Holistic Healing and Alternative Medicine for Your Total Health

December 2010

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By Jim Philips

The law of gratitude is much like the law of gravity in that we know it exists, we know to a certain degree what it is, we know that it is at work whether we are consciously aware of it or not. We don’t have to think about gravity to know that it keeps planets in alignment and us on the face of the Earth. We don’t have to think about it to know that it causes the ebb and flow of the oceans.

With gratitude however the more we are conscious and are aware of it and express it, the more we are given for which to be grateful. The more we demonstrate that we appreciate all that we have and all that is available to us, the more the Universe responds by giving us more.

So just how does this law of gratitude work? When we demonstrate gratitude, heartfelt gratitude, through our thoughts, words and deeds we emit an energetic frequency of love, joy, peace and thankfulness. As this energetic frequency is emitted it attracts like energetic frequencies that open the way for similar experiences. The Universe wants us to experience love, joy and happiness. Therefore it will co-create with us those experiences that allow for these feelings/emotions to be expressed.

Being in a state of gratitude allows us to be open and receptive to what the Universe wants us to experience, in fact, what the Universe has promised to us as our birthright. We live life with an understanding and acceptance that there is an abundance of everything we desire readily available to us at all times.

Living our lives with this abundance mentality dissolves all thoughts of lack or limit to which we might become attached. By releasing limiting thoughts and beliefs we make room for that which we truly desire and for which we are truly grateful. By expressing gratitude we become empowered because we no longer question our worthiness to receive whatever it is we desire.

Keys to the Law of Gratitude:

1.Gratitude must be heart-felt and sincere. It is expressed without the ego based intention that you will receive something in return.
2.Gratitude is expressed/demonstrated in thought, word and deed.
3.Gratitude is expressed for anything and everything for which you have been blessed without any judgment or thought about that which you do not have.
4.When gratitude is expressed we ask that what we have been given be given to all others.

Author's Bio
JIM has been a highly respected business leader and entrepreneur for the better part of 30 years. His passion for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement has resulted in the presentation of workshops and seminars on business development and success principles throughout the United States and parts of Europe. Most recently his passion has been the exploration and application of spiritual law as it applies to prosperity and overall quality of life. In addition to workshops and teleconferences Jim is available for: •Spiritual mentoring. •One on one coaching. •Small group in-home presentations or discussions. •Large group/organization presentations or key note addresses. Contact Jim for topics, available dates and pricing. To contact Jim, call (703) 626-8441 or email at jimpelite@aol.com www.pathofenrichment.com or receive regular inspirations by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/pathofenrichment

By Dr. Mercola

Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health. But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a "supernutrient," becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

This carotenoid is called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation.

Astaxanthin is leaps and bounds more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein; other members of its chemical family. Astaxanthin exhibits VERY STRONG free radical scavenging activity, and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.

What makes astaxanthin so different from other nutritional elements? And what can it do for your health? The answers to these questions will form the basis of the remainder of this article, and I think you'll be quite impressed.

Astaxanthin is in a League of its Own

There are many properties that make this carotenoid special.

Here are the main differences:

Astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging: it is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.
Astaxanthin is far more effective than other carotenoids at "singlet oxygen quenching," which is a particular type of oxidation. The damaging effects of sunlight and various organic materials are caused by this less-stable form of oxygen. Astaxanthin is 550 times more powerful than vitamin E and 11 times more powerful than beta-carotene at neutralizing this singlet oxygen.
Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier AND the blood-retinal barrier (beta carotene and lycopene do not), which has huge implications for the health of your eyes.
It is soluble in lipids, so it incorporates into cell membranes.
It is a potent UVB absorber.
It reduces DNA damage.
It is a very powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
No adverse reactions have been found for people taking astaxanthin.
It is virtually impossible to obtain the recommended daily amount of astaxanthin from diet alone because there are only two prime sources: microalgae and sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, and krill).

Carotenoids 101

Carotenoids are the compounds in your foods that give you that vibrant cornucopia of color -- from green grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of your bell peppers -- as well as all of the beautiful flowers in your garden. Almost all living things obtain their colors from natural pigments.

Beyond their visual splendor, these pigments have deeper value in that they carry out a variety of important biological functions. They are critical to the photosynthetic process and protect the plant or organism from damage by light and oxygen. Many animals incorporate carotenoids into their diets, which provide them with antioxidants and a source of vitamin A activity.

By consuming a plant or organism that contains these pigments, you gain a similar protective benefit.

There are more than 600 naturally occurring carotenoids, but most people are familiar with only a few.

Carotenoids are classified into two groups:

1.Carotenes, which contain no oxygen atoms: lycopene (the red in tomatoes) and beta-carotene (the orange in carrots) are examples.

2.Xanthophylls, which contain oxygen atoms: lutein, canthaxanthin (the gold in chanterelle mushrooms), zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin are examples.

Zeaxanthin is the most common carotenoid found in nature (peppers, maize, kiwi, grapes, oranges and squash).

At this moment, about ten different carotenoids are likely circulating in your blood. None of the carotenes tested to date are able to cross your blood-brain barrier -- but astaxanthin does.

All Carotenoids are Not Created Equal

Some carotenoids (including beta-carotene, lycopene, and zeaxanthin) act not only as antioxidants, but also as pro-oxidants when present in your tissues in sufficient concentrations -- which is not a good thing.

Astaxanthin is unique in that it cannot function as a pro-oxidant, making it highly beneficial.

Zeaxanthin is already abundant in your diet, provided you eat enough fresh, raw, vegetables and some fruit. Your best source of lutein is from the yolks of eggs -- but make sure they are organic eggs laid by free-range pastured hens.

Astaxanthin is different in that you are probably not consuming much of it, and certainly not enough to take advantage of all its benefits.

Astaxanthin is the most commonly occurring red carotenoid in marine and aquatic animals, especially salmon, giving it its characteristic pink color. Salmon and other sea creatures, like other animals, cannot synthesize astaxanthin themselves and must obtain it from their diets, which include zooplankton and krill. These smaller organisms feed on the microalgae, which are the original producers of the pigment.

Laboratory-made astaxanthin is now commonly used worldwide to supplement fish feeds in order to obtain the desired pinkish to orange-red color. However, wild salmon are 400 percent higher in astaxanthin than farmed salmon, and 100 percent of theirs is natural astaxanthin, rather than synthetic.

Carotenoids and Your Eyes

When you were a child, odds are you were told, "Eat carrots -- they'll give you good eyesight!"

There is some truth to that old adage, as carrots contain carotenoids -- many of which are important for your eyes. Vitamin A, or retinal, is vital to your retina -- without it, you would simply go blind. But vitamin A is readily available from your diet.

Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in your retina, which has the highest concentration of fatty acids of any tissue in your body. This is because your retina is a highly light and oxygen rich environment, and it needs a large force of free radical scavengers to prevent oxidative damage there.

It is theorized that your body concentrates zeaxanthin and lutein in your retina to perform this duty. The concentration of these two pigments in the macula of your retina are what give it its characteristic yellow color. (The macula is actually called the "macula lutea" which literally means "yellow spot.") Zeaxanthin and lutein both cross the blood-brain-retina barriers, as astaxanthin does.

It is interesting that your eye preferentially concentrates zeaxanthin over lutein in the central macular retinal area (called the fovea), where the greatest amount of light impinges -- and zeaxanthin is a more effective singlet oxygen scavenger than lutein. Your body seems to naturally "know" this and accumulates it where it's most needed!

Protecting Your Retina with Astaxanthin

Vitamin C can help protect you from retinal injury from excessive light energy, and indeed, high levels of vitamin C are found in human retinal tissues. But this common nutrient cannot do the job alone.

Epidemiological studies have shown that diets high in carotenoids (especially lutein and zeaxanthin) are associated with a reduced risk of cataracts and ARMD. It has also been shown experimentally that regular consumption of lutein supplements can increase your macular pigment density, which may potentially reduce your risk for later development of ARMD.

Scientists have studied lutein, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, and astaxanthin for their respective abilities to protect the retina. But none function to the degree that astaxanthin does, in terms of potency as a free radical scavenger and/or permeability across your blood-brain-retina barrier.

In studies, canthaxanthin was actually found to be potentially damaging to the eye as it caused eye inclusions, which can lead to retinopathy. So this carotenoid was ruled out as a supplement. Dr. Mark Tso of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University (considered by most professionals to be the most prestigious ophthalmology training center in the world) has clearly demonstrated that astaxanthin is the clear winner when it comes to protecting your eyes. He discovered that astaxanthin easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and exerts its effects safely and with more potency than any of the other carotenoids, without adverse reactions.

Specifically, Tso determined astaxanthin could ameliorate or prevent light induced damage, photoreceptor cell damage, ganglion cell damage, and damage to the neurons of the inner retinal layers.

He concluded that astaxanthin supplementation could be effective in preventing or treating a whole host of eye diseases, including:

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
Diabetic neuropathy
Cystoid macular edema
Central retinal arterial and venous occlusion
Inflammatory eye diseases (i.e., retinitis, iritis, keratitis, scleritis, etc.)

Other researchers (Shimidzu et al, Bagchi, Martin et al, and Beutner) have since confirmed Dr. Tso's finding that astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant ever discovered for eye health, giving your eyes an additional layer of long-term protection.
Source: mercola.com

By David Krajovic

Holidays are often stressful. Despite the fun and excitement of this time of year, it is hard to get by without added stress. With good intentions we take on new tasks and activities to ensure a happy holiday for our family and friends. We do more than time allows. This leaves us tired, exhausted and secretly looking forward to when the holidays are over so we can rest. As the favorite Christmas song goes, “And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again.” It’s a paradox. You love the holidays but don’t love how you do it and wish there was a way to do it with less stress.

You Can Make A Difference

There is something you can do, something that is in your control, something that can relax you and up your energy level at the same time. You can actually become more present and enjoy more of the holidays in ways you never thought possible. Does that sound like something you would like to experience? You can do this by taking some deep breaths and becoming aware of the way you breathe.

Stress Affects the Way We Breathe

Stress is the condition of wanting something one way when the event or action is headed another way. If that thing does not happen, then I will not be happy. Or if this other thing happens, then I will be unhappy. Our mind is often out there somewhere in the future, planning this contemplating that. How we are going to get it all done, we ask. In essence, we are living in the future rather than the now. We miss a lot of the joy of the season as we run around trying to please everyone. This stress causes our breath pattern to become rapid and shallow, blood pressure increases, and we become numb to our surroundings.

Slowing Down Your Breathing Slows Down Your Stress

It seems hard to slow it down but it’s not. When you bring awareness to your breath, you slow it all down because when you are aware of the breath you are aware of the breath in this moment. Therefore, you cannot be in the past or the future. You can only be here now. Through presence, you gain energy and clarity and open to a whole new world around you. You will find it easier to balance your life as you make choices of a higher nature. You will find yourself enjoying the holidays like never before.

So when you are feeling stressed, try the following:
1. Observe your breath? Is your breath short and shallow? Is it in the chest or belly? Are you breathing or hardly breathing? We often stop breathing when we are under stress.
2. Take a deep breath in and count the number of seconds it took to breathe in.
3. When you exhale, breathe out twice as long as it took to inhale. If you inhaled on a count of four, slow down your exhale to a count of eight.
4. Clear you mind. Think about nothing. Sometimes it’s hard to do but if you focus on feeling the breath move through you this will be much easier. You will be in the moment not with some thought in the future or past.
5. Repeat for three full breaths.
6. Note how you feel.

The Benefits of Breath Awareness

You will notice everything slows down. As the mind slows down, the focus of the mind actually increases. You will be less distracted and mental clarity will increase allowing you to make better decisions. You will be less stressed; blood vessels will dilate and your blood pressure will decline. All good things for you and your body. It’s a gift you can give yourself.

Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

This technique takes about 60 seconds to practice. It takes no time at all. There are no excuses for not doing it. The key to achieving lasting benefits is frequency and repetition. This is a practice. It needs to be done frequently to create a more permanent change in your vibrational frequency. We are all human, and we forget. Place reminders around your house. Some suggestions: put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror and one on your refrigerator, place a note on the dashboard of your car, change the screensaver on your computer, place reminders in your calendar, get your family involved and remind each other. Do this together and you will be amazed at the connection you feel for each other. Minutes a day is all it takes.

Practicing breath awareness regularly brings inner stillness, peace, feelings of open heartedness and love. Isn’t that the real Spirit of the Season? Peace and Joy to you this Holiday Season.

Breathe Well! Be Well! Live Well!

Author's Bio
Dave Krajovic, MBA, CPA, NCTMB is an Advanced Pranic Healer, Master Breather, Certified Breath Facilitator, Senior Trainer for the Transformational Breath Foundation and co-founder of the Global Breath Institute. As an international speaker and trainer he has helped thousands restore well-being, renew their passion for life and connect to Oneness through Transformational Breathing Breathwork and the mystery of the breath. You can learn more about conscious breathing by viewing his website at http://www.globalbreathinstitute.com or contact him at 734-416-5200 or dave@GlobaBreathInstitute.com.

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