Thursday, March 31, 2011

Radiation Found In West Coast Milk

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Radioactive materials in liquids are measured in pico-curies per liter, and the sample, taken March 25, showed a reading of 0.8 pico-curies, the agency said. Those numbers, it said, would have to be 5,000 times higher to reach the “intervention level” set by the Food and Drug Administration.

“These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children,” the environmental agency said.
Levels of iodine 131 entering the air can be very diluted, but if the iodine is deposited on grass eaten by cows, the cows will reconcentrate it in their milk by a factor of 1,000. This is mainly a concern with fresh milk, not for dairy products that are stored before consumption.

Iodine 131 has a half-life of eight days, meaning that every eight days it loses half its strength. Since production of iodine 131 stopped when the Fukushima reactors shut down on March 11, it has already been through two half-lives and could easily be halved once or twice more again before the milk is consumed as cheese or yogurt.

Iodine 131 emits beta particles, which resemble electrons. They are not considered a major hazard outside the human body, although in large doses, they can damage the cornea of the eye.

The problem arises when materials that emit beta particles are ingested or inhaled. Iodine 131 is chemically identical to normal, nonradioactive iodine and thus is absorbed into the body just as normal iodine is, mainly in the thyroid gland, where it delivers a concentrated dose to that small organ and can cause cancer.

In the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986, the biggest health effect was cases of thyroid cancer, especially in children living near the nuclear plant in Ukraine.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulators from LGMedSupply

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Cavities Can Be Cantagious

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Everyone knows you can catch a cold or the flu. But can you catch a cavity?

Researchers have found that not only is it possible, but it occurs all the time.

While candy and sugar get all the blame, cavities are caused primarily by bacteria that cling to teeth and feast on particles of food from your last meal. One of the byproducts they create is acid, which destroys teeth.

Just as a cold virus can be passed from one person to the next, so can these cavity-causing bacteria. One of the most common is Streptococcus mutans. Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to it, and studies have shown that most pick it up from their caregivers — for example, when a mother tastes a child’s food to make sure it’s not too hot, said Dr. Margaret Mitchell, a cosmetic dentist in Chicago.
A number of studies have also shown that transmission can occur between couples, too. Dr. Mitchell has seen it in her own practice.

“In one instance, a patient in her 40s who had never had a cavity suddenly developed two cavities and was starting to get some gum disease,” she said. She learned the woman had started dating a man who hadn’t been to a dentist in 18 years and had gum disease.
To reduce the risk, Dr. Mitchell recommends frequent flossing and brushing, and chewing sugar-free gum, which promotes saliva and washes away plaque and bacteria.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE

Cavities can be transmitted from one person to another.
 
ANAHAD O’CONNOR
scitimes@nytimes.com
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deadly Superbug Found In West Coast Hospitals

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A deadly superbug, thought to be rare on the West Coast, is appearing in large numbers in Southern California, according to a new study.

In seven months last year, there were 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), according to the study by the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The cases were in health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. People outside such facilities were not affected.

CRKP has been officially reported in 36 states, but health officials expect it’s in the 14 other states as well, where reporting is not required.

Only one antibiotic, called colistin, is effective against CRKP, and it doesn’t always work and can cause kidney damage, according Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for health care associated infection prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s not known how many people died in L.A. County from the bacteria, but previous outbreaks have shown a 35% death rate, according to an article published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This is the first time CRKP has been studied in L.A. County and the infection rate was “unexpectedly high,” according to a press release by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The study will be presented at the group’s annual meeting next week.

The study authors noted they’re not sure why CRKP is so prevalent.

“We do not know if the presence of CRKP in these long-term acute care settings is the result of improper care, or has more to do with the population they serve,” says Dr. Dawn Terashita, a medical epidemiologist with L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Patients with CRKP tend to be elderly, have multiple health problems, and have a catheter or are on a respirator– foreign objects that can become breeding grounds for bacteria.
Large outbreaks of CRKP have been documented in the United States, Greece, and Israel.

CRKP, and other infections in the same family, are a “huge threat, precisely because of how resistant and how lethal it is, and how readily it can spread within health care facilities,” says Dr. Mitchell Schwaber, director of Israel’s National Center for Infection Control.

Some hospitals have seen infection rates decline when they enforce staff hand washing rules, remove ventilators and catheters as quickly as possible, and take other precautions.

Patients and their families can help decrease the risk of infection by asking staff to wash their hands and by following other Empowered Patient tips for staying safe in the hospital.

CNN's Miriam Falco contributed to this report
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Japans Radiation Hits The US - Should We Worry?

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By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
March 24, 2011 10:22 a.m. EDT


(CNN) -- Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say.

But, on a portion of its website dedicated to tracking such radiation, the Environmental Protection Agency noted Wednesday that these and other readings "show typical fluctuation in background radiation levels" and -- thus far -- "are far below levels of concern."
Sampling from a monitor in Colorado -- part of a national network of stations on the lookout for radioactivity -- detected miniscule amounts of iodine-131, a radioactive form of iodine, the state's public health and environmental department said Wednesday in a press release.

On the same day in Portland, Oregon, tiny quantities of iodine-131 were also detected by an Environmental Protection Agency air monitor, Oregon public health officials said.

Small amounts of radioactive material were detected Wednesday, too, in Hawaii -- just as they had a day earlier, according to the EPA. But while they were above the historical and background norm, the levels weren't considered harmful to human health.

Washington and California previously reported low levels of radioactive isotopes that likely came from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has been releasing radioactive particles into the air since its cooling and other systems were damaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11. Efforts continued Thursday to cool down the spent nuclear fuel rods, prevent a further meltdown of the plant's six reactor cores and curb the release of additional radioactive material.

Sampling of these radioactive particles from these various monitors will be further analyzed at the EPA's national lab.

Still, right now, U.S. health officials have emphasized that, at about 5,000 miles from the plant, the West Coast is unlikely to see any dangerous levels of radiation regardless of what happens in Japan. Radioactive particles disperse in the air, thus there is less of a hazard the farther away you are.

"Our finding is consistent with findings in Washington and California. We have expected to find trace amounts of the isotopes released from the Japanese plant. There is no health risk," Gail Shibley, administrator of Oregon's Office of Environmental Public Health, Oregon Public Health Division, said in a statement.

Besides the Hawaii readings, the Environmental Protection Agency has found trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium and tellurium at four RadNet air monitor filters on the West Coast -- three in California and one in Washington. These levels are consistent with what a U.S. Department of Energy monitor found last week, the EPA said Monday.

Americans typically get exposure to radiation from natural sources such as the sun, bricks and rocks that are about 100,000 times higher than what has been detected in the United States.
There is no need for anyone as a precautionary measure to take potassium iodide, a medication that can counter the harmful effects of iodine-131, health officials say.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Top Public Places Where The Most Germs Lurk

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It is possible for a person to touch about 30 things in one minute from daily and normal activities.  This heightens the chance of contracting and spreading germs to and from all these objects if in a public setting.  But there are ways to avoid being infected by knowing the more obscure places germs hide other than door knobs, light switches, and bathroom surfaces. 
Restaurant menus
Studies from the Journal of Medical Virology reports germs like the cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on a hard surface.  When dining in a public place, be conscious to not let the menu touch your flatware and wash your hands after you return it.
Lemon wedges
The Journal of Environmental Health discovered 70 percent of restaurants had contaminated bar fruit with microorganisms like E. coli, fecal bacteria, and other disease causing microbes.  By opting out of the garnish for your beverage is a good way to prevent ingestion.
Condiment dispenser
Many people do not wash their hands before eating and they can spread their germs to bottles at the condiment stand.  When grabbing for the ketchup, a paper napkin is not sufficient due to the abilities for microorganisms being able to pass through.

Restroom door handles

Don't think you can escape the restroom without touching the door handle? Palm a spare paper towel after you wash up and use it to grasp the handle. Yes, other patrons may think you're a germ-phobe--but you'll never see them again, and you're the one who won't get sick.

Soap dispensers

About 25% of public restroom dispensers are contaminated with fecal bacteria. Soap that harbors bacteria may seem ironic, but that's exactly what a recent study found. "Most of these containers are never cleaned, so bacteria grow as the soap scum builds up," says Charles Gerba, PhD. "And the bottoms are touched by dirty hands, so there's a continuous culture feeding millions of bacteria." Be sure to scrub hands thoroughly with plenty of hot water for 15 to 20 seconds--and if you happen to have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, use that, too.

Grocery carts

The handles of almost two-thirds of the shopping carts tested in a 2007 study at the University of Arizona were contaminated with fecal bacteria. In fact, the bacterial counts of the carts exceeded those of the average public restroom. Swab the handle with a disinfectant wipe before grabbing hold (stores are starting to provide them, so look around for a dispenser). And while you're wheeling around the supermarket, skip the free food samples, which are nothing more than communal hand-to-germ-to-mouth zones. 

Airplane bathrooms

When Gerba tested for microbes in the bathrooms of commercial jets, he found surfaces from faucets to doorknobs to be contaminated with E. coli. It's not surprising, then, that you're 100 times more likely to catch a cold when you're airborne, according to a recent study in the Journal of Environmental Health Research. To protect yourself, try taking green tea supplements. In a 2007 study from the University of Florida, people who took a 450-milligram green tea supplement twice a day for 3 months had one-third fewer days of cold symptoms. The supplement brand used in the study was Immune Guard ($30 for 60 pills; immune-guard.us).

Doctor's office

A doctor's office is not the place to be if you're trying to avoid germs. These tips can help limit your exposure. 1. Take your own books and magazines (and kid's toys, if you have your children or grandchildren with you).
2. Also pack your own tissues and hand sanitizers, which should be at least 60% alcohol content.
3. In the waiting room, leave at least two chairs between you and the other patients to reduce your chances of picking up their bugs. Germ droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel about 3 feet before falling to the floor.

Sources:

  ABCNews February 20, 2011
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Scientific Review of Instinct Based Medicine System

Every IBMS™ session provides stress reduction.  However, it is important to note that while you are in a state of deep physical relaxation and total mental clarity, it is also possible to effectively and quickly condition your brain to achieve specific objectives like building self-esteem, improving your golf game, conquering test anxiety, overcoming trauma, etc.   Every IBMS™ session can provide an immediate benefit to everybody because with the body’s enhanced ability to fully relax, it is supplied with an abundance of energy, oxygen, nutrition and optimum blood flow.

Fundamentally, the system works because the brain needs a comprehensive blueprint and the proper software to direct the nervous system to achieve a desired goal.   Normally, this blueprint develops over years of trial and error decision-making combined with constant repetition, which is the foundation for dendrite formation (software) that directs your mental activities.  Using golf as an example, the sport requires years of practice, on-course play, the selection of proper clubs, the development of an ability to relax, focus, align, breathe, and swing in order to play well.

All of these are components of the blueprint to pull off the perfect game.  By practicing you build the dendrites (software) to execute the swing and play the game.  The IBMS™ assists you in achieving your goal faster while bypassing all the years it would normally take because you can quickly condition your brain to perform the desired swing and play your best game while listening to the IBMS™ program.   Results will vary with each person.

Remember, the IBMS™ program utilizes a combination of brain states and generic “I” based audio commands to effectively program the mind and nervous system so that the result you want is permanently installed as software in the brain.   It is important to understand that you must be in a specific brain state at a specific time in order to achieve the proper programming.   You must be in the beta state (14-30 hertz) to clearly define your objective.  You then must shift to the alpha state (7-13 hertz) to be able to create a blueprint for action.  Immediately thereafter you must return to the beta state (14-30 hertz) to commit to the blueprint.  Then you must transfer to the theta state (3-6 hertz) so that the brain can begin building the new dendrites and install this new software throughout the nervous system.

Note:  The brain has no sense of the concept of time.

With this process, you are able to produce results that might normally require years to produce.  The IBMS™ was created to function within the natural mechanism of the nervous system, which is why the sessions are so effective.  It simply allows natural neurological mechanisms to function faster and more efficiently.

Note:  You can only achieve objectives that are intrinsically beneficial and derived from your personal goals and desires.

If you instinctively believe that your objective is right for you then you will achieve it.   While the IBMS™ facilitates your ability to achieve your objective faster and more efficiently, please be aware that any stress reduction or conditioning system that is not based on your instincts will not be permanent and can actually cause negative effects.  For instance, hypnotists use the alpha state to manipulate and control human behavior and can direct you to behave in a manner contrary to your natural instincts for a limited time (witness the ridiculous antics of hypnotized subjects on stage), but once you return from the alpha state, there is no further programming.

This is because you cannot build dendrites in the alpha state; therefore, there is no software to initiate further action.   This is why hypnotic suggestion has to be constantly repeated.  It is, in fact, brainwashing.  The person being hypnotized is required to give control of their mind to the brainwasher.   We believe this can be harmful and can even cause multiple personality disorders in some subjects.  It surely creates a dependency in the subject and has the potential to lead to bipolar disorder and, in extreme cases, to paranoia and/or schizophrenia.

Note: The techniques, sounds and music used in the audio session are based on modern science, clinical research, and therapeutic experience and have no religious or organizational affiliations.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shedding the freshman 15

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Guest post written by Nicole Schwartz

The first thing that came to mind when I made my New Year's resolutions for 2011 was all the weight that I gained the first semester of my freshman year of college. I know that it happens to basically everybody. I even thought that with all the walking I'd be doing around campus to classes and the library would help keep off the pounds but I'm also getting less sleep and eating lots of take out food and greasy pizza.

While I was home for the holidays, I decided to come up with a plan to eat a little healthier so that I could help shed this weight. While I was online looking up that stuff I came across the website ClearwireInternet.com and after I looked through it a little bit, I switched over my internet service at my college apartment to it.

I've heard that healthy college eating is tough, especially with dining hall food but I looked up foods that I should pick to eat healthily so I'm really going to try and stick to that.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Is Sex Bad For Your Heart?

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(Health.com) -- Exercising or having sex just about triples a person's risk of heart attack in the hours immediately afterward, especially if the person does those activities infrequently, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Heart patients shouldn't abstain from sex or forgo exercise based on this finding, however. Although a threefold increase in heart-attack risk sounds scary, the overall likelihood of having a heart attack after working out or making love is still very low -- on the order of 3 in 1,000,000, as opposed to 1 in 1,000,000.

"Definitely, one should not interpret our findings as meaning that physical activity or sexual activity are dangerous or harmful," says one of the study's authors, Issa Dahabreh, M.D., a researcher at Tufts Medical Center's Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, in Boston, Massachusetts. "The effect at an individual level is small."


Moreover, the study participants who were more physically active appeared to be less susceptible to a heart attack following intercourse or a workout.

"People who exercise regularly have a much smaller increase in risk, if any," Dr. Dahabreh says.
Numerous studies have suggested that physical activity, including sex, can trigger a heart attack or cardiac arrest, but the magnitude of the risk has been unclear. To arrive at an estimate, Dahabreh and his coauthor reanalyzed data from 14 such studies dating back to the 1980s.

All of the studies used a so-called case-crossover design, in which the participants' activities in the one- to two-hour period leading up to their heart attacks were compared with their usual routines. If physical activity or sex were more common during the pre-heart-attack period than at other times, it would suggest that they triggered the attack.


In the hours after exercising, the researchers found, a person's risk of heart attack increased about 3.5 times, while his or her risk increased about 2.7 times within two hours of having sex. Physical activity also quintupled the risk of sudden death due to cardiac arrest.

However, the risk of heart attack or cardiac death was reduced by 45% and 30%, respectively, for each additional workout the study participants completed in a typical week.

Although the overall (or absolute) risk of heart attack after sex or exercise is "very, very small," Dahabreh says, the findings do suggest that sedentary people who want to get in shape should increase their level of physical activity gradually to avoid undue stress on their hearts. (The American Heart Association makes the same recommendation.)


Geoffrey Tofler, M.D., a professor of preventive cardiology at the University of Sydney Medical School, in Australia, stresses that it is extremely rare for sex or exercise to trigger a heart attack.
"If a healthy 50-year-old person has [a] one-in-a-million chance of having a heart attack in any given hour, tripling the risk will still only make three chances in a million of a heart attack in that hour," says Tofler, a co-author of one of the analyzed studies whowas not involved in the new research.

The analysis was "conducted very thoroughly" and is close to being the last word on the subject, Tofler adds. The findings should reassure heart patients and their partners, who are often anxious about whether it's safe to resume sexual activity after a heart attack or heart-disease diagnosis. "In conjunction with a return to regular physical activity, sexual activity carries a minimal risk," he says.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Ads Convince Consumers To Ask Their Doctor For Specific Drugs

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Americans are being bombarded with an endless barrage of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug ads, designed to convince consumers to ask their doctor for a specific prescription drug.  Such ads are only legal in the U.S. and New Zealand. DTC drug ads undermine the real knowledge that doctors should have when, in consultation with the patient, a treatment plan is established.  
In 1981, Merck published the first DTC print ad.  In 1983, the first television prescription drug ad came out for prescription strength ibuprofen. The pharmaceutical industry then steadily pushed to deregulate DTC ad, and in 1997 the FDA loosened advertising rules, leading to an enormous increase in DTC ad spending.
According to AlterNet:
“Scheming pharma execs and ad agency hacks are not above inventing an illness to sell a new drug. A couple of years ago, Eli Lilly discovered a ‘new’ female condition, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), to promote Sarafem, a form of Prozac ... This new condition was a surprise to the American Psychiatric Association, which did not recognized PMDD as a disorder ... Science had become witchcraft -- and with a hefty profit.”

 Sources:

  AlterNet March 12, 2011

via Dr. Mercola 
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Japanese Raised Nuclear Crisis From Level 4 to Level 5 - Approaching Another Chernobyl?

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Yoko Nishikawa


Japan has raised the severity rating of the nuclear crisis from Level 4 to Level 5 on the seven-level INES international scale, putting it on a par with America's Three Mile Island accident in 1979, although some experts say it is more serious.   
 
Chernobyl was a 7 on that scale.   

The operation to avert a large-scale radiation leak has overshadowed the humanitarian aspect of Japan's toughest moment since World War Two, after it was struck last Friday by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami.   

Around 6,500 have been confirmed killed in the double natural disaster, which turned whole towns into waterlogged wastelands, and 10,300 remain missing with many feared dead.      

Some 390,000 people, including many among Japan's aging population, are homeless and battling near-freezing temperatures in makeshift shelters in northeastern coastal areas.    

Food, water, medicine and heating fuel are in short supply.   

"Everything is gone, including money," said Tsukasa Sato, a 74-year-old barber with a heart condition, as he warmed his hands in front of a stove at a shelter for the homeless in Yamada, northern Japan.    

Under enormous pressure over its handling of the combination of crises, Japan's government conceded it could have moved faster at the outset.   

"An unprecedented huge earthquake and huge tsunami hit Japan. As a result, things that had not been anticipated in terms of the general disaster response took place," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters late on Friday.   

Health officials and the U.N. atomic watchdog have said radiation levels in the capital Tokyo were not harmful, but the city has seen an exodus of tourists, expatriates and many Japanese, who fear a blast of radioactive material.   

"I'm leaving because my parents are terrified. I personally think this will turn out to be the biggest paper tiger the world has ever seen," said Luke Ridley, 23, from London as he sat at Narita international airport using his laptop. "I'll probably come back in about a month."   

Amid their distress, Japanese were proud of the 300 or so nuclear plant workers toiling in the wreckage, wearing masks, goggles and protective suits sealed by duct tape.    

"My eyes well with tears at the thought of the work they are doing," Kazuya Aoki, a safety official at Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told Reuters.    

Even if engineers restore power at the plant, the pumps may be too damaged to work.   

The first step will be to restore power to pumps for reactors No. 1 and 2, and possibly 4, by Saturday, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, Japan's nuclear safety agency spokesman.   

By Sunday, the government expects to connect electricity to pumps for its badly damaged reactor No.3 -- a focal point in the crisis because of its use of mixed oxides, or mox, containing both uranium and highly toxic plutonium.   
 
That could be a turning point.   

"If they can get those electric pumps on and they can start pushing that water successfully up the core, quite slowly so you don't cause any brittle failure, they should be able to get it under control in the next couple of days," said Laurence
Williams, of Britain's University of Central Lancashire.   

The last-resort option of burying the reactors could leave part of Japan off-limits for decades.     
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

US Nuclear Power Plants With Highest Damage Risk

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By Bill Dedman Investigative reporter
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updated 3/16/2011 10:04:57 AM ET
 
What are the odds that a nuclear emergency like the one at Fukushima Dai-ichi could happen in the central or eastern United States? They'd have to be astronomical, right? As a pro-nuclear commenter on msnbc.com put it this weekend, "There's a power plant just like these in Omaha. If it gets hit by a tsunami...."

It turns out that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has calculated the odds of an earthquake causing catastrophic failure to a nuclear plant here. Each year, at the typical nuclear reactor in the U.S., there's a 1 in 74,176 chance that the core could be damaged by an earthquake, exposing the public to radiation. No tsunami required. That's 10 times more likely than you winning $10,000 by buying a ticket in the Powerball multistate lottery, where the chance is 1 in 723,145.

And it turns out that the nuclear reactor in the United States with the highest risk of core damage from a quake is not the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, with its twin reactors tucked between the California coastline and the San Andreas Fault.

It's not the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a four-hour drive down the Pacific coast at San Clemente, surrounded by fault lines on land and under the ocean.

It's not on the Pacific Coast at all. It's on the Hudson River.

One in 10,000

The reactor with the highest risk rating is 24 miles north of New York City, in the village of Buchanan, N.Y., at the Indian Point Energy Center. There, on the east bank of the Hudson, Indian Point nuclear reactor No. 3 has the highest risk of earthquake damage in the country, according to new NRC risk estimates provided to msnbc.com.

A ranking of the 104 nuclear reactors is shown at the bottom of this article, listing the NRC estimate of risk of catastrophic failure caused by earthquake.

The chance of a core damage from a quake at Indian Point 3 is estimated at 1 in 10,000 each year. Under NRC guidelines, that's right on the verge of requiring "immediate concern regarding adequate protection" of the public. The two reactors at Indian Point generate up to one-third of the electricity for New York City. The second reactor, Indian Point 2, doesn't rate as risky, with 1 chance in 30,303 each year.

The plant with the second highest risk? It's in Massachusetts. Third? Pennsylvania. Then Tennessee, Pennsylvania again, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. Only then does California's Diablo Canyon appear on the list, followed by Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island.
The odds take into consideration two main factors: the chance of a serious quake, and the strength of design of the plant.

Nuclear power plants built in the areas usually thought of as earthquake zones, such as the California coastline, have a surprisingly low risk of damage from those earthquakes. Why? They built anticipating a major quake.

Other plants in the East, South and Midwest, where the design standards may have been lower because the earthquake risk was thought to be minimal, now find themselves at the top of the NRC's danger list.

The chance of serious damage from a quake ranges from Indian Point's 1 chance in 10,000 each year, a relatively higher risk, to the Callaway nuclear plant in Fulton, Mo., where the NRC set the lowest risk, 1 chance in 500,000 each year.

Playing the odds
The NRC, the federal agency responsible for nuclear power safety, says the odds are in the public's favor. "Operating nuclear power plants are safe," the NRC said when it reported the new risk estimates.

Every plant is designed with a margin of safety beyond the strongest earthquake anticipated in that area, the NRC says.

But the NRC also says the margin of safety has been reduced.

In the 35 years since Indian Point 3 got its license to operate in 1976, the same era when most of today's U.S. nuclear reactors were built, geologists have learned a lot about the dangers of earthquakes in the eastern and central U.S.

No one alive now has memories of the South Carolina quakes of 1886, which toppled 14,000 chimneys in Charleston and were felt in 30 states. Or the New Madrid quakes of 1811-1812 in Missouri and Arkansas — the big one made the Mississippi River run backward for a time.

But the geologists and seismologists remember, learning their history from rocks, and steadily raising their estimates of the risk of severe quakes. New faults are found, and new computer models change predictions for how the ground shakes. The latest estimates are drawn from the 2008 maps of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Of special note, the USGS said, was an allowance for waves of large earthquakes in the New Madrid fault area roughly centered on the Missouri Bootheel, as well as inclusion of offshore faults near Charleston, S.C., and new data from the mountains of East Tennessee. With each new map, the areas of negligible risks have receded.

Based on those new maps, the NRC published in August 2010 new estimates of the earthquake risk at nuclear power reactors in the eastern and central states. Besides the proximity, severity and frequency of earthquakes, the new estimates take into account the design standards used at each plant, along with the type of rock or soil it's built on. This week, the NRC provided additional data to msnbc.com for the relatively few reactors in the Western states, allowing a ranking to be made of all 104 reactors with the latest data.

The top 10
Here are the 10 nuclear power sites with the highest risk of suffering core damage from an earthquake, showing their NRC risk estimates based on 2008 and 1989 geological data.

1. Indian Point 3, Buchanan, N.Y.: 1 in 10,000 chance each year. Old estimate: 1 in 17,241. Increase in risk: 72 percent.
2. Pilgrim 1, Plymouth, Mass.: 1 in 14,493. Old estimate: 1 in 125,000. Increase in risk: 763 percent.
3. Limerick 1 and 2, Limerick, Pa.: 1 in 18,868. Old estimate: 1 in 45,455. Increase in risk: 141 percent.
4. Sequoyah 1 and 2, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.: 1 in 19,608. Old estimate: 1 in 102,041. Increase in risk: 420 percent.
5. Beaver Valley 1, Shippingport, Pa.: 1 in 20,833. Old estimate: 1 in 76,923. Increase in risk: 269 percent.
6. Saint Lucie 1 and 2, Jensen Beach, Fla.: 1 in 21,739. Old estimate: N/A.
7. North Anna 1 and 2, Louisa, Va.: 1 in 22,727. Old estimate: 1 in 31,250. Increase in risk: 38 percent.
8. Oconee 1, 2 and 3, Seneca, S.C.: 1 in 23,256. Old estimate: 1 in 100,000. Increase in risk: 330 percent.
9. Diablo Canyon 1 and 2, Avila Beach, Calif.: 1 in 23,810. Old estimate: N/A.
10. Three Mile Island, Middletown, Pa.: 1 in 25,000. Old estimate: 1 in 45,455. Increase in risk: 82 percent.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Acute Radiation Sickness (ARS) - Signs and Symptoms

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By Dr. Nancy Snyderman Chief medical editor
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As we watch the nuclear crisis escalate in Japan, many of us have questions on radiation sickness — what are the symptoms and what are the long-term health effects? And should those of us in the U.S. be taking any extra precautions? NBC's chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman explains.


Q: What are the main symptoms of radiation sickness?
 

A: Radiation sickness (acute radiation syndrome, or ARS) occurs when the body is exposed to a high dose of penetrating radiation within a short period of time. The first symptoms of ARS typically are fatigue, hair loss, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as skin changes such as swelling, redness, itching and radiation burns. Symptoms may present within a few minutes to days after the exposure, and may come and go. This seriously ill stage may last from a few hours up to several months.

Q: How much radiation does there have to be, and how long do you have to be exposed, to cause health problems?
 

A: Most studies on radiation and cancer risk have looked at people exposed to very high doses of radiation. Consequently, it is harder to measure the much smaller increase in cancer risk that might come from much lower levels of radiation exposure. Some scientists and regulatory agencies believe that even small doses of ionizing radiation may increase cancer risk, although by a very small amount. The rule of thumb is that the risk of cancer from radiation exposure increases as the dose of radiation increases. Since everyone’s body is different, there is no definitive threshold dose at which you can be totally safe.

Q: Is soap and water really enough to get radiation off you?
 

A: Any person with contamination on their clothing or body should remove their clothes and shower. Soap and water can go a long way toward minimizing absorption through the skin and keeping local contamination from spreading.

Q: What are the long-term health consequences of radiation exposure?
 

A: Cancer is the most common long-term consequence of radiation exposure. Your bone marrow and your thyroid gland are especially sensitive to radiation. Research shows that some cancers types are more strongly linked to radiation exposure. These cancer types include leukemia, thyroid cancer, multiple myeloma, in addition to skin, lung, stomach and breast cancer.

Young children are very vulnerable to the long-term effect of radiation because their cells are actively dividing as part of normal growth and development. Fetuses are also particularly susceptible to the effects of radiation, and mutations can occur if the radiation exposure happens during the early pregnancy. History shows us that genetic mutations can occur in adults exposed to nuclear radiation. These mutations can sometimes be passed from parent to child.

Q: If the Japanese power plant continues to spew radiation and the wind blows it out to sea, how concerned should we be in the U.S. for our own safety?  
A: Not concerned because the amount of radiation is low and any residual will be dissipated by the jet stream before it hits the coast of California.

Q: Iodine tablets are selling out in America; should we be stocking up? Are there any other steps we should take in the U.S.?  
A: There is absolutely no need to panic and right now and there are no special steps that experts are recommending. After a nuclear event, local public health or emergency management officials will tell the public if they should be taking potassium iodide or if other protective actions are needed. Remember, iodine prophylaxis is not one size fits all. If you have a seafood or shellfish allergy, a thyroid condition or certain skin disorders, you should not take potassium iodide before consulting with your doctor.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

How Will Leaked Japan Radiation Affect The US?

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According to this article, so far so good, but we'll see what happens in the days to come.

Leaked Japan Radiation No Harm To US

Updated: Sunday, 13 Mar 2011, 4:06 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 13 Mar 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

(NewsCore) - ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Sunday that areas of the continental US, as well as Hawaii and Alaska, are not expected to receive any harmful levels of radioactivity from nuclear plant leaks in Japan.

The comment from the US government's lead regulatory body for nuclear power came as Japanese authorities reported radioactive releases from plants following the massive earthquake and tsunami Friday in the northeast part of the country.

"All the available information indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population," the NRC said. "Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity."

The NRC said it is coordinating with the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to provide "whatever assistance the Japanese government requests" as they respond to conditions at several nuclear power plants.

The NRC said it sent two boiling-water reactor experts to Japan as part of a team assembled by the US Agency for International Development. Some of the plants affected by the earthquake are characterized as boiling-water reactors, a classification of the technology used to produce power.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Cervical Cancer - Causes And Symptoms

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What causes cervical cancer?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. There are many types of the HPV virus. Not all types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Some of them cause genital warts, but other types may not cause any symptoms.

You can have HPV for years and not know it. It stays in your body and can lead to cervical cancer years after you were infected. This is why it is important for you to have regular Pap tests. A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer.

What are the symptoms?

Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
  • Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, or a change in your menstrual cycle that you can't explain.
  • Bleeding when something comes in contact with your cervix, such as during sex or when you put in a diaphragm.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood.

How is cervical cancer diagnosed?

As part of your regular pelvic exam, you should have a Pap test. During a Pap test the doctor scrapes a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to look for cell changes. If a Pap test shows abnormal cell changes, your doctor may do other tests to look for precancerous or cancer cells on your cervix.

Your doctor may also do a Pap test and take a sample of tissue (biopsy) if you have symptoms of cervical cancer, such as bleeding after sex.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's the Best Water Filtration System to Clean Your Water?

With the emerging information about various toxins found in tap water, it's becoming more and more important for households to install water purification systems. But there are so many available! After extensive and thorough research, we've found the best water filtration system that you can use to ensure that your drinking water and safe and clean: the Aquasana AQ-4000 Water Filter.

The Good


Chet Day points out in his review of the Aquasana AQ-4000 that the system is very easy to install, which is a plus for anyone not extremely technically-inclined. Additionally, Chet points out that each gallon of filtered water costs less than ten cents, which is a far cry from what gallons of bottled water cost.

Those of you living in California will also be pleased to know that this system has California Certification. Chet states that, "California Certification is the Gold Standard in the water filtration industry and signifies compliance with the most stringent testing standards in the United States."

As if all of that wasn't enough, it's also important to note that this water filter was voted "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest Magazine six years in a row (from 2003 through 2008). Not only are consumers praising this water filtration system, but renowned sources are as well.

So, to review, the Aquasana AQ-4000:
  • Is easy to install
  • Produces water that costs less than ten cents per gallon
  • Has California Certification
  • Was voted "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest Magazine
The Bad

Through all our research, we found only one review that took a negative spin on the Aquasana AQ-4000 water filtration system. Consumer Dave stated in his Amazon.com review that "when turning the water 'on', it takes a while longer than I would like to pressure up and get the full stream." Additionally, he states that "after the water is turned 'off', it drips (a stream…not just drips) for about ten seconds."

The Verdict


Weigh the options out for yourself! Through our research, this was the top-rated and top-reviewed water filtration system for home use. What do you think? Will you be checking out the Aquasana AQ-4000 system?

Katrina Robinson is a freelance writer that commonly focuses on lifestyle, finances, and colon cleanse techniques.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cut Your Risk Of Cancer In Half By Following One Easy Habit

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Dr. Mercola posted this article awhile back and it's got great advice on how to cut your risk of cancer by 50%. I always talk about avoiding too much sun exposure and the value of adding Vitamin D supplements.

I have some vital information for you that can literally save your life, save you from dying from cancer; not just from getting cancer, but from dying from it. I came across this absolutely vital information while researching my new book called, Dark Deception, info which is just too important to keep under wraps until the book's release in a year's time.

Cancer is now the number one cause of death in the country, having surpassed heart disease a few years ago.

Please check out the graph in the video that illustrates the relationship between latitude, sun exposure and death rates from cancer. Remember the vertical axis shows the number of cancer-related deaths per 100,000, while the horizontal axis indicates latitude. It clearly shows that cancer-deaths go up significantly, the farther away from the equator one lives.

Here's why. With sun exposure, UVB radiation from the sun converts cholesterol to vitamin D, one of the most potent anticancer vitamins. See the connection? Please keep your vitamin D levels in a healthy range. If you're taking oral vitamin D in cod liver oil or a supplement, you need to measure your vitamin D blood levels to avoid overdosing. Take a simple blood test to help you keep your vitamin D levels in a safe, optimal range, and go to my vitamin D testing page for more details

While in Maui this winter, I heard a number of heartbreaking stories from folks there, who told me of close relatives who either had cancer, were dying from it or had died from it. How tragic! With this new information about vitamin D in mind, I said to them, "I don't know your relative." I asked, "But did they stay in the sun? Do they have a tan?", and even though some of these people lived in Maui, it seems every one of these people did not get much sun and were pale. This was a giant clue, empirically confirming what I was learning about sun exposure.

The best and safest way to get vitamin D is from the sun. The safe way to get sun exposure is to just go out enough so that your skin turns the very lightest pink. You'll also need enough of your skin exposed to sun. Exposing only your face and hands while going from office to car is not enough for conversion into vitamin D. We must remain sensible in our approach to this issue.

This means: PLEASE DON'T GET SUNBURNED!

Bear in mind unique risk factors for dark-complexioned individuals. So if you're African-American, from the Middle East or India and live in America or Europe or in a very northern latitude, you're at very high risk for developing these cancers, as high as four times the risk. Darker skin serves as a filter, causing the need for two to five times as much sunlight as someone with very pale skin.


Also be careful about using most sunblocks as they are dangerous. 

If you are looking for a safe one I have researched this and recommend Active Full Spectrum Sun Block. If you can't easily find it I put it in my store for your convenience.

In light-skinned individuals, overexposure to sun can also be problematic.

Normally, skin cancer is not going to be the melanoma type, for which there are multiple causes. Follow the link below to learn more. But having sun exposure can increase the risk of other types of skin cancers, which while not as dangerous as melanoma, are easily avoided with cautious sun exposure


BOTTOM LINE: NEVER GET SUNBURNED!

Avoid commercial sun blocks, which contain toxic chemicals that enter your bloodstream through the skin, and follow the link below for more info and alternatives to these products.
If you have any questions at all about the relationship about sun and skin cancer please be sure to visit my article on that topic.

Stay informed. Have a healthy, careful, appropriate relationship with sunlight.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Natural Cancer Remedies - Eggplant Cures Cancer!

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There are so many natural remedies for cancer, more than three hundred, and others are popping up every day. I talk about this in my book The Only Answer To Cancer. I really enjoy finding new information online and wanted to share this article with you. 

by Melanie Grimes
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(NaturalNews) An ingredient in common eggplant has been shown to cure cancer. The eggplant extract is a phytochemical called solasodine glycoside, or BEC5. Dr. Bill E. Cham discovered it, after hearing of a folk medicine cure from Australian farmers. They told him of eye cancers cured in cattle after application of a poultice made from the fruit of a weed called Devil's Apple, known in Latin as Solanum linnaeanum. This plant is part of the Solanacea family, which includes other common vegetables such as tomato and eggplant.

BEC5 works by bonding to a receptor on the surface of the cancer cell. After the cell digests the eggplant extract, it causes the cell to rupture. The cancer cell is destroyed and its contents are then reabsorbed by the body.

BEC5 has been proven effective in treating over 80,000 cases of skin cancer, preventing surgery. The types of cancer treated by eggplant are both invasive and non-invasive non-melanoma skin cancers. In every case the cancers went into remission and did not return. Australians have been curing their skin cancers using these phytochemicals for decades.

BEC5 acts by killing cancer cells without harming any other healthy cells in the human body. BEC5 can also be used to treat actinic keratose, the precursor to cancer, as well as age or sunspots on the skin.

Actinic keratoses are a possible predictor of skin cancer. These red patches caused by sun exposure are made of abnormal cells that can mutate into malignant cells in the basal, or lower layers of the skin. Squamous cell carcinomas are another common form of skin cancer, and one which causes nearly two thousands deaths annually. This wart-type growth has irregular borders and can also be treated with the eggplant extract.

Used as a cream for over twenty-five years in clinical trials in both Australia and the United Kingdom, BEC5 had success rate of over 78% when applied for eight weeks. Used for 12 weeks, the cream had a 100% success rate in removing cancers, none of which returned for the following five years.

Over one million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Skin cancer is now the most common illness in men over the age of 50. It is even more common than lung, prostate or colon cancer. Incidences are so common that one out of three Caucasians are now expected to develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. With this simple, natural remedy, many surgeries might be prevented and health restored.

http://ahha.org/SkinCancerCure.htm

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http://www.skincancer.org/

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Melanie Grimes is a writer, award-winning screenwriter, medical journal editor, and adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She also teaches homeopathy at the Seattle School of Homeopathy and the American Homeopathic Medical College.
A trained homeopath, she is the editor of the homeopathic journal, Simillimum, and has edited alternative and integrative medical journals for 15 years. She has taught creative writing, founded the first Birkenstock store in the USA and authored medical textbooks.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How Chronic Stress Affects Your Health

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What is stress?

Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain.

Stress causes increased muscle tension which has a direct effect on increasing your pain levels. Therefore, reduction of stress and muscle tension helps to reduce your pain. Stress saps your energy and reduces your ability to cope with the pain and your life.

Types of stress

Acute stress - a very short-term type of stress that can either be positive (like excitement at preparing for a deadline) or distressing (what we normally think of when we think of 'stress'); this is the type of stress we most often encounter in day-to-day life (e.g. flying, when you have a fear of it or having to make a presentation to colleagues when you are naturally shy.)

Chronic stress - the type of stress that seems never-ending and inescapable, like the stress of a bad marriage, being a carer for a terminally ill parent or stress in the workplace, (coping with these types of stress can lead to burnout/ill effects on your health unless there is some stress management.)

Health implications of chronic stress

When faced with chronic stress, people begin to have physical symptoms. At first they can be relatively mild, like chronic headaches and frequent colds.

Later, however, more serious health problems may develop. Here are some stress-influenced conditions:
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • hair loss
  • heart disease
  • hyperthyroidism
  • obesity
  • obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder
  • sexual dysfunction
  • tooth and gum disease
  • ulcers
It has been estimated that as many as 90% of doctor's visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related!

'We play Calmtime every day at tea-time and what used to be a chaotic and stressful time is now calm and relaxed. And we enjoy the music.' Cynthia, Bristol

Chronic stress: how it affects your body and how you can stay healthier

American and Canadian researchers conducting a huge study on the effects of stress on the immune system recently concluded that it all depended on the type of stress and how individuals responded to it. They examined 293 studies involving 19,000 people.

Chronic stress - the most damaging

The most damaging type of stress they found was chronic stress, caused, for example, by unemployment or caring for a relative with mental illness - both situations which have no end in sight. These have damaging effects on the whole immune system. The key to it all, the researchers concluded, was whether the stress was never-ending or short-term. It was discovered that even the extreme stress of losing a partner was nowhere near as bad as chronic stress.

Chronic stress doesn't suit us as we get older

Another thing that was discovered, not surprisingly, is that the older we get the more susceptible we are to stress. Lawrence Whalley, Professor of Mental Health at Aberdeen University and author or 'The Ageing Brain' says: 'As we grow older -between about 45 and 55 - our stress responses become more exaggerated.'

He says that it's a fact, being prone to great anxiety in stressful situations increases with age. "All old people (50 plus) find stress very unpleasant: even the kind of stress a young person might find intoxicating."

Professor Stephen Palmer of City University in London and the Centre for Stress Management says: "I would say stress is always bad. A little bit of pressure can get you out of bed in the morning and give you focus. As you grow older there is more likely to be long-term chronic stress (eg. caring for relatives, ill health etc.) - the very type that is bad for you."

'Whenever I feel strung out, like after a really pressurised day at work, I listen to Calmtime and that seems to put me into a much calmer and happier state for the remainder of that day.' David, Bristol

Help for stress related problems

Though it may seem counterproductive to set aside time to relax in the midst of a busy lifestyle, doing so can actually help us to increase our productivity, accomplish more in less time, and feel happier overall.

"Regular elicitation of the relaxation response has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress related disorders." Prof. Herbert Benson MD

Research has indicated that regularly relaxing can have a beneficial effect on a number of stress related health problems. In fact it can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress.

Here are a few examples of health problems that can be helped by relaxation include conditions:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Ulcers/Heart Burn
  • Eczema/Psoriasis/Dermatitis/Urticaria/Acne
  • Asthma/Emphysema/Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease
  • Anxiety/Stress/Depression/Panic attacks
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis/Herpes Simplex/Colds and Flu
  • Multiple Sclerosis/Migraine/Epilepsy
  • Infertility/Childbirth/Menopause/Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Endometriosis/Impotence
  • Heart beat irregularities/High Blood Pressure/Heart Disease
  • Angina Pectoris/Raynaulds
  • Headaches/Arthritis/Back pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Muscular tension produces aches and pains, particularly in the neck and back.
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Insomnia/Chronic Pain
Daphne Nancholas has for the past 10 years helped people overcome stress related problems. She is a published author and she and her partner Graham Smith have produced a relaxation CD for stress management - http://www.calmtime.co.uk They live in Cornwall and are part way through producing their next CD. Daphne's other site is: http://www.daphnehomeopath.co.uk
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vision Quest - Finding Faith And Transforming Your Life

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WHAT'S A VISION QUEST?

The vision quest is a timeless spiritual practice. The traditional quest is one where the questor goes out alone in the wilderness and fasts from all familiar things---food, (sometimes water) and all communication with people for a period of days or weeks.

All the great spiritual teachers, such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, spent time alone in nature to connect with their higher spiritual self. You've probably heard about Jesus spending 40 days in the desert fasting. That was vision questing.

There are many forms of questing from every continent in the world. More common quests are four-day quests. Some consider the "sweat lodge" a form of questing.
This ancient practice is becoming lost as there are very few that teach about it today.

BENEFITS OF A VISION QUEST

Why would people want to put themselves thru this "little death"?

The purpose is to quiet the mind and take inner journeys---very possibly the greatest inner journeys one can take.

When you spend extended time in nature, your everyday mind (the beta mind state), starts to quiet down. As it quiets down, the higher mind, also referred to as theta and/or delta states of mind,emerges. As you access this higher mind, you connect to a higher force, to the spirit-that-moves-through-all-things.

And when that happens, it is life transforming. Many questors get visions during their times of solitude in nature. A quest can help you map out your life's path or what you need to accomplish before you leave this planet.

It answers the deepest spiritual questions and helps you to connect with Spirit. It also tests and develops your personal strength.

Grandfather, a very powerful wise elder, considered the vision quest an absolutely necessary spiritual practice that could not be substituted.

WHO WAS GRANDFATHER?

"Grandfather" was an Apache wise man, healer and scout, named Stalking Wolf. By the time he was 20, he was called "Grandfather" by all the elders in his tribe, a sign of great respect for his spiritual and earthly wisdom. By way of several vision quests, he discovered that his path would be to leave his tribe for 60 years, traveling up and down the Americas searching out spiritual truths. At the age of 23, he left his tribe and became a wanderer on a life-long spiritual quest.

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