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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

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Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.

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This approach to learning could totally transform our education system and ultimately our society. Fabulous possibilities through inquiry. Socratic approach anyone? Appreciative Inquiry? It all starts tying together with mind-body-spirit and well-being.

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Cannabis is Known To Cure and Prevent Cancer

Please Re-Upload and Share this Video with Everyone! Health Professionals, Doctors and Scientists Interviewed They are listed in order of appearance in this ...

Via Graham Player Ph.D.
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This provides an amazing look at not only the beneficial effects of cannabis on existing tumors, including brain tumors, but also the prevention aspects. Even tobacco smoking was compared with cannabis smoking. Even so, there are many barriers in this country to break down before such research and solutions become available to a broad array of cancer patients. Looking forward to more conclusive data. Again, no nasty side effects associated with herbal cannabis! If I were in active treatment today, I would be aggressively looking into this as a treatment option.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 6, 2014 11:17 AM

According to Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather M.D., President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, there is a wealth of laboratory evidence that the anti-tumor properties of cannabis kills cancer cells in a variety of ways. Cannabis actually stimulates a system in the body that is already present – the endo-cannabinoid system – due to the influence of the cannabinoids, the components of the cannabis.

There are multiple mechanisms of action identified by which cannabis kills cancer cells, and they are divided into various categories. Among these are anti-proliferative effects (inhibiting the reproduction of cancer cells), anti-angiogenesis effects (inhibiting the growth of new blood vessels needed by the tumor to grow), anti-metastatic effects (inhibiting cancer spread into other tissues), apoptotic effect (speeding the death of abnormal cancer cells).

Research has shown that in tumors, cancer cells are killed by marihuana while other healthy cells are left untouched. Dr. Manuel Guzman Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Madrid is known for his ground-breaking studies on medical cannabis and confirms that cannabinoids have the effect of inducing cell death in cancer cells. They inhibit the growth and multiplication of cancer cells and they actually reduce the growth of tumors.

So why aren’t funds being directed towards research of this natural product? In fact much of the research that is occurring is being done outside of the USA.

A UK study confirms that compounds derived from cannabis can kill cancerous cells. The study analyzed the effects of six different non-psychoactive purified cannabinoids compounds from marijuana - CBD (cannabidiol), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), CBG (cannbigerol), CBGA (cannabigerolic acid), CBGV (cannabigevarin) and CBGVA (cannabigevaric acid). It did not include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive compound from marijuana. I reported here last August on 34 medical studies for cancer therapy, as well as other information on the subject.

So how does the endocannabinoid system function in terms of cancer. It is an essential physiologic system involved in maintaining human health via complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and organs. The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors which can be found in cell membranes throughout the entire body. When a cell is cancerous there is an increase in the number of cannabinoid receptors in the cell. The body’s own immune system can sense this increase and produce its own endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter called anandamide.

Anandamide mates with these cannabinoid receptors and stimulates the production of a chemical called ceramide which plays a critical role in programmed cell death. The job of ceramide in the normal body is to kill damaged and dying cells. When ceramide is produced in the cancer cell it kills off the mitochondria which are the cells’ power producers. Once the mitochondria are dead then the cell can no longer survive.

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10 Signs You Have an Autoimmune Disease and How to Reverse It

10 Signs You Have an Autoimmune Disease and How to Reverse It | mind-body connection to health, recovery | Scoop.it
Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. But what are they, what causes them, and how can they be treated?
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This article is written by a functional medicine doctor. Very helpful in understanding what to do about autoimmune conditions.

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Functional Medicine: A Science Whose Time Has Come

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Many people are finding better health solutions with functional medicine, a new model for how to practice medicine and treat chronic disease. (Functional Medicine is gaining momentum and important credibility.
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If you're interested in going beyond a strictly pharmaceutical and surgical approach to health care, this article is a great place to start learning about functional medicine. This is different from "integrative medicine" in that while it may include nutrition, meditation and exercise as possible treatment plans, it takes a systemic and deep look at the whole picture to get at the root cause of problems, especially for chronic illnesses.

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Exercise Found to Increase Tumor Fighting Effect of Chemotherapy

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believes it could be in part because exercise increases blood flow to the tumor, bringing with it more of the drug in the bloodstream.

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We've been told about the benefits of exercise for many years, and this research adds another benefit -- reducing tumors faster during chemotherapy treatments, which may also lead to using lower doses of the drugs and lowering related side effects. So we can get on with our lives with less rebuilding perhaps?

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 19, 2014 1:54 PM

A study by University of Pennsylvania scientists found that combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumors more than chemotherapy alone. Exercise has long been recommended to cancer patients for its physical and psychological benefits.

Previous studies had shown that an exercise regime prior to receiving chemotherapy could protect heart cells from the toxic effects of chemotherapy. But few had looked to see whether an exercise regimen during chemotherapy could also be beneficial. The researchers believe that the benefit could be in part because exercise increases blood flow to the tumor, bringing with it more of the chemotherapy drug in the bloodstream. If this is the case then a smaller dose of chemotherapy may be able to be used together with exercise, and reduce side-effects of the chemotherapy.

Tambre Leighn's curator insight, September 20, 2014 11:34 AM

Great information that, once again, exercise makes a difference...but what resources and support are being put into place to support behavior change during a time of high stress for most? Information doesn't always = action.

 

Coaching helps patients create strategies, set goals, have accountability, and work through any blocks by aligning choices with values and priorities. For a white paper on coaching as the missing piece in survivorship, email tleighn@iPECcoaching.com

Tambre Leighn's curator insight, September 20, 2014 11:35 AM

Great information that, once again, exercise makes a difference...but what resources and support are being put into place to support behavior change during a time of high stress for most? Information doesn't always = action.

 

Coaching helps patients create strategies, set goals, have accountability, and work through any blocks by aligning choices with values and priorities. For a white paper on coaching as the missing piece in survivorship, email tleighn@iPECcoaching.com

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Hairballs, Happiness and Mantras - Huffington Post

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Hairballs, Happiness and Mantras
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Forging my mantra, I set the intention to incorporate my mind, body, and spirit into framing a "passport" that helps me to be present where I am, and gives me permission to travel where I need to grow.
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I especially love this part of Jean-Paul Bedard's post: "Before landing on your own mantra, you might want to give some thought to the beauty of language and its ability to transform our thoughts into action. A mantra vibrates your inner energy and breathes it to life. Think of it as giving words to your heart, a voice to your passion, a purpose to the perceived purposelessness."


Our thoughts (mind) trigger emotional responses (body), that lead to actions and outcomes. This view of mantras also ties in the spirit, giving it a holistic resonance.

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Stress causes illness among women - Complete Wellbeing

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New study shows the link between stress and bodily complaints among middle-aged women
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This research links stress with physical ailments. With all the data available, what can we do to counteract the effects of stress? In my opinion, that's where diet (whole, natural foods), exercise and meditation come into play. 

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A Holistic Approach: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection. Bev Knox Video Commentary & Article.

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This is a great article on the connection of mind, body, spirit, that I thought you all may enjoy. A holistic approach to health has gained popularity and credibility in the past few decades.  The ...
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One of the things I like about this article is that it points out the impact of emotions on our well being. What we think about affects how we feel physically and emotionally, and how we feel affects our actions and results. To change our outcomes, we can intentionally change how we think and how we feel. 

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Active Kids Means Smart Kids - KELOLAND TV

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KELOLAND TV Active Kids Means Smart Kids KELOLAND TV I can't say that we always see in the clinic a direct correlation with that because it's hard to know active they are and how well they actually do in school, but definitely there's a mind-body...
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So...now that researchers are making the connection between active kids and increased brainpower and school success, when will we start seeing an increase in gym classes and recess activities?

 

When I was growing up, I was one of a very small number of chubby kids even though I walked, rode my bike, played outdoors, and took advantage of all the daily outdoor activities offered by the school. (This was before I also became aware of nutritional factors and food sensitivities.) Now the more "progressive" schools offer 35 minutes of exercise twice a week! No wonder we have an obesity epidemic in our society!

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Is fast food making us depressed?

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The people entering Felice Jacka’s offices over the next few months will be in the throes of depression. She wants to help them – but her approach is unorthodox. Her team at Deakin University in Australia won’t be trying out a new cocktail of drugs. Nor will they be mulling over the patient’s childhood, their jobs, or their marital difficulties to help them cope with their problems. Instead, she wants them to talk about food.

 

If Jacka is right, changing their eating habits could be a key part of these people’s recovery. She has good reason to believe this; over the last few years, a series of striking findings have begun to suggest that fatty, sugary diets are bad for the mind, as well as the body. The result is a cascade of reactions in the brain that can eventually lead to depression.

 

To grasp why your favourite dishes could be influencing your mental health, you first need to understand a strange aspect of the mind-body connection that first came to light 20 years ago. At the time, doctors were concerned that the stresses of poor mental health would weaken the body’s immune response, leaving them open to infection. Instead, they found the exact opposite was true; in people with depression, the immune system seemed to be going into over-drive. For instance, the blood of depressed people was awash with a particular type of protein, called cytokines, which normally lead to inflammation after illness or injury.

 

As the scientists pressed on, it became clear that this was a two-way process: not only could depression cause inflammation, but crucially,inflammation from other causes seems to be triggering depression. Some grounds for this link came from diseases that are known to send cytokines flushing through the body, like arthritis or cancer; patients often report depression before a diagnosis has even been made. “The people become depressed even before they know that they have cancer, and it ties in with the high levels of cytokines” says Michael Maes at Deakin University in Australia, who has pioneered work on the biological basis of depression.

 

Read more here:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140826-is-fast-food-making-us-depressed

 

A review of relevant research articles can be read here:

http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/home/article/depression-and-inflammation-examining-the-link/b436332438ceca4baabe8be08701d6dc.html

 


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More studies have positively connected the mind-body connection. This one also ties food in to the connection with inflammation, depression and levels of wellness. For those of us recovering from any kind of illness, and especially brain cancer,  why wait for 100% proof? Eating healthfully can serve us well in so many ways. In my personal experiment, I went after good nutrition, exercise and mindfulness as a way to support my recovery. Although depression "runs in the family," I have not suffered from this ailment since using the mind-body-spirit approach to recovery from brain cancer.

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 30, 2014 9:05 PM

Inflammation provides a surprising link between eating habits and depression. Many increase their sugar intake when they feel depressed and the research above shows that it may be contributing to their depression. 

 

Other scoop related to inflammation can be read here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/food-health-and-nutrition/?tag=Inflammation

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The Mind-Body Connection in Health | Alternative Healing Academy ...

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Today, there's an increasing awareness of how your mind and body work intimately together to help you function in the most optimal way. Doctors have realized that by helping their patients change their thoughts, they can in ...
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This is a long and information-rich article about the impact of stress on our health, and various methods to reduce stress and its harmful effects. Beginning with our thoughts and emotions, we CAN choose and control the way we respond to the stressors in our lives and therefore positively impact our overall health and well being.

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Exploring the mind-body-nature connection - St. George Daily Spectrum

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Have you ever noticed that even a short walk outdoors, especially in a park-like setting, can generate a sense of serenity and well being? If you haven't tried it yet, test it out for yourself.

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How Do You Make Change After Cancer? | Change You Choose

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The truth is, trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Life-threatening illness, for example, is a prime opportunity for the development of post-trauma issues. susan gonzalez cancer survivor Recently, I asked my colleague, Susan ...
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Lots of information and great ideas in this interview. I think it's important to make the distinction between change we choose and change that's thrust upon us. And yet, we can embrace both. It's all about how we choose to think about our lives and choices.

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BashCorner on Twitter

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6 Steps To Strengthen mind Body Connection pic.twitter.com/h7nBV4m5Xn
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Check out these simple steps anyone can take to connect mind and body, which can yield increased health and overall well-being.

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Molecular Biologist Explains How Compounds from the Cannabis Plant Completely Kill Cancer Cells and Have No Effect on Normal Cells

Dr. Christina Sanchez is a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid Spain, her research led to the findings that THC does indeed kill cancer cells!…

Via Graham Player Ph.D.
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This provides a glimpse into the research and results related to the beneficial uses of the various compounds found in cannabis. With no observable side effects, this set of compounds should become an important alternative to traditional chemotherapy treatments.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 8, 2014 12:20 PM

Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid Spain, has been working for the past 10 years on the anti-tumor effects of cannabinoids which are compounds found in the cannabis plant.

In the 1980s the body’s own cannabinoid receptors were discovered, which led to the understanding that our body must synthesize something that can bind to these receptors. A few years later the body’s own endo-cannabinoids were found, which are produced inside our bodies, and our endo-cannabinoid system was discovered.

We now know that the endo-cannabinoid system regulates a lot of our normal biological functions. Therefore the cannabis plant has enormous therapeutic potential.

During Dr. Sanchez’a research she discovered that tumor cells treated with the cannabinoid compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) resulted in eradication of the cancer and death of the cancer cells themselves. THC was found to have no toxic effects or side effects on non-tumor cells. Doctors and oncologists in Spain are very willing to use these compounds in treating cancer patients.

Another compound produced from the cannabis plat is cannabidiol (CBD). It has proven to be a very potent anti-oxidant that also kills cancer cells. The combination of THC and CBD produces a synergistic effect that potentiates the effect of THC.

There is ample evidence that the cannabinoids THC and CBD have anti-tumor properties, and have enormous therapeutic potential for the treatment of cancer, without the side effects experienced with chemotherapy.

Let us hope that doctors and the medical system in the USA, UK, Australia, and other countries can see beyond the profiteering from the use of chemotherapy, which is not designed to actually cure cancer, and instead open their minds to using proven and safe therapeutic approaches such as cannabinoids that actually target the cure of cancer without side effects and with less profit motivation.

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Integrative medicine the way forward in effective treatment: Practitioner - Muscat Daily

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Integrative medicine the way forward in effective treatment: Practitioner
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Delivering a lecture at GUtech, a New York-based integrative medicine practitioner, Professor Woodson C Merrell said, “IM is the future of medicine.
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Integrative medicine has become an accepted practice for treatment options beyond pharmaceuticals. Since my body tends not to do well with drugs, I'm all for incorporating medical practices with these alternatives! As a side bar, the doctor quoted in this article also talks about the health benefits of meditation and faith-based practices.

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High-Intensity Ultrasound Can Eliminate Cancerous Tumors

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The ultrasound also offers many advantages over conventional surgery. According to doctors, there is very little blood loss, surgery is shorter, only four small incisions for the ultrasound probe are needed and patients can go home hours after the procedure.


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Another advancement toward less invasive, successful treatments of cancer! One of the big issues I've had with cancer treatments has been how toxic they are, affecting healthy cells as well as cancerous ones. This approach could be game changing.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 19, 2014 3:28 AM

Focused ultrasound procedures are already being used in Europe to treat prostate cancer. Doctors at the University of Southern California are using high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to destroy a tumor in a patient’s kidney.

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Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of ... - Huffington Post

Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of ... - Huffington Post | mind-body connection to health, recovery | Scoop.it
Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of ...
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This study could be very useful in bringing a more holistic approach to modern medicine, since the medical community requires data to prove efficacy.

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The healing power of emotion (11/30) - Patricia Mauerhofer

The healing power of emotion (11/30) - Patricia Mauerhofer | mind-body connection to health, recovery | Scoop.it
The more you get used to smile when it gets a little tough, the easier you will be able to shift negative emotions and get back in a state of happiness.
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It's so simple. Songs have long been written about the power of putting a smile on our faces. Now I'm seeing more and more scientists, public speakers, psychologists, and Buddhists aligned with the notion that our physical body can influence our emotions and vice versa. Yes, most of us can CHOOSE how we think and feel. If you don't like how you feel, change your thoughts to better feeling thoughts, and/or move your body, smile, etc. Test it out for yourself: Start with a frown. How do you feel? Where do your thoughts go?  Then smile. How do you feel? Where do your thoughts go? Does a BIG smile make a bigger difference? 

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Charlton woman embraces the power to change - Worcester Telegram

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Charlton woman embraces the power to change Worcester Telegram She found two therapies that helped with the vocal cord issue, and those, combined with her belief in the power of the mind-body connection, enabled her to return to Everest and...
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Our thoughts do create our reality. This story shows us what's possible when we change our thoughts. 

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Holistic Well-Being: Intentionally Living Healthy for Body, Mind, and Spirit - ModVive

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Holistic Well-Being: Intentionally Living Healthy for Body, Mind, and Spirit
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What is the importance of the mind/body connection? The mind/body connection is also known as holistic health and well-being; but what do those words mean?
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This reminds me that in my coaching practice I like to have clients rate their satisfaction levels in the various aspects of life both at the beginning and end of a coaching program. The idea is to begin bringing the various elements of our lives into balance for a holistic approach to well being and transformation.

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Healthy Oshkosh: Yoga creates balance, develops strength, flexibility - The Oshkosh Northwestern

Healthy Oshkosh: Yoga creates balance, develops strength, flexibility - The Oshkosh Northwestern | mind-body connection to health, recovery | Scoop.it
Healthy Oshkosh: Yoga creates balance, develops strength, flexibility The Oshkosh Northwestern Some of these benefits include delayed aging, increased strength, increased energy, weight maintenance, improved sleep, improved integrated body...
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Once again yoga proves to be a benefit in so many ways. Young and old, healthy and not, there are ways to incorporate yoga into our lives for increased well-being.

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Using Meditation, Plane Crash Survivors Make Speedy Recovery

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Few people survive fiery plane crashes in rural areas of developing countries. Meditation expert Alan Lokos and his wife Susanna are part of that exclusive group.
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This is a great example of how we think about our experiences makes such a difference in the outcomes, peace of mind and moving forward. 

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Did I Manifest My Cancer? - Huffington Post

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Did I Manifest My Cancer? Huffington Post But it also made so much sense and served as a catalyst to my path towards further defining the connection between mind-body-spirit and the role our ego (if we are aware of it) can be our greatest teacher...
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This is a provocative look at one woman's journey, ever-expanding her understanding and openness to mind-body-spirit approaches to well being.

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UM researcher looks into connection between breast cancer, depression - Local 10

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UM researcher looks into connection between breast cancer, depression
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THE MEDICAL WORLD MORE KNOWS THIS' A MIND BODY CONNECTION. LIKE SUN EXPOSURE, AND CIGARETTE SMOKING DEPRESSION INCREASING THE RISK OF CANCER.
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Interesting research by a doctor in Florida has shown that women with breast cancer are better able to fight it when inflammation and depression are reduced. Methods include meditation and yoga, both activities known to increase feelings of well being (mind, body and spirit connections). I would add that the food we eat (our nutrition) also has a huge impact on our body's natural ability to fight off disease through reduced inflammation. As one who has personally experienced food sensitivities, I can attest to the difference it makes in feeling good and warding of illnesses.

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