When was the last time you have gone barefooted and step on real soil of the earth?
On certain mornings when I am up very early, I will go outside my garden barefoot and just stand on the bare earth. I find the best time is during dawn, when it is still dark- the sun is just about to appear. I usually accompany this with a hand swinging exercise- I raise both my hands to my shoulders level and allow them to drop down to slightly behind my back. I repeat this exercise for 100 to 120 times. This advise came from my friend’s father who practices qi gong.
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Personally, I’ve been suffering from pain around my kidney area for a few years. It was worst during the days that I take lots of gourmet coffee like lattes and lead a highly stressed life. With stress reduction, the pain is there but lesser because I still could not give up coffee.
The dull ache at my right kidney area sometimes wake me up early in the morning. After my visit to the bathroom, the dull ache is gone but will return intermittently during the day. A few years ago, I went to a physician who referred me to an urologist. I did extensive tests- including UV, blood/urine tests, and having a radioactive dye injected via my veins and with the x-rays taken. The test results were normal- the specialist could not find what was wrong- according to him, my kidneys were okay.
One thing was for sure- I’ve always had dental problems for the past few years because I tried to avoid visiting the dentist unless I really had no choice. Because of this, I tried other ways to tolerate molars that were bothering me- till I had no choice and the dentist had to give me the bad news- that I could not save my molars. Twice, I had to have my molars extracted because I have waited too long to seek treatment.
But I’ve had my suspicion on the relationship between the tooth and kidney- and one of the factors that prompted me to overcome my fear of dentist drills and needles is the fact that infection could enter my body via the rotting molar and affect the kidney (this is mentioned in fields of energy medicine). I did not want the dull pain on my right kidney area to continue.
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If you find that you have no energy to exercise, especially in the morning, you can start with just light cardio like bicycling, walking on the treadmill or doing the cross trainer at low effort level. Once your muscles are warmed up sufficiently, try a few exercises that is targetted at your core muscles like the following:
In this exercise, you slowly lean backwards and then raise your legs about 45 degrees. Make sure your back is straight and that you are not straining your lower back. Tuck in your stomach.
As you are doing this exercise, you would like feel involuntarily (uncontrolled) squeezing of the muscles in your inner stomach. When you are no longer able to maintain this pose at proper posture because it is too streneous, take a short break. Then repeat the exercise again. You will feel that there is more energy.
Another post is the plank pose- which also activates the core.
I am sharing this through my own experience- because sometimes when I try to workout especially early in the morning, my limbs felt as if they are still asleep. And if I were to push on, it requires a lot of effort. I discover the method by chance when after doing some core exercises, I find that my limbs seemed to have woken up and I have more energy to complete my usual running.
The reason why this is effective is probably the core, also at similar position of the ‘da tien’ or the center of energy (located 2 fingerwidths below the navel) – somehow when you do these simple but demanding core exercises- you could end up activiting your ‘da tien’ -and the energy surge is passed through the limbs and around the body.
However, if you have more energy doing workouts but ended up feeling flat out few hours later, then the method may not be suitable to you because you may have ended up using your body’s reserve- that would leave you feel ‘very tired on the insides’.
I remember reading in the papers sometime back that a very young lady had to undergo open heart surgery to repair her mitral valve- and other than chronic sinus, she did not seems to have other health complaints. In the same article, it was mentioned that a study have indicated that patients with heart valve problem seemed to be suffering from chronic sinus as well.
From the perpective of mind-body medicine, sinus is like the body’s way of trying to cry- in where it is not convenient and because crying is often seen as a sign of weakness, many people who are feeling sad inside tend to repress their tears. If the sinus is chronic, meaning it often happens, it could be an indicative of unexpressed grieving or sadness that is ongoing and unresolved. In all ancient healing traditions- the happiness and sadness are often linked to the heart. When the person is emotionally unhappy and sad, the heart energy weakens.
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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.
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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.
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.