Turn Your Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones!

The primary reason many people don't enjoy lasting personal change is because they don't understand how the brain functions. Any change that is intended to be permanent must work in tandem with the functions of our unconscious mind and our brain.

"Programming," or "self-talk," is what you say to yourself when you talk to yourself. It's also what you accept from yourself based upon what others say about you. Who you are is based on what you have learned to believe from your parents, peers, family, church, and environment.

Whether you are programmed for optimum performance, success and happiness, or failure, your unconscious mind cares not, it operates according to the programming you feed it. It doesn't even matter to your unconscious mind if what you program is untrue.

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Igniting Intuition: Unearthing the Body’s Genuis

At the Body & Soul Expo in New York City in April 2002, medical doctors Christiane Northrup and Mona Lisa Schulz appeared together on stage for the first time. It was a historic moment. Dr. Schulz confessed that when she first met Northrup, she didn't like her because of her hairdo. Since this photo has been taken, Northrup has gotten the hint and changed her coiff. All kidding aside, the two doctors have an inseperable soul-sister quality about them. One finishes the other's sentence midstream, as if they are psychically connected.

Most of you already know Dr. Northrup as a pioneer in the field of women's health. A holistic gynecologist by trade, Northrup has written the best-seller Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and appeared on PBS and Oprah. Dr. Schulz is a neuropsychiatrist and medical intuitive who has lived with debilitating diseases including multiple sclerosis and narcolepsy most of her life. Her book, Awakening Intuition, hit the best-seller charts in 2001. The two doctors met when Schulz was still a medical student and was testing her newfound skills as a medical intuitive. Without knowing anything about Northrup's patients, Schulz' intuitive readings matched the medical records with amazing accuracy. Their meeting has a divine purpose. Their goal is now educating people on how disease is rooted in emotional health, and that by using our body's natural intuitive powers, we can diagnose and prevent illness.

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Herbs for Your Heart

More and more scientific research supports the success of natural health care for heart problems, both as a preventive measure and as a treatment. First of all, examine your diet. The more organic, raw, and steamed vegetables you eat, the better. Cut down on breads, baked goods and anything which contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, fried foods and animal based products, such as meat and dairy. Use flax seed oil (3 Tbs/day) along with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice as a salad dressing.

Yoga and Tai Chi are exercises which stimulate circulation and increase "Chi" energy, but do not usually bring on angina pain (pain caused by exertion in patients with cardiovascular problems).

The Chinese say the heart is the "seat" of the soul. It's amazing to note that when people get a heart transplant, they often take on personality traits of the donor! Therefore, heart patients need to examine their life, to see if they are fulfilling their "soul's" purpose. Emotional healing is always a factor in all disease processes, but is particularly important in matters of the heart!

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Eating for the Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet is a high protein, moderate fat, low carbohydrate diet. On this unique diet, not only is muscle gained and fat lost (supposedly the most important aspects of a diet), energy levels are elevated and appetites are suppressed. The problem most people have with the "Ketogenic Diet" is their lack of knowledge concerning what food combinations or nutritional supplements can be ingested to induce this anabolic state of ketosis. The following is a list of naturally occurring food combinations and bio-engineered food supplements that will take the guesswork out of building a hard, ripped, physique.

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Using the Power of Words for Success

“Words have the power to destroy or heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world”—Buddha.

The past, present and future are all effects of consciousness. Your past is a memory and your future is a distant anticipation; only your present awareness is real and the point of power and creation.

Karma is defined as “The force generated by a person’s actions–and its ethical consequences to determine destiny and future existence.” Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, most of us agree with the theory that “You create your life.” We have the ability to create because we can determine how and why we act the way we do and then change our responses to external stimuli accordingly. This means that we have the ability within us to change our life experiences.

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Low-Fat Lies and High-Fat Frauds

Americans have been convinced that "low-fat" is synonymous with "healthy." They treat fat like poison, and they are obsessed with banishing it from their lives. They will eat a cupboard full of rice cakes for lunch and pasta by the pound for dinner and wonder why they don't lose weight. Even if they do lose weight on the very-low-fat diets recommended by low-fat gurus, they have a hard time sticking to the diet and keeping off the weight. Worse yet, and unknown to them, if they do fail to lose weight, as many do, their low-fat diets may be causing dangerous biochemical side effects that may increase the health risks low-fat diets are intended to reduce--a danger they will seldom hear about from the people who promote low-fat diets.

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American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals and Remedies for Every Season of Life

When my sister-in-law returned from a trip to her native Dominican Republic, she told me that she hadn't felt well while staying at her Mother's farm up in the mountains. "What did you do?" I asked knowing the closest pharmacy (and town) was an hour away. She told me she did what Native Americans have been doing for centuries: she picked some leaves from the plants growing on the farm and made a medicinal tea.

This is the essence of American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life by E. Barrie Kavasch and Karen Barr. Healing herbs, teas, tinctures and prayers used by Native Americans in their healing practices are offered to the modern reader. Although the book warns that the remedies should not be used as a substitute for the advice and care of healthcare professionals, it is never the less fascinating to see the herbal roots of modern medicine. Ancient medicinal remedies, from the Mayans to the Delaware Indians are revealed in this book. Items that we would easily recognize today, such as cornstarch to absorb moisture and mint to freshen breath, were used by Native Americans. Mood altering drugs that are just being recognized by medical authorities today (St. John's wort) were used by native people for centuries. Even aromatheraphy was recognized by various tribes to have the ability to trigger memories and emotions. Burning sage has a calming effect while mesquite can invigorate.

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What’s Wrong With the Placebo Effect?

In my years as a Physical Therapist, I have read many research articles and even submitted one for publication. I have read some articles lately that attributed the positive effects of Physical Therapy treatment of acute low back pain to the Placebo Effect. There are a lot of research articles that I have read over the years that, in a belittling manner, attribute positive effects that the authors or editors don't understand to the Placebo Effect. This brings up to issues. The first is that in the scientific literature, often positive results of studies that don't fit neatly into our version of how things should be are sneered at and ascribed to the Placebo Effect as if that makes them less valuable and less valid. The second thing is, what is wrong with the Placebo Effect anyway? I think that it is wonderful that the mere belief that something will help, makes it help. It is a testament to the power of an individual to heal.

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Using Your Other Brain (Part Two)

Continued from Part One

Exercise 3

The following exercise will help you become aware of the senses of your heart. This exercise may be done by one or two people. To do this exercise by yourself, find a comfortable position upright or supine. Sitting is preferred because there is less tendency to fall asleep. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body systematically. Start by relaxing your toes individually. Move slowly up your body, relaxing each muscle as you go. When you reach the top of your head, relax major muscle groups again going down your body. Start by relaxing your neck, jaw, face and shoulders as a unit. Relax each arm, hand and finger. Relax your chest, then your stomach. Relax your entire torso as a single unit. Move down, relaxing your hips and lower back. Next relax your upper legs, hips and lower back as a unit. Relax your lower legs. Relax your entire legs, one at a time. Relax your feet and toes. Relax your entire lower body as a unit. Relax your entire body as a unit.

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Using Your Other Brain (Part One)

New research defines two distinct brains in the human body that operate together, connected by massive neural pathways. Studies indicate that all functions that define the brain are present in the cardio-pulmonary nerve plexi. Peptides and neurotransmitters associated with brain function are manufactured and utilized by this complex that has been termed the "gut" brain. Deepak Chopra calls the gut the more reliable brain because it has not evolved enough to allow logic to interfere.

Candace Pert, leader of the research team that discovered peptides, has for years proclaimed that the brain extends through much of the body. Peptides were originally called neuro-peptides because they were discovered in the brain and found to be the chemical messengers that directed the function of cells. It was later discovered that these messengers carry directions in the form of emotional charges that tell each body cell what to do and when to do it. This discovery made it difficult to separate the brain as a distinctly individual organ.

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