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May Issue of Natural Alternatives
May 01, 2013

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


May 2013

Hello, and welcome to this edition edition of my Natural Alternatives Newsletter!


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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


IN THIS ISSUE:

1) YOGA FOR THE MIND: HOW TO PRACTICE THE 5 ANCIENT PRINCIPLES OF YOGA

2) BENEFITS OF JOJOBA

3) MANAGE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR AND CAST OUT THOSE CRAVINGS

4) THE POWER OF AURICULOTHERAPY


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1) YOGA FOR THE MIND: HOW TO PRACTICE THE 5 ANCIENT PRINCIPLES OF YOGA
FinerMinds.com


Many believe that Yoga is just a set of postures designed to strengthen your physical health, however, as explained by guest author Dr. Srikumar Rao, it's actually much more than that. Check out the article below to learn why.


Three thousand years ago, the Buddha realized that our mind is the cause of the problems that bedevil us.


  The Dhammapada (a collection of the Buddha’s sayings) states:


  With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind And trouble will follow you As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart. We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with a pure mind And happiness will follow you As your shadow, unshakable.


  Centuries before the Buddha, the Indian spiritual teacher Patanjali, made the same discovery, and went one step further as he laid out a systematic process by which one can overcome the torments of their mind.


  We know this as Yoga.


Yoga is an intricate philosophical system that will take you all the way to complete enlightenment.

Most of Yoga consists of preparing the mind, and relatively few people are aware of how important this is. While you may not explicitly be on a quest for liberation, the mind exercises of Yoga will bring joy to your life, clarity to your thinking, and an imperturbable serenity to your being.   The first limb of Yoga, according to Patanjali, is a set of five principles collectively known as Yamas.


  Here are some exercises that help you bring this into your life:


  1) Exercise non-violence (Ahimsa)
  It means more than refraining from physically harming others (including animals), as it refers to violence on a much broader scale – by not causing any suffering to other beings.   For example, remember those caustic comments you make? Cut them out. And that delicious gossip that makes the workplace somewhat bearable? That has to go too.   You even have to consider the fallout of your actions. Your co-worker who is slightly overweight and always fretting about her weight? Don’t give her chocolate cake.   Consciously think about the impact of your casual comments and your actions. See what you can do to not cause suffering.   You will not always succeed, but the attempt will benefit you.


  2) Stay Truthful (Satya)
  Is your word your bond? Think of the numerous instances when you play fast and get loose with the truth. When your wife asks you how she looks in her new dress and you think it doesn’t suit her at all, what do you say? Or how often do you promise to call someone or do something, and then just plain forget?   True, little lies act as social lubricants and make life better for everyone. Or so you tell yourself. But each such lie chips away at your being without you even being aware of it.   So, when you make a commitment, do so mindfully and follow through. If you cannot, let the other person know why. You will gain a reputation as being reliable. But more than that, you’ll generate a fire of powerful intent that will serve you well in many ways.   And what do you say when you think your wife’s dress is terrible?   Try something like “I love it when you ask me questions like that” and hope she does not notice that you have not answered her!


  3) Do Not Steal (Asteya)
  This means much more than not taking the property of others. Do you take credit for the work of your subordinates? Do you make unsubstantiated comments about others and “steal” their reputation?   See how often, by word and deed, you take something that is not rightfully yours. See the double standards you use such as returning extra change given to you by the hot dog vendor, but not returning the extra $20 dispensed by the cash machine at your bank.   There is a deep worldview at work here. The Universe will give you what is your due. You do not have to take what’s not yours.


  4) Practice Self-restraint (Brahmacharya)
  This is erroneously equated with celibacy. The notion here is not that you will refrain from sexual activity. This is pointless if you spend time being obsessed with not having sex. The notion is that you will live your life in such a manner that your drives will be sublimated.   It is a futile strategy to try to forcibly restrain your senses. But you can channel their force into productive pursuits. All the creative outputs of poets and sculptors and artists come from this same energy source.   You, too, can harness it wisely.


  5) Do Not Cling Onto Anything (Aparigraha)
  Notice how you are always clinging to something or other. You have a good meal at a restaurant and immediately make a mental note to come there again. Your boss comments on how well you write and you engineer opportunities to showcase your writing.   When you cling you are attached to a memory, to something that has already gone. And this attachment prevents you from truly enjoying the moment and what will come.   Examine your day-to-day life closely, and especially your thoughts. Do you see how your tendency to cling is actually degrading your life?   Practice giving up clinging. Even modest success in this will make a huge difference in your life.   By practicing and learning more about the five Yoga Yamas, and incorporating them into your physical Yoga practice, you’ll gain a better understanding of what Yoga is really about, and be on your path to greater spiritual enlightenment.


2)BENEFITS OF JOJOBA
By Cathy Wong, about.com


Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is a shrub that grows in arid regions of the southwestern United States, northern Mexico, and some parts of Africa. Its seeds are rich in oil and liquid wax, which are said to possess healing properties. Long used in folk medicine, jojoba contains essential fatty acids thought to offer certain benefits when used topically (i.e., applied directly to the skin).


Uses for Jojoba
Jojoba is touted as a natural remedy for the following problems:
acne
burns
hair loss
psoriasis
sunburn

Jojoba is also said to moisturize the skin by acting as an emollient (a substance that increases the skin's hydration). In addition, jojoba is commonly used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy.


Benefits of Jojoba
Despite its long history of use, very few scientific studies have tested the health effects of jojoba. Still, some preliminary research suggests that jojoba may offer certain health benefits. Here's a look at several key findings from the available studies on jojoba:


1) Acne
Jojoba oil may aid in the treatment of acne, according to a study published in the Swiss journal Research in Complementary Medicine in 2012. For the study, 194 people with acne, lesioned skin, or acne-prone skin applied a facial mask containing clay and jojoba oil two to three times a week for six weeks. Analyzing questionnaires and diaries submitted by the 133 participants who completed the study, researchers found that use of the facial masks led to a significant decrease in number of lesions and acne pustules.

It should be noted that it's unknown whether the clay, jojoba oil, or a combination of the two substances was responsible for the healing effects of the facial mask used in the study.


2) Wounds
Jojoba may promote wound-healing, suggests a preliminary study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2011. In laboratory experiments on human skin cells, the study's authors found that jojoba liquid wax helped speed up the closure of wounds.


3) Inflammation
There's some evidence that jojoba may help reduce inflammation (a biological process thought to contribute to several skin conditions, including acne and eczema). For example, in a 2005 study published in Pharmacology Research, tests on rats revealed that topical application of liquid wax extracted from jojoba helped reduce several markers of inflammation.


Safety
Jojoba is generally considered safe when used topically. However, some individuals may experience allergic reactions when using jojoba. If you show signs of an allergic reaction (such as itching or reddening of the skin) after using jojoba, discontinue use immediately. Ingestion of jojoba is discouraged, as it may have toxic effects.


Alternatives to Jojoba
A number of natural products have been found to aid in healing of the skin. For example, ceramides may help treat eczema, protect against aging in the skin, and reduce skin irritation, while sea buckthorn may help alleviate eczema and promote wound healing. Like jojoba, oils like argan oil, neem oil, and borage oil are also said to help soothe the skin.


Where To Find Jojoba
Widely available for purchase online, jojoba (and personal-care products containing jojoba) are sold in many natural-food stores and drugstores.


3) MANAGE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR AND CAST OUT THOSE CRAVINGS
By Joey Shulman


Are you constantly battling with sugar cravings and episodes of emotional eating? When trying to lose weight, cravings for sweets and starches can throw you off track and sabotage your weight-loss efforts. There is little point in fighting against your cravings—what you may need instead is to balance your blood sugar to get rid of cravings for good.


In addition to eating a balanced diet filled with fiber, protein, fat, fruits, and vegetables, there are also some natural and safe weight-loss supplements that contain helpful ingredients to help maintain your blood sugar balance—and reduce your cravings.

When looking for a supplement to end your need for sweets, there are two essential ingredients you should look for.


5-HTP
A naturally occurring amino acid, 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a precursor to the feel-good neurotransmitter (brain chemical) called serotonin. When you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, the body craves sweets in order to bring serotonin levels up.

Because food, mood, and eating behaviors are intimately linked, this can often lead to binging on sugary treats that are also high on the glycemic index. The result: excess weight gain, especially around the abdominal region.

Taking a supplement that contains 5-HTP is thought to help with weight management in addition to eliminating cravings and desires for comfort foods.


Chromium
An over secretion of insulin caused by overeating of high glycemic index foods, stress, or lack of physical activity will equate to excess weight gain. Chromium, a trace mineral that plays an essential role in balancing blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity, can help our cells “feel” their insulin, thereby promoting long-term weight-loss success.

Remember, cravings are not a sign that you are weak; rather, they are a sign that your blood sugar levels are “out of whack.” By eating a balanced diet, drinking water, and supplementing with a few key ingredients, you will soon notice cravings are a thing of the past.


6 tips to help keep your cravings at bay:
1. Eliminate processed foods that contain added sugar, as they tend to cause blood sugars to bounce around and trigger fat storage. 2. Avoid specialty coffee drinks with added sugars and syrups. 3. Turn to naturally sweet foods such as berries, grapes, watermelon, or melons. 4. Keep frozen mangoes or grapes in the freezer to pop at night when cravings for sweets tend to hit. 5. Pop some protein (eggs, chicken, fish, or turkey) to dampen cravings. 6. Drink a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon to help pass through the craving.


About the Author
Joey Shulman is a best-selling author of The Last 15 (Wiley, 2007) and founder of the Shulman Weight Loss Clinic. drjoey.com

4) THE POWER OF AURICULOTHERAPY


How To Relieve Pain, Shed Pounds and Overcome Addictions by Touching Your Ears


What if you could get your hands on the secret that can “unlock” the body’s own “pharmacy” to relieve pain, reduce high blood pressure, quit smoking permanently, revive low s.ex drive and effectively treat hundreds of other health problems and diseases.


Recently, I discovered some exciting information about a highly effective self-care technique that anyone can learn and use at home. I was riveted by the power of this treatment that is used worldwide, but barely even known in the U.S.


Although discounted by many “professional naysayers” in the pharmaceutical and medical fields, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have found relief for health problems using this method.

And you’ll be surprised when you find out which leading medical-related organizations recognize and/or approve the treatment here in the U.S.

The technique is safe, simple and very easy to learn. This self-treatment triggers the brain to release powerful bio-chemicals to eliminate pain and restore balance in the body!


It’s the body’s own “prescription” to heal itself.


Imagine how your life could change for the better if you could melt away pain ... high blood pressure ... excess weight ... alcohol or drug addiction ... diabetes ... insomnia ... and 350 disease doing nothing more than touching your ear!


Please click on this link for the whole story to find out how your ears can heal you.


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This could be the answer you’ve been looking for to help you reclaim your life from chronic ailments!


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
http://www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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This newsletter is for educational purposes only. It is your right to educate yourself in health and medical knowledge, to seek helpful information and make use of it for your own benefit, and for that of your family. You are the one responsible for your health. You must educate yourself in order to make decisions in all health matters. My views and advices are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medicine, but simply a help you to make educated changes in order to help your body heal itself. If you have a medical condition or concern you should consult your physician.

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