Monday, April 27, 2015

Healing the Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy. It is green in color and of course, located at the heart center. It is the center of your deep bonds with other beings, your sense of caring and compassion, your feelings of self-love, altruism, generosity, kindness, and respect. The heart chakra is an integrating and unifying chakra - bringing to wholeness the three chakras above with the three chakras below - as such, it is your healing center. Indeed, most spiritual traditions recognize love as the ultimate healing force.

The "way of the heart" is living your life from this energy center of love. It means living your life with loving kindness and compassion towards others. It means that your heart is open to others and you inspire kindness and compassion in others. You create a safe and supportive environment when this chakra is open and functioning.



Others can feel your love and warmth. They feel loved and accepted unconditionally. People feel at peace around you, as there is no judgment coming from you. When the heart chakra is open and energy is flowing freely, you are not only loving to others, you are also loving to your self. You know when you need to say no and when you need care and self-nurturing.

All of the seven chakras are important and while I cannot say that the Heart Chakra is the most important, I do want to say that it is very important. Most of the world's spiritual traditions recognize love as the unifying force, the energy that is the most fundamental part of the universe, and of ourselves. To open to love is to reach to the deepest places and connect with our true essence, our spirit, and our soul.

If the heart chakra is closed or unbalanced one can feel paranoid, unworthy of love, afraid of getting hurt, hypertension, insomnia, difficulty breathing, heart disease, asthma, lungs, circulation, and shoulders and upper back pain. To help open this chakra Cobra, Forward Bend and Camel pose are excellent. Such gems as rose quartz, watermelon tourmaline, and kunizite help. At a higher vibration the heart is the color of pink. Chakracises include hugging yourself, 8 pushups even if against wall or 8 breast strokes in air to help move stuck energy.

Reading this affirmation also helps:
I sit alone with my heart and I ask the divine spark of Father God to blend with the intuitive wisdom of Mother Earth to open my heart to all they have to offer, to integrate their love into a self-love that overflows to all that I come in contact with. Search my heart for all suppressed emotions, for any resentments or buried anger. Find the guilt and bring it to all to the surface and bathe it in your light. Let me forgive myself and all others who have caused me any harm. May they forgive me if I have caused harm. Let me embrace your love as I fall in love with this new self forgiven, cleansed and filled with hope!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Tribute to Our Endangered Earth

With Earth Day coming up I wanted to take this opportunity to write about our endangered Earth. Earth is the body that holds us all and without a healthy Earth our health will be limited too. So here is my tribute.

In 1992 the world nations met at an "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro to discuss Earth's environmental problems. The largest gathering of head of state in the history of the world was called because of the danger of losing our planet. Most of the world came, but the United States, one of the largest polluters, didn't even participate. It was obvious that the political administration felt that money, jobs and the economy were more important than whether the Earth survived.

Five months later, on November 18, 1992, a document titled "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity" was released. More than 1600 senior scientists from 71 countries including over half of all living Nobel Prize winners, signed this document. It was the most alarming warning the world has ever received from such a powerful body of researchers. You would think that this document would hold great credibility and that the world would carefully listen. It began: "Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."

The warning document then began to list the crises: polluted water, oceans, soil, atmosphere, diminishing plant and animal species and human overpopulation. The words became stern: "No more than one or a few decades remain before the change to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished. We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the Earth and life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated."



Yet most of the world rejected this statement even though it was created by one of the most respected scientific bodies ever assembled on Earth. You would think we would pause and say, "If this is true, what can we do? Let's drop everything and do whatever is necessary." But the governments know that if we are to avert this crisis, we must change the way we live and that would not be politically comfortable.

The New York Times and the Washington Post, two of our most respected leaders in reporting the news, rejected this document as not newsworthy, This gives you a good idea of the importance we place on the planet itself. A good book to read more about this is The Sacred Balance, Rediscovering Our Place in Nature by David Suzuki.

We can't live without our oceans but NYC's sewer pipes go twenty miles out and dump all their human feces into the oceans. It was probably figured that the oceans can take care of it but for the last 70 years or so it has been building up. There is now a mountain of crap out in the ocean moving towards NYC. It would take more money than NYC has to fix it.

The red tide is the first deadly sign of the pollution of oceans. It is an algae that destroys everything that lives underneath it, it kills everything. And these red tides are beginning to sweep all over, especially around Japan. We've made a lot of mistakes all over the Earth because we don't have the consciousness to know how to live in harmony with our larger body, the planet.

So what do we do? How do we turn back the clock? We can't. All I ask is that you do your part in recycling, not wasting and supporting Mother Earth, because we only have one planet.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The High Libido Diet

Let me introduce to you the high libido diet. To see the video, CLICK HERE. What does that mean? It means food plays a part in your sex drive. Unfortunately when patients come to me wanting to increase their sex drive they don’t come walking in asking for the high libido diet, even though some day they might. But for now it’s almost a secondary thing for people to want help with. They come in and their chief complaint is their inability to sleep, they want to lose weight, digestive issues etc. and then it’s like ‘oh, yeah and my libido, you know if you could help with that great, but I am in my 50s and it is what it is’. We have a stigma in this society that as we age it’s okay if our libido just gets weaker. We chalk it up to getting older. So sometimes patients don’t even mention it because they don’t see it as a problem so now I have it on my medical history questionnaire: decreased libido-never, rarely, sometimes, almost always. How patients answer that question gives me tons of information because how one's libido is can give me insight into mental, emotional health, blood circulation and hormone issues. What you need to know is as we age even if a weaker libido is common it isn't normal. There is hope! And changing your diet can help.

Because what you need to know is that food has the ability to reduce testosterone in men, and both testosterone and estrogen in women, diminish sex drive, reduce sensitivity, and alter sperm production. Good news: it can also do the exact opposite. Bottom line: what you eat affects your sex life. So, let’s learn how to use food to your advantage.

So after muscle testing so many patients throughout the years I have seen trends on foods and supplements that seem to help and certain foods that interfere with having a good libido. So first I’m going to share with you the most common things that people muscle test weak for so these are things to avoid. So if you are taking notes put a big AVOID on top. Do not mix up what I am about to say with Things to Do. Otherwise you are going to have a very upset lover.

#1 Avoid soy
Soy beans are very rich in a number of nutrients including protein and vitamins A and B. They can be found in various forms: soy milk, tofu, miso, as well as in many processed foods. Eaten in excessive quantity, soy can lower testosterone levels. Soybeans decrease libido also because they contain traces of anti thyroid factors. Thyroid regulates sexual desire, activity and fertility. Japanese diet rich in soybean products is also high in seaweeds which is thyroid stimulating.

#2 Avoid oysters
Oysters are poisoning your sex drive! Here's the thing: oysters are considered an aphrodisiac because they're very high in zinc, which is a libido booster. However, although people have been slurping down raw oysters practically forever, thinking they're a sexual superfood, they're actually toxic. While you can get oysters from comparably healthy places, realize that they're absorbing all the parasites and toxic substances in the ocean – and they go straight into your body, which kind of cancels out the enhancing properties of zinc.

#3 Avoid sugar
So if you are out on a date and you are thinking you want to get some later you may want to skip dessert because when the sugar crash happens you are going to feel tired and instead go home and go straight to bed.

#4 Avoid alcohol
Alcohol decreases testosterone, which is the backbone to male sex drive but is also important for women’s sex drive as well. Alcohol also makes it hard for men to achieve an erection; and when we are intoxicated our sense of touch is not as sensitive. Stick to one or two drinks to avoid these effects.

#5 Avoid plastic
Phthalates from plastic interfere with the production of sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. Phthalates are what makes the plastic soft and they are in BPA-free plastic as well so it is best to stay away from all plastic the best you can.



#1 Add zinc
Adding Zinc into your diet may improve the body’s natural levels of testosterone. And if you think testosterone is only for men think again. Studies show that women with a greater sex drive have higher levels of testosterone. A quarter-cup serving of raw pumpkin seeds may do the trick. Other sources high in zinc are liver, grass fed beef, oatmeal, onions.

#2 Add saffron
Saffron contains a chemical that makes your whole body, especially sexual organs, more sensitive to the touch for both men and women. It is the spice that makes white rice into yellow rice. You can also use it in broths. Not only does saffron appear to have aphrodisiac properties but it helps with anxiety, insomnia, PMS and insulin resistance.

#3 Add ginseng
Ginseng stimulate the adrenal cortex which involved in the production of sex hormones.

#4 Add arginine
Arginine is an amino acid that opens up blood vessels to increase blood flow. This increase in blood flow is how Viagra works. So arginine is the natural Viagra but arginine is not only for men but also for women. For women suffer from the same type of insufficient genital blood flow that causes impotence in men.
It is with better genital blood flow that women have better lubrication, more sensitivity, and increased ease, frequency, and intensity of orgasm. The best way to increase your arginine intake is in supplement form.

#5 Add omega-3s from fish
The omega-3s in fatty fish are great for improving circulation in your body which is essential for boosting blood flow to your genitals. They can also raise dopamine (feel-good) levels in the brain—a major precursor to getting in the mood. Just make sure your brand is from a reputable company so the omega 3 from fish is mercury free. I use the brands Nordic Naturals or Standard Process in my office.

#6 Add avocados
Another good, healthy fat is from avocados. The Aztecs used avocado as an aphrodisiac to improve testicular health. And just like the omega 3s, avocado has good vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that are especially beneficial to your heart. And with better heart health you have better blood flow to the genitalia.

#7 Add raw honey
Raw honey also contributes to testosterone and estrogen hormone production, making it beneficial for both sexes. Buy raw, organic honey from local sources whenever possible. And if you want to splurge manuca honey. It is expensive but very, very medicinal.

#8 Add chocolate
So how else can you eat your way to a better sex life? Well, everyon’s favorite is chocolate. A single square of 70% dark chocolate stimulates your brain to produce the chemical dopamine – the “feel good” hormone that affects your mood. This way you can get in the mood. Make sure the sugar used in the dark chocolate is not refined but is cane sugar, agave or stevia. You can also make your own using raw organic honey and have really good libido!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Own Your Power With a Balanced Solar Plexus

The 3rd chakra or solar-plexus is located just above the naval and below the rib cage. It is our energy center and it is where our Will Power comes from; our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the solar-plexus. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self.

The solar-plexus not only governs the emotional and mental aspect of your psyche but also your psychic experiences. Often a feeling of intuition or “gut feeling” in a certain situation will benefit you greatly if you listen to it. All aspects of the digestive tract, including the assimilation of nutrients are controlled by the 3rd Chakra.

When this Chakra is in balance you will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts. Your ego will have no unwanted influence over your actions. You will know without a doubt, and accept your place in the Universe, have self-love and, in turn, have a great appreciation for all the people in your life.



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Over-active Solar-plexus Chakra

If your chakra is over-active you may be judgmental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others. You may be demanding and have extreme emotional problems, being very rigid or stubborn (it’s either your way or no way). Often anger, or aggressiveness result from an over-active chakra. You may always be planning to do things, but never doing, and your work or interests become a priority over things you have to do (a workaholic). You may also be a perfectionist and can’t settle on something that is already good enough, it always has to be better.


Under-active Solar-plexus Chakra

If this chakra is under active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you. You may also run on “auto pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression or anxiety; you may feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding. You also may feel that you are not good enough and be seeking a constant approval of others, this can lead to a need, or dependency on the people in your life.

Physical Symptoms of a Solar-plexus imbalance: Poor digestion, weight problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, arthritis, pacreas, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, intestinal tumors, food allergies and colon disease.

Healing the Solar-plexus

There are many ways one can begin to balance their Chakras.

Affirmation for the Solar-plexus: I am confident in all that I do. I am successful and release my creative energy into this world, effortlessly.

Color of the solar-plexus is associated with the color yellow. You can picture a beautiful yellow sunflower where the chakra is located. Yellow candles, clothes or surrounding yourself with pictures of yellow things can begin to bring this chakra into balance.

Organs/Glands governed by the solar-plexus: Large Intestine, Stomach, Digestive System, Adrenal Glands, Pancreas, Liver, Lungs.

Stones that help the solar-plexus: citrine, topaz, yellow calcite

Aromatherapy/Essential Oils for the Solar-plexus: Rose, rosewood, sandalwood, chamomile, rosemary, myrrh, frankincense.

Healing the Solar-plexus with Nature: The Solar-plexus’ Element is Fire. Taking a walk out in the sun is extremely beneficial. Sitting in front of a camp fire, or fire place can have an instant healing effect.

Solar plexus Chakracise – do the twist, belly dance or hola hoop for at least 70 seconds