I am sharing my response to an article on Medium entitled "If It Doesn't Suck It Isn't Worth Doing." The author states, among other things, that self-love is a hipsteresque trend that has sadly supplanted the work ethic and impeded Americans' (especially young people's) progress toward their goals.
For the record, I believe he is wrong. Self-love is not a useless trend. It is an important development. It doesn't hinder our progress toward our goals -- it is actually the KEY to unlocking them and achieving the flow state.
Here is his original article.
Here is my response (also found at the bottom of the article itself).
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Guest Post by London Emmett Technique Practitioner Ben Pianese
It would have been unthinkable, except that so many people have already experienced first-hand the quick and seemingly miraculous relief produced by the Emmett Technique. London patients have been raving about how quickly this technique releases muscle tension, which often manifests itself as pain and discomfort, usually headaches and back aches.
What is the Emmett Technique? It really is a wonder the way it involves but a few moves requiring minimal touch, often with the use of a fingertip. It can be administered over clothing, while the recipient is seated or standing, and really pretty much anywhere. What makes it even more amazing is that it can be performed on both man and animal. It leaves most people awestruck with its fast results. Effective in its seeming simplicity, the main thing about it is that it should be executed by a knowledgeable professional.
Does it sound like something that may help you? Let’s go into a more in-depth exploration of the Emmett Technique. UK Emmett practitioner perform this by applying light finger pressure at specific points in sequences that bring forth gentle releases, not only treating pain and discomfort, but also improving muscle action and flexibility as well as encouraging homeostasis.
It all pertains to the science of Critical Point Analysis, which postulates that in any highly complex system, such as the human body, the smallest input at a specific critical point will elicit the greatest change, the least force producing the greatest effect. For instance, a light tap on a small cog has the power to stop the largest engine.
In using the Emmett Technique, the therapist is somewhat like an electrician locating problematic overlaps and resetting buttons. This means that your overused and tense muscles need only but a light pressure in order to reset to optimum condition.
As previously mentioned, the results can be almost instantaneous. Positive effects are normally noticed at the end of the first session. Most clients immediately experience a dramatic difference in balance, flexibility, ranges of movement, breathing, and most importantly in many cases, pain levels.
The Emmett Technique is safe to use on anyone, even newborns and pregnant women. The speed with which it releases muscle tension results in substantial relief after just one session. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other forms of therapy. It is definitely one of the most effective, versatile, and in-demand treatments available.
For anyone dealing with cancer for yourself or a loved one, or interested in preventing cancer, I highly encourage you to watch the online broadcasts for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. It is returning again for free this year after considerable success last year.
I agree with virtually all the information in this broadcast, and it is information that is difficult to find in such a compact, easily-viewed schedule, especially for free. The information in here is consistent with what I have seen, believe, and practice, both from personal experience and those of my clientele. Some of the information you see here will be the same as what I already have said, and it's no surprise -- this stuff is powerful and it works!
This is not about working against your doctor or limiting your options in any way. I care about empowering you with as much knowledge as possible, to maximize your options and enable you to live the life you want!
You have to sign up to watch it for free, and the easiest way from this post is by clicking this referral link. (disclosure: this link is totally optional, it was provided when I myself signed up, and it enters me to win a prize. If you are not comfortable with that, please watch the material by searching Google for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and signing up yourself.)
You can only watch each episode free at the times shown in the broadcast schedule below. After that, the series is only available for purchase, and I don't know the price.
So please do not pass up this great opportunity! The series starts April 12 2016 at 9pm eastern US time.
To your health & happiness,
Let's say you have intractable stubborn back pain. You look online for an answer, talk to your GP, but all you find out is that you have "_____ syndrome" or "_____ dysfunction" or "idiopathic _____." Your doctor tells you to take ibuprofen or writes you a prescription, but it doesn't work well enough or you have side effects. You go online again, search for that syndrome/dysfunction/condition, and what do you find? Not much…except advice to take ibuprofen, hope it gets better, or "try surgery as a last resort." When you look up the medication itself, you find scary stuff like this. It all leaves you with a sick (or sicker) feeling, wondering what other options are out there. Is this really the way it has to be?
No. In fact that doesn't even make sense anymore. As a society we're finally starting to get that the best health solutions are the ones that are tailored to you. Conventional medicine can fall short in this area, because most of its ideas and treatments come from a different mindset entirely - one of treating symptoms rather than people. This is why we are slowly but surely headed in the direction of more individualised and holistic health care. Taking this path yourself can be challenging and scary, but it is worth it. Most of us just need to know that there are solutions out there, and in most cases, finding them means looking into the field called "complementary medicine”, also known as “holistic health" or "alternative health." There are many modalities within this umbrella term, so it can be hard to find what's right for you, but it's worth the search.
First don’t be deterred by the many naysayers you will find and the relative lack of “gold standard" Western placebo-controlled double-blind studies. Don’t let that stop you from finding what works for you. Remember: that standard is really meant for pharmaceuticals like the ones you are trying to avoid! Drugs weren't made to work for you, they were made to work for the pharmaceutical industry. They have billions of dollars to research their drugs and fund these studies, and as we see time and time again, they need it! Complementary modalities without that kind of funding are safely working for millions of people every day, and the number of people taking advantage of them is growing fast.
Most of these therapies work on many different levels to provide you with a lasting, holistic (meaning: taking the WHOLE of you into account) solution - they don't just try to lessen a problem's symptoms! The best part is that complementary therapies can and should complement your regular health care rather than replace it. (This is why "'alternative' health/therapy" is an unfortunate and misleading term. The word "holistic" or "complementary" better suits its true purpose.) They optimise your care, so you can live your best possible life and lifestyle.
So how do you find what works? There is a whole different energy motivating these kinds of health solutions, so the key is to have patience and follow your intuition. They are not all the same, they don’t all work for everyone, but there are multiple ones that will really agree with you - but you have to try them first. If you feel more comfortable, you can find modalities that do have Western studies supporting their efficacy and then branch out from there.
When you find a therapy that sounds interesting, find customer reviews, seek out referrals, call the therapist and ask questions, and look into any supportive organisations or associations there may be. For instance one of my modalities, the Emmett Technique, has a worldwide organisation with a website you can use to learn more about the technique and find experienced practitioners in over a dozen countries. Another good resource to learn about the many different complementary medicine modalities out there is the website of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists. They have listings of complementary therapists all over the world. You can even go to your local health foods store and ask the attendants for information and advice.
Most importantly, just be open to trying things out for yourself, and be patient. Don't give up on all of holistic health if one session or one modality doesn't quite give you everything you hoped for. Remember, this is about finding that solution that works for YOU. Give the process - and yourself - the time and attention you need to find it.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for promoting health as well as bringing peace and relaxation to the body through touch. Reiki therapy is commonly described as "placing of hands" or "palm healing". A Reiki practitioner/healer hovers his/her hands over a client’s body to transfer healing energy into client. The word “Reiki “itself is a combination of the Japanese characters“rei,” which means spiritual or divine, and “ki,” which represents the vital life energy that flows through all of nature (including us). If a person has low life force energy, then they will be more likely to get sick or suffer from stress. If a person’s ki is at a high level, they are better able to fulfill their life purpose, be happy, and vigorously pursue their goals.
One of the fundamental concepts of Reiki is that this vital life energy (ki) is channeled by the Reiki healer during a Reiki treatment, which assists the body’s own natural healing processes. This universal ki energy raises the personal ki level in the client, fundamentally empowering the healing of the body and the mind.
The Origins of Reiki
While the exact origins of Reiki is a subject under dispute, most people agree that the practice of Reiki as a healing method was developed in the late 1800s and heavily influenced by the teachings of a Japanese monk named Mikao Usui. His healing methods are rooted in ancient philosophies collected from various traditional Asian healing techniques.
At the center of Reiki is the concept that disease and distress of the body is caused by an imbalance of vital energy that flows through our bodies. It’s believed that shifting this imbalance promotes wellbeing for the body and spirit. Mikao Usui is said to have refined and rediscovered ancient techniques to draw from the infinite source of ki present in the universe to promote healing. Reiki masters can teach others their methods through a series of teachings called "attunements." Through 1-on-1 instruction with a previous Reiki master, a series of attunements are given to students of Reiki to open them up to this universal energy and the ability to channel it (first directly, then over a large distance). The final attunement in the series results in the student becoming a Reiki master.
In the late 1930s, a Japanese-American woman named Hawayo Takata popularized the practice of Reiki to the Western World after her return from Hawaii after an extensive stretch of Reiki training in Japan. Since then Reiki has spread across the globe like wildfire and has helped bring peace and health to countless people.
How Reiki Works
Reiki energy will flow from a practitioner’s hands into a client. For standard treatments, the client will lay on a massage table, but Reiki can also be done while sitting or standing up. Clients will remained fully clothed as the practitioner places their hands directly on or very close to the client’s body in a variety of specific hand positions. Common positions include placing hands around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. There are a variety of other positions used depending on what the client’s needs are. Each position is held from anywhere between 2 to 10 minutes based on the specific goals of that session. The entire treatment will typically last between 45 and 90 minutes.
The energy transferred during a Reiki treatment is known as “subtle energy” that is distinct from other types of energy. Reiki energy is believed by many to come from a higher life force, e.g. – the Universe, or Nature, that exists on a greater plane from the limited world that we can see and touch. Consider for example that there is much more to light – infrared wavelengths, ultraviolet wavelengths, etc, than the very small range of wavelengths that we can actually perceive with the naked eye. The same is true of the types of energies that can affect our minds, bodies, and well-being – there’s much more to it than just electricity, chemical reactions, and other physical energy. The “subtle energy” of Reiki is a part of this as well.
Those who are sensitive and can observe Reiki energy often note that it seems to flow from above and enter into the practitioner’s head before it enters their body and flows through their hands. This particular image is the best way we have to describe it, but the fact is that the true source of Reiki energy is drawn from the abundance of ki that is omnipresent. This energy is harnessed and used for healing.
What Is a Typical Session Like?
Recipients of a Reiki healing session commonly report that their treatment brought them deep feelings of relaxation across the board. Many feel like they are enveloped in a blissful, glowing radiance that can surround the entire body. The energy transferred in a Reiki treatment can help a person shed all feelings of tension, anxiousness, fear, and other embedded stressors that can block the desired state of peace and happiness. Many people drift off to sleep within minutes, or feel like they are floating outside of their bodies. Others may have dreams or visions that cause feelings of transcendence. When the Reiki treatment is over, clients feel refreshed, balanced and positive.
What Does Reiki Treat?
Reiki has been known to benefit people in many ways including healing all forms of negative energy and the manifestations of negative energy in the body and mind. As you can imagine, this can include many different types of problems, including: fevers, colds, flus, high blood pressure, headaches, migraines, stress, anxiety or improving symptoms of heart disease, chronic fatigue, cancer and other illnesses and conditions. There are virtually no side effects except for temporarily lowering blood pressure - a natural result of the feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. In fact, Reiki has been reported by many people to help remove or reduce side effects of other treatments such as drug therapy, and is commonly used as an adjunct to chemotherapy. People all over the world also use Reiki to reduce symptoms of post-operative soreness, imbalance, depression, and other pervasive illnesses. The healing energy transferred during sessions can increase the rate of recuperation and reduce time spent in the hospital.
As a rule, a Reiki treatment is a good way to address negative states of mind whatever the cause, including feelings of disgust, disempowerment, rumination or “spinning your wheels”, depression, or any other unhelpful and unhealthful state that may be preventing you from enjoying your life in that moment. This is because the effect on one’s spirit can be one of the most significant benefits of Reiki treatment.
No matter what, Reiki treatment can only offer advantages to those who seek it. There are rare cases where people have been completely healed of their condition after Reiki treatments. Of course this is not a guarantee, and you should never use Reiki as a replacement for your doctor or other standard medical care, but you always expect reduced stress and some physical as well as psychological improvements to a wide range of conditions.
Conclusion & Common Misconceptions About Reiki
Reiki is not a religion, though it is sometimes confused as such because many discussions of Reiki contain talk of spiritual undertones and discussions of ancient Eastern religious practices. However make no mistake - there is no belief system involved in the practice of Reiki whatsoever. It is accessible to anyone at anytime.
You don’t have to stop seeing your physician to receive treatment, and you’re encouraged to do more of your own research. Since Reiki attunements are given 1-to-1 from master to student, it’s generally advised to take a practitioner who has had a 1-on-1 teaching lineage that links directly back to the founder, Mikao Usui, in order to take part in the benefits from traditional attunements.
Many people dispute the healing effects of Reiki as pseudoscience, but if you have a healing session for yourself with a reputable healer, you can be your own judge. There is only good that can come from this kind of care and treatment, no matter how much of a skeptic you are in the power of Reiki, the explanations behind the techniques, or even the existence of Reiki. I like to think of Mikao Usui as the Bruce Lee of healing. He combined a number of ancient methods to create a very effective system – in this case, of a system of healing through treatment. Try a Reiki healing session out today and see what people have been raving about for over a century.
...then it would benefit you to click the infographic to learn about the specific dangers, and follow this link to read my short article with some easy solutions!
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a chronic and widespread concern. Stress, the narrowing or arteries, thicker blood, or anything that increases the pressure in your arteries can cause it. So many people suffer from it that sometimes it’s almost considered a natural part of aging. But it’s not. And it can often be prevented.
Yet, many prescribed medications and pharmaceutical solutions like statin drugs are notorious for causing their own sets of problems in both the short run and the long run.
The good news is that there are natural, healthier ways to lower blood pressure, and we’ll discuss some of those methods below. Exercise, diet, essential oils, and breathing can all have profoundly positive impacts on hypertension.
Exercise and Diet Options
A program of regular, moderate exercise is perhaps the fastest and most efficient way to relieve hypertension, with a great number of side benefits. Exercise reduces hypertension because it promotes a healthy heart and circulatory system, as well as enhancing your body’s use of oxygen. The more efficient your circulation, the better your quality of life will be. More importantly, NOT treating high blood pressure leaves you at increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
One of the simplest – and tastiest – ways to relieve high blood pressure is to change your diet. Why is it the tastiest?
1. You get to consume more total fat --- of the healthy variety. You’ll be swapping red meat intake for delicious alternatives like wild – not farmed – salmon, poached or baked tuna, mackerel or herring at least three times a week (cooked or raw as sushi works great for any of these).*
2. Treat yourself to avocados! They are another great source of healthy fats that lowers LDL cholesterol, aka – “bad” cholesterol, which tends to worsen pressure in your arteries, and raises HDL cholesterol, aka – “good” cholesterol, which tends to help clear your arteries. Eat as much as you like! They’re also packed with vitamins. Here’s an external link with some delicious avocado recipes.
3. Eat more of your favorite fruits – aim for 3 pieces a day. More vegetables and ground seeds and nuts (in moderation) also help get better minerals into your system (besides table salt) like:
4. Beetroot juice was also shown in a recent study to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 7 mm Hg and 2 mm Hg, respectively. In the study, 250ml of the juice was consumed daily for 4 weeks. Pomegranate juice has also been shown to lower systolic blood pressure when consumed regularly.
5. Another recent study has shown that replacing other cooking oils with extra virgin olive oil (5 teaspoonfuls per day) reduced systolic blood pressure by 6 mmHg, increased good HDL cholesterol, and improved immune function in obese older adults in Boston, MA, USA over a 3-month period.
*Take a high quality multivitamin supplement and a fish oil supplement with high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids called “EPA” and “DHA” (look for at least 250-400mg per serving on the ingredients list on the bottle) to help make up for anything you’re not able to get through your diet.
There are many essential oils that can lower blood pressure, through a variety of applications. A relaxing aromatherapy massage is one of the most effective – and enjoyable – means of lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Other means include using sweet marjoram, lavender, and/or ylang ylang essential oils. You can mix a drop of any of these into a small bit of cream and gently massage it into each wrist, or mix several drops of each in milk and add it to a bath. They help with hypertension and stress as well. Peppermint essential oil can also be applied locally in a cream to reduce blood pressure in local tissues (think: menthol).
Breathing and Stress Management
Finally, simple breathing exercises, such as those used in mindfulness, the 4 7 8 technique for getting to sleep faster, yoga, and other forms of meditation can all help reduce high blood pressure.
Please note that if you are currently on a prescribed blood pressure medication, you should not stop it without consulting your doctor first. If that medication is working well for you, then you don't have a problem. These methods here are all a part of complementary healing, which means they work together and work well with other methods that you may use on your road toward healing. Diet, essential oils, breathing and stress management are particularly good methods for reducing blood pressure in the present moment (when you do them). The more you use them, the more good, healthy moments you create for yourself. As you keep it up, you will find that those good moments outweigh the bad ones, and you will have successfully shifted the balance in favor of healthy blood pressure, instead of against it. This is a natural result of managing stress levels and living this healthier and more attuned lifestyle.
This third segment in the “Get to Know Your Products” series covers a few choice ingredients from the Revitanail Nail Strengthener, a popular requested beauty product, in particular here in Australia. In this series, we’re looking at common but harmful ingredients that are likely to be found not just in this product but indeed in many general beauty and cosmetics products, with an eye toward understanding just what they are and what makes them so harmful to our health.
Toluene – Toluene, also known as benzene or methylbenzene, is used as a petrochemical solvent in a number of products, including nail varnishes and polishes. Toluene is strongly neurotoxic, and exposure is associated with serious long-term health consequences. Inhaling toluene in large doses can even lead to death. Exposure to toluene during pregnancy can cause developmental damage to the unborn child. In smaller doses and quantities, damage to the kidneys, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation to the skin and eyes, fatigue, headache, suppressed appetite, lack of energy, and depression have all been observed. It has also been tentatively linked with blood cancer risk, including lymphoma.
Butyl Acetate - Butyl Acetate, or N-Butyl Acetate is another solvent used in nail care polishes, varnishes and strengtheners, but its list of negative consequences is less intimidating than toluene. Butyl acetate is only associated with skin irritations, including to the eyes, skin, lungs and any areas with mucous membranes. (That’s all, right?) Butyl acetate vapours can also cause dizziness or nausea when inhaled, which is problematic since this is often used as a fragrance ingredient!
Formaldehyde – As if the previous ingredients weren’t bad enough, formaldehyde is the one of the most common and most harmful ingredients – and contaminants – commonly found in skincare products. It is a known, strong carcinogen (i.e. - causes cancer) based on well-established studies in animals – and emerging studies in humans. Nasal and nasopharyngeal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and leukemia are among the cancers it has been linked to. This chemical can also cause allergic dermatitis on contact. In Europe, regulatory health protections limit formaldehyde concentrations to 1/5 of 1%, with a specific warning required on the label if a product contains more than .05%.
Despite these clear and obvious dangers, this and many other chemicals are either not regulated at all, or are very poorly regulated. The chemicals are used and processed because they are cheap and no one is stopping them. The industry itself that makes your products won’t address this until they have to. Until laws are available that effectively protect you from these products, the only way to fight these companies is to use your purchasing power to SAY NO to these products and these terrible chemicals and chemical residues.
James L Poole
I am a holistic health therapist: Emmett Technique practitioner, aromatherapist, nutritional therapist, and Reiki healer. This is my blog about natural healing. For more frequent updates, please check my Facebook group page.