Facial Exercises for Eyelid Droop – Enjoy Taut Eyelids

Your face is like any other part of your body.

It responds to exercise, great nutrition, avoiding toxic chemicals, and the high vibration of a loving joyful attitude.

Let’s face it. We’re living in a electromagnetic radiation soup that is causing us to age rapidly from the inside out. Our cosmetics are tainted with hormone disrupting agents and carcinogens. It’s the same story with our food supply, the air and water we breathe…

So here’s the good news. It’s up to you.

You can affect your aging process by taking an active roll in protecting yourself for the ravishes of modern life.

This facial exercise is a great start. When you start seeing the fantastic results, you may want to check out the free video series called Easy Natural Facelift and the program with modules for a young skin diet, edible personal care products that can feed your body, a road map of chemicals to avoid and ratings for your favorite products, plus more exercises for your face and neck.

Alison Heath Longevity RescuerAlison Heath the Longevity Rescuer has been assisting people to reclaim their vitality and optimal health for over 25 years. She’s hosts the popular summits Your Vibrant Health Secrets and the EMF summit. You’ll find her personal blog site at https://LongevityRescuer.com She’s published a regular column called The Natural Path in MD News Magazine to inform physicians about the latest research in integrative health solutions. She’s published numerous client success stories in Vitality, Toronto’s largest health magazine. Alison has written a chapter in Nomi Shannon, the Raw Gourmet’s up coming book on raw food. Alison is an integrative health coach, speaker, author, and interviewer.

Study: Cycling Keeps You Young

Lloyd Alter | Treehugger

Cycling makes you youngerThere’s a reason all those Copenhagen cycle chic people look so good, and it’s not just those nordic genes and tight jeans. It’s the exercising they are getting doing all that cycling. Now a new study confirms that not only will cycling keep you looking good, it will keep you young. Published in the Journal of Physiology, researchers from King’s College London and the University of Birmingham found that cyclists over the age of 55 “had levels of physiological function that would place them at a much younger age compared to the general population.”

It should be noted that the study looked at serious cyclists, not those doing their local shopping.

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A New Year & New Positive Energy: How To Remove Old Negative Energies In Your Home For Health & Well Being

By Norma Lehmeier Hartie | Esoteric, Metaphysical, Spiritual Database 

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Every time you clean your home you are removing negative energy. Cleaning your home or workspace will make it lighter and more positive. This is a result of organizing, of ridding yourself of things you no longer need and removing toxic products from your environment. Just opening windows brings in fresh, positive energy. Other space clearing techniques include dowsing; smudging with herbs or incense; clearing with bells, cymbals and singing bowls; and clearing with chanting.

No matter what method or methods you chose to clear negative or disturbed energies, always clear mindfully and without distractions. Turn off the stereo and television—you need to clear in a quiet atmosphere. Your intent is to clear disturbed or negative energies. When clearing, visualize these energies disappearing. The reason that you should be specific is that you want the good energy left undisturbed. If you chose to smudge with herbs, for example, speak aloud or silently words to convey that you are removing negative energy.

Clearing is done in a meditative-type state—slowly and with focus—so the words are much like a mantra. Keep them simple. For example, if I am smudging, I will think “negativity be gone!” or “if there is negative energy present, please leave.” At the same time, I visualize the space vibrant with only positive energy.

Every home and workspace should be cleared periodically. It is impossible to say exactly how often, as it depends on your situation. You will develop a feel for how often you need to clear negative energies. The following is a guide for good times to clear negative energies:

  • When you move into a new residence, clean and clear the space meticulously. You are clearing any possible negative or disturbed emotions of the previous occupants and other negative or disturbed energies. Clear your new office for the same reason.
  • Following an illness of a member of a household the negative energy should be cleared.
  • All objects that are antiques, previously used (particularly jewelry), works of art, crafts and anything made by hand should be individually cleared of negative energy. When feasible, wash items as well. If you buy an antique rocking chair, for example, that chair may have been sat on for years by the same person. This is great if it was a happy person—not so great if it was a miserable person. The energy of the rocking chair’s previous owner is in that chair.

On the subject of buying something that was previous used, I highly recommend that you do not purchase a second-hand bed. So much time is spent in bed—therefore, too much energy of the previous owner(s) is in a bed. Do you really want to gamble on who spent time in your bed? If you already have a used bed that you love, or insist on buying a used bed, learn how to dowse or hire someone to dowse it for you.

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Are You Drinking Your Way to ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’?

By Arthur Agatston, MD|Everyday Health

holiday-bar1-compressedAt this festive time of year, I look forward to seasonal greetings from patients I haven’t heard from in a while. For me, it’s a sign they’re doing well. Unfortunately, I know I’ll also hear from a few folks with a less cheerful message: They call complaining of palpitations from what is known as “holiday heart syndrome.”

This term was coined back in 1978 to describe the irregular heart rhythms (or cardiac arrhythmias) that occur at holiday time, typically in healthy people without heart disease and often after several days of heavy drinking (defined in this case as three or more drinks a day for women and four or more for men). Since then, much has been written about “holiday heart.”

While the exact mechanisms behind alcohol and arrhythmias are unclear, it appears that acute alcohol ingestion can cause short circuits in the heart’s electrical rhythm, increases in levels of free fatty acids in the blood, and surges in adrenaline and other stress hormones. Alcohol may also have an effect on electrolytes, particularly sodium, which play a key role in heart rhythm.

In some people, even modest amounts of alcohol (as little as one drink) can cause holiday heart syndrome. This is often compounded by psychological stress, overeating, too much sodium, dehydration, lack of sleep, and overdoing it on caffeine and/or marijuana.

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29 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine (Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It)

By Marc Chernoff | Marc andAngel


We all have days, weeks, months and – for some – even years of feeling anxious and uncertain.  It’s a vague feeling you can’t quite put your finger on.  From the outside, people think you have it all together, but they can’t see what’s going on in your head.  Emptiness fills your thoughts and emotions all too often, nagging at you throughout the day.  You set goals but they never satisfy your ego.  You always feel a day late and a buck short.  The search can seem almost endless. And a question continues to spin in your mind:  “Why can’t I just be happy?”

The good news is you don’t have to live like this.  There is a better way to view the world that will lead to what you seek.  The first step, though, is to stop searching.  You will never find happiness by continually looking for it in another time and place.  When you focus on the lack of something in your life, what you want will always elude you.

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113-Year-Old Man Credits These 5 Foods For His Long Life

Heather Callaghan | Naturalblaze

Bernardo LaPallo is a well-known supercentenarian who turned 113 this year – but only looks as though he could just barely start the retirement process.

Retire, he won’t – even though he has vibrantly lived since 1901. He writes books and speaks around the country about natural health. The Brazilian-born man now resides in Mesa, Arizona.

His creed: You are what you eat. 

He eats mostly organic veggies and fruits, walks, does crossword puzzles, reads voraciously, plays checkers and cultivates his faith, spirituality and the Golden Rule.

This video was taken when he was a mere 110 chap – his message is still going viral

What are his favored five foods? Olive oil Garlic Cinnamon Honey Chocolate He loves to tell people to use olive oil on their skin after a shower – soak it up and be wrinkle-free like him.

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New Technology Burning Away Brain Tumors

Photo Credit: Jon Hamilton

Photo Credit: Jon Hamilton

By Andrea Pacetti | The Cleveland Clinic 

More than 69-thousand Americans are diagnosed with a brain tumor every year. Many of them will need an aggressive treatment plan that includes major surgery to remove the tumor. But now there’s an easier and safer way to get rid of these lesions – doctors are burning brain tumors. Three years ago, doctors told Meghan Schultz she had a brain tumor. I was scared to death.” Meghan Schultz told Ivanhoe. The eighth-grade teacher was pregnant with her son when she got the news. “What am I going to do? I have a baby, but I have a brain tumor in my head!” Schultz said.

Related Article: A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal the Brain in Exquisite Detail

After baby Liam was born – Meghan had major brain surgery -doctors cut into her skull to remove her tumor. A year later – the tumor came back – and Cleveland clinic surgeons told Meghan about a new option. “I think it’s the next big thing in brain tumor surgery.” Gene Barnett, M.D., Neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic told Ivanhoe. Instead of cutting – doctors use heat to destroy the tumor. They heat a thin laser probe-up to 130 degrees-then insert it through a tiny hole and essentially burn the tumor. “It works by heating the tissue around it to the point where it cooks, just like you’re cooking a hardboiled egg.” Dr. Barnett explained.

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Can Exercise Be Replaced with a Supplement?

Dr. Mercola

Exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. It’s particularly important for controlling your blood sugar and normalizing your insulin levels, which is critical if you want to normalize your weight and maintain optimal health.

Based on the principle of following ancestral practices, it is important to understand that our genetics and biochemistry are optimized for consistent regular movement, and failure to provide that will result in disability and disease.

Related Article: Breakthrough These 7 Exercise Myths for Better Health

When done correctly, exercise can oftentimes act as a substitute for some of the most common drugs used for things like diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Unfortunately, a side effect of our modern quick fix culture is that many still wish for a magic pill or elixir, and Nestlé now claims to be able to bottle the benefits of exercise…1

As reported by the Huffington Post:2

Yes, scientists at Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, published their work in the journal Chemistry and Biology3 on Nov. 24. Kei Sakamoto’s research team in Switzerland demonstrated how a compound (C13) could activate a master metabolic control switch, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).

AMPK activation inhibits fat production in the liver and increases the body’s capacity to burn sugar.

This is good news for the elderly and those with disabilities that preclude the possibility of physical activity. Of course the much larger potential market of simply sedentary people represents the sweet spot for such a product.”

The Allure of ‘Exercise in a Bottle’

Nutritional supplements can serve an important function by helping to correct specific nutritional imbalances or deficiencies, but trust me—they will never be able to replace physical exercise.

Nestlé claims the compound C13 increases metabolism by interacting with an enzyme that controls the metabolic process. This enzyme, AMPK, is naturally activated by exercise. AMPK stimulates the burning of fat by producing mitochondria, the power sources of cells.

The skeletal muscles of athletes have been found to contain a much higher number of mitochondria, which is likely linked to AMPK activity. AMPK declines with age, which is why you tend to lose muscle as you get older—unless you keep challenging them.

But what else might compound C13 interact with? The truth is, weight loss supplements and metabolic boosters in particular are notorious for creating potentially dangerous side effects.

The intellectual arrogance of this approach is only exceeded by Nestle’s egregious attempts at profits with disregard to health. It reminds me of their efforts to stop women in third world countries from breastfeeding so they could sell them vastly inferior synthetic formula that they made.

Clearly, a great many people struggle with weight issues. But to think that an “exercise potion” will be able to save you from the hassle of having to break a sweat is nothing short of delusional. There is simply no way a supplement will be able to stimulate your muscle to provide the complex physiology they need to provide you with optimal health.

Related Article: 7 Simple Exercises to Create an Extraordinary Life

The Synergistic Effects of Exercise Cannot Be ‘Bought’

A product like this might be able to mimic a specific biological effect that exercise produces, such as increasing your metabolic rate, but it will never provide you with all  the health effects exercise provides. As someone that has been passionate about exercise for nearly five decades, I can assure that exercise has countless effects on your body — not only on your muscle fibers but also on your brain, your immune system, your ability to fight cancer, depression, and much more.

There’s simply no way a pill or beverage could ever reproduce the synergistic benefits that exercise has on your body and mind. For example, research published in the journal Cell Metabolism4 shows that when healthy but inactive people exercise intensely, even if the exercise is brief, it produces an immediate change in their DNA.

While the underlying genetic code in the muscle remains unchanged, exercise causes important structural and chemical changes to the DNA molecules within the muscles, and this contraction-induced gene activation appears to be early events leading to the genetic reprogramming of muscle for strength, and to the structural and metabolic benefits of exercise.

Several of the genes affected by an acute bout of exercise are genes involved in fat metabolism. Specifically, the study suggests that when you exercise, your body almost immediately experiences genetic activation that increases the production of fat-busting proteins.

Previous studies have identified and measured a wide variety of biochemical changes that occur during exercise. More than 20 different metabolites5 are affected, including compounds that help you burn calories and fat, and compounds that help stabilize your blood sugar.   These biochemical changes create a positive feedback loop. Will “exercise in a bottle” be able to affect all those metabolites? It’s highly unlikely, and Nestle’s own scientists warn that their product should be viewed as a supplement to boost exercise benefits—not an actual replacement for exercise.6

You Don’t Need to Invest Hours to Reap Benefits from Exercise

One of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose and insulin levels by optimizing insulin receptor sensitivity. This is perhaps the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing chronic disease. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend multiple hours in the gym each week. Research shows that short bursts of intense exercise is the most effective, so you can really maximize your exercise benefits in as little as 40-60 minutes per week, provided you’re doing it correctly.

Related Article: What’s the Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life? How to Find Your “Goldilocks Zone”

HIIT Guidelines

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a core component of my Peak Fitness program. There are many versions of HIIT, but the core premise involves maximum exertion followed by a quick rest period for a set of intervals. My Peak Fitness routine uses a set of eight 30-second sprints, each followed by 90 seconds of recovery, as taught by Phil Campbell who is a pioneer in this field. Also, while I typically recommend using an elliptical machine or recumbent bike, it can be performed with virtually any type of exercise, with or without equipment.

To perform these exercises correctly, you’ll want to raise your heart rate to your anaerobic threshold, and to do that, you have to give it your all for those 20 to 30 seconds.  Here’s a summary of what a typical interval routine might look like using an elliptical (for a demonstration, please see the video below):

  • Warm up for three minutes
  • Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should be gasping for breath and feel like you couldn’t possibly go on another few seconds. It is better to use lower resistance and higher repetitions to increase your heart rate
  • Recover for 90 seconds, still moving, but at slower pace and decreased resistance
  • Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times. Depending on your level of fitness, you may only be able to do two or three repetitions to start. As you get fitter, just keep adding repetitions until you’re doing eight.


Ideally, you’ll want to perform these exercises two or three times a week for a total of four minutes of intense exertion, especially if you are not doing strength training. Doing it more frequently than two or three times a week can be counterproductive, as your body needs to recover between sessions.

If you want to do more, focus on making sure you’re really pushing yourself as hard as you can during those two or three weekly sessions, rather than increasing the frequency. I also recommend incorporating strength training for a well-rounded fitness program. You can turn your resistance exercises into high intensity exercises as well, simply by slowing things down.

Super slow strength training may even be superior to HIIT exercises using a recumbent bike or elliptical machine in some regards. For instance, you only need about 12 to 15 minutes of super-slow strength training once a week to achieve the same human growth hormone (HGH) production as you would from 20 minutes. To learn more, see The Pros and Cons of Free Weights versus Resistance Machines, which also discusses the benefits of a super-super slow technique…

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Related Article: Could Exercise Make You Smarter? Research Says It CAN

Nitric Oxide and Tuning Forks

By Dr. John Beaulieu | www.biosonics.com | Attribution to the graphic’s copyright holder: Copyright: <ahref =’https://www.123rf.com/profile_ sylverarts’>sylverarts / 123RF Stock Photo</ahref>


Editor’s Note: Nitric Oxide is part of our methylation system [See https://www.heartfixer. com/AMRI-Nutrigenomics.htm#NOS:Nitric Oxide Synthase]. It has been found to have promising effects on heart health and blood pressure [See https://www.webmd.com/ heart/arginine-heart-benefits-and-side-effects] because of how it relaxes and improves circulation; and at least one company, Qivana, has released a nutriceutical of this ingredient [See www.qivanaproducts.com]. Dr. Joseph Mercola, among others has a product with Arginine, the precursor of Nitric Oxide, which supposedly increases Nitric Oxide levels [See https://products.mercola.com/faq/l-arginine.htm]. If you are not aware of Nitric Oxide,  and think that it might be helpful to you, it may be worth further exploration beyond the reading of this article and consulting with your allopathic or naturopathic provider.

Landmark research is shedding new light on the effects of music and sound in relationship to Energy Medicine and Sound Healing. In 2002, Dr. George Stefano and I made an exciting discovery: Specific vibrations transferred to cells using tuning forks causes the spiking of nitric oxide. This release of nitric oxide sets off a cascade of physiological events that directly influences our health, well-being, state of mind, and consciousness. See Sound Therapy Induced Relaxation PDF. Tuning forks spike nitric oxide. Why is that important? In 1998, Robert F Furchgott, Louis J Ingnarro, and Ferid Murad made a discovery which changed medicine. They discovered that our cells produce and release nitric oxide. Their discovery was so important that they won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and so significant that the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical medical complex has spent over two hundred million dollars investigating this gas. Nitric oxide is a molecule created by a nitrogen atom bound to an oxygen atom. It is made in our cells and released into the surrounding tissues as a gas. The release of nitric oxide by our cells is termed “puffing” by scientists to describe the rising and falling of this gas. The puffing cycle is like a wave which takes three minutes to rise and three minutes to fall. See Cyclic nitric oxide release by human granulocytes, and invertebrate ganglia and immunocytes: nano-technological ehhancement of amperometric nitric oxide determination.

The rising phase of the wave is the release of nitric oxide which sends a signal to our cells to relax. During the falling phase of the wave nitric oxide dissipates and our cells become more active. The calm between the rising and falling we call still point and we will talk more about its importance in a subsequent article. When cells are puffing nitric oxide in natural rhythmic cycles, we experience these benefits:

  •   Enhances cell vitality, vascular flow and heart healing

  •   Destroys bacteria and viruses at a micro level which naturally enhances our immune system and increases our ability to prevent and fight infections

  •   Increases resistance to stress and greater levels of energy and stamina

  •   Sharpens mental clarity and diminishes states of depression due to the balancing of the autonomic nervous system

  •   Improves digestion and natural cleansing

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Robert O'Leary, JD BARA

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products and modalities since the early 1970’s, and he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist and father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive and safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England and “virtually” the world, through his new website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com


Robin Williams: What He Could Not Bear to Face

By Sharry Edwards [originally published on PRWEB, on August 21, 2014] | The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology | Photo Attribution (immediately below): Copyright: <a href=’https://www.123rf.com/profile_Baloncici’>Baloncici / 123RF Stock Photo</a>



Editor’s Note: It is sometimes said, when someone passes away tragically, that there is a silver lining to their passing if their death can bring about meaningful change. Certainly, Robin Williams did so much for so many in life, it would not be surprising if we could all become better for looking a little bit more closely at why he passed. The following article looks at how Sharry Edwards, of the Institute of BioAcoustic biology, analyzed Robin Williams’ voice in order to see if there were any clues as to why he chose to leave this plane of existence so soon. BioAcoustic Biology has tools that provide an additional window on our physical and emotional health that might help others to see beyond their sadness, their prisons of the mind, to see that there is a way out, to happier places and happier times.


The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology, in Albany, OH, reveals a time-line of novel information that may answer why he didn’t want to stay.


August 11: – Robin William’s suicide was reported indicating that he took his own life by hanging, likely due to long-term depression.

August 13: Sharry Edwards, the foremost BioAcoustic Vocal Profiling investigator, appeared on the Joyce Riley Power Hour radio show offering novel information concerning Williams’ death; hoping to help people understand why he chose not to stay. Several issues relevant to Williams’ suicide were proposed in terms of BioAcoustic Biology: Using vocal frequencies to distinguish physical and psychological issues of health and awareness.

Three pertinent BioAcoustic findings shared on the Power Hour radio show , prior to the public announcement that Williams’ suffered from Parkinson’s, indicated that Williams’ may have committed suicide because of the threat of serious mental decline due to a cognitive degenerative disease; possibly Alzheimer’s.

  1. Williams’ vocal frequencies showed a biomarker indicating that Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) metabolism, the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter, was stressed. This may account for his lovable but often manic communication style.

  2. Additionally, numeric representations for acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter) were stressed.

  3. Frequency Equivalents™ representing Lewy proteins associated with mental degeneration were present. Lewy proteins are associated with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Moreover, Williams’ vocal profiling showed that depression may not have been the major cause of the suicide; his voice indicated that degenerative factors were significantly present and could have been a contributing factor.

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Robert O'Leary, JD BARA

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products and modalities since the early 1970’s, and he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist and father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive and safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England and “virtually” the world, through his new website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com


Learn How to Shape Your Brain and Live a Rich Life

By Alexandra Starr | Yoga International

Brain Life Live

For years, there was a fundamental disconnect between the way we perceived the brain and our physical body. While we knew there would be inevitable deterioration in our physical prowess as we aged, there was also an understanding we could mitigate the worst effects by exercising and paying attention to our diet. Our brain, however, was placed in a different category. After 40, we were told, it embarked on a slow and steady decline, and there was little we could do to stave off the decay. Luckily, we now know that particular theory of our mental life span is fundamentally flawed: The brain can grow and renew itself throughout our lives.

To be sure, as we age, there are some changes in our mental capacities, particularly in our short-term memories. And a portion of our mental trajectory is determined by genetics. But scientists have documented that our most important organ is fundamentally “plastic.” That is, it reconfigures itself in response to our behavior. And if we make a point of nourishing our mental, physical, and spiritual selves, we can make real strides in protecting our mind as we grow older.

Part of the reason there was so much skepticism for so long about our ability to mold the architecture of our brain was that we couldn’t witness the process, the way, say, we can see a muscle respond to weight lifting. But the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has opened the secrets of the mind, allowing us literally to peer into our head. And the verdict is that the brain reacts in very specific ways to the activities we undertake, much the way the body is honed by physical exercise.

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Adaptive, Assistive, Inclusive Technology Can Aid Persons with Disabilities in Reaching Their Potential in Communities, Workplace

Issued By: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  | United Nations

December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.

December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities.  Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools. As the international community works to develop an ambitious and inspiring post-2015 development agenda that leaves no one behind, we must harness the power of technology for development for all. Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace.  Employers can harness technology to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to find productive employment and fully use their skills and capacities.

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Quick & Easy Video to Reduce Your Hot Flashes with Donna Eden

Don’t let the simplicity of this hot flash-reducing exercise fool you. Donna Eden has worked with thousands of women in her workshops over the years and this exercise has been very effective in helping menopausal women reduce their hot flashes. In the comments section on the youtube page for this video, one female viewer remarked, “I tried this and it worked great! I did it twice when I felt a hot flash starting and it went away! Thank you!” and another added, “I love little hints like this… so simple… so effective!”

One woman even commented that this exercise is good for more than just hot flashes, writing, “This is great just to relax – I showed it to a friend with a headache and it was gone by the time she finished it! I also use some of these exercises with the elderly (I’m a kinesiologist) and they LOVE them!”

You can work with Donna Eden in person Jan 2-4, 2015 at her “Aging Joyfully” Workshop in Palm Springs.

donna edenDonna Eden is the author of “Energy Medicine,” “The Energies of Love” (with her husband, David Feinstein) and more. She is one of the world’s most sought after, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for Energy Medicine. Her abilities as a healer are legendary. She has taught more than 80,000 people worldwide, both laypeople and professionals, how to understand the body as an energy system. Get more info on Donna Eden’s New Year’s “Aging Joyfully” Workshop here.

Faith Salie Says “Get a Grip” Over Spread of Germs

By Faith Salie | CBS News

It's about time we get a grip on the handshake.

It’s about time we get a grip on the handshake.

It’s about time we get a grip on the handshake. Yes, that ubiquitous, courteous, egalitarian gesture. Politicians, athletes and businesspeople alike depend on it to demonstrate trust and respect.

But in the wrong hands, affection can become infection.

Shaking hands is a pretty good way to get yourself sick, not necessarily with Ebola, but with a million other germs that can cause colds and flu.

The custom of clasping hands is thought to date back thousands of years, as proof of not holding any weapons. However, when you shake someone’s hand, you may be bearing — or receiving — a different kind of weapon: germs.

We can all give a healthy high-five to Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis. In 1847, he figured out the link between clean hands and healthy patients.

Back then, his call for hand-washing was radical, even offensive, to doctors. Yet apparently it still hasn’t totally caught on. Research shows that today’s hand-washing rate in hospitals hovers around 40 percent.

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10 Ancient Tips for Boosting Immunity Everyone Should be Doing

Christina Sarich | Naturalsociety 

happy smileThe Sanskrit word for immunity – vyadhikshamatva, and its translation – ‘forgiveness of disease.’

In the wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine, the concept of good health is not relegated to just ‘not being sick.’ Our entire constitutions are completely balanced and invigorated when we truly experience ‘good health’. Aside from balancing the doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha, as well as making sure our digestive fire, called agni, is working to its utmost, we can practice some very sound techniques that will help boost immunity.

According to Ayurveda, even the most deadly disease would never affect a person in ‘good health’.

Here are 10 sure-fire ways to make sure you are that person:

1. Keep the Immune System in Proper Balance by Eating the Right Foods

A weakened immune system predisposes one to all types of illness. It is also possible that an immune response becomes overactive or misdirected, targeting the body’s own tissues for foreign invaders and attacking them, such as in cases of cancer.

Our diet can go a long way in balancing this ‘fighting response’ within the body. By absorbing the right nutrients and eliminating the toxins we don’t need, our immune systems stay strong. Consuming leafy greens, highly pigmented fruits, whole grains, as well increasing the consumption of nuts and legumes, you can give the body exactly what it needs to stay strong.

2. Detox

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In Ayurveda, ama (store toxins from undigested food) is one of the primary reasons for diseases to develop. If the body is unhealthy or has ama, the name for stored toxins in Sanskrit, then an environment is created in which invaders are encouraged to thrive. Ama can be created from both physical and mental indigestion. (That means that the thoughts you think can be toxic, too!) When too many toxins are stored within us, we are then fertile ground where parasites feed and begin to settle into weak places in the body.

Indigestion and ama formation prevent nutrients from reaching the tissues and weakens immune function. Be sure to detox regularly if you consume lots of unhealthful foods, are exposed to many environmental toxins, or don’t eat a Sattvic diet. While you don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian, strictly, those dietary practices are in alignment with Ayurvedic wisdom. Harvard has found that L-carnitine in red meat leads to higher incidence of heart disease, for example.

3. Keep Agni Strong

Your digestive fire, or agni, is vital to true health. Immunity is absolutely influenced by the power of agni, our ability to digest, assimilate, and absorb nutrients in our bodies. If agni is impaired by an imbalance within the tridosha, metabolism is affected and the immune response and natural resistance are always compromised. When we eat things that harm our digestive fire, Ayurvedic practitioners say we are commiting prajnaparabda, a crime against wisdom.

This causes extra ama formation, leading to a toxic environment in the body. This also interferes with the natural intelligence of each cell which is encoded with a will to live, be healthy, and work together as a whole, communicating with the other cells of the body. Ayurveda always strives to restore this intelligence. You can sip hot water, or ginger tea throughout the day to boost agni.

4. Do Yoga and Meditate

There are hundreds of studies which show that yoga and meditation positively affect the immune response in the body. They do so primarily by lowering stress. Yoga is even correlated to healthy gene expression in immune cells. Changes happen quickly, too, according to one Norwegian study. “There are rapid (within two hours of start of practice) and significant gene expression changes… during a comprehensive yoga program.”

5. Limit the Intake of Alcohol

Alcohol can impair white blood cells mobility. Alcohol also combines with red blood cells to create “blood sludging,” in which red blood cells clump together and cause smaller blood vessels to plug up. This reduces the flow of oxygen to many vital organs. With less than an optimal amount of oxygen, your organs and your immune system will not operate at their best.

6. Eat Consistently, at Regular Times Throughout the Day

Regular meals allow the body time to assimilate nourishment and get rid of what it doesn’t want. It also helps the body to feel as if it isn’t ‘starving’ and trigger hormonal responses that are undesirable. This also increases digestive fire.

7. Add Medicinal Herbs

herbsinhands 263x164 10 Ancient Tips for Boosting Immunity Everyone Should be DoingThere are thousands of medicinal herbs that boost immunity. Garlic, Echinacea, ginseng, ginger, turmeric, ginkgo biloba, olive leaf, astragalus root, amla, and more are at the ready to help your body defend itself against invaders. Many keep your white blood cell count high, and others act as adaptogens, helping to support the vital organs in whatever way they need help with the most.

You can try Ayurvedic formulas of sitopaladi and mahasudarshan, traditionally used to prevent colds and flu, as well as Western herbs osha and echinacea, which are powerful immunostimulants.

8. Exercise Regularly According to Your Dosha

There are over 5000 years put into the study of which type of exercise if right for your dosha. You may benefit more from going on long walks, while others might benefit from short, quick bursts of activity. The master Ayurvedic physician Charaka wrote, “From physical exercise, one gets lightness, a capacity for work, firmness, tolerance of difficulties, elimination of impurities, and stimulation of digestion.”  You can always tailor your physical movement to your specific body and personality type.

9. Get Good Sleep

The body is very busy while you are resting. During deep sleep, the immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. When we have balanced cycles of rest and activity, our immune cells can regenerate properly. A lack of sleep interrupts this process. It can cause increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, depression, and other illnesses.

10. Practice Pranayama

Pranayama is the ancient yogic and Ayurvedic habit of redirecting pranic energy through the breath. Pranayama cleanses and strengthens the physical body while calming and clearing the mind. It is important to practice with the proper posture to allow the breath to move freely in the body. Alternate nostril breathing has been proven with scientific studies to positively affect the immune response in the body. You can also check out these breathing exercises for better immunity.

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.” ~ Sebastian Pole

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