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Tuesday, 28 July 2009 18:50 - Healthy Tips Newsletter October 2008

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:01pm
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October 2008
Monthly Health Tips Newsletter

Accessing Resources for Empowerment(tm)

This issue contains:

Protect Yourself with Vitamin D
Passive Concentration

Protect Yourself with Vitamin D!
This is the time of year in the northern latitudes when the days get shorter and our sun exposure goes downhill.  Well, it's the time to breakout the vitamin D! Research over the last several years has shown unequivocally that we become seriously deficient in Vitamin D, especially in the winter months, and even in the summer if we stay inside or use sunscreen outside.  We need at least 1000 IU/day of Vitamin D3; (Note: it's the D3 you want not the D2 sold in some forms of supplement). It's cheap and easy to take as a supplement.

Because Vitamin D is really a hormone regulating messages between cells, it's not just important in bones, but in many other organs throughout the body. There are many recent studies to show this, and many of them come from Dr. Reinhold Vieth at the University of Toronto, as well as Dr. Michael F. Holick at the Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts.

Studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to a number of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and various cancers including the bowel, prostate, and breast. It's not that vitamin D deficiency actually causes these diseases, but it is strongly associated with them.

Do you want to know if you are deficient? A simple blood test will tell you. Ask your doctor for a 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D3 blood test. The level should be between 80-120 nmol/L. In the summer, 15 minutes in the sun with the face and arms exposed without sunscreen should give you enough vitamin D so that you don't have to supplement.
Passive Concentration
Sound like a contradiction in terms? After all, doesn't concentration need to be active? Well, only sometimes, especially for linear, logical tasks like math and reading. If you want to relax, then passive concentration is essential. How do you do it?  Well, in a few words you allow sensations, images and thoughts to just float on by...just notice them and let them a leaf floating by you on a stream. You don't hold on to anything that your attention is drawn to...just let it go.  This kind of concentration is great to develop anytime you want to relax now and then.  The other day I was feeling stressed, paying attention to all the niggling thoughts in my mind. I went out to the front veranda and sat down. I looked up and saw in front of me a beautiful flower from the fuchsia plant we have hanging there. It was just being, it wasn't doing anything, just hanging there...and in that moment I realized how, if it could hang there just being, so could I! Just by seeing it, and with that realization, I was suddenly pleasantly relaxed. Now that is passive concentration - just being... like a fuchsia flower.

Thanks for reading this month's newsletter. See you next month!

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Healthy Tips Short and Simple~News to Use
There are four basic principles to health:
1. Good nutrition
2. Good exercise
3. Good thinking and emotional states
4. Good self-care

These embrace the mind, body and spirit of good health and well-being. Each monthly tip(s) will address one or more or more of these principles.

These health tips are short and simple. There is much  discussion today about different health issues, but there are some basic yet profound, helpful changes you can make.

It is these simple changes that I will bring you in these monthly 'hot tips news flashes'. All tips are based on quality research that is being done in the medical field.

You will see links throughout the newsletter to take you to more detail if you wish...or you can simply read what's here, and go from there. For the most part a paragraph or two will say it all.

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Usually you will want to listen to all the tracks the first time through, just to give you the whole picture, so you can grasp all the features. After that, you can just listen to tracks 3 & 4 (about 25 minutes total) on a daily basis, to train your unconscious mind to relax easily. There is an option to set a future goal for yourself on track 3. Track 4 is a 'wake-up' track to bring you out of the very relaxed state, back to an alert state so you can go about your daily tasks yet continuing to be relaxed. Do this routine for several weeks. Soon you wil find yourself relaxing easily, even in the face of previously stressful situations.

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