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Wednesday, 23 December 2009 20:04 - Healthy Tips Newsletter November 2009

Posted Dec 23 2009 4:04pm

November 2009
Monthly Health Tips Newsletter

Accessing Resources for Empowerment(tm)

This issue contains:

Biofeedback ~ Stress Management at its Best
Food Inc. - a Must See Movie, but don't Bring Popcorn!

Last month I outlined what biofeedback is. Simply put, biofeedback is 'feeding back' information to a person about what is happening in some part of their body. It could be information from the brain (EEG or neurofeedback); from the vascular system (e.g. blood pressure); from finger tip sweat (Galvanic Skin Response or GSR) or from muscle fibres (ElectroMyoGraphy - EMG).

About 15 years ago research began on the measurement of Heart Rate Variability (HRV).  This is a measure of how much the heart varies in its rate from beat to beat. It happens to be not only a good measure of physical health but also emotional health. The higher the HRV the better. But it's not just the beat variation, but the pattern that it makes that can spell the difference between, for example, frustration and appreciation.

At the Heart Math Institute in California the research has deepened to involve how the heart itself has its own intrinsic nervous system and actually sends signals to the brain that can shut down or turn on messages that come back to the rest of the body.

The connection between the heart and the brain can now be measured by special equations that look at heart rate variability and feed back this information to the person wearing the detector.

The diagram below shows how the different patterns can look - in this case frustration versus appreciation. Note it is not just the heart rate but how the rate varies from one beat to the next.
Accessing Resources for Empowerment(TM) has obtained the EmWave Personal Stress Reliever® from the HeartMath Institute.  This is a hand-held, portable and convenient way to reduce stress, balance emotions and increase performance anytime, anywhere. It is especially useful when preparing for highly stressful meetings, for improving sleep, to improve athletic performance, to overcome the effects of stress associated with health issues or to recover quickly from stressful situations.  Using colorful LED displays and audio feedback, the emWave has a breathing pacer and an instructional stress relief technique on how to generate positive emotions. This will improve your coherence level sharpening your ability to reduce stress, increase vitality, mental clarity and emotional balance.
To learn more about this portable device to reduce stress easily, and also about the computer program EmWave PC or MAC go to my website and look at the video describing these items.  Here is the link:


Readers who send in questions can have them answered by Dr. Leyton right here!

Did you know that Dr. Leyton writes for both Ezine Online Articles and for Wellsphere International the online health network seen by millions daily.

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

The EmWave PSR Personal Stress Reducer from HeartMath

Did you receive this newsletter forwarded or sent from a friend or colleague by email?  If you would like your very own monthly issue
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 of these principles. These health tips are short and simple. All tips, where applicable, 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.

FoodInc., recently out on DVD, is an unflattering lookinside America's corporate controlled food industry directed by Robert Kenner,with Michael Pollan, and author Eric Schlosser.
"Our food has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000 years" is the opening quote in the film that goes on to tell us that there are 47,000 products in a supermarket, portrayed as coming from farms, but which really come from factories that not only mistreat animals but mistreat the factory workers who process and pack the meat. These are huge industrial conglomerates that literally control farmers through threat and lack of funding. In America, each individual consumes 200 pounds of meat each year. This is meat raised in inhumane conditions and with animals fed an unnatural diet of corn.  The point is well made in the movie that feeding corn to cattle  changes the stomach contents of the cow to the extent that it promotes the growth of Escherichia coli 0157:H7, the bacteria that killed a number of people after they ate contaminated hamburgers. The industry's answer to that problem was not to go back to feeding cattle what is their natural food- grass - but to kill the bacteria with ammonia, adding another chemical to the processing.
Profit, at any cost it seems, is the only concern of the 4 chief packers that corner 80% of the meat market. These are the food conglomerates like Tyson and Purdue, that keep chickens in the dark for the 49 days it takes to raise them, many of them so weak that they can hardly stand, and filled with antibiotics and living in crowded conditions.

We can do it differently. Some farmers already are.  They are going back to old-style farming without pesticides, feeding animals their natural food and keeping them in the sunlight so that they can roam around with freedom. True, eventually they are slaughtered, but they have eaten grass and other natural food that is full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other nutrients that they pass on to you and me to help us fight stress. These are anti-stress chemicals passed on to us when we eat the food.
It's important to see this film, if you haven't already, not just because it portrays what is rarely seen by us (having no idea where the food is coming from that we are eating) - but because we are the only people who can change it. You have to see it to believe it.

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