Minding Your Mitochondria

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Dr. Terry Wahls – tells her story, a story that everyone needs to watch.

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair. Watch the video of Dr Terry Wahls Lecture, and take from it what you need.

Mitochondria are often called the ‘cell’s powerhouse.’ They are specialized compartments within almost every cell. They are responsible for producing 90% of the energy needed by our body to sustain life. Mitochondria combine oxygen from the air we breathe with calories from food to produce energy.

Research has consistently shown that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of many very common illnesses and chronic conditions of adulthood. These include: Alzheimer’s Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and even the aging process itself.

The major factors involved in poor mitochondrial function include deficiencies in critical cellular nutrients, proprioceptive deficiencies, and environmental toxicity. The standard American diet, sedentary lifestyle, and ubiquitous amount of toxins in our society make today`s generation far more susceptible for mitochondrial dysfunction than ever before.

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A diagram showing a mitochondrion of the eukaryotic cell. Mitochondria are organelles surrounded by membranes, distributed in the cytosol of most eukaryotic cells. Its main function is the conversion of potential energy of pyruvate molecules into ATP. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 Maintaining healthy mitochondrial function is critically important in preventing disease and promoting longevity. Nutrients such as coenzyme Q10, acetyl-L-carnitine, and alpha-lipoic acid help optimize mitochondrial health. Other nutritional remedies—including carnosine, benfotiamine, and rhodiola—complement the actions of CoQ10, acetyl-L-carnitine, and alpha-lipoic acid in promoting a healthy and energetic lifestyle.
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Lazy eye in kids – could it be our fault?

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A New Challenge

Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as lazy eye, is a disorder in which the visual acuity in one or both eyes is reduced due to abnormal visual development during infancy and early childhood. In amblyopia, the brain favors the visual signal from the stronger eye and ignores the weaker eye, often causing it to wander inward or outward. If left untreated, permanent vision loss in the lazy eye can result. This loss of vision can range from mild to severe.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/514882-lazy-eye-in-babies/#ixzz1sxOBqbrW

I was in a course during the week end and the facilitator made reference to lazy eye, what he said resonated with me a lot and I want to share this with you. Whether true or not I do not know but it is logical.

While your newborn’s eyes are physically capable of seeing just fine at birth, his brain isn’t ready to process all that visual information, so things stay pretty fuzzy for a while. As his brain develops, so does his ability to see clearly, giving him the tools he needs to understand and manage his environment. Though your baby starts out life being able to see only as far as your face when you hold him, his range of clarity grows steadily, month by month.

Breastfeeding a baby the baby is moved from breast to breast and so the baby moves direction, facing one way for the right breast, facing the opposite for the other side. Now think of a baby being feed from a bottle, by mum and dad, she rest the baby mostly in the same arm, there is no reason to rotate the baby from arm to arm. Why is all this important.

What are the baby’s eyes doing when your feeding them?  One eye is fixed on the person feeding them the other can be found to be wondering around the room. The eye fixed on the feeder does not have a lot of work to do, there is not a great deal of stimulation feed into the brain from this eye, but the eye wondering the room is getting stronger and developing faster, stimulation from a greater view is creating stronger connection from this eye to the brain.

Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as lazy eye from my understanding could be reduced by moving baby from arm to arm, giving both eyes equal opportunity to develop a strong brain connection. Is this simple think worth doing if you could prevent lazy eye? I think so!

How the eyes develops

At first your baby can’t focus farther than 8 to 12 inches away — just far enough to make out the face of the person holding him. He can detect light, shapes, and movement beyond that, but it’s all pretty blurry right now. Appropriately enough, your face is the most fascinating thing to your baby at this age (followed by high-contrast patterns such as a checkerboard), so be sure to give him plenty of up-close time.

1 month
At birth your baby didn’t know how to use his eyes in tandem, so they may have wandered randomly or even crossed now and then. This month or next, he’ll be able to consistently focus both eyes and track a moving object. A rattle passed in front of his face will often transfix him as he explores this newfound ability. He may also enjoy playing eyes-to-eyes with you: With your face very close to his, move your head slowly from side to side, with your eyes and his eyes locked.

2 months
Your baby could see color from birth, but he had difficulty distinguishing similar tones, such as red and orange. That’s one reason he preferred black-and-white or high-contrast patterns. For the next few months, his brain’s at work learning to distinguish colors. As a result, he’ll probably begin to show a preference for bright primary colors and more detailed and complicated designs. Encourage this development by showing him pictures, photos, books, and toys. For the next couple of months, he’ll also be perfecting his object-tracking skills.

4 months
Your baby’s beginning to develop depth perception. Until now, it was tough for him to locate an object’s position, size, and shape, then get a message from his brain to his hand to reach out and grasp it. At 4 months, he has both the motor development to handle the task and the maturity in his brain circuitry to coordinate all the moves needed to accomplish it. You can help him practice by offering him easy-to-grasp toys like rattles (otherwise he’ll go for your easy-to-grasp hair, glasses, or earrings).

5 months
Your baby is getting better at spotting very small items and tracking moving objects. He may even be able to recognize something after seeing only part of it. This is evidence of his budding understanding of object permanence (knowing that things exist even when he can’t see them at the moment), which is why he loves to play peekaboo. He can probably distinguish between similar bold colors and will start working on more subtle differences in pastels.

8 months
Your baby’s vision — between 20/200 and 20/400 at birth — is almost adult in its clarity and depth perception at this point. Though his attention is more focused on objects that are close by, his vision is strong enough to recognize people and objects across the room. His eyes are probably close to their final color, though you may see subtle changes later.

1-8 eye development info source:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-sight_6508.bc?page=1

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Health Benefits of Flax Seed

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Health Benefits of Flax Seed

If you have not heard about Flax Seed, have a read of this and head down to your health food store to find out more.
Flax seed is available in full seeds or in a ground up form. The ground form makes for easy sprinkling on other foods. Another alternative, is just to dilute some ground flax seed  in water, I have been doing this, normally I will leave them soak over night and drink them down in the morning. Flax seeds take up water, they are able to absorb 10 times their volume in water, so drink water with them, you don’t want the benefits to backfire and end up constipated.

Flax Seed is Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are a key force against inflammation in our bodies. Mounting evidence shows that inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. This inflammation is enhanced by having too little Omega-3 intake (such as in fish, flax, and walnuts), especially in relation to Omega-6 fatty acid intake (in oils such as soy and corn oil). In the quest to equalize the ratio of these two kinds of oils, flax seed can be a real help.

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Flax Seed is High in Fiber: You’d be hard-pressed to find a food higher in fiber – both soluble and insoluble — than flax. This fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the intestines.
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Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals (Compounds in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect the body. There are over 10,000 of them, and they have effects such as antioxidant, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cellular repair.)  It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
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Source of this info: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/flaxinfo.htm (By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide)
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Is sugar toxic?

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After going to a talk on cardiovascular disease by Dr Sherif Sultan, I was amazed to learn that we are all eating a toxin and enjoying it, and feeding it to our kids and loved ones.

Sugar is as toxic to health as alcohol. A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down easier, but it is also doing damage as it makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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I have been off refined sugar for only a week, and on Eater Sunday I had some chocolate, within a few minutes I could hear and feel my heart beating harder, my blood pressure had increased! I only had a piece of chocolate that was no larger then a credit card, this was my reaction to a little sugar after a week without. Scary to think about!

So sugar causes our cholesterol to go up, and then the doctor puts us on a statin to reduce the cholesterol, and then the statins start to kill us with the side effects, and we get sicker and sicker. So I ask you Is sugar toxic?

Have a look at this video

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Positive Mindset – Change the pattern, change your life! 

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Change the pattern change your life!

You are unhappy and negative because of how you think.Your thoughts influence your feelings, your feelings influence your actions or behaviour. So change the way you think, and you can change your life.

 

Decide to be positive: 

We all have a choice, to be positive or negative, to be happy or sad, to be in a good mood or a bad mood, to love or to hate, to be a victim or to learn from our situation. What we need to understand is that even when we think we do not have a choice, we do, and it is that choice that colours our out look.

 

Do something that makes you happy: 

If you can, do something you enjoy to do, what ever it is, just do it and feel yourself starting to enjoy yourself, feel a smile, feel a happy feeling, feel a little bit of positivity entering your life.

 
Smile – fake it till you make it.

Put a smile on your face, even of you are faking it will made you feel happier and more positive. Try to keep smiling for about a minute. Amazingly the brain does not know the difference between a real and a fake smile. When we smile it has been found that our brain releases powerful neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin, these are our body’s natural happy drugs. Smiling also relieves stress, boosts your immune system and lowers your blood pressure.
Here is a ted video that you might like to watch.

Hidden power of smiling

 

Gratitude:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. ~  see my pervious post ‘An Attitude of Gratitude’

 

Choose to be around positive people.

Surrounding yourself with loving, supportive, positive people is very important. If you don’t believe me find someone negative, down on themselves and everyone and everything. Listen to complaining about stuff, feel the stress and tension in and around them. Life is too short to spend time with people who bring you down, suck the happiness, life, and energy out of you. Negative people can destroy our self-belief, and our dreams, leaving you drained and in the gutter.
Positive people have an inspiring energy, they raise your spirits up, they motivate you, and increase the feel good factor.

 

Self-talk – Challenge negative thoughts or self talk. 

Have you ever stopped and listened to what that voice in your head is saying. It’s an unconscious chatter that many people hardly even notice it. I often have an inner battle with this voice, this voice I call my gremlin.
Once you become aware of this voice you will be amazed, it will keep yapping and yapping, and very rarely it is positive talk, so we need to train it, be aware and catch it in the act. You need to create your own positive thought patterns. The aim here is to make these new statements just as unconscious as the current negative ones, we do this by repetition, try to repeat the positive thought pattern for at least 68 seconds, allowing to anchor in the unconscious, keep doing this until the negative statement you are aiming at changes.

 

Think abundance not lack.

Instead of thinking half empty, think half full, look at the bright side.

 

Don’t allow the past doesn’t dictate your future.

Just because something happened in the past does not mean it will happen again.

Or if your past was great, you may. Be finding your present dull and bleak, then thinking to your future can be looking dull as well.
Or you lost someone special, and you are reliving the if only …..
Living in the past will rob you of a meaningful and fulfilling, happy present and future.Live in the now! There is only now. The past in gone, the future may never come, so enjoy where you are right now this second.

 

Keep a diary

Try to keep it positive, but if you use it to get things off your chest, or express how you feel, go back and have a look at it when some time is passed. I journaled a lot after my mother was told she was terminally ill and when she died. I have from time to time looked back on what I have wrote and I can see how far I have come. I also found an old diary from when one of my brothers died and I was able to see my progress thought the grief and I was able to identify times I had felt down, I saw a pattern of being extremely down six months after a bereavement, this helped me to cope.

But as I said try to be positive, what is good in life, what is happening, what are you planning, what did you see today tat was beautiful, or something funny. If you are arty draw something, even a big smiley face. Journaling will help you realise that you can find opportunities in negative situations.

 

Remember that life is a journey. It is your choice, how enjoy it, where you go, what you do. 

And remember ‘it’s better to laugh then to cry’

~ Nancy O’Connor

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Spinning in circles in pure panic due to inner response to change

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Have you ever found yourself spinning in circles, in a panic not knowing what you are going to do in life next?

Something or someone just pulled the rug from under you?

Change is happening and you didn’t see it coming or you ignored it hoping it would pass but now you are in the middle of change and in a pure panic.

You have a choice, but no idea what is the right thing to do?

You have to do something but you do not see a path to take.

All you want to do is roll up and hide from the world.

In the last 10 years I’ve been there a few times!

Three very close bereavements, changing career, moving country, finishing a college degree, looking for employment, work related stress, made redundant, taking care of my terminally ill mother.

Yes, all very challenging times, but there were good things in between, but all of these situations have been a learning opportunity for me. Not that I took it that way when I was in the middle of the situations, but looking back at my ten year roller-coaster of life, I realise that life happens, change happens and many times we have no control over it, (one second of someone else’s life can change your life forever), but we do have control in how we react to the situation we are in, and in how we pick our selfs up and how we move forward.

Our inner response to a situation is key, key to our present and to our future state of mind, and this state of mind is what help form our actual present and future.

 

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Sometimes you just know what you are doing is what you are meant to be doing!

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Sometimes you find something in a book that needs to be repeated.


Just got this book today, just opened a random page and read it, made me smile as it is so true. Sometimes you just know what you are doing is what you are meant to be doing!

This is from Making the big leap by Suzy Greaves.

Ten ways to tell when your inner coach is speaking to you.

  • Your decision ‘feels’ right.
  • You ‘just know’ that this is the right path.
  • You are very clear about what you want.
  • You feel relaxed and happy about your decision.
  • You feel like you’re in ‘the flow’. Coincidences start happening. ‘you’ll never believe it…’ is your favorite phrase.
  • You feel a flicker of excitement in your stomach.
  • You trust your intuition even though you have no evidence to back it up.
  • Even though life doesn’t look as if it necessarily going in the right direction, you know it is.
  • You find yourself inspired with ideas more often than before.
  • You begin to trust your decisions.
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An Attitude of Gratitude

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An Attitude of Gratitude is a powerful tool to creating a happy life.

Gratitude is an incredible thing! Some believe that it may be the single most effective way to increase happiness.

I have engaged gratitude and appreciation in my life, and have found that it has help me through a few very difficult times over the last year.

We all come across situations where we just want to roll up in the corner and wish the world would disappear. I know how easy it is to do that, but I have learn that finding even the smallest thing in our darkest day can turn us around, and the light at the end of the tunnel gets a little brighter. Even during bad times, especially during the bad times, we should and need to focus on the good we have, whatever that may be.

Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In general people tend to take for granted the good that is in their lives, just focusing on the negative. Noticing simple pleasures in life brings you away from the feeling of lack, maintaining a high level of positive-thinking.

Happiness always comes from within yourself. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. If you think it is from external things or on other people you become vulnerable. Happiness is a journey not a destination, and If you wait until you arrive at a happy place, you may miss a lot of the joy on the way.

Behavioural scientists tell us that if we do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit.

What to do, just write 3 to 10 things that you are grateful and appreciate, do this everyday for the 21 days, you’ll find yourself continuing pass the 21 days, I know I did. Don’t worry if you end up repeating yourself sometimes, just get writing.
Start the statement with ‘I am grateful and appreciate ……….’

It can be something as simple as:
‘I am grateful and appreciate the eyes i have to read this post!’
‘I am grateful and appreciate my life’
‘I am grateful and appreciate that it is not raining’
‘I am grateful and appreciate my loving friends and family’

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. —Denis Waitley

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What lead me to Bio-Energy Healing

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Years ago I did do a Reiki cource but never did anything with it but I had and still have a belief that it is powerful.

During the years after doing the course there was a few times where I knew I could have helped someone but as I did not have the confidence to do the Reiki I ended up feeling a little guilty.

2011, my mother was very ill, and I did everything for her, but again I wished I could do more for her. But she always said I had healing hands, if all they did was make her comfortable I am happy.

After she passed away one of her friend told me about bio-energy, I did not know about it and if I had I would have taken her to see someone.

I decided there and then I have to do this course, I am never going to be in this situation again, knowing I could do more and not been able.

So that is what lead me to study bio-energy.

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