What is Chi?

Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy, or life breath.

Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), is the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, the life force energy which flows through the pathways of all living forms – in order to maintain health and wellness, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Chi is at the foundation of many health and fitness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Martial Arts, Reiki, Feng Shui and Acupressure.

The history of Chi is much older than Western Medicine and as far back as 2690 BC the study of chi was a Chinese natural science that was called Tao- the way of nature.

The knowledge of the treatment of Chi has been around since the beginning of medicine yet has never really been understood until more recent times.

Some practitioners and individuals use aqua-chi “machines”  to treat Chi, aqua-chi meaning water, and chi meaning living energy or life force.

This video demonstrates the results of one such aqua-chi treatment as it enhances the life force of a tomato:

Aqua-Chi tomato test

The ancient Chinese strived to learn how to generate, conserve, and channel Chi for health and longevity. It was the element water that motivated the early practitioners to form their understanding of Tai-Chi, meaning the river of energy that unites the Yin and Yang into a dance to flow into the sea of energy.  Continue reading What is Chi?

Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional allopathic medicine with complementary and alternative approaches in an effort to create a comprehensive treatment program.

It’s a growing field of medicine in which the patient and providers work together to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program that draws on a variety of traditions, expertise and modalities to address an individual’s specific needs.

Integrative medicine seeks to draw on the best of “conventional” and “alternative” medicine.

Conventional medicine or allopathic medicine encompasses drugs and surgery.  This is the kind of medicine most Americans encounter in hospitals and clinics. 

Allopathic medicine is both expensive and invasive.  It is also very good at some things such as handling emergency conditions like massive injury or life-threatening situations.  It is medicine focused on dealing with sickness and does not encompass prevention or health and wellness.  Some conventional medicine is scientifically validated.  Some is not.  Continue reading Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?

Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

The short answer to the question “Who decides who lives and who dies?” is God.  But it turns out that the answer to the question is a little bit more complicated.

Human beings have inserted themselves into the decision-making process on this issue.  Witness the actions of concentration camp overseers in World War II or people today who choose to abort their babies.

Our involvement in making life and death decisions for ourselves appears to be completely appropriate whereas others making such decisions for us is alarming. 

For instance regarding our health, we can choose a healthy lifestyle which can give us a long and enjoyable life.  Eating a nutritious diet, being active, avoiding toxins, getting enough sleep, and other healthy habits are part of this choice.  Rightly, this is a choice that we make ourselves about our own health.  For more healthy lifestyle tips download our 10 Step Health Guide on this site.

Maintaining our own health appears to be more important than ever, given the formation of the Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research here in the U.S.  The U.S. Government through the health care bill passed in March, 2010 has gotten into the act of deciding who is to live and who is to die.

The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research was created and funded with 1.1 billion dollars as part of the stimulus bill.  The 15 members of this health “rationing” board were appointed by President Obama within 3 days of the stimulus bill passing.  Continue reading Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

Your Body the Car

Person checking oil in carTypically, most people maintain their cars far better than their own bodies.  This is puzzling considering the comparative value of our cars vs. our health.  We will never have more than one body whereas we will probably own several cars in our lifetime.  When our body breaks down, we can’t replace it with a new one.

 People want reliable performance from their vehicles while at the same time wishing to avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns.  They take them for regular service and periodic inspections so that vehicle systems like steering, braking, and cooling are working properly.

They monitor and maintain important fluids like oil and gasoline. If they want high performance from their cars they use high performance, high octane fuel.  With most people it is also a matter of personal pride to keep their vehicles looking good.

But what about taking care of our body’s health?  Sadly, we don’t use the same standard of care when it comes to our own health.  Just like a car our bodies require care, maintenance, and fuel to function properly.  It’s essential that we maintain our body if we want it to last a long time without periodic or serious break downs.

In the same manner that vehicle systems must be maintained, our body’s systems; circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc. have to be maintained.

A Five Point Maintenance Program for Our Body  Continue reading Your Body the Car

FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims

FDA inspector with dietary supplementsThe FDA has issued another warning critical of dietary supplements.  To many people who believe in the value of dietary supplements this was just another example of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration caters to big pharmaceutical interests and discredits the value of dietary supplements.

However, there is some justification for legitimate concern about “bad actors” in the dietary supplement industry.  These are the companies which make deceptive claims, have no scientific evidence or clinical studies verifying the efficacy or safety of their products, intentionally mislabel their products and don’t provide complete ingredient information.

These unscrupulous manufacturers seem to be focusing on three main health and lifestyle issues: weight loss, sexual performance and body building.

The real issue is how to ensure continued access to legitimate and beneficial nutritional supplements while reining in companies that are giving a black eye to all dietary supplement manufacturers, products, and representatives and may threaten the health of consumers.  Continue reading FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims

Is There A Magic Bullet For Good Health?

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Astoundingly, most of the world’s population is still searching for the magic bullet for their health problems and eschews lifestyle factors, the only things that have ever proven effective in supporting good health. 

I came across this great article on the subject at Healthy Science by Dr. Stephen Boyd. 

Here’s the article:

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Your Mother Was Right

“Wash your hands and make sure you use the soap!” Mom would say as we came in for supper.  It made me wonder what kind of plague I could have come in contact with playing outside with my brothers.  We hadn’t been tossing bubonic rats around!  Was some deadly germ lurking under my fingernails waiting to drop off into the mashed potatoes and kill us all?

Now all kinds of people are telling us to wash our hands and it looks like Mom was right all along.

With concern over the flu virus, the CDC reminded us that keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to help prevent the spread of disease.  The Mayo Clinic says that frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Continue reading Your Mother Was Right

Love Your Health More Than Your Clunker?

Your Health or Your Car   Sometimes we take care of our  body less than we take care of our cars.  We know that our cars won’t give us good performance unless we maintain them. We  inspect them periodically and keep them full of oil, gas, and water.  All that for something that we can replace with a new one when the old one isn’t performing like we want it to. 

The average American will have 7-8 cars in their lifetime, but we only get one body.  And there are few spare parts available for our bodies.  Continue reading Love Your Health More Than Your Clunker?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … SUPERFOODS!

superfoodsgifWhat are SuperFoods you ask? SuperFoods are foods that provide health benefits far exceeding their recognized nutritional value. When you increase your SuperFoods consumption you enjoy a more nutrient dense, lower calorie, health promoting diet.

They’re loaded with high concentrations of crucial nutrients. SuperFoods allow us to shift from merely fighting and reacting to disease to maintaining health and wellness through prevention.

But one of the best things about SuperFoods is that they make creating health fun and pleasurable. You can find them in every local supermarket, and they’re worth looking for.

Included are: Apples, Avocado, Beans, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Honey, Kiwi, Plain Yogurt, Oats, Onions, Oranges, Pomegranates, Pumpkin, Spinach, Tea, Tomatoes, Turkey (skinless Turkey Breast), Walnuts, and Wild Salmon.  Continue reading It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … SUPERFOODS!