If you aren’t posing correctly, you’re not only depriving yourself of the benefits of yoga, but the misplacement could potentially lead to injury (yikes!). Even if you practice yoga on the reg, you can easily find yourself in autopilot mode, and potentially allow your stances to become less disciplined. Sky Ting Yoga co-founder Krissy Jones is here to demonstrate the right way to nail three common poses you might be getting wrong.
If you have ever heard of the placebo effect, you are aware that there is clear evidence that your body has an innate and powerful self repair system.
Now, in this TEDtalk, Lissa Rankin, MD talks about the scientific and spiritual implications that the placebo effect has on our bodies. Dr. Rankin discusses how our thoughts are able to make significant changes in our physiology when we believe we can get better.
The Spontaneous Remission Project is a huge database of many cases where so called “incurable” diseases have reversed themselves with no explainable medical reason. Over 3500 participants with grave illnesses like HIV, heart disease and cancer had their illness disappear with nothing but placebo treatments.
Dr. Rankin also tells the story of a man named Mr. Wright, who was riddled with cancer and had been given days to live. He was given drugs that he was positive would heal his cancer. His tumors shrunk to half their size within days. However, when a report came out that the drug he had been given was ineffective, he got discouraged and his tumors came back!
Mr. Wright’s doctor sneakily told him that he had a better quality version of the drug and injected him with… water. His tumors again went away!
One key component Dr. Rankin brings up is the almost symbiotic healing relationship between patient and healthcare professional. Studies showed that patients chances of recovering from illnesses went up greatly if their healthcare professionals remained positive, encouraging and hopeful, no matter what treatment the patients did or did not receive. In some studies, these patients were even given fake surgeries, and still got better!
Somehow, another human being giving these patients hope was able to help them transform their thoughts into healing ones. This is a key takeaway point for those in medical healthcare industry, as positive bedside manner and plain old human kindness and compassion may end up doing more wonders for your patients than just medicine and technology.
What do you think? Do we have the power to heal ourselves? Here is the full video below: (please embed, thank you so much)
Many Americans consider their health and healthcare to be among the best in the world, but the sad truth is that Americans are perhaps the biggest consumers of processed and artificial foods and ingredients. There are many products in our grocery stores that contain additives or ingredients that are banned in other countries.
Here are 3 examples:
1. Milk and Dairy Products with rBGH
rBGH, or recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a synthetic version of BST – natural bovine somatotropin, which is a hormone that cows produce. This artificially produced hormone is engineered from E. coli bacteria and injected into cows for the purpose of increasing milk production.
However, rBGH is banned in over 30 other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, because of its health concerns, such as increased risk for colon, prostate and breast cancers.
To avoid rBGH, look for labels that say “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH”.
2. Drinks With Flame Retardent
If you have ever had any citrus flavored sodas or energy drinks such as Mountain Dew, you’re also getting a healthy dose of a substance called BVO, or brominated vegetable oil. BVO was originally used by chemical companies as a flame Retardent.
Banned in Japan and Europe, BVO can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and in large doses can cause reproductive and behavioral issues. It can also lead to an iodine deficiency, creating further problems such as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue or even cardiac arrhythmias.
3. Arsenic in chicken
Drugs containing arsenic are approved for use in animal feed in the US. These drugs are used to make animals grow quicker and make their meat appear pinker which leads people to think they are fresher.
These arsenic laced drugs are banned in Europe. While the US FDA’s stance is that these products are safe because the arsenic in it is organic (making it less toxic than the inorganic form, a known carcinogen), studies show that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic. Supermarket chicken have been found to have elevated levels of inorganic arsenic.
These are just three of many substances found in foods that are eaten daily by millions of Americans. Is it time for the US to wake up and stop allowing potentially dangerous chemicals into our food supply?
In Part 1 of this series, we unearthed some interesting and little known facts about what Canola oil actually is and how it came to be such a mainstay in the American diet. Here in Part 2 we will look at whether there is good reason for you to be cautious with Canola oil usage.
While there is truth that Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fats – around 55-65% – similar to olive and other healthy plant based oils, the problem is that another 28-35% of it is polyunsaturated, with another small portion being saturated fat.
Because Canola oil is so heavily processed, the polyunsaturated fats in it are extremely unstable when exposed to heat, light or pressure, making them oxidized, which in turn releases free radicals into your body when ingested. This inflammatory oil can contribute to a host of illnesses in your body, including cancer, heart disease and degenerative diseases.
Whereas some plant oils like olive can be cold pressed naturally with no need for solvents or heat, Canola oil requires a complicated extraction process using dangerously high pressure and heat, as well as toxic petroleum based solvents such as hexane – which is known to cause nerve damage.
Additionally, Canola oil goes through vigorous refining processes that include bleaching and deodorizing. Unfortunately, this high level of processing can turn omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in the oils into dangerous trans fatty acids.
“Generally Recognized As Safe”?
While Canola oil is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), the fact remains that there are currently no long-term studies available on its effect on humans. The few studies that are available were done on animals.
An unpublished but verified study done in Japan in 1996 discovered that a special Canola oil diet killed laboratory animals. Canadian scientists then did a second study the following year using piglets and a Canola oil-based milk replacer diet. The results? The piglets vitamin E dropped to dangerously low levels.
It was concluded that Canola oil depletes vitamin E levels quickly. This is dangerous as vitamin E is responsible for protecting your body from the free-radical activity caused by lipid preoxidation.
Hopefully it is now clear that there is no justification for using Canola oil in the human diet. But what are some healthier alternatives?
- Virgin Coconut Oil – a heat stable oil that is suitable for high temperature cooking.
- Ghee/butter – Ghee is even more heat stable than coconut oil.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – use for salad dressing or low temperature cooking.