mouth sores or canker sores.
Sea Salt Baths and Scrubs
Sea Salt Scrubs
1. Take a handful of Sea Salt
2. Moisten it into the bath water.. and
3. Gently scrub whole body in circular motion until all the body is scrubbed.
4. Pay extra attention to your feet
5. Rinse with cool clear water
Sea Salt Bath
Dead Sea Salt - 1 cups
Sea Salt - 2 1/2 cups
2 TBSP of Ground Sea Weed
1 TBSP cup of Oatmeal
1 TBSP of Kelp
2 TBSP cup of Baking Soda
1 TBSP - Vegetable Glycerin
1-2 tsp of EO Blend of Choice
Thoroughly Mix all dry ingredients, then drizzle Glycerin and EO's
over them. Mix them well and store in an air tight container for
several days prior to use. Mix well.
Add 1/4 cup or more under running water. Light a candle or incense
Fill the tub with water
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of peroxide
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of oregano oil
Add to bath water, stir until dissolved.
Bath in water for at least 20 minutes
Feng Shui Detoxification Bath
2 Cups Sea Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 Minutes
Drink plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body
and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done
2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.
Sea Salt Foot Scrub
1/2 Cup Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup baking soda
1 Cup Oil of grape seed oil
15 drops Peppermint Oil
Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt
Use on knees and elbows in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a
Negative Energy and Sea Salt
Cleansing with sea salt is a safe and effective way to clear any
space of negative energy. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating
seawater. Salt occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the
mineral halite and as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. Underground
salt deposits are found in both bedded sedimentary layers and domal
Energy in itself, is the vital source, which radiates from everything
and everyone around us. When we are ill, emotionally upset, angered
or imbalanced, our moods and of course, our energy is altered. Coming
in contact with energy that is negative can often be sensed, even
felt. The result is often a feeling of uneasiness, confusion or an
opposed feeling to our current state of mind.
Cleansing with sea salt or rock salt is preferred over iodized,
processed table salt.
Cleansing a room with salt can be done by placing salt in small bowls
and placing them in the 4 corners for 24 hours. Take two teaspoons of
sea salt and dissolve it into some warm water. Pour it into a mister
or spray bottle and spray it where ever you need cleansing.
Cleansing yourself of negative vibs can be done by misting yourself
for an overall clearing. Draw a bath. As the hot water is filling the
tube, add two or more tablespoons of sea salt to the running water
and stir it so it dissolves in the tube. Relax in your bath for 15-20
Cleansing your crystals can be done by placing a teaspoon of sea salt
into a bowl of luke warm water. Make sure the salt is dissolved, then
place your crystals in the water for twenty four hours.
Adding herbs or essential oils to sea salt can give an added bonus to
cleansing. Herbs such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme,
rosemary are all good compliments. When using herbs, place them in
the salt and shake the salt in a closed container. This bruises the
herbs and allows its essential oils to incorporate into the salt
matrix. When using essential oils, add a few drops to salt and then
stir or shake the salt in order to mix them well.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression. Most people tend to slow down a little in the winter and experience some form of "winter blues", but full-blown SAD can be extremely disabling.
SAD is often the result of the winter season when the days are shorter. People tend to sleep more, become sedentary, crave carbohydrates, gain weight, and avoid social interaction. Psychologically, they are depressed.
Attaining a balance of yin-yang or light and dark is innate in the Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui philosophies. Although we cannot see the electromagnetic frequencies of the earth or planets, it is important for us to live in an environment that allows us to be synchronized with these forces.
Many sufferers are often unable to function without continuous treatment. Depending on the person and the geographical location, the depression can last for several months with symptoms such as overeating with carbohydrate craving and weight gain, sleeping more than usual, fatigue, and social withdrawal. It is the long duration
of the symptoms that distinguish SAD from the so-called holiday blues.
It is not known why some people (those between 18 and 30) are more
likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and why it seems to affect women more than men ... unless the statistics are based on the fact that women are more ready to admit to depression and ask for help than men.
There are several alternative therapies for treating seasonal depression. One, which has been used with remarkable success is Light Therapy. Light and color have been valued throughout history as sources of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Results indicate that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can have therapeutic value for a range of conditions from chronic pain and depression to immune disorders.
The oldest form of light therapy is natural sunlight, which is the ultimate source of full-spectrum light. For those living in areas that see very little sunlight this time of year, there are other options; full-spectrum light therapy, bright light therapy, various
forms of UV light therapy, syntonic optometry, cold laser therapy, and visual color therapy.
For treating SAD, white light therapy is often preferred over the full-spectrum light because the additional UV light found in full-spectrum light is not necessary to achieve the antidepressant effect of the therapy, and can be harmful to the eyes. Different wavelengths stimulate different aspects of our physiology, all playing a vital role in our functioning. We especially need natural light with its subtle variations that act on our well-being. The rhythm of dark and light from day and night and the full-spectrum of light is essential to our circadian rhythms (biological clock), endocrine, immune, sexual and nervous systems.
Depression may be the result of inadequate or improper nourishment.
If the brain is not receiving sufficient fuel, it will not function properly.
Vitamin B deficiency is often a physical cause of depression.
The best approach to combating depression is to eat more wholefoods,
give up sugar, tea, coffee, alcohol.
L-Tyrosine is essential for alleviating stress by boosting production
of adrenaline. It also raises dopamine levels which influence moods. (Do not take if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.) It should be taken on an empty stomach with 50 mgs Vitamin B6 and 100-500 mgs of Vitamin C for better absorption. Best taken at bedtime.
5HTP is often used in the place of SSRI drugs and L-Tryptophan and may help in serotonin deficiency related conditions such as severe depression, epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss and addiction. Also studied for PMS, migraine and chronic tension headaches. 5-HTP is only used in serotonin production. 5- hydroxytryptophan is also able to pass through the blood-brain barrier easily, unlike tryptophan, which can only pass through the barrier by using the same transport molecule that carries leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
Increase your intake of vitamin B complex, 100 mgs 3 times daily
Plus extra Vitamin B 5, 500 mgs daily, the most potent anti-stress
Vitamin C, 2,000-10,000 mgs daily in divided doses.
Increasing your Potassium 80 mgs, Calcium 1,500-2,000 mgs daily and
Magnesium 1,000 mgs daily is helpful.
Low doses of Melatonin seem to help many people by regulating balance in
the body. Try using half the recommended dose for the first 3-4 days and
monitor your results.
Meditating. Quieting your mind for 10-15 minutes is a wonderful
Aromatherapy is very effective. Jasmine and Bergamot oils are uplifting and refreshing, while lavender is calming and relaxing. Put a little on your wrists, or a piece of cloth you can carry with you.
In a pan of hot water drop about 6-8 drops of oil to diffuse it into the air, or perhaps you have your own diffuser.
I always like to stress one other factor, which plays a major role in
our mind-body connection. That is our belief system. It often is what you believe it to be. Your Belief System is an important part in healing.
Allow your self, change, time off, a different path. Seek what it is that is at the root of your dis-ease or comfort level. Address it. Believe that you can do that.
MOVE!!!! Exercise also plays a MAJOR role in the treatment of
Exercise is very helpful in depression because it stimulates circulation and releases serotonins in the brain, the hormones that encourage contentment and an all around feeling of happiness.
It not only keep the body physically and mentally fit but also provides recreation and mental relaxation. It is nature's best tranquilizer. Exercise produces chemical and psychological changes that improves your mental health. It changes the levels of hormones in blood and may elevate your beta-endorphins (mood-affecting brain
chemicals). Exercise may also improve the function of the autonomic nervous system.
Exercise also gives a feeling of accomplishment and thus reduces the
sense of helplessness. Some form of active exercise, must be
undertaken each day at a regular hour. To be really useful, exercise
should be done in such a manner as to bring into action all the
muscles of the body in a natural way. Walking is one such exercise.
It is , however, so gentle that one must walk several miles in a
brisk manner to constitute a fair amount of exercise. Aerobics (low
impact) is even better, for it increases cardiovascular health and
wipes out the focus of depression and makes you feel wonderful! 3-5
days a week at 30 -40 minutes should be your goal.
The depressive mood can be OVERCOME by activity. Those who are
depressive will forget their misery by doing something. They should
turn away from themselves and consider others. At home they can take
to decorating, repairing or constructing something new. The pleasure
of achievement overcomes the distress of misery. Stop making excuses!
Water is essential in any healing process. Distilled water is the
best. 6-8 eight ounces glasses per day.
Diet has a "profound effect" on the mental health of a person. Even a single nutritional deficiency can cause depression in susceptible people. Nutritional therapy can be used to build up brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, that affect mood and are often lacking in depressed people. Eat foods rich in B vitamins, such as whole grains, green vegetables, eggs and fish.
The diet of people suffering from depression should completely exclude tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and cola, all white flour products,sugar, food colorings, chemical additives, white rice and strong condiments.
The diet should be restricted to three meals. Fruits can be taken in
the morning for breakfast with milk and a handful of nuts and seeds.
Lunch may consist of steamed vegetables, whole wheat bread and a
glass of butter-milk. For dinner, green vegetable salad and all
available sprouts such as alfalfa seeds, cottage cheese or a glass of
butter-milk would be ideal. This is one example. Do what is right for
you! DO NOT over eat.
Crystal Therapy is a wonderful adjunct therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorders. Placing a crystal in your bedroom, kitchen, living room or work place is beneficial. Also, carrying the crystal in your pocket
or handbag, or worn as jewelry often offers subtle but very effective results. Meditating with the crystal in the palm of your hands or sitting in front of you is another use for crystals with this disorder. A refreshing bath with the crystal in your bath water or placing the crystal on the
appropriate Chakra region (often the Heart or Solar Plexus Chakra) can be very beneficial. Meditating, Chakra work and Hydrotherapy with crystals should utilize about 20 minutes (or more if it 'feels appropriate') of your time in order to reap the benefits.
Besides the excellent healing power of Quartz, clinical
results have been found with the following:
Excellent all-purpose, high level gem amplifier and electrical
conductor, especially on Solar plexus and Heart Chakra. Strengthens
meridians, nerve system, digestion. Positively charged with warming
sun energy. Often worn by teachers/healers, especially after much
self-healing (addictions, childhood...) Attracts prosperity, stores,
amplifies thoughts/emotions/energy (Greed too). Yang. Pink = Gold +
copper. Lovingness, warmth, spirituality. Amplifies gem effects.
White: Combines sun and moon's energy, thus higher conductor and
amplifier. A regenerator, helping one renew oneself. Works on the
physical, mental, and spiritual planes. It benefits the nervous
system and improves the ability of the nerves to transmit information
in the most efficient manner. Helps digestion and helps the body in
the proper assimilation of food. Benefits the circulatory system and
blood. Helps control hormonal and chemical imbalances. Can be of
great importance to individuals with degenerative diseases, such as
heart disease or arthritis. Helps the brain work more efficiently. It
works well with all crystals and gemstones. Can be used in
conjunction with Copper and Silver, which aid in boosting its
abilities in specific instances. Gold settings: Gold is ruled by the
Sun a masculine planet, and therefore imparts a more assertive energy
to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it.
A fossilized organic matter used as a healing stone. A form of
petrified wood similar to coal, though much harder. Has absorbing
qualities. Helps draw out negative energy. Especially useful for
people who have unreasonable fears that limit their lives. Helps
control mood swings and fights deep depression. Recommended for
stimulating psychic experience and guiding one in the quest for
spiritual enlightenment. If worn, it should be set in silver.
Solid, med. to dk. blue. In meditation, opens Brow Chakra: higher
guidance, intuition, connection to higher self, overview, decisions
for good of all. Organizes, quiets mind. Opens Throat/Thyroid Chakra:
Self-expression, writing, creativity, dream insight, allows total
awareness...Anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, autism, shyness, nervous
system, depression, serenity, self-acceptance; MS, speech, hearing,
pituitary, DNA, lymph, inflammation, pain (especially head),
protection stone. Shelters the wearer like a shield. .
Extraordinarily deep blue stone often flecked with Pyrite. Can also
be mottled with white Calcite. Most is currently mined in the USSR
and Afghanistan. Beneficial to the respiratory system, especially the
throat and lungs, the cleansing organs, and the nervous system. A
good stone for blood purification and for boosting the immune system.
A powerful thought-amplifier and is helpful in aligning all the
elements of the body and mind. Can increase psychic abilities and
will open the third eye. Can guide you in teh direction of mental and
spiritual purity. It should be worn as close to the throat as
possible or at least above the diaphragm so that the energy of the
wearer is drawn upward.
Feldspar (contains aluminum). Translucent with white, pink, yellow,
soft sheen. Honors the Goddess in all women, Dieting, Gardening,
Psychic Awareness, Meditation. Soothes stress, anxiety, women's
hormones/menstrual imbalance, lymph. Enhances intuitive sensitivity
via feelings and less overwhelmed by personal feelings. Greater
flexibility and flow with life. Connects 2nd and 6th Chakra and
Pineal for emotional balance, gracefulness. Helps all be more
comfortable with our gentler feminine/yin receiving side. Especially
for water signs. Used for protection against the perils of travel.
Translucent, milky gemstones usually pale blue or green that are cut
from Albite. Found in India and Australia. Known to be of ancient
spiritual significance in their connection to the moon and the
intuitive aspect of one's nature. Help cool, soothe, and calm over-
reactions to emotional and personal situations. Makes one conscious
of the fact that all things are part of a cycle of constant change.
They open us up to the feminine and are associated with sensitivity,
intuition, and clairvoyance. Beneficial for those involved in
agriculture. Moonstone's effect upon the menstrual cycle is powerful.
At the time of the full moon or menstruation, women should be aware
of their sensitive emotional nature and remove these stones. May help
all parts of the lower torso, which include digestive, cleansing and
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Simmers are a special mixture of herbs and spices, which are combined
into a blend or potion, created to bring the power of aromatherapy
and intention into your life. They are also designed to capture the
attention of those around you.
Based on folk remedies, grandma's recipes and the ingredients
provided by nature, these simmers are recipes used to make your
kitchen smell delightful. They can be used along with a "special
intention" and later, can even be enjoyed as tea!
Used for: scenting the kitchen/any room with aromatherapy for the
holidays, inviting Winter, warming a chill, tonifying the kidneys.
-Blend 4-8 cups of water with:
-3 cinnamon sticks
-For a warmer, spicier concoction, add 4-6 slices of raw ginger or a
tsp. of dried ginger.
Slowly simmer on the stove. Allow the smell to permeate the room.
Used for: scenting the kitchen/any room with aromatherapy, inviting
Fall, honoring Halloween, as a love potion.
-Blend 2-4 cups of apple cider or apple juice with:
-1 apple cut into small pieces
-1 pinch of nutmeg
-1 cinnamon stick
Slowly simmer on the stove. Allow the smell to permeate the room.
Used for: scenting the kitchen/any room with aromatherapy, initiating
Spring, invoking a Spring affair, a great detoxing tea.
-Blend 4-8 cups of water with:
-4-8 drops of Stevia
-4-6 tsp. of two of the following herbs: Rosehips, Red Clover,
Ginger, Nettle, Alfalfa, Dandelion, Goldenseal Leaf, Echinacea, Pan
Slowly simmer on the stove. Allow the smell to permeate the room.
Used for: scenting the kitchen/any room with aromatherapy, inviting
Summer, honoring the Solstice, invoking Summer love, as a cooling
-Blend 2-4 quartz of water with:
-1 lemon, sliced
-1 lime, sliced
-sprig of mint
-1 tsp. vanilla
-4-6 tsp. of two of the following herbs: Jasmine flower, Chamomile
flower, Chrysanthemum flower, Rose petals.
Slowly simmer on the stove. Allow the smell to permeate the room.
Cool and refrigerate for iced tea.
With each simmer you can:
-take advantage of their aromatic properties.
-say a positive affirmation, invoking words, a special prayer or give
-use them at the start of each season to give honor to yourself and
your intentions for that season.
-as it cools, share, drink, these simmers as a tea.
-the health properties of these ingredients are appropriate for each
season, relate to the internal organs and are associated by taste,
temperature and color.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
A seizure is a temporary abnormal electrical activity that occurs in
a group of brain cells. Often, a recurring, unprovoked seizure is
called epilepsy, but some seizures may occur in people who do not
have epilepsy. A seizure can manifest as a temporary alteration in
mental state, tonic (contraction of short muscle groups), clonic
(involuntary contractions due to sudden stretching of larger muscle
groups), movements, convulsions, and various other psychic symptoms.
Emergency medicine (action) for a seizure depends on the type of
seizure. General seizures may cause the person to fall, which may
result in an injury.
A tonic-clonic seizure results in violent movements that cannot and
should not be suppressed. The person should never be restrained, or
should there be any attempt to put something in the mouth.
Potentially sharp or dangerous objects should also be moved from the
area, so that the individual is not hurt.
After the seizure if the person is not fully conscious and alert,
they should be placed in the recovery position.
The recovery position or semi-prone position is a first aid technique
recommended for assisting people who are unconscious, or nearly so,
but are still breathing. (See: Recovery Position, below)
It is not always necessary to call an ambulance if the person is
known to have epilepsy or if the seizure is shorter than five minutes
and is typical for them, if it is not immediately followed by another
seizure, and if the person is uninjured. (When in doubt, always call
A seizure longer than five minutes is a medical emergency.
A sudden fall can lead to broken bones and other injuries.
Before using the Recovery Position, perform the preliminary first aid
steps. The initial assessment should be done quickly, in a minute or
First assess whether the scene is safe for the rescuer. If not,
leave. Assess whether the victim is Alert, Breathing and has
Circulation (ABCs). If the victim is alert and an adult, obtain
consent before performing first aid. For children, attempt to obtain
consent from a parent, guardian, or other responsible caregiver. If
the victim is not alert, and is not breathing, check for a pulse. If
there is no pulse, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If there is
circulation, perform Rescue breathing.
Next, call 911
Rescue Breathing can include:
Mouth to mouth - This involves the rescuer making a seal between
their mouth and the patient's mouth and 'blowing', in order to pass
air in to the patient's body
Mouth to nose - In some instances, the rescuer may need or wish to
form a seal with the patient's nose. Typical reasons for this include
maxillofacial injuries, performing the procedure in water or the
remains of vomit in the mouth
Mouth to mouth and nose - Used on infants (usually up to around 1
year old), as this forms the most effective seal
Mouth to mask � Most organizations recommend the use of some sort of
barrier between rescuer and patient to reduce cross infection risk.
One popular type is the 'pocket mask'. This may be able to provide
higher tidal volumes than a Bag Valve Mask
-If no spinal or neck injury is indicated
The correct position is called the "lateral recovery position. Start
with the victim lying on the back and with the legs straight out.
Kneel on one side of the victim, facing the victim. Move the arm
closest to you so it is perpendicular to the body, with the elbow
flexed (perpendicular). Move the farthest arm across the body so that
the hand is resting across the torso.
Bend the leg farthest from you so the knee is elevated. Reach inside
the knee to pull the thigh toward you. Use the other arm to pull the
shoulder that is farthest from you. Roll the body toward you. Leave
the upper leg in a flexed position to stabilize the body.
-If spinal or neck injuries are possible
When the injury is apparently the result of an accidental fall,
collision or other trauma, the risk of spinal or neck injuries should
be assumed. Movement of spinal-injured victims should be minimized.
Such victims should only be moved to a recovery position when it is
necessary to drain vomit from the airway.
In such case, the correct position is called the "HAINES
modified recovery position." HAINES is an acronym of High Arm IN
Endangered Spine. In this modification, one of the patient's arms is
raised above the head (in full abduction) to support the head and neck
First Responder Notes
If an individual has suffered a fall or injuries that suggest damage
to the spine, your priority is to keep the airway open. If breathing,
then leave them in the position you found them.
If breathing has stopped, regardless of possible injury to the
person, perform your standard checks:
DR & ABC (Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Circulation).
Then move them into the recovery position to open the airway. If they
do not start breathing, begin CPR. If they begin to breathe, keep
them in that position.
First Responder Priorities.
1 Breathing, everything else comes second.
2 Get Help, you are the stop gap that keeps them alive until they get
to the Hospital.
-by Rosalind Sanders
Did you know that many scientists would like to identify light-catching substances in order to convert more of the sun's energy into carbon-free electrical energy?
A new analysis reported in the journal Applied Physics Letters in August 2010 (released by the American Institute of Physics), explains how solar energy could potentially be collected by using oxide materials that contain the element selenium. A team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, embedded selenium in zinc oxide, a relatively inexpensive substance that could make more productive use of the sun's energy.
The team found that even a relatively small quantity of selenium, just 9 per-cent of the mostly zinc-oxide base, significantly improved the material's effectiveness in absorbing light.
The key author of this study, Marie Mayer (a 4th-year University of California, Berkeley doctoral student) says that photo-electrochemical water splitting, that signifies using power from the sun to cleave water into hydrogen and oxygen gases, could probably be the most interesting future application for her labor. Managing this reaction is key to the eventual creation of zero-emission hydrogen powered cars, which hypothetically will run only on water and sunlight.
Journal Research: Marie A. Mayer et all. Applied Physics Letters, 2010 [link: http://link.aip.org/link/APPLAB/v97/i2/p022104/s1]
The conversion efficiency of a PV cell is the proportion of sunlight energy that the solar cell converts to electricity. This is very important when discussing Photo voltaic products, because boosting this efficiency is vital to making Photo voltaic energy competitive with more common sources of energy (e.g., non-renewable fuels).
For comparison, the initial Photo voltaic products converted about 1%-2% of sunlight power into electric energy. Today's Photovoltaic units convert 7%-17% of light energy into electrical power. Of course, the other side of the equation is the dollars it costs to make the PV devices. This has been enhanced over the years as well. In fact, today's PV systems generate electricity at a fraction of the cost of first PV systems.
In the 1990s, when silicon cells were twice as thick, efficiencies were much smaller than nowadays and lifetimes were shorter, it may well have cost more energy to create a cell than it could generate in a lifetime. In the meantime, the technological innovation has progressed considerably, and the energy repayment time (defined as the recovery time required for generating the energy spent to produce the respective technical energy systems) of a modern photovoltaic module is commonly from 1 to 4 years depending on the module type and location.
Typically, thin-film technologies - despite having reasonably low conversion efficiencies - obtain substantially shorter energy repayment times than standard systems (often < 1 year). With a typical lifetime of 20 to 30 years, this means that current photovoltaic cells are net energy producers, i.e. they generate significantly more energy over their lifetime than the energy expended in producing them.
The author - Rosalind Sanders gives advice for the pool solar covers review blog, her personal hobby blog based on recommendations to help home owners to spend less energy with solar energy.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac.
Spring represents renewal and rebirth. Seasonal living shows us how to live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment. As the earth is tilted so that the sun is directly over the equator, this signifies the start of the vernal equinox. This time of Spring has been celebrated over the centuries as the beginning of the rebirth period.
The Spring Season is probably one of the most embraced and most significant of the season changes, for it denotes the start of new life, regeneration of nature and the renewal of the spirit. As an expression in nature, this is the time when crops are planted. Spring flowers bloom in fields, yards and parks. Gardens are filled with the luxurious growth of delicate petals of geraniums and hydrangeas to the fragrance of lilacs and tuberose. Brilliant bursts of sun showers water the earth. The brisk breeze of a new season scatters her seeds and the warmth of the healing sun plays a part in the renewal of the season.
The renewal of the spirit is everywhere. This contagious expression of love, cleansing and outward energy is the catalyst for change. A time to awaken from the long and cold winter season of hibernation. The soul can find a new journey, a new found path and a fresh beginning in this time of Spring.
Spring is the time to take a good look at our health and our lifestyle. Start by looking at the life around you. Are you living in chaos? Is your home in a shambles? Is there clutter everywhere? You may want to consider starting with a good decluttering session. Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement, can help you to find order in your life.
This is a good time of year to be more conscious about and take care of the liver, gallbladder, eyes and muscles. Change your herbal medicine chest to accommodate the season and include dandelion, burdock root and milk thistle. Start adding a bit more exercise into your daily routine. Your body can benefit from eating more seasonal foods, as well as lighter meals and foods to boost your metabolism. What is the best way to eat to optimize YOUR health?
The temple, our physical bodies, are the only thing we have to carry the soul. When our physical bodies are not in proper working order, everything around us ultimately suffers. Our good health is all we have that stands between us and the aging process. The longer you keep your physical body in optimum health, the longer you have your temple to keep your soul on this plane. Detoxification is the best way to keep the body at its most ultimate working level.
By enjoying a healthy, nutritional diet, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise this can keep our physical form at it's best, always.
Take the opportunities that are offered. Make the opportunities that are not. Find your priorities of life and give them merit. This is the best season to do this. This is the time when we gain energy to utilize the power we are given!
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Although the holidays are supposed to be a time full of joy, good
cheer and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people experience
seasonal "blues." What's important to know is that there are steps
you can take to help beat the blues this holiday season.
The "holiday blues" can be caused by many factors: increased stress
and fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization and the
inability to be with one's family. The increased demands of shopping,
parties, family reunions and house guests also contribute to these
feelings of tension. Even people who do not become depressed can
develop other stress reactions during the holidays, such as
headaches, excessive drinking, overeating and difficulty sleeping.
Although many people become depressed during the holiday season, even
more respond to the excessive stress and anxiety once the holidays
have passed. This post-holiday letdown can be the result of emotional
disappointments experienced during the preceding months, as well as
the physical reactions caused by excess fatigue and stress.
There are several ways to identify potential sources of holiday
depression that can help you head off the blues:
*Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable by not trying to
make the holiday "the best ever."
*Set realistic goals for yourself.
*Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the most important
*Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
*Remember that the holiday season does not automatically banish
reasons for feeling sad or lonely. There is room for these feelings
to be present, even if you choose not to express them.
*Let go of the past. Don't be disappointed if your holidays are not
like they used to be. Life brings changes. Each holiday season is
different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don't set yourself up
for sadness by thinking everything has to be just like the "good old
days." Look toward the future.
*Do something for someone else. It is an old remedy, but it can help.
Try volunteering some time to help others.
*Enjoy holiday activities that are free, such as driving around to
look at holiday decorations. Go window shopping without buying
*Don't drink too much. Excessive drinking will only make you more
*Don't be afraid to try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a
way you have not done before.
*Spend time with people who are supportive and who care about you.
*Reach out to make new friends if you are alone during special times.
*Contact someone with whom you have lost touch.
*Find time for yourself. Don't spend all of your time providing
activities for your family and friends.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Every summer I take my long needed vacation to the sea. This powerful source of nature yields some of the most essential healing tools and additional benefits that are hard to compare with anything else. We already know the necessary and soothing abilities water offers.
The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries. Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain, majestic waterfall or the churning sea. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where it comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe because we instinctively know how it can heal us.
Here are some of the best tools and tips the sea can offer:
1. Sun - is the best source of Vitamin D. More than 15-20 minutes can be harmful when you are not protected. The sun is the source of all life and it sure feels good on our face, especially after a long, cold winter. Prevention and precautions are the most important methods when you go out in the sun. Applying sunscreen (SPF 15, at least), wear UV-protective sunglasses, and limiting your time in the sun will help avoid this problem. Stay out of the sun when it's high in the sky; this is when the UV rays are more intense (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Choose clothing that covers your skin - hats, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts. Pure aloe vera rubbed into the skin can help to heal. Take antioxidants to help block the chemical reactions that can trigger cancer's uncontrolled cell growth.
2. Sand - is a natural exfoliator. These finely ground seashells become an amazing tool for cleansing your skin. Wet your skin in the sea and rub it gently all over your skin. Use some in a bowl to create a Zen garden or sea display.
3. Salt Water - the healing abilities of salt water are profound and well documented. Salt water is an astringent and speeds wound healing. A cup or handful of water in your hand or neti pot is a wonderful cleansing therapy. Slowly inhale the salt water into your nose to cleanse your sinus and open up the air passages. Floating in sea water is an extreme release of tension and stress of the day. Allow yourself to float weightlessly in the water. You deserve it.
4. Sponge - a natural cleanser and exfoliator, sponge can be dried in the sun and placed in your decorative bowl or on the bathtub. Rewet your sponge and use it in the bath or shower.
5. Coral - comes in many forms. When this beautiful "art of the sea" washes up on the beach and bleached by the sun, it's beauty can be awe inspiring. Coral is rich in calcium. This "stone" can be used as pumice to exfoliate dead skin cells, bring blood and circulation back to the feet when used as a massage stone and can make a wonderful decorative piece.
6. Sea Air - deep breathing of ocean air helps us to relax and let go. The faint smell of salt in the air can take us to a place of pure joy. Sea air has a certain aliveness found no where else. This deep breathing can help release tension and the problems associated with it.
7. Exercise - yoga, body toning, running on the beach, breath exercises are all great ways to stay fit and take advantage of all the outdoor activities offered us in the summer. Make them enjoyable to you. In the summer months it is a good idea to exercise early in the morning or late afternoon. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after activities to ensure hydration.
8. Seaweed - rich in iodine, and other minerals, seaweed and other sea vegetables are fat-free, low calorie and one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom since they have access to the abundance of minerals in the sea. One of seaweed's most beneficial health properties is its ability to remove radioactive strontium as well as heavy metals from the body. Seaweed is generally categorized into brown and red algae. Seaweed can also be ground into a wonderful exfoliant and used in mineral and mud treatments.
9. Seashells - these magnificent works of Universal creation are wonders to behold. Finding and searching them out is a great past time that can last for hours, take us away from ourselves and gives us a care free adventure that is rewarding on many levels. Your favorites can be taken home and cleansed. They can make beautiful decorative pieces. Display them in a bowl. Place them in any room in the house, especially rooms with water. Seashells are natural vessels that can be used for cleansing and make a great carrier for sage or incense. They can be placed on your personal alter as a reminder of good times or as a tribute to nature and all her powers.
10. Stress relief - the best combination for stress is combining the above element of light, air and surf to create the best prescription for good health and relaxation. Take advantage of any of the above suggestions. They will melt away stress and bring you back to nature. Leave your laptop and cell phone behind (for once, please!)
1. Sundance Natural Foods, Inc. "Neptune's Garden - Vegetables of the Sea".
2. Shirley's Wellness Cafe's "Water the Great Healer".
Special thanks to the Medicor Labs Corp.
In the 1930s, the psychiatrist Karl A Menninger, author of Man
Against Himself, called the process of gradual self-destruction
chronic suicide, in contrast to acute suicide. The second kind is
characterized by direct and quickly lethal acts of self-destruction.
Another, more recently coined term for chronic suicide is indirect
self-destructive behavior. Both terms have the same meaning and will
be used interchangeably in the present discussion.
The psychology of both acute and chronic suicide is similar, but not
identical. One factor that distinguishes the two is that in acute
suicide, there is no denial of the wish for death. In chronic
suicide, there is denial of such a wish. It is a repressed wish. On
the surface, the individual seeks pleasure, an immediate
gratification, a sense of control or some other psychological payoff.
Death or disability are recognized, naturally, as unfortunate
consequences of one's actions, but that is usually as far as insight
penetrates. The understanding of one's own motives is, consequently,
Some of the signs and symptoms frequently associated with self-
destructive behavior are listed below. Not all of these will
necessarily be evident in a particular case.
*A need for self-abasement
*Seeking unnecessary surgery
*Refusal to comply with a physician's instructions
*Denial of reality
The above items merit comment. Substance abuse includes the abusive
act of alcohol and drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. It is
usually clear to the individual that he or she is inflicting long-
term damage on the body.
It is quite common among those who display indirect self-destructive
behavior to refuse to comply with a physician's instructions.
Self Destructiveness - Causes and Explanations
In classic psychoanalytic theory, there are two master principles
that determine the course of all human lives. These are Eros and
Thanatos, the life instincts and the death instinct. Note there is
more than one life instinct; examples include hunger, thirst and sex.
There is only one death instinct. The energy of the life instincts is
called libido and energy of the death instinct is called destrudo.
According to Freud, when a person is relatively normal and well
adjusted, these two energies are in a healthy balance. In youth, Eros
is dominant. In old age, Thanatos is dominant and eventually succeeds
in bringing about the biological death of the individual. In persons
with self-destructive tendencies, Eros and Thanatos are out of
balance, and Thanatos is in the dominant position. This point of view
was articulated and formalized in Menninger's Man Against Himself.
The image of Thanatos, the Greek god of death, riding in the driver's
seat of one's life is a terrifying one. It is a useful image because
it places the individual on alert and helps him or her to more deeply
appreciate that indirect self-destructive behavior can be a
compelling theme in one's general style of life. The question arises:
What throws Eros and Thanatos into a state of imbalance? A number of
causal factors can be important, and they can interact with each
other, magnifying their independent effects.
An important factor is a self-hate arising out of guilt. In the
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Ironweed by William Kennedy, the
protagonist has a strong need to abuse and punish himself for an
error he committed as a young husband. He inadvertently dropped his
infant son on the floor, and the child died of the consequent injury.
The central character never forgives himself and spends years as an
alcoholic who sleeps in alleys. Another example is Lauren T., who has
had two abortions. She was raised as a Roman Catholic. She feels very
much like a murderer and believes that she deserves punishment. She
allows her sadistic lover to beat and slap her. It is one of the few
ways in which she feels she can atone for her perceived crimes.
There are times when self-destructiveness can be a way to punish
someone else. When Nancy G. married her prominent-attorney husband,
she was slim and pretty, the winner two years before of a beauty
pageant. Her husband was her senior by 20 years. It quickly became
evident to Nancy that he had 'purchased' a sex object. He acted as if
he owned her, and he was dictatorial. Also, he was sexually
overbearing, caring little or nothing for Nancy's gratification.
Nancy is both a passive and a traditional woman. She felt locked into
the marriage. Her way of punishing her husband was to become obese.
She has destroyed the body and the beauty that he thought he owned.
Her self-destructiveness is really an attempt to both damage her
husband's ego and to deny him sexual pleasure.
A complicating factor in self-destructiveness is the 'too much, too
soon' phenomenon. When wealth, success, or fame is attained too early
in life, it throws the recipient into a psychological tailspin. A
vivid description of this pattern is presented in such
autobiographical works as Too Much, Too Soon by Diana Barrymore and
My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn.
The conviction that life is meaningless and that there is no point in
living can be an underlying theme in some instances of self-
destructiveness. In connection with this point, persons who are
attacking themselves often entertain the fantasy of destruction and
rebirth. It is an item of folklore that something must be torn down
before rebuilding can take place. One expression of this idea is the
image of the phoenix, a legendary Arabian bird, rising from its own
ashes. Loosely associated with the phoenix myth is the idea that
biological death will bring a second life, or a second chance at a
higher spiritual level.
Asceticism can be explained in part by returning to the factor of
self-hate arising out of guilt. The imposition of harsh conditions on
one's life may be for some persons a way of 'cleansing' the soul, a
means of purifying the self. It is another way of paying for real or
Finally, it should be noted that self-destructiveness can be a
response to feeling helpless in the face of chronic illness such as
diabetes, heart disease, or Buerger's disease. Paradoxically, persons
who feel overwhelmed by health problems may regain a sense of power
and a modicum of control over their own lives by resisting, instead
of cooperating with, a physician's instructions. It is a self-
defeating declaration of autonomy.
Self Destructiveness - Learning to Cope
You may find value in the practical coping strategies below.
Reinforce the life forces. Assume for the moment that Eros and
Thanatos, the life instincts and death instinct, are in a state of
imbalance. Add whatever psychological weight you can to the side of
the scale of life occupied by Eros. Make a list in writing of reasons
why life is worth living. Include your blessings and your talents.
Name the things that bring you pleasure in life. Start the list,
carry it with you and add to it as ideas occur to you. You may start
out by thinking that there is little or nothing you can list, but you
may find, to your surprise, that the list will grow fairly long.
Recognize the ambivalent nature of your behavior. It is not true that
you simply want to hasten your death, that you do not believe that
life itself is worth living. If this were so, you would find a way to
simply kill yourself quickly and effectively. The fact that you
engage in indirect self-destructive behavior shows in itself that you
are of two minds. Within this very fact resides hope. You are not a
complete enemy of yourself. Somewhere within your personality you are
also a friend to yourself. Learn to work with, not against this
Intensify your reality orientation. The very fact that you are
recognizing within yourself some of the symptoms of self-destructive
behavior suggests that your denial of reality is far from complete.
Build on this, Say to yourself, "I am going to face the long-term
consequences of my behavior." Ask yourself, "What will become of me
if I persist in my present pattern?" Tell yourself, "I am a creature
of flesh and bone like all human beings. I need love, not abuse -
certainly not abuse at my own hands."
Find ways to de-center. De-centering is a technique that reduces high
levels of self-absorption. This is particularly true in the case of
persons who suffer from the 'too much, too soon' phenomenon. They
often display narcissism. In decentering, one takes active steps to
engage oneself in helping others. There are many ways to do this.
Volunteer work in hospitals or the tutoring of children with learning
disabilities provides two examples.
Reevaluate your guilt feelings. It is possible that your guilt
feelings are excessive, that your self-hate is an overreaction. This
is frequently the case in persons who have had a very traditional
upbringing and who have, in Freudian terms, a punitive superego,
i.e., the moral agent of the personality. Ask yourself, "Am I in fact
as guilty as I feel, or am I the victim of an overly moralistic
attitude that I acquired in childhood from authoritarian parents?"
Your own answer to this question may come as something of a surprise,
and possibly will relieve you of some of your burden of guilt.
Search for the meaning in life. Perhaps you are in a state of despair
and demoralization because you see no real point or purpose in
living. Start searching for meaning by reading and reflection. The
search itself will help restore a degree of sense and purpose to
Look for long-term gratifications. Instead of short-term
gratifications that can be found in alcohol, other drugs, food, and
masochistic behavior. Lift your eyes to a more distant horizon. Look
down the road of your life. First, imagine as vividly as you can your
future if you continue on the present course. Then imagine your
future and its gratifications if you give up dubious 'pleasures'
associated with self-destructive behavior. Return frequently to the
images associated with delay of gratification.
Ask yourself, "Who am I really punishing?" It is possible that your
self-destructive behavior is a way of punishing someone else. If you
answer the suggested question honestly, you are likely to discover
that you are punishing yourself much more than you are punishing the
other person. If the cost of your maladaptive behavior is clearly
seen as outweighing its benefits, you might find that you are able to
give it up. Say to yourself, "I want to stop being a victim of
Declare your autonomy in positive ways. Refusing to follow a
physician's instructions when you have a chronic illness is a way of
declaring your autonomy. But it is a negative way. It is the mode of
the toddler. The 'terrible twos' is characterized by the child
frequently saying, "No." Refusal to obey instructions is a way of
saying, crudely, "I am my own person." Reject childish ways. Remind
yourself that you are not two years old, but an adult. Find ways to
be your own person by building, by doing creative things, by acting
in constructive ways.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Our Goal this week will be to promote self-worth and promote body
awareness. Identity work to raise consciousness. Build self-
confidence. Improve our ego, self-esteem, emotional balance and
strengthen our positive personality traits. We will allow ourselves
to see all the beauty our eyes touch.
Self-esteem issues are different in different people. Although you may feel great about yourself in one area of your life, you may be extremely down on yourself in another. Welcome to the world. We can all seek to improve ourselves. It is time you became committed to truly loving and appreciating yourself and who you are.
1. Walk with your head up - do not look down. Keep your eyes even with the horizon. Tell everyone who you are with your eyes.
Affirmation: I keep my head up high. I choose to be a very loving, humble, secure me.
2. Stay positive, patient and keep your temper in check - Breath. Think of positive thoughts and seek the sunny side of every situation. Avoid getting extremely angry and flying off the handle.
Affirmation: I am calm, cool, collected. Nothing, absolutely nothing bothers me.
3. Stop taking things personally - guess what, it is not all about you. Everyone is not against you and they are not ganging up on you either.
Affirmation: It is not about me. I rise above all that is in my way. I soar free and independent of that, which is around me.
4. Stop playing it safe - It is time to be a risk taker. The worse thing that could happen is that you fall on your face. So what. And your point is? If you do not go out on a limb sometimes, you will continually be ruled by your fear.
Affirmation: I honor all that I am. I deserve the best. I am the best.
5. No more hiding - Your lack of belief in yourself may want to keep you hidden away behind closed doors and from reality. Get out there. Meet and greet. You never know who you will meet. Make it a challenge. You just might meet your next employer, love of your life or bridge partner.
Affirmation: I am powerful and brave. I know we are all in the same situations. We share the same consciousness. I will be the better person and take my place in the world.
6. Change your vocabulary - NOW. Words and phrases like: "I can't", It figures, "Just my luck", " I'm only human", "I should have", "Life sucks" or "It's impossible"... should never cross your lips...again.
Affirmation: I can, I'm so lucky, I'm so fortunate, I will, I'm deserving, It's possible, I love my life.
7. Limit the apologizing and drop the guilty - Enough already. You have nothing to be quilty of. Nothing. Continuous apologizing not only is annoying to hear, it shows that you are not grounded and can not find your comfort in your own skin.
Affirmation: I am guilt free. I have nothing to be quilty about. No more excuses or apologies.
8. Make direct eye contact - make it every time with someone... and keep it. Looking down or looking away only shows how insecure you are. You have nothing to be insecure about and everything to be sure of.
Affirmation: There is nothing more beautiful, than a confident person.
9. Accept a compliment - with praise and graciousness. They are not often given out. Take them with pride and honor. Be happy that someone has found there own security enough to give one to you. Show them how secure you are, by thanking them.
Affirmation: I appreciate a compliment. I deserve a compliment. I am grateful.
10. Less taking and more giving - shows you are confident that what you have to give is worth something. The more we take, the more we think we deserve, the more we feed into our poor sense of self.
Affirmation: I am happy to give my time, my love and my charity to all who need it.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Bringing your awareness to your body is an amazing feeling! One of the most beautiful ways to bring honor to anything is to touch it. With the energy transfer between two beings, the process can be a great evolution. When honoring the self, it is even more awakening. What better way to do this, than with a bar of soap and a shower.
If you usually wash with a washcloth or sponge, forego these tools and use your hands and a bar of soap. Start at the face and lather your skin. Massage it with the tips of your fingers. Feel the structure of your bones. Brush a finger over your lips and massage the sides of your nose.
Keep all thoughts and affirmations positive. This is a time to admire everything you have! Not to be our critical, judgemental selves!
Massage your ears. Pay attention to each area. Close your eyes if you want to and feel how the ears can stimulate every part of the body.
Massage your neck and throat. Use the lather to glide over your chest and down your arms. Make small circle with the suds. Feel the texture of your skin. Notice how your hands glide over the abdomen and thighs.
How often do we take a shower and wash up and not even pay attention to what we are doing? Pay special attention to yourself today! Do not let your mind wander. Keep your attention on admiring your body and how it pertains to you. Defines you. Massage each leg. Gently circle each knee and work down to your beautiful feet. Nuture each foot as you soap each toe, the tops of your feet, then firmly press on the bottoms of the foot and instep.
This is also a wonderful time for women to do your self breast exam and for men to do a self testicular exam. What better way to be honoring your body and be a conscious self aware adult.
Examining your breasts is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured. This is a critical step you can and should take for yourself. For many, the experience is frustrating. You may feel things, but not know what they mean. However, the more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will become for you to tell if something unusual has occurred. A breast exam is an essential part of taking care of yourself and reducing your risk of breast cancer.
Try to get in the habit of doing a breast examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. If you are no longer having periods, choose a day that's easy to remember, such as the first or last day of the month.
Don't panic if you think you feel a lump. Most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts all the time. Eight out of ten breast lumps that are removed are benign, non-cancerous.
Self exams of the testicles are also an effective way of getting to know this area of your body and detecting testicular cancer at an early and very curable stage. While it can strike at any age, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer for men aged 15 to 34. Checking yourself out every month is important as any significant change in the size, shape, or weight of your testicles could be a sign that you should see a physician.
If you find a lump on your testicle, see a doctor, preferably a urologist, right away. The abnormality may not be cancer, it may just be an infection. Waiting and hoping will not fix anything. Please note that free floating lumps in the scrotum that are not attached in any way to a testicle are not testicular cancer.
Honoring your body is one of the most grateful ways to love and pay attention to yourself. Always do this with positive thought and life affirming words. No matter what shape you are in, honor yourself for who you are. This will actually promote change, self awareness and the ability to know who you are.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Self-esteem is a confidence in yourself and your capabilities. Self-
esteem is important because if allows you to enjoy a happier, more joy-filled life. Most importantly, self-esteem helps you feel connected with the "true spirit" within yourself. This enables you to take responsibility for your own happiness. You MUST make positive
thinking a habit, and this allows you to build self-esteem!
Now answer these questions. Rate each answer on a scale of 1-3
one, if you feel this way sometimes, but infrequently; two , if you usually feel this way; or
three, if you always feel this way
1...I appreciate all the things I can do.
2...I understand the importance of being my own best friend.
3...I appreciate my own uniqueness.
4...I pay attention to my feelings.
5...I am comfortable expressing my feelings to others.
6...I am sensitive and concerned for the feelings of others.
7...I let go of unhappy thoughts.
8...I understand that mistakes are only "misses."
9...I take responsibility for my actions.
10..I allow myself to be different from others.
If you have a perfect score of 30, you are in great shape!
20-30 means you probably like yourself most of the time.
20-10 means you need to start lifting some "positive mental weights,"
and if you scored below 10, you need 10 self affirmations to let you know you are alright and you are ready for improvement.
Whether you already think positively or need to start practicing some
positive mental habits, you can have great fun exploring the issues
Self-esteem and The Learning Process
Self-esteem is closely linked to the learning process. Learning
something successfully makes you feel good about yourself and creates
positive attitudes. A life-student with self-esteem is an active
rather than passive learner and is eager to try new things without
fear of failure.
A life-student afraid to risk failure inevitably stops learning. You
won't develop self-esteem overnight because it's a building process,
but each small step to improved confidence will ultimately, impact
all your future choices.
Learn to praise yourself at each step you take towards a goal and
encourage your persistence to keep trying! You know that you have
self-esteem when your "can do" attitude reflects an understanding
that a mistake is just a "miss," and that's how you learn!
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Use All Your Senses: Visual Esthetics
The power of our senses can be harnessed as an unbelievable tool that
you can use to your life advantage! By eating well, living in a
healthy manner that works for YOU and working in a clutter free
environment are essential for living well. Diffusing essential oils
for stress stimulates our use of our acute sense of smell as does the
background sounds that we hear, help promote the "flow" of our work
and are simple little tricks that can make us better achievers in
life. The ability to use our visual skills in learning life's
lessons can be a great advantage, as well as using our tactile skills
to become better human beings.
Seeing is a special sense. Rhodopsin in the rods is activated by a
photon of light > light activates a G protein call "Transducin" >
Transducin activates phosphodiesterase > phosphodiesterase hydrolizes
many molecules of cyclic GMP > hyrdrolization of cyclic GMP causes gates
in the cell to close cutting off the flow of sodium ion causing an action
potential > the action potential travels through many layers of retina
through the optic nerve > to the cerebral cortex where it is interpreted
Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is the ancient Chinese art of
placement to enhance the flow of "vital life energy" known as Qi.
Practitioners believe that rooms, buildings and all environments can
be arranged and decorated in a way that maximizes the flow of Qi and,
resulting in improvements to health and happiness of those who live
in that environment.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging a physical
environment to maximize personal harmony and success. Feng Shui is an
expression of the oneness and interconnectedness of all things on all
levels and all dimensions. This is a "key concept" in understanding
how our essence relates to everything else around us, including our
environment. As we begin to sense this oneness we then find that it
is possible to gain insight from looking at our environment on a
broader scale. It is often said that "Feng Shui teaches us what we
Visual Esthetics is the organization our brain keeps. Our eyes are
attracted to visual esthetics and beauty. In Feng Shui, the bottom
left side of a room, as determined if you are standing at the room's
entrance looking in, is known as the knowledge area. Enhancing the
positive Qi energy in this area contributes to learned wisdom,
self-cultivation and spiritual development which is the potential
to grow from within. If you're excited about what Feng Shui might
be able to do in your life, here's
an outline for you:
* Thoroughly clean and de-clutter every part of your environment.
-Decluttering is important maybe even potent enough to overcome
* Lacking motivation?
- Display symbols of what you want to achieve in life.
- Keep shiny metal objects and fresh flowers on your desk.
- Keep your desk tidy.
*Not assertive enough?
- Get rid of clutter; keep plenty of empty space around you.
- Keep your chair as high as is comfortable or use a stool.
- Put your books, computer manuals, magazines, or newspapers in your
-Before wisdom comes knowledge, so place those things you want to
become an expert at in this area.
Use All Your Senses: Sense of Smell
Once the Olfactory receptors identify an aroma > nerve cells relay
this information directly to the Limbic system of the brain. > Here,
aromas can trigger memories and influence behavior. > Additionally, the
Limbic system works in conjunction with the pituitary gland and the
> Hypothalamus region of the brain to regulate the hormonal activities
> thus triggering the production of hormones that govern appetite, body
temperature, insulin production, overall metabolism, stress levels ,
sex drive , and conscious thought and reactions. > The Limbic system
also influences immunity.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using naturally distilled essences of
plants to promote the health and well-being of your body, mind, and
emotions. These essence, called essential oils, can restore balance
and harmony to your body and to your life. Essential oils of plant,
fruit, and flower essences are created to center and enhance the body
and mind in order to help us in preventative measures, as well as, an
effective cure for many illnesses. Scents can induce an amazing power
as they influence our moods. Our sense of smell is the most direct
path to our emotions. This is the principle behind the ancient art of
Once you understand the purpose of why essential oils exist, you will
want them in your life forever. They represent life itself, the
source of all healing. My wish is that you will share them with a
friend, and let them experience some of your oils.
Essential Oils work on several different levels. They affect most
people through the sense of smell. The sense of smell is the most
complexed and the sensitive of the five senses.
-Essential oils can have a positive affect on all these functions.
-Essential oils work through the skin as well. They can stimulate
surface skin cells , calm inflamed or irritated skin, release muscle
spasms, soothe sore muscles and relieve muscle tension.
-Essential oils are used in a variety of ways.
* You can inhale them directly from the bottle.
* You can use them for skin care, hair care, and body care, as well
as, for many beauty purposes.
* Personal hygiene, aromatherapy baths, foot baths.
* Giving and receiving aromatherapy massages.
* Inhaling aromatherapy oil blends to relieve congestion, clear your
head and make breathing easier.
* You can also make wonderful fragrances with essential oils.
* Aromatherapy can prevent or ease an assortment of ailments.
Essential oils boost the immune system.
* You can treat aches, pains, injuries, with essential oils.
* Aromatherapy can help reduce stress, lift depression, restore
* You can disperse essential oils through the air in your home or
office to increase productivity or alter moods.
Use All Your Senses: Sound Psychology
Hearing is a special sense. Sound waves hit the tympanic membrane >
the tympanic membrane vibrates and moves the ossicles of the ear
(the incus, malleus and stapes) > which transmits the sound to the
basilar membrane > this vibration causes the stereocilia hairs to
move > causing an action potential which travels to the cerebral
cortex > which translates into what we hear.
Music is a magical medium and a very powerful tool. Music can delight all the senses and inspire every fiber of our being. Music has the
power to soothe and relax, bring us comfort and embracing joy! Music
subtly bypasses the intellectual stimulus in the brain and moves
directly to our subconscious. There is music for every mood and for
Music Therapy is incorporated in a number of areas of
medicine. Some of these include labor and delivery, oncology, pain
management, physical rehabilitation, and yes, good study habits.
Music Therapy has been shown to have influences on the immune system,
blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, and concentration.
Absolute silence is also a form of sound therapy and can be very
effective in helping someone to learn how to focus and pay attention
to details of what they are working on. This type of "silence
therapy" often works best for those who are often distracted by the
slightest noise or have attention deficeit issues. Remember, everyone
is different and what may work for you, may not work for your study
partner. Be aware as to what can work for both of you if you study
Take the opportunity to listen to some music right now!
Use All Your Senses: Our Sense of Taste
Is your idea of breakfast two donuts and a cup of coffee? Or would
you rather opt for no breakfast at all? And how many times have you
skipped lunch in order to have one last work call, report or conference.
Such is life for many of those whose nutritional health seems
to be neglected due to the demands of school and work.But who has the
time to concern themselves with their eating habits? We barely have time to get eight hours of
sleep, much less to eat an occasional well-balanced meal. But not
taking the time to at least learn about your own nutritional health
can have dangerous consequences in the years to come.You know that
saying: "You are what you eat?" Well, it's true, because everything
you eat now can and will affect the quality and length of your life.
Now is the time to take care of yourself; don't wait 20 years from
now until after you've suffered your first heart attack and/or
According to the American Heart Association, reducing
the "controllable" risk factors - those factors you can change now -
may prevent heart disease and stroke in the future. This, of course,
would include changing your eating habits to fit a healthier
lifestyle. But this is not to imply that you should go on a diet; it
is merely a suggestion that making healthy choices and eating
sensibly are some solutions to better health and wellness.You can eat
well no matter what your lifestyle - athlete, student or working
Eating well simply means eating a variety of foods that include
sufficient amounts of protein, fruits, vegetables, complex
carbohydrates, water and calcium. It is obvious that you can fulfill
your daily requirements by eating almost anything - and without the
guilt.It is also just as important to reduce your daily intake of
fat. It is recommended that no more than 30 percent of your total
daily calories comes from fat. This will help decrease your risk of
developing high blood cholesterol, which often leads to heart
disease. Lowering your fat intake will also help your body burn
calories faster, and as a result, you will feel better and have more
So, even the smallest of changes to your diet can make difference.
And the smaller the change, the greater the likelihood that you will
stick to it, because making a change that you can live with is the
key to a healthier, happier you.
- The amount of time you sleep affects calorie needs. The more hours
slept, the fewer calories needed. And women need more calories at
certain times of the month than at others.
- Exercise should play a part in balancing your academic life. For
workouts lasting less than 2 hours, water is excellent for fluid
replacement. However, for longer workouts fluid replacement drinks
may provide beneficial carbohydrates and electrolytes. Look for
drinks containing 15-18 grams of carbohydrates per 8 ounces of fluid.
- When your muscles are working, they use fat and glycogen for the
energy they need. Glycogen is a form of carbohydrate. Your body makes
glycogen from the carbs you eat. Between 55-60% of your calories
should come from carbohydrates. Carb-rich foods include breads,
cereals, rice, pastas, dried beans and peas, corn, potatoes, fruits,
and fruit juices.
Use All Your Senses: Tactile Learning
Our sense of touch can make all the difference in HOW we learn.
Studies in neurophysiology have shown that physical experience
creates especially strong neural pathways in the brain. When we
participate in tactile/kinesthetic activity, the two hemispheres of
the brain are simultaneously engaged. This type of learning
experience helps assure that new information will be retained in long-
We all need to have our unique styles recognized as valid and
acceptable. This may be most true of those students most likely to
fail. Research increasingly suggests that the majority of students
classified as "at risk" of academic failure fit the description of
concrete/common sense learner style, and favor the
tactile/kinesthetic mode. Kinesthetic activities make abstract
concepts concrete. This is extremely important for students who have
difficulty dealing with abstractions.
Moreover, whether the learner's preferred modality is auditory,
visual, or tactile/kinesthetic, it is known that none of us always
remembers what is seen or heard, and all of us remember best what we
have had an opportunity to do. An old Chinese proverb expresses
this: "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I
understand." Tactile and kinesthetic engagement enhances anyone's
The tactile system is essentially touch. It is activated through
receptors in the skin. Our tactile sense gives us information about
size, shape, texture, and temperature. In the study of science, a
well-developed tactile sense is essential. It is a sense that could
be better utilized in the other disciplines as well. The kinesthetic
system is activated through movement, with its receptors located in
the tendons and muscles. It is the kinesthetic system that
recognizes, for example, when a dance sequence you are practicing has
not been properly executed.
Among the general strategies by which these senses can be engaged in
the learning process are role play, dramatization, cooperative games,
simulations, creative movement and dance, multi-sensory activities,
manipulative and hands-on projects. (For examples, charades might be
played as part of a vocabulary-building lesson; an historical event
might be role played or dramatized; learning of new information might
be demonstrated by creating a mural, diagram, model, diorama, or
decorated time line; we might be assigned to sort and arrange in
proper sequence index cards with information and dates related to the
topic being studied.)
This is the strength of touch and tactile learning.
Use All Your Senses: Intuition
Intuition, our 6th sense? Perhaps. We all have hunches, gut feelings, or
intuitive insight. The feeling one gets when first hearing about
something or someone, or the first impression when we meet someone
new...these are all simply our intuition. Intuition is the basis of
many of the Intuitive Art forms we know today. Psychics, Channeling,
Astrology, Tarot, Aura Reading and other Intuitive Arts have regained
acceptance in the mainstream as another form of "perceptive
Metaphysics has been called everything from New Age Psychology to the Taoism of Life! Metaphysics has always taught us that what we think
about most strongly, often times becomes apart of our subconscious.
Here, it becomes and anchor or reflex that we end up manifesting in
our lives through conscious action! Science has found that the human
mind is a storage compartment of accumulated ideas, concepts,
opinions and convictions. Many of these images are contrary to the
truth and and often in conflict with the Cycles of Nature.
The Intuitive Learning Process
There are three stages our mind goes through in learning to
comprehend a situation or idea:
1. Sensory Perception is the process in which we decipher information
that is received in the cerebral cortex from the lower sensory or
motor area. It is the perceiving or intuitive act that we receive
when we see something, touch or feel something, hear or smell
something. In turn, we deduct a situation in our minds based on these
small, intense discoveries.
2. Surrender is the action of yielding one's person or giving up the
possession of something or into the power of another. By letting go,
it leaves us exposed, opened, vulnerable, defenseless. Only by
surrendering, are we completely and fully able to allow the universe
to take over and truly lead us to the most natural and simple path.
By allowing this path of least resistance into your life, you receive
what is intended!
3. Illumination is receiving power! There is nothing more
enlightening than looking at something you do not understand or quit
comprehend until that moment when suddenly, it becomes so very clear
to you, that you just cannot believe you did not see it in the first
place! This self-discovery, or illumination we experience is one of
the greatest gifts we can receive. This is due, in many ways, to our
sensory perceptions which takes place in this discovery process and
the ability to allow ourselves to surrender.
This Intuitive Learning Process is something we can apply to ANY
situation in our lives! Whether learning a craft, understanding the
computer, or accepting any given situation, this process will help
you to "open your mind" and allow new ideas, new creativity, and new
insight to flow freely. Try it!
by Tim Leitch
Achieving Optimum Biological Frequency Resonance (OBFR) is the foundation for good health. It has been found that the dominant brainwave rhythm of all mammals in alpha (resting) state is at a frequency of 7.83 Hz. In fact, it predominates in the hippocampus (found in the brain), which is part of the limbic system involved with emotional and memory aspects of behaviour. This frequency actually coincides with the natural resonance around Planet Earth. Research in Biophysics suggests that our human biological system is "tuned into" the background frequency of our planet, known as the "Schumann Resonance".
The "Schumann Resonance" is a steady pulse of resonant energy patterns within the lower Ionosphere around Planet Earth. It acts as a so-called "capacitor" between the positively charged Ionosphere and the negatively charged Earth. It is guaged that there is a "space" varying from some 60 to 80 kilometres from the crust out into the Ionosphere, filled with a layer of electrically-charged particles providing an electromagnetic field around the Earth. Among other things, this buffers against galactic energy intrusion (such as solar flares). It also allows our transmission of electromagnetic signals within the Schumann field.
In 1957, German physicist Dr W. O. Schumann calculated the Earth/Ionosphere cavity resonance frequencies (which were later named after him). He fixed the most predominant standing wave at about 7.83 Hz.
Now you can see the connection. Living beings evolved in this natural electromagnetic environment. Some attribute this to creation by Divine Intelligence. Whichever view you hold, one thing is certain: Since life began, the Earth has been surrounding all living things with this natural frequency pulsation and it is best to live in harmony with it.
Disturbing our connection with this natural frequency, through interference with man-made radiation can have devastating effects on our human bioenergies. This adversely affects our immune system.
Many are now realising that the wide spectrum of artificial man-made EMF radiation is interfering with our connection to the natural beneficial frequency of the Earth. Electropollution masks it. EMF frequencies act like "noise" to disturb our connection with it just like "static" on a signal. Resulting EMF stress may cause us to feel more stressed, fatigued and "out of balance".
Laboratory research has shown that exposing living cells to the Schumann Resonance has the effect of "protecting" them from ambient EMFs, allowing the cells to enhance their growth, increase their immune protection, and decrease the absorption of depression-inducing chemicals.
Recent advances in fields of Quantum Physics and Biophysics research have allowed the interference by EMFs to be ameliorated and so effectively counter the effects of the interference by radiating man-made fields. For the best protection these should be added in layers.
1. Harmonising the EMF radiation so that it no longer interferes with the human bioenergy resonance.
2. Optimising your body's own natural resonance to enable it to perform better and defend itself against the continual bombardment of external EMF frequencies in our modern world.
3. Provide a more healthy environment by generation of optimal frequencies in any situation and especially around EMF radiation.
4. Optimising the bioavailability of nutrients for improving your health by regularly eating organically grown whole food.
More on Schumann Resonance
The Schumann resonance is due to the space between the surface of the Earth and the conductive ionosphere acting as a waveguide. The limited dimensions of the Earth cause this waveguide to act as a resonant cavity for electromagnetic waves in the ELF band. The cavity is naturally excited by energy from lightning strikes. The lowest-frequency (and highest-intensity) mode of the Schumann resonance is at a frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz.
The resonant properties of this terrestrial cavity were first predicted by the German physicist Dr W. O. Schumann between 1952 and 1957. Evidently they were first detected in 1954.
Schumann published his research results in the journal Technische Physik
The Schumann Resonances are quasi-standing electromagnetic waves that exist in the Earth's 'electromagnetic' cavity (the space between the surface of the Earth and the Ionosphere).
Like waves on a string, they are not present all the time, but have to be "excited" to be observed. They are not caused by anything internal to the Earth, its crust or its core. They seem to be related to electrical activity in the atmosphere, particularly during times of intense lightning activity.
Schumann Resonances occur at several frequencies, specifically 7.83 (strongest), 14, 20, 26, 33, 39 and 45 (weakest) Hertz, with a daily variation of about ± 0.5 Hz.
So long as the properties of Earth's electromagnetic cavity remains about the same, these frequencies remain the same.
Presumably there is some change due to the solar sunspot cycle as the Earth's ionosphere changes in response to the 11-year cycle of solar activity.
Importance of Resonance for Life
Although the existence of the Schumann Resonance is an established scientific fact, there are very few scientists who are aware of the importance of this frequency as a tuning fork for Life. It's proposed that it is not merely a phenomenon caused by lightning in the atmosphere, but a very important electromagnetic standing wave, acting as background frequency and influencing biological oscillators within the mammalian brain.
At the time when Schumann published his research results in the journal Technische Physik, Dr Ankermueller, a physician, immediately made the connection between the Schumann resonance and the alpha rhythm of brainwaves. He found the thought of the earth having the same natural resonance as the brain very exciting and contacted Professor Schumann, who in turn asked a doctorate candidate to look into this phenomenon. This candidate was Herbert König who became Schumann's successor at Munich University.
Konig demonstrated a correlation between Schumann Resonances and brain rhythms. He compared human EEG recordings with natural electromagnetic fields of the environment and found in 1979 that the main frequency produced by Schumann oscillations is very close to the frequency of alpha rhythms.
Frequency comparisons from König, 1979.
Natural electromagnetic processes in the environment (I-IV), compared to human EEG readings.
I. Schumann oscillations compared with the human EEG "a" rhythm.
II. Locally conditioned fluctuations of the electric field compared with the human EEG "d" rhythm.
See how these show a noticable similarity in their temporal variations.
Dr König carried out further measurements of Schumann resonance and eventually arrived at a frequency of exactly 7.83 Hz, which is even more interesting, as this frequency is one which applies to mammals. For instance, septal driving of the hippocampal rhythm in rats has been found to have a minimum threshold at 7.7 Hz (Gray, 1982).
This relationship has been explored by a number of investigators. One of the foremost researchers in this field is Dr Wolfgang Ludwig, who has been investigating Schumann Resonance and its place in nature for many years
YIN and YANG energy balance
During his research Dr Ludwig related to ancient Chinese wisdom that Man needs two environmental signals: the YANG (masculine) signal from above and the YIN (feminine) signal from below.
This coincides with the relatively strong signal of the Schumann wave surrounding our planet being YANG and the weaker geomagnetic waves coming from below, from within the planet, being the YIN signal.
Chinese wisdom holds that to achieve perfect health, both signals must be in balance. Mankind depends on these two subtle environmental energy signals, the Yin from below and the Yang from above.
Dr Ludwig found that this to be the case in his research. In his book "Informative Medizin" he states that studies carried out by E. Jacobi at the University of Duesseldorf showed that the one sided use of Schumann (YANG) wave simulation without the geomagnetic (YIN) signal caused serious health problems.
The absence of Schumann waves creates a similar situation. Professor R. Wever from the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Erling-Andechs, Germany, subjected student volunteers to living for 4 weeks in a hermetically sealed underground bunker that completely screened out magnetic fields. In this environment it was found that the student's circadian rhythms diverged and that they suffered emotional distress and migraine headaches. After only a brief exposure to 7.8 Hz (the very frequency which had been screened out), the volunteers health stabilized again.
As the students were young and healthy, no serious health conditions arose. However, this would not have been the case with older people or people with a compromised immune system. This signifies the importance of maintaining human connection with the natural energy frequencies - with as little disruption or interference as possible.
The same complaints were reported by the first astronauts and cosmonauts, who, out in space, also were no longer exposed to the Schumann waves. Now modern spacecrafts are said to contain a device which simulates the Schumann waves. Russian cosmonauts were at the forefront of developing this technology. They were able to stay up in space far longer than NASA astronauts early on in space exploration.
Interestingly, the Russian space science findings form part of the scientific background to the energy influence capabilities that underlies the German research behind Biopro Technology's proprietary Energy Resonance Technology (ERT) that powers all its amazing products.
A Tuning Fork for Life
Although Schumann Resonance could easily be confirmed by measurements at the time of its discovery, it is no longer so obvious due to our atmosphere being filled with manmade radiation noise at different frequencies. This is almost drowning out the natural signals - signals that have been there through aeons of evolution.
It is possible that these signals act like a natural tuning fork, not just for the biological oscillators of the brain, but for all processes of life.
A "tuned system consists of at least two oscillators of identical resonant frequencies. If one oscillator starts emitting, the other will be activated by the signal very shortly, in the process of resonance, entrainment or kindling (igniting the resonance phenomenon among the neurons). It becomes obvious that in deep meditation, when waves of alpha and theta rhythms cascade across the entire brain, a resonance is possible between the human being and the planet. Energy and information which are embedded in a field are transferred. Perhaps the planet communicates with us in this primal language of frequencies.
Disruption of our connection with Natural Frequencies for Life
With the advent of new wireless technology, in particular microwaves pulsed at frequencies close to Schumann Resonance as in mobile telephony, another threat is emerging.
We are creating an environment that is literally `out of tune' with Nature itself. And it is at this point that there is an urgent need for us to understand how everything alive responds to the most subtle changes in magnetic and electromagnetic fields surrounding us.
It is, therefore, very important, to become more aware of the growing scientific and medical evidence showing that you are putting your health at risk with the adverse influence of man-made energies - such as those from electromagnetic radiation. It is equally vital to obtain the protection technology that can remove or ameliorate the risk as hignlighted on this website.
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Original article used with permission from Tim Leitch Bioenergy.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
To recognize a power that is greater than our own is to recognize our
We understand the mind/body relationship to be inspired by alignment
with one's Highest Spiritual Principle and by that awareness we can
Spiritual health is often considered a condition marked by a
diminished sense of fear and the daily experience of unconditional
love, joy, gratitude, and a personal relationship with your God (1.)
(or an awareness of an inner source of infinite power and compassion.)
Religion can play a part in guiding us to the path of Spirituality.
BUT, religion is simply a bridge to Spirituality. There are many
religions, but only one spiritual truth. This spiritual truth is the
journey home to your Self; and the understanding of your emotional
courage, truth, and honesty. What is important in life are the good
works of love that we do for others.
Spirituality means shining a light into the darkest corners of our
world and developing our capacity for compassion for those who are
suffering and working for justice for all. (2.)
Surrendering to our higher powers so that your Spirit can orchestrate
the infinite correlation of details that are necessary for the
manifestation of your desires. (3.)
These are the benefits you'll receive when you surrender to a higher
Spirituality can be found anywhere. You can experience it in a church
or temple, in the revel of nature, in a yoga, dance or exercise
class, in the darkest, most unlikely place. Spirituality is a state
of mind. It is an experience that brings you closer to the
realization of life's truths. It can be found when facing fear,
enjoying simplicity or contemplation.
Below you will find Spiritual Truths from all the World's religions.
You will find similar concepts throughout each of them, no matter how
varied in beliefs they may be.
The Golden Rule
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - JUDAISM: Leviticus 19.18
Treat others as thou wouldst be treated by thyself. - SIKHISM: Adi
Desire not for anyone the things that ye would not desire for
yourselves. - BAH FAITH: Gleanings 66
That nature is only good when it shall not do unto another whatever
is not good for its own self. - ZOROASTRIANISM: Dadistan-i-Dinik
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even
so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. - CHRISTIANITY:
Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he
loves for himself. - ISLAM: Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi
Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. - BUDDHISM: Udana 5.13
Regard your Neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss
as your own loss. -
TAOISM:T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien
Never do to others what would pain thyself. - HINDUISM: Panchatantra
Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you. -
CONFUCIONISM: Analects 15.23
Remember, spiritual lessons are encrusted in our daily life
experiences as jewels. They are made available to everyone who wishes
to pay attention and listen.
1. Wellness I.Q. Test by Dr. Robert Ivker, president of the American Holistic Medical Association.
2. Spirituality and Health Magazine
3. Seven Spiritual Truths: www.holisticlearningcenter.com/truths.html
4. Spiritual Truths of World Religions:
by Sylvia Hui (for the Guardian) 03/09/13
LONDON - British researchers have proposed a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge: It may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C.
New studies of cremated human remains excavated from the site suggest that about 500 years before the Stonehenge we know today was built, a larger stone circle was erected at the same site as a community graveyard, researchers said Saturday.
"These were men, women, children, so presumably family groups," University College London professor Mike Parker Pearson, who led the team, said. "We'd thought that maybe it was a place where a dynasty of kings was buried, but this seemed to be much more of a community, a different kind of power structure."
Parker Pearson said archeologists studied the cremated bones of 63 individuals, and believed that they were buried around 3,000 B.C. The location of many of the cremated bodies was originally marked by Preseli bluestones, he said. That earlier circular enclosure, which measured around 300 feet (91 meters) across, could have been the burial ground for about 200 more people, Parker Pearson said.
The team, which included academics from more than a dozen British universities, also put forth some theories about the purpose of the second Stonehenge - the monument still standing in the countryside in southern England today.
Various theories have been proposed about Stonehenge, including that it was a place for Druid worship, an observatory for astronomical studies, or a place of healing, built by early inhabitants of Britain who roamed around with their herds.
Parker Pearson said the latest study suggested that Stonehenge should be seen less a temple of worship than a kind of building project that served to unite people from across Britain.
Analysis of the remains of a Neolithic settlement near the monument indicated that thousands of people traveled from as far as Scotland to the site, bringing their livestock and families for huge feasts and celebrations during the winter and summer solstices.
The team studied the teeth of pigs and cattle found at the "builders' camp," and deduced that the animals were mostly slaughtered around nine months or 15 months after their spring births. That meant they were likely eaten in feasts during the midwinter and midsummer, Parker Pearson said.
"We don't think (the builders) were living there all the time. We could tell that by when they were killing the pigs - they were there for the solstices," he said.
The researchers believe that the builders converged seasonally to build Stonehenge, but not for very long - likely over a period of a decade or so.
The mass monument building is thought to end around the time when the "Beaker people," so called because of their distinctive pottery, arrived from continental Europe, Parker Pearson said.
Learn more about the Preseli bluestones of Stonehenge and the Preseli Stone Pendant
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Master craftsman and artisan, Fred Harrison of Stonehenge Products is the creator and patent owner of a variety of some of the most amazing stone therapy devices in the world of healing today! These self-therapy devices are designed for the external treatment of a variety of neuromuscular aliments. Their self-directed placement enable the user to precisely deliver healing heat or cold and pressure point treatments exactly where it is needed.
For over 10 years now Fred Harrison has helped sufferer of headaches, sinus pain and pressure, TMJ, wrist, back and joint pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain with the help of his incredible stone applications. Used either hot or cold, these therapeutic designs are easy to apply and execute.
The science behind these designs work due to the vegus nerve reflex and the mammalian diving reflex. The vagus reflex or vagus means wanderer and that is exactly what these nerves are. Attached to the brain, these nerves wander through the base of the skull into the neck, the right and left vagus nerves innervate through their branches a widespread range of body parts, from the head down to the abdominal organs. Activation of the vagus nerve typically leads to a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, or both.
The mammalian diving reflex is found in humans and other mammals, which is a set of reflexes that are activated when our face is cooled (such as with water or from cold objects) or if we hold our breath. The diving reflex is a clever physiological mechanism enabling the body to tolerate a low level of oxygen.
A slowing heart rate occurs rather quickly on facial contact with cold. The trigeminal facial nerves or 5th cranial nerve transmits the information to the brain which innervates the wander, the vagus nerve or 10th cranial nerve, causing bradycardia and peripheral vasoconstriction. The colder the water, the faster the reaction.
Fred told me a story recently. For these past 10 years he has gone out among the public with his products and has challenged them to bring their headaches to see if the sinus mask cold be used to help. Every sunday he would have satisfied customers approach and declare that they would suffer with headaches and so far 100% have gone away with no symptoms! For a long while Fred just assumed that the mask felt good and thereby generated an effective placebo effect. But as the evidence accumulated this scenerio seemed ever less plausable. About a month ago a doctor tried out the mask. Yes, his headache went away. He then told Fred of experiments conducted on patients experiencing heart attacks who were rescued by emercing their faces in icy water. It seems that this treatment triggered the mamillian diving reflex causing immediate activation of the vagus nerve creating a number of autonomic changes.Fred has crafted these particular healing tools to fit different areas of the body.
Facial Sinus Mask
The Sinus/Headache Soother is a 3 stone facial appliance that is a applied directly to the sinus area. Hot or cold it provides a wonderful sensation and quick relief from headaches and sinus problems. Add a little essential oil, cooling mint or herbs and you will have an especially relaxing experience. Just lie back and let the gentle weight, and cool or warm stones sooth your stress away. Unlike loose stones, these will stay in place.
Stone Neck Pack
Perfect for that aching neck, the 5 Stone Neck Pack ,consists of five smooth flat stones connected in series by a pair of coated bronze wires. When heated, it provides pressure and heat to the back and sides of the neck, causing a relaxation that can be felt immediately. It can also be refrigerated for cold therapy. Place the device where it is needed. Relax and let the temperature and pressure help work the kinks out.
The TMJD Temporomandibular Relief Device was designed for a chronic TMJ sufferer. It worked so well, more were designed. TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disease is a painful condition associated with injury or misalignment of the jaw joints. Many authorities recommend twice daily treatments of moist heat applied directly to the jaw as a useful self-treatment for this condition. The TMJD appliance provides a treatment with no hands and freedom of movement. The heat and pressure work well together.
The Two Stone Shoulder/Lower Back device are two large smooth stones, hand selected and matched, joined by two stiff, yet flexible members. This unique, patented demonstrates the flexibility and stiffness of these items enabling it to be shaped to cup over your shoulder, just exactly where you need it. This system also works well for arms, legs, and lower back.
Stone Wrist Appliance may be used warm or cold to provide comfort to a sore wrist. This patented three stone design reduces inflammation associated with carpal tunnel injury and for first aid treatment of a newly strained wrist.
The Stone Zen Pillow is ideal for use as an after work or after workout cool down. Used warm, it stimulates increased blood flow to the upper back and to the nape of the neck while providing relaxing pressure to those pesky trigger points located on either side of the spine at the base of the skull. Patented by designer Fred Harrison of Stonehenge, this same device, when used cold from the fridge, is especially refreshing on a hot summer day. You can literally cool down as you self-massage and provide soothing release for the tension you've stored all day in your neck and shoulders.
Chakra Massage Stones
This amazing new product combines the peaceful "laying of stones" with the option to massage the body and its associated energy centers for an incredible connective experience! Created by master craftsman and artisan, Fred Harrison of Stonehenge, and acupuncturist, metaphysician Andrew Pacholyk of Peacefulmind.com, this brand new approach to healing utilizes the "yin" of stillness with the "yang" of movement to create a unique healthcare tool.
The Chakra Massage Stones are two very distinct, specially designed stones, created to fit the contours of the body. Combined with 7 crystals, these two stones divide the Chakra into the lower half or the more physical, grounding aspects of our life and the upper half or the more heart felt, spiritual aspects of our life.
The Chakra Massage Stones can be placed on the body according to your specific needs. They can lay on the body as you meditate or relax. The stones, along with the crystals, have the capacity to help realign, energize and balance the body's subtle energies in about 20 minutes time.
The Chakra Massage Stones can also be used as a massage tool for a deeper and satisfying experience. The Chakra massage can be a self massage or you can get a friend or loved one involved for shared enjoyment. This vitalizing massage works not only on a physical level but at an esoteric level as well.
Both stones are sold as a set with complete information on the Chakra and their energies, the "laying of stones" procedure and the techniques for doing an incredible Chakra massage. The stones can be used warm or cold and come in their own box.
I encourage anyone looking for an easy to use, simple yet effective tool for relieving pain, relaxing muscles and decreasing stress levels to consider these effective, patented creations from nature.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Next to breathing and breath work, stretching is the most beneficial
exercises we can do for better health. Done in tandem, breath work
and stretching are the best support for easing aches, pain, tension,
headaches, tight muscles and unexplained pain elsewhere in the body.
Just as there are different types of flexibility, there are also
different types of stretching. Stretches are either dynamic (meaning
they involve motion) or static (meaning they involve no motion).
Dynamic stretches affect dynamic flexibility and static stretches
affect static flexibility (and dynamic flexibility to some degree).
When done properly, stretching can do more than just increase
flexibility. Benefits of stretching include:
*enhanced physical fitness
*enhanced ability to learn and perform skilled movements
*increased mental and physical relaxation
*enhanced development of body awareness
*reduced risk of injury to joints, muscles, and tendons
*reduced muscular soreness
*reduced muscular tension
*increased suppleness due to stimulation of the production of
chemicals which, lubricate connective tissues
*reduced severity of painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) in females
Stretching your body's muscles will actually enhance the healing
process. Long, slow static stretching will help to increase blood
flow and circulation, eliminating stasis and help to warm and
invigorate the muscles and in turn lubricate the ligaments and
joints. One good over all stretch for your body is to lie on the
floor and gently bring your knees up to your chest. Once there, put a
little pressure on your knees with two hands. Gently raise your head
up toward the knees. Breath, in, out, in out.....slowly. Stretch,
then relax. Repeat.
One of the best over all stretches is the Sun Salutation. You can
find it here.
Also find other exercise information and stretching here.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Stroke is often referred to as a brain attack. It is considered the
No. 1 cause of adult disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the
United States. It striking more than 500,000 people every year. A
stroke can happen at any age.
It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly. The
effects of a stroke may include paralysis, poor memory and loss of
Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:
-Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (often on one side
of the body)
-Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
-Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
-Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Women may report unique stroke symptoms:
-Sudden face and limb pain
-Sudden general weakness
-Sudden chest pain
-Sudden shortness of breath
The acronym F.A.S.T. is a good way to recommend the signs of a stroke.
FAST stands for:
* Face: This tells you that if a person's face is drooping around the
eye or mouth, this could be a sign of a stroke. If a person's face
appears to be drooping and they are experiencing numbness, they could
be having a stroke. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the
* Arm: This means you should check for arm weakness. A quick test is
the inability to raise both arms over head. Ask the person to raise
both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
* Speech: Check for speech impairment, such as slurred speech or
difficulty repeating simple phrases. Ask the person to repeat a
simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence
* Test: This is a reminder that if you do suspect a stroke, use the
FAST method and seek medical attention. If the person shows any of
these symptoms, time is important.
Spotting a stroke in a timely manner could allow clot-busting
medications to be administered and other treatments to begin. If
symptoms are spotted within three hours of onset, these people might
be eligible for clot-busting medication.
One of the problems with stroke symptoms is that many people ignore
them. For some, it's too late when they get to the hospital to do
effective treatment options. People often think their symptoms are a
The first few minutes of a stroke are critical. Call 911, and seek
attention right away.
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
Sweet cravings have many causes, but here are some suggestions:
*What, when and how much you eat play an important role in regulating how well your body manages blood sugar levels.
*Keep to a low fat diet and eat three meals a day.
*Avoid simple sugars, which may increase your appetite. If you are hungry in-between meals, then have a small healthy snack.
*Increasing the fiber content of the diet may satisfy your hunger more and lessen the calories you consume. Soluble fiber, such as psyllium husk, is great in achieving this, as well as keeping the colon healthy.
*Eat three meals each day. This is important for blood sugar regulation. Lessen your carb intake for each meal. By dinner you should have a very small portion of carbs (cup of rice or potatoes) or none at all (just your meat-chicken, fish, turkey, beef and a large portion of vegetables).
*If you are thirsty drink water.
*If you are overweight, eat smaller portions.
*Reduce your intake of fat.
*Keep sweet and fatty foods to a minimum.
Stay active: Regular exercise helps your body lower blood sugars, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness.
Get enough rest. Our system regulates itself during sleep and there is a new study out that suggests the 7-8 hours of sleep can also help in weight loss.
Sweet cravings can cycle about every 10 days, this is why it is important to do the above suggestions for two full weeks. This breaks this cycle. Eating is a learned responds. We can unlearn these cravings by breaking the cycle.
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