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From the Mouth of Babes

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?' MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, ' If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.' STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window.' BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration,...

The Danger of Non-Stick Pans (Teflon)

Teflon fumes may be dangerous to your health Non stick pans seem nice as the food doesn’t stick. There is just one drawback; non-stick pans may be hazardous to one's health -- not, as you may think, due to chipping, but to fumes. When non-stick pans are heated to high temperatures, the coating breaks down and vaporizes, releasing toxic substances into the air. DuPont, the maker of Teflon, admits as much, only the company claims that temperatures must exceed 500° F for "deterioration" to occur, and 660° F for "significant decomposition." According to DuPont, temperatures don't even get to 500° F in the course of "normal" cooking, except in the broiler. Au contraire, says the Environmental Working Group. Non-stick pans do get that hot when preheated on high...

Raising Healthy Children

I love working with children. They have so much life force and vitality, it usually doesn’t take much to stimulate the body to heal itself. Of course being healthy before and during pregnancy is an added boost to the child. It is good to cleanse the mother of toxins before conception and make sure their are no deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids during pregnancy.  Not too long ago I saw a pregnant woman whose baby was breach. I suggested she hold a quartz crystal pointed down over her abdomen and visualize the baby’s head going downward; she called the next day to report that the baby had turned. That shows how baby’s are so sensitive, and the environment of a child must be...

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Zen Shiatsu

In 1988 I studied and became a practitioner of Zen Shiatsu after studying with David Sergel in Boston. This method of body work was developed by Shizuto Masunaga of Japan. Zen Shiatsu, also known as Masunaga Therapy, is a form of meridian shiatsu. A difference between Masunaga's Zen shiatsu and earlier forms of shiatsu is that Zen Shiatsu uses not only thumbs and palms but also fists, elbows, and knees. Often the massage table is folded down the ground so the body weight of the practitioner can be use in the pressure. The primary precept of Zen Shiatsu is the importance of remaining in a Zen-like, present state when practicing shiatsu; nourishing weak , deficient or kyo areas and dispersing excess, tight or...

Western Herbology

Western herbology is a vast study, but everyone should know something about the herbs that are available to us. Unlike in China, in the West many herb are used singly, just by themselves. Some examples are elderberry for viruses, ginger for digestive upset, cinnamon for blood sugar imbalances. Many of the spices in our kitchens are actually medicinal herbs that can be used for healing. Herbs are often grouped according to their therapeutic actions. A few examples out the of 43 separate actions are: antimicrobial herbs that treat bacterial infections, adaptogenic herbs that act to strengthen the body and increase resistance to stress, cholagogue herbs that stimulate the flow of bile from the gallbladder to the duodenum and nervine herbs that relax and sooth the...

Spiritual Healing

Although I work a lot on helping people with their health issues, we are multi-dimensional beings and often the true healing lies in other, non physical planes. I majored in psychology in college, but the word psyche does not mean mind but soul. The soul is an eternal part of our being, it is wise, it is the part of us that is always evolving. Sometimes this soul manifests in part in what is called the inner child. When we are traumatized as a child, part of our soul splinters off and maintains a subconscious identity that is stuck at a certain age. With homeopathic and flower remedies and talking we can access that inner child and help it to mature and grow beyond...

Foot Reflexology

Reflexology (zone therapy) is a method involving the practice of massaging or applying pressure to parts of the feet or sometimes the hands with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. I see the body as a hologram, where each part has a map...

Moxabustion

Moxibustion is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine in which a stick or cone of burning mugwort , Artemesia vulgaris, is placed over an inflamed or affected area on the body. The cone is placed on an acupuncture point and burned. The cones is removed before burning the skin. The purpose is to stimulate and strengthen the blood and the life energy, or qi, of the body. Moxibustion is used for people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The moxa stick is burned to warm up the blood and qi that are not circulating well. It is particularly known for its ability to turn breech presentation babies into a normal head-down position that is considered safer during childbirth. In a 1998 study published in...

Medical Qi Gong

Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance a practitioner's overall health. There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods. There are three main reasons why people do qigong: 1) To gain strength, improve health or reverse a disease 2) To gain skill working with qi, so as to become a healer 3) To become more connected with the "Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit", for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe. In its simplest form, the Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or "life force". Gong means...