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Your February Issue of Natural Alternatives
February 01, 2009
Hello, and welcome to this little late 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) FIVE TYPES OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
2) CURE FOR COLD FEET
3) IS COFFEINE GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?
It can be confusing trying to keep track of the various alternative medicine treatments so to help consumers the National Center for Complemetary and Alternative Medicne (NCCAM), based in Bethesda, Maryland in the U.S.A. classified the many alternative medicine treatments into five types or categories: Alternative Medical Systems, Mind-Body Interventions, Biologically-Based Therapies, Manipulative and Body-Based Methods, and also Energy Therapies.
Alternative Medical Systems:
Theory and practice distinguishes what makes a medical system.
Examples of alternative medical systems are acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, Native American healing practices, naturopathic medicine, Tibetan medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture originated in China more than 5,000 years ago and is based on a belief that all living things have a vital energy, called "qi". Acupuncture if a popular alternative therapy.
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and has the purpose of restoring balance to the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). When practiced the individual may be making dietary changes, meditating, using massage therapy, or purifying techniques, practicing breathing exercises, using herbal remedies, taking baths or exercising.
Homeopathy is a natural medicine that treats the whole person with natural medicines. It is good therapy for mood swings, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and also attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Native American healing are the practices and healing beliefs of hundreds of indigenous tribes of North America. Native American Healing is a combination of religion, spirituality, herbal medicine, and rituals. Sacred traditions in healing are passed from one healer to the next on through generations and are more about healing the person than curing a particular illness.
Naturopathic Medicine is a comprehensive collection of healing options including acupuncture, counseling, diet, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy. It is based upon six principles: the healing power of nature, educating the patient, "first do no harm", treat the cause not the symptom, individualized treatment, and also "prevention if the best medicine".
These are techniques that center on the belief that the mind has the capacity to affect what the body is doing and also the symptoms experienced by the body. Patient support groups, cognitive-behavioral therapy, art therapy and biofeedback are all considered to be mind-body interventions.
Biologically Based Therapies:
These are therapies that use substances found in nature herbs, foods and vitamins to heal.
Manipulative and Body-Based Methods:
These are the healing methods that use manipulation and/or movement of one or more body parts in order to heal the individual. Examples of manipulative and body-based methods are acupressure, Alexander Technique, chiropractor, Feldenkrais Method, Massage therapy, Osteopathy, Reflexology, Rolfing, Therapeutic Touch and Trager Approach.
The energy therapies are those that use energy fields to manipulate biofields, apply pressure, and manipulate the body through hands-on applications such as Qi gong, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.
Bioelectromagnetic-based therapies are using electromagnetic fields such as alternating current or direct-current fields, magnetic fields, and also pulsed fields in order to heal.
2) CURE FOR COLD FEET
Cold feet are one of winter's most annoying -- and common -- afflictions. The answer? A rich blend of warm, wintry spices. Cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger are all circulation boosters and mild stimulants. Applied topically, they increase blood flow, relieving chill and numbness. Cayenne, in particular, has foot-warming benefits; folk wisdom suggests sprinkling the fiery pepper into socks on cold days.
For a more luxurious experience, try this simple foot mask. It combines spices, skin-soothing ingredients such as oatmeal and honey, and the invigorating essence of orange.
Orange Spice Foot Mask
1/2 cup whole oats
Food Mask How-To
1. Using a food processor, grind the oats to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium-size bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and stir until blended into a thick paste.
2. Prepare two warm, wet washcloths or hand towels, either by wetting them and placing them in the microwave for one to two minutes or by soaking them in hot (not boiling) water. Wring out excess water and set aside.
3. Sitting with your feet in the tub or a large basin, use your hands to spread a thick layer of the mask over each foot, covering them completely up to the ankles. After wiping hands clean, wrap each foot in one of the washcloths to seal in the moisture from the mask. Sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. When you're ready to remove the mask, carefully lift off the washcloths. Rinse your feet thoroughly using warm water. Pat dry with a towel.
Coffeine is highly addictive compound that many people have come to depend on for the perception of increased energy. Caffeine keeps you going by preventing the chemical adenosine from telling the brain it's time to relax. The result is a surge of unnatural energy; but over time, the brain becomes accustomed to the threshold and requires even greater amounts of caffeine to provide the same increase in alertness. This is what makes caffeine products such as coffee so addictive and it explains why the lines at coffee shops are always so long.
Did You Know? Over 70% of the world's coffee supply may be contaminated with toxic pesticides and chemicals. It's estimated that just one cup of coffee contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are gastrointestinal irritants and cancer-causing agents. Also, The high heat used in roasting coffee beans causes the natural oils to turn rancid, further contributing to its chemical load.
That said, I always try to provide you with the good and the bad and talk about the key factor (MODERATION) with consuming any potentially toxic food or beverage. Ever since I talked about the dangers of drinking energy drinks, I frequently get questions asking me if drinking coffee in moderation ( 3-4 cups weekly) is OK.
So I did a little research (keeping an open mind) on the health benefits, as well as the negative health effects of drinking coffee. I must be honest and say I do enjoy a cup of organic coffee from time to time but when I do drink coffee I always take 1 capsule of MegaHydrate before I drink it, to help neutralize any potential toxins or volatile oils.
I will leave it up to you to determine whether or not you should drink coffee after evaluating the following research.
The Benefits to Drinking Coffee
Organic, high-quality coffee has been shown to provide some health benefits.
1.Antioxidants - Organic Coffee is full of antioxidants which help reduce oxidation, cell damage, and aging.
2.Parkinson's Disease - Studies from Saaksjarvi et. al show that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease.
3.Type 2 Diabetes - Other studies show that coffee consumption make protect us against type 2 diabetes.
4.Liver, Gallstones & Kidney Stones - There is a small amount of evidence that coffee may also protect us against cirrhosis of the liver, gallstones, kidney stones.
5.Cognitive Function - Caffeine is a stimulate. Drinking coffee has been shown to increase mental attention in the short term. Some have even suggested that by drinking coffee, we can better cognitive function.
6.Alzheimer's Disease - Some studies show that habitual coffee drinking may protect us against developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.
The Dangers of Drinking Coffee
And now, here's a list of the negative effects of drinking coffee.
1.Heart Disease - There is controversial scientific evidence linking coffee consumption to heart diseases. Some studies even state that "consumption is associated with significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease." These same studies have shown a cholesterol-raising effect in some of the chemical compounds of coffee, such as determines, cafestol, kahweol and plasma homocysteine. This may be of-set by some of the antioxidants, but the overall agreement is that coffee may adversely effect the heart.
2.Blood Vessels - Coffee disturbs the functioning of blood vessels, both in turgidity and tone. 3.Cardiovascular System - Coffee affects our nervous system, heart rhythms and has been consistently linked to irregular heartbeats. It may also adversely affect blood pressure. 4.Osteoporosis - Coffee drinking should be heavily avoided by people at risk, or who have Osteoporosis. Studies show a link between drinking coffee and urinary calcium excretion.
5.Heartburn - Many people report that coffee increases heartburn.
6.Sleep Disturbance - Coffee, particularly in the evening or at night, can lead to sleep disturbance.
7.Dehydration - Drinking coffee depletes water reserves in the body.
8.Addiction - While the FDA recognizes caffeine as "safe," it is still a drug, as it significantly alters the nervous system, leading to addiction over time.
9.Extreme Withdrawal Symptoms - You may experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to give up coffee. This can lead to headaches, irritability, body aches, and other more extreme symptoms.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
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