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From natural remedies, to treatment revelations; Life of Dr Tanya, to Traditional Chinese medicine, and Shamanism. This blog is meant to inspire and make you laugh. Have Oprah (Ah-Ha) moments, or get you teary-eyed because you connect.

Always feel free to comment. This is my life's passion and I am honored to share it with you.

~ Namaste

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Living in the present

Posted by Tanya on January 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Happy New Year! 

This time of year, many of us make resolutions: change what we dislike the most about ourselves, travel more, spend more time with our families... or rather reinforce the notion of living in the future.

Shouldn't the real question be: "How am I going to live in the present moment each day, every day."  Maybe its simply a matter of asking yourself, "How will I conduct myself today. How will I watch life unfold today."

I've had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with 12 honest, down-to-earth women entrepreneurs in a collaborative blog article entitled:

"13 entrepreneurs talk about overcoming the hard stuff, learning lessons and what's next in 2013."

Together we answered three questions:

  1. What's the hardest thing you've had to overcome the last year? Why?
  2. What are 3-5 lessons you learned over the last year? Why?
  3. If we were to meet one year from today, what has to have happened over the year for you to feel happy about your progress, both professionally and personally?

Nadine Nicholson & Co. - a beautiful Mentor, Business Communicator, and Professional Co-Active Coach - has put together yet another brilliant article: http://nadinenicholson.com/personal-stories/13-entrepreneurs-talk-2013/

When you master living your present moments one day at a time, you'll see yourself change right before your own surprised eyes. You'll see yourself overcome the hard stuff, learn and honor the lessons, and look forward to what's next!

I love the idea of letting life unfold, and would love to hear your answers to these 3 questions also! 


WOMEN'S SACRED CIRCLES

Posted by Tanya on November 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (4)

Women need to live an emotional and connected life. We need to belong to a Tribe. Women need to belong to a Sacred Circle of sisters who come together to share wisdom and be heard - whether this is by connecting through mom's meetings, group discussions, babysitting or drumming circles - we desire the need to belong to a Circle of femininity of which there is no hierarchy; a place where every woman is held equal, in high regard; no matter where she is on her path. The Yin circle where supreme integrity and unconditional acceptance is practiced.

Women can/will/do change the World in the simplest of places as long as each of them feels safe, loved, and supported. We need to gather and create Sacred Circles, Sacred Discussions, and Sacred Sharing. This innate, ancestral behaviour is what awakens and nourishes our intuition. 

Women need to gather to pray and meditate, to chant and sing together. We need to gather to give thanks for all that is and reconnect with our own Inner Being, our Inner Self - to honour the Divine Feminine residing within us. 

This is how we find Who we Are, Why we Are here, and Where our Creativity lies. It has been like this since ancient times, gathering our herbs under the light of the moon.

I find I am my most authentic Self when I am in Circles of Connection. Drumming in particular, allows our hearts to beat as one. Sharing our experiences and ideas bring about great change from within. I would not be Who I am without Sacred Circles of Sisters - mothers, wives and daughters...

~Namaste


My Favorite Sacred Sisters Groups:

Women of Courage: http://www.outwardbound.ca/results.asp?CourseRID=245


Judy Atkinson Circles of Rhythm: http://www.circlesofrhythm.com/blog/


The Crave Company - CRAVE Calgary:  http://thecravecompany.com/calgary/tag/marcus-buckingham/


EMomNow Calgary: http://www.entrepreneurmomnow.com/calgary/

What Fuels the Passion for your Career?

Posted by Tanya on November 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (10)

How acupuncture and Chinese medicine fuel my career and passion:

 

At 26 I woke up...I was a newly separated, single-mom with a sick child. I despised my career, and felt like I was floating through life. Nothing was tangible. My life felt separate from everyone else's:


My son was having surgery every 4 weeks, numerous Doctor appointments - chemotherapy injections at home, trial drugs, and many sleepless nights spent watching over him, for fear he would stop breathing.


The tumor in his airway just wouldn't go away. I had a job at the Provincial Laboratory For Public Health - good benefits, and pension. Surely they would understand Unfortunately for my little family, they didn't. Instead they were resentful I had a sick child and missed a lot work to be his advocate. Management looked for creative ways to fire me. I thanked God everyday I had a union job, but dreaded the constant bullying...


I had a partner who could no longer emotional juggle having a sick child and the strain it put on our relationship. He found it extremely difficult to be in our child's life, if I wasn't in his.


I'm sure you understand how overwhelming this could feel at 26...


I prayed everyday for a light. My faith was spread thin and although I couldn't see through life's fog, I knew I had to keep going forward...fingers crossed this fog would clear.


I had remembered prior to transferring jobs, there was a College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) I was interested in just steps away from my old job at Calgary Laboratory Services - why hadn't I pursued this? It was staring me straight in the eyes? Had something clicked then that I wasn't supposed to see until now?


I applied to ACATCM knowing full well I wouldn't be approved for a student loan, heck I was still paying off my old loan. I knew I didn't have anyone to borrow from but this little voice inside said, "apply." So I did...


Two days after my application was sent in, I was called in for an interview and accepted. I was in tears and decided to blindly quit my job knowing full well I had no financial security to fall back on. I kept holding the vision... I want my son healthy, I want a business whereby I can be there for him, to welcome him home and tuck him in at night. I want to feel a fire within...


The universe opened up, all was beginning to align: A dear friend paid off my existing student loan - I didn't ask - she volunteered, and at 27 I was heading back into school.


Throughout years of College, I figured out how to be a spark for my son’s healing, and ultimately find my life's calling. The Professors taught me how to diagnose, prescribe herbs and acupuncture, and within 6 months the tumor plaguing my son had shrunk to half it's size.


After graduation, I decided to call my business, 'The Fire Within’, going beyond treating the symptom alone and working to treat the “whole person”, by encouraging the body’s ability to heal itself.


My favorite part of owning a business is watching the art of transformation. Imagine a flower growing; its growth is slow but steady. Nature challenges its growth – hail pours down, winds prevail and branches may break. All the while the flower keeps growing onward and upward remaining rooted. One-day Nature surprises, and the flowers are in full bloom. Beauty becomes noticed – This is how I “see” client’s growth. Their family and friends will notice how great they feel every day. They will no longer worry about the storms in their lives or what they cannot control. The presence of this deep healing is profound.


My passion spreads beyond the walls of the clinic. I’m a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders and volunteered with the YYC Acupuncture Relief Project during the 2013 Alberta floods in Bowness, High River and Siksika.


The Fire Within: Acupuncture & Wellness has earned the public’s vote for ‘Top Choice’ acupuncturist two years in a row, and I have once again been honored with Calgary’s ‘Top Choice’ award for acupuncture services. This award recognizes businesses who stand out above the rest in their respective fields for customer service, exceptional value and expertise.


My work has been recognized and documented in numerous publications including the Calgary Herald and medical blogs, and her doctoral thesis is published with the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.


I’m now 38 years old, and have an amazing amount of gratitude – always fail forward in business!


~Namaste


What fuels the passion in your own career? I would love to know!





Spirituality and Food: blog series part 3 of 3 ~ Dietary Transition

Posted by Tanya on July 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (4)

When toxins are discharged in the body during healing reactions, we need to use cleansing foods to help lighten this process: vegetables, fruit, and sprouts of seeds, grains, and legumes are most healing and beneficial. If there are feelings of coldness and weakness in the body, then cook the cleansing foods and use less of them (Yang is the warming function of traditional Chinese medicine to balance and heal cold.) Also, when one is changing in the direction of a more vegetarian eating pattern, small amounts of nutritionally rich protein food help ease the body over the shock of losing animal products. In addition, chlorophyll-rich foods are expecially beneficial to discharge the residues of animal toxins, build new blood, and support cell-renewal. All green vegetables can normally be emphasized during transitional healing reactions - the color green is healing to the liver which becomes encoded with every emotional or mental issue that has not been resolved. The regenerative qualities of chlorophyll and protein are combined in nutritious products such as cereal grass and micro-algae - Spirulina:

http://www.fireacupuncture.com/apps/blog/show/16127467-spirulina-my-highest-recommendation

Foods Which Counteract Toxins

TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) recognizes certain common foods as toxin neutralizers: tofu, millet, mung beans, aduki beans, black soybeans, Swiss chard, radishes, turnips, and figs. These can be freely eaten in a transition and especially during a healing reaction.

Salt and vinegar are also detoxifying, and are strong substances. They should be taken with care and are primarily for digestive problems. One does not normally take straight salt, even medicinally; it should be diluted in foods or water, or taken in salt-plum products. Apple cider vinegar should be mixed a teaspoon at a time in a third of a cup of water (take undiluted for food poisoning). Habitual use of salt and vinegar is not recommended for digestive imbalances; it is better to overcome poor dietary practices instead.

Recommended Proportions of Food Groups

A grain and veggie-based diet results in nutrition that is rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins; moderate in protein and unsaturated fat, and low in saturated fat. Populations prevalent in the following portions experience relatively less cancer and heart disease and greater longevity:

  • 35-60%  GRAINS: whole grains, cereals, grain sprouts, and flour products  
  • 20-25%  VEGETABLES: green, starchy, low-starch; seaweeds and micro-algae
  • 5-15%    LEGUMES: beans, peas, lentils, legume sprouts, tofu, miso
  • 5-15%    FRUITS and small amounts of NUTS and OIL-RICH SEEDS
  • 0-10%    ANIMAL PRODUCTS: dairy, eggs, fish, fowl, and mammal meats

Please remember this is for most of the population, whereas the frail, or deficient person may require them.

Transition from Meat-based Diet to Whole Plant-based Diet 

  1. If you use refined grains, begin by slowly adding whole grains to white rice or the other refined cereals that you are used to. The greater nutrient content of  whole grain reduces the desire for meat. Avoid products that cause demineralization and loss of nutrients, such as white sugar, white breatds, pastas and pastries, and intoxicants. Begin using seaweeds.
  2. Use more vegetables with smaller amounts of meat. Soups and broths add a beneficial dispersing quality to the concentrated nature of meat.
  3. First reduce the intake of red meat (meat from mammals), then fowl and fish.
  4. Next reduce dairy and eggs, particularly if they are of poor quality. Many people find that substantial amounts of dairy and eggs do not mix well with a grain-based diet. (Constipation and a heavy feeling can result.) When eaten in abundance, dairy and eggs are mucus-forming, and grains are moderately so; thus the combination can cause excessive mucus accumulation.
  5. To make the transition smoother and prevent binges, it is better to have small amounts of animal food regularly.
  6. Only small amounts of animal food may be sufficient once a person is mentally and physically stable. Don't rush - enjoy life's changes at each stage. Changes normally come more easily with a more gradual transition. Even though notable benefits will occur within a few weeks, the full transition may take years.

**On a personal note, it has taken me 2 years to get to step 3. Life gets in the way and learning to be a whole person again takes time. The fact of the matter is that dis-ease internally is what keeps triggering me, motivating me, and with each movement I must heal - healing takes time. I gain weight easily and with each step there are healing reactions. I know this process is one of renewal and is a harmonious way of life. :)

Excesses and Toxins

The discharges from healing reactions involve several common types of excesses and toxins; each having a  specific remedy. Chlorophyll foods and others which counteract toxins are very helpful general remedies, especially when coupled with a grain-and-vegetable diet that includes seaweeds and enzyme-rich products such as sprouts and miso. Sufficient regular exercise is essential for processing and "burning up" excesses. When reactions and discharges are especially severe or numerous, it may mean that the pace of dietary change is too fast. In some cases, strong reactions will be difficult to avoid, regardless. Also, chronically ill people will often (wisely) venture into a more healthful dietary plan, and it is their disease symptoms rather than their healing reactions that must first be overcome.

What are the most common toxins and excesses in the body? 

  1. Toxic Metals
  2. Radiation
  3. Drugs
  4. Parasites
  5. Mucus
  6. Excess Weight

Spirituality and Food: blog series part 2 of 3 ~ Healing Reactions

Posted by Tanya on July 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Healing reactions present an opportunity to go back through everything not previously resolved in one's life. We carry our entire personal histories in our bodies. Every injury that did not heal fully - whether physical, emotional, or mental - must be made right. All obstructions, toxins, aberrations, and pain must be cleared in a total healing.



In Shamanic Acupuncture, we take a journey into your history. We discuss surgeries, studies, losses, and physical/emotional pain. We make plan to heal yourself, and though this walk may take time. It truly can work. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, as may be asked and challenged to reveal yourself and surrender to what is familiar. Healing isn't always comfortable but isn't the outcome worth it?



The nature of a reaction indicates which phase of life is being healed. The reactions feel similar to the original disease or emotional trauma, but usually appear in a diminished form. If the reaction is an emotional discharge of anger, the feelings surrounding the discharge will remind one of anger earlier in one's life, even though the present anger may be "caused" by different circumstances. Physical discharges are also reminders of old conditions. If chronic sore throats occurred during childhood, a healing reaction could involve one or two sore throats that would eliminate any residues that accumulated from the original infection(s).



During treatment, symptoms may get worse before they get better. You may cry unbeknownst to you, or direct anger at the practitioner but these reactions must surface. Certainly everyone wants healing reactions to be minimal or non-existent. According to Japanese medicine, however, if there is no meigan (healing reaction), there is no cure. Most reactions involve the body's purging itself of toxins. The outward manifestations of this elimination may be severe or moderate depending on the skill involved in regulating the process.

 


Examples of Healing Reactions

 

  • Tension or pain may occur in the upper back and neck, which may move upwards to the head, downward across the abdomen, arms, legs, and eventually to the top the head, tips of finger and toes. Pain may occur in the interal organs, particularly in the liver area under the right side of the rib cage. Headache is common.
  • Vomiting may occur. Bile or various types of mucus may come up.
  • Digestive imbalances may develop: gas, cramps, diarrhea, ect.
  • Weakness, weight loss, and sensations of cold and/or heat are signs that the body is first strongly eliminating before the building and strengthening phase occurs.
  • Typical emotional reactions include unreasonable impatience, anger, and/or depression.
  • More sleep may be needed during transition, and dreams may be wild. Unusual visions, apparitions, or altered states occasionally occur.
  • Menstruation sometimes ceases but will resume when the digestion calms and the liver and kidney functions are renewed.
  • Sexual desire usually diminishes, especially in men, but eventually becomes more balanced than previously, once the kidney-adrenal function is stregthened.
  • Possible discharges include boils, pimples, rashes, body odors, carbuncles, nasal and vaginal discharges, coating on tongue, and black feces. Silver amalgam (mercury) fillings may fall out. 


Most healing reactions involving pain and discharges will last less than a week, although these symptoms sometimes last longer. Since the body needs the sexual/reproductive function least at this time, the resurgence of sexual energy and menses may take the longest.


It is not recommended that a woman dramatically change her diet during pregnancy, since the released toxins may harm the fetus; the shock to the system in general may also trigger a miscarriage. She can safely abstain, of course, from such extreme items as intoxicants and highly refined, chemical-laden products.

 

What foods should we use as cleansing toods to help lighten this process? Please follow next week and I'll provide information into Dietary Transition...

http://www.fireacupuncture.com/apps/blog/show/17720737-spirituality-and-food-blog-series-part-3-of-3-dietary-transition


Reference: Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, third edition. Chapter 7 Section 2 (page 106).

Spirituality and Food: blog series part 1 of 3 ~ Wearing One Hat

Posted by Tanya on July 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (10)


 

A Chinese philosophy, a practice of avoiding evils is called "wearing one hat." The "hat' represents an action in a chain of causation. When we speak of unhealthy food - or hat, it can be a simple decision to not choose to eat these foods. In this case we wear only one hat. However, if unhealthy food is eaten, then this action is the first hat, and the second, third and many successive hats are how we must now overcome the effects of the proper food - by suffering, by trying to change the effects with positive thoughts about the food, or by taking medicine, then by overcoming the effects of the medicine - or in other words, there is a further reaction to each preceding reaction.

The Chinese philosophy suggests that for maximum health benefits we wear at most one hat. Each subsequent hat beyond this is an added weight, causing progressively heavier feelings and less freedom. 

In Shamanic Acupuncture sessions, we address these "hats" in what I've now deemed "jackets". Some of us have many jackets we wear, some are much heavier like winter jackets, and others are symbolic of a light sweater. Deepending on size, these jackets can take longer to remove and hang up - hopefully for good.

By following a path of correct action, we accelerate through cycles of awareness. If we are to make progress, we must unravel all negative situations stored in both the body and mind. The appropriate diet is highly individual and therefore so are our moment-to-moment choices. The process definitely varies from person to person.

Some I have found chose a diet to impress others, to be fashionable, to gain greater power, or even to become "healthy" with no thought of sharing, unraveling, or hanging up a "jacket." When we do not share what was learned with others we will have a difficult transition into a new person, free of added weight. When one is guided by idealistic motives, such as choosing a diet because it is more humane - because it does not promote killing of animals (vegetarian) or does not oppress Third World peoples (avoiding multinational-corporation products) - then there seems to be fewer problems with the transition, a healthier attitude, and better judgment regarding future dietary choices.

When a new diet is adopted, one can expect reactions as the biochemicals within our body's cells change. If the diet is purer, then old toxins are released, some can be very uncomfortable - both physically and mentally. These are called, "Healing Reactions."

http://www.fireacupuncture.com/apps/blog/show/17285521-spirituality-and-food-blog-series-part-2-of-3-healing-reactions

Such change affects the Spirit-mind. It's literally a transformation of old emotional and mental patterns embedded in the RNA/DNA of the body's cells. Shamanic Acupuncture will address the old-self, help you take off the "jackets" so that you are only wearing one hat of health. Healing is not always a comfortable journey but a process. Working through the stories of your life will bring about the change needed to keep you on the path of the healed....

10 Acupuncture & TCM Facts

Posted by Tanya on June 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Fact 1 - In an official report, the WHO (World Health Organization) has listed over 200 conditions, symptoms, and diseases that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

- low back pain - neck pain - sciatica - tennis elbow - knee pain - periarthritis of the shoulder

- sprains - facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) - headache - dental pain

- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction - rheumatoid arthritis - induction of labor

- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation) - morning sickness - nausea and vomiting

- postoperative pain - stroke - essential hypertension - primary hypotension - renal colic - leucopenia

- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy - allergic rhinitis, including hay fever - biliary colic

- depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

- acute bacillary dysentery - primary dysmenorrhea - acute epigastralgia - peptic ulcer

- acute and chronic gastritis

Fact 2 - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has received more free publicity than any other health care modality in the history of the United States. Acupuncture gained attention in the United States when President Nixon visited China in 1972. Traveling with Nixon was New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operative pain relief he experienced from the procedure that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.

Fact 3 - The Beijing University of Chinese Medicine is affiliated with the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM), and is designated as one of the collaborating centers for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fact 4 - Acupuncture is Provincially regulated in 4 Provinces in Canada - College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta; College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia; Transitional Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario; Ordre des acupuncteurs du Québec.

Fact 5 - Insurance plans in Canada are on the rise with 47 percent of all employers surveyed offered acupuncture as a covered health benefit, up from 33 percent in 2002. Most company plans now offer $500.00 per year maximum with Larger Firms offering up to $1,500.00 per calendar year.

Fact 6 - Acupuncture is used in over 800 drug dependency programs. Patients who go through these programs have lower re-arrest rates on drug related charges than those not treated with acupuncture. Miami-Dade County drug offenders have the choice of acupuncture or jail.

Fact 7 - The U.S. military was introduced to acupuncture during the Vietnam War, when local physicians were allowed to administer acupuncture to Vietnamese patients at a U.S. Army surgical hospital. Most recently, Col. Richard Niemtzow, an Air Force physician began a program in 2001 termed "battlefield acupuncture". Air Force, Navy and Army doctors are taking acupuncture to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as part of emergency care in combat and in frontline hospitals. Acupuncture is offered at Walter Reed Hospital, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews, and other Air Force bases in this country and in Germany

Fact 8 - The ancient Chinese observed two fundamental energies in nature that manifest in the human body. They are the polar opposite, interdependent, inner consuming, and inner transforming energies called Yin and Yang. Yin energy relates to female, internal, solid organs of the body, cold, sinking, deep, blood and body fluids, structure, night time, earth, quiescent and much more. Yang energy relates to male, external, hollow organs of the body, hot, raising, superficial, vital air (oxygen), function, daytime, sky, activity and much more. Illness occurs when the Yin and Yang energies in the body are out of balance. An Oriental Medical diagnosis describes and treats these imbalances in the body.

Fact 9 - Many people seem to have a fear of needles. Please remember that acupuncture needles are single-use, sterile, individually wrapped, and disposable. They are not hollow like an injection needle, and have the width of a strand of hair. Most people feel nothing at all, and some feel a dull ache (which is referred to by practitioners as the arrival of de-Qi). Some points are stronger than others, but its explained as a blockage of energy, whereby we must move through the block in order for balance in your internal landscape to come through.

Fact 10 - In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) there is no separation between mind, body, and spirit. Whatever treats the body helps the mind, and whatever heals the spirit will also help restore balance to the physical being. The Acupuncturist’s goal is to help the client’s body function at the highest possible level, with all systems, working as designed. The treatment focuses not on curing individual symptoms, but rather on restoring balance to entire systems that are out of whack.

Spirulina ~ My Highest Recommendation

Posted by Tanya on June 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Spirulina

  • Spirulina is my new go-to recommendation; as most (95%) of my clients will report, including my 88 year-old Grandpa, that they are now subscribing to its use. I have recommended it not only for lymphatic leukemia, but also for edema, menopause, anemia, low energy, depression, pain, adrenal run down, cancer, stomach issues, protein source for vegans, addiction, benign tumors, heart disease...
  • Spirulina is a blue-green micro algae and one of the richest sources of iron. It contains cleansing properties because of its rich chlorophyll content. Much of its protein is in the form of biliprotein, which has been predigested by the algae. A good portion of its carbohydrate is also broken down into rhamnose, and a small but important part is broken down into glycogen. These supply endurance and energy soon after ingestion.
  • According to standard nutritional tests, the digestive absorption of the protein in Spirulina is four times greater than that in beef. Since it contains three times more protein than beef, greater absorption means that twelve times more protein is available from the algae than from the same weight of beef. Calculation: Three grams (one teaspoon) of powdered Spirulina is equivalent to ( 3 x 12 = ) 36 grams beef, which is more than one ounce. Just remember that with high levels of protein come at the expense of calcium. Therefore, I do not recommend to ever take the bottle dosage. Studies do show that if one takes more than seventy-five grams - there is a higher calcium excretion in their urine than what is actually absorbed from food. **Please consult a trained practitioner before you begin taking Spirulina.
  • Spirulina detoxifies the kidneys, and liver (my mom, bless her swore that during cancer treatment Spirulina kept her body functioning as it should); it moves out the fear and anxiety in the body; detoxifies, builds and enriches the blood; cleanses the arteries and aids in the reduction of inflammation; reduces swellings or edema; aids in slowing down the aging process.
  • Important to note in the area of prevention, Spirulina is richly supplied with the blue pigment phycocyanin, a biliprotein which has been shown to inhibit cancer-colony formation. Predominant blue pigmentation in food is rare. The blue color tends to promote astringency, a drawing together. The chemical reality of spirulina's blue color is demonstrated by its effect on the brain. Here phycocyanin helps draw together amino acids for neurotransmitter formation, which increases mental capacity.
  • GLA and its associate PGE1 have been researched extensively in recent years, notably in the area of immunity. Most people are deficient in GLA, but the wealth of GLA applications is economically obtained by using Spirulina, one of the richest sources.
  • The cell wall of Spirulina has a special nature. It is composed entirely of mucopolysaccharides (MPs). These are complex sugars interlaced with amino acids, simple sugars, and in some instances, protein. Thus MPs contain only completely digestible nutrients instead of the indigestible cellulose wall typical of other micro-algae, plants, and seeds.
  • MPs are credited with strengthening body tissues, especially the connective tissues, while making them more elastic and resilient. They also are strongly anti-inflammatory. All these attributes are most important for those who are very active physically and for older people as well. Because of the high incidence of heart disease in the West, MPs are sometimes used to reinforce the tissues of the heart and guard against artery deterioration. They further protect the vascular system by lowering blood fat.

  • "The origin of Heaven and Earth is based on the principle of the middle path." ~ Shao Yung, 11th-century Chinese sage

 

Naturally Remove your Blackheads

Posted by Tanya on June 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (4)


Since pregnancy and into my 30s (shhhhh..its just our little secret), I've discovered quite a few more blackheads appearing over the bridge of the nose, chin and cheeks. After trying many pricey facials, I've decided try a home remedy that is natural and truly works:

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 5-8 drops of Lavender Oil
  • Handful of Basil (Fresh or Dried)
  • Baking Soda

Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Step 1: Take 2 cups of water, Lavender oil, and basil, and pop them into a pot on the stove
  • Step 2: Turn stove on to medium and bring the mixture to a boil for 5-6 minutes
  • Step 3: Once mixture has boiled, pull off burner and pour into a bowl
  • Step 4: Pull back your hair (I usually use a bandanna, or head band), then place face over bowl letting the steam absorb into your face. Do this for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 5: Using the baking soda, and a tid bit of water, make a paste. Massage into skin. Let it dry.
  • Step 6: To wash baking soda off, I use cool water. Your skin will feel soft and yummy! Bye-bye blackheads!

I would commit to doing this once a week. Consistency will help diminish the amount of blackheads you have! WooHoo!

Lets talk ingredients

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is great for clogged pores. It is a natural muscle relaxer, soothing agent, conditioner, and astringent. So not only, when you are doing the steam, does it smell great, but you are also absorbing all of active nutrients that come out of the oils, and penetrate your skin and pores.

Basil

The medicinal herb is especially great for acne problems because it has powerful ant-viral anti-inflammitory and antibacterial properties to it.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has been found to be an amazing natural non-abrasive skin exfoliant! When you by exfoliants at the store, they contain harsh chemicals (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that are used renew the layer of skin, by burning off the old one. Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, that instead of doing harm, it actually physically scrubs off the excess skin cells and dirt that is accumulating.

Fear

Posted by Tanya on May 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fear is becoming rampant on the planet. We can see it every day in the news. Fear is a lack of trust in ourselves, and because of this, we don’t trust Life. We don’t trust that we’re being taken care of on a higher level, so we feel we must control everything from the physical level. Obviously, we’re going to feel fear because we can’t control everything in our lives.

Trust is what we learn when we want to overcome our fears. It’s called “taking a leap of faith” and trusting in the Power within that’s connected to Universal Intelligence. Remember, the Power that supplies our breath is the same Power that created the Universe.

You’re one with all of Life. The more you love yourself and trust Life, the more that Life will love you, support you, and guide you. You can trust in that which is invisible, instead of trusting only in the physical, material world. I’m not saying that we do nothing, yet if we have trust, we can go through life much easier. We need to trust that we’re being taken care of, even though we’re not physically in control of everything that’s happening around us.

Fear limits our minds. People have so much fear about getting sick or becoming homeless or so many other things. Anger is fear that has become a defense mechanism. It protects us, yet it would be so much more powerful if we stop reevaluating fearful situations in our minds and love ourselves through the fear. We’re at the center of everything that happens in our lives. Every experience, every relationship, is the mirror of a mental pattern that we have inside us.

At any moment you have the opportunity of choosing love or fear. In moments of fear, I remember the sun. It’s always shining even though clouds may obscure it for a while. Like the sun, the One Infinite Power is eternally shining its light upon me, even though clouds of negative thinking may temporarily obscure it. I choose to remember the Light. And you can, too. Feel secure in the Light. When the fears come, choose to see them as passing clouds in the sky, and let them go on their way.

Affirm: I am not my fears. It is safe for me to live without guarding and defending myself all the time. When I feel afraid, I open my heart and let the love dissolve the fear.

Love is the opposite of fear. The more we’re willing to love and trust who we are, the more we attract those qualities to ourselves. When we’re on a streak of really being frightened or upset or worried or not liking ourselves, isn’t it amazing how everything goes wrong in our lives? It’s the same when we really love ourselves. Everything starts to go on a winning streak, and we get the green lights and the parking spaces. We get up in the morning and the day flows beautifully.

"We need to love ourselves so that we can take care of ourselves. We have to do everything we can to strengthen our hearts, our bodies, and our minds. We must turn to the Power within, find a good spiritual connection, and really work on maintaining it."

- Louise Hay


Gemma Stone, a Psychologist, Coach, Speaker, & Guide speaks of a strategy for switching off fear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w70BPeIndCw



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