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,

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