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Awareness Shift

“The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way becomes the way.” –Marcus Aurelius Often times when it comes to making changes in our health it requires us to make lifestyle changes, such as exercising or eating a different way then we are accustomed to, therefore change can be difficult and we struggle and our health continues to struggle.  Many times it is just the act of getting started.  We know that exercise is good for us, and ...
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Epigenetics

Today’s recognized father of Epigenetics is Dr. Bruce Lipton. He initially coined the term in 1995. Epigenetics is the change in organisms due to modifications in gene expression rather than gene code alteration. Changes are due to signaling to DNA within the body influenced by environmental forces and our perceptions/beliefs. Dr. Lipton’s book, Biology of Belief, introduced most of the world to his groundbreaking research and views. Biology of Belief has been met with criticism by the medical community since ...
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Fear

By - Dr. William Cummins Fear.  Just the word stirs up a lot emotions and reactions in us.  We all deal with it, as it is a part of being human.  It is an emotion that is meant to help us and keep us safe, but all to often it tends to be overwhelming and ends up holding us back. This is especially true when we are healing from an injury.  Many of times I have heard from patients, “I ...
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Mindfulness – Part 3

Mindfulness is a tool that we can use to help us make a difference in not only our life but in the life of others as well.  Over the past few weeks we learned how to begin a mindfulness practice and how it can affect our physiology.  This week I would like to teach you another way to use the mindfulness tool. The loving kindness meditation is a great way to begin to practice cultivating the feelings of love and ...
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Mindfulness – Part 1

Life is much different today then it was even a generation ago. We are being constantly advertised and marketed to, there is always something else we should be doing, whether it is for our health, a tv series, ( when does the final season of Game of Thrones start?) or someone else is needing something. In other words there is a lot of noise, especially if you live in the city, and if we are not careful that noise can ...
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Ways To Stimulate The Vagus Nerve: Part 1

1) Cold Showers Start with dipping your face in cold water. Progress to a scottish shower where you finish with a cold shower.  You can work yourself up to taking complete cold showers. 2) Singing or Chanting Humming, mantra chanting, hymn singing, and upbeat energetic singing all increase Heart Rate Variability.  Singing has been found to increase oxytocin. 3) Yoga Yoga increases vagus nerve and parasympathetic system activity in general 4) Meditation There are two types of meditation that can ...
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Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest-and-digest system. The word vagus means “wanderer,” because it wanders all over the body to various important organs. The vagus nerve is largely responsible for the mind-body connection since the vagus nerve reaches the brain, gut (intestines, stomach), heart, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney, ureter, spleen, lungs, reproductive organs (female), neck (pharynx, larynx, and esophagus), ears, and tongue. Basic Functions: Brain: control anxiety and depression. Gut: It ...
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Right Brain versus Left Brain

Last week we talked about the lobes of the brain. This week lets focus on what each side of the brain does. Right Brain Artistic Holistic thinking Rhythm Intuition Creativity & Imagination Visualization Non-verbal communication Tune of songs Daydreaming Digital Symbolic Order Rational Random Big picture Sees color Left handed control Emotional Spatial awareness Gross motor skills Large muscle control EQ Comprehension Math Reasoning Negative emotions Low-frequency sound High Frequency Light Understanding abstract concepts Cautious and safe actions Suppresses immunity ...
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Merits of a Cold Water Plunge

Taking a cold water plunge has many health benefits. Chief among these benefits is improved lymphatic circulation.  Given that your lymph fluid doesn’t have a central pump, your lymphatic system relies primarily on muscle contraction.  If you don’t adequately exercise, your lymph fluid stagnates and toxins build up.  Cold water immersion causes your lymph vessels to also contract and flush waste.  So, cold water can serve as effective adjunct to exercise in this regard. In addition to lymph circulation, your ...
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Pau d’arco Tea

Pau d’arco hails from South America specifically the rainforest of brazil where it is known as the divine tree. It has been used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are reports of medicinal uses of pau d’arco tea dating back to 1873. Pau d’arco tea contains several compounds, including quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids. These compounds have shown biological activity against harmful organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Pau d’arco also has a significant amount of lapachol, ...
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