The Power Of Positivity

Today I am here to declare that positivity is a unique way of healing and its power is incredible. Positive thinking and self-control is perhaps the key to healthy life and longevity. If you want to live long and happy then you MUST think positive and make people smile more often around you. Sometimes the main cause of many diseases is hidden behind negative feelings, depression, stress, and sadness. Once you break them down into pieces and decide to turn your life into an inspiring adventure you choose positivity and therefore you heal and save yourself from a number of demons and health problems that tend to devour you by all means. Your body needs warmth, your heart needs subtle feelings, your soul needs active lifestyle and your brain needs reasonableness. When you satisfy all your needs you become strong enough to help many other people who struggle with anxiety, sadness, and stress.

What is Positivity?

Positivethinking_pinSince you already know that your lifestyle seeks for a radical change or changes, let’s discover what positivity is in order to bring it to our life. Well, from the scientific point of view stimulating neurons in the brain’s hippocampus that are normally activated by pleasurable experiences, protects mice from the depressive consequences of stress. That is to say when you experience something happy, pleasantly exciting and tender, your brain sends positive signals and your heart feels much more love, warmth, and joyful feelings. Nothing is more important for a person than being happy and healthy. Of course, there are days when we want to stay alone with our thoughts and lock ourselves from surroundings. Actually, that’s normal and there is nothing harmful in this. It’s a common necessity for the human soul and brain. But when you notice that it becomes a habit you must stop and think for a while. What am I doing? This is not normal. A person should be as positive as possible in any situation. Even if people think that you are a bit crazy you should still keep up with that catching attitude. It is useful not only for you but also for many weak people that fight against incurable diseases. You can become an awesome inspiration with your positive way of thinking. Let’s say that such people differ from the rest and they stand out in the crowd with their uniqueness. Positive people seem to be very strong and they actually love the life they live because they have chosen to live the way they like. They spend more time on kind activity than on sad loneliness. They are lovely, always kind and smiley. While they have many problems too, they still understand that everything is temporary in this life and they should do their best to take only the kindness and positivity from it. If you think that your life is too gloomy, it makes you unhappy or something goes wrong, then change the channel of the river and start doing all you love. Quit the job that annoys you, leave people alone that seem to be psychological vampires eating your blood and nerves by their negative attitude and lifestyle. Start contacting with those who think the same way as you. Travel as much as possible and spend your time only on the most beautiful things. Hold on your dreams and make them come true by all means. Try to find new ways to discover your own talents as you have them and they are a big source of positivity that will fill your heart and soul. Finally, forgive and love to be forgiven and loved!

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Alkaline Water Truth

If you want to know the truth about natural alkaline water then you are in the right place. This time we will find out the benefits or useless ideas about the alkaline water that’s becoming more and more popular in the modern medicine. So, let’s first discover what alkaline water is and then pass on to the details.

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is a type of water that possesses a higher, less-acidic pH due to having fewer hydrogen ions. They say that this water has the power to do anything from preventing cancer and fighting off illness to simply increasing energy, all by altering the pH of the drinker’s body. That’s why it is widely used by many people. However, the scientific community is fighting back by claiming that, like most cure-alls, alkaline water actually cures nothing.

What Does Alkaline Water Do?

alkaline water

The amazing health benefits of nothing but pure drinking water

Now, as you know what alkaline water is, we can learn what it can do. Alkaline water is able to protect the body from toxins and improve overall health due to its being less acidic than tap water. It can be useful for athletes because it is thought to neutralize the buildup of lactic acid in the blood and aid in recovery. Actually, everyone can drink this water but the human body, when healthy, does a really good job of regulating the blood’s pH. While it hasn’t been scientifically proven, it also hasn’t been disproven whether alkaline water heals or not. One of the claims is that alkaline water can decrease the acidity of the body. It is possible that alkaline water may make sudden changes in blood pH, but the body has a fierce regulation system that is hard to destabilize. Another claim is that this water can help with exercise recovery and protects from toxins. So theoretically, alkaline water is considered to be free of potentially harmful compounds. As for the idea that alkaline water detoxifies your body, that’s really true. Thus, here is the truth; alkaline water isn’t bad for you, but it’s actually not much better than regular ol’ tap water. It’s safe to drink this water as it hasn’t been reported to cause any health issues. This means that you can keep up with the latest trendy drinks and beverages.

Alkaline Results

Some of the doctors who trust on the advantages and useful components of the alkaline water claim that it helped their patients deal with the symptoms of kidney stones, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia. Some of them believe that this is thanks to alkaline water’s effects on blood viscosity, a potential risk factor for heart disease that’s affected by dehydration. However, it’s known that the most efficient absorption of alkaline water happens when you’ve got a mix of electrolytes, simple sugars, and, of course, water. In case your stomach reacts sensitively to more acidic drinks, like coffee, you can use alkaline water more often as it comes with a soothing effect. It will make your stomach feel better and help you get rid of unpleasant feelings around it.

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 best apps for the big event | Fox News

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 best apps for the big event | Fox News

On August 21, 2017, North America will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon completely covers the Sun.

In the U.S., the path of the total eclipse will extend from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

If you’re not in the relatively narrow 70-mile-wide path of totality, you will see a partial solar eclipse.

Here a few of the top apps that allow you to prepare for and follow the eclipse.

PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Total Solar Eclipseby Exploratorium:livestreaming of the event. Telescopes will be aimed at the eclipse from locations in Oregon and Wyoming.

You can view five simultaneous video streams including live coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators and NASA scientists and a 3-hour live telescope view of the full eclipse as seen from Oregon.

Price: free on the App Store and Google Play

Solar Eclipse by Redshift:this offers four different interactive viewing simulations: from your current location, from the best location, from the earth’s orbit, and from the Sun.

Price: $1.99 on the App Store, free on Google Play.

WHAT CAUSES A SOLAR ECLIPSE?

Smithsonian Eclipse 2017by Simulation Curriculum: includes a live NASA stream of the eclipse and an interactive eclipse map, which gives times of partial and maximum eclipses from locations across the U.S.

Track the shadow of the moon and simulate the eclipse from any location on earth.

Price: free on the App Store and Google Play.

Eclipse Megamovie:The project will gather images of the total solar eclipse from over 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers, as well as the general public then stitch [the] media assets together to create [a]continuous view of the total eclipse as it crosses the United StatesPoint your phone in the right direction during the eclipse and the app takes the picture for you, according to the app’s Web page.

Price: Free on the App Store and Google Play.

Sun Seeker:3D Augmented Reality Viewer: there’s a flat compass view and an augmented reality 3D view showing the solar path, its equinox, and winter and summer solstice paths.

A widget shows daily solar data and position on an arc.

Price: $9.99 on the App Store and $7.49 Google Play.

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWERS SPARK OREGON TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

Solar Eclipse Timer:A talking timer that walks you through the eclipse if you’re within the narrow 70-mile wide path of totality. The app page says it’s like having your own personal astronomer.

Price: $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/18/total-solar-eclipse-2017-6-best-apps-for-big-event.html

On 18 Aug, 2017 By Brooke Crothers

What Is Happiness?

Millions of theories, thousands of ideas, hundreds of definitions and countless quotations about happiness! Are they all true or something is missing between them? Do people really know what happiness is? Perhaps this one of the most difficult questions you may be asked during your lifetime. You may give different answers at different stages and ages of your life, because you ALWAYS look for happiness. Once you find it, you start thinking that something could be better. So, was that happiness? While I may explain what happiness is for me, it could be something different for you. However, there is an exact answer to this question because nothing remains unexplainable. Actually happiness and inner peace come together. A funny joke tells that happiness is when idiots make you laugh instead of annoying. But are idiots our main problem? All we need from this life is love and peace. They are the secret of happiness. Well, this is perhaps an individual approach towards the question. Probably your happiness is your mom’s laughter or your own health. Whatever it is, we always tend to connect it with our physical, financial or spiritual/psychological condition. That’s why our approaches towards happiness differ.

Finding Happiness

If you find out what happiness is, will it change something in you, in your lifestyle or in your way of thinking? First, think what it will give you. If you really want to meet with happiness face to face then let me tell you that you should decide whether it’s a phenomenon, person or any other idea. Here is the answer for those who look for a spiritual concept in it. Happiness is the same state of being blessed. And if you are blessed by God then your life goes the way it should. You are pleased with everything you have and you do your best to make everyone happy around you by sharing this secret. Everyone can get happiness if they stop relying on the temporary things. Because when you understand that everything is temporary and nothing lives forever besides God’s blessings, you choose happiness instead of time-to-time changing happy states. It’s once and for a lifetime. You can’t find and lose it eventually. You can’t suspect on its being happiness. You must be sure that you are happy and no one can take it away from you because it’s given by God and his unconditional love will always be with you. Money can’t buy you happiness, people can’t give you happiness just because you live (they always expect something instead of anything they give including you) and finally, you can’t create it yourself. If God is not with you, then you are all alone in your temporary happy life.

As a Conclusion I offer the following proverbs from Bible.

Proverbs 3:5-18

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.[a]

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,

and do not resent his rebuke,

12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,

as a father the son he delights in.[b]

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,

those who gain understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver

and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;

nothing you desire can compare with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand;

in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,

and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;

those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 8:32-36

32 Now then, my children, listen to me;

blessed are those who keep my ways.

33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;

do not disregard it.

34 Blessed are those who listen to me,

watching daily at my doors,

waiting at my doorway.

35 For those who find me find life

and receive favor from the Lord.

36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;

all who hate me love death.

Ten Natural Cancer Treatments

Cancer is, by all means, a highly serious matter. There are those who believe in chemotherapy while others don’t like to waste time in such treatments owing to the lack of faith in them. Nature has always been the best alternative to science. If you manage to treat yourself naturally in the early stages; you will have the chance of living a long and happy life without the dreadfulness of cancer. On the other hand, by using the natural cures, you are likely to prevent cancer from happening. Top ten natural cancer treatments include the following:

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Best Natural Cancer Treatments

  1. Gerson Therapy and Juicing

This natural treatment for cancer is based on the following essentials:

  • Organic foods
  • Coffee enemas
  • Raw juices
  • Beef liver
  • Natural supplements

This therapy is basically based on revitalizing the human body’s natural healing abilities. There are absolutely no damaging side effects associated with this therapy. The human immune system is boosted up with energy to fight against cancer along with degenerative diseases like heart disease and arthritis. The therapy has different elements for various purposes. For instance; coffee enemas are meant for detoxification. Your body is kept stress free and detoxified from all kinds of toxins. Following are some of the natural supplements included in this remedy:

  • Lugol’s solution
  • Pancreatic enzymes
  • Potassium compound
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Vitamin B-12

  1. The Budwig Protocol

Replacement of your fatal processed oils and fats with natural fatty acids leads to the rejuvenation of your cells. According to Doctor Budwig’s research; consumption of a mixture of flaxseeds, cottage cheese and flaxseed oil provides the best results of rebuilding and rejuvenation of the human body cells.

Cottage cheese is highly rick in saturated fats and sulfur protein whereas the flax is filled with electrons. The amazing combination of these elements leads to easy assimilation and absorption of the aforementioned vitals by the human body.

  1. Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy

Pancreatic proteolytic enzymes are the true representation of the human body’s primary defense against the deadly disease of cancer. A therapy of such is high on protein and bases itself on consumption of a holistic diet for the creation of a sound internal environment. This is the perfect environment to trigger the self healing process of human body.

  1. Vitamin C Chelation

Chelation therapy is based on usage of natural compounds and chemicals for the elimination of poisonous metals from the human body. The therapy is known for having anti-oxidating effects for very long periods of time. The patients can consume edibles with high levels of Vitamin C along with this therapy in order to fight cancer or prevent it altogether.

  1. Frankincense Essential Oil Therapy

Doctor Budwig has recommended usage of Essential oil therapy to fight against cancerous tumors. This therapy is known for its effectiveness in eliminating cancer. The treatment has been proved effective in the following kinds of clinical treatments:

  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer

The oil basically helps in regulation of cellular epigenetic functions which in turn causes the genes to trigger self-healing processes. Frankincense Oil is rather expensive but has so many other health benefits.

  1. Probiotic Foods and Supplements

Porbiotics are microorganisms known for promoting a highly natural balance in the intestinal microflora. These enhance your digestive functions along with the absorptions of miners. A leaky gut can be healed with their consumption. All of these processes ultimately help in preventing cancer. You can consume priobiotic foods like cheese and kefir for this.

  1. Sunshine and Vitamin D3

You can keep your body healthy and free of cancer as long as you have the support of fat soluble vitamins and minerals in it. Vitamin D3 has been suggested as a huge help owing to recent research studies. The biggest source of this vitamin is natural sunlight whereas you have the option of taking supplements as well.

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is amazing is stopping cancer in the tracks and its effectiveness is particularly high for treatments of breast cancer, skin cancer and colon cancer.

  1. Oxygen Therapy

The major cause of cancer is regarded as the deficiency of oxygen. This leads to creation of an acidic environment in the body. Cancer cells are anaerobic in nature. This clearly means that cancer cells cannot survive in an environment with high levels of oxygen. The oxygen therapy is based on this very same principle.

  1. Prayer and Peace

Prayer brings in faith and that basically reduces stress. Prayer has the ability to trigger healing processes owing to the immense power of your brain. Mental peace and a focuses living are two essentials of preventing cancer. Keep your stress to the minimum.

These natural cancer cures are available and though some may or may not have differing results, these are so much better to attempt that other types of chemical therapy.

There are also other remedies for cancer;

Herbal Remedies For Cancer

Proven Alternative Cancer Treatments

I battled Scoliosis and won – can modifed Pilates help you, too?

Aloha! My name is Lahela Hekekia. I am excited to tell you my story. And if you have Scoliosis or some other painful issue that you’d like to see change for the better, I’d love to hear from you! You can check out my websites http://www.lahelafit.com and also https://holistictherapiesdirectory.com/united-states/honolulu/fitness/lahela-hekekia.

I had Scoliosis from childhood and was told at age 10 that there was nothing I could do about it. Well, at age 40, I proved that assertion wrong. I used modified Pilates, Osteopathic Sciences, and therapeutic bodywork to change my spine – and along with that, I changed the hips, feet, and more. Please do keep in mind that there was no quick-fix or miracle cure, it was a lot of work. And it involved discovering a lot of information that wasn’t talked about much in the medical field. But I had the pleasure of convincing a local Neurosurgeon who does spinal surgeries that there are therapeutic options that he had not previously considered for pre-and post-surgery. Now, I help clients to see things in a very simple way. The concepts are simple. The exercises start out simple. Complexity builds based on the client’s individual needs and experiences. The most important thing is daily effort.

The journey was not without pain! At age 19, I started to get chronic pain and didn’t know what it was like to NOT have a headache and back ache, by age 23. By age 28, I decided to leave what felt like a debilitating desk job, to devote my energies to finding some natural answer to pain. So I started out by studying therapeutic massage, eventually getting a state license and a certification by NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). In my 30s, I discovered Pilates and noticed after two months, that chronic pelvic pain which had bothered me for several years was gone. That convinced me to pursue teaching Pilates. However, it was clear that standard Pilates did not adequately address Scoliosis, so I worked with a renowned Physiotherapist from Canada (Anne Dawson), and she encouraged me to keep figuring things out for myself. In 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Chip Abbadessa, who decided to take an x-ray. After looking at it, he said, Do you mean to tell me that you used to have Scoliosis?

Used to?

Well, it wasn’t a perfect spine, but greatly changed – and now it’s 2017. I’ve been fine-tuning ever since and realized what we with Scoliosis all have in common. I even convinced a Neurosurgeon who does spinal surgeries to consider guiding clients towards Physical Therapy in ways that he had not previously realized would be helpful. Over the years, I’ve attracted clients with all kinds of spinal issues including spinal cord injury, Stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal), and Spondylolisthesis (a forward slippage of a vertebra). As well as hip-related issues such as Sciatica. And also, lots of interesting foot conditions – including people with only one foot after an accident. I get referrals from Physicians, Chiropractors, and physical therapists (post-PT and also during PT). As well as sports coaches.

When someone comes to see me one-on-one, that is where I can really help them to understand how to address their Scoliosis. Hands-on really helps. Occasionally I have done a group class/workshop, usually for clients who have seen me for private lessons already. I’m looking forward to developing webinars and podcasts for a bit of an intro. You might be curious now, so here are some questions which might already be in your head I posted an earlier blog on http://www.lahelafit.com an another article on my website: https://holistictherapiesdirectory.com/articles/what-is-scoliosis-and-can-i-do-something-about-it-96

1. Q: What is Scoliosis? A: It’s categorized as an abnormal curve of the spine, which can be anywhere from mild to severe. But Scoliosis is so much more. It affects the entire body – your feet, ankles, knees, hips, ribs, shoulders, arms, hands even your internal organs. http://scoliosissystems.com/scoliosis/scoliosis-affects-the-entire-body/.

In fact, I learned an immensely valuable exercise from my old Osteopath – Teresa Denney, D.O. (RIP), which proved to me that Scoliosis was affecting my bladder – yes, and after 10 days of constant pain, a few minutes of this exercise made it go away. (This was before I started studying Pilates or any other method). I show this one often in one on one sessions, and occasionally in a group class if it seems helpful. I’m so thankful to Dr. Denney for this simple exercise. Would you like to learn it? I’d love to know. Let’s connect!

2. Q: You say, you changed your own Scoliotic spine? A. Yes – with daily work. You are retraining your body to hold itself in space as you sit, stand, and move. You could view it in the same lens as this: To run a marathon, or get better at your favorite sport, you train specifically for it. I’m training people specifically to strengthen chronically weak muscles and release tension in chronically tight/dominant muscles.

3. Q: How do you approach Scoliosis, then, Lahela? A: I show you a very simple way to understand and approach the condition. I show you exercises that have been life-changing for myself – including a different way of breathing. And I encourage you to work at it daily. In personal sessions, I also tend to use hands-on bodywork to help you find more ease of movement.

I explain to clients how to approach Scoliosis, in a way that Physicians and Physical Therapists apparently are not doing. A lot of it is based in Osteopathic Sciences. I also get to know you in order to find the way to connect with the way you learn – whether you’re a visual learner or need lots of detailed anatomies. Whether you benefit most from a gentle approach, or a bit more nudging. I work with the very unique YOU. It also helps to know that the person working with you has lived through the process – so it isn’t just theoretical.

I have worked with many different levels, including people who have had spinal fusion surgeries. If it’s a severe or complicated case, it would be in your best interest to be referred to a qualified Osteopathic Physician (or other Physician) and/or Physical Therapist (PT) first for assessment and directions to me.

4. Q: What causes Scoliosis: A: Sometimes we can spot a potential cause, but it’s often unknown. Many people are diagnosed (by x-ray) in childhood or puberty, while others develop Scoliosis in adulthood. Theories abound, including injury; viral infections; structural abnormalities at birth; muscular imbalances that accumulate over time; spinal degeneration with age, and uneven development during puberty. Hereditary factors may also play a role. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scoliosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20193699

One-sided athletic pursuits do seem to play a role as well. GOLF and TENNIS come to mind. This is just something I’ve noticed personally. When I show you why, you’ll agree that it’s all very simple to understand.

5. What are some visible signs of Scoliosis? A. Here are three: a) Uneven shoulders and hips. b) One leg appearing to be longer than the other. c) A rib hump.

Many people with Scoliosis will notice these symptoms, although not necessarily pain. http://www.umm.edu/programs/spine/health/guides/adult-scoliosis. Here’s a helpful test that you can do at home, with some help: Do a slight forward-bend and have someone run their fingers along the spine to detect a lateral curvature or that rib hump. If your loved one has some or all of these signs and also complains of discomfort, I highly recommend making an appointment with your Doctor for an x-ray and diagnosis, especially to see if there are any complications.

6. Q: What are some risks of having Scoliosis? A: There are several, especially as we age:

a) According to Stott International in 2011 (now Merrithew Health and Fitness), we were quoted this statistic in a workshop: About 75% of women with Scoliosis age 65 and over have an osteoporosis fracture in the spine. They did not elaborate as to whether this also included very mild cases, but what a scary statistic. Osteoporosis and Scoliosis do often go hand-in-hand. http://www.hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com/scoliosis-and-osteoporosis/. And Osteoporosis fractures are often in the spine. One could infer that the abnormal curve, plus gravity, affects the spine to make it more prone to fracture, especially if the bones are thinning.

b) Often, Scoliosis comes with chronic pain – and I was certainly a statistic years ago. https://www.treatingscoliosis.com/adult-scoliosis/. From age 19, I had a lot of back pain – and it usually got really bad during exams. From my mid-20s into my mid-30’s, I had a lot of chronic pelvic pain, too. All this chronic pain went away within the first couple of months of daily Pilates, but it wasn’t just from attending classes. It was also because I spent a lot of time improving my posture. Here’s an article talking about how Scoliosis deserves special consideration. https://www.healthcentral.com/article/scoliosis-deserves-special-consideration

c) Severe cases of Scoliosis can even affect breathing and other organ function. http://www.umm.edu/programs/spine/health/guides/adult-scoliosis. Therefore, it may be medically advisable to have surgery. That is between you and your Physician. Spinal surgeries, however, generally will not address what has been happening in the pelvis, knee joints, feet, etc., nor the muscle imbalances that have developed from holding yourself and moving a certain way for a long time. So there are still things we can work on, after getting medical clearance. I have worked with several people who have had spinal fusion surgery, following whatever protocols they have from their Physician.

d) Sports injury. It’s just a given, that an imbalance in the body can make us susceptible to sports injury – and Scoliosis is basically a chronic imbalance that can worsen over time. We may lean more to one side of the body. Muscles don’t do their job ideally. Joints are not as well-protected. All of this also affects mobility and flexibility. Chronic imbalances set up a vicious cycle of over- and under-use, and the end result can be an injury that side-lines you from your favorite sport. In my many years of running, all of my injuries were on the right side, including: an inguinal hernia, shin splints, ankle sprains,stress fractures in the foot and tibia (lower leg), and Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome. In my personal and professional opinion, those were symptoms of the bigger picture – Scoliosis. Here’s an interesting article on Scoliosis and sports. https://www.laserspineinstitute.com/back_problems/scoliosis/causes/sports/?source=Google-DSA-Conditions-PPC&cpao=7776&gclid=CKfquqqck9MCFRRufgodVGgMjg

7. Q: Can medications help with Scoliosis? A: Well – Not really, except mask the pain.

If the doctor prescribes pain medications – that will lessen the sensation, but it will not target the root cause. And the curvature could worsen as you age (with degeneration of spine and disks). In the case of osteoporosis, specific medications may help prevent bone loss, but they won’t improve the curvature that already exists – and apparently they don’t reduce fracture risk, since the biggest risk is falling. Meds also come with side effects. Dr. Mercola has voiced some concerns about osteoporosis medications – some food for thought. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/28/did-merck-trick-you-into-buying-fosamax-with-an-imaginary-disease.aspxThat said, talk to your doctor about all options and risks, then decide together.

8. Q: Can surgery fix Scoliosis? A: It would be more accurate to say that surgery addresses critical risks that your Physician deems necessary but does not magically fix the spine into a perfect thing – and other issues are created.

To my knowledge, the best science offers us today (in 2017) is a type of fusion surgery. Necessarily, parts of the spine are immobilized. WebMD describes the surgery and risks, saying: The goal of surgery is not a perfectly straight spine but a balanced one, in which fusion prevents the curve from getting worse. This is an excellent and thorough article by Spine Health. This is something to discuss with your Physician because of perceived health risks. https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/spine-fusion-risks-and-complications

9. Q: What else can help with Scoliosis? A: I have seen great results from a combination of Chiropractic or Osteopathic work and muscle re-training for mild to moderate cases; and it may also benefit you to get the myofascial release, such as Rolfing.

BUT Before embarking on a new program, you should get a professional assessment. An xray will let you know if you have spinal degeneration or other complications. A posture/alignment analysis will help you understand your muscular imbalances. With that, you have a road map for your wellness plan, which may also include therapeutic massage, and exercise that is kind to your body.

If you have a severe and/or complicated case of Scoliosis, or had spinal fusion surgery, you may need physical therapy instead of me. At the very least, you will need medical clearance. I highly recommend doing that before embarking on any fitness program anyway – especially if you are experiencing chronic pain or undergoing pain management therapy.

10. Q: What do Scoliosis Management lessons involve? A: Very specialized exercises on the Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac, as well as changing the way you breathe, sit, stand and walk. YES, it involves a big lifestyle change.

a) To make meaningful changes, you must devote a little bit of time and energy to yourself every day, whether in the studio or at home.

b) There is a huge emphasis on Osteopathic Sciences.

c) The mental attitude is also highly focused. If you think you cannot, then your mind won’t give your body permission. If you think you can, that is a big part of the picture. If you find yourself getting frustrated, I am here to help pep you up. Be prepared to hit plateaus and brush off the frustration. The body will not always do what you want. Stay calm. Focus. Communicate between mind and body to note what you feel, how a particular movement feels today, and compare it with how you felt last week, last month, etc.

d) I give a lot of feedback from what I see with my eyes, and I also provide lots of cues, often hands-on. If you are not comfortable with hands-on cues, you are better off with someone else, because it is a big part of my practice.

e) My program also involves exercises which were devised by a physiotherapist and other specialists. And it includes modifications of standard Pilates exercises, because the standard exercises may actually encourage imbalances rather than help. Yes – especially on the Reformer.

f) These sessions are done one-on-one. So that you get my full attention, and I get yours. While I have on occasion done a workshop for a group, inevitably, everyone ends up getting different exercises to do because I simply must give everyone some attention. And as a result, everyone gets thinking about private lessons. One lady even asked to film it for her own purposes.

11. Q: How long will it take to improve? A: There is no easy answer.

Scoliosis is something that we will need to work on for life. We have unique bodies, different ages, varying jobs which tax our bodies accordingly (desk work, manual work), different diet and lifestyle habits, and widely divergent levels of ability to commit to muscle reconditioning (time, finances, etc.).

12. Q: Will Insurance cover sessions with me? A: No.

If you would like Insurance to cover your sessions, I will refer you to a Physical Therapist. You will need a prescription from your Physician. It would be up to your insurance company to determine if those sessions can be covered.

13. Q: Can I get a good result from a group class? A: The best way to do this is in a private lesson.

You will not get nearly the same results from a group class, even if you took that group class several times a week. Even in a regular Pilates class, those who take private lessons make leaps and bounds of improvement over those who take group lessons. Because you’re able to ask questions that you might not feel comfortable asking in a group. Because I can spot little nuances watching one person alone, instead of managing a group. Because we simply have more ways to connect one on one, including how you best relate to information. (Do you learn best by watching someone else move first? Do you like to hear detailed anatomy? Do you prefer metaphors and colorful mental imagery?)

14. Q: Can I take your class while receiving Physical Therapy or other treatments from someone else? A: That is up to your Physical Therapist and Physician.

If they allow it, then it is possible. Keeping in mind: you may be doing specific exercises in Physical Therapy that are different, and you may have specific limitations from your Physician. If their directions seem to be in conflict with my Method, then please – either finish their sessions first, or have specific written instructions from them to me. I want to work with your team, not against them.

15. Q: Do you use lifts for the foot while doing Pilates exercises on the Reformer? A: Absolutely not. This is dysfunctional and simply addresses an imbalance with another imbalance. Which then causes more issues of pain and injury.

If you’ve had experience doing Pilates on the Reformer, you most likely have done Footwork/Leg Presses while having feet on the Reformer. It’s usually the first thing you learn. If you have Scoliosis or a hip imbalance, you may have been told that one leg presents itself as longer than the other, or one hip higher than the other. However, it is dysfunctional to place a lift under one foot in an attempt to make the legs and hips seem to be even. This will result in some kind of injurious movement patterns that will create other problems.

Approaching Scoliosis in this misdirected way is based on an incomplete understanding of Anatomy. I have not seen too many people do this, but I have

The Natural Way to Meet Weight Loss Goals

Deciding to lose weight is easy. Sticking to weight loss goals is hard. You make a plan, set a goal, and you are off. Before you know it, you realize you wanted to lose five pounds yesterday. At this point, most people either give up or turn to short cuts. These short cuts are often unhealthy, or simply dangerous. Before you go for the nearest diet pill, consider the natural option. You can lose weight without pills or unhealthy habits.

The natural way to weight loss includes exercise, proper nutrition, and weight loss goal setting. You have all the tools to be successful. You have the will. You can fit in a few minutes a day to plan a meal and exercise. The only missing piece is the knowledge to pull it off. That is why I wrote this article.

The trick is not to give up. Take a deep breath and read on to find out what the perfect meal plan should consist of. It should be easy to implement these into daily diet plans.

Eat Meat for Protein and Fat Loss

Everyone loves Meat. But you need to be picky. Your meat should come from animals that have not been exposed to growth hormones, antibiotics, or synthetic drugs of any kind. Red Meat should come from grass fed, free-range cows. This will help if you have the ultimate goal of weight loss, or just to be healthy. Meat with growth hormone or antibiotics has a plethora of problems, namely weight gain. Extra growth hormone and drugs such as clenbuterol used to plump up and keep cows healthy can not only be bad for overall health but pack on the pounds.

Along the same lines, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, or anchovies should be incorporated into your weight loss diet. They provide the body with generous amounts of omega-3 oils and tend to keep you satisfied longer. The high amount of healthy fat will help you stay full. Being full allows you to not make rash decisions to grab a snickers bar, which will directly benefit your weight loss goals.

Cut Out Sugar

Too much sugar is unhealthy. Every premade food has some sugar added to it for flavor. From your ice coffee to the ‘natural’ cereal you eat. That means no to reach your goals in weight loss, you must cut out the processed food.

Sugar and the simple carbohydrates create a dramatic increase in blood sugar levels in the body, which leads to the secretion of insulin the hormone responsible for sugar to be stored as fat and increased cravings for more sugar.

Instead of carbohydrates and sugars from unhealthy sources, the diet should be fortified with copious amounts of organic fruits and natural sources of sweetness such as agave nectar or honey. These will modestly raise blood glucose levels and stave off the release of too much insulin. This is one of the best tips to lose weight naturally. Switching from sugar to foods naturally sweet will help you lose weight and become healthy.

Incorporate Healthy Fats

Believe it or not, there are such things as healthy fats that the body can readily turn into viable energy. Meal plans that incorporate omega-3s (as stated above with fish), as well as olive oil and coconut oil in moderate amounts, will help you feel full longer than other food types.

All Fruits and Vegetables Should Be Organic

The word organic should pop up any time you think about fruits or vegetables. Again, natural is the way to go to reach your weight loss goals. Weight loss goal setting can be a lot more simple if you plan to include organic. Some fruit like strawberries are simply toxic when not organic. It is unhealthy to skip organic for fruits and vegetables which have skin which allows the absorption of chemicals.

Pulling the Natural Method Together

All you need to remember to reach your weight loss goals is to keep it simple, and keep it natural. Do not worry abotu how much weight you have lost, or how quickly. Just remember to stick to a plan. Set yoru goals. Eat healthy. The weight loss will come, naturally.