Another year, another resolution. Maybe it will be to lose weight, find a partner, quit smoking. But how about a way of changing the message you tell yourself? Removing your self-limiting programs may be the solution to happiness, molecular biologist Bruce Lipton told website Upliftconnect.
He said: "Our thoughts are not contained inside our head. When we have a negative thought, it’s not just a negative thought bouncing around in our head. It’s a broadcast. In the world of quantum physics, it’s an impulse that will return a similar response (The A string of my guitar activates the A string in yours, right?). What’s the relevance? There could be ten people out there – nine in a positive state of mind, one in a negative. If we send out a negative broadcast, who is going to pick it up? Not the nine positive people – they aren’t tuned to that frequency. Who is going to pick it up is the negative person. What happens if we activate a negative person with our negative broadcast? We bring them into our life!"
The challenge of catching ourselves in negative thought patterns is that “most of the time when we think, our conscious mind leaves the present moment. When we leave the present moment, our subconscious default programs kick in.” Dr Lipton estimates that 95% of our life we are running the default programs because “that is how much time we spend thinking. And most of these default programs are the disempowering, self sabotaging, limiting programs that we got during the first seven years of our life.”
According to Dr Lipton, the first step is to interrupt the pattern. That’s all fine and good, but with 50,000+ thoughts a day coming through each of our heads, the next question is, how can we possibly catch all the potentially negative thoughts and stop them from broadcasting?
It seems an impossible mission for the brain alone. “When we use our mind we rationalize and use calculations. One thought leads to and connects with the next thought and that’s fine except that if you have one error in your processing, one faulty thought, your end result answer will be faulty.” Fortunately there’s a greater power at play in each of our bodies, which has a broadcast capacity many times more powerful than that of our brain… It’s called the heart.
According to HeartMath Institute Director of Research, Rollin McCraty, (in his paperEnergetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Communication Within and Between People), “The heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that enables it to learn, remember, and make independent functional decisions…” And the heart happens to generate the largest electromagnetic field in the body – about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain. In Dr Lipton's words: “What’s different about the heart is that the heart doesn’t do calculations. The heart reads energy.” And it’s a language available to all of us."
The first language of communication is energy. Vibration. There’s a whole range of energy we as humans feel, but essentially there’s two kinds of vibes. There’s good vibes and bad vibes. Bad vibes take away your energy and good vibes enhance your energy. The vibes don’t tell us the words, they don’t tell us the details or rational thought. They just tell us if this energy is good for us or bad. When an animal feels bad vibes what do you think it does? It moves away. How does it know? Because its life is based on energy. You have energy, you gain life. You lose energy, you lose life. This is the primal communication form of everything from bacteria to humans.
Even though it might not always make sense in the moment, according to Dr Lipton, the heart path is the most direct path because the heart will always tell us where the energy is. “You can think about it all you want but when you come down to your final choice, put it in your heart and ask the question. Which one feels better? The one that feels better in your heart is already telling you the answer. Go with that one.”
The one time we all naturally keep our mind and heart in the present (often without knowing we are doing it) is when we fall in love.
"When we are having that love experience the conscious mind stays in front and that’s the moment of power. The moment we start thinking we go on autopilot and then we’re no longer driving the vehicle. You can feel it in your heart. If you are in a good place and you are in harmony and happy, you can feel it’s a really wonderful thing. But the moment you start to get into doubt and mistrust and fear you can feel that love and pleasure starts to disappear from your heart. You can feel it. It feels different," Dr Lipton said.
"So during the day the basic question is, are you living in a troubled state of mind (which means you are really just calculating from programs) or are you present to, immersed in the moment and therefore the joy of life?" In other words, “The challenges were still there, but they didn’t take away your energy or joy because you were fully in the moment, literally able to transcend them.”
If you can't imagine running for longer than 10 minutes, you're not a lost cause. In fact, running for just 10 minutes, five days a week could be all it takes to reap running's big benefits.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that running for about 50 minutes each week -- or approximately 9.6km -- can protect the body from risk for stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even some cancers. A moderate amount of running is even good for runners with osteoarthritis and decreases their risk of needing a hip replacement.
Running increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories all day after a bout of vigorous exercise. A 5-minute run generates the same benefits as a 15-minute walk, and a 25-minute run is equivalent to a 105-minute walk. Check out the couch to 5k websites or apps if you need help getting started.
Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck.
The new study, in the journal Nature, used four approaches to conclude only 10-30% of cancers were down to the way the body naturally functions or "luck", reported BBC News.
What we know is that cancer is caused by one of the body's own stem cells going rogue and dividing out of control. This can be due to intrinsic factors that are part of the innate way the body operates, such as the risk of mutations occurring every time a cell divides, or extrinsic factors such as smoking, UV radiation and others that have not been identified. We all know somebody's father or uncle who smoked his whole life and died at 97 of natural causes, as well as someone young, never smoked and had terminal lung cancer.
Scientists have tried to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to developing cancer than others. Their explanation came down to the number of times a cell divides, which is out of our control and gave rise to the 'bad luck' hypothesis.
Dr Yusuf Hannun, the director of Stony Brook, told BBC News: "External factors play a big role, and people cannot hide behind bad luck. They can't smoke and say it's bad luck if they have cancer.
"It is like a revolver, intrinsic risk is one bullet. And if playing Russian roulette, then maybe one in six will get cancer - that's the intrinsic bad luck.
"Now, what a smoker does is add two or three more bullets to that revolver. And now, they pull the trigger. There is still an element of luck as not every smoker gets cancer, but they have stacked the odds against them."
Dr Emma Smith, from Cancer Research UK, said: "While healthy habits like not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on alcohol are not a guarantee against cancer, they do dramatically reduce the risk of developing the disease."
Many people believe soft drinks labelled sugar-free are completely safe for teeth, but unfortunately we’re finding these aren’t much better than the sugar filled versions because of their potential to cause erosion of dental enamel. The Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre in Melbourne tested a range of sugar-free drinks and lollies on extracted human teeth.
"The majority of soft drinks and sports drinks we tested caused softening of dental enamel by 30 to 50 per cent."
Both sugar-containing and sugar-free soft drinks (including flavoured mineral waters) produced measurable loss of the tooth surface, with no significant difference between the two groups. This is because sugar-free drinks are often high in citric acid (ingredient number 330) and phosphoric acid (ingredient number 338) to make them taste better.
Consumers should also be wary of sports drinks, which contain citric acid for tanginess. When you’re doing vigorous activity, it’s easy to become dehydrated. Saliva is protective and if you have a dry mouth and sip on a sports drink, you provide an environment that helps erosion along, according to researchers. Water is just as good at rehydrating.
Fluoridated tap water is always the best option for teeth, but be aware that bottled water doesn’t have the same benefits, particularly for children. Plain milk is excellent because it’s not erosive at all.
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It is well known that dairy is a good source of bone-building nutrients such as calcium to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, but what if you can't tolerate it? These 4 other surprising foods can positively affect bones.
Human studies have found that post-menopausal women eating about 100g of prunes a day (about 10 prunes) plus daily supplements of 500mg calcium and 400IU (10mcg) vitamin D have improved bone mineral density. It seems the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of prune polyphenols reduce osteoclast production. But if 100g of prunes affects your bowel function too much, 50g a day may be more practical. Prunes also contain small quantities of the following bone nutrients: calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, boron and vitamin K.
Animal studies reveal tea polyphenols, especially from green tea, have positive effects on bone: higher bone mass, increasing bone formation and inhibition of bone resorption, all resulting in greater bone strength. Short-term clinical trials in postmenopausal women indicate 500mg green tea polyphenols (equivalent to about 4 cups of green tea a day) boosts alkaline phosphatase, a bone formation biomarker. As with prunes, it may be tea’s antioxidant or anti-inflammatory effects that impact on oxidative stress and bone formation.
A lack of oestrogen postmenopause is one cause of reduced bone mineral density and increased osteoporosis risk. Soy isoflavones supplements, at 75—80mg or more a day, and soy foods such as tofu, soy milk and fermented soy beans, appear to have benefits on bone. Soy foods are naturally low in calcium but rich in phosphorus so look for calcium-precipitated tofu or calcium-fortified soy beverages.
4) MEDITERRANEAN DIET
The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, fish and nuts and these have unexpected impacts on bone health.
Olive oil polyphenols may help prevent bone loss by increasing the deposition of calcium in bone. Having 5 to 7 fish meals a week has been seen to significantly increase vitamin D intake and bone mass. Nut intake may also be associated with bone health, but results are mixed. Oily fish is a source of fat-soluble vitamin D and nuts contain a number of bone-building nutrients including protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
All entries complied by osteopath Dr Wei Chua unless otherwise stated.