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Quotes for Your Life
The "Wolves" Inside Us
One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said:"My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, fase pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:"Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
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I get letters:
"My husband and I have been on the candida/hypoglycemia program for 7 days and we are both absolutely ama.zed at the difference we feel already and in such a short time.
When I wake up in the morning, I am feeling rested and ready for the day. No longer do we get the “afternoon sleepies” and are sleeping much better at night. Increased energy levels are amazing.
I have not had the body aches and the lethargy/depression seem to have abated. Added benefit is we have both lost around 4 lbs in a week. We have been sticking to the diet pretty rigorously.
We did have one blip, which really brought home how bad refined sugar is. We went to a wedding Sunday and did well with the food, but broke down and had a piece of cake. We both had horrendous headaches the rest of the day into the evening and felt terrible. Lesson learned.
When I started the program, I figured a lot of the claims were hype, but if it worked half as well as claimed, I would be happy. Well, it works absolutely as well as stated on your website t.estimonials and we are true converts."
Deb C, Glendora, California
My name is Alene.
I have followed your program for the past 4 weeks for the candida or the yeast infection. I've seen great improvement in my health.
I'm able to basically walk again. My knees were so bad I couldn't walk up and down the stairs or sit in a chair. They are 100% better.
I've seen improvement in my hands, I have strength back into my hands that I can open jars and a full grip. My skin rash on the lower part of my body has gone away. It has cleared up some of the eczema, but I still have itching in the rectal area. It is better, but not completely gone.
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Your Brain and Chronic Illness - Illness Is NOT Due to Medication Deficiency -
Neuropsychiatric disorders are the number 1 disorders among all human dysfunctions on our planet today. Among those are depression, bipolar disorders, Alzheimer's, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, anxiety and dyslexia.
There are many other chronic illnesses that plague human kind today. Among those are digestive problems, diabetes, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, heartburn, high blood pressure, movement disorders, cardiovascular problems, chronic pain, cancer, etc.
Contemporary Western Medicine is pretty much symptom oriented and relies heavily on pharmacology to suppress symptoms. There seems to be a pharmaceutical substance to "cure" just about anything. The problem lies in the fine print, the many side effects, some of them quite dangerous. Your typical medical health care practitioner will hardly ever relate your illness and your symptoms to your lifestyle. Lack of movement or exercise, hours in front of the TV set or computer, coupled with copious amounts of junk food, sugar and carbohydrates, lack of adequate dietary protein and essential fatty acids, all this could not possibly contribute to your illness. The true reason for your ill health is most always a lack of pharmaceutical medications. (please note my Bitter Sarcasm.)
Look at the insanity of current television advertising in the US:
Heartburn is simply due to lack of the "purple pill". It could not possibly have anything to do with the foods you eat, your w.eight, the health of your digestive tract, your health history, your history of antibiotic use, or the state of your brain function. (please note my Bitter Sarcasm)
High blood pressure is simply due to the fact that you are old, getting old, or better yet, due to the fact that you do not consume enough blood pressure medication. It could not possibly be related to lack of exercise, the kinds of foods you eat, and to an imbalance in brain function. (please note my Bitter Sarcasm)
Depression, anxiety, manic-depressive disorders, ADD, ADHD ... we do not really know why they occur. The drug companies seem to have the right idea: It must have something to do with the brain. Oh, yes. God made a mistake: He failed to put enough Prozac into your breakfast cereal. But we can correct this easily. (please note my Bitter Sarcasm.)
And then there is Ritalin - a chemical relative to amphetamines. Cautious people call this "brain stimulant". Others call this "Speed". I was under the impression that we decided that amphetamines were not such a good idea for grown-ups. We actually put those in jail who make it or consume it. But amphetamines such as Ritalin are probably OK for our children and teenagers. Their developing brains can handle "Speed" better; it is actually good for them. (please note my Bitter Sarcasm.)
Fibromyalgia means that your muscles hurt. Muscles in Fibromyalgia patients tend to be tender to touch. They often feel tense. Current research indicates clearly that in most cases there is nothing wrong with the muscle tissues. There is no evidence of chronic inflammation of the muscles. The question becomes: why do the muscles hurt?
The perception and processing of pain information happens in your brain. Without your brain you could not experience pain. Phantom pain is an interesting example of how the brain works. People who have lost a leg, for example, will complain of toe pain on that side, even though they have no toes. How is that possible? All we can say: the area of the brain that represents the pain perception of the toes is activated. Why, we cannot state, at least not in this context. This leads to the subjective experience of pain, even though there are no pain fibers from the toes to the brain.
All sensory information from the periphery, including pain, is channeled through the Thalamus to the cortex. The Thalamus is the main relay for all incoming sensory information.
- Pain fibers are always "on"
Our brain has two functions with respect to pain perception. One area of the brain receives the incoming pain fibers from the periphery via the Thalamus in order to facilitate the experience of pain. Another area of the brain fires down to the Thalamus to inhibit and dampen that transmission of pain. The following is an important thing to remember: pain fibers, similar to other neurons, fire at all times. This is essential to their survival. If they did not fire, they would degenerate and eventually die.
- "Good" Brain inhibits pain perception
If it were not for the pain inhibition of the cortex, we would experience pain at all times. The problem arises when normal brain function declines in one or both brain hemispheres. The brain's capacity to inhibit pain perception would decline. This could lead to what we call intractable pain syndromes. The most difficult and frustrating cases for many of us in the health care field are those patients who present with these pain syndromes, with no history of trauma to explain them. These people simply hurt. Medication of varying strength has been used extensively, with less and less effectiveness.
The biggest mistake we all tend to make is to look only at the area of pain. There has to be an explanation for this person's suffering right there. When we cannot find a physical reason, we either give up, or we declare that it must be "psychological", that "it is all in your head". We give it fancy names such as "psychosomatic", etc.
Most of these names only cover up our helplessness and ignorance as to the true cause of their suffering. Actually, it may well be all "in their head". Besides looking at the area of pain, it is of vital importance to also investigate brain function. Once we understand that normal brain function is designed to inhibit pain perception, we must look for a way to evaluate the person's brain state. A neurological examination by a skilled chiropractic neurologist will easily reveal brain hemisphericity, the relative under-functioning of one brain hemisphere compared with the other.
Once we have determined that there is no pathology in the area of pain, or anywhere else for that matter, we then have to decide how to best increase the function of the under stimulated brain hemisphere. The strongest sensory feedback from the periphery to the brain is via large diameter myelinated nerve fibers (Ia fibers), especially those from joint mechanoreceptors and muscle spindles. Brain hemisphere specific chiropractic adjustments on the side of the body opposite to the brain hemisphericity are exquisite ways to activate the brain function where it is needed. The brain can also be stimulated with light, sound, smell, taste, movement, etc.
For a successful outcome it is vital that all therapies are brain based. Their application must have a sound neurological basis. If you stimulate the "wrong" side, you may end up making the brain hemisphericity worse. This may lead to increased pain perception.
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How to make your brain work better - Nutritional Support
For optimum brain function support, I have found the following to be very important:
- proper foods high in proteins
- reduced carbohydrate intake, especially grains, sugar and alcohol
- good digestive function
- adequate levels of essential vitamins and minerals
Consider completing Dr. Z's on-line Self Evaluation to review potential problems in those areas.
I have found the following nutritional supplements helpful in supporting brain and nervous system function:
How to make your brain work better - More Oxygen
Your brain is very sensitive to oxygen deficiency. Or to put it in another way: your brain needs oxygen more than any other part of your body. The brain weighs approximately 2% of total body weight, but uses approximately 20% of the oxygen you breathe.
- Adequate oxygen supply to the brain is critical for your health and well-being.
- With aging, we lose some of our capacity to utilize oxygen on the cellular level
- It is estimated that we lose 1% a year from the age 20 onward
- The older we get the more the issue of oxygen deficiency becomes important
The Personal Portable Oxygen Bar is a wonderful tool to provide more oxygen to your brain and other parts of your body, at least a few times a day. BEWOT - Brain Exercise with Oxygen Training is a great way to combine exercise with increased blood oxygenation. Please read my BEWOT webpage.
Be good to your brain!
Your brain will thank you for giving you a better and happier life experience.
BEWOT - simple and very effective anti-aging strategy.
Purchase the Personal Portable Oxygen Bar, you will not regret it