Thursday, July 23, 2009

7 ways to optimise your brain....

Seven Ways To Optimize Your Brain and Your Life

By Dr. Daniel G. Amen

The brain is a three-pound supercomputer. It is the command and control center running your life. It is involved in absolutely everything you do. Your brain determines how you think, how you feel, how you act, and how well you get along with other people. Your brain even determines the kind of person you are. It determines how thoughtful you are; how polite or how rude you are. It determines how well you think on your feet, and it is involved with how well you do at work and with your family. Your brain also influences your emotional well being and how well you do with the opposite sex.

Your brain is more complicated than any computer we can imagine. Did you know that you have one hundred billion nerve cells in your brain, and every nerve cell has many connections to other nerve cells? In fact, your brain has more connections in it than there are stars in the universe! Optimizing your brain's function is essential to being the best you can be, whether at work, in leisure, or in your relationships.

From his work as a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain-imaging expert, there are 7 ways to enhance the functioning of your own brain and enhance your life.

1. Protect Your Brain

"....Current brain imaging research has shown that many chemicals are toxic to brain function. Alcohol, drugs of abuse, nicotine, much caffeine, and many medications decrease blood flow to the brain. When blood flow is decreased the brain cannot work efficiently....."


2. Feed Your Brain

3. Kill the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) That Invade Your Brain

4. Work Your Brain

5. Make Love For Your Brain

6. Develop A "Concert State" For Your Brain

7. Treat Brain Problems Early


Change your brain, change your life! 1-8 Principles

Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: 1. your brain is involved in everything you do —> learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!

You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; you might have already given up smoking because you know it causes Lung cancer...but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving; it's the supercomputer that runs our lives.

It's very simple: when our brains work right, we work right—and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.

Clinical neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr.Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems. He explains how the brain works, what happens when things go wrong, and how to optimize brain function.





Change your brain, change your life!

Dr. Daniel G. Amen demonstrates how to overcome behaviors such as depression, ADD and anxiety.

Change your brain!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009


‘Fragrance is the nourishment of the spirit’ Mohammad (Islamic Prophet)

Aromatherapy: A Relaxation Experience You Owe Yourself

Author: Jon Arnold

Aromatherapy is of the opinion that particular good smelling, plant-derived oils enhance your health and physical well being, far beyond the enjoyable smell and nice feeling they endow. They are breathed in, or massaged on, or occasionally consumed.

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Aromatherapy is the practice of utilizing the essential oils, from a large mixture of plants, to bring about particular changes in the body or the mood. Scientists determined long ago that smell is a very authoritative thing. For example, particular scents can trigger memories and others can bring about particular mental physical changes. Aromatherapy is said to restore or enhance mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. While such claims are essentially non-testable, you cannot debate with the mountain of testimonies that report these facts for hundreds of thousands of individuals.

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Aromatherapy at its core is quite simple. A variety of lavender, geranium, and patchouli relieves tension and anxiety; chamomile and melissa act as antispasmodics and nerve sedatives. Aromatherapy is advertised as a natural way to help patients cope with stress, chronic pain, nausea, and depression and to create a feeling of well-being. Proponents also claim aromatherapy can help relieve bacterial infections; stimulate the immune system; fight colds, flu, and sore throats; improve urine production; increase circulation; and cure cystitis, herpes simplex, acne, headaches, indigestion, premenstrual syndrome, muscle tension, and even cancer. Aromatherapy is viewed by many to be a branch of herbal medicine. It is in fact the use of herbs and flowers in their most concentrated form.

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Aromatherapy has also been reported to decrease nausea and vomiting, lessen anxiety and increase quality of life in cancer patients. Aromatherapy is sometimes employed in clinics and hospitals for treatment for pain relief, for labor pain, for relieving pain caused by the side effects of the chemotherapy, and for the rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

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In today's world, nearly everyone has stress. Aromatherapy is one effective way to battle stress. Aromatherapy is an ancient yet timely and stunningly modern approach to total well-being that is in tune with nature. While it is no alternative for modern medicine, no matter how much you would like to believe in the healing powers of flowers and plants, the positive effects of it have been experienced and used for literally thousands of years.

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What Are Anxiety Disorders?

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

We all know what anxiety feels like - butterflies in the stomach, all emotions turned upside down, heart beating violently, furious sweating. All of us have come face to face with an anxiety attack at some point in our lives. Maybe it was before your speaking engagement before the big crowd in the auditorium, or before your first job interview, or that all important presentation to the board of directors - anxiety, is a universal emotion, and a normal reaction to stress.

As an evolutionary device, anxiety is very helpful in dealing with stress, tense and unexpected situations. Anxiety can stir you up into action, give you focus and heightened powers of concentration. Anxiety might help you stay up all through the night before that big exam, be funny or interesting on the first date, be confident at the presentation. To generalize matters, anxiety helps you deal with situations you would be terrified of being in in normal circumstances.

However, when anxiety elevates to excessive, irrational fear that impacts the very way we function and makes normal daily life impossible, then it has become more than mere anxiety - it is now a medical disorder.

Most anxiety disorders last for very short periods of time - a week or two - and do not really require serious medical attention. However, some anxiety disorders can be serious, lasting for months to year at a stretch, with the tendency to worsen exponentially if not treated in the early stages. Moreover, most anxiety disorders hardly occur in isolation - they're usually accompanied by psychological and physical sickness. Most patients of anxiety disorders are also highly prone to drug and alcohol abuse.

Anxiety disorders can be broadly classified into five types:

1. General Anxiety Disorder

2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

3. Panic Disorder

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

5. Specific Phobias, Social Phobia and Social Anxiety Disorder

Each of these anxiety disorders have specific and varied symptoms, but all of them center around an excessive and irrational fear or dread.

If you believe you have anxiety disorder, or your daily life has been hampered due to some irrational fear, it would be prudent to seek medical help right away before your condition worsens. Anxiety disorders are some of the most easily treatable mental illnesses and a lot of specific therapies and medications have been developed to help patients fight their anxieties. Remember that anxiety is a universal emotion that impacts everybody at one point of time or the other, and can be overcome very easily.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tapping away your anxiety....for Emotional Freedom!

Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is like a form of meridian acupressure or needleless acupuncture. It is gently stimulating pressure points in an attempt to clear the blocked energy or stimulate energy flow, particularly in the left side or emotional body.

Home Remedies for Anorexia - Treatment Cure - Natural Remedy for Anorexia

Home Remedies for Anorexia - Treatment & Diet - Natural Remedy for Anorexia

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa has been defined as an irrational fear of gaining weight coupled with a constant attempt to lose weight. Victims of anorexia nervosa display a dangerous obsession with thinness and are known to go to extremities to maintain a low body weight. A disturbing and debilitating part of this affliction is that the more weight the victim loses, the more obsessive they become about losing even more weight. The symptoms are often difficult to spot in the beginning, and anorexics usually tend to deny their condition. However, as it worsens, the tell-tale signs of anorexia nervosa like dramatic weight loss, and a denial of being too thin start to appear.

There is no one specific cause for anorexia nervosa. It is thought to be a result of various biological, emotional and social triggers. Research has shown that in some cases, a predisposition to anorexia may tend to run in families, thus making the disorder genetic. Another important part is played by the brain. Victims of anorexia nervosa have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone secreted by the brain that causes stress. Similarly, they also tend to show decreased levels of hormones such as serotonin and norepinephrine, the hormones associated with the feeling of well-being. Sometimes it is due to a result of a lack of confidence in one’s looks that can trigger an obsession for thinness. This cause is mostly seen in women.
The trait of perfectionism too can play a part. If one is constantly obsessed with perfectionism, it might just as well translate into anorexia nervosa. In some cases, this condition may just be the result of an overly stressful life or even a huge emotional upheaval. The third factor, and the most important one at that, is society and its pressures. People, especially women, are under the constant pressure to look good, if not perfect. And when thinness is seen as a desirable feature in a woman, it only makes matters worse. Peer pressure is the biggest cause in cases of teens displaying signs of anorexia nervosa. An unhealthy obsession with activities such as ballet, gymnastics or modeling is also known to have resulted in anorexia nervosa.

Though the signs of low self esteem may not be obvious, anorexics view themselves through an excessively critical eye which can be very obvious. For example, an anorexic person may often lament over imagined weight gain. In addition to this, anorexics show an aversion to any and all food and often find excuses to separate themselves from others just before meals in order to avoid detection. This disorder should not be treated lightly and professional therapy is a must. In addition to this, family support is essential.

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Home Remedies such as Garlic, Ginger, Limes, Oranges and Apples should be encouraged to soothe the digestive system and naturally stimulate the appetite
See dietary tips below!

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Some Common Emotional Causes for Anorexia Nervosa:

* Thinking that they are fat

* Obsessive fear about getting fat or putting on weight

* Always thinking about their weight

* Becoming obsessed with losing weight

* Emotional problems or excessive stress

* Obsessive Dieting or purging

* Wanting to look like models

* Genetics and family history

* An imbalance of chemicals in the brain (can be due to stress)

* Peer Pressure

Bach Flower Remedies to treat emotional causes:

Mimulus for Fear

Agrimony for hiding behind a mask, 'putting on a brave face'

Crab Apple for self-disgust (being unhappy with one's own body)

Rock Water for self-repression, self-denial

more on Bach Flowers here: Bach Flower Remedies

see also 'Tapping' or EFT [Emotional Freedom Technique]
for treating emotional causes (see video above for EFT explanation)

Simple Home Remedies/Dietary Tips for Anorexia

This disorder naturally results in a loss of appetite due to excessive fasting where the activity of the stomach slows down and secretion of gastric juices are reduced. The stomach has to be treated if possible to balance the damage that may be present, and to also encourage the appetite to increase. Try any or all of the tips below.

Tip 1:

Eat 2-3 fresh Oranges a day.

Tip 2:

Eat at least 1 Apple a day.

Tip 3:

Boil 2-3 cloves of garlic in about 1 cup of water.
Strain, then Add the juice of ½ a lime to this mixture and drink 2 times a day, for a week.

Tip 4:

Make a paste of fresh Ginger.
Add a pinch of rock salt and a drop of lime juice to ½ a teaspoon of the paste.
Eat this 2 times a day for 1 week.

Tip 5:

Chamomile tea is the 'Mother of the Gut' and is very soothing for the whole digestive tract as well as being a Nervine (soothing and nutritive to the Nerves)
Chamomile tea with a teaspoon of honey (& a slice or two of fresh ginger) should be drunk as often as desired and is especially good in the evening.