The answer to this is it depends on the level of pain you are experiencing. You also need to rule out that it is really a muscle pull and not something serious like a bone fracture, muscle tears or tendon injury.

Normally muscle pull occurs on the lower part of our body- anywhere from the hip to all the way down to our feet. Common reason for getting muscle pull is through a certain jerk movement when the muscles are not warmed up or rigorous exercise without proper warming up.

Once, I experienced a muscle pull. Actually I have not been working out at night time for a few weeks. I have transferred my workouts too morning time as I have made the changes- avoid bathing after the sun sets or after gym. But due to inability to wake up at times, guilt set in and I finally decide to go at night.

When I did my usual set of cardio, core strengthening exercises, strength training on the lower part of my body. After the strength training, I did some running on the treadmill for about 10 minutes.

The next morning, I started feeling a mild muscle pull on my left leg. By night time, the pain got worst. For the next one week, the pain woke me up from sleep at 2am or 3am- the pain shot from my right butt all the way to my knees and feet. It is unusual for me to have muscle pull because I’ve always warm up and cool down well- that’s why my sessions normally last between 1.5 to 2 hrs (I also love exercising).

Anyway, the experience have taught me that it is possible to continue to work out when there is a muscle pull on the lower torso but:

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  • Judging increases isolation and separation, because it emphasizes our differences rather than our similarities. Whenever you judge yourself or others as being inferior or superior, better or worse, smarter or dumber, prettier or uglier, stronger or weaker, fatter or thinner, richer or poorer, you still feel separate 
  • Judging reinforces our preconceptions and thus limits our experiences. Most of us are constantly judging our experiences, and this keeps us from fully experiencing them. 
  • When you become the judge, you also may become the jury and executioner. That is, you may find ways to sentence and punish yourself
  •  ~ Quoted from Dr Dean Ornish- Dr Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

Dr Dean’s method of reversing heart diseases, even acute ones mainly through lifestyle changes is scientificall proven and medically accepted.

He mentioned character traits that makes a person surceptible to heart attacks and blocked arteries. And he has a comprehensive and systematic methodology for reversing it. I really wonder why most governments do not seriously implement his methods since heart disease is the number 1 killer. It only involves inexpensive lifestyle changes.

Following is a health condition posted by someone:

I have been sick for a while now, probably a little over a month and a half, and I thought that I may have had diabetes. Well, my blood tests (they were fasting blood tests) came back good as well as urine tests, but my symptoms really point to some blood sugar disease. I have been going to the bathroom a lot, nauseous, constantly thirsty, tired, had some chest pains, and I’ve lost 7+ pounds last time i checked a week ago. Anybody know what I could have or have these and could give some insight? (and I did see a doctor and I already know its not mono, diabetes, or hyperglycemia)

My 2 cents:

Since the blood tests came back normal, I would like to make a mind-body-emotion connection to this. Hypo/hyperglycemia-like symptoms very much mimics an adrenaline reaction. These symptoms can be triggered when there is stressed- like having to sit for an important exam or to give an important presentation.

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Question by a 16 year old girl:

I’m only 16 and I take full pride in doing school work. Lately I’ve been procrastinating and not studying as much. I am such a neat freak normally but lately I don’t feel like cleaning or organizing anything. I am very much into keeping my body fit but lately I just don’t want to exercise. What is happening to me? Please help me. I’m scared and I just want to go back to the way things were. I just don’t want this to be my life style anymore.

The Cause

Lethargy could be related to a loss sense of purpose. At 16, you would probably be uncertain about your future, unsure of what to do and at a complete lost. An unhappy event which could have affected emotionally could have triggered the episodes.

Need to rediscover a sense of purpose. We reach crossroads in life where we become very uncertain or it challenges the very belief that we used to have. Or we have one after another challenges thrown at us- there’s the homew othork and there’s the emotions- peer pressure, crushes. Or we lose self confidence when we compare ourselves with others. The expectation laid out by TV is really not helping.

We may keep having to keep up- watch out diet, exercise vigorously, continue winning sports competition, be the most popular guy or girl in school. There’s always ‘competition’ and one day, something within us will question. Our hearts would get too tired being pushed around, of being someone we are not. Conflicts arise when there are feelings in inadequency- so it gets very tiring as the battles rages on within.

This is part of growing up- and how each person deals with it is very individual. It’s not easy. Friends, love and acceptance are very important for a teenager. But lethargy is a sign that we need to let go and balance up. Understand the conflicting emotions and learn to face and overcome them. Take sometime alone and learn to genuinely enjoy your own company- don’t judge your own self worth and values based on other’s acceptance of you or your own popularity levels.

Lower back pain usually effects the elderly- and whoever experiencing this would face lots of discomfort and reduced quality of living.

I have discovered a very good video in YouTube that teaches on how to relieve the pain by using guasa. The video is presented by Dr Lu Chi Loo- but I believed an Elken agent had translated it to Malay language and I want to do a bit of translation for the benefit of international readers.

I myself is not an Elken member- but I had bought their guasa board which I always carry in my bag to work and when I travel because it can help me relieve tensed muscles and pains.  Watch the complete video in YouTube and when you scroll down there would be snapshots with the video being transcribed in English:

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This is from my mom told me- from her experience with me.

After I was born and was taken back from the hospital, I sleep throughout the day time. But as soon as the sun sets- I started crying throughout the night.

According to olden beliefs, if the baby proceeded to cry after one month (after the baby full moon), it will last for about 100 days in total.

My grandaunt, who was taking care of me was at her wits end as to what to do. She went and approached her friend who shared with her this bizarre method- sweep the rubbish from the corners of your house. Put in a place and burn them during sundown- it is just a very small fire. Then carefully hover the baby over it (okay must be very careful as this is fire)….and she would be able to sleep soundly.

This strange method seemed to have worked….for a few days. After that, I continue to cry again. 

However, I would recommend to check with the doctor. If there is no cause for concern- means no health issues….. then hold the baby in your arms, close your eyes, calm yourself and say some sincere prayers- to ask for protection for your child based on your faith.

 

Each morning, as you get up from bed, have a habit to drink a glass of hot (not boiling hot but as hot as you can swallow without burning your throat) or at lease a glass of warm water…. on an empty stomach before you brush your teeth.

Drink it slowly, by sips if you can spare a few minutes.

This help to warm up your internal organs and to ‘start’ off during the day. It also helped to clean up waste of your digestive track.

During the course of the day, each  time after you have taken a bath, drink another glass of warm water, to warm up your system. This is especially so for older people, who may be prone to cold, cough and weakened body system.

The only time that you may choose not to drink hot or warm water is when your body is already very hot and heaty due to the weather condition. In that case, you may drink water of room temperature but not ice or cold water, please.

Questions and answers (FAQ) about drinking water:

Q:  Are there any proof that this method works?
A:  This is practiced in the East. I myself personally does it every morning- it has helped me overcome stomach spasm or pain which I used to get years ago. Also, imagine this- your breath feels foul in the morning- and it is not from your mouth but the smell also came from your digestive track. By drinking water, it would help to wash down digestive waste….I strongly advoate you also take 2 green apples along with it.

Q:  Why can’t I replace it with cold or ice water in the morning? The sudden drop in temperature can also help me wake up.
A: In order for our system to operate at optimal levels, it has to operate in 37 degrees celcius and not zero or close to that. If you ‘shock’ your system with cold temperature, it will cause imbalances- and you would notice you would be more surceptible to wind-in stomach, a horrible stomach spasm feeling, chronic digestive problem and acid reflux. Later it turns to joint stiffness, leading on to arthritis or rhemautism.

Yes, there are sites out there who said that this is a hoax. But honestly, I do not see any harm in trying. For most of us, our breath stinks first thing when we get up- does it not make sense to drink some water to help flush down whatever remaining of undigested or rotting food that could be sitting in your stomach or intensines? 

During previous years, I always suffer from stomach pain  because I consume a lot of coffee.  This simple tip had somehow drastically reduce my problem. It works for me…..and it is not something that requires tonnes of effort….I mean, how hard could it be- to keep boiled water in a flask and drink it the next morning?

I came across the books by Vernon Coleman during my own research on mind body connection- that is how illness arises due to the mind.

This is truly an excellent book. As a medical student and later as a qualified doctor, Vernon Coleman discovered so many strange cases of patients who:

  • was supposed to die but did not die- for example, xrays and scans show that the cancer cells was eating into the organs and the radiologist said that it was impossible for the patient to be still alive. Yet, the patient, survived on willpower because of worrying about the kids
  • healthy people just develop illness or die because there was nothing much to live for

Initially he was a sceptic but after seeing case after case, the evidence can no longer be denied. So he defied the medical community by coming up with books that spoke of mind body connection. He was critized but it never detered him- because he received a steady stream of letters and feedback by those whose life has been transformed by his book. To him, those meant more to him that positive reviews.

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When I observe around me, I could almost see the connection between a person’s state of mind and health condition.

Years of negative emotion pent-up would manifest into illnesses. Of course, not all illness are our fault but there may be a connection in many. For example:

  • a person working too hard and unhappy with the job condition finds herself getting and consistent persistent flu and sinus attacks- sinus/flu, in mind-body’s content is the body’s way of trying to cry
  • too much unexpressed grief can manifest in the form of persistent cough that goes not go off

Hence, trying to make ourselves happy, here and now is important. One of the way is to read an uplifting book.

One such book is Happiness Now by Andrew Matthews.

There are 2 versions of this book- the bigger one with more text, and the smaller one with less text and more pictures.

Personally, I am really a fan of Andrew Matthews. Growing up reading so many self-help and self-improvement books written by best selling authors, I find the books by Andrew Matthews simple, straight to the point, practical and can be implemented.

What’s more, there are cartoons enclosed with the book- and cartoon sends the message home- especially if you are a visual learner, ie you learn more by seeing pictures.

The book is divided into different sections:

  • Your philosophy
  • One day at a time- examples kick the worry habit, happiness myths, laughter, patience, etc.
  • Laws of life- examples why set goals, your mind is a magnet, enjoying your work (where he told a story of a person who spent 25 years cleaning the dirty inner parts of the subway and loving his job because he felt he made the world better for the homeless and at the same time managed to put his 2 daughters through college), and peace of mind.
  • Friends and family- examples forgiving others, friends & money, presents, etc
  • Success strategies

His writing is simple but is profound. If you can appreciate the deeper meanings and adopt some of his down-to-earth advice, you can really become a much happier person.

You don’t find happiness in the absence of problems.

You find happiness in spite of problems!

- Andrew Matthews

His books has been translated into 33 languages and are bestsellers in 60 countries.

His website s www.seashell.com.au