Archive | February, 2016

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (MHOT)

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

TriOasis provides alternative treatment options that work with a body’s own healing systems to naturally optimize one’s health and youthful appearance. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (MHOT) is one of these life-changing options. MHOT works by delivering more oxygen from blood circulation to severely stressed tissues, which is an important element aiding the body’s normal healing process.
The healing magic of MHOT is science at a very simple level. As the gas laws of physics state, “More gas is dissolved in a liquid by increasing the pressure of the gas.” Inside the pressurized chamber, one gets a directly proportional increase in available oxygen, which becomes infused in plasma and other liquids. In a few minutes, the extra oxygen builds up tissue oxygen levels far above normal.
An oxygen concentrator boosts the chamber’s oxygen concentration. Breathing pure oxygen at two atmospheres gives 10 times the regular amount of oxygen. In simple English, a twofold increase in pressure equals twice the available oxygen to breathe.
Many individuals may be living every day with health issues that cannot be resolved with standard western medical protocols. When using MHOT, every issue, and every individual, is unique, so session length and frequency could vary from a single one- or two-hour session to three to five sessions per week. Sessions could be for a few weeks or several months. The initial consultation will provide insight into a specific treatment plan.

For more information, call 971-205-5593 or visit TriOasis.com.

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Art Stops EMFs

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

One local Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate student took her degree further by applying ancient Egyptian physics knowledge to craft artwork as instrumentation. Jadene Mayla’s Harmonic Artworks are original works of art in multiple media and styles that effectively stop Electric Magnetic Field (EMF) radiation from damaging body organ systems.
Mayla developed and tested her designs in metal, wood, fiber and plastic. The resulting fiber sculptures received a lot of attention, and she was surprised when Dr. Karim, the engineer and architect who modernized the ancient scientific discipline BioGeometry, took the time to test her artwork and wrote her to say he had found the sculptures “very effective.”
The way the technology works is through the application of harmonic scales in the design process. A trio of higher harmonic energetic patterns is emitted from the physical artwork once the precise physics are in place. These energy qualities are powerful transmuters of harmful waves, especially electromagnetic radiation. Mayla’s sculptural instruments put out a field of healing energy to a 35-foot radius, making them effective for homes and automobiles, which essentially bounce EMF radiation repeatedly against the metal frame of the car through the body of the driver.
Main uses for Harmonic Artworks include home decor, commercial and corporate lobbies and waiting rooms, hospitals, transportation and wearable applications. The sculptures are on display at the Port of Portland through February 8, in the international wing.

To learn more about her work or discuss a project, contact Mayla for a free 15-minute phone consultation at HarmonicArtworks.com.

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The Missing Piece to Creating Loving Relationships

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

For many people, relationships can be the most challenging and painful of human experiences. We all desire to attract a better partner but many of us end up in the vicious cycle of attracting the opposites.
Many people are unaware of the fact that it is our subconscious mind that automatically attracts what it is familiar with. The science reveals that the beliefs downloaded into our subconscious minds when we were children control behavior and gene activity and, consequently, the unfolding of our lives, according to Dr. Bruce Lipton. If our parents and caregivers, who were our role models, didn’t demonstrate healthy behaviors towards us and with each other, those experiences get locked into our subconscious mind and attract similar partners. Until we heal from our childhood traumas, we can’t bring BIG love into our lives.
“As I learned again and again in my life, until you get your own act together, you’re not ready for Big Love. What you are ready for is one of those codependent relationships where you desperately need a partner.” ~Dr. Bruce Lipton, The Honeymoon Effect
There is good news, however. Originated by Robert M. Williams in 1988, PSYCH-K® can help us to free our mind from past traumas and reprogram the subconscious with positive beliefs, which enhances our ability to attract relationships we desire.

To book a session in person/Skype or attend his workshop, please call Rita at 503-667-2023, or visit RitaSoman.com.

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Accessing Personal Inner Wisdom for Healing, Growth and Direction

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

When Jamie Rogers was confronted with an acquired brain injury more than ten years ago she sought treatment from many alternative care practitioners who greatly assisted her healing process. However, Rogers feels a final resolution did not begin to occur until she took personal responsibility for her health and her life. This responsibility required an inward journey of connecting to herself and trusting the messages and direction found there, leading her on a path away from systems analysis and onto studying art therapy.
Because of the inner wisdom and guidance Rogers received through her personal healing experiences, she came to understand how a predominantly mind-and-outer-authority-focused culture can diminish the capacity for connecting and trusting personal inner wisdom. Thus, Rogers was inspired to create shamanically influenced processes that help people reestablish the pathways to their inner wisdom by engaging connection with the cellular wisdom of their body, with the resonating vibrations of their heart and with the supportive guidance of their spirit.
Rogers’ advice: “Connect to the wisdom of your body, heart and spirit. Let your mind follow rather than lead.”
Jamie “Cedar” Rogers is an artist, shamanic art therapist and writer working to inspire inner wisdom development. She is currently writing two books, tentatively entitled Portals into Your Sacred Knowledge: A Journey of Deepening Awareness (reflective storytelling and art) and My Rising Heart: A Path of Love and Intimacy (poetry and art).

Receive guided connection by calling 503-621-6178, emailing ReconnectivePathfinder@gmail.com or visiting EmergentPathwaysThroughArt.com.

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Tantra Workshop: Romancing Your Soul

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

Join Tantra Studio on February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a romantic session of relaxing music, gentle fragrances and soft light in a comfortable setting that radiates warmth, safety and love which sets the perfect tone for an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy the company of other like-minded souls on a path of spiritual growth and self-awareness. Learn to use the kundalini energy for healing and personal growth with tantric practices. Note: there is no explicit sexual activity, nudity or genital contact in their workshops.
The workshop is open to individuals, couples of the same and opposite gender as well as paired singles. “Paired singles” are people who might be platonic friends who have decided to pair up for the purpose of taking the workshop together. Typically, paired singles will register together.
Registration is $45 per person or $80 per couple. Advance registration is required. The workshop features fun activities and heartfelt discussions. Delicious appetizers, refreshments and tempting desserts are included in the price. Singles and couples are welcome.

The event will be held at Awakenings Wellness Center, located at 1016 SE 12th Ave., just south of Belmont, in Portland. Please enter via the ramp to the north of the house, next to the mural on the adjacent building wall.

For required advance registration, contact TheTantraStudio@gmail.com or 503-884-7032. TheTantraStudio.com.

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Portland’s First Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Program

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

Learn skills and practices for healing, wellness and everyday living at an upcoming certification program at the Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, in Portland.
The Director of the Institute, Susan Bass, experienced such extraordinary life-saving and life-changing healing through the practice of Ayurvedic Yoga that, in 2003, she left her career at The Wall Street Journal to immerse herself in the study of Ayurveda and Yoga. Bass explained, “I had searched so long for a way to heal that when I found it, all I wanted to do was share these practical, wise ways of living with others.”
The principle and practices of Ayurveda and Yoga are from the ancient Vedic Texts. These sacred arts are most effective when practiced together. Ayurvedic Yoga personalizes the yogic practice for each individual based on his or her constitutional type and current state of being. This program is designed to teach people to use pulse and tongue reading, yoga, breath work, diet, spices, meditation, mantras, mudras, chakra and marma balancing, as well as daily living routines, to restore balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit. In the program Bass teaches, “Think of yourself as your first client; this is 300 hours of you healing yourself with the ancient sacred arts of Ayurveda and Yoga.”
The next 300-hour certification program begins in March. Pref-registration discount for those who register by February 15.

Contact: 503-208-2716, Susan@JourneyYoga.com or AyurvedicYogaTherapy.org.

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Community Close-up Q & A session with Aesthetic Dentistry

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

Aesthetic Dentistry

Welcome to our Community Close-up Q&A session with Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego. We are excited for this opportunity to allow you to get more personally acquainted with their practice.
What makes a dental practice holistic?

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego, we pride ourselves on our approach to dentistry that promotes health and wellness through proper nutrition and the use of biocompatible materials. Biocompatibility and Holistic Dentistry means patients are treated with materials that won’t adversely react with their body chemistry. There are hundreds of dental materials out there and not all of them are good for everyone.We strive to provide our guests with comprehensive dental excellence in a friendly, relaxed caring atmosphere so that optimal health, beauty, comfort and satisfaction can be realized by all of our valued patients, both old and new. We apply the safest applications of holistic and cosmetic dental care—from safe mercury removal and CEREC restorations to invisalign, implants, and veneers.

What should a person look for when finding a dentist?
It is very important that a patient look for an office that makes them feel comfortable—a place where they want to go, not have to go. From initially making the appointment, to the waiting room experience to the interaction with and treatment from our conscientious and caring staff, we put a premium on making every effort to create a comfortable experience at Aesthetic Dentistry.

What are some of the latest dental health techniques you apply in your practice?
Keeping up with the latest technology allows us to provide the best standards of dental care. We provide 3D imaging, offering patients a much better clinical experience, assuring a higher level of treatment success. We also offer metal-free implants which are ideal for patients that prefer a non-metal option.

What is the most important thing in establishing the best relationship with your patients?
At Aesthetic Dentistry, we believe that actively listening to our patients’ needs and concerns is paramount to excellent dental care. Whether handling a dental emergency or working with a longtime client to address sleep apnea or TMJ disfunction, we customize our care and treatment plans, recognizing that each has individual needs. And we always stand by our commitment that the finest quality will always be provided.

For more information on Aesthetic Dentistry, call 503-675-7300 or visit AestheticDentistryOfLakeOswego.com.

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Your Mouth Tells a Story Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

The focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health.

American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie DelSasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn the basics of nutrition in medical schools,” She notes.

Cardiovascular Health Links

Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth.

Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom continue to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan.

In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 is considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe.

Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer.

Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book, The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko breathing method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being.

Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking.

Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan.

He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy from the International Association for Alzheimer’s spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers.

All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan.

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Mini-Yoginis Yoga for Kids Helps Them Relax and Focus by Julianne Hale

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

America kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this.

Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath

“Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.”

“Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus.

From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.”

“I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper.

Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.”
These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

Step into Yoga Together

Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.”

Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options.

Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.”

Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they. Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books.

Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says.

Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.”

Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor by Judith Fertig

Posted on 09 February 2016 by Jason

Ancient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red whole-grain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages.

According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff.

“Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”

Better for Our Health

Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina.

Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by such as the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-year-long research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life.

“Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

Better for Local Farmers

Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Massachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

Better for the Planet

Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce.

Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain.

Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store.

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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