Research shows Reiki could help cancer sufferers

Researchers believe that there is a case for Reiki being added to the roster of complementary therapies

Due to more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, people are living longer with cancer and it is now often classed as a long-term condition.  In fact a new study shows that at least half of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives.

A University of Huddersfield research project claims that Reiki can improve the quality of life for cancer patients by lowering their levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue. The findings are to be presented at a major conference and larger-scale research could follow.

“Patients don’t go into the hospital or see consultants as frequently, so they often look at things outside of normal medical treatment to help them cope with the effects of living with the disease, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain,” said Dr McCluskey.

As a result of the study they have concluded that

“Reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women with cancer”.

The team now believes that there is a case for Reiki being added to the roster of complementary therapies that are available via the NHS.

“The benefits could last for as long as a fortnight, said Dr Stead. “It really gave them an escape from what they were going through. They were often undergoing a lot of treatment, and the Reiki was a respite and seemed to help them cope. It got them out of their blackness.”

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To see the full article visit Medical Express

Science Confirms Ancient Wisdom – Germs Killed by Smudging

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Common throughout Native American and Neo-Pagan traditions, “smudging” is the ceremonial burning of various herbs to bless, clear, or charge a space or object.

Herbs are bundled together with hemp cord or string to form easy-to-burn “smudge sticks.” As the “smudge stick” smolders and smokes, symbolically, all negative energy that surrounds its smoke will attach to and dissolve with it.  Some people liken it to taking a ‘spiritual shower,’ enabling you to wash away emotional and spiritual negativity that accumulates in your body and the spaces you live.

Some common herbs used in “smudge sticks” are sage–particularly white sage, lavender, sweet grass, and cedar.

Now modern scientific research reveals that the practice may actually have life-saving implications by purifying the air of harmful bacteria.

In a 2006 review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology titled “Medicinal Smokes” researchers found, with surprising overlap worldwide, medicinal smoke is mostly used to address the following specific organ systems: “pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).”

The review argued that modern medicine should investigate medicinal smoke as a drug delivery system, owing to the following advantages:

“The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”

Contributing further credibility to the clinical effectiveness of smudging is a 2007 paper titled, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, showed that smudging may be one of the most powerful antiseptic technologies ever discovered.

“Not only did the burning of medicinal herbs clear aerial bacterial populations by 94% within one hour, but a full day later, the closed room was still effectively decontaminated”

Even more amazing a large list of pathogenic bacteria were found to be absent in an open room even after a staggering 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude:

“We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”

Read the full article here

High Levels Of Moral Reasoning Correspond With Increased Gray Matter In Brain

According to new research, people with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social behavior, decision making, and conflict processing as compared to subjects at a lower level of moral reasoning.

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The research was conducted in a collaboration between Perelman scientists as well as experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a researcher from Charité Universitätsmediz in Berlin, Germany. The team studied students in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Wharton School.

A total of 67 MBA students were administered the Defining Issue Test to determine which pattern of thought or behavior, known as cognitive schema, each student used when reasoning about moral issues. In it, students were presented with complex moral dilemmas such as medical assisted suicide and asked them to choose the relevance of each of 12 given rationales. Based on the results, subjects were then assigned to one of seven schema types which represent increasing levels of moral development. Students then underwent MRI scanning to investigate differences in gray matter volume between students who reached the post-conventional level of moral reasoning compared to those who have not reached that level yet.

Subjects also underwent personality testing and were placed into one of the following categories: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. Analysis showed higher scores in openness to experience and lower scores in neuroticism for participants at the more advanced levels of moral development.

With regard to brain structure, the team observed increased gray matter in the prefrontal cortex in subjects who reached the post-conventional level of moral reasoning compared to those who are still at a pre-conventional and conventional level. In other words, gray matter volume was correlated with the subject’s degree of post-conventional thinking.

You can read more at ScienceDaily.com. and Perelman School of Medicine

Slightly “insane” hotel modeled on amethyst crystals

Plans are underway to build this unusual Amethyst crystal hotel in China.

It will resemble a huge igneous stone sliced in half, revealing the beautiful amethyst interior. The hotel’s design is intended to instill a sense of calm for the people who choose a vacationing experience in the hotel.

Rooms in the hotel will be arranged around the atrium, with access corridors running around the outer perimeter. This would allow every room to face into the central void, which itself would be fronted by glazing.

Take a look at the artist’s impression of the completed hotel.

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The hotel is set to be built on the man-made island of Ocean Flower. There’s so much excitement around it that the hotel chain is looking to construct more of them around the world.

What do you think? Would you’d like to stay in this hotel?

To view the full article visit dezeen.com

They thought it was a pile of trash . . . until it moved

What an amazing transformation!

Dog lovers know how much unconditional love they get from their pets.  It’s well documented that dog owners enjoy longer lifespans on average, and the companionship of a dog makes those extra years of life more rewarding.  And all “man’s best friend” asks in return is to be loved, fed, and cared for.

Unfortunately not all dogs end up in a good home. Its a sad fact that millions of dogs are taken to shelters each year, no longer wanted or their owners can no longer care for them.  Some just end up dumped on the street.

The photos below show an amazing transformation.

A passerby in Quebec, Canada noticed what he thought was originally a pile of trash until the pile of trash started moving. He quickly took the dog to the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals so the poor animal could get the care he needed. The dog’s transformation is stunning!

Have a look at the photos taken by the QSPA.

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Years of matted hair had to be carefully clipped away.

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The eyes say it all.

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Look at him now!

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To see the full article visit Higher Perspective

 

Calming Runaway Emotions with a Word

A research-proven trick that can help you get a grip.

Meg Selig, author of Change Power! 37 Secrets of Habit Changing Success used to feel nervous when she spotted a certain imposing woman who was several rungs above her in the hierarchy at work.

One day, she admitted, that she really felt intimidated by her.  Intimidated. As soon as she said the magic word to herself, her fearful feelings abated. Acknowledging her fear had helped reduce it to more manageable levels; later, she considered how she could constructively deal with my emotion.

I had just experienced the magic power of labeling. Putting my emotion into a word—even a scary one like “intimidating”—had paradoxically helped me get a grip.

 If you would like to experience the benefits of labeling, here’s how to get started:

 

Name It.

“Sad.” “Furious.” “Disrespected.” Whatever your emotion, you will feel some immediate relief just by putting your feelings into words, whether in your mind or out loud.

The formal name for this process is “affect labeling,” which involves attaching a label to the messy combination of physical and mental upset you experience. Doing so allows you to “cool down” your feelings and manage them better.

Your feelings will not disappear; nor do you want them to. You need all your feelings to signal you about the dangers and opportunities you face from without and within. But you don’t want your feelings to overwhelm you, and labeling helps prevent that.

If you can’t find the precise word or words to describe your feelings, no problem: Consider, and recite, the four basic feelings—mad, sad, glad, and scared—and choose the one that fits.

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Why It Works

Recently, researchers discovered that attaching a word to our messy emotions is an effective way to lessen mental chaos.

In a series of studies by UCLA psychologist Matthew D. Lieberman, participants who attached labels to emotions like “anger” or “fear” had less activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain which governs our fight-or-flight response. These individuals also had more activity in the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, or the thinking part of the brain. Labeling their feelings shifted them from an emotional state to a thinking state.

If you would like to read more have a look at the full article here