Eye Cataract Surgery Part II
My Cataract Surgery was not a perfect one as there are still tissues surrounding the lens that will need additional laser treatment to clear them. These tissues affect the eyes so you can see cloudiness at the images. I am not sure if it is the eye doctor's fault or just my eyes. This effect caused my eyes to get tired very easily and yet make me see things out of focus. A very bothering experience.
In fact, now my eyes get very dry and red easily and that irritates my eyes and makes me hard to read. So I think people who are ready for the cataract surgery needs to think twice before you do it. If it is the eyelid dropping that causes you not seeing brightly and clearly, do the eyelid surgery first. Never do the eye brows to lift the eye lid. It is not too useful.
Using the laser procedure for the eyelid instead of the regular cutting as the laser can also burn off some of the fat tissue on the eyelid.
As I mentioned in the last issue, I still try very hard to use the reading glasses. I have now 5 pairs (cheap ones) but still having a hard time to find them when I need to. Very bad, isn't it?
Health by Dr. Melissa Carr's
February 2012 Newsletter.
February is also known as "heart health" month, so I've written a short blog on TCM and its connection to the heart.
I recently did a talk on stress and its effect on your health.
Did you know that stress increases your risk for the #1 killer?
Did you know that increasing your social connections can reduce your stress?
Did you know that ahhhhhhcupuncture (read like a sigh) can help reduce your stress, both in the short-term and the long-term?
- What to do after the flu
- I heart TCM
- Foods for Dealing with Stress
- Heart your Breasts
- Allergies: Help! ...
See More Health Topic at Dr. Melissa at: http://www.activetcm.com
Eye Cataract Surgery
I would like to share my experience with my Eye Cataract Surgery so in case you may need one, you would know what to expect. Sometimes the doctor may not have explained to you before the surgery. When you are getting old, you may experience Cataract.
Cataract eye surgery is a simple procedure that has minimum risk on the eyes. However, to do it safe, the doctor would advise you to do the eyes one by one just case something bad happens. This is OK. But it also has some implication to be aware of.
1. If you have both eyes done, you may request your doctor to make the separation period shorter. This is because the two eyes are not having the same eye sight and make both eyes get tired easily and give you double images with both eyes not the same corrected.
2. If you have cataract surgery. You will lose near sight correction you may have before. In my case, I was able to see near things clearly without my glasses. After the surgery, I was not able to see anything small or close, totally out of focus.
3. People who need cataract may experience not seeing things clearly because the built up cataract around the lens in the eye. With the surgery, you will see brighter and whiter images. However, if the surgery is not perfect, there may be little tissue that may stay in the eye to give you cloudiness. But you still can see clear for Far Sight.
4. Once Cataract surgery is done, it will take a few weeks (4-6) to heal. During the healing period, you need to add eye drops to prevent infection and your eye would need adjustment to focus. This will take up much energy for your eyes so you will get tired easily with your eyes that may also give you headache if both eyes are not seeing the same thing clearly. (This happens when you do your cataract at different time.) One way to fix this is to have a contact lens on the second eye once the first eye has got the surgery.
5. Again, after both eyes gets done, you will need to wait a month or more to get your reading glasses prescription and you will need to carry the reading glass anywhere you go. This is different from when you wear far sight glass all day and no need to wear reading glass like I do.
6. So, understand what you are up to and decide what to do correctly.
By Dr. Melissa Carr
Pain's job is to tell you, "Pay attention!" Your job is to discover how to address the cause of the pain. Do you need to rest or move? Should you use cold to decrease swelling or heat to relax muscles? What therapies can help?
I've been treating pain for 10 years, but because there are many types of pain and each can be complex, last month I attended the American Academy of Pain Management conference to find out what's new in the field.
What I saw was that there were a number of medications and surgical techniques and complicated monitoring systems and fancy machines and support devices...ahhhhh [deep breath]...all to treat or manage pain. What I also saw was that some of the longest standing and simplest methods of managing pain are still very relevant and effective: acupuncture, good food, restorative sleep, breathing practice, and exercise.
As the damp, cold weather of Vancouver sinks in, many feel the weather sinking into their joints. Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this Damp-Cold Bi Syndrome. "Bi"means "obstruction"in TCM, and that means "pain"because according to TCM, all pain is caused by blockage.
The connection between people feeling more pain in their joints or scar tissue when it's going to rain has long been reported. I used to feel impending rain via a scar on my lip! And changes in barometric pressure used to give me headaches. But, as much as I, and many others, have felt like living barometers, the research does not seem to explain it.
TCM, on the other hand, can explain it. We believe that elements in nature-wind, cold, summer-heat, dampness, dryness, and fire-can enter the body and cause blockages. Where there is "wind", the pain may move around the body. Where there is "cold", the pain can be severe and stabbing. Where there is "heat"or "fire", there is redness and swelling. Where there is "dampness", there is swelling, stiffness, and heaviness. Where there is "dryness", there may be insufficient lubrication for the joint and movement may be impaired.
The first key to preventing weather-impacted pain is to protect yourself from the elements. Get outside still to take in nature, get some exercise, and absorb some vitamin D sunlight when you can. But if you have neck pain, wear a scarf. Low back pain and/or menstrual cramps? You may like those low-rise pants, but prevent exposure of your low abdomen and back. Don't allow your feet to stay wet if stiffness, heaviness, and aching pain are troubling you.
Supplements and foods can help manage and treat your pain.
- Cooling foods to treat hot inflammation include cabbage, cucumber, celery, tofu, millet
- Warming foods to improve circulation include fennel, onions, pepper, quinoa, nutmeg, cinnamon
- Anti-inflammatory foods include turmeric, ginger, fatty fish (mackerel, herring, sardines, wild salmon, tuna, cod, halibut), papaya, pineapple.
Of course one of the most recognized natural treatments for pain is acupuncture.
In fact, when I input "acupuncture pain"in the Google Scholar search box, the results numbered 75,000! Of course not all of those are going to show positive, but pain specialists almost always bring up acupuncture treatment as a treatment option because time and again it has been found effective for a variety of pains.
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The Gift of Pain by Anne Whitmore, from Dr. Melissa Carr's Newsletter.
Now you may be thinking, "Isn't that just like a coach to try to spin the good into every situation..." Pain is one way that our bodies communicate with us that things aren't going well. Regardless of the type of pain - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or how you experience it - there is information there.
The gift of pain is an awareness that all is not right in our world. It's like the fire alarm going off on one floor of a multi-story building. One alternative is to close off the floor and not go there anymore. Another is to turn off the alarm and continue business as usual. Or run around yelling about how the building is on fire. Or sit in hopelessness that the fire is probably going to spread and burn down the whole place. Or call in the firefighters... Or an electrician to examine the wiring... Or...
How we are with our pain is related to what we do about it. Emotional pain is often ignored or suppressed. The expression "Time heals all wounds" gives hope that the sharpness of the pain will fade and soon disappear. The thing is that unless the cause of the pain is resolved, it will eventually pop back up again, often when we least expect it and with a vengeance. Sometimes with physical pain, we take painkillers or try to 'push through it' hoping that our body will resolve the issue on its own. Or we can choose to seek out the help of a specialist, like a doctor of TCM, to find the source of the injury and heal it.
You get to choose. Coaching is one way to really feel your area(s) of pain, explore the possibilities and then choose how you want to address it. The ultimate gift of pain is the opportunity to connect with ourselves, choose a path and seek healing.
In Joy, Anne
Anne Whitmore, Personal Coach & Corporate Trainer, Divafish Communications.
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Luo Han Guo: The "Longevity Fruit"
A good friend suggested I try to take Luo Han Guo drink to help lower my blood pressure. So I did a some research on it to see how it can help. I have been drinking the Luo Han Guo water for about a month, and I find it helps for detoxification, and many more that I like to share with you:
Lo han kuo, or Luo han guo, is the fruit of climbing or trailing plants of the family Cucurbitaceae. In ancient China, Luo Han Guo was the tributes to the emperors. In addition, Luo Han Guo is known as longevity fruit and fairy fruit in ordinary people. What makes Luo Han Guo so popular?
Nature of Luo Han Guo
Luo Han Guo is of cool nature and taste sweet, entering meridians of lung and spleen.
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, dryness is the main characteristics in autumn. People are vulnerable to pathogenic dryness in autumn. Basic clinical manifestations are as follows:
- Dryness in mouth and nose, or throat thirst;
- Dry cough with little phlegm;
- Dryness of skin in women, even chapped or ugly skin;
- Malnourished hair, even resulting in hair loss;
- Sometimes constipation.
To cope with pathogenic dryness in autumn, the key is to pick the food which can moisten the lung. All pathogenic dryness will remove once the lung is balanced and moistened. In terms of food to remove pathogenic dryness, Luo Han Guo is the priority option. Luo Han Guo is one of the best herbs that can clear lung, benefit throat, transform phlegm, stop coughing, moisten intestines and relax bowel.
What Luo Han Guo can do to us traditionally?
Since Luo Han Guo is so popular, it must have its own irreplaceable functions. Here are the traditional usages of Luo Han Guo.
- Luo Han Guo can be used for clearing heat, cooling blood heat, promoting production of fluid, stopping coughing, detoxification, rejuvenation and skin care;
- Luo Han Guo can be used for treatments of coughing due to phlegm-heat, sore throat, constipation, irritability and thirst;
- Luo Han Guo is often used in treatments of dry coughing due to lung fire, sore throat and aphonia, intestinal dryness and constipation;
- Luo Han Guo can treat effectively the diseases of acute bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, throat fire and acute gastritis and so on;
- The root of Luo Han Guo tree can cure stubborn ringworm, carbuncle, sore boil, etc;
- The hair of Luo Han Guo can be used for wounds;
- A little bit of Luo Han Guo soaking with boiling water is an excellent drink, which can be refreshing and prevent from respiratory tract infection;
- Luo Han Guo can promote longevity if taking it all year round.
Luo Han Guo usages in modern medicine
According experiments, Luo Han Guo contains Mogrosides 300 times more than sucrose. Drinking Luo Han Guo on daily basis and prevent many kinds of diseases. Modern medicine has shown that Luo Han Guo can help greatly in following diseases.
- Luo Han Guo has a significant effect in treatments of bronchitis, high blood pressure and other diseases;
- Luo Han Guo can prevent coronary heart disease, hardening of the arteries and obesity clinically;
- Luo Han Guo has the ability to reduce blood sugar, which can be used in adjuvant treatment of diabetes;
- Luo Han Guo is rich in vitamin C (per 100 grams of fresh fruit contains 400 mg to 500 mg). So Luo Han Guo is used for not only fighting aging and cancer but also skin beauty;
- Due to Luo Han Guo has a very good effect in reducing blood sugar and weight loss, Luo Han Guo can be used as a adjuvant treatment for hyperlipidemia and restore the confidence in obese people.
Luo Han Guo receives a lot of praises from not only Chinese medicine but also modern medicine. This is because Luo Han Guo has what it takes to be the longevity fruit and fairy fruit. Even though we ignore all those functions of treating diseases by Luo Han Guo, the Luo Han Guo beverage is still a not bad drink for us because its tasty and unique flavor.
Please come back to watch a video recipe of the Luo Han Guo drink on your next issue VBNF Newsletter.
Help Earthquake victims, get healthy, and double your efforts!
by Dr. Melissa Carr
A QUICK REMINDER
I sent this email out last week and this is a quick reminder of the help I'm asking from you. Can you help me raise as much as possible for the tragedy in Japan? Your part is to get healthier with a treatment and/or supplements. My job is to help you do that... Together we can help some people in dire need. Read More
Active Life Health Clinic's April Newsletter.
by Dr. Melissa Carr
Say Adieu to Your Achoo!
April's showers bring May's flowers. But in Vancouver the flowers are already here and already causing many of you to sniffle and sneeze. Read on about how TCM can help manage your allergies.
Another thing that happens in April is Earth Day. April 22nd is the big day, so what are you going to do to show you care about our great Mother Earth? Read More
Eating Well As You Get Older
Monday, March 14, 2011, by Tara Landewee
Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes.
Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. Eating well helps keep up your energy level, too. By consuming enough calories -- a way to measure the energy you get from food -- you give your body the fuel it needs throughout the day. The number of calories needed depends on how old you are, whether you're a man or woman, and how active you are.
Consuming the right number of calories for your level of physical activity helps you control your weight, too. Extra weight is a concern for older adults because it can increase the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and can increase joint problems. Eating more calories than your body needs for your activity level will lead to extra pounds. If you become less physically active as you age, you will probably need fewer calories to stay at the same weight. Choosing mostly nutrient-dense foods (foods which are high in nutrients but low in calories) can give you the nutrients you need while keeping down calorie intake.
Eating well isn't just a "diet" or "program" that's here today and gone tomorrow. It is part of a healthy lifestyle that you can adopt now and stay within the years to come. Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today. Eating well can help you stay healthy and independent -- and look and feel good -- in the years to come.
Swallowing and Feeding Difficulties Can Prevent You From Eating Well
Swallowing difficulties, termed dysphagia, can occur for several reasons. They can result from problems with any part of the swallowing process. Common causes of dysphagia include problems related to the mouth or throat (pharynx) and the esophagus.
Swallowing difficulties can present several different types of symptoms depending on the source of the problem. Some people may have difficulty aligning their jaws to bite, closing their lips, chewing, and moving their tongue to maneuver food to the back of their mouth. Food and liquid may dribble out of the mouth or remain in the mouth after attempting to swallow. Food and liquid may accumulate in the space between the teeth and gums or the teeth and the cheeks. Further, some people may have problems with coughing and choking. Aspiration occurs if the food or liquid is not removed with coughing or choking, but instead enters the lungs. Aspiration can lead to infection, including pneumonia.
SAD and SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder & Standard American Diet
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ~ Confucius
SAD. What does it stand for? Seasonal Affective Disorder and Standard American Diet. It also stands for Search and Destroy; Single, Available, and Desperate; and Scotland Against Drugs, but I'll only discuss the relationship between the first two.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that most commonly occurs during the winter, particularly in areas where the days become darker for longer, so it is also known as the winter blues. It can, however, also occur with other seasons. People with SAD usually sleep more, feel more tired, feel depressed, and may crave more sweets and carbohydrates. Symptoms resolve with a change of seasons.
One major theory of the cause of SAD is a circadian rhythm disruption. There is a gland in the brain, the pineal gland, that responds to light and seasonal changes. When light is low, the pineal gland secretes melatonin, also called "the hormone of darkness", a hormone that helps regulate sleep and mood. During the dark days of winter, the pineal gland continues to produce melatonin, even during the daytime, thus leading to symptoms of sleepiness. One of the most common treatments is the used of SAD lights. These are specific lights that emit 10,000 lux of light to suppress melatonin during the daytime. Another theory behind SAD is a disruption in the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin in the brain contribute to depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Standard American Diet share more than their first 3 letters. The Standard American Diet causes chemical imbalances in our bodies that include a disruption in serotonin levels, and thus may contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The Standard American Diet has the following characteristics:
- High in animal fats
- High in saturated and hydrogenated fats
- High in processed foods
- High in sugar and simple carbohydrates
- Low in fibre
- Low in plant-based foods
- Low in complex carbohydrates
This diet increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, intestinal disorders, inflammatory disorders, and just about everything else. Think you don't eat the SAD?
Look carefully in your cupboards. Think about the foods you choose when you eat out. How many ingredients can you not identify or even pronounce? How many chemicals and modified food ingredients are present? Think those "Lean Cuisine"meals in your freezer are healthy? Check again. High fructose corn syrup, modified cornstarch, "enriched"(i.e. processing depletes many nutrients and then some nutrients are added back) flours, etc. Think about your sugary coffee beverage and giant muffin, scone, or other treat. One reason why this food lifestyle is so common is convenience. We're busy. We skip meals and then we're hungry and we're hungry NOW.
Time now for your action steps:
1. If you eat the Standard American Diet, change it.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Eat fewer processed foods.
- Increase your fibre intake.
- Choose monounsaturated oils, such as olive oil, and essential polyunsaturated oils, such as from flax seeds and fish, instead of animal and hydrogenated fats.
2. If you are eating healthy, but are still feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, you could consider trying an SAD light.
3. Traditional Chinese Medicine can restore the balance of serotonin and melatonin.
Many of you know that I speak of the effect of ahhhhcupuncture (said like a sigh) and many of you have experienced that relaxed feeling you get during and after an acupuncture treatment. One of the changes that occurs during acupuncture that contributes to this sensation is an increase in serotonin production.
My patient #1 request point is one located between the eyebrows, called Yintang. I also call it the "Aren't you going to do that point?" point. This point helps regulate pineal gland function, thus suppressing the continued production of melatonin during the daytime and boosting night-time secretion of melatonin to treat insomnia.
Chinese herbs such as wu jia shen (Siberian ginseng) which helps the body adapt to stress, can also treat SAD.
"Happy and Happy"
by Anne Whitmore, Success Coach
A few years ago, my friend said to me "Everyone is just trying to feel better." I was really puzzled. While the answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is not 42, as Deep Thought answers in The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I figured that it was more complicated than a feeling.
When I was asked to write an article for her newsletter about being intentional, Dr. Carr's topic of SAD and SAD (Standard American Diet and Seasonal Affective Disorder) sparked an idea of happy and happy. Dictionary.com defines happy as:
- adjective, -pi·er, -pi·est.
- pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
- characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
- apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
- obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
What strikes me about #1-4 is that they are about a temporal state, impacted by the circumstances of the moment. Happy is an adjective. If you reach into the recesses of elementary school lessons on parts of speech, that means that it describes a noun. The noun in this case is a person: you. A happy you. So when are you most happy? When you are being hugged? When you get a raise? When you are singing in the shower?
What about when you aren't…? What if you could make happy a constant state of being?
The ancient teacher Paul, said, "I have learned to be content regardless of the circumstance…" His circumstances included being jailed, tortured and enduring public scorn – ok, so in a difficult circumstance contest, he wins most people hands down but the lesson is true for both extreme and minor circumstances. When we choose an attitude of joy, regardless of what we face, our whole world looks different and we feel better.
What does it take to learn that secret of choosing to be happy? I believe that the operative word here is ‘choose'. It is not always an easy choice. We must say yes to some things and no to others. Here are some places to start:
- I say yes to choosing work aligned with my values, even if there is a financial impact.
- I say yes to simplifying my schedule to make more time for...
- I say no to relationships that constantly drain me…
- I say no to overcommitting, even when I feel pressure from other people.
Douglas Adam's wrote: "He felt that his whole life was some kind of a dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." I believe our hearts continue to know what is right for us and also to dream. What, right now, is the thing that would move you towards having a truly happy 2011?
The fifth definition of happy is "obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated" as in trigger-happy. What would it like to be joy-happy?
Live your dream AND enjoy it. Feel Better. Choose joy.
簡簡 單單 洗洗 你的腎臟
Simple Kidney's Cleanser - Health Care
It is vegetables, should try it at home.
CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS WITH LESS THAN $1.00
不用 $ 1.00美金 就可清洗你的腎臟
Years passes by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments.
How are we going to do this?
It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley and make sure to wash it very clean. It is good idea to soak it in salt water for a little while, and then wash it throughly.
Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.
Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. Also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.
Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!
The 12 Moves to Wellness by Dr. Melissa Carr
Winter may not yet be official, but there is no question that year-end is quickly approaching. Many of us feel overwhelmed by our to-do lists and do not want to add more to that list with New Year's resolutions or other such self-imposed undertakings. Being a fan of simplicity, I've composed a bit of a song. You'll probably recognize the format as "The 12 Days of Christmas", so go ahead and sing it! Or skip to the end of this article to read about the steps and why they are helpful.
For my 1st move to wellness my doctor said to me, Drink lemon water in the morning.
For my 2nd move to wellness my doctor said to me, Eat a real breakfast and drink lemon water in the morning.
For my 3rd move to wellness my doctor said to me, Laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink lemon water in the morning.
For my 4th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 5th move to wellness my doctor said to me,
Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 6th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 7th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 8th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 9th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 10th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 11th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Set an alarm to go to bed, be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and drink water lemon in the morning.
For my 12th move to wellness my doctor said to me, Get acupuncture, set an alarm to go to bed, be enamoured by your breath, be inspired, make things fun, take the stairs, sit on the floor. Be here, right now! Try something new, laugh at yourself, eat a real breakfast, and… Drink water lemon in the morning!
1. Drink water lemon in the morning
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid. Adding it to warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning helps stimulate the liver to produce bile which aid digestion. The vitamin C helps stimulate your immune system and promote the healing of connective tissue, bone, and cartilage.
2. Eat a real breakfast
As you may have already notice, "breakfast"can be broken down into the words "break"and "fast". So, breakfast breaks the fast that you have been on (unless you are a late night snacker!) since your last meal before bedtime. Many know that breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but many of you still don't eat a good breakfast. Coffee is not breakfast and coffee and a slice of toast barely qualifies. A good breakfast will consist of protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates. Go to my blog for my favourite breakfast, hot quinoa cereal. (http://www.activetcm.com/blog/2010/11/28/my-favourite-breakfast/)
3. Laugh at yourself
There are times when being serious is important. But sometimes we take things too seriously when it would be okay to laugh or at least take things in with a lighter mood. Being able to laugh at ourselves takes the pressure off a bit. We can't be perfect and some things will always seem to challenge us. I like the Q-TIP mentality: "Quit Taking It Personally". So use a Q-TIP and stop nitpicking yourself.
4. Try something new
We've all been on autopilot at some point in our lives. You get to work and then realize that you don't recall any of the journey. Routine can be good. But too much routine, too much structure, too much sameness is just that…”too much". You needn't turn your world upside-down to try something new (though you could choose to if it suits you). Perhaps it's as simple as taking a different route to work, going to that new restaurant that you've been meaning to check out, or even brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Doing something new will stimulate your brain and keep the world fresh for you. For more on this topic, check out coach Anne Whitmore's article: http://divafish.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/
5. Be here, right now
Trying something new has another benefit. We tend to be more present in the moment when we are doing something new. That makes sense because we have to focus more on something when we don't know it well. Well, one benefit of being present, being here at this moment, is that we are more likely to be happy. So, if you would like to be happy, be present.
6. Sit on the floor
One of my yoga teachers, Chris Duggan (the one who inspired me into a regular yoga practice www.chrisduggan.net), told me that when he asked one of his teachers what he thought would be the best pose for his knees and hips, he was told to sit on the floor. You might have thought he'd say pigeon pose or something to that effect. But no. Sit on the floor. It sounds simple, but it makes sense. Many populations spend a lot of time sitting on the floor and their elders move very well. They can squat, they can bend, they can sit on the floor, and even more, they can come to standing after sitting on the floor!
7. Take the stairs
It's easy to take the escalator or elevator, but it uses the wrong kind of energy. It doesn't use your energy. Climbing or descending the stairs powers up your legs and improves your cardiovascular health. Don't have time to go to the gym often enough? Take the stairs. The rain made you leave your bike at home? Take the stairs. You're feeling stressed and frustrated? Take the stairs. The exercise will give you a boost of endorphins, feel good hormones.
8. Make things fun
Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down. Mary Poppins said so. I'm not recommending you take a spoon full of sugar to help you do whatever you don't like to do, but you get the idea. I hate housework. So, when it's time to dust I call a friend and talk and dust. Need to vacuum? I dance and vacuum (thankfully with no one able to see me!). Dishes? Crank up the music and sing! I was inspired to write about making things fun and about taking the stairs because of this wonderful idea that someone had and put into action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpmhWXfHdM
9. Be inspired
And, speaking of inspiration, check out this 91 year old woman who is competing in track and field events and has been doing so since she was 77! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/magazine/28athletes-t.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimes
10. Be enamoured by your breath
Another yoga teacher said this in class. I'm enamoured with this quote. In yoga we are often reminded to pay attention to our breath. It is an essential part of yoga. But this description just made me think about my breath differently. Being enamoured by your breath is a more passive form of loving your breath or focusing on your breath. It feels more like the breath is in control of the mind. The breath is so entrancing that your mind can't help but focus on it. And we all know how important our breath is. So, breathe deep and be enamoured by your breath.
11. Set an alarm to go to bed
Many of us set an alarm to get up in the morning. Without that alarm we may sleep in and miss appointments or be late for work. But how easy it is to let time slip by us as we stay up too late and consequently do not get enough sleep. So, why not try setting an alarm to go to bed? When that alarm goes off, shut off the light and close your eyes.
12. Get acupuncture
Have pain? Digestion off? Sleeping poorly? Feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed? Tired? Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine may be able to help you. But, what if you're feeling well? Do you need to wait until you're sick before you get treatment? No, absolutely not. In fact, the ideal way to use acupuncture and TCM is to get regular check ups and treatments. That may be once a month or with a change in the seasons. Prevention is key!
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What do the Alternative Flu Shot and S.A.D. Treatments Have in Common?
Both can be treated with biopuncture.
Biopuncture is the injection of microdoses of sterile biologic remedies. I use homeopathic-like medicines and B12. To read more about biopuncture, click here.
The alternative flu shot is a choice of the suitable immune system homeopathic remedy that suits you. It can be used in addition to the conventional flu shot or as an alternative. To check out my past article on this topic, click here.
S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a mood disorder in which people experience symptoms of depression year after year during a specific season, usually the dark winter months so it's often called the winter blues.
S.A.D. can cause severe depression, social withdrawal, fatigue and lethargy, sugar cravings, weight gain, and an increase in sensitivity to pain. For some, using an SAD light, a full-spectrum 10,000 lux (measurement of brightness) light box, is enough to make a significant change. For others, more is needed.
Biopuncture options include the injection of remedies that can help improve mood, regulate the hypothalamus and adrenals, improve energy, and improve sleep-wake cycles.
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Active Life Health Clinic's by Dr. Melissa Carr
October is the scary month (because of Halloween, of course)! Today I went to pick up some groceries with my husband and he nearly jumped out of his skin when for a split second he thought the fake spider and web hanging off of the till were real.
I like spiders. The "bugs" that I dislike are the kind that give us runny noses, sore throats, fevers, headaches, achy muscles, nausea, and just generally make us sick. If you want to avoid the flu and limit your experience with colds this fall and winter, read on for a flu shot alternative and treatment.
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Should You Worry About Cell Phones And Brain Cancer? Written by: Nicolas Cheung, VBNF
Have you ever wondered how your cell phone makes calls? A lot of us will probably guess it has something to do with radio waves. However do you know where they come from? These radio waves that cell phone uses to make calls from one end to another are generated by low levels of radio frequency energy: a type of radiation. The exposure of this radio frequency energy depends on a couple of factors, such as call duration, phone position relative to the caller's head, and the area usage (i.e. city or country)
Based on some animal study, researchers found that this radiation can damage DNA which in the long term can cause cancer. There are those oppose this argument: they argue that, in comparison with X-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet radiation, the emitted electromagnetic radiation from cell phone are not strong enough to break the molecular bonds inside cells. Therefore would not cause any harm to cell phone users. In response to this, some researchers argue that they do have experimental data that proves cell phone usage is linked to brain damage, cheek cancer, and malfunctioning sperms.
So in the end is there anything concert proof? I'm not too sure. I would play it on the safe side than be sorry about it later on. Here are some precautions that you can take.
- Don't use your cell phone for extended periods of time
- Keep the phone 6" from your ear
- Use your land line for most of your calls
- Use a headset, thus the phone is away from your body
- Text more and talk less
- Purchase a radio frequency shield for your phone
Disclaimer: This information does not claim anything to be true. This information's purpose is to show the ongoing debate on this matter.
Dickinson, Boonsri (2010). Should you worry about cell phones and brain cancer? , http://www.smartplanet.com/technology/blog/science-scope/should-you-worry-about-cell-phones-and-brain-cancer/4712/
Health Tips from Dr. Melissa Carr
VBNF is happy to bring you some articles written by our good friend, Dr. Melissa Carr.
ABOUT DR. MELISSA CARR, Dr.TCM, R.Ac.,B.Sc.
Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began her career in health with a Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in Ontario. After two years in Japan, one of which was spent doing research at Ehime Medical University, she returned to Canada to complete the 4-year training for Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of TCM in Vancouver. As part of the program, she interned at two hospitals in China: Acupuncture Hospital in Hefei, Anhui province and Jiang Yin TCM Hospital in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province. During her schooling in Vancouver she worked as a nutritional consultant where she advised people on the use of western herbs and supplements. She also taught nutrition at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.
In addition to running her clinic, Dr. Carr also acts as a natural health and nutrition consultant for:
Make Your Body Stronger by Dr Melissa Carr
I'll say it again. Eat healthy. It will help your immune system to fight off viruses and bacteria. Eat less processed, sugary, and junk foods, which deplete the immune system. Eat more of the following foods.
- Carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, and sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that makes these foods that nice orange colour.
- Other brightly coloured foods--greens, blues, reds--are also rich in phytochemicals that improve immune function.
- Red meat, oysters (don't overdo these two foods), poultry, pork, fortified cereals, and yogurt are high in zinc.
- Mushrooms are immune power sources that make your white blood cells stronger in their fight against invaders. Shiitake and maitake are the best of the grocery store options. Cook them for optimal digestibility.
- Black and green teas are both rich in antioxidants that help protect your cells. They also pump up your immune system.
- Chicken noodle soup really works! The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain the results. The soup's broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do.
- Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights bacteria and viruses.
- Wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and other fatty fish rich in omega-3s created the highest blood levels of flu-fighting T cells and interferon-gamma cytokines.
- Oats and barley contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study.
Choose regular moderate exercise (http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/injuryprevention/a/Ex_Immunity.htm) to pump up more than just your muscles. Too much intense exercise can, however, lower your immune function.
Get Enough Sleep
Miss a few nights of good sleep and your immune system will get lazy (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/70954.php) and not fight infections as well as it should.
Rinse Your Nose and Gargle
You've heard of the neti pot, used for centuries, and more recently popularized by Oprah. Yes it sounds weird, but doing a saline nasal irrigation (http://www.cfp.ca/cgi/content/abstract/49/2/168) helps rinse out bacteria and viruses from our sinus passages.
Gargling with salt water will help rinse out bacteria from the mouth and throat. It's easy to do, inexpensive, and takes almost no time to do both of these things. I like the Nasaline irrigator, but neti pots are the traditional way and you could also sniff the water out of the palm of your hand (though I don't think it would work as well because you wouldn't be able to move the water that far).
Vitamin C is the first remedy that often comes to mind to boost the immune system, but vitamin D is also vitally important and is a nutrient that many of us do not get enough of.
Other immune supplements include echinacea, oregano oil, olive extract, astragalus, bee propolis, mushroom extracts, plant sterols, and more. Talk to your natural health provider to find out what is best for you.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for centuries to help boost the immune system, prevent illness, and treat viral and bacterial attacks. There are many distinctive types of colds and flu and TCM addresses each pattern of symptoms differently. So, a cold with a sore throat, fever, and dry cough will be treated in a different way than a cold with headaches, achy muscles, and runny nose.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition recommendations ("food cures"), and lifestyle changes are our main methods of treatment. All of our Chinese herbs are rigorously tested for quality and safety, and yes they do taste awful. But, you know what Buckley's cough syrup says, "It tastes bad and it works".
Laughter is medicine. Plus, if you are already sick, you could probably use a bit of a giggle. You've heard that you should cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Well, "22 Minutes"has another option for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv2AeGZ7mVA
What is the FIR?
Far-infrared rays are part of the sunlight spectrum which is invisible to the naked eye. It also known as Biogenetic rays (between 6 to 14 microns). Biogenetics rays have been proven by scientists to promote the growth and health of living cells especially in plants, animals and human beings.
Useful links for FIR study:
Cascadia EcoHome carries FIR equipment to enhance you health and save energy. Want to see the real thing? Contact us so we can set up a demo for you.
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You are stressed with loads of works, you did not sleep well, eat well and/or dispose your body waste well. You get tired easily, you don't have energy for anything and can't think straight. Well here are a few items that may help you.
STEM Cell Products
What are stem cells?
Stem cells can be thought of as "master"cells. You've probably heard about the controversy of embryonic stem cells in the news. Stem cells are found in human embryos, but are also found in adult tissue. Adult stem cells are most abundantly found in bone marrow. Stem cells circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural process of maintaining optimal health. StemEnhance supports the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow into circulation.
The recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health-related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.
What are stem cell enhancers?
Recent scientific developments have revealed that stem cells derived from the bone marrow, travel throughout the body, and act to support optimal organ and tissue function. Stem cell enhancers are products that support the natural role of adult stem cells.
Why do I need this product?
As you age, the number and quality of stem cells that circulate in your body gradually decrease, leaving your body more susceptible to injury and other age-related health challenges.
Just as antioxidants are important to protect your cells from "free radical"damage, stem cell enhancers are equally important to support your stem cells in maintaining proper organ and tissue functioning in your body.
How does it work?
When you take two capsules, the ingredients help to support the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. Through a natural process, those stem cells then travel to areas of the body where they are most needed.
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- Recommended time: 15 minute to 20 minute per spa
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