The practice of Self Awakening Yoga (SAY) is a creative learning process and expansion of your consciousness.

The practice of Self Awakening Yoga (SAY) is a creative learning process and expansion of your consciousness.  As with all yoga – bringing union, moving from darkness to light – this practice allows an “un- learning” of old habits and inefficient patterns our bodies may have adapted to from a past illness or injury (physical and/or emotional).

Injuries, illness, toxicity, and trauma are a part of life. Our bodies have an amazing way of adapting both physically and emotionally. However, we can unconsciously get locked into inefficient or unskillful patterns that affect our ways of being, thinking and moving.

What happens in a SAY practice?

During a SAY practice, you will move in interesting new ways: unwinding, rolling, tapping, thumping, to name a few. The process is to awaken prana, (the intelligent life force that flows within all life forms) to bring awareness to and unlock any of these unhelpful patterns. You are encouraged to be a “C” student during class, to release the pressure of doing it right. This creates a level of new trust in your being through self discovery and kinesthetic inquiries. Your own experience is the teacher.

After a serious back injury left me unable to move in even basic ways, (a pars fracture of my L4 vertebrae), going back to my yoga practice was a scary experience at first. After the injury, my walking gait was that of a shuffle, and moving from sitting to standing was slow and guarded. When the time was right I decided to return to my mat, and I began with Self Awakening Yoga.

The process of healing

I immersed into a 100 Hour program at the Nosara Yoga Institute with the creator of SAY himself, Brahmanand Don Stapleton, PhD. For two weeks we practiced this form up to three times a day in two hour classes. Not only did I find the freedom of letting go, but it was like I supercharged my healing process. There are over 100 movement inquiries and meditations –- everything from accessing primal sound to focusing on the breath.

What if?

Try this simple movement inquiry: lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Slowly begin to let your knees sway side to side, one knee at a time dropping down to the ground, repeating the movement over and over.

Along the way ask yourself the questions: What if? What if I moved like this? What if I change the direction? What if I moved more spontaneously? What if I slowed down? After a few minutes of repeating this movement stop and pause and stillness. Notice the sensations.

This method of inquiry is called “AS IS” – Awareness of Sensation through Internal Scanning. It feels primal and supportive. Simple and yet powerful.

My love for this style of yoga has grown through my own experience of it. Self Awakening Yoga now is a part of every class I lead. You can experience this uniquely nurturing and accessible form of yoga during our Return to Source Retreat from May 10-16, 2019. Spaces still available, register today!

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Stacy Seebart
Stacy Seebart

Stacy Seebart is an experienced yoga teacher, massage therapist and educator. Her yoga journey began at the Nosara Yoga Institute (NYI) in Nosara, Costa Rica fourteen years ago. Stacy has trained yoga teachers around the world and was faculty of both Kripalu Center and NYI. Her approach is heart- centered, grounded and transformative. Learn more about Stacy at: www.stacyseebart.com/about/

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\Group B Vitamins

Whether you are health conscious or not, you’ve probably heard of vitamins and how important they are for your body.

Vitamins essentially help your body grow and strengthen bodily elements like the immune system, the digestive system, and your body’s metabolism. Vitamins, while broad, are categorized as 13 essential vitamins. Some of the vitamins you may have heard of are A, D, E, C and B. These vitamins are further divided into two categories namely fat soluble and water soluble. The vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble which, as the name suggests, dissolve in fat and are stored in your body. On the other hand, vitamins C and B are water soluble and need to be dissolved in water first before consumption. Out of the 13 essential vitamins that our bodies require, 8 happen to belong to the B-group, also called B-complex group, of vitamins.

Each vitamin belonging to the group holds significant properties and benefits.
The 8 Vitamins are:

1) Thiamin (B1)
Thiamin adds to the health of your muscles and nerves. It also helps break down carbohydrates which leads to better energy consumption for your body. Thiamin is found in wheat germ, nuts, pork, and cereal grain. As it helps break down the carbohydrates in bread, fruit, and rice it greatly helps with your diet.

2) Riboflavin (B2)
Riboflavin is found in dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese and also leafy green vegetables as well as egg whites. B2 helps in red blood cell formation along with other aspects like energy production and assistance in digestion. As it is crucially linked to red blood cells, Riboflavin is one essential vitamin for the human body.

3) Niacin (B3)
Niacin deficiency is commonly linked to loss of appetite, mental confusion, and weakness. Other than those, a deficiency of Niacin is also associated with dementia and diarrhea. Niacin can be obtained from meats such as fish and poultry, milk, whole grain cereals, bread, and nuts. Since Niacin is heat stable, that means most of its nutritional value is not while cooking much like other B-group vitamins. It helps with converting carbs and fats into energy

4) Pantothenic acid (B5)
A good source of pantothenic acid is meats, milk, yeast, eggs, and legumes. Liver and kidneys are also known as a good source of vitamin B5. Pantothenic acid helps the body metabolize protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

5) Pyridoxine (B6)
B6 is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps with the production of brain chemicals like serotonin. Pyridoxine is also known to influence moods as well. Sources of pyridoxine include legumes, leafy green vegetables, fish and shellfish, and meats.

6) Biotin (B7)
Biotin is one of the popular B-Group vitamins as it is linked very closely to a healthy diet. As it has a key role to play in the metabolism of cholesterol and certain fatty acids as well as ensuring the health of the skin, hair, and nails. Biotin can be obtained from fruits like apple, banana as well as rice and egg whites.

7) Folic acid (B9)
Folic acid helps with the formation of red blood cells and is recommended to pregnant women to help keep them healthy during pregnancy and also to develop a healthy nervous system for the baby. Folic acid is commonly found in most foods but good sources of folic acid are leafy green vegetables, legumes, eggs, and citrus fruits.

8) Cyanocobalamin (B12)
B12 is a necessary vitamin for red blood cell formation and energy formation. Other known benefits of cyanocobalamin are assisting in the brain and nervous system functioning and it synthesizes with vitamin B9. Sources of cyanocobalamin are all kinds of meat, milk, cheese, and eggs.

There you have it, now you know how important these vitamins are for your normal body functioning and can adjust your daily diet accordingly. Please remember that is always advisable to consult your doctor or a professional nutritionist before dramatically changing your diet as there might be other factors to take in consideration such as your blood type etc. You can read a good article about blood types and nutrition at this link here.

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Selenium, the mineral that is good for the thyroid

Selenium is a very rare trace mineral which contributes to the health of the human body in a lot of aspects.

Selenium, the mineral that is good for the thyroid

Selenium is a very rare trace mineral which contributes to the health of the human body in a lot of aspects. Selenium helps keep a healthy immune system by assisting with immune function as well as DNA synthesis and reproductive health. The human body requires it in small, frequent amounts and this mineral is also known to protect the body against certain illnesses. This nutrient is quite remarkable in its nature while being vital to your health. Foods enriched with selenium accumulate it from the soil they’re grown meaning the same food can have different amounts of selenium depending on the geography, making this mineral even more unique.

The thyroid is the only organ in the human body which contains the highest concentration of selenium where selenium acts as the building block for a protein called selenoproteins. Thus, by helping with the contribution of selenoproteins in the thyroid, selenium helps your body maintain a healthy immune system, hormonal balance, and metabolism.

Known benefits of selenium for the thyroid are:

  • 1) Selenium acts as an effective antioxidant
    Free radicals are unstable molecules in the human body which cause cell damage. Antioxidants are the compounds present in food that help combat the effects of free radicals as well as mitigate their effects. Free radicals don’t naturally occur in the human body and are byproducts of processes like metabolism. An excess of free radicals leads to oxidative stress that damages healthy cells. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and as such helps to neutralize free radicals that are generated during thyroid hormone build in the thyroid gland.

  • 2) Selenium helps reduce thyroid antibody levels
    Presence of Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO) yields bad news as it affects the health of your immune system, colon, kidney, breast as well as issues like infertility. It is used as a gauge for autoimmune thyroid disease. Naturally, it is ideal to have low amounts of TPO and selenium consumed in forms like sodium selenite helps reduce TPO antibody levels in the thyroid. A frequent intake of selenium is important to stabilize the levels of thyroid antibody and levels are known to go up if you stop taking selenium.

  • 3) Selenium helps convert T4 into T3
    Deiodinases, a subgroup of selenoproteins are essential in the conversion of inactive T4 into active T3. By keeping a frequent and steady intake of selenium, you ensure that the T3 levels do not go low. However, as a consequence of missing selenium, the production of T3 in your body will be lower which will cause TSH to go up. The rise in TSH will cause the thyroid gland to produce more T4 which will lead to the production of more free radicals as a byproduct. The free radicals then pose a threat where they will damage the thyroid gland and the lack of selenium will translate to a lack of antioxidant. If the amount of T4 is higher compared to T3 then this unusual rise in TSH will create a scar tissue within the thyroid gland and damage it.

Curiosity about selenium:

This week’s article ends with a curious fact about Selenium. Did you know that Brazil nuts are the food with the highest content of selenium, in fact in a single nut it contains the quantity of about 80 mcg. Also another singularity is that the same amino acids contain a small amount of selenium.

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Ginseng, properties, and benefits of the best natural tonic

Ginseng, properties and benefits of the best natural tonic

The use of ginseng dates centuries back where it was deemed effective and still is to this day. Ginseng is a short plant with fleshy roots that are available in different varieties. Ginseng root is being used as treatment in Asia and North America as well and it is known as one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world.

The most popular type is the American ginseng, also known as Panax quinquefolius and the Asian ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng. Both of these  variants have different properties because of the variation in the active compound concentration as well as their diversified effects on the human body. 

American ginseng is used commonly as a relaxing agent while its Asian counterpart is known to have an invigorating effect on the body. What gives ginseng its wonderful capabilities, is the presence of two significant compounds namely; ginsenosides and gintonin. These compounds further provide various health benefits such as:

  1. Anti-Inflammatory
    Ginseng is known to reduce inflammation as well as act as an antioxidant. The effect of ginseng compounds and ginsenoside inhibits inflammation and gives ginseng its anti-inflammatory property and it acts as an antioxidant helps safeguard skin cells.

  2. Benefits of Brain Function
    As mentioned above, ginseng acts as an antioxidant as well. This property leads to the protection of the brain against potential damage that can be caused by free radicals. Apart from that, ginseng is known to help improve other brain functions such as memory and uplifting one’s mood. Ginseng, when consumed as a herbal drink, also helps stimulate the brain cells thus improving concentration and cognition.

  3. Lowers Blood Pressure
    Ginseng tea is a very strong beverage and does wonder for people who have hypotension. Ginseng tea invigorates you and makes you feel active while also normalizing your blood pressure. This helps reduce the risk of strokes as well.

  4. Sexual Dysfunction
    Ginseng is also recommended as an alternative medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Compounds present in ginseng protect against oxidative stress in the blood vessels tissues regarding the penis and helps in restoring its normal function. Ginseng is also reported to promote the production of nitric oxide that acts as a muscle relaxant for the male genitalia and improves blood circulation.

  5. Skin Care
    Consuming ginseng tea helps maintain a fluid balance in your body which ultimately keeps your skin hydrated. Ginseng is also known to lessen the pain and injury inflicted by and during radiation therapy. The antioxidants make your skin appear younger and fresher. It is also reported to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well.

  6. Improves Digestion
    Ginseng is known to promote the secretion of pepsin. Pepsin is one of the main digestive enzymes in the digestive system that helps digest proteins. This increase in pepsin secretion improves the digestion and helps provide relief to issues like bloating, constipation and flatulence.

  7. Weight Loss
    Ginseng used as an herbal drink is a known and popular natural appetite suppressant. Consuming ginseng tea helps slim down the body by boosting metabolism and helping with burning fat a higher than usual rate.

There you have it. All this are fantastic benefits we can all experience while using this amazing natural root.

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melatonin can be a used as an anti aging agent

To say that melatonin is not widely known is perhaps a mistake, it would probably be more correct to say that melatonin is not commonly used as many other supplements.

As with various things, over the years melatonin has attracted more and more interest from many scientists and the mass media have emphasized it abundantly, sometimes even supplying information that is certainly not free of errors.

Melatonin is a substance secreted by the Pineal gland which in-depth studies have shown to have relevant effects for the extended lifespan of human life by acting as a regulator of the circadian rhythm, as a restorer of youth hormonal rhythms and above all as a powerful cellular antioxidant.

The Pineal gland (epiphysis) is about the size of a nut and is located in the exact center of the brain. 

Many experts agree that melatonin cannot be considered a hormone in the classical sense of the term even though it is secreted by a gland.

In fact it is also synthesized in the body by other organs and not only by the pineal; if the pineal is removed, circulating melatonin does not disappear as instead happens when the endocrine glands are removed, (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, gonads); there is no release factor for melatonin as it occurs with all classical hormones; if administered in huge doses of grams a day orally it did not cause any side effects, unlike any other hormone.

Not only that, the prolonged administration of melatonin does not induce atrophy of the Pineal; in fact the inhibition of the synthesis after oral administration does not seem to depend, as for classical hormones, on the inhibition of the synthesis of trophic factors, but on a simple retroactive inhibition produced by melatonin itself.

If external melatonin is administered, the enzymes of the human organism are not activated to produce it, simply instead the gland rests. When the administration of melatonin ceases, the endogenous production of the Pineal resumes as before, indeed it is even better than before. 

This basically means that you can take melatonin even for many months without side effects. When the Pineal gland ages on it calcifications are formed and it is no longer able to produce melatonin in the right amount, without circulating melatonin the body undergoes a sudden aging.

A regular intake of melatonin puts the Pineal “at rest”, preserving it from aging. In addition, the Pineal can not produce melatonin even in the case of intense work cycles, stress, night shifts, and more situations very common in modern society.

Antioxidant action

From LifeExtension I read that melatonin is able to produce a strong antioxidant action by acting as a scavenger (seek and destroy) on hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals while also enhancing and synergizing the action of other antioxidants like vit. C, Zinc and Selenium. It also acts as a DNA protector by inhibiting the peroxynitrite free radical reactions.

For more informations on benefits and or side-effects check out this article:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-940/melatonin

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Yoga can help your Lumbar back pain

The lower back area, also known as the lumbar area, is most often a problem zone for most of the people.

Although the causes of lower back pains might be numerous, a good stretch, good posture, and spine flexibility will always help improve it or prevent lower back pain from happening in the near future. This does not mean one should not focus on determining the cause of lower back pain. The first priority should always be determining the cause, but it’s just that Yoga exercises not only cure many problems but also make your body more active, stretchable and leave you refreshed.

Here are a few Yoga stretches that will help you develop spine strength and improve your lower back pain.

  • 1. CHILD POSE:

This stretch should be done for 1-3 minutes. It takes off the weight off your spine and helps it relax a bit by elongating it.

Kneel on your mat making sure your knees are hip-width apart. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, try to rest your torso over your thighs. Elongate your neck and spine and rest your head on the floor with your arms extended out in front of you. Continue this for 1-3 minutes.

  • 2. CAT AND COW POSE:

With these poses, you are able to stretch your hips and the entire spine.

Get on your fours, inhale and lift your chest and tail bone towards the ceiling. As you exhale, arch your back, press through your shoulder blades and drop your head. Continue doing this 6-8 times and focus on your breathing pattern.

  • 3. DOWNWARD FACING DOG:

This one needs to be done for typically 1-3 minutes. It is a great pose for lengthening and strengthening your spine. It helps cure many lower back problems as well as to provide a good stretch to your hamstrings. 

Start with the child pose, keep your hands on the floor and sit up on your knees. Lift your butt and press back into Downward facing dog position. Straighten your legs and try lowering your heels to the ground, with your head resting between your legs and eyes pointed to your belly button, through your legs.

  • 4. SUPINE TWIST:

A twist to the spine helps de-stress the entire spine and neck and relieves a lot of tension. 

For this twist, you lay straight on the floor with your arms stretched out to your sides in a T manner. With your shoulders on the floor and neck straight, bring both your knees to your left shoulder and lower both knees to the ground but as close to the shoulder as possible. Repeat with the opposite side and hold on as long as you can between 1-3 minutes.

  • 5. SLOW ROCK KNEE TO CHEST EXERCISE:

This is a relatively simple exercise. It adds the benefits of a massage to a very simple exercise by rocking movement. 

Lie straight on your back and hug your knees into your chest as closely as possible. Rock your torso back and forth gradually while holding your legs firmly. Continue for 1-4 minutes.

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Sarah is part of the Team ELC and she helps people discover what makes their life happy, meaningful, and full of ease. She is a writer, meditator and loves painting, an art she happily gets to practice a lot in her spare time.

everyone suffers from a few forgetful moments

Forgetting things is not an uncommon issue, everyone suffers from a few forgetful moments such as unable to recall where they have left the keys or forgetting someone’s name. 

What can be done to minimize these symptoms?

This type of forgetfulness is not something to worry about and it happens to almost everyone regardless of their age. But there are certain memory-related problems due to aging which also affect one’s thinking abilities. However, there is a major difference between memory loss due to some disorder or Alzheimer’s disease and normal changes in memory that come with age. If you are facing a reoccurring memory loss problem, you should consult a doctor immediately. 

Old-age and Memory Loss Problem

Normally age-related memory loss problems do not prevent you from living a productive life. You may occasionally forget someone’s name or birthday of which you may be able to remember the next day. These changes usually do not disrupt your ability to function in a social setting, work or manage your life independently. But if you are concerned about such conditions there are some techniques to prevent memory loss when you advance in your aging. Let’s see some together.

  • Exercising

Exercising helps in increasing the flow of blood to the whole body including your brain. It helps in keeping your mind sharp, as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly is necessary for the human body in order to maintain perfect health. These aerobic activities may be jogging, brisk walk, running, Pilates or yoga. Even 10 minutes’ walk daily will be enough if you can’t manage more than that due to your busy work schedule.

  • Mental Stimulation

As much as physical activity is necessary to maintain good physical health, mental stimulation also plays an equally important role in keeping your mind sharp and keeping memory related problems away. Mental stimulation can be provided by challenging for mental faculties through learning something new, solving puzzles, taking new routes while driving, it can be anything that challenges your limits.

  • Socializing More Frequently

Stress and depression are two important factors in causing memory loss. Therefore, human interaction helps in warding off these factors. Try especially spending time with your loved ones and friends. Time to socializing is necessary even more if you live alone.

  • Become More Organized

If you think you have a tendency of forgetting things, you should start being more organized, declutter your home and workspace and start noting things down. Keep a journal, plan the day, write down important events. Keep a to-do list and keep checking off the items on that list once they are done.

  • Have 8 Hours of Sleep

Make getting eight hours of sleep a day a priority. Sleep helps in consolidating your memories and dump unnecessary information, so it is vital that you rest properly.

  • 6. Intake of a Healthy Diet

Maintain a healthy diet helps your brain in processing things quicker. Even some food such as almond, beans, fish etc. help in keeping the mind sharp. On the other hand, too much tea, coffee, and alcohol lead to memory loss so can the drugs.

  • Managing Your Chronic Health Issue

It is beneficial for you to take care of your health and manage your chronic conditions by following the treatment recommendation of the doctor. There are medicines which if used for a long term could cause memory loss and in such case you should always consult with your doctor and ask him to prescribe you some alternative.

This concludes our article for today, we hope that you will find this useful, please remember to always consult your doctor if you feel that your memory is giving up on you.

Franco Nero
Franco Nero

Franco defines itself as a person trapped in a sedentary lifestyle, however, he is an avid fitness "addict" and like, many more in his environment spends vast parts of his leisure time on a gym, running, cycling.

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back pain blog post

They say that laughter is the best medicine, research shows that a spell of laughter can help relieve pain. It increases Blood flow, boosts the metabolism and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, research shows that a spell of laughter can help relieve pain. It increases Blood flow, boosts the metabolism and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.

However Back Pain is not a laughing matter and by understanding more about your Back Pain, you can work together with your practitioner to find ways you can best treat it or at the very least get it under control. The vast majority of skeletal muscular pain is felt in the joints or the point where a muscle attaches to the bone. With the back for example, it is the lower joints that seem to be much more susceptible to pain than the ones higher up, although the upper back is by no means excluded.

The joints are the one place where an imbalance can manifest because they can be tilted or twisted. What happens to the nerve, ligament or disc as a result of that joint moving is the pain you normally feel. What I have learnt is that there are usually only one or two main groups of muscles, setting up the imbalances and causing the joint to move or the pressure to build up on a muscle making it stiff or tight and painful to move.

If the muscles that set up this twist (usually structural muscles) are worked on correctly, the pressure that causes the twist, tilt or tightness is released, along with the pain. Using a “hands on” form of bodywork is the most effective way of identifying and correcting these problem muscles but finding someone who can do a good job quickly and effectively, and without it costing to much can be the most difficult part. When a back develops problems it is not normally something that has just happened but rather a build up of imbalances over time. It tends to involve the whole body in some way and therefore requires a holistic approach to get a lasting cure.

In my opinion there are not enough skilled hands on therapists these days that can recognise the problem muscles, and then know how to restore their length and function and put the body back into balance again as is required. Too many therapists want to use machines or stretching and exercise to fix back pain and these methods are flawed in many ways.

Lets be honest, if all current treatments worked I wouldn’t need to be writing this book as people would get over their problems just as quickly as they came along. Without using the hands on approach and the fact that most causes of back pain don’t show up on x-rays or scans. Physicians and therapists are guessing as to what the problem may be the majority of the time.

Unless they are skilled at working on the body using their hands they can’t monitor progress or feel compensations that need to be removed, but just as importantly they can’t recognise when the problem does not involve the muscles and may require a totally different approach. Any specialist in Back related disorders could never have learnt what they have, without putting hands on the body.

Due to the repetitive nature of bodywork and the fact that the basic anatomy of the body never changes, one is constantly learning how every different type of body feels, strong, healthy, weak, stressed, young or old. Any therapist who doesn’t get their hands on the body regularly such as a doctor, chiropractor, physiotherapist or acupuncturist, is severely handicapped right from the start when it comes to treating back pain. There is no way, without the vital information you can get from the feel of the body, they would be able to devise the best way of approaching an individuals particular back problem. Why? Because the critical information they are missing can dramatically change the treatment regime from one person to the next.

Assessing Your Pain

Faced with a patient in chronic pain the Physician has several important tasks. The first is obviously the assessment of the pain and its various causes, including physical and psychological components. Realising that pain is a bio-psycho-social phenomenon, (biological, psychological, and social) all of these aspects have to be addressed in the history and evaluation of the patient.

What Causes The Pain?

Back pain is a symptom not a diagnosis. In most cases, the exact cause of the problem is never tracked down. Causes of simple back pain include poor posture, lifting and carrying, lack of fitness, sleeping on soft mattresses, standing for long periods, sitting in chairs that lack back support, and repetitive jobs.

Twisting or lifting improperly can cause tears in the ligaments that support the spine. Pregnancy is a common trigger for back pain, due to softening of the ligaments and changes in posture due to the growing “little person”. Other common causes of back pain include but are not limited type of arthritis caused by degenerative changes in the spine that come with age.

Sciatica:

Burning, stabbing pain that can go down the leg as far as the foot. It’s usually caused by a protruding disc squeezing the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is discussed in more detail later in this book.

Herniated disc:

Pain caused when disc material bulges and puts pressure on a nerve. Most protruding or bulging discs occur in the lumbar region, and in severe cases can lead to permanent nerve damage, and rarely, loss of bowel or bladder control.

What Can I Do?

It is estimated that only one in seven cases of back pain are seen by a doctor, with most pain

disappearing, or being treated with self-medication or other therapies. It is a good idea to see a doctor if there is numbness or tingling, or if the pain is severe and doesn’t improve with medication and rest, or if the pain starts after an injury. It’s important to seek medical help when there is also trouble urinating.

What About Physical Therapy?

For many people, getting joints moving properly again with physical therapy is a must, as it does help. Chiropractic Doctors are trained to diagnose problems in the joints and soft tissues of the body, and will carry out a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan. Chiropractic provides a wide range of treatments to relieve pain, promote relaxation and restore movement. Chiropractic manipulation involves the adjustments of the spine, as well as other joints and muscles.

Chiropractic care is generally safe, but it’s not appropriate for everyone. However a Chiropractor is experienced enough and skilled enough to make individual assessments on treatment suitability.

If you are interested in this topic and you want to know more then you might want to read the book that got us inspired which is Terry O’Brien’s Where Does it Hurt? 

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Is this new 5g network safe?

5G networks are coming faster than we expected and there are the market is already welcoming its first few 5G enabled smartphones

Various telecommunication organizations have started placing 5G enables towers at various places around the world for test runs. The world is becoming ready for the 5G revolution but are health concerns being seriously considered? 

There is no doubt about the fact that 5G towers are more dangerous than the conventional 3G and 4G towers. This is mainly because of the fact that 5G is ultra-high frequency and intensity. 

Soon the cities will start filling up with 5G towers bringing these ultra-high frequencies and ultra-high intensity waves closer to us. 

To put the difference between the previous technologies and 5G in perspective, consider the fact that 1, 2, 3 and 4 G used waves that were between the frequencies of 1 to 5 gigahertz. As compared to this, 5G uses waves of 24 to 90 gigahertz. When we look at the RF radiation portion on the electromagnetic spectrum, as the frequency of the wave goes up the wave becomes more dangerous for the living beings. 

Another major problem with this technology is that it will not use the traditional mobile phone towers that we are used to seeing in our cities. One of 5G’s main feature is that it uses shorter length Millimeter Waves. As the data is distributed in smaller pieces and the waves have a shorter wavelength, they are able to travel a lot faster than before. But this also creates a problem. 

Shorter length waves that are used in 5G technology do not have the ability to travel large distances or pass through objects. This means that there will be a lot of mini-towers all over our cities in the coming few years. It has been estimated that in order for this technology to have full coverage every 2 to 8 houses will need a mini 5G tower. This will greatly increase the exposure of these waves on common people. 

And international EMF Scientist Appeal was signed by more than 230 scientists from 41 countries which demanded strict regulations regarding this technology. It also asked for more publically funded research on 5G’s effects on human health.

This will help in confirming or debunking these claims and make sure that if the technology progresses it does under proper regulations. Despite all these claims, scientifically speaking, the RF waves which are used by the cellphones to send and receive signals fall somewhere between the microwaves and the FM radio waves. 

The non-ionizing radiations are considered insufficient in terms of energy as far as causing DNA damage inside the human body cells is concerned. This is how they differ from the stronger waves which are ionizing in nature such as the x-rays, ultraviolet, and gamma rays. 

It is true that the RF waves are capable of raising the temperature of the body tissues, however, the energy from the cellphones is not sufficient to cause an increase in the body temperature. 

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How to continue training in the gym after an injury

One of the most frustrating things for any gym freak is when they have to take rest after an injury. We realize that you are frustrated and want to back to the gym as soon as possible but there are certain protocols that must be followed in such cases.

How to continue training in the gym after an injury

A general rule of thumb is that the total time needed to return to your normal gym routine is equal to the time that you spent on the break because of that injury. For example, if you were out of the gym for two weeks because of any injury it will take you two weeks to return back to your regular gym routine. However, the first and most important thing is to make sure that you get permission from your doctor or physiotherapist to return to the gym. 

Once you have been granted permission by your physiotherapist and doctor to return to the gym there is no time to waste. Get back to the gym and start training but make sure that you don’t over exert yourself. You have to start slow and in this case, your trainer is the best person that you can consult. As stated earlier in the article the time required to reach the normal level of training is equal to the time that you were out of the gym.

One of the main things to keep in mind is that after the break your body will be well rested. This will give you the ability to perform well on your first day back to the gym but be aware of this and don’t fall in this trap. Just because your body is well rested doesn’t mean that it is back to normal. If you overexert yourself on the first day you won’t be able to give even an average performance the day after that. 

But the worst part is that if you exert on the very first day there is a lot of chance that your injury will be back. And this time it will be worse than before. You need to realize the fact that your body needs time to adjust. This is probably the same advice that your trainer in the gym will give after you return after an injury. Start slow and gradually move towards your general workout routine. In this way, you will make sure that you are not hurting yourself even more while trying to overcome already injured body. 

We understand how important rigorous working out is for regular gym goers and fitness freaks. The frustration you feel because of not being able to work out in the gym is also understandable. But when you are returning to training after any injury makes sure that you don’t overdo yourself. Embrace the fact that you no longer can follow the same routine that you did before the journey without hurting yourself. The road to recovery is a slow and steady process and you have to embrace it as it is.

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Sarah is part of the Team ELC and she helps people discover what makes their life happy, meaningful, and full of ease. She is a writer, meditator and loves painting, an art she happily gets to practice a lot in her spare time.