Archive for March 23rd, 2009

HOW BIOFEEDBACK CAN HELP SHORTEN YOUR COLD

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

At this stage, you can start employing a simple version of thermal biofeedback to become even more deeply relaxed.

Make a mental image of yourself lying on a warm, sunny beach. Visualize plunging your hands into the hot, sun-warmed sand. Place your awareness on your right hand. Feel the heat of the sand flooding into your right hand. Picture your hand as heavy and warm. Simultaneously, repeat the phrases.

“My hand feels heavy and warm. Warmth is flowing into my hand. My hand feels quite warm. My hand is tingling with warmth.”

Keep repeating these phrases. You don’t have to use the exact words or memorize them. But say essentially the same thing. As you silently repeat each phrase, visualize a clear picture of each suggestion on your inner movie screen. Or just create the visualization out where your awareness is—in your right hand.

In a minute or two, your right hand should begin to tingle and feel warm. When it does, repeat the same thing with the left hand. Once both hands are tingling and warm, you can deepen the feeling by changing your suggestions to include both hands.

“My hands are heavy and warm. Warmth is flowing into my hands,” and so on. Visualize both hands as tingling and warm.

You will probably find that one hand becomes warmer appreciably faster than the other. If so, start with this hand. As soon as you feel tingling and warmth in this more suggestible hand, magnify the feeling, then spread mat same feeling to the other hand.

You may find you can speed up the warming process by visualizing the red glow of a hot plate or hot coals inside your hands. Or you might visualize your hands plunged into hot water.

Be sure you are in a moderately warm room with a temperature of at least 70°F. Otherwise, keep your hands under a blanket. Never try to force or hurry anything. Just make the pictures and repeat the phrases.

As the blood vessels relax and dilate in your hands, more blood flows in, making your hands heavier and warmer. During this process, you unconsciously sink into a deeper state of relaxation and suggestibility.

At this point, the subconscious is able to accept vivid and powerful images of the state of health (or any other goal) that you wish to give it.

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RELIEVING COLD SYMPTOMS WITH ACUPRESSURE

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

To practice this ancient Japanese healing therapy, place both thumbs, nails up, parallel on the table. Now press gently but firmly while making a rotating motion with the thumbs. Hold the pressure for eight seconds, then release. When you apply this to any part of the body, you are practicing acupressure.

To relieve cold symptoms, begin by applying pressure to the center of your forehead directly above the nose. Then, separating the thumbs, begin to press with a single thumb on each side of the bridge of the nose opposite the corner of each eye. Continue working on down the face, next to the nose, at half-inch intervals. You should be massaging with one thumb on each side of the nose, applying pressure for eight seconds in one spot before moving on to the next.

If you find it easier, you may use a fingertip in place of a thumb. Under no circumstances use pressure on the eyes themselves.

Now, using the tips of the third and fourth fingers instead of the thumbs, use the same pressure and motion to massage the top of the head. Then massage the center of the crown and work on down to the back of the neck.

Massaging these key pressure points will invariably bring soothing relief from sinus pain, congestion and headache for periods of thirty to forty-five minutes or more.

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THE NUTRITIONAL APPROACH

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Supportive nutrition is essential if the immune system is to end viral infection swiftly. A number of small-scale studies all appear to confirm that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are partly responsible for suppression of the immune system which prolongs the severity and duration of colds and flu.

Other studies are showing that whenever the body is stressed by an infection, key nutrients such as vitamins A and C, and the mineral zinc, may be depleted more rapidly than the average diet can replenish them. This deficiency then further lowers immunocompetence. Although results are preliminary, these studies are consistent with the existence of a public health problem of deficiency in nutrients that support immunocompetence.

Unless at least 80 percent of your diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes, your body may be unable to absorb sufficient essential nutrients from the food you cat. Recent surveys have

shown that a high intake of polyunsaturated fat, in the form of pressed vegetable oils, can be immunosuppressive while the Standard American Diet with its emphasis on meat fats, dairy foods, eggs, fried foods and other animal products tends to be deficient in such key nutrients as vitamins A and C and zinc. Each of these appears essential to a high level of immunocompetence. Even if your diet were nutritionally adequate, such influences as sugar, saturated fats, alcohol, caffeine, The Pill, diuretics and other medications or stimulants can inhibit absorption of key nutrients.

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DEFENDERS CAUGHT UNPREPARED

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

When it resurfaces in man, the human immune system is caught completely unprepared and a sudden, widespread epidemic occurs. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 was the worst pestilence to afflict the human race. Over half a million died in the U.S., and thirty million more elsewhere on this planet. Another 50,000 died in 1957 when Asian Flu hit the U.S. and infected 45 million Americans. Scientists have identified three types of influenza virus.

•TYPE A is the most frequent and severe. Its subtypes are also the most subject to variation. Type A variants have been responsible for almost every major pandemic, including the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Asian Flu of 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu of 1968. Type A variants continue to cause flu epidemics every two to three years and it is the most common flu type encountered in the U.S. during winter.

•TYPE B causes local flu outbreaks, especially in spring or summer. Because it is less subject to variations, there are no important subtypes. However, Type B viruses do experience mutational drifts that can cause devastating new strains to appear every few years.

•TYPE C is rarely encountered nowadays.

Variants of each type are named for the major surface protein and for the proteins that induce immune response against the virus. The two major proteins are hemagglutinin (“H”) and neuraminidase (“N”). Thus H1N1 is a recent subtype that was identified in Chile in 1981, while H3N2 surfaced in the Philippines in 1983.

Although by itself flu is a self-limiting ailment and is rarely fatal, complications present a potentially serious risk to the elderly, the chronically ill and to some pregnant women; to those with chronic lung diseases such as tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis and emphysema; or to patients with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, cystic fibrosis or obesity.

As with the common cold, the severity and duration of influenza appears related to the victim’s immunocompetence. A person with a strong immune system may recover from flu in only four or five days while the infection can persist for ten days or more in a person with a compromised immune system.

In, say, a forty-year-old adult with an average immune system, fever typically lasts three days, after which symptoms gradually ameliorate. However, even though you may suddenly feel well, it’s advisable to schedule an extra day of rest at home in case of a relapse.

Although influenza is responsible for a whole catalog of miseries, one thing it does not cause is so-called “intestinal flu.” This term is commonly used to describe a variety of gastrointestinal ailments, such as persistent indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea, which people believe are caused by a flu-like virus. However, the comparison is inaccurate. Neither flu nor cold viruses produce any kind of gastrointestinal dysfunction nor are these problems related to the aftermath of a cold or flu.

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ANTI-HEADACHE TECHNIQUE #18: LIVE A HEADACHE-FREE LIFESTYLE. STOP SMOKING

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Not only is smoking a suicidal, health-wrecking habit but it is one of the major causes of all types of headaches. No one can feel completely safe from headaches until he or she has quit smoking for good.

Space prevents our giving a complete stop-smoking strategy. But we do know that more people are addicted to nicotine than to all street and prescription drugs combined, and that smoking is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Nicotine stimulates production of beta-endorphin and certain neurotransmitters that cause alertness, arousal, a feeling of pleasure, and freedom from pain and anxiety.

What smokers fail to realize is that regular daily exercise, such as a brisk five-mile walk, provides exactly the same level of alertness, arousal, and a feeling of pleasure, and freedom from pain and anxiety as does smoking, all without the health risks of smoking. (All smokers should have their doctor’s permission before taking up exercise.)

Additionally, most stop-smoking authorities advise switching from smoking to chewing a nicotine-based gum like Nicorettes. The goal is then to gradually break your addiction to the gum—a task made much easier when you exercise daily.

The many other steps you can take are described in books or arc taught in the clinics. Don’t be afraid of gaining a few pounds. To equal the health risk of smoking, you would have to be 120 pounds overweight. And if you do slip up, begin to quit smoking again immediately. Don’t take a second cigarette. A single slip won’t wreck your intuitions.

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