These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. Think of something as simple as your bathtub drain. If you allow too much hair to go into the drain, the bathtub will back up with water, stagnate and eventually bacteria and mold will grow. So is too with our bodies and the chakras. A bathtub is simple; it’s physical so the fix is easy.
Keeping a chakra open is a bit more of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance. Take for example, a wife, who has recently lost her husband. She develops acute bronchitis, which remains in the chest, and then gets chest pains each time she coughs. The whole heart chakra is affected in this case. If she realizes the connection between the loss and the bronchitis, healing will occur much faster if she honors the grieving process and treats that as well as the physical ailment.
The Chakras of Matter
The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine are chakras of matter. They are more physical in nature.
First Chakra: The Muladhara is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless.
Second Chakra: The Svadhisthana chakra is our creativity and sexual center. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression.
Third Chakra: The Manipura chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power.
The Fourth Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit
Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra, anahata is at the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection.
When we work through our physical chakras, or the first three, we can open the spiritual chakras more fully.
The Chakras of Spirit
Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha chakra is the fifth chakra, located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.
Sixth Chakra: The Ajna chakra is located in between the eyebrows. It is also referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth chakra will help you hone this ability.
Seventh Chakra: The Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the crown of the head.
Iodine is a trace element, which means that we don’t need a ton of it in order to function properly, but we still need it. The kicker is that the body doesn’t make it naturally, so we’ve got to get it from outside sources. Running low on it for long periods of time will result in Iodine Deficiency. This means you’ll be missing out on the following benefits, and also setting yourself up for certain conditions and diseases. Here are some of the things that Iodine can help with:
1. Improves Cognitive Abilities
It’s been shown that those with an impairment in cognitive function are brought up to speed on their Iodine levels there is an improvement that goes along with it. For most people their cognitive functioning is just fine, and this is due to getting enough Iodine on a regular basis. For those that have had a sinking suspicion that they are behind in both cognitive abilities and having low amounts of Iodine, it’s worth getting things checked out.
2. Detoxes Fluoride
You don’t want to consumer too much Iodine just to try to get rid of fluoride, but getting the right amount of Iodine will help to make sure that your body has the ability to combat the level of toxic fluoride. Fluoride accumulates in the body over time, so it’s good to be able to help neutralize it with Iodine, rather than letting it store up over several months of even years. The good news is that you are likely getting enough Iodine, so this is happening for most people automatically.
3. Improves Metabolism
Your thyroid is a major factor in regulating your metabolism, and if your Iodine levels are low, you run the risk of having an underactive thyroid, and therefore a sluggish metabolism. Get your Iodine levels to a good place and all else being equal you should see an increase in your metabolic rate. It’s always a good idea to get tested to see if you do indeed have an Iodine deficiency, rather than just assuming you do and taking a supplement when it’s not needed.
4. Protects Thyroid
Because of the world we live in, each day we’re bombarded by products, foods, drinks, and lifestyles that expose us to free radicals. These attack the body, including the thyroid. Having the right amount of Iodine helps to protect the thyroid from free radical damage. Not having enough means you are leaving it susceptible to this damage, which over time can lead to additional problems and conditions.
5. Balances Hormones
Having low amounts of Iodine can throw your hormones out of whack because it has a direct effect on your thyroid gland, which in turn regulates many of your hormones. It has also been said to help bring your libido up to its natural levels. Sometimes it can be hard to identify the symptoms of low Iodine, but together with your doctor you can figure it out, and if you find out that you’ve been running a shortage you can take steps to make things right again.
6. Improves Hair Growth
You shouldn’t start taking massive amounts of Iodine in hopes that it will help turn around your male pattern baldness, but it has been linked to the health of the hair, and how fast it grows. This is just one sign that you may be running behind on your Iodine, if you’ve noticed that your hair is not growing as quickly, or as fully as it used to. Be sure to look for other signs before drawing conclusions.
7. Increases Energy Levels
Not getting enough Iodine each day sets you up for not having as much energy as you would otherwise. This is because it helps with proper thyroid function, and this is a big factor in whether you feel up and ready to go, or if you feel lethargic and like you need more rest. It’s not something that is often discussed when talking about healthy energy levels, but more and more we’re finding out the important role that Iodine plays in that department.
8. Provides Protection from Radiation
One benefit of Iodine that most people will hopefully not need to experience is that it helps protect from radiation. This can come in handy for disasters like the one at the nuclear power plant in Japan, but doctors are also using it to help patients recover from radiation treatments.
9. Protects from Pathogens
Iodine is being considered more and more as an alternative to using antibiotics in the body to treat certain pathogens. Many people do not like the idea of taking an oral antibiotic, since it’s been known to kill off good bacteria as well as bad, and can leave the body with excess levels of candida. But Iodine has been shown to have a similar effect while not damaging healthy bacteria that the body needs.
10. Protects Against Cancer
In a process known as apoptosis, Iodine helps the body kill off cells that could end up leading to cancer. This is one of the most important reasons to get your Iodine levels checked at your next doctor visit, or even to schedule a particular visit to have all of your vitamin and mineral levels checked. You can’t really know what you need to focus on if you don’t know what you’re lacking, or what you’re abundant in.
Most People Don’t Know There’s A Fountain Of Youth Hiding In Oklahoma’s Woods
Did you know Oklahoma has a fountain of youth that’s been recognized for its “healing powers” since the 1800s? Nestled in the forested woods of Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Oklahoma flows a multitude of clear, cold sulphur springs that have therapeutic qualities. Here’s a look at Oklahoma’s Fountain of Youth that may (or may not) restore your youthfulness:
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area was established in 1902 and includes the Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area. The ancient Natives called the land "the peaceful valley of rippling waters" due to the abundance of water in the area. The strong-smelling mineral water led them to believe in the healing powers of the water…
The town of Sulphur grew in popularity because of these mineral springs, and with more than 30 springs in the park, it's an oasis that continues to draw in thousands of visitors every year…
The springs, streams, and lakes range from fresh water to sulphur water, and have always been a relaxing place for visitors to come and enjoy the peaceful waters. But many people believe there's something special about these springs… an energy in them that brings healing and youthfulness to all who drink from them…
One of these springs known for its healing properties is Pavilion Springs. Its healing waters have flowed before the park was ever established in 1902. In the late 1800s, people would visit this spring to gather its highly valued water. It even became so popular that they had to limit visitors to only a few gallons per day..
These springs are located in the Arbuckle Mountains – some of the oldest mountains in the U.S. – and out of them gushes these sacred waters. There has never been a bathhouse or resort built around these springs, like the one in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Early tribes didn't want to lose access to the healing waters, so when the land was sold to the U.S. government, the town of Sulphur had to relocate farther away..
Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike
Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Smoking causes an estimated 160,000* cancer deaths in the U.S. every year (American Cancer Society, 2004). And the rate among women is rising. On January 11, 1964, Dr. Luther L. Terry, then U.S. Surgeon General, issued the first warning on the link between smoking and lung cancer. Lung cancer now surpasses breast cancer as the number one cause of death among women. A smoker who is also exposed to radon has a much higher risk of lung cancer.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.
Holistic Doctor Found Dead In His Natural Health Clinic, Police Investigate as Homicide
Police have now confirmed that they are treating the death of 59-year-old old Dr. Juan Gonzalez, a board certified holistic doctor, as a homicide; he was found dead in his natural health clinic. I have been contacted by immediate family members, patients, friends regarding his death. He was well loved. Our heart goes out to all of them.
Patients have emailed (and even posted in the comments below) that Dr Gonzalez was treating cancer patients- successfully. In fact, he had (allegedly) asked a few to testify as he had some upcoming court dates, apparently for treating said cancer patients. As we all know, the government doesn’t like holistic doctors treating cancer patients.
These fancy gizmos and gadgets in the movies, along with tales of interstellar travel and relations with hot extra-terrestrials, only for the experts to say we'll never see such things in our lifetime. What a bummer.The oldest verified human being was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calvert, who died aged 122 in 1997. However, there have been as-yet unverified claims that an Indonesian man may have recently passed away at the age of 146.The Kardashev Scale is a way of measuring a civilization's technological abilities based on the amount of energy they can harness. Modern humans are at 0.73 on this scale, and experts have predicted that Type 1 status will be achieved within 150 to 200 years.In 1996 Google was a garage-based research project conducted by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and today it facilitates over 1.2 trillion search queries per year; but by the year 2300 they hope to go even further. Plastic bags have been used for about sixty years, but unless we find a way to break them down, this garbage will continue to pollute the Earth for at least five hundred years more. The world's leading linguists believe that within 1,000 years every language currently spoken on Earth will be vastly different.
The 1950's, and that in the entire history of humanity, nobody has biologically died from old age either? When someone is deemed to have died from old age that's not strictly true; on the death certificate you'll most likely see heart disease, organ failure or sepsis listed instead. Can you imagine what would happen if you woke tomorrow to the news that Wi-Fi signals cause cancer – would we be as blasé as smokers were when they found out? If you were hanging out in space, chilling with your space pals in your expensive space suit sipping on space margaritas, what would happen if you tried to do the space splits and you tore a hole in your space pants? This entry has a huge disclaimer at the end, so can you please stop licking that raw chicken breast until we've finished. Earlier this year a British Government campaign aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of burnt food, so if you've just charred a nice chicken breast into cinders after reading out last entry, I'd throw it in the trash.
As humans become more and more dependent upon medication for survival, we can expect the human immune system to slowly weaken. The best way to explain this is with an example using hormones: imagine a future in which, with the help of supplements, you can regulate your hormones to maximize your wellbeing. Over time, your body would become dependent upon the additional hormones, to the point where it might stop doing for itself what the supplements can do instead. The processes which create hormones would become less important for survival, since your body would always have enough, thanks to the supplements.
After tens of thousands of years, it is likely that humans would evolve to the point where hormones are no longer created organically within their body. Taking this example a little further: if external aids were entirely responsible for our survival, many of our internal functions might become obsolete. Why would your body need a powerful immune system if all pathogens are tackled with medication? Indeed, it is but another downside to the use of medication to fight diseases.
ALL bluefin tuna caught off West Coast are radioactive
(NaturalNews) Studies suggest that all bluefin tuna caught off the U.S. West Coast are likely carrying radioactive isotopes from the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
That's just one more reason to avoid eating Pacific bluefin tuna, which are considered critically endangered. Over-fishing has reduced their population to only 3.6 percent of its historic levels. It is unknown what further effects radiation poisoning might have on this threatened fish.
In March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Explosions launched enormous amounts of radioactive material into the air, most of which settled into the Pacific Ocean. Since then, radioactive material has continued to leak into the ocean from the plant.
Much of the radioactive material released is still circulating in the form of radioactive cesium. Cesium-134 has a half-life of two years, and essentially all of it in the Pacific Ocean comes from the Fukushima disaster. Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years. Much of the Cesium-137 in the Pacific dates to nuclear tests as far back as the 1950s.
Every fish exposed
Since radioactive cesium floats, it is easily swallowed by fish, and steadily moves up the aquatic food chain. As top predators, tuna tend to accumulate this and other toxins in their bodies.
In a 2012 study, researchers from Stanford University and Stony Brook University tested the radioactive cesium levels in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California. They found the radioactive element in every single fish tested.
"We found that absolutely every one of them had comparable concentrations of cesium 134 and cesium 137," researcher Nicholas Fisher said.
Overall levels of radioactive cesium had increased 3 percent in the year since the Fukushima disaster.
"The tuna packaged it up and brought it across the world's largest ocean," lead researcher Daniel Madigan said. "We were definitely surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured."
That study took place relatively soon after the disaster, when exposure to radioactivity from Fukushima was likely minimal. Now, Pacific bluefin tuna being sold for consumption have spent nearly their entire lives being exposed to this radiation.
A 2013 assessment by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) found that roughly 90 percent of Pacific bluefin tuna caught have not yet reached maturity, which occurs at about five years. The Fukushima disaster took place about five years ago, in March 2011.
Because Pacific bluefins spawn in the waters off the coast of or near Japan, they are bathed in intense Fukushima radiation from the beginning of their lives. They then swim across the entire ocean, taking the same path as the massive radiation plume that continues to drift toward North America.
Radioactivity levels tripled
It's not just Pacific bluefins that are being turned radioactive. A 2014 study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found even more dramatic effects of the Fukushima disaster on sea life, particularly on Albacore tuna.
The researchers compared levels of radioactive isotopes in tuna caught off the coast of Oregon between 2008 and 2012. They found that following the Fukushima disaster, levels of radioisotopes tripled.
Lead researcher Delvan Neville attempted to minimize the risk of eating this fish, saying, "A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas, or sleeping next to your spouse for 40 nights from the natural potassium-40 in their body," he explained. "It's just not much at all."
But Neville admitted that no radiation exposure is actually safe.
"You can't say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk," he said.
In 1870, a new hospital was to be constructed in upstate New York called the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Architect Henry Hobson Richardson was appointed to design the new hospital, and was given an opportunity to display his own style of architecture, which is now known as Richardsonian Romanesque. The administration building went through several designs, including a low, chapel-like structure with a tall spire, inspired by the asylums Richardson had viewed in France at the time. The final draft settled on a graceful yet fortress-like edifice: two massive 185 ft. tall towers would rise from a four-story structure, with five stepped wards stretching out from both sides. The idyllic hospital grounds were designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who most notably designed Central Park in New York City. About 200 acres of farmland behind the building would be used to sustain the hospital's food supply and provide therapeutic work and skills for the patients.
Construction began in 1872. The general layout of the hospital followed the symmetrical linear plan devised by Dr. Thomas Kirkbride (also known as the Kirkbride Plan), which included 16-foot tall rooms for adequate ventilation, a southern exposure for maximum sunlight, violent patients to be housed at the ends of the wings, and the building to be separated by sex on either side of the central administration area. One notable aspect that did not follow Kirkbride's plan was the location – although the building was situated just outside the city of Buffalo at the time, Kirkbride recommended a much more remote setting, far away from the evils of a crowded and congested metropolis.
The entire building was to use red Medina sandstone for the exterior masonry, however due to budget concerns in 1876, only the administration and the first two wards on either side used this material; the other six wards were constructed in brick. The asylum at Buffalo also featured a notable architectural element: curved connecting corridors which linked the ten wards together. The purpose of the curvature was to prevent beds from being placed in these areas, a common practice in overcrowded asylums at the time. The connections also featured massive iron doors that could be closed off to prevent a fire spreading from one ward to the rest of the building.
The hospital was still under construction when it first admitted patients in 1880. The administration area and the eastern wing for male patients was completed first, giving the hospital an odd asymmetrical look. The female wing was completed in 1895, however H.H. Richardson never saw his work completed, as he died in 1896.
Buffalo State Hospital's history thereon is sadly much like other state-funded hospitals in America; a surge of patients in the first half of the 20th century crippled Dr. Thomas Kirkbride's vision of peaceful, sanitary living conditions for the mentally ill. Patients slept in the halls or even outside, as the occupancy exceeded the building's design by the thousands. The city's expanding boundaries also swallowed up the hospital – in 1927, the hospital grounds were reduced by half to accommodate Buffalo State College on the north side, replacing much of the open space and farmland. In the 1930s, parts of the south lawn were paved over for parking spaces.
In the late 1960s, modern buildings were constructed nearby to provide better patient care, but unfortunately the last three wards on the eastern side of the Kirkbride building were demolished to make way for the new structures despite long-term preservation campaigns. In 1974, the hospital was re-named Buffalo Psychiatric Center, and during this year all patients were moved out of the outdated Kirkbride building. Maintenance was not performed and the structure fell into disrepair, however the administration area was used for storage until 1994 and suffered less damage than the wards.
After a successful lawsuit filed by the Preservation Coalition of Erie County in 2008, the state of New York committed $100 million to rehabilitation of the structure. Initial repairs were made that year for severely damaged portions of the building. More intensive repairs followed in 2013 as "Phase I," which involved re-developing the space into a hotel and conference space.
Adderall has become widely used by students, athletes, truck drivers and others who need to stay awake for long periods of time or for ADHD symptoms. This prescription medication has now crossed over into popular use as a recreational drug, as it is a stimulant with some effects similar to cocaine. Adderall comes in the form of a tablet and, it contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
Adderall is similar to Ritalin, although slightly more addictive with longer-lasting effects upon consumption. Adderall produces abnormally high levels of dopamine in the brain and can lead to restlessness, dizziness, headaches, weight loss, dry mouth and insomnia. In 2012, more than 116,000 Americans were admitted to a rehab program for addiction to amphetamines like Adderall.