5 reasons to eat strawberries

1) They may reduce the risk of degenerative disease – strawberries are an amazing source of folate (the folic acid found in food). Inadequate amounts of folate in an aging population can contribute to atherosclerosis, and even a decline in mental function.

2) They could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering LDL cholesterol. Strawberries can suppress inflammatory responses of the body, including those in heart disease.

3) Use strawberries to counteract stress – they contain over 100% of our daily recommended allowance of vitamin C in just one cup. Studies show that when vitamin C is consumed during times of stress, it has the ability to bring our blood pressure down.

4) Prevent bone loss with strawberries – they are high in potassium, and high-potassium diets have been shown to reduce bone loss by preserving calcium stores and preventing the breakdown of bone that comes with the natural aging process.

5) They’re high in antioxidants – strawberries contain anthocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects us from the damaging effects of our environment, especially the sun.

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The Starfish Poem (author unknown)

Once upon a time there was a wise man

who used to go to the ocean

to do his writing.

He had a habit of walking

on the beach

before he began his work.

One day he was walking along

the shore.

As he looked down the beach,

he saw a human

figure moving like a dancer.

He smiled to himself to think

of someone who would

dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster

to catch up.

As he got closer, he saw

that it was a young man

and the young man wasn’t dancing,

but instead he was reaching

down to the shore,

picking up something

and very gently throwing it

into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out,

“Good morning! What are you doing?<"

The young man paused,

looked up and replied,

“Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“I guess I should have asked,

why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out.

And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But, young man, don’t you realize that

there are miles and miles of beach

and starfish all along it.

You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely.

Then bent down, picked up another starfish

and threw it into the sea,

past the breaking waves and said-

“I made a difference for that one.

Make one small difference today, and see how good that feels.

Hypnosis for Infertility

An infertility-free zone.
Published on June 5, 2012 by Helen Adrienne, L.C.S.W. in On Fertile Ground

How does one cope with any situation rife with uncertainty, where the only solution is resolution of the problem? Those in an infertility struggle are in this exact situation. Anxiety can continue to mount unmercifully. The only relief comes from learning coping techniques which are less about problem-solving and more about letting-go. Of the letting-go approaches, hypnosis ranks at the top.

The positive reputation of hypnosis for infertility is spreading. Many patients are seeking out this service from a licensed, hypnotically trained mental health professional or are learning self-hypnosis.

Below are a dozen reasons for you to investigate this approach:

1. Hypnosis at the time of embryo transfer yielded pregnancy rates that were double those of the controls. (Eliahu Levitas, et al., “Impact of Hypnosis during Embryo Transfer on the Outcome of In Vitro Fertilization—Embryo Transfer: A Case-control Study,” Fertility & Sterility, 85 – 5 (2006): 1404 – 1408.

2. Hypnosis can be an ultimate mind/body awareness activity and can reaffirm your femininity.

3. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis allows you to feel back in control because of your active participation.

4. Post-hypnotic suggestions can enhance receptivity.

5. Hypnosis can take you under the turbulence to an “infertility-free zone.”

6. Hypnosis can support medical treatment, holistic care and even natural conception.

7. Hypnosis is relaxing.

8. Hypnosis can calm fears.

9. Hypnosis can heal heart ache.

10. Hypnosis can become a safe haven which is renewing and revitalizing.

11. Hypnosis can help you remember who you really are.

12. A hypnotic trance can convert stumbling blocks into building blocks for navigating the emotional rubble created during the journey.

Studies Show Acupuncture, Hypnosis Helped Smokers Quit

By DEENA CENTOFANTI
WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com

For years, alternative medicine practitioners have used acupuncture and hypnosis to help smokers kick butts without drugs, and now there’s some new evidence backing up their effectiveness.

Researchers looked at 14 different international studies on quitting smoking.

Some studies showed smokers who used acupuncture were more than three times as likely to be tobacco-free six months to a year after quitting.

Across four trials of hypnosis, smokers had a higher success rate with the therapy compared to people who had minimal help.

If you need help quitting cigarettes, contact me for some resources.