Archive for January, 2013

DEET sprays can melt plastic bags and fishing lines. Doesn't that make you wonder what it can do to you?

Commercial bug sprays contain the chemical permethrin which is a neurotoxin. Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia spent 30 years researching the effects of pesticides. He discovered that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair cell function in parts of your brain.
When rats had their skin treated with the average human dosage of DEET, they performed far worse than control rats on physical tests requiring muscle control, strength, and coordination. This is consistent with reports of symptoms after the military used DEET in the Persian Gulf War. Exposure causes neurons to die in several parts of your brain including areas that control muscle movement, memory, concentration, and learning.
Heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides can cause eye and skin irritation, memory loss, headaches, weakness, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, nausea, tremors, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear months or even years after use.

The following are two effective repellent recipes using essential oils which are natural and will not cause brain damage:

General repellent:

  • 6 drops of peppermint oil
  • 6 drops of melaleuca oil
  • 9 drops of citronella
  • Dilute with water 20:80 and apply to exposed skin as needed.
  • Avoid eyes.

Mosquito repellent:

  • 6 drops lemon
  • 6 drops peppermint
  • 6 drops eucalyptus radiata
  • 6 drops lemongrass
  • Dilute with water 20:80 and apply to exposed skin as needed.
  • Avoid eyes.

Lavender and peppermint oils reduce insect-bite-induced itching and infection.

*Substituting essential oils other than Young Living may give different results.

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'When you ask your body a question, listen for the awareness – not the answer.  An answer feels like a solidity; it’s based on everyone else’s point of view.  The awareness is an expansive universe that creates more ease for you and your body.  You’ve got to be willing to listen.  You might ask, “What would it take for me to have the awareness?”

People don’t ask questions because they are unwilling to be ambiguous.  As long as you’re unwilling to be ambiguous, you aren’t able to ask questions.  A great deal of what we think we like has more to do with other people’s reality than our own, because we’re not willing to be ambiguous about what we like.  If you have absolutely no fixed point of view, you have total choice.  But as long as you have an ounce of fixed point of view, you have no choice.'    Right Body for You by Gary Douglas


So what is the difference between awareness and answers?

Could it be ….awareness is non-cognitive.

Answers are cognitive. We are taught in this reality to look for the right or wrong…good or bad…the yes or no.  What if the Body does not understand the cognitive yes and no? What if this is THE key to your communion and embodiment of joy, peace and calmness?

For me and my precious Body it is such a space of joy to gather with other Bodies and Beings in the Access Consciousness Body Process classes. As the Bodies bring their Beings to these classes, we all co-create a spaciousness for both Body and Being and sharing these energies…non-cognitive energies that Bodies have so been desiring to attain balance and joy within. To see the Bodies emerge from these classes with an energetic glow and confidence and expansion. For me it is such a blessing!

Blessing you BIGGER than I 'Know' how,

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Nutritional Solutions for Depression and Mood Disorders Part II

Depression and mood disorders are characterized by extreme feelings. These feelings can include feelings of dejection, sadness, and emptiness. Symptoms can include poor appetite accompanied by inadequate diet and weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain: insomnia or excess sleep; changes in usual activities; loss of interest; fatigue; loss of concentration and feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.

In certain cases depression is indeed appropriate to a life event. To be diagnosed as depression, the depressed state must  be experienced for at least one month and should be defined as inappropriate to one’s life’s events. The causes of depression are categorized as psychological, sociological, biochemical or physiological. Specifically, they can include an overreaction to one's life’s events or to stress, lack of sunlight during the winter months (Seasonal Affective Disorder), poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, allergies, environmental and microbial factors or any serious physical disorder.

Good nutrition is a vital part to appropriate psychiatric care. Studies have shown that nutrients can profoundly influence biochemistry and brain activity. Among nutritionally oriented doctors, it is believed that diet is often the cause of depression and that our Western diet –which emphasizes junk food, snacking, processed foods and poor eating styles- is the primary contributor to mood disorders.

Some Nutritional Lifestyle Suggestions

vAvoid Caffeine and sugar. Research is showing many individuals experience a wonderful lift emotionally after eliminating caffeine and sugar from their diets.

vIncrease your consumption of tryptophan-rich foods. L-tryptophan is an amino acid that essentially is responsible for the production of serotonin, which is the part of our brain chemistry that can elevate mood and assist in normal sleep. Research has shown that in depressed individuals, the transportation of tryptophan maybe inhibited. A complex carbohydrate rich meal has been shown to facilitate the body’s ability to absorb tryptophan. Some tryptophan rich foods include turkey,raw  milk, bananas, figs, and dates.

vAvoid over processed and rancid fats. Bad fats can inhibit the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain,and can cause the blood cells to clump together resulting in poor circulation to the brain. On the other hand, healthy fats, like organic extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil, raw organic butter and avocados ensure vascular flexibility and improved circulation.

Eating quality proteins that contain essential fatty acids can increase alertness. Some foods that contain essential fatty acids are wild caught salmon, sardines, organic almonds and sunflower seeds. Please make these organic whenever possible.

vIncrease your exercise. We keep hearing that gentle exercise done 3-4 times a week will make a great deal of difference in one’s ability to balance a mood disorder. Studies show a decrease in depression with an increase in movement and exercise.

vStudies have also shown the benefits of appropriate supplementation with whole food vitamins, systemic enzymes, Essential Fatty Acids and minerals. Why Ziquin

Some food sources that are rich in nutrients to support balance moods and healthy out look on life include:
vSpinach and Kale- source of folic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and calcium
vSweet peppers- source of Vitamin B6
vBroccoli- source of folic acid, riboflavin, Vitamin C, and calcium
vParsley- source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, and riboflavin

We at Self-Health Essentials support you in making these simple action steps in gaining balance and peace of mind. Please know this information is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your health care provider.These are suggestions to begin as you gather your many resources.

We wish you much success in your Self-Health journey.
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