Friday, January 28, 2011

Now that's Weird! Tall Women Die Younger

Dear Yin Weaver,

Check out this tidbit from Your Body's Ten Weirdest Health Clues.
Women taller than 5 feet, 2 inches may be missing a gene mutation that helps them reach their 100th birthday, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Prevent it: Take a page from the habits of California’s Seventh-Day Adventists, who have one of the highest concentrations of centenarians: Quit smoking, and cut back on alcohol and eating meat.
I'm not convinced I want to live to be a centenarian, but apparently--despite my 5'6"--I have a better chance because I'm a non-smoking, tea-totalling quasi-vegetarian.  Well, actually, a chickafishaturkatarian.

Changing habits can be hard, hard, hard!  Fortunately, there are more support systems available than ever before for people who want to quit smoking, drinking and overeating.  In addition, Eden Energy Medicine can help with this effective technique drawn from Traditional Chinese Medicine: 

The Temporal Tap

Begin by identifying a habit, attitude, or condition in your life that you would like to change. Then describe the change in a single sentence, and state it as an affirmation in present time as if the condition already exists. For example, you could say, "I joyfully receive abundance in my life," or "Right now, I am prosperous," or even "I always have more than enough money to pay my bills." Affirmations can be anything you wish to become true and operative in your life. They can be specific, such as, "I easily and successfully attract 5 new customers every day," or general, such as "There are plenty of customers for my services." And they can be used to increase success, no matter what your career choice: "I am making good money being a writer, artist, mechanic, hairdresser, etc."
It is important that the statements are in your native language or the one you are most comfortable with, in your own lingo, and aligned with your own values. For easy recall, make them short and to the point.

To perform the Temporal Tap, start tapping at your right temple in front of the ear canal and continue tapping on the scalp around the top edge of the ear until you reach the back center of the ear, just opposite where you started. The active spots are only along the upper half of the ear, from front center to back center. Tapping with all your fingertips bunched together ensures that all the points along the Temporal-Sphenoidal (T-S) line are stimulated. Say your affirmation while you tap; repeat this procedure three times.
Do this several times a day, waiting at least 30 minutes before repeating the same affirmation. You can tap for as many different affirmations as you wish as long as you can easily address them all several times a day. Reinforcement is part of the process. Once your affirmation has become a part of your life, you can replace it with a new one.
By the way, I shamelessly stole this information from an online article.  If you want to read it in full (well worth it!), click here.  You can also read Donna Eden's variation in her award-winning book Energy Medicine.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Now that's Weird! Finger Length Can Predict Risk Level for Osteoporosis

Dear Yin Weavers,

I found this interesting little tidbit online today.  What do you think of this?  Is not the body fearfully and wonderfully--and puzzingly--made?

Finger length

Women whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers may be twice as prone to osteoarthritis in the knees, found British researchers. Those with this predominately male characteristic tend to have lower levels of estrogen, which may also play a role in the development of osteoarthritis, say researchers.
Prevent it: Strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees. While sitting, straighten each leg parallel to the floor 10 times; hold each rep for 5 to 10 seconds.
As my mother-in-law used to say, "Innnn-ter-es-tinnnnggg!" 

Here's another exercise I used almost daily for about six months.  This Eden Energy Medicine tool is taken from Donna Eden's book, Energy Medicine for Women, and it reversed my osteopenia!   It'll take you less than two minutes, and is also good for trimming tummy fat.

The Bone Saver
  1. Place your arms out in front of you, take a deep breath in, hold your breath, and push the heels of your hands hard against each other.
  2. At the same time, squeeze your stomach in toward your spine, tighten your buttocks, and tilt your pelvis forward and up.
  3. When you want to exhale, instead take three more rapid breaths in through your nose while holding the above posture.
  4. Then exhale slowly, as if blowing through a straw (your stomach will tighten naturally).
  5. When it feels like your exhalation is complete, blow three more rapid breaths out through your mouth.
  6. Relax after each round.  Do several rounds.
  7. Repeat the entire sequence, except this time bend the fingers of each hand, hook them into one another, and try to pull your arms apart so there is isometric tension at your fingers and in your arms and shoulders.
Peace and strong bones,