“Behind our wounds”

What is a wound?
A wound is an emotional and  or a physical imbalance that is transmitted from generation to generation.
How do you know if you are carrying such wounds? There are often physical and emotional clues to their existence.. An example would be Hearing a young person say I am afraid of having a heart attack in my 40s, because my dad had one at 45 out of the blue and died.
Or My family has always not trusted those___kind of people because his brothers killed my grandfather.

“To interrupt the transmission of wounds from generation to generation
precisely because their persistence is so disruptive” to our
health “and because the problem of passing on intergenerational
trauma is so often overlooked.”
Do read James O’Dea’s book “Cultivating Peace” if you are serious about helping heal yourself and the planet.
Thank you James for laying out so clearly the steps to help our world heal from the inside out.

“High School Varsity Letters for more than just athletics”

Awarded a “Varsity Letter” in high school is a big deal. Now a forward thinking administrators od Snohomish High Schools in Snohomish County and the United Way are rewarding excellence. Letter men and women earn their Letters for many achievements.

Teens in the Everett district’s high schools have a chance to earn a letter for helping others. Athletes are encouraged to volunteer in the community. Promoting the idea that school isn’t simply about grades and and sports.

A great way to inspire teens to be involved in their community, improve their self worth and emotional health by helping others.

A Varsity Letter now is given for Community Service if student has completed at least 145 hours of volunteer work per year. Those hours can’t include time spent on class work or other graduation requirements.

Helping heal the planet one person at a time starts with helping others and yourself to be better.

Excerpts courtesy of  heraldnet.com

Image thanks to Sara Richards and pinterest.com

“Intuition infants when does it begin?”

“We believe that infants are born with the ability to form expectations and they use these

Baby's Intuitional Skills

expectations basically to predict the future,” Kristy vanMarle, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science.. “Intuitive physics include skills that adults use all the time. For example, when a glass of milk falls off the table, a person might try to catch the cup, but they are not likely to try to catch the milk that spills out. The person doesn’t have to consciously think about what to do because the brain processes the information and the person simply reacts. The majority of an adult’s everyday interactions with the world are automatic, and we believe infants have the same ability to form expectations, predicting the behavior of objects and substances with which they interact.”

Kristy vanMarle “We believe that infants are born with expectations about the objects around them, even though that knowledge is a skill that’s never been taught. As the child develops, this knowledge is refined and eventually leads to the abilities we use as adults.”

In a review of related scientific literature from the past 30 years, vanMarle and Susan Hespos of Northwestern University found that the evidence for intuitive physics occurs in infants as young as two months – the earliest age at which testing can occur.”

Testing could begin prebirth by assessing the changes in the mother’s food, behavior and music choices.  If a mom after she conceives craves vegetables and she never did before this craving may be the baby’s needs being expressed.

While the intuitive physics knowledge is believed to be present at birth, vanMarle believes parents can assist skill development through normal interaction, such as playing and talking with the child and encouraging him/her to interact with objects.

Human intuition or knowing does not begin or end each life. According to Murshida Vera Corda, PhD, whos’ life work was dedicated to helping parents and caretakers develop the ability to attune to their children. Parents are taught to work with their children from conception on. Talking, becoming aware of their child’s needs through observing what is happening in their five developmental bodies: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and ethical/moral, regardless of their chronological age.

In her book Cradle of Heaven, she shows how motherhood and fatherhood consists of a series of skills we relearn in life’s greatest challenge — parenting.

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Excerpts courtesy of medicalxpress.com

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“Addiction related to brain wiring”

Scientists pinpoint the brain circuitry linked to making healthy or unhealthy choices

(Medical Xpress) — What drives addicts to repeatedly choose drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, overeating, gambling or kleptomania, despite the risks involved?
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Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have pinpointed the exact locations in the brain where calculations are made that can result in addictive and compulsive behavior.

UC Berkeley researchers have found how neural activity in the brain’s orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortex regulates our choices. These astonishing new findings could pave the way for more targeted treatments for everything from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive-compulsive disorders.

‘The better we understand our decision-making brain circuitry, the better we can target treatment, whether it’s pharmaceutical, behavioral or deep brain stimulation,” said Jonathan Wallis, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and the principal investigator of the study to be published in the Oct. 30 online issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Wallis was inspired to look into the brain mechanism behind substance abuse when he observed the lengths to which addicts will go to fulfill their cravings, despite the downside of their habit: He asked, “What has the drug done to their brains that makes it so difficult for them not to make that choice? What is preventing them from making the healthier choice?”

In the new study, he and fellow researchers targeted the orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex –- two areas in the frontal brain — because previous research has shown that patients with damage to these areas of the brain are impaired in the choices they make. While these individuals may appear perfectly normal on the surface, they routinely make decisions that create chaos in their lives. A similar dynamic has been observed in chronic drug addicts, alcoholics and people with obsessive-compulsive tendencies.”

“Vitamin D + Autism symptoms

Vitamin D is not really a vitamin at all – it is a pre-hormone that’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight exposure. As such, it is an integral part of human health and longevity.

Dr. Cannell answers reader’s questions and sheds light on some of the latest papers on

vitamin D. 

On Autism

Dear Dr. Cannell:
My son James weighs 48lb, he is 7 yrs old. He had autistic symptoms for almost 5 years (first noticed when he was 2 yrs old). I initially started him on 2,000 IU last November after he caught the flu. Two weeks later, I noticed improvements in areas of social interaction, verbalization. I then increased his dosage to 5,000 IU per your recommendation, and he got better.

His progress has been so great that his kindergarten teacher and Speech Therapist have recommended that he exit the Early Intervention Program.

He is more social, making friends easily, participating in cooperative play, and soon to be in a regular classroom. I think it might be bad luck to say he is cured. Is that possible in a genetic disease? A friend told me he must never have had autism but whatever it was, I don’t want it back. I remember what he was like, and me, too. No thanks.

I’m writing because my son’s pediatrician just called and told me James’s 25(OH) level was 122. He believes he must be toxic because of that level and wants me to stop giving him all vitamin D supplements and recheck his vitamin D level next month. James feels great and shows no signs of toxicity.

What should I do?
Mary, New York

Dear Mary:
That is wonderful news about your son. He is not toxic. However, he should reduce his vitamin D to 2,000 IU/day and recheck his blood level in a month. Some of his symptoms may come back; I don’t know but do not fear, if the symptoms return the vitamin D will take care of them. It appears to me that high dose vitamin D controls, rather than “cures,” some cases of autism. If his level in a month is below 100 ng/ml, the pediatrician will be happy as that is the upper range of normal vitamin D levels.

Yes, autism is a genetic disease, so how can vitamin D treat it? I suspect that one of vitamin D’s many duties in the body is to protect your genome from mutations, organizing the correction of random and point mutations when they occur. Think of your son as having DNA that is unlikely to function properly with lower levels of vitamin D. How long his DNA will be sensitive to low vitamin D, I don’t know.

An immediate question is how much vitamin D to give him now. You want to give him the lowest dose that controls his symptoms. I suspect that he will end up needing 3,000 to 4,000 IU per day to maintain his 25(OH)D around 80-90 ng/ml.

Article courtesy of Dr. John Cannell, MD and VitaminD Council

“TLC +light+caring +chocolate 4 dementia”

Like the old TV show said give me the simple life, Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ. allows its patients like Ms. Nance, 96, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, “to sleep, be bathed and dine whenever she wants, even at 2 a.m. She could eat anything, too, no matter how unhealthy, including unlimited chocolate.
And she was given a baby doll, a move that seemed so jarring that a supervisor initially objected until she saw how calm Ms. Nance became when she rocked, caressed and fed her “baby,” often agreeing to eat herself after the doll “ate” several spoonfuls.
Dementia patients at Beatitudes are allowed practically anything that brings comfort, even an alcoholic “nip at night,” said Tena Alonzo, director of research. “Whatever your vice is, we’re your folks,” she said.
Once, Ms. Alonzo said: “The state tried to cite us for having chocolate on the nursing chart. They were like, ‘It’s not a medication.’ Yes, it is. It’s better than Xanax.”
It is an unusual posture for a nursing home, but Beatitudes is actually following some of the latest science. Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.”

In desperation medical people are trying many different non-drug approaches to their care.There is no effective medical treatment for Alzheimer’s yet, most dementia therapy is the care giving performed by families and nursing homes. Some 11 million people care for Alzheimer’s-afflicted relatives at home. In nursing homes, two-thirds of residents have some dementia.
Caregiving support training a priority

Caregiving is considered so crucial that several federal and state agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are adopting research-tested programs to support and train caregivers. This month, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a forum about Alzheimer’s care giving.
“There’s actually better evidence and more significant results in caregiver interventions than there is in anything to treat this disease so far,” said Lisa P. Gwyther, education director for the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University.
The National Institute on Aging and the Administration on Aging are now financing caregiving studies on “things that just kind of make the life of an Alzheimer’s patient and his or her caregiver less burdensome,” said Sidney M. Stahl, chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes branch of the Institute on Aging.

Techniques include using food, scheduling, art, music and exercise to generate positive emotions; engaging patients in activities that salvage fragments of their skills; and helping caregivers be more accepting and competent.

Caregiving at Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ. takes on a wholistic individualized tender loving care, hopefully more organizations and institutions will follow this model.

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” Spirit of happiness and hope”

“All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there. From A Little Book of Happiness”

Never, did I dream that on a trip to the Sunflower Market in Tucson, AZ., I would meet a such a friendly determined courageous and positive woman.

I was simply browsing in an isle as this woman rush past me with her cart and labeler. The isle was narrow with displays, she excused herself as she breezed by me to work a few feet from where I was. She was so intent on her work, I commented that she looked like a woman on a mission. She agreed.

This woman exuded positive upbeat energy like a generator.
I told her it was refreshing to talk with someone that seemed to be happy to serve people. She said, “You know last week there was someone in the store that told me how awful the world was.

I responded, “You know I’m so happy and grateful for all I have my boyfriend and I love each other. Even though we face these challenges:

The challenges

  • “…Erik has been battling kidney failure,( I.G.A. Naprothy; Berger’s Disease) for over two years now. I am giving him hemodialysis at home every day in a pleasant- positive environment.
    Our house is in foreclosure, because all our money is going towards his care, bills, and he has not worked in a long time.
    Our insurance has told us that we must do the transplants at a hospital outside of Arizona , the hospital needs to have a five star rating, there are none in Arizona.
    The medical doctor told us he will need a double transplant – kidney and liver. “
  • Erik’s dialysis nurse Suzi Wood who has been such  a huge help and inspiration to both of us threw this whole ordeal is retiring. We honestly wouldn’t be where we are in our health and mind set without her in our lives. We are so grateful for her support.”

The Good News

  • The medical doctor told us he will need a double transplant – kidney and liver, but the good news is going on the two organ wait list usually takes less time to get the transplants.
  • The foreclosure has been extended, so we won’t have to move at the end of the November.
    Foreclosure is not the worst thing that could happen. When we move  we will make better financial choices and get a place to live that does not require the upkeep this one does.
    Sunflower Market where Barbara works has totally supported her. If she needs to leave to go with him to doctor or do the dialysis, they say do what you need to do, we’ll see you later.

I have so much to be thankful for and happy about.”

I arranged to meet this couple together outside of work. At the interview, I was greeted by two very upbeat people that talked about going to NASCAR over the weekend. It had been two years since Erik had been able to attend the NASCAR event. His health is finally stable! Never would I guess they were facing so many daunting life threatening challenges.
Erik Ringquist is 43 years old and looks in good shape. He was captain of his Jackson , Minnesota High football team. He stays home now and does most everything there as he awaits the word from the Denver Hospital to come up for their testing.

Erik attributes his positive attitude to his father, Allen Ringquist, for never letting him quit and always giving him a good work ethic, and to his football coach, Tyrone Wacker, who also put strong values and a strong “never give up” attitude in Eriks’ head.

His devoted mate, Barbara Barger is 45 years old and works full time at Sunflower Farmers Market and has learned to be a dialysis tech and helps Erik stick the 15 gauge needles in his upper arm each day to begin the hemodialysis treatment that lasts about 3.5 hours.

In my interview with them, I asked Barbara if she had two wishes what would they be?
She replied “I would want Erik to be healthy and to have the most skilled doctors for his transplant team and through his recovery.
What would be your second wish? What would you want for you?

“I want world peace; I don’t like war.”

Complementary Medicine Association and all our readers wish you both the best. We will update you on their progress.

In the photo above they are holding a gift from the Coca Cola company of a gift of a cap and T-shirt signed by their favorite NASCAR drivers and sent to them with best wishes for a successful placement on the transplant list and a speedy replacement of  the challenged organs.

“Where you now stand is a result of thoughts and feelings that you have offered before, but where you are going is a result of your perspective of where you now stand. – Abraham-Hicks” quoted on Positive Quote site by Laura on November 22, 2010

Mary Wolken, Editor CMA NEWS
compmed.com

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“Behind influencing others lurks a monster”

The back side to influencing others –

Does power or positions of influence over others

like doctors, lawyers, minsters, government … corrupt?

Behavior of the powerful can and often does poison even the most intelligent and well-meaning people when their influential positions go to their head and let ego run the show.

Beware of  the following symptoms of developing ego corruption:

  • focusing more on your own needs and wants and less on the needs and reactions of others;
  • having less empathy for others, acting like the rules don’t apply to you and simply using others for your own selfish ends;
  • exhibiting less impulse control – too much sex, food, drugs, wild life and erratic emotional highs and lows.
  • They do inane things that damage themselves, their families, their business or organization and their country.

The good news is we do have fine examples to follow Dr. Deepak Chopra, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama who stay grounded and growing in health, warmth, compassion and spirituality even at the height of their power.

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” World peace day shared in song and words of compassion from around the world”

On Peace Day it seems only fitting that we share some of the world’s favorite songs and words of peace, compassion and inspiration are shared with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawlwo’ole

Give peace a chance – John Lennon

Namaste Ya Az’m Dance of Universal Peace – dance of peace to do with your children

Compassion as the roots of peace by the Dalai Lama of Tibet

"Helping in a crisis helps you"

Help Haiti:

You and your friends and family can pay it forward.

Volunteer to help collect supplies/donations to help the struggling people in Haiti.

January 12, 2010:  Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti just outside the capital Port-au-Prince.  Information is still being reported, but we know that the damage is extensive. Homes, businesses, roads and a major hospital have been affected.  This is the worst earthquake the country has seen in its history.

Help Haiti

You can help today
Needed Supplies
First AID: Antibiotic ointments, antiseptic wipes, bleach in tablet form, Band-Aids, gauze+tape, first aid kits, gloves. Pain relievers, tummy aids, antibiotic creams/ointments, liquid bandage,
Flashlights, DRY goods (beans/rice), infant/powder milk, Ensure, gently used or new blankets.
Personal items: toothpaste and toothbrushes, nail clippers, wash/face cloths, non-alcohol or baby shampoos, bar soaps like Ivory
In Tucson , AZ supplies can be taken to
World Care
3538 East Ellington Place
Tucson, AZ 85713-4214
514-1588
www.worldcare.org

Other Options
or in any area supplies can be taken to your local Red Cross or Crusa Roja

Text:   HAITI to 90999 to Help Haiti.