I’m always thinking whole health, not just physical, so when I see something that awes me like this, I have to share. Check out what these farmers in Japan have done with their rice fields (oh, and that’s not Buddha as this UK site names the image, that’s Daikoku, the god of wealth, one of the 7 lucky gods):
How is this related to health? Well, seeing something beautiful or amazing or inspiring does fire off chemicals in your brain that puts it into a positive frame of mind and that affects your whole body.
This is how the farmers did it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/5965073/Farmers-create-coloured-rice-murals-in-Japan.html
So, what inspires you? What makes you say “wow!”?
I recently watched a commercial that asked what the most common question is. Can you guess?
It’s “What’s for dinner?”
The voiceover then goes on to say that the question that’s not asked is “What’s IN dinner?”
So true! Now, the commercial is for McCain’s and I’m not sure I agree that they make the healthiest food options. It’s been a long time since I’ve purchased any McCain’s items, so I can’t comment either way now, but the only thing I can think of by them are orange juice and frozen french fries.
Anyway, why is it that we don’t focus enough on what’s actually in the food that we eat? Read the ingredients on the food you eat. Do you know what’s in there? How about when you go to a restaurant, or even worse (in most cases), a fast food joint? Many people pay more attention to the labels on their clothing (is it designer? is it a popular label?) than they do on the labels that report on the ingredients in their food!
I sometimes drive my husband nuts because I will put back a food that looks delicious on the package picture, but that has ingredients that are unhealthy. Just because it’s labelled as “healthy”, doesn’t mean it is. It used to be that Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops were sold because of the colours they turned your milk and the toy inside and how yummy they are to kids. Now they sell those cereals with the idea that they are healthy because they contain fibre and vitamins. Too bad that they also contain all sorts of junk. Think Oatmeal Crunch is healthier? Sounds healthier. It’s not. More sugar per serving size than Fruit Loops! Sunny D, Wonderbread, Nutella, Chef Boyardee, and more are all jumping on the “healthy” junk food bandwagon. Don’t believe what they tell you. Read the labels.
UCLA BASKETBALL: Honeycutt finds his offensive rhythm
Posted: 01/22/2010 10:39:36 PM PST
LOS ANGELES – Trying to find some offense from Tyler Honeycutt has at times this season been like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
Maybe all he needed were some needles in his shin – and his back – and his hip.
Honeycutt visited an acupuncturist on Wednesday and it paid off on Thursday in UCLA’s 62-61 victory over Washington at Pauley Pavilion.
Honeycutt had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in what UCLA coach Ben Howland called his best performance of the season. In scoring double figures for just the third time, the freshman forward hit all four of his shots and both 3-point attempts.
“Body-wise, today was the first day I can remember since I’ve been here that I haven’t had any pain,” said Honeycutt, who is averaging 4.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 12 games. “I’ve been having hip problems, so yesterday I got some acupuncture. Got it in my calf, my lower back – (Thursday) I woke up and everything is feeling good. I guess it works.”
For the full article:
A search and rescue dog in Iowa able to run and jump and move without pain because of acupuncture treatments. After being nearly lame, they now believe he’ll get two more years of rescue work. Check out the video: http://www.kcci.com/news/22308928/detail.html
That’s the difference between the number of years that Traditional Chinese Medicine has been in practice versus the number of years that conventional Western medicine has been in practice.
I liked this quote I pulled from an article:
‘”To Westerners, scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses,” says Chuang Shih-ming, a Chinese medicine doctor based in Taipei City.
“Chinese medicine also takes the same approach,” he argues. “The only difference lies in the fact that Western medicine uses about 200 years of such ‘scientific’ methods of observation and testing of hypotheses to prove its effectiveness, while the Chinese version uses several thousands of years.”‘
Obama stated in a town hall meeting that he could use some acupuncture for a stiff back. When it was mentioned to him that alternative medicine is often more cost-effective and result-positive as conventional medicine, the President said, “it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments — or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions.”
Obama also noted that the problem with implementing acupuncture and other alternative medicines into health policies is that the policy makers and insurance providers are thinking short-term. They recognize that preventative medicine may not show results immediately while policy makers and politicians are in office or while a person is employed with one company. That is part of the challenge.
This article was recently sent to me to show how acupuncture can help you to achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions. Or, if you prefer not to make resolutions…how to make 2010 your best year yet…