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March 5, 2008

Thinking and Creative Inspiration

"The trouble with people is they don't think!"

If I heard my mom say this once growing up, I heard it a thousand times. And I know for sure she was quoting someone else ... so probably at least a few more folks out there were raised to the same tune.

Thinking has a lot to be said for it, doesn't it? You can think through the solution to a problem, think about the potential consequences of your actions before you take them, or think about what you wish you would have said instead of sticking your foot in your mouth with your co-worker yesterday afternoon.

Thinking is a great thing! But it's not everything. Consider these 3 powerful add-ons to optimize your thinking experience and get better results. ;-)

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March 13, 2008

Headaches and Posture Case History

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with a small group of massage therapy students about one of my favorite topics -- how day-to-day "vibes" can manifest in the body as a health challenge. We spend a lot of time here talking about how to manage those "vibes," but I thought you might enjoy eavesdropping on one of the clearest cases I've ever run into that illustrates how they can make their way into the body and cause seemingly far-reaching symptoms.

Before we begin, a word about compensation. Your body is very smart. When it is served up a little insult (which happens a lot), it figures, "no big deal - I can handle this." And it sets up a compensation system. The compensation often turns into a chain of little bitty changes that your body figures it can deal with pretty easily. However eventually, if the insult goes on long enough without getting resolved, a weak link in the compensation chain sometimes shows up. Something that, despite its best efforts, your body actually can't deal with well.

We call that something a symptom.

"Karen's" symptom was chronic headaches. At age 50 (more or less), she'd been dealing with them for a good 30 years.

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March 19, 2008

Healthy Traditional Diets

Why would a dentist from Cleveland, Ohio care much about nutrition? Dr. Weston A Price, back in the 1930's and 40's, was one of a number of dentists of his era who observed an increase in tooth decay and changes in facial structure that they thought might be related to changes in their patients' diets.

More and more processed foods were becoming available in the marketplace, and people were beginning to choose them. Dr. Price and some of his contemporaries theorized that this might be part of the reason for the changes they saw.

To research his theory, Dr. Price traveled to a number of remote areas of the world. At that time, the people in these remote regions were still eating the traditional foods of their ancestors. He had a unique window of opportunity to document his findings, in words and with photographs.

Dr. Price went to many different regions, where the foods consumed were quite diverse. For example, he traveled to Switzerland, to Africa, and to Alaska. The native foods available in these regions were obviously quite different. Yet his observations were consistent. People eating their traditional diets were healthy and vibrant, full-faced, and presented little tooth decay, despite not having access to modern-day dental care.

When he went down the road to observe people of the same genetic lineage eating a more "modern" diet of processed foods, his findings were consistent as well. Within the course of a single generation, health and vitality had decreased, facial structure had changed, and there was a marked increase in tooth decay.

What could explain these findings?

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March 27, 2008

I Can't Improve My Life Today Because...

Those darned great reasons. We've discussed them before. Yet it bears repeating because, well, let's just say that I even find myself wrapped in them from time to time. It takes practice.

So you're happily cruising along in your life and *bam* it happens. Something unexpected. "No big deal," you figure. "I can handle that." And usually you could. But not this time. Why not? Well, you've got your reasons!

Here's the thing. We know how to recognize the big ones. I'm tired, Don't have the time, Don't have the money. Blah, blah, blah.

But what about the sneaky little variations that slip in using different language? Or into a part of your life where you aren't trained to watch for trouble? Or even when the first great reason that pops into your mind is more of a habitual answer than the real deal?

What then?

Well, check out these 3 "deeper" possibilities:

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Elizabeth Eckert, Healthy Living & Wellness Coach

Elizabeth Eckert, PhD

I enjoy observing human nature and helping people get healthier. I'm the author of Word Cures, webmaster of the WordCures.com healthy living website, and an organic vegetable gardener. I hang out in spacious North Dakota with Max, my precocious pup. (more)

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