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What Are You Willing to Do to Live a Long and Healthy Life?

Fat, Sick, & Nearly DeadMany of us live for immediate gratification, and find it hard to resist temptation.  Often, we fail to think ahead and consider the long-term impact of our choices, but just grab the candy bar or espresso for a much needed mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

But it’s not just about food.  It could be sitting at the computer too long, not getting enough sun, or letting stress get out of hand.

Can you relate?

Having a healthy and long life depends, to a large degree, on recognizing how an unhealthy choice in the moment will impact you not only in the next few hours, but in the future as well, and creating a new habit.

Of course, there are no guarantees, but generally speaking to live longer, it’s necessary to:

  • Decide you have a choice and will execute it
  • Take responsibility for you health
  • Recognize your actions have an impact

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Are You Listening to Your Body?

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“Listen to your body.”

The refrain to every question I asked the chiropractor.  He kindly gave me additional information, but he concluded every response by saying, “Listen to your body.”

Gripped by pain and temporarily disabled, I waded through my aversion and swam forcefully through my imaginary projections.

  • “What if…”
  • “When will…”
  • “Why?”

It took awhile to get my “self” out of the equation, but finally I did. Then I remembered the mountain of pain that exists in our world; mine clearly minuscule in comparison.  Prompted to drop my dramas, I took a moment to pray,  “May my pain dissolve every being’s pain this very instant.”

The truth is, I had ignored my body’s cries and whispers:

  • Sitting for long stretches at the computer.
  • Dropping my exercise routine when life got busy.
  • Moving heavy pieces of furniture.
  • Unexpectedly, falling flat on my knees on unforgiving lava rock.
  • Going with the whirlwind of stress instead of gathering my equanimity.

It wasn’t one incident that jerked my spine out-of-place.  The discomfort, it seems, piled up from failing to listen again and again.

And, unlike my twenties when it took a single whack from the chiropractor to set me straight, this time the painful twist lingered on and on.

But it got me to listen.  And, I promised to reform.  How about you?

Are you listening to your body?  What’s it telling you?

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A Simple Way to Balance Your Emotions and Revitalize Your Body

“My destiny is in my own hands.”  Mary Burmeister

According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonize your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence.  This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach I’ve personally used to great effect for several years.

Each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.

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To Beat Your Stress, Know Your Stress

When my husband began teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), I was eager to take one of his 10-week courses.  I know that MBSR is a highly effective way to reduce medical symptoms, manage chronic pain, ease stress, and relieve psychological distress based on more than 30 years of proven medical research.

Honestly, few of us escape the ravages of stress in modern life.  Stress has without question played an overbearing role in my own life.  Post traumatic stress has etched unhelpful grooves into my brain that can sometimes turn on alarm bells at the least provocation.  Fortunately, we now have tools like MBSR to retrain and rewire the brain and modulate the stress response.

To beat stress, the first step is to know your stress.  At the start of the MBSR course, I received a simple, open-ended “Stress Assessment” to complete.  I took my time – a few days, actually – to explore all the causes of stress in my life.

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The Best Medicine May Sometimes Be Free

prescription drugsWhile modern medicine has provided the world with many miracles, it is not a failsafe treatment system nor even close to being so.

In fact, you may be at risk for unnecessary treatment, ineffective drugs, and even premature death when you see an allopathic medical doctor or spend time in a hospital:

Consider these eye-opening statistics:

  • “It’s estimated that 2.5 million unnecessary surgeries are performed each year, with hysterectomies, heart bypass grafts, lower back surgery, and angioplasty leading the list. Just two procedures alone, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) — known in the trade as cabbage — and balloon angioplasty cost $100 billion annually. With long waiting lists for CABG, you’d think it was vital for prolonging the lifespan of heart patients, but that’s a mistake. Current statistics suggest that about 3% of bypass surgeries extend life expectancy, with angioplasty scoring even lower at zero percent.” –  The Huffington Post
  • “The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 per cent – only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people.  I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.” – Allan Roses, Senior Executive, GlaxoSmithKline Drug Company
  • “250,000 deaths per year are caused by medical errors, making this the third-largest cause of death in the U.S., following heart disease and cancer.” – Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association

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9 Ways to Positively Influence Your Health and Happiness

Simple ways to improve your health and happiness.

Smiling releases “feel good” chemicals in the body.

The scientific evidence has been steadily accumulating:  negative emotions like anger, fear, and sadness as well as the repeated activation of the stress response can have a negative effect on the immune system and may also put you at higher risk for a range of diseases.

On the other hand, research tell us that optimism typically has a positive affect on the immune system and one’s health.  According to researcher Suzanne Sergerstrom,

“…a number of studies show that optimists are in general both psychologically and physiologically healthier.”

Traditional Chinese Medicine also suggests that laughter, pleasure, optimism, and boosting your spirits in other enjoyable ways can have a positive knock-on effect for your immune system and general well being.  The “radiant circuits” – the meridian systems interconnected with the immune system – are thought to be highly responsive to your thoughts, images, and beliefs.  Shifting your mind set can sometimes have an instantaneous effect.

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