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Friday, November 21, 2014

NOVEMBER VIDEO: ASTROLOGY & NUMEROLOGY

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I have discovered a very inspiring astrologist, numerologist and Inspiration Counselor whose videos I would like to share with you.  Going forward I will be posting her videos every month in my Newsletter.

Here's her 13 minute video with the November forecast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkQzVl-mLgU

Through her inspiring YouTube videos, she offers monthly energy forecasts, which have become a go-to resource for people who want to know how to apply astrology and numerology to their daily lives, as well as find inspiration and practical tools for magical living.

I watch the video repeatedly throughout the month.  It is very inspiring and keeps me in touch with my inner goals and aspirations, and focused on my higher thoughts for ME!!!

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FEMALE THERAPISTS: START-or-TAKE YOUR CAREER TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!



Getting What You Want  
Webinar 1 in our new free webinar series   
 
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Practitioner Webinar 1 - Getting What You Want

We just completed the first webinar in our series created for women wanting to begin a therapy career or take a therapy practice to a whole new level.  

Webinar one was about you as a therapist: 
- How to attract the best clients 
- Gaining confidence 
- Working through blocks 
- Getting what you want 

Watch or read about the first webinar here (slides included)

Join us next week as we discuss how to get the best results with clients. The week after we cover how to build a therapy business. It really is a fun group, so register now. :) 
 
 
 
NEW Free Webinar Series 
Forensic Healing for Practitioners 

This webinar series has been created for women wanting to begin a therapy career or take a therapy practice to a whole new level.
 
Connect directly with me for a live, informative, and transformational experience. We have a series of three webinars scheduled to cover three themes. The dates and times listed below are in Melbourne, Australia time (when you register you will see the time zone conversion).
 
Webinar Themes 
1. You: Wednesday November 19 2014, 9:00AM (Thanks for joining!) 
2. Your client: Wednesday November 26 2014, 9:00AM 
3. Your business: Wednesday December 3 2014, 9:00AM
 
What are you waiting for? Register now 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR & GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT EVENTS ~ HARLEM, NY

360 WEST 125TH STREET

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Harlem Chi would like to spread the word about 2 upcoming events this week:

Harlem Chi Monthly Acupuncture Happy Hour - Wednesday, November 19

Harlem Chi is getting ready for its 3rd Happy Hour this Wednesday, November 19th from 5 to 7:30pm.   This event continues to attract newcomers who come to experience first hand the beneficial "side effects" of an acupuncture session as well as for a few just checking in to get their "acu-fix" mid week.  Most report feeling totally relaxed and calm by the end of the session. (Check out HC's last month blog on the benefits of Community acupuncture.)
There are still some open time slots between 5 and 6pm this Wednesday.  If interested in attending or know someone who is, please remember to set your appointment directly on the Harlem Chi website.  These will continue to be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.  Each treatment is $20 per person.   For more information go to the Harlem Chi website (http://harlemchi.com/events)

Harlem Chi's Great American Smokeout Event - Thursday, November 20
The day after the Acu-Happy Hour, on Thursday, November 20th, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's formal "Smokeout" Day, Harlem Chi will hold a special event to encourage smokers who are serious about wanting to quit to come receive a treatment and learn how Acupuncture can help with their efforts to kick the habit.  All smokers who book their first appointment on that day will get their first acupuncture treatment for only $20.  If you or someone you know has been seriously trying to quit smoking make a commitment to book your appointment on this day and find out how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can support your efforts.  Please note that we welcome walk-ins that day but you may also book an appointment directly online and just mention “Smokeout” in the comments section.  For more information go to http://harlemchi.com/harlem-chis-great-american-smokeout/

Natural Healing Alternatives for Hepatitis C

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Complementary and Alternative Options for Hepatitis C


FACTS ABOUT HEPATITIS C

Some 3.2 million Americans have hepatitis C, and about 17,000 more are infected each year. Hepatitis C is the most common infection in the U.S. that is spread through blood. Hepatitis B is also commonly spread through blood. Hepatitis A is usually spread through food or water. All three forms are caused by viruses.

"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver. In addition to a virus, hepatitis can also result from overuse of drugs or alcohol, illnesses, medications, or even an immune disorder.

The liver's jobs are to clean your blood, help digest fats, and store energy. A liver that's swollen and damaged by hepatitis C slowly stops working as it should.

Hepatitis C can stay active in your body and slowly damage the liver over time. This is called chronic hepatitis C. You may develop cirrhosis, a condition in which most of the liver has been destroyed and has become scar tissue.

Hepatitis C usually doesn't cause any symptoms. If it isn't diagnosed, it can take as long as 30 years for serious signs of liver damage to develop.

Some people can have symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. But because these symptoms can be signs of so many other things, it's best to ask your doctor to test you. If you have hepatitis C, you can spread the virus even if you aren't having symptoms.

Baby boomers -- people born from 1945 to 1965 -- have the highest rates of hepatitis C. It may be that they became infected in the '70s and '80s when hepatitis C rates were high and blood wasn't screened as well as it is now.

The CDC says all boomers should be tested, along with anyone who ever used illegal drugs, had blood transfusions before 1992, or has HIV or liver disease symptoms. If you think you've been exposed to hepatitis C, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

It isn't easy to get infected with hepatitis C through sex, but it's still possible. If you have multiple partners or if you or your partner has hepatitis C, it's a good idea to use a latex condom.

You're more likely to get hepatitis C by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Health care workers sometimes get it from needle injuries.

Your chances of having problems at a licensed, commercial facility are slim. But tattoos or piercings done with nonsterile instruments can spread hepatitis C.

If you get a tattoo or piercing, look for a facility that works with all single-use items like gloves, needles, and ink pots. The shop should properly dispose of all items that have touched blood, use a disinfecting solution to clean work areas, and sterilize reusable tools.

There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but there isn't one for hepatitis C. To keep from getting infected, avoid contact with other people's blood. Don't share personal items like razors and toothbrushes, especially with someone who has hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C cannot be spread by hugging, kissing, coughing, sneezing, or breastfeeding. Unlike hepatitis A, you can’t get hepatitis C from food or water.

A few people's bodies will clear the virus without any treatment, but 75% or more won't. If you have hepatitis C, it often lasts your whole life. The sooner your hepatitis is diagnosed and you can begin treatment, the better your chance to prevent more liver damage.

Medications called antivirals are used to treat hepatitis C. Your doctor will choose treatment based on how healthy your liver is and other conditions you might have. You'll be vaccinated for hepatitis B and tested for HIV.

If you have hepatitis C, ask your doctor before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or vitamins. And don't drink alcohol, because it can speed up liver damage.

Even after successful treatment, you can still be infected again with hepatitis C. The chance is lower, but it's still there.

Alternative treatments for Hepatitis C range from herbal remedies such as milk thistle, licorice root, ginseng, and thymus extract, to therapies like massage, chiropractic care, and relaxation techniques. Up to 40% of people with hepatitis C who have failed conventional treatment say they have tried other therapies, and many report less fatigue, an immune system boost, and better gastrointestinal function as a result.
Here are some of the most popular hepatitis C complementary and alternative treatments, and what the research has to say about them:

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is the most popular herbal remedy for hepatitis C and among the best studied. Milk thistle is thought to both reduce liver inflammation and have an antiviral effect on the hepatitis C infection. A very small study presented at the 2008 European Association for the Study of the Liver conference suggested that milk thistle might decrease levels of the hepatitis C virus in patients who didn't respond to standard medical treatment. However, a previous larger review that looked at several studies concluded that milk thistle does little to reduce the complications of liver disease or improve the results of liver function tests. Though the evidence on milk thistle is so far inconclusive, the herb appears to be very safe with few side effects reported.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) uses the active component found in the dried root of the licorice plant. Some studies indicate that it might reduce some of the complications of hepatitis C (including liver cancer) and improve liver function. Licorice root is either taken on its own or combined with other herbs. In one study, patients who took a combination of licorice root, milk thistle, and several other herbs had improved measures of liver enzymes (a marker of liver damage and inflammation) and tests of liver function. Licorice root should be used carefully because it can have significant side effects, including high blood pressure, salt and water retention, and potassium loss. It also can have potentially dangerous interactions with medications such as diuretics, certain heart medications, and corticosteroids.
Thymus extract comes from the thymus gland of cows. Because the thymus helps regulate immune function, it has been speculated that its extract might boost the immune system in hepatitis C patients, but too few studies have been done to confirm this theory. A small study of Complete Thymic Formula, a dietary supplement containing thymus extract, as well as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, found that this supplement did not benefit hepatitis C patients who had failed conventional treatment. Although this study noted only one side effect (a drop in blood platelets), there is concern that thymus extract might be prone to contamination because it comes from animals. People with immune problems (such as HIV/AIDS) should use caution when taking thymus extract.
Ginseng has been used to boost the immune system, and there is some evidence that it might help people with other types of liver conditions. However, it hasn't been studied well enough in people with hepatitis C to show any benefit. And because ginseng can decrease blood sugar and increase risk for bleeding, it should be used very carefully.
Schisandra is a plant that has been used for centuries as part of traditional Japanese medicine. In one small study, a Japanese herbal medicine called TJ-108 containing schisandra fruit had an antiviral effect on hepatitis C. However, the researchers aren't sure whether the schisandra or other ingredients in the herbal remedy were responsible for this effect.
St. John's wort has gained popularity for treating mild to moderate depression. Some patients with hepatitis C take the herbal remedy to counter the side effects of conventional treatment, but there is no evidence that it works.
Lactoferrin is a protein found in milk, as well as in the tears and saliva. A few small studies have found that when it is taken as part of a dietary supplement, lactoferrin may lower levels of the hepatitis C virus in the blood and improve liver function. It may be useful when taken together with standard medication, but this remains to be seen in future trials.
Other hepatitis C treatments include massage, acupuncture, and relaxation therapy. Although none of these treatments has been shown in scientific studies to work, there is anecdotal evidence that they may help relieve hepatitis C pain and ease some of the side effects of standard treatment.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FLAT TUMMY WATER . . . I tried it ~ DID YOU???

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               HERE'S MY PITCHER . . . where's yours???
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I said I was gonna make it, and I did  . . . . 


I felt it working IMMEDIATELY . . . . NOW I just need to drink it MORE OFTEN
. . . . and cut out the extra sweets to flatten my tummy.
Join me . . . . and let me know your results.

How to Flatten Your Tummy

BELLY FAT REDUCTION

flat tummy workoutsToo often many people try to flatten their bellies the wrong way and they see minimal belly fat reduction. The two biggest reasons for this is #1, people do not reduce the fat intake they eat and #2 they do one exercise, often an abdominal crunch, over and over again. This is not an efficient way to tone or flatten your belly. Below is the breakdown on the two biggest reasons people cannot attain belly fat reduction.


First, abdominal crunches work only for one area of your abdomen, the part along the front of your belly button. Unfortunately this is the area that is already the most strongest area of the abdomen. So crunches already are making a strong part of the abdomen, even stronger and ignoring important weak spots that are the true source of your problem and doing only crunches will have minimal impact to belly fat reduction. To create a slender waist line and flat belly, you must strengthen your entire abdomen. That means doing exercises that address the following areas:

THE UPPER RECTUS ABDOMINUS

This large muscle forms the much sought after “six pack” long the front of your abdomen. Though it looks like it is made up of 6 small muscles, it’s only one large muscle broken up with striations of connective tissue. The rectus abdominus (upper and lower) starts at your sternum in your chest and runs all the way down to your pubic bone. The upper portion of this muscle ends at your navel. This is usually the strongest muscle in the abdomen.

THE LOWER RECTUS ABDOMINUS

Even though your rectus abdominus is actually one sheet muscle, not two. You must do two different exercises to address them. Your lower area is in the front of your belly below the navel. This area is often particularly weak in women after childbirth.

THE OBLIQUES

Your obliques are located along sides of your abdomen. They start at the top of your hipbones and end at your rib cage. They help you to twist or bend your body from side to side. Strengthening them help to shrink love handles and slim your waist. Strong obliques are the key to reducing your waist line.

THE TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS

This corset like muscle wraps around your pelvis, just below your rib cage. It’s the muscle you use when you suck in your gut or cough or sneeze. It’s also the most neglected abdominal muscle, primarily because few traditional exercises works this area. Your transverse abdominus is very important because it helps to hold your internal organs in place. It also helps support your lower back and stabilize your torso during certain movements, such as heavy lifting. A strong transverse abdominus gives you balance and coordination in all of your daily movements.

REDUCE FAT INTAKE TO REDUCE BELLY FAT

Now that you understand the anatomy of the belly and the important muscles that need to be exercised. The next important step to creating a flat belly  is to reduce the fat intake and eat nutritionally. You need to maximize the foods that will support lean muscle tissue development and minimize the foods that support the growth of fat cells.

FLAT TUMMY TIP : Follow one simple rule, Fill half your plate with vegetables and other half with equal portions of carbohydrates and protein foods, along with a teaspoon of fat. Always remember, you will not maximize belly fat reduction if you don’t reduce the fat you eat. You can do all the exercises and your muscle will tone, but it will tone under your belly fat.
  • VEGETABLES- and or salad or fruit
  • PROTEINS- lean chicken, egg whites, fish, 1% milk, lean beaf, beans
  • CARBS- whole grains, cereal, potatoes,rice, bread, pasta
  • FATS- 1 tsp flaxseed oil, olive oil or butter
Eating the right foods in the right portions will help you fuel muscle growth and will help you burn belly fat in a few other ways. For example, it will provide the right balance of carbohydrates to proteins to fats. That will help to normalize blood sugar and insulin levels. High insulin levels have been shown to increase hunger and as well as to promote the storage of belly fat.

MINIMIZE THESE FATS FOR BELLY FAT REDUCTION

These fats should be minimized when trying to flatten your belly
  • Processed foods containing “partially hydrogenated fats”.
  • Margarine
  • Shortening
  • Fried foods
  • Fatty cuts of beef and pork
  • Chicken and turkey skins
  • Butter
  • Egg yolks

BELLY FRIENDLY FATS

Eat more of these fats to help flatten your belly
  • Avocados
  • Flax seed oil or ground flax seed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Nuts, especially almonds
  • Fatty cold water fish like salmon
  • Almond butter
  • Canola oil

SOURCE: http://flattummyworkouts.com/belly-fat-reduction/

RID THAT GUT FAT: Eliminate These Metabolism Death Foods

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There is nothing worse than starting an exercise program, making some good diet changes, but still not seeing the results you want to see.  Has that ever been you?  It can be really frustrating.
The reason this happens is, even though you think you’re consuming a healthy diet, there is often some hidden food in your diet that is ruining your weight loss efforts.
The foods that keep you from losing the last 10 pounds and keep you stuck at a plateau are what I call the metabolism death foods!
The term may sound scary, and it can be.  Your body recognizes these foods as toxins and puts your body into a fight or flight response.
These foods alter the focus of your metabolism and can cause:
  • Weight gain
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Digestive disease
And the craziest thing about these foods is that they are often labeled as “health foods”.
Here are the 6 metabolism death foods you need to switch out of your diet to take your metabolism and fat burning potential to the next level!
6 Metabolism Death Foods
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1. Fruit Juice – Contrary to popular belief, fat isn’t the first thing that will make you fat, it’s consuming too much sugar.  Drinking fruit juice and consuming too much sugar will absolutely wreck your metabolism!
Fruit juice including most apple, orange and grape juice is basically chemically laden sugar water! I know something like apple juice sounds healthy, but the process of turning an apple into juice is as follows.
First, they press the apple and remove all of the fiber, then they heat it up through pasteurization at 280 degrees, then it’s dried and turned into a concentrate, then finally, they add in sugar, food coloring and flavorings and that is the apple juice you buy today.

One 8 ounce glass of fruit juice contains 30 grams of sugar where a soda contains 28 grams of sugar!
Also, you should avoid other forms of sugar which can hide under names like: corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, juice concentrate, maltodextrin, raw sugar and brown sugar.

What to do instead:  To replace fruit juice I recommend making homemade lemonademixing real lemon juice, water and stevia.  Kombucha is another great option as well asherbal tea mixed with raw honey.  Or, drinking coconut water which is nature’s gatorade is another great option!

Gluten Free Diet2. Whole Grains – Whole grains may be the #1 offender when it comes to ruining your metabolism and weight loss efforts.  I know it may seem like “whole grains” like wheat bread are healthy but most are far from helping your metabolism.

Three of the main compounds in grains hurt your metabolism include glutenstarch and phytic acid.  Gluten causes inflammation, starch turns into sugar quickly and phytic acid binds to minerals so you’re not getting most of the minerals and vitamins from whole grains that could have helped your metabolism.

Some of the biggest whole grain offenders include: bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars.

What to do instead: A better option for fat loss is replacing your daily intake of grains with fruits and vegetables or consuming up to 1 piece daily of a sprouted grain bread or sourdough.  Also, the best flour replacement to use instead of wheat flour is coconut flour.  Coconut flour is a dieters best friend because it’s high in fiber which supports rapid fat loss and contains fats your body can burn as fuel.

canola3. Canola Oil – Using the wrong type of oil can keep you from losing that last 10 pounds and put a halt to any results you might see.  If you use canola oil or other vegetable oils it’s sure to slow down your fat loss efforts and cause you to store unwanted body fat.  Canola oil contains hydrogenated oils which cause inflammation throughout the entire body disrupting your hormones and metabolism.

Also, 90% of canola oil is genetically modified (GMO), which means they are hard wired with pesticides that cause cellular toxicity which destroys your bodies metabolism and overall health.

What to do instead: Replace all vegetables oils with coconut oil and grass-fed butter to boost your metabolism.  I always say, butter is your belly’s best friend.  Grass-fed butter supports metabolism because it is high in CLA and coconut oil supports fat loss because it’s high in MCFA’s.  Consuming these two sources of fat will turn your body into a fat burning furnace!

Creamy Peanut Butter With Blank Label4. Peanut Butter – Yes, peanut butter is tasty, but it can also kill your gut health.  Peanuts are grown on the soil and stored moist in silos which then cause them to grow a type of fungus called aflatoxins which can effect the health of your gut.

Peanuts are one of the most common allergens today and have been linked to food sensitivities, leaky gut and a slow metabolism.  This aflatoxin in peanuts can compete with probiotics in your gut which we know damages digestive health.

Also, peanuts are very high in omega-6 fatty acids which can cause serious inflammation in the body.  For these many reasons, peanut butter is a metabolism death food!

What to do instead: If you want to start revving up your metabolism then make a switch to almond butter.  Almonds are high in an amino acid L-arginine which increases HGH production in your body.  This is turn causes your body to build lean muscle which sends your metabolism sky high! Just 1 tbsp spoon of almond butter with celery, in a smoothie or with some apples are great snacks to re-ignite your metabolism.

Granola Bars With Berries5. Granola - This “health food” has had a health halo around it for years but it’s secretly been hiding as a wolf in sheep’s clothing that kills your metabolism.

Today’s granola has many issues in that it’s made up of whole grains and sugar.  Now what’s most surprising about granola is that the honey in it is a major cause of weight gain.  A study at Texas A&M University tested honey and found 76% of it contained no pollen whatsoever and it had been high temperature pasteurized so it is no better than corn syrup!
The combination of gluten, phytic acid and processed honey is what makes this treat lethal to your metabolism and diet goals.

What to do instead: A great replacement to store bough granola is to make homemade sprouted granola.  Simply soak almonds, pecans, cashews and chia seeds in water for 8 hours then set them out for a day on a paper towel.  Then mix these ingredients with raw local honey, raisins, coconut flakes, cinnamon and sea salt.  Place them in a dehydrator or oven and you have a great tasting metabolism boosting snack.

Artificial Sweetener6. Artificial Sweeteners – Of all the metabolism death foods, artificial sweeteners including aspartame and sucralose are probably the most deceiving.

Artificial sweeteners tell the lie that you can satisfy your sweet tooth, with no calories, no guilt and a thinner waist line.  However, aspartame is actually linked to 92 adverse health effects.

Aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) can stimulate your appetite and increase cravings for carbohydrates. The calorie “savings” from consuming foods sweetened with aspartame ends up not saving you anything due to the increase in appetite and therefore calorie consumption.
The MESA study evaluated the effect of diet soda consumption on rates of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes in over 6,000 participants. It was found that theconsumption of just one diet soda per day significantly increased the risk for increased waist circumference and weight gain.

What to do instead: Switch out artificial sweeteners for stevia an all natural no calorie sweetener.  Also, raw honey and dates are other great options.

SOURCE: http://draxe.com/6-metabolism-death-foods/