9 Ways Mangistha Destroys Toxins In The Body

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Would you like to know that your immune system is functioning well and able to protect you?

Manjistha is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb that does just that.

Manjistha known as rubia cordifolia is a climbing medicinal plant found in the Himalayas. It’s roots are used to create the medicinal supplement known as manjistha. Manjistha is a multi purpose healer which addresses many conditions and symptoms. However, its most important role is the reduction of toxic reactions caused by detoxification sometimes called a healing crisis.

When toxins are loosened in the body they can enter the blood and other parts of the body causing serious damage. In addition, when detoxification happens too rapidly, various “healing” reactions can take place including psoriasis and ulcers as described by Vaidya Mishra, an Ayurvedic healer.

Manjistha is considered the best herb for blood purification since it supports detoxification when toxins can be removed from the liver and enter the blood stream. Toxins can also be found in the blood when the various channels of the body are closed preventing the normal processing and removal of toxins from the body.

Many of the conditions helped by manjistha involve the blood and organs that affected by blood and blood toxicity. These are some important conditions that benefit from using manjistha:

  1. skin diseases. Manjistha heals a variety of skin problems including eczema, psoriasis since the skin is a detoxifying organ.
  2. menstrual problems. Manjistha treats menstrual conditions since it purifies the blood.  It helps post-natal healing of the uterus.
  3. blood resolution. Manjistha regulates blood clots, blood pressure, cleanse the blood and treats heart disease.
  4. immune system
  5. removes renal and gall stone stones. Manjistha cleans and regulates the pancreas, spleen liver and kidneys which all have a role to play in digestion and toxin removal.
  6. urinary system disorders
  7. tumors. Manjistha destroys both benign and malignant tumors.
  8. some forms of herpes. Manjistha can treat herpes that is in the bloodstream.
  9. diabetic ulcers of the leg. Manjistha can help heal this debilitating condition.

Manjistha is a very useful herb for people who have eaten toxic diets for a long time, are suffering from toxic emotions and people who are in the process of detoxifying their bodies. It is a wonderful support for the immune system since it eliminates toxins that could become overwhelming to the immune system and increase blockages in the body.

Using manjistha is a great way to reduce the potential for serious illness.

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Controlling HIV With Neem

Did you know that HIV can be controlled with neem?

Medical News Today has reported today that a research scientist, Sonia Arora, assistant professor at Kean University in New Jersey has discovered how neem reduces HIV in the bodies of AIDS patients.

What Is Neem?

Neem is an unusual tree located mostly in southeast Asia that for many centuries has been aptly named “the village pharmacy.”  Neem is antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and anti fungal.

Interestingly, all part of the neem tree are used in healing. A miracle herb to many,

  1. neem heals all kinds of skin diseases, including acne, psoriasis and eczema
  2. neem is good for the hair and also helps with head lice
  3. neem makes an excellent toothpaste and prevents gum disease.  The twigs are used as toothbrushes.
  4. neem is anti-microbial and used for wound cleaning
  5. neem is used to reduce cholesterol and relieve high blood pressure
  6. neem reduces inflammation and helps heal rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoarthritis
  7. neem helps with stomach acidity and is believed to help stabilize blood sugar and is therefore used to relieve diabetic symptoms
  8. neem purifies the blood and relieves infections
  9. neem has been used for many years to heal malaria
  10. neem is also a spermicide and
  11. neem is a pesticide.

How Neem Treats AIDS

There has been anecdotal evidence that neem treats AIDS for some time.  However, for some reason, the possibility of using it to treat AIDS never caught on.  It is strange that it did not since neem is an extremely inexpensive herb to buy.  Not only can it treat AIDS, but its many properties give so many other health benefits as well.

Professor Arora investigated the claims about neem and AIDS and found two reports that showed that when AIDS patients in Nigeria and India were given neem extracts, the particles of HIV in their blood were significantly reduced.

Professor Arora’s next step was to identify what in the neem extract, which comes from neem tree seeds, was creating the significant improvement in the AIDS patients. She and her team were able to identify 20 compounds in the neem extract. When tested against the proteins which support the HIV life cycle, she discovered that most compounds found in the neem extracts successfully attacked the protein, HIV protease, which is essential for making new copies of the virus.

Neem is a complex and valuable herb which has the potential to make significant inroads into the treatment of HIV and drastically reduce the pain, suffering and expense of this dreaded disease.

Anyone can benefit from using neem. AIDS patients have an especially important reason.

5 Reasons Why We Need Highly Sensitive People

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Why do we need highly sensitive people?

HSP’s make up approximately 20% of the population. Highly sensitive people have received increased interest lately because of books like Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person and Susan Cain’s book Quiet, which are helping us to understand more about the quiet members of our world.

Our culture is predominantly as an extrovert culture. Extroverts are externally driven to seek rewards, prestige and power. Introverts bring an important and different perspective that we need.

This is what they give us:

  1. highly sensitive people’s take in all kinds of stimulus. Their sensitivity means that they see what others do not. Extroverts often are very fast in their actions, however, speed often means mistakes. The insights from HSPs can protect us from the mistakes that come from going too fast.
  2. highly sensitive people are often deep thinkers. They can see connections and factors that are important in a particular situation that others may not be aware of. They are able to notice pitfalls and potential land mines in our plans and strategies saving us needless headaches.
  3. highly sensitive people are holistic thinkers. This means that they offer an antidote to our fragmented society.  Fragmentation increases the disconnection between different parts of a group, company, or an entire society. Holistic HSP’s see and act as bridges between different parts of social or economic ecology to ease and improve problem solving.
  4. HSP’s are sensitive to all the various forces at any given point in time. They often work from a longer time frame which enables them to see current, emerging and dying forces at the same time. This ability to notice makes it possible for HSP’s to set priorities from  a big picture and longer term perspective.
  5. HSP empathy and sensitivity can reduce polarization between different groups or parts of organizations.

HSP’s are very sensitive to potential consequences of actions and therefore provide an important balancing function in a fast paced world and fragmented society making them valuable members of our homes, companies and communities.

What Are You Doing About Toxins In Your Brain: 10 Reasons To Detox Now

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Have you ever felt really sluggish after winter?

Have you ever noticed how when the seasons change you feel a need to restore and rejuvenate your body?

The balance in our bodies changes with seasons. Our agricultural system provides many foods year round regardless of the season, which is why we often act as if nutritionally there is only one season.

That thinking can get us in trouble because our bodies naturally want heavier, insulating food during the winter which creates congestion in our bodies and creates the need to restore our constitutional balance.

It is very important that we understand the detoxification process because otherwise we may think we are detoxing when in fact our approach skims the surface.

My favorite book about detoxification is Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse. He has a very accessible way of writing which makes it easy to understand detoxing and a very specific but flexible system to do so.

You may already understand some of the reasons why you need to detox but there are others that you probably do not. This book was an eye opener.

Here are some of the insights I gained from reading his book:

  1. detoxing is now a necessity because of the severe pollution in all areas of our environment with chemicals, plastics, carcinogens of various types, heavy metals and carbon emissions.
  2. pollutants build up in the body causing impaired functioning and damage to our immune systems, weakening us over time. They can lead to chronic as well as severe diseases and premature aging.
  3. toxins can damage the pathways of the body. This means that oxygen and nourishment are blocked from  reaching our cells and therefore, our cells can become undernourished. To be truly healthy, our entire system needs abundant oxygen and nourishment.
  4. during the winter months, we eat heavier foods because they are warming and insulating. Those foods can build us and interfere with our digestive systems. It is no different that accumulation in your house.  At some point it becomes disabling.
  5. the liver can become overwhelmed and when it does it does not process the toxins. It send the toxins back in to the system to be stored in fat cells.
  6. fat cells in the brain can store toxins just like fat elsewhere in the body.
  7. the digestive system can handle a variety of foods including those that are hard to digest. If digesting food is a problem then a detoxification and restoration process would be helpful.
  8. Research shows that 95% of the body’s serotonin production comes from the digestive system. This New York Times article discusses the second brain and serotonin.
  9. Toxins trapped in our cells can include mental and emotional toxins weighed down by a sluggish and overloaded body. Processing emotions is an important part of health and if affected by our health regimen.
  10. stress is processed in our digestive system. So if our digestive system is compromised we may develop stress related diseases and have reduced resilience to life’s challenges.

Taking care of your health involves regular detoxification and restoration of your  body especially the digestive system.  When you do your body and emotions should feel lighter and you will be a lot happier.

I highly recommend Dr. Douillard work as a great way to learn about your body’s needs for higher quality of life.

Disclosure: I have an affiliate relationship with Dr. Douillard’s Lifespa.

Why We Demonize Each Other

Why do we demonize each other?

In 2012, we are able to recognize that demonizing others is a problem. However, our ancestors may not have had the same perspective.

Here are some of the reasons our forbears demonized:

  1. survival. This is the oldest reason. Our ancestors did not have all the mechanisms for survival that we have, so demonizing others justified the taking of scarce resources.
  2. to maintain the social glue. If certain behaviors were necessary for the survival of the group, then those behaviors were supported and others shunned.  Demonizing certain behaviors created a group consensus that enforced the social code. Our brains give us error signal when we act contrary to the group, so demonizing behaviors is a very effective method of social control.
  3. to protect health. In the past humans had no protection against disease, no sanitation, no antibiotics,  and very little medication. If an individual was a health threat, they could easily be demonized and cast out of the group, since people had little knowledge about the causes and cures of health problems in the past.
  4. to protect blood lines. Safety was an important consideration for our ancestors. You were safer with people you knew including in your family.
  5. to support an economic advantage. Demonizing someone or a group weakens their social status and claim to resources and support opening the door for exploitation.
  6. habit. Our ancestors had very little information about causes and effects. Often they explained their problems by pointing to forces outside of themselves. Many times they were right. Nonetheless, demonizing can become a bad habit. It is also very difficult to break if it is a way of life for a social group.

In spite of all of our knowledge and sophistication these days, are we really that much different from our ancestors? In some ways, I think we are, but often not so much.We are all concerned about our survival, health and well-being. Resources are becoming scarcer and our need for self-preservation is growing.

We have however become more interdependent, which prevents is from wholesale demonization of others and that is good. Diversity and education have helped us see that others are not really so different from us, and I hope we continue to extend our idea of the group to include all of us.

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Quiet by Susan Cain: Book Review

If you haven’t read Susan Cain‘s fabulous book, the bestseller Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, you are missing out.

Susan’s light approachable style takes a challenging subject and makes it accessible. Susan’s book not only explores introversion but also questions the extrovert ideal that dominates the Western world.

Quiet is extremely well researched. Susan Cain draws on medical experts, sociological researchers and experts in the field of introversion and high sensitivity. She also does a masterful job of illuminating the experience and reality of many introverted people including herself to demonstrate the value they offer society.

Most books on the subject of introversion or high sensitivity focus primarily on the psychology of the introvert. The needs of introverts have been under addressed in our culture and many introverts have felt like aliens from another planet unable to navigate the challenges of extrovert values and expectations.

Susan’s book does a wonderful job of juxtapositioning the extrovert and introvert natures and offering perspective on the differences. Although extroverts are more visible in the public domain, it is amazing how many great advances for the human race come from introverts:

  • Rosa Parks
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Bill Gates
  • Warren Buffett
  • Einstein
  • many artists
  • many of the strongest and most effective CEO’s.

Introverts are often the creators and agents of change through their combination of compassion and creativity. They see what others do not which is why an introvert is known for being insightful. Introverts operate deeply and multidimensionally which makes the high pressure, high-speed competitive economy of Western capitalism antithetical to their natures.

As Susan points out, introverts need to be careful about their career and social choices because their nervous systems require considerable rest. However she also describes many situations where introverts are able to adopt some extrovert traits when working in a job that they consider a calling. Interestingly introverts make better leaders of self motivated people.

Susan Cain does a wonderful job of mapping the introvert/extrovert territory giving us the big picture, the research, the wisdom of experts like Dr. Elaine Aron and many examples of people who have successfully mastered the art of living as an introvert in an extrovert world.

As a lifelong introvert, I consider Quiet a must read who anyone wanting insights into introverts, their challenges and value whether you are an introvert, a family member, or a colleague. As many as 1 out of 2 people qualifies as an introvert. Knowing about them is wise. Quiet can only help improve your relationships with these special people.

How To Eliminate The Inner Critic In 5 Minutes Or Less

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Perhaps your inner critic is nicer to you than mine is to me. Perhaps not.The inner critic is one of the main causes of unhappiness in life. It is a master at helping us to feel bad about something. The list is endless: something wrong with us or the world; it never stops, until we stop it.So how can we silence an inner critic attack quickly? in 5 minutes or even less?I call it the Get Real Method for handling the inner critic. The inner critic will always be a part of you. So the first step is to understand it and make it work for you.To get started:

  • you need to accept it. Most people fight their inner critic when it exists to protect us. Life has always been challenging so it has a useful purpose when it is not out of control.
  • to give it what it wants in a way that helps and not harms you. The inner critic wants a couple of things from you:
    • to feel safe. Its purpose is to watch out for danger.
    • feel appreciated. Don’t we all even when we are wrong?

These are the questions that I would suggest you ask yourself, and of course feel free to add your own:

  1. Is the issue a present issue, a past issue, or a future potential problem?
  2. Is the source of the issue
    1. a recurring unresolved problem that you need to learn from?
    2. something you need to let go, someone to forgive, or a need to forgive yourself?
    3. an unresolved conflict about the values you were taught vs. the values you want to live by?
    4. something I may have missed?
    5. a new factor that I was not aware of?
    6. something I need to pay attention to or something I can let go of?
    7. my inner critic creating dramas?
  3. Is this an emergency, an ongoing developmental issue, or a daily living detail?

Once you can frame the issue, you can start to formulate your strategy and resolve the problem.

So the trick to handling the inner critic is to appreciate its focus and dedication but realize that it suffer from excessive zeal and hyper dedication to a thankless task. And then apply the Get Real Method.

The Get Real Method involves asking yourself a number of question to sort out the concern of the inner critic so that you can decide what to do and move on.

The inner critic is like a conveyor belt of problems and it sees them everywhere. It is your job to decide which ones to act on. Since the inner critic is extremely aware, it can be useful for helping you to avoid problems or it can be a pest. It is only doing its job.

I find however that the inner critic relaxes more when you don’t fight it, and when you appreciate its intention. So even when it is not being particularly productive approaching it with a kindly and appreciative attitude can do wonders for making your life easier and happier.

Is Depression A Human Invention?

 

This article was first published in Technorati.

New information has emerged from a study conducted in China illuminating the relationship between depression and the hate circuit of the brain according to an October 6, 2011 article in Medical News Today. Professor Jianfeng Feng from the University of Warwick in the UK, in collaboration with six other scientists, led the study which shows that depression causes an uncoupling of the hate circuit in the human brain.

The hate circuit was discovered in in 2008 in a study by UCL Professor Semir Zeki. He found that three regions of the brain were activated when individuals were shown images of people they hated. The three regions are located in the cortex and subcortex of the brain and are the superior frontal gyrus, insula and putamen. As a result of his study, these regions have come to be identified as the hate circuit.

Professor Feng’s study was an exploration of brain activity differences in 39 depressed patients and 37 non-depressed individuals. The depressed group included participants who were both first episode major depressive disorder (FEMDD) and resistant major depressive disorder (RMDD).

The scientists created a template of the neural connections in 90 different brain regions from the healthy participants and identified 6 different functional systems of the brain that became the basis of their exploration of the depressed patients.
The greatest difference they found was the uncoupling of the hate circuit although major changes occurred in circuits related to risk and action responses, reward and emotion, attention and memory processing. The neural differences are called uncoupling to describe the disconnection in normal brain functioning which occurred over 80% of the time or more in the depressed patients.

The published report of the scientists is uncertain about the meaning of their findings although they make the observation: “Depressed patients … have problems in controlling negative thoughts and so a potential hypothesis is that the functional uncoupling in this circuit may be contributing to impaired cognitive control over pervasive internal feelings of self-loathing or hatred towards others and/or external circumstances.”

It is not clear from the study whether or not there was a genetic basis for the depression in the study participants. However, since much of our behavior is adaptive, depression may be as well. This study may show that in very negative situations, some people chose depression as a coping mechanism and that the depressive coping mechanism may actually change brain function.

The Dignity Advantage: 6 Ways Dignity Improves Your Life

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Dignity.

Every animal has it.

We humans try to suppress it, deny it and destroy it.

Why?

For the sake of order?

For the sake of convenience?

For the sake of markets and profits?

What Is Dignity?

It’s a fair question to ask what dignity is because unless you have a clear idea about it, how can you value it?

The Free Dictionary defines dignity as the state of being worthy of esteem or respect. There lies the rub.  It treats dignity as something earned not something that is intrinsic to us.

We know our own dignity.  We feel it inside all of the time.  It is there no matter what our circumstances are.

Our world usually doesn’t recognize the dignity of each living creature. Perhaps that is where the feelings of alienation come from and why so many of us have difficulty with self-worth.  We have been commodified and therefore diminished when in fact our humanity, our dignity is one of the few things about us that is worth cherishing and which doesn’t change.

Reputation and dignity are not the same thing. Dignity persists no matter what the world sends our way.  Reputation is as fickle as the latest fashion fad.

What Is The Dignity Advantage?

Dignity is the great equalizer.  You can’t put dignity on a piece of paper, like a constitution, and think you have covered it. Dignity may be natural to us but it also a living phenomenon. It matters in daily life.

What is dignity’s gift and how goes it provide an advantage?

  1. Our dignity is what gets hurt when we do harm to ourselves and others. It puts us in touch with our interconnectedness.
  2. Our dignity is not unique to us; it is shared by all and therefore offers us a bias for valuing all life equally.
  3. Our dignity is our natural worth not our market worth. It can be the basis for healthy cooperation.
  4. Our dignity can make relationships easier by making good boundaries easier to create.
  5. Our dignity makes kindness to ourselves and others easier by giving us perspective on our natural limits.
  6. Our dignity also informs our talents and abilities. It puts us in touch with our natural gifts rather than the expectations of others.

Dignity is the basis of a healthy interpersonal bridge.  It has a light, relaxed quality that makes it easier for us to be authentic and intentional. It is worth cherishing in ourselves.  Cherishing the dignity of others is one of the greatest gifts you can give.