What is an empath? 30 traits

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Addictions, ADHD, Life Coaching Services

Empathy-definition

Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others.  Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods.  Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions.  Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people.  You either are an empath or you aren’t.  It’s not a trait that is learned.

You are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy, which means that you really feel, and in many cases take on the emotions of others.  Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily.  These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all.  Essentially you are walking around in this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others.

Kidney Cleanse Recipes

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Addictions, ADHD, Alternative Medicine, Health, Herbal Medicine

green-drinkGot lower back pain and suspect it might be a kidney stone? Do you have lower back weakness, sciatica, weak legs & knees, hearing problems, tinnitus, blurry vision, sudden deafness, no will power, weak bone & muscle density issues? Try this cleanse before an expensive hospital visit. Small kidney stones can be dissolved a few weeks with a few changes in your diet and large amounts of water to wash out any toxins that have built up over time. Combine Kidney flush diets with Acupuncture Detoxification and you have a winning formula for treating all of these ailments very effectively.

This cleanse is not just to remove kidney stones though. The kidney filters out all kinds of toxic substances from your blood and is particularly sensitive to infections – keeping this organ clean and functioning properly is highly important for your health.

What are Kidney Stones?

A kidney cleanse is a great way to avoid kidney stones, but how do they form? If you are dehydrated or have consumed lots of toxic substances, the urine that passes through the kidney can crystallize, forming mineral deposits or kidney stones.

If the stones become too big they can block urine flow, causing extreme pain in your lower back. A kidney cleanse helps these stones to dissolve, easing your pain, and can also prevent them from forming in the first place.

How to do the Kidney Cleanse

The kidney cleanse is a 3-day fast during which you must drink large quantities of distilled water and organic apple juice. You can drink up to a gallon of each, separately or mixed together.

If you haven’t tried a fast before, don’t worry this cleanse is perfectly healthy. You may be a little hungry, but the apple juice will give you energy and help you feel more full.

You can start checking for kidney stones immediately after your first drink of apple juice. Use a simple tea strainer to look for them – they might be very small so look carefully.

Not everyone passes kidney stones on this cleanse, but even if you don’t its very healthy and will prevent any future problems.

Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Try the following herbs before or after your kidney cleanse.

UVA URSI (BEARBERRY)

When taken orally, Uva Ursi transforms in the stomach into a compound with antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. It then passes down through the urinary system and so can also aid with urinary infections.

PARSLEY/CILANTRO

Parsley/Cilantro detoxifies the kidney by flushing toxins out, and is beneficial in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Parsley contains a compound named Apoil, which has now been isolated and used in medication to treat kidney ailments and kidney stones.

To make a Parsley tea, place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley/cilantro into a pot with the lid on. Heat the water to almost boiling, then turn off the heat. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, then strain the parsley out and enjoy the tea.

NETTLES

Nettles are effective diuretics and anti-bacterials that can help to treat and prevent kidney stones. They are available as a tea or in capsules.

Kidney Cleanser Recipes ~

ULTIMATE KIDNEY CLEANSER JUICE

kidney cleanse juice recipeHere are two great kidney cleanse recipes. Just throw it all together in the juicer, then drink! You can also use a blender if you want it to be more like a smoothie.

Recipe 1
4 Stalks Celery
3 Sprigs Parsley/Cilantro
1 Cucumber
Half a lemon
Water

Recipe 2
2 Apples
4-6 slices Watermelon
Water

KIDNEY CLEANSING TEA

A variety of teas are available that can help with a Kidney Cleanse. Watermelon seed tea and Celery seed tea are both powerful diuretics that increase your water intake and flush water more quickly through the kidneys.

Source: http://www.justcleansing.com/kidneycleansing.htm

QWhich adds more nutritional value to a salad: fresh parsley or cilantro?

A: A quarter cup of chopped parsley is a good source of both beta-carotene (the plant form of vitamin A) and vitamin C, which are both found in much smaller amounts in cilantro. Parsley also provides small amounts of folate, potassium and iron that help total daily consumption add up more quickly than amounts in cilantro. Cilantro contains about twice the amount of antioxidant phytochemicals (natural plant compounds) as parsley. Both are great choices to add a fresh taste to salads, salsas, soup (warm or chilled soup for hot weather enjoyment), pasta and more. Use them both and know you’re getting great flavor and nutrition.

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, writes this column for The American Institute for Cancer Research. (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk.

Smile Your Way Out of Stress?

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Addictions, ADHD, Articles, Health

smiling

by: Kelly McGonigal, PhD.
on March 31, 2014
Put a pencil between your lips in just the right way, and you’ll feel happier—though you won’t know why. The result is so reliable, I used this trick on students as a foolproof demo when I taught intro to psychology.

This effect demonstrates the “facial feedback” theory of emotion—but you can think of it as “fake it til you make it.” The idea is simple: your brain is constantly monitoring what’s happening in your body. It analyzes things like muscle tension, posture, heart rate, breathing, and, yes, facial expressions, to judge how you are feeling.

Put yourself in a happier position, and you can boost your mood. Practice a depressed face and slumped posture, and watch the gloom set in. The pencil trick works because it forces your face to mimic a genuine smile, recruiting just the muscles of the mouth, cheeks, and eyes that come to life when you are happy.

The study—published in Psychological Science, conducted by Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman at the University of Kansas—took the old experiment a step further.

Participants were put through two stressful tasks—one a mental challenge, the other a pain induction—while they held a chopstick with their mouths. Some participants held it in a way that recruits the muscles of a genuine smile, some held the chopstick in a way that recruits the muscles of a fake smile (mouth only), and others in a way that doesn’t mimic a smile at all.

[I found the picture below, demonstrating these positions, in the lead author’s masters thesis. The little wires you see are attached to electrodes measuring muscle activity.]

Figure 1: Face Conditions (L-R) Neutral, Non-Duchenne smile, Duchenne smile

smile study

The researchers measured participants’ heart rate and stress levels during and after the mental challenge and pain task. Amazingly, those who were mimicking a genuine smile were less stressed and showed faster physiological recovery from the stressful tasks than those mimicking a fake smile or no smile.

The apparent take-home of this study is to fake a smile when you’re feeling stressed or in pain. But it may be a bit more complicated than that. The participants did not know why they were holding a chopstick in their mouths, and they certainly weren’t trying to make themselves feel better. An important part of the facial-feedback effect may be that it’s happening outside conscious awareness.

If you are trying to change your mood, the trick may not work as well (if at all). Your brain will know why you are activating those smiling muscles, and won’t misinterpret the expression as happiness.

So what can you do to put this finding to good use? I think you can’t go wrong broadening your approach to the whole body. Other research suggests that sitting up straight or standing tall improves self-confidence and moodhugging yourself reduces pain; breathing slowly and deeply reduces stress and improves mood; leaning toward something (or someone) make you less anxious or afraid.

Rather than limit yourself to a chopstick trick, practice putting your entire body into a more relaxed, confident, or supported position. Learn how to stand tall and breathe well. A basic yoga class should take care of this. Then, when you find yourself stressed out, anxious, or in pain, do your best to fully embody the attitude or emotion you’d like to experience.

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Study cited:
Kraft T & Pressman S (2012 in press). Grin and bear it: The influence of manipulated positive facial expression on the stress response. Psychological Science.

E Cigarettes: The New Poison?

Written by Warren Whitfield. Posted in Acudetox, Addictions, Health


We’ve all seen these electronic cigarettes, or vaping, as it’s known these days. They may seem like a decent way to give up regular cigarettes for the more affordable option. But E-cigarettes and the ingredients in them are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. So are e-cigarettes healthier than smoking traditional cigarettes?

Electronic_Cigarette_Smoking

Photo: www.michaeldorausch.com

The nicotine, in liquid form, is potent and highly dangerous. Even miniscule amounts of this neurotoxin can cause vomiting and seizures, and in some cases, can even be deadly. Whether the liquid is absorbed through the skin or ingested, it can be severely harmful.

Experts say the concentrated nicotine liquid is especially risky for children, who are naturally drawn to the fun flavors and bright labels of these seemingly innocuous little vials.

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The New York Times writes:

“It’s not a matter of if a child will be seriously poisoned or killed,” said Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System and a professor of pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s a matter of when.”

With accidental poisonings from liquid nicotine at an all-time high, it should really cause us to pause and think about what exactly we are putting into our bodies. Dr. Cantrell from the poison control system in California has stated that an amount less than even a tablespoon of liquid nicotine with a 7.2 percent or higher concentration could kill an adult.

I don’t know about you, but I want to keep that stuff as far away from me and my family as possible.

By: Shannon Campo | boltbuzz.com

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WE are OUR biggest threat….. AND our greatest hope. Only through UNITY will we survive. As long as we focus on our differences, we remain primitive, and doomed. But as we continue to focus on what we have in common, we rise above what we’ve been for so long and we BECOME or greatest hope. — Warren Whitfield

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