Sleep to Protect Your Brain

sleep picA new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that a lack of sleep is conducive to a loss of brain tissue. The findings are published in the journal Sleep. Fifteen normal-weight men participated in the study.

“We observed that a night of total sleep loss was followed by increased blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B. These brain molecules typically rise in blood during brain damage. Thus, our results indicate that a lack of sleep promotes neurodegenerative processes,” says sleep researcher Christian Benedict, who headed the study. “In conclusion, the findings of our trial indicate that a good night’s sleep is critical for maintaining brain health.”

 

Does 1:30 PM feel like nap time?

Could daytime napping or poor sleep habits at night lead to an increased risk of developing elevated blood sugar? The answer is “yes”.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Diabetes Care found that individuals who napped less than an hour a day increased their risk of developing elevated blood sugar by 23% and those who napped for more than one hour a day increased their risk by a whopping 55% compared to people who did not take daytime naps. When researchers looked at night sleeping, they found that people who slept on average less than five hours a night increased their risk of developing elevated blood sugar by 46%. The authors concluded that day napping and short night sleeping are associated with increased risk of elevated blood sugar.
Another study presented earlier this year at the Diabetes United Kingdom Annual Professional Conference in Glasgow further supports that napping can adversely affect blood sugar levels. Researchers from the University of Birmingham studied the sleeping habits of over 16,000 people and found that individuals who napped, even only once a week, had an increased risk of developing elevated blood sugar by 26%.

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Higher Cancer Death Risk

Sleep apnea has already been linked to a host of adverse health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, new research from the Medical Center in New York, presented by Dr. Steven Park, suggestssleeping at the wheel that in people who already have cancer, the sleep disorder may raise their risk of dying from cancer.

Sleep apnea is the periodic pausing of breathing during sleep which results in drops in oxygen levels in your blood, causing snoring and sleepiness. When you have episodes of low or no oxygen, cancer cells try to compensate for the lack of oxygen by growing additional blood vessels. This helps the tumor to spread.

“This goes along with the link between sleep apnea and pretty much every chronic medical condition out there,” Park said.

Anyone with snoring, severe daytime fatigue, lack of memory or focus, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even someone who has to get up frequently to go to the bathroom at night should be screened for sleep apnea. It’s possible to have sleep apnea without snoring, especially for women. So, if you’re getting enough sleep at night, yet still feel tired during the day, it’s important to bring this up to your healthcare practitioner.

 

The Stress Connection

As the song says, “It’s the holiday season”, and this time of year often causes even more stress in our lives. Modern medicine, which once treated the connection between emotions and physical health with skepticism, has come to appreciate the closely linked relationship of mind and body. A wide variety of maladies are linked to the effects of emotional stress.

It is a fact that ongoing stress takes a toll on the immune system.

Harvard Medical researchers report that stressful situations can reduce various aspects of the cellular immune response. Also, a research team from Ohio State University that has long worked in this field suggests that psychological stress affects the immune system by disrupting communication between the nervous system, the endocrine (hormonal) system, and the immune system. These three systems “talk” to one another using natural chemical messages, and must work in close coordination to be effective.

 

The Prescription for a Balanced Body

Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of The Pleasure Prescription, believes that many people are out of balance and sick because they lack pleasure in their lives.

  • Plan some time for pleasure instead.
  • Get a massage
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Soak in a hot tub
  • Listen to beautiful holiday music
  • Connect with the Creator with prayer or meditation
  • Take appropriate supplements.

Doing these things will counteract the harmful effects of holiday stress on your body and mind, and you will be able to enjoy the holiday season.

 

De-Stress

80% of doctor visits are for symptoms that are at stress related. I could “go off” about the effects of refined foods and sugar laden drinks, but most of you know that.  Let’s look at a natural solution that really helps with stress.  The supplement is appropriately called De-Stress

 

A research team at Nancy University in France noted the calming effects of breast milk on babies and theorized that there was some “anti-anxiety” factor in breast milk.  Emily and I joke that breast milk is like “liquid valium” when our granddaughter, Jozie, spends the night with us to give her mom a break.

 

The university team, in France, was able to isolate specific bioactive peptides from milk that have anti-anxiety activity. Several double blind placebo controlled human trials done on this all natural milk protein peptide demonstrate significant anti-anxiety activity. This particular peptide is called a decapeptide. A decapeptide is just a tiny fraction of the large milk protein molecule which means people with milk sensitivities can usually take this product safely.

 

In a 15 day trial, a number of physical parameters were measured “pre and post” stress. They all improved compared to controls. In the milk peptide group, cortisol tended to normalize heart rate, blood pressure, and ACTH levels. The group who took De-Stress experienced a significant reduction in stress.

 

After 15 days, subjects taking the milk peptide reported better sleeping and better perception of how their lives were progressing. This is important because both the physical markers associated with stress and the subjective measures were both positively affected. What good is it to affect biochemistry if the patient doesn’t feel better?

 

Test subjects were asked to rate each day as a “good day” or a “bad day” during the 2 week trial. Plus, subjects rated their nights during the study as “good nights” or “bad nights”.

 

There are many natural remedies available that can bring a feeling of relaxation such as St John’s Wort and Kava Kava. The ingredient in De-Stress was tested against these, using a global anxiety score.  The results show the group who received De-Stress had significantly lower anxiety scores than the St.John’s Wort, or Kava Kava group.

 

We all know that many drugs used for anxiety management have side effects like dependence issues, tolerance issues, and memory loss. DeStress has been shown to be safe and free of any of the side effects.

 

Most of the things we use at our Self Healing Clinic take a while to take effect. Not so with De-Stress. You can often feel the effects within the hour; however, the real effects seem to be seen within 2 weeks.

 

So here we have a natural substance that is not habit forming, takes the edge off, and allows people to get a good night sleep.

 

Sure, we want to address any underlying causes for prolonged stress, but first, we need to break the stress cycle.  That is what De-Stress has been clinically proven to do!

 

The Best Way to Overcome the Negatives in Our Lives

The world we live is filled with hatred, greed, jealousy and war. This is a heartbreaking reality.  The answer, taught by Christ, is for us to love one another with Agape

Walt Handing Out Food In The Honuduras

Walt Handing Out Food In The Honduras

(unconditional) love.  And as taught by all great spiritual teachers: “Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

We spend so much of our time thinking about ourselves. “I” need this, “I” would really benefit from that or “I” don’t look so good today. Whether it is a positive thought or a negative one, the thoughts we hold of ourselves, and EGO, what I call “Evil Going On” consumes us.

Wouldn’t it be nice, for a break, to take time to serve others so our thoughts can be consumed with pure thoughts and we can begin to create positive change through selfless actions? Not only will we be creating positive change, but through serving others, we will also begin to find self love through the connection with others.

For us, Emily volunteers weekly at the Agape Pregnancy Center here in Round Rock, helping ladies who are pregnant, or who have just had a baby, learn how to care for themselves and their child, and I am the Volunteer Assistant Chaplain at Bartlett State Jail, where we work with inmates, showing them how to use their entrepreneurial skills to benefit society when they are released and how they can show love to those around them in the unit.  Most of these men are where they are because no one has ever bothered to show them that they are loved and that they are capable of loving others.

Selfless service is a service in which one performs something for someone without any expectations of results or awards. One sees the divinity in all of life since “God is love.” Religion has tried to make our Heavenly Father either a revengeful tyrant or a Santa Claus, and because of this, religion has become the cause of much of the world’s misery.

Once we see our Heavenly Father as the Creator of all that surrounds us, it is inevitable that we will feel a deep love for man and all of His creation and feel the drive to find ways to perform selfless service in our communities.  Psychologists tell us that the best way to overcome depression is to find someone who needs our help and help them!

Whether it be a smile, taking the garbage out for your spouse, serving the homeless once a week, or cleaning up your neighborhood park, any action in which you are completely outside yourself showing “agape” pure love for another is shifting this world and yourself into a better place!

Have a beautiful day!

 

Self-Healing – The Heart

The Wisdom of the Creator of the Universe is Far Better Than Human Psychological Theory!

At QN Organic Self-Healing Clinics, we believe in the power of the Spirit of God, We believe that when we make the decision to live our life as our Heavenly Father desires, he places in our hearts, his Devine Nature. (II Peter)  This gives us the power to demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit each day.

 

According to Galatians 5:22,23, this means we experience personally and treat  those people around us with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and love.

 

Living a life like this, gives us complete relaxation because we realize that we are living the life that our Creator – the Creator of the Universe – has planned for us.

If the greatest fear we have is death.  All fear is gone when we know that we can have an eternal life, and that this present earthly life is only a prelude to the life that awaits each of us who seek and live out the Fruit of the Sprit listed above.

 

We are speaking about developing a relationship with our Heavenly Father, as one of his children.  We are not talking about religion.  Religion has caused much stress and many wars and atrocities throughout history.

 

All of our problems, in fact all the world’s problems, would end if everyone would just follow the teaching of Christ to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. This is taught by all of the world’s spiritual faiths, including Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Bahai. Christ summarized all scripture into one thought:  “Love God and Love Others as we Love Ourselves”! This love is “Agape” love, or unconditional love. Christ was a true radical who taught that there is no distinction of persons and that our best life is spent helping those he described as “the least of these”, those whom society overlooks.

 

We are not talking about “becoming a Christian”.  That is just a title.  And many  who call themselves by that title are not following the teachings of Christ.  When someone says that they “believe in Christ”, ask them if they live out his words found in Matthew 5:44,45: “I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” That either creates a loving discussion or a quick exit of the person you ask.

 

It is not our intent to tell you what you should believe theologically, but it is our hope that you will come to know the Heavenly Father who created the human body.  Soloman wrote in Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for out of it are ALL the issues of life.”  The real healing that everyone needs is not physical or emotional, but spiritual, and it involves healing any disruption of a relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

 

12 Steps to Joy, Peace and Love

The Secret of True Relaxation!

 

  • Step 1We admitted that our lives had become filled with unmanageable stress, worry and fears.
  • Step 2 – We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Step 3We made a decision to focus on the eternal and “Love God and Love Others as We Love Ourselves” . 
  • Step 4We made a complete moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Step 5We admitted to God, our Heavenly Father, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Step 6We were ready to show “Agape” love – unconditional love – to all people.
  • Step 7We humbly asked God to give us wisdom by joining His Spirit with our spirit.
  • Step 8We made a list of all persons we needed to forgive for past hurts and wrongs, and then spoke our forgiveness over that list.
  • Step 9We made direct amends to people we have hurt or wronged, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Step 10We continued to take personal inventory of our speech and actions and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Step 11We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Step 12Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Our professional staff at QN Organic Self Healing Clinics will be happy to discuss these steps with you.  Please call  512-246-0851, Text 210-723-8663 or email walt@qnorganic.com.

Relaxation Principles Based on the Beatitudes

1. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that only through Him can I find true joy, peace and love.

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

2. Agree with God that I will follow the changes He wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove stress, fear, worry, anger and unforgiveness.

“Happy are the peacemakers”

3. Ask God to be guided by His Holy Spirit, shown by exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit in my life: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control and love.

“Happy are the merciful.” 

4. Reserve a time each day with God for self-examination, to listen to the Wisdom of the Spirit, for Scripture reading, for prayer and meditation in order to know my Heavenly Father  and His will for my life and receive His Divine Nature that gives me the power to follow His will.

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Daily Prayer

Our Father in Heaven, help me to live one day at a time, accepting challenges as a pathway to wisdom; taking this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting You and following Your will, so that I may be reasonably peaceful and joyful in this life and supremely joyful with you forever in the next.

 

DeStress

80%of doctor visits are for symptoms that are at stress related. I could “go off” about the effects of refined foods and sugar laden drinks, but most of you know that.  Let’s look at a natural solution that really helps with stress.  The supplement is appropriately called De-Stress.

A research team at Nancy University in France noted the calming effects of breast milk on babies and theorized that there was some “anti-anxiety” factor in breast milk.  Emily and I joke that breast milk is like “liquid valium” when our granddaughter, Jozie, spends the night with us to give her mom a break.

The university team, in France, was able to isolate specific bioactive peptides from milk that have anti-anxiety activity. Several double blind placebo controlled human trials done on this all natural milk protein peptide demonstrate significant anti-anxiety activity. This particular peptide is called a decapeptide. A decapeptide is just a tiny fraction of the large milk protein molecule which means people with milk sensitivities can usually take this product safely.

In a 15 day trial, a number of physical parameters were measured “pre and post”

stress. They all improved compared to controls. In the milk peptide group, cortisol

tended to normalize heart rate, blood pressure, and ACTH levels. The group who

took De-Stress experienced a significant reduction in stress.

After 15 days, subjects taking the milk peptide reported better sleeping and

better perception of how their lives were progressing. This is important because both the physical markers associated with stress and the subjective measures were both positively affected. What good is it to affect biochemistry if the patient doesn’t feel better?

Test subjects were asked to rate each day as a “good day” or a “bad day” during the 2 week trial. Plus, subjects rated their nights during the study as “good nights” or “bad nights”.

There are many natural remedies available that can bring a feeling of relaxation such as St John’s Wort and Kava Kava. The ingredient in De-Stress was tested against these, using a global anxiety score.  The results show the group who received De-Stress had significantly lower anxiety scores than the St.John’s Wort, or Kava Kava group.

We all know that many drugs used for anxiety management have side effects like dependence issues, tolerance issues, and memory loss. DeStress has been shown to be safe and free of any of the side effects.

Most of the things we use at our Self Healing Clinics take a while to take effect. Not so with De-Stress. You can often feel the effects within the hour; however, the real effects seem to be seen within 2 weeks.

So here we have a natural substance that is not habit forming, takes the edge off,

and allows people to get a good night sleep.

Sure, we want to address any underlying causes for prolonged stress, but first, we need to break the stress cycle.  That is what DeStress has been clinically proven to do!