Archive for October, 2009

Japan’s Elderly Playgrounds

Japan's Elderly Playground

Japan's Elderly Playground

This is a short post because I’d like you to enjoy the original article and video. Yesterday, Reuters ran an article called “Japan’s elderly playgrounds show fun is for everyone.” They stated that the popular workout classes use playground equipment specifically designed for the senior population. What fun to participate in a class like that. What a healthy thing to do … keep the elderly moving. Wouldn’t it be great to have it in our senior communities? If you live in a senior community, does your community have anything like it?

Enjoy the article. Click here. Be sure to watch the video, too.

Insomnia

In a previous post, I wrote about insomnia and how cherries might be able to help the problem. Not being able to fall asleep at night or getting up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall asleep again can be very frustrating and a common problem for the elderly. I came across a Web site, http://insomnia123.com that you might want to check out, if sleep is a problem. Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH educates you on what insomnia is in short video or text segments. Additionally, if you join (no charge for membership), you can download sleep music and get his newsletter.IMG_6584

In my very first blog post, I talked about committing to walking every day. If insomnia is a problem, try the recommended 10K steps every day. Personally, I think one of the nicest places to walk is on the sand along the ocean. As I write this post, I’m in southern California and I had the opportunity to visit the Santa Monica State Beach.

After getting up from a good night’s sleep, wake up happy. According to Whitney in her feng shui tips, she suggests that you place a picture of your loved one(s) by your bed because feng shui believes that the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see before you fall asleep will have a profound impact on your life. By looking at loved ones, it triggers your brain to release oxytocin, which is the “love” hormone, which makes you feel happy and secure. What a great way to start and end your day, especially if you are fortunate to have grandchildren!

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In the past year, I’ve been introduced to two energy healing modalities — Quantum-Touch and Cellular Response. Both advocate that your body can heal itself. The first time I sought a Quantum-Touch practitioner was because I had fallen hard on my cheek bone and it did not feel right after many months despite the fact that the ophthalmologist and the otolaryngologist could find nothing wrong. I found Miriam Hunter in Virginia and she balanced the energy in my body, showed me some exercises and I felt much relief.

Cellular Response was something I experienced just a few days ago on a visit to California. During my yoga class a couple of months ago, I noticed that I did not have full range of motion with my left arm stretched above my head lying on the floor. Additionally, if I tried to lift my arm in the “wrong” direction, it was painful. At the beginning of the treatment, while standing, I was able to lift my left arm 90 degrees straight out to the side. By the end, I could lift it to almost 180 degrees. It’s weak from limited use, but I was given weight-training instructions to strengthen it. I’ve always had a left knee that tends to buckle and the practitioner found that my hips were not aligned. Now he says, I should walk a lot better. Hopefully, that will prevent falls as well.

I spent almost three hours at a Cellular Response workshop where, under the guidance of the master instructor and developer of Cellular Response, Dan Yamaguchi, I watched his students of all levels work on mostly seniors (after all, aren’t we the group with all of the aches and pains?) for a myriad of health problems. One person was about to receive treatment for cancer and although Cellular Response cannot cure cancer (it does not claim to cure anything), a person can get relief from the effects such as nausea and it can even prevent hair loss. I also watched while someone with calcium deposits from arthritis on her fingers had them broken up so that the lump on her fingers got smaller.

According to quantumtouch.com, Quantum-Touch is a powerful, yet easy to learn, method of natural healing (or energy healing).  Everyone has the innate ability to help ourselves and others. The Quantum-Touch techniques teach us how to focus and amplify life-force energy (or Chi, Bioenergy, Prana) by combining various breathing and energy awareness exercises.  QT energy healers learn to amplify and direct the life-force energy, facilitating the body’s own healing process. Our love has more impact than we can imagine; the possibilities are truly extraordinary.

The Cellular Response brochure says that Cellular Response is a healing art. It is a procedure used to activate one’s cellular response to promote natural healing. A gentle touch to specific body points along with a breathing process is used during this procedure. The basic premise is that the body will heal by itself and return to a normal state. Cellular Response accelerates the self-healing process.

Quantum Touch offers teleseminars. For more information, click here. Richard Gordon, founder of Quantum-Touch, wrote a book called, Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal. He explains all of the basic techniques in his book.

Cellular Response currently operates mainly in the Silicon Valley/San Jose area of California, although there are a few practitioners elsewhere. For more information, you can e-mail me at nora@noranagatani.com or call me at  703.825.8384. I find energy healing fascinating and in line with my view of using all natural products instead of prescription medication. Click here to view my post on prescription medication and nutrient depletion.

Is Excessive Exercise Dangerous?

If you’ve been following me in this blog, you know that I am a big proponent of exercise. From the beginning, I’ve been telling you to just take baby steps and simply get off the couch and start walking a little each day. However, I saw an article that quoted Dr. Robert J. Rowen and it had to do with excessive exercise. Is too much exercise a bad thing? Robert RowenIs excessive exercise dangerous?

Dr. Rowen says that excessive exercise can be dangerous because it increases your metabolism, so the chemical reactions accelerate. The process generates free radicals, which can damage cells.When you exercise in moderation, however, your cells have a chance to adapt and repair.

Of course, if you’re just starting out, you want to make sure that you consult your medical professional and start out slowly.The American Heart Association says that your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. You can also use a calculator or a different one here. You can also use Dr. Rowen’s formula: subtract your age from 220 and multiply by 0.8. For example, if you’re 60, 220-60 =160; 160 x 0.8 = 128. So a heart rate of 128 is a relatively safe heart-rate target for a 60-year-old without signs of heart disease.

Start gradually and work up to a moderate level. I also add nutritional supplements to my diet, one of which is to protect the heart. For more information, click here.

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