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February, 2000

Be sure to check out our upcoming classes (below).

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do
the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not."
 –Thomas Henry Huxley

This Month's Tip

Female Health

"What do I have to do to prevent breast cancer?”  “How can I relieve the swelling and pain and lumps (fibrocystic disease) in my breasts?”  “Can I prevent tumors and fibroids in the ovary and uterus area?”  “What can I do for severe menstrual cramps?"

Unfortunately many women think that these problems are the norm or are "the inevitable problems" associated with being a woman.  With a definite plan of home self care, we have seen many patients report, often with a sigh of relief, that there is indeed something you can do for yourself to make you feel better and stay healthier.

Most female problems are due to a combination of nervous system dysfunction, poor digestion and elimination, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances.

The nervous system is the primary controlling system of the body and the actions of the nervous system are carried out by transmission of nerve impulses--electricity.  If the brain cannot transmit its messages properly to the body, dis-ease (pain, improper functioning) will occur.  The primary cause of this interruption in nerve transmission is the SUBLUXATION--nerve pressure due to spinal misalignments.  Chiropractic care is the method of choice for correcting subluxations.

The glandular system (pituitary, adrenals, ovaries, thyroid, etc.)  is known as the guardian of your health and sends its messages through secretions known as hormones.  Proper, coordinated functioning of the glandular system is dependent on exercise, proper functioning of the nervous system, and the balance of necessary nutrients (vitamins and enzymes) to aid in the body's chemical balance.  Yoga is one of the best methods of balancing the glandular system through exercise.  Ask us for specific yoga sets you can do on your own at home.

One common complaint of many women is breast swelling and soreness often with accompanying "lumps" (cysts) especially premenstrually.  During the normal cycle of a woman's period, estrogen and progesterone (two hormones) need to increase and decrease opposite one another.  For instance, after ovulation, the estrogen level needs to come down and the progesterone level needs to increase.

For this hormonal teeter-totter act to work properly the liver needs to help the body take out its excess estrogen and break it down so the body can eliminate it.  If the liver isn't working properly, this process can't efficiently occur.  One cause of improper liver functioning is the consumption of too much sugar, coffee, white bread, and fried foods, all of which tax and strain the liver's ability to function and use up the body's stores of B vitamins.  Many women find great relief of menstrual symptoms when they both cut down on these food offenders and increase their B vitamin intake.

Another reason the liver might "backup" and not work up to par, is the inability of the colon to accept the waste products of the liver.  One of the liver's main jobs is to accept the wastes of the body, break them down into usable and non-usable components, return the "good stuff" to the body for further use, and get rid of the "bad stuff" through the colon.  The colon's function can be impaired by similar foods: too much sugar, coffee, meats, fried foods, and refined foods.  By stimulating the colon to work better, the liver will function more efficiently, the estrogen will be "detoxified" from the body, and many pre-menstrual problems can be alleviated.  Again, by eliminating the offending foods, and increasing the B vitamin and C vitamin intakes, relief can be obtained.

Next month we'll discuss specific exercises as well as trigger (acupuncture) points that can be rubbed to gain not only relief but lasting correction of many female problems.

Bonus Tip

Refocus for Success

One of the greatest causes of stress is success!  Achieving your goals can cause slumps!  Sounds backwards, doesn't it?

Here's what happens: You work very hard to be successful, to increases your productivity, your sales, the amount of work you can accomplish in a shorter time.  You accomplish all your goals and feel, deservedly so, that you should reward yourself.

THE PROBLEM: your "reward" takes the form of letting up, of relaxing and resting on your laurels, instead of trying to do even better the next month.

THE RESULT: you go into a slump for a week, or two, or three only to have your total output for two months be equal or less than if you had just had two average months instead of a super month and a poor one.

What to do?  Here's a seven step plan guaranteed to work within a week; if you're in a severe slump, maybe two weeks.  Follow the following steps for 5 consecutive business days:

EXERCISE EACH MORNING - for at least a half hour, it'll make your blood move to make you feel and think clearer and give you a sense of accomplishment

STOP READING NEWSPAPERS - too much negativity, and it distracts your mind from accomplishing your goals (wastes a lot of valuable time too)

EXTEND YOUR WORKDAY BY 1/2 HOUR - start early or end late, your subconscious will know that you're deserving of ever greater goals and rewards when you put in a little extra time

SCHEDULE A BUSIER DAY - this too will enhance the feeling of "I deserve" so crucial to success

NO TV - like the newspaper, it will distract you and potentially make you feel guilty for not doing more

READ SELF HELP BOOKS DAILY - to remind you and help you concentrate on your goals, to give you fresh new ideas to be the most successful person you can be

LISTEN TO POSITIVE THINKING TAPES - especially while driving in the car, to and from work, on errands.  15 minutes twice a day, 20 days a month is equivalent to a 120 hour college course each year!

BONUS TIP:  TITHE – whatever seeds you sow you'll reap.  Want more money?  Give more money!

(Special thanks to Foster Hibbard for sharing these ideas with me)

Herbs and Nutrition for Health

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

As I mentioned, one of the key problems with female health problems is inadequate liver function.  To aid in the detoxification of the liver, try milk thistle, a common roadside herb.

Milk thistle (or its key constituent, Silymarin) is known to encourage growth of new liver cells (regeneration) and is also hepatoprotective (protects the liver from damage by toxins).

Most people think high cholesterol is solely a result of too much fat in the diet.  Actually, your diet only affects your cholesterol levels by 7-10%.  The rest of the high cholesterol story is improper liver function.  Milk thistle aids the liver in the break down and elimination of cholesterol.

As usual, herbs often work better in combinations.  Other herbs traditionally used to support the liver include Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale root), Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus root), artichoke (Cynara scolymus), turmeric (Curcuma longa) and the Chinese herb Bupleurum (Radix Bupleurum).

The silymarin in milk thistle seeds is a bioflavonoid complex.  Bioflavonoids are well known for their antioxidant properties.

Side effects?  Silymarin stimulates liver and gallbladder functions.  Because of this stimulation, you might experience a mild laxative effect that lasts a few days and usually disappears.

Upcoming Classes

Let Food Be Your Medicine

Learn what foods enhance digestion, cleansing, immunity, and relaxation.  Find out the importance of vitamins, herbs and water in maintaining your health and vitality.

Wednesday, March 15, 2000   7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Call 770-551-0155 to register — Space is limited — $10

Nutrition, A Sailor's Best Mate

Techniques and tips for staying health and recovering quickly on your sailing vacation.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000   7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Call Windsong Sailing Academy to register  404.256.6700 — Space is limited

Acupuncture for Yourself

Find out what acupuncture is and how you can utilize this ancient healing art to increase your health and vitality, prevent colds, treat headaches, relieve pain and more.  No needles!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2000   7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Call 770-551-0155 to register — Space is limited — $10

Kundalini Yoga Classes
Make space in your busy schedule for relaxation and self growth time.  Known as the Mother of all yogas, Kundalini yoga incorporates stretching, breathing, meditation and relaxation.  This yoga is more aerobic and at times more vigorous than Hatha Yoga, providing you not only with stress reduction, relaxation, inner growth and expansion, but also a good workout.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information

Kundalini Yoga Teachers Training and Certification

A wonderful intensive designed for the serious student of yoga.  This course will be an in depth, 130 hour course on the anatomy and physiology of yoga, the science of mantra and mudra, healing, diet, communication, chakras, the mind and much more.  This course is intended for those people interested in becoming Kundalini Yoga teachers and/or students who want to develop a deeper understanding and personal practice of Yoga.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information