Archive | October, 2016

Diabetics Improve Using Sesame and Rice Bran Oils

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

bran-oilsResearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil.

The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100
Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period.

After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes
patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.

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What to Expect After a Minor Auto Accident

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

accidentIn 2011, there were nearly 4,000 auto accidents in Clark County, resulting in almost 2,000 minor injuries. Even the slightest tap on the bumper can cause problems for drivers and passengers.

From the impact, muscle tissue has been unexpectedly shifted; muscles have been overstretched causing micro tears, bringing inflammation and swelling. Symptoms can be made worse by knowing that we are about to be hit. We tighten our grip on the steering wheel, get heavy on the brake and brace for impact; the nervous system is activated and muscles tense up in anticipation.

When swelling and inflammation increase, the nerves surrounding the
muscles become irritated which signals the brain to protect the area. The nervous system takes over, causing the muscles to contract to further protect the damaged muscle tissue which then causes pain and discomfort.

Depending on placement, speed and position of the body at impact, most people will not feel the effects (pain, inflammation, swelling) for up to 2 to 24 hours afterwards or even, to some extent, days later.

The most common areas injured in minor accidents are the neck (whiplash), shoulders, back and hips. If an individual starts feeling sensitivity and pain, they should seek treatment as soon as possible. A medical massage therapist can provide rehabilitative services that are covered under one’s auto insurance PIP coverage. If injuries are not properly rehabilitated, the scar tissue that forms can cause problems in the future.

Medical massage can help reduce muscle tension/trigger points, inflammation, swelling and headaches. It can also help reduce anxiety, increase blood flow and circulation of affected areas, and increase pain-free range of motion throughout the entire body for long periods of time. Best of all, medical massage can strengthen weak, inhibited muscles while stretching tight, facilitated muscles.

It’s important to listen to one’s body and not delay in receiving treatment. Contact a doctor, whether a chiropractor or medical, and ask for a referral to receive medical massage to help with injuries incurred.

Source: Sue Stokman of Body in Motion Massage Therapy,
Vancouver, WA.

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Acupuncture Eases Hot Flashes

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested 209 women between 45 and 60 years old with a history of hot flashes and/or night sweats. After up to 20 treatments over six months, the women receiving acupuncture reported a 37 percent reduction in hot flashes, while the control group saw a 6 percent increase. The symptom relief among the women treated with acupuncture persisted for a year.

The researchers also found that the acupuncture group experienced an improvement in several menopausal quality of life measurements.  Nancy Avis, Ph.D., a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University and lead author of the study, says, “There are a number of nonhormonal options for treating hot flashes and night sweats that are available to women. None seem to work for everyone, but our study showed that acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist can help some women without any side effects. It also showed that the maximum benefit occurred after about eight treatments.”

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Helping Children with Cancer

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

New You Hypnosis, LLC, located at 2926 NE Flanders Street, in Portland, offers specialized hypnotherapy holistic systems designed for the mind and body connection using a blend of meditation techniques from the East to West.

New You Hypnosis’ way of giving to the community is to offer complementary hypnotherapy sessions to children with cancer. Extensive research has been done on the benefits of hypnotherapy, also known as guided meditation, and health improvement of a young person with cancer. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver. A donation will go to help fund a future healing center.

For more information, call 503-956-2155 or visit

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Discover the 2016 Body Mind Spirit Expo

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

Body Mind Spirit Expos are dedicated to helping attendees discover the radiant life that surrounds them every moment. The Expo returns to the Oregon Convention Center (Hall E) on October 29-30, with a weekend filled with the finest presentations, exhibitors and entertainment, each intentioned to help attendees grow personally and to show that when one believes, everything is possible. Expo hours are Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover an outstanding collection of over 70 of the nation’s most intriguing exhibitors, offering the latest findings in natural health, personal growth, sustainability and spirituality. Browse for hours, receive a healing or soothing massage, try the latest new products and learn fascinating new avenues to better health, personal
well-being and spiritual growth.

Head to the lecture halls to discuss the latest discoveries with more than 70 incredible presenters and authors. Highlights include: Portland’s own Dave Markowitz, author of Self-Care for the Self-Aware, who will offer insight on Healing for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) in a Special two-hour workshop. Attendees can learn
how to bring back the lost pieces of their soul’s divine essence with Soul Retrieval, as Anneleah Jaxen shares the secrets of ancient ceremony that can help put one back together again.

Cost: $12 weekend admission. For information and to purchase tickets, phone 541-482-3722, ext 1 or 2 or visit

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Zen Space and RidePDX Team up for Relief Project

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

Zen Space Healing Center, in northeast Portland, has teamed up with RidePDX to support the Acupuncture Relief Project. On October 2, RidePDX, a cycling studio located on the southwest waterfront at 3745 SW Bond Avenue, will host a ride led by Jessiah Goodwin, a lifelong fitness enthusiast and teacher.

The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. All riders who sign up will receive their next ride free at RidePDX as a new customer. An added bonus is the 20 percent discount on RidePDX class packs purchased at the event.

Zen Space will be offering chair massage, chiropractic exams, free cupping and an acupuncture information session. There will also be a raffle for prizes for attendees. Prizes include a five-pack of classes, RidePDX gear, an alpine division duffle bag and two bottles of Oregon wine.

All proceeds will go toward the Nepal Acupuncture Relief Project, which provides treatment to patients living in rural villages outside Kathmandu. Clinics operate for free and run solely off the support of volunteers. The money volunteers raise, as part of their commitment to the program, goes toward housing, clinic supplies, paying interpreters, etc. Volunteers offer treatment for anything from basic
wound care, musculoskeletal complaints, infectious diseases, diabetes management, basic healthcare, nutrition education and more.

Cost: $25. RSVP by calling RidePDX at 971-352-6152. For more information on the Nepal Acupuncture Relief Project, visit

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Intuitive Medium Shelly Wilson Visits Portland

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

Oklahoma Intuitive Medium Shelly Wilson will be visiting Portland the first weekend in November for a series of events at New Renaissance Bookshop, located at 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, in Portland.
Wilson will be offering a group reading (Messages from Spirit) on Friday night, November 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., teaching a workshop (Creating the Life You Desire) on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wilson will also be available for 30 minute private sessions on Saturday afternoon and evening from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A conscious creator, who is passionate about helping people wake up to their greatness, Wilson supports others as they navigate their own journey into consciousness to experience aliveness. She offers private readings, intuitive coaching, small business coaching, Reiki sessions and teaches workshops. Wilson’s books, 28 Days to a New YOU, Connect to the YOU Within and Journey into Consciousness,
are available in paperback and eBook. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business with a minor in psychology.

Cost: $25 for each event; $70 for a private session. To learn more about Wilson, visit her website at For more information about the upcoming events, contact New Renaissance Bookshop at 503-224-4929 or visit their website at

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Portland VegFest October 22-23

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

Celebrating plant-based living, the 12th annual Portland VegFest is on October 22-23 this year at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC),  featuring food, food and more food! Try free samples of hundreds of different products. Watch live chef demonstrations and get even more samples. To top it off, meals will be available from local restaurants.

To work off all that food, check out the fitness stage and classes, featuring yoga, nia and other activities. Fashion and beauty exhibitors will surround the fashion/beauty stage, and a variety of T-shirts will also be available from many nonprofits scattered throughout the exhibit hall.

A free photo booth for all ages is located at the far wall, as is the children’s activities area, featuring stories, face painting and more.

Prominent speakers this year include Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Michele Simon, founder of the Plant-Based Foods Association. There will also be films and a bookstore at the event.

Everyone is welcome! Location: OCC, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland. For more information, cost and times, visit

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Additions and Remodels: A Planning Workshop

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Jason

gvb-workshop-300x254According to Jolene Johnson of Glacier Valley Builders LLC, preparing mindfully for a home improvement project saves substantial money, time and distress. Join them on October 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, for Additions & Remodels, A Planning Workshop. This free event is being held at Scout Realty Co., in north Portland.

Attendees are invited to bring their home addition/remodel ideas and questions and discuss plans, building permits and zoning laws, while exploring green possibilities in building and cost saving design ideas to balance the homeowner’s wants with their budget.

Johnson says, “This is an opportunity to collaborate with others who are also working on projects on their homes. You never know, maybe you can team up with others on materials to save money. Networks often provide wonderful resources and win-win situations.”
Michael Mitchell, a seasoned local builder who has been building throughout the Pacific Northwest since the late ‘80s, is presenting this workshop. Having worked on hundreds of home improvement projects over the years, he understands building in Oregon and can provide important information that will help save one’s sanity, time and money.

The event will be hosted by Scout Realty Co., 4212 N Mississippi Ave., Portland. Street parking available. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Let them know if you are GF, DF, vegan, etc. For more information or to RSVP, call 503-893-9318 or visit

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