Archive for May, 2010

Sticky: Sun Protection with Oral Supplements

We constantly hear about protecting our skin from the sun. But sun protection with an oral supplement? In a previous post on skin agers, it was mentioned that your sunblock/sunscreen should cover both UVA and UVB rays. Mark A. Stengler, NMD, also recommends that skin be protected from the inside as well. He says dietary supplements that contain beta-carotene or mixed carotenoids (beta carotene + lycopene and lutein) will help protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.

The dosage that Dr. Stengler recommends is as follows: 24 milligrams of beta carotene or 25,000 international units (IU) of a mixed carotenoid. Alternatively, he says you can take FernBlock, an oral supplement made from fern extract and herbs. The dosage is as follows: two capsules daily in the morning, 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and one capsule at noon.

Heliocare is another product that claims to help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging. Read a review of FernBlock and Heliocare here.

Important: Supplements are not a replacement for sunscreen/sunblock.

Upon reading this in my Bottom Line Personal periodical, I went to check the ingredients in my vitamin supplement. VitaOne is my vitamin of choice when traveling because everything I need is conveniently packaged. When I’m at home, however, I take a vitamin designed for seniors … a heart vitamin to clean the arteries of plaque. Click here for more information.

If swallowing big pills is a problem, be sure to read this post. Click here.

As seniors, don’t you want to fool everyone with your age? I do. So don’t forget to protect your skin!

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Polarity Therapy

Gus in his Polarity Therapy Studio

Is it possible to feel pain and ticklish at the same time? Is it possible that pain could feel good? These were the sensations I felt as I experienced polarity therapy along with acupressure and reflexology. Although Cosmos Yoga and Healing is closing its doors, owner Constantis “Gus” Christofi will continue his polarity therapy practice at a new location. You previously met Gus in this post.

According to the American Polarity Therapy Association,”Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. In the Polarity model, health is experienced when:

  1. Energy systems function in their natural state, and
  2. Energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation.

When energy is unbalanced, blocked or fixed due to stress or other factors, pain and disease arise.”

What makes Polarity Therapy unique is that they bring in other healing systems as well. For example, Gus used acupressure, reflexology, oils, and sounds.

To begin the session, I was lying on my back with my head on a wooden “half moon” pillow. It was very uncomfortable to start, but bearable. I was told to move my head back and forth for 100 times as quickly as possible. Simultaneously he was shaking my legs. He then informed me that our feet are the entrance to the inside of our body and proceeded to press certain points. Talk about being ticklish and feeling pain at the same time. He said to relax and as I did the sensations subsided. Whew!

He continued the session by bringing his hands over my left leg up to the crown and down the left leg (called balancing the long lines). When he felt any energy blockages at acupoints, he pressed hard. Ouch! He did the same to the back side with me lying on my stomach. Then he brought in accessories using a cream, a Neptune Fork for sound, and concluding with an oil for smell.

As a Cellular Response practitioner, I am interested in other forms of energy healing. I am amazed at all of the different practices. Since they all deal with energy, there are many parts that are similar. With both of our practices, we believe that we can facilitate wellness, but your body heals itself. I was fortunate to have met Gus and experienced Polarity Therapy. Gus practices in Fairfax County, Virginia and can be contacted by e-mail at

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I just finished reading a book that I never expected to read — Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It was recommended by one of my guest bloggers, Joanne Lozar Glenn. If I saw that book in a bookstore, I would not have picked it up. But it turned out to be very interesting and inspiring.

Writing Down the Bones — Freeing the Writer Within — was first published in 1986, then expanded in 2005. What I really like about the book is how her Zen meditation practice is just like writing. Like everything else, to become a good writer takes practice. However, she also opens your eyes to life, to everything around you. Suddenly you might get a different perspective of what you thought was not very good and you can look at your writing from a different angle.

She quotes her Zen master, Katagiri Roshi, often such as:

Katagiri Roshi once said to me, “We are all Buddha. I can see you are Buddha. You don’t believe me. When you see you are Buddha, you will be awake. That’s what enlightenment is.”

One chapter that resonated with me is called, “Trust Yourself.” (It’s something my Cellular Response mentor is always telling me). She says you should listen to what other people have to say about your writing, but it’s your writing so make your own decision. Your relationship with yourself is so important. She ends that chapter by writing:

Don’t worry if you come back six months later and the piece you weren’t sure of turns out to be terrible. The good parts are already decomposing in your compost pile. Something good will come out. Have patience.

Do you think that as seniors we have more patience now than in our pre-senior years? I do.

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Breaking a Habit — Can Hypnotherapy Work?

So you have a bad habit — smoking, eating too much, biting your nails — and you’d like to break the habit. Or maybe you don’t have a bad habit you’d like to break, but you need help with achieving your goals. Can hypnotherapy work? Perhaps, perhaps not. Last week I met a certified hypnotist studying advanced hypnotherapy. He had previously given a presentation to The Healing Cooperative – Fairfax Chapter and was offering the opportunity to experience hypnotherapy.

Being very interested in alternative and complementary medicine, I decided to schedule an appointment. In one sense, John and I are on parallel paths — we are at the beginning of our journey to learn our chosen healing modality. He witnessed hypnosis and saw positive results and I saw how Cellular Response could help people. (See my previous posts here and here).

After the hypnotherapy experience, I felt very relaxed for the rest of the night. The next day I felt that my mind was clear and I felt a sense of direction. It helped me to see where I could go with my Cellular Response practice. I was amazed at how well hypnotherapy worked for me even in a very short session.

First, I filled out a simple questionnaire with yes or no answers. From this questionnaire, he guided me with questions then led me down the path to clearly see how I am helping people to heal and how they in turn can contribute to helping others. This was simple and beautiful.

What I recall about hypnosis is whatever I saw as a young child. It started with, “You’re getting sleepy….” Does this ring a bell? Or maybe hypnotists still do that for shows. Personally, I’ve not seen anything like that recently. In my session, I was seated in a chair with my arms outstretched on the table in front of me and he asked me to tap my right index finger on the table and to put it on autopilot. Then he guided my left arm until it met my forehead. Most of the time was spent in guiding my thoughts and before opening my eyes, my tapping was stopped and I was back to my original position.

Hypnotherapy is probably not for everyone and in many cases (such as to stop smoking), one session would probably not be adequate. John is currently practicing law and is preparing to possibly start a second career helping people via hypnotherapy. I left the session with a list of 145 ways that hypnotherapy may be able to help you. He’s even helping a couple of people to improve their golf game. Have you used a hypnotherapist? How did it work for you?

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