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Here are articles of interest to students and practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine, inclding technical articles and suggestions and inspiration for building a busier and more successful practice.
Anandamide is produced within the body; it's a neurotransmitter. It is known as “the bliss molecule” – ananda is Sanskrit for 'bliss' or 'joy' or 'delight'.
Anadamide has also been called the body’s own internal “cannabis” - cannabis binds to the same receptors as anandamide. In fact, that's why… read more »
I’ve always been fascinated by the link between the physical body, emotions and thoughts. Sadly some therapists seem to discount the importance of the physical body to the whole of our lives. I used to teach a nutrition course for therapists and I remember one student on the course telling… read more »
There are all sorts of health benefits of making sure everyone drinks sufficient water, but I believe there are some less obvious issues at stake too. I don’t have any real evidence for most of what I say here, but I hope it will give you food (or drink!!)… read more »
How early in the year can pollen problems appear? Even in February in Europe and America some plants are already in flower. These can cause allergy problems in sensitive poeple. Most people associate pollen allergy problems with the summer, but spring pollen allergies are very common too.
Many… read more »
Whenever I’ve said: “I like money”, I’ve seen other therapists looking either embarrassed or shocked, but why is this? Why should therapists be secretive or ambivalent about money?
If I say: “I like strawberries”, people don’t immediately think that my whole life is geared to eating strawberries, or… read more »
Many of us are familiar with visualisation. We use it to help ourselves and other people achieve greater health and well-being. Some time ago it occurred to me that we could use this to attract clients. I've explained this technique to a number of practitioners, and most have reported… read more »
Giving up smoking is hard but very rewarding in terms of health benefits, so what can we do to help people succeed?
Omega-3 Reduces Smoking
Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, a new study… read more »
Spooky Actions At A Distance
There is an extremely interesting article in the Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine (Vol 11, Number 5, 2005) with this title. It was Einstein who first used the phrase “spooky actions at a distance” to describe his unhappiness at some of the… read more »
Over the years I have used kinesiology to allergy test thousands of clients. During that time clients have asked me many different questions, but here are some of the more common ones with my answers:
You say I am allergic to X, but I’ve tried not eating itwearing it,… read more »
Many practitioners ask clients to write things down as part of the therapeutic process. They know that clients benefit from relieving some of their stress and pent-up emotions through writing, and there's mounting evidence to support this view.
An article in the well-respected British Medical Journal in September 2003… read more »
The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines the word "toxin" as "poison" and "poison" is:
"a substance that when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism destroys life or injures health".
But what do we mean by the word ‘substance’? It usually refers to something which has… read more »
A report in the UK Guardian newspaper (May 25 2006) set me thinking. Dale Griffin of the US Geological Survey explained how bacteria and fungus from Africa can be carried thousands of miles. Desert storms can blow the organisms 3 miles high. Dr Griffn explained that probably 90% will… read more »
There are certain times of the year when practitioners are likely to see a lot of people with seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Understanding more about the pollen calendar and other considerations can enable you to help your clients more effectively. Our two pollen kits - Pollen 1… read more »
Prospective clients will often ask: “How does it work?” Sometimes this is what they mean to ask, but quite often they are really asking: “Will it work for me?” If this is what they really mean, but you answer the question literally, you will often not gain them as a… read more »
In Vitro Test Of External Qigong
from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2004, 4:5 doi:10.11861472-6882-4-5
Practitioners of the alternative medical practice 'external Qigong' generally claim the ability to emit or direct "healing energy" to treat patients. We investigated the ability of experienced Qigong practitioners to enhance the… read more »
(This is an excerpt from the author's book "How To Have A More Successful Website".)
Many people make a basic mistake when trying to promote their business by setting up a Facebook account rather than a Facebook page. It's important you know the difference, and how having an FB… read more »
Proteins And The Body by Jane Thurnell-Read
Although cells synthesise many different chemicals, a large part of the cellular machinery is devoted to producing proteins. Proteins determine the physical and chemical characteristics of cells and so are vitally important.
Proteins are used to produce enzymes, some hormones, organelles (cellular machinery),… read more »
The cell is the basic structural and functional unit of the body. All cells share the same basic structure. The average adult human body consists of nearly 100 trillion cells. Looked at simply a cell consists of a series of compartments which are separated from each other and from the… read more »
A cell could theoretically produce a large range of different chemicals. The ones that are produced are determined by the presence of enzymes.Enzymes are catalysts that speed specific reactions (usually millions or billions of times faster than without the enzyme). There are over 1000 different enzymes that we know about… read more »
I love the Revive Café series of cookbooks. I first encountered them when staying with friends in New Zealand. Every meal was delicious and, when I asked about the recipe, I was told it came from one or other of the Revive Café cookbooks, so I decided I had to… read more »
In December 2013 a new book for kinesiology teachers and practitioners was published. Energetic Kinesiology: Principles and Practice is co-authored by Charles Krebs, US based kinesiology practitioner and teacher and one of the most respected names in kinesiology today, and Tania O’Neill McGowan of the Nicolie O’Neill School of… read more »
A study from the UK University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) School of Medicine and Dentistry suggests people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This is an interesting new finding, as gingivitis has already been linked to an increase d… read more »
Most of us strive as therapists to help our clientspatients so much that they do not need conventional medical treatment, but here's some good advice from the Duke University Medical Center for when they do:
Health care professionals dedicate their lives to keeping patients healthy and safe. But… read more »
Here's a short introduction to the wonderful world of parasites.
A parasite is "any organism living in or on any other living creature and deriving advantage from doing so, while causing disadvantage to the host" BMA Complete Family Health Encyclopaedia
Parasites are commonly acquired by eating contaminated… read more »
Surpringly, perhaps, the obsession with the danger of germs is thought to have led to an increase in various health problems. Much of this obsession with cleanliness seems to be driven by the media and advertising. Headlines about killer bugs, and advertisements that claim their products kill even more germs… read more »
When I worked regularly as a practitioner I often came across people who tested (using health kinesiology) as allergic to their own hormones. Whenever I tried to discuss this with scientific friends their eyes would glaze over, and I could see that they were thinking: “Here she goes… read more »
Many practitioners know from their therapy work the importance of early memories to their client’s current sense of well-being and health. Yet the idea that we remember or are affected by events that happen in uterus or in the early months of our lives is viewed as unlikely by some… read more »
It is in the nature of the work that we do that a lot of distressing emotions are expressed in our therapy rooms: clients weep, rage, talk about dark secrets and reveal things they have never told anyone else. Faced with this it can sometimes be difficult for the therapist… read more »
Friends are important. They can help us to cope with the difficulties of life and help us celebrate our success. They can be a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear to listen to our moans about the unfairness of life, and someone who gives us a hug and a… read more »
Add value to your work as a therapist by passing on useful tips to your clients. You might even find some you can use yourself!
1. Don’t Reuse Plastic BottlesPhthalates from plastic bottles and containers can migrate into food and drink so you end up consuming them. Phthalates have been… read more »
I wouldn’t be a live and my eldest son wouldn’t be alive if it hadn’t been for the intervention of skilled doctors, but the way in which the pharmaceutical industry tries to influence doctors is worrying. It is encouraging that their activities are being monitored and publicised more and more,… read more »
Research has shown that there are worrying levels of some chemicals (such as bisphenol A, hexachlorobenzene, PCBs and PERC) in human breast milk. This is of concern to us all – the research has been done on breast milk because it is easy to gather for testing. But there’s reason… read more »
The MyPyramid symbol represents the recommended proportion of foods from each food group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices every day. Physical activity is a new element in the symbol. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an US Food Pyramid symbolup dated nutritional guidance… read more »
It used to be thought that complex carbohydrates (starches) were absorbed more slowly than simple carbohydrates (sugars). This was based on the assumption that as complex carbohydrates had larger molecules they would be harder to digest. The technology has only become available recently to check out this assumption that was… read more »
Eating a healthy diet is very important even though organisations like the British National Eczema Society do not seem to think so:
"The role of diet in the management of eczema has not been ascertained. Generally changes in diet are only considered in severe cases, when conventional treatments are failing."… read more »
Password security is a fraught area. Many of us have simple passwords that are easy to remember (and therefore easy to guess or discover through automated software by people acting malevolently.
Common generic passwords include:
password (the word itself!)
Many websites now will not… read more »
As often as not, clients seek counselling as a result of the urging of a close family member. This is a valid approach, as those in proximity may have a far more vivid sense of the impact of a client’s behaviour than does the client himherself. One such client… read more »
The more confident you are as a practitioner the more clients you are likely to have. You are also likely to be more successful both in financial terms and in terms of getting people well. How do you achieve that fabulous confident air?Of course, people tend to want to see… read more »
Yes, this is an odd question, but it does have important implications for bringing a session to an end. I'll get back to the door handle in a minute, but first let's look at some strategies that alternative medicine therapists can use for ending sessions, and managing clients.Many therapists have… read more »
Stop a minute and ask yourself the question:
Is my practice successful?Some of you will instantly answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but others will say ‘It depends what you mean by success’.So what is success?When people are asked this question, they usually include some or all of these:
Good health… read more »
We develop the test kits with everyone in mind, but there are some vials which are particularly appropriate for people in North America.
The US Food & Drug Administration allows 7 artificial colors in foods. 5 of them are in Food Additive A Test Kit. The other two… read more »
It may be a sign of my age but I’m getting more and more interested in the subject of remembering. Altzheimer’s disease and pre-senile dementia are problems that are frequently discussed, but my own interest in the problems of remembering are more subtle and the effects more diverse. Difficulties in… read more »