I have had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful lady who has changed my life! We bumped into each other on this journey. I need to mention her because at 58 years old she is the first true friend I have ever had! My Definition of someone who is special is they make you want to be a better person! You want to be completely honest, appreciative, authentic and trustworthy because you are blessed to have someone like this in your life. We should all be this way with each other. Maybe it begins here with this blog? Right now, today! She is an incredible artist in so many ways, is already an incredible healer, intuitive and empath. I feel blessed to have her in my life more than she will probably ever know! If life gets better than this I am even more grateful than I can put into words!To have an Ally in this life is such a blessing, especially her!
I am so very grateful as I am for the incredible people listed below. You will be truly missing out if you pass up the opportunity to watch these videos and the many more they have! I am blessed to have come across these people and I want to share them with you! Please enjoy and book a massage today and take care of you! Remember your body is your temple! Please call or text 609-647-0049 Gotcher’ Back Therapeutic and Sports Massage Therapy or email me at SnewmanLMT@gmail.com
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It has taken quite some time, but oil pulling has finally gained some popularity in the United States.
Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
This unbelievably effective procedure has been used for centuries as a traditional India remedy to:
Most of us cannot even imagine what life would be like without brushing and flossing our teeth everyday. However, in the scheme of things, tooth brushing is relatively, new since nylon bristle toothbrushes didn’t become part of our normal American experience until the late 1930s!
It’s important to remember that, in spite of the fact that most people in American today were all raised with toothbrushes in our mouths, our ancestors didn’t brush their teeth with toothpaste for thousands of years. And, as far as archeological evidence Pyramides of Gizeh – Cairo, Egyptsuggests, most people throughout history lived until a ripe old age with most of their teeth intact and in a strong, healthy state.
Why didn’t their teeth rot?
Well, first of all, they ate real food and didn’t consume processed sugars and grains filled with phytic acid, which destroy tooth enamel. Secondly, they took care of their teeth through natural means like chew sticks that they rubbed against the teeth as has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3000 B.C. Third, depending on the culture and region of the world, many people also oil pulled.
Oil Pulling Research
coconut oil jarBy now, you’ve probably heard of the phrase “oil pulling.” Not quite a household name just yet, people in natural health circles are adopting the procedure as part of their daily regimen by the droves because of the hype that is being placed on it about it lately on the Internet.
To date, there are just 7 oil pulling research studies reporting on the health benefits of oil pulling. Although it is unfortunate that science has taken so long to take this ancient art seriously, it IS encouraging to see the literature database grow. I’m excited to read more as researchers catch on to how oil pulling can help transform someone’s life.
The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, for example, recently highlighted a study that reviewed holistic approaches to oral health and discovered that oil pulling is one of the most effective natural health solutions known to scientists that prevent tooth decay and loss. (1) Praised for curing more than 30 systemic diseases, the authors of this study have some profound things to say about this ancient natural healing practice:
“Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. Using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity.
Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organ such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and TCM. (1)”
I really like this passage because it highlights how the detoxification effect that oil pulling has on the entire body reaches far beyond oral health. This is especially important for people who have conditions that contraindicate brushing such as mouth ulcer, fever, indigestion, those who have tendency to vomit, have asthma, cough, or thirst. (2)
In addition, I found these three studies showing how sesame seed oil pulling affects a wide range of oral health issues particularly helpful as I considered making it a part of my natural health regimen:dental hygiene
According to researchers from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Tamil Nadu, India, oil pulling reduces Streptococcus mutans bacteria – a significant contributor to tooth decay – in the plaque and saliva of children. (3) In the authors’ words, “Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health.”
As uncovered by researchers from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Chennai India, oil pulling can significantly reduced aerobic microorganisms in plaque among children with plaque-induced gingivitis. (4)
From the same researchers in Chennai, oil pulling has been shown to be as effective as mouthwash at improving bad breath and reducing the microorganisms that may cause it. (5)
Why Coconut Oil is the Best Oil to Use
One important note to make is that the studies I referenced above only tested the effects that sesame seed oil had on patients who oil pulled. Being a staple in India, it’s no wonder why many Ayurvedic medicinal practitioners would naturally gravitate toward sesame. However, I would like to suggest using coconut oil instead.
Why?coconut oil on wooden spoon
Because coconut oil has been shown to:
Decrease Wrinkles and Age Spots
Balance Blood Sugar and Improve Energy
Increase HDL and Lower LDL Cholesterol
Because it is highly absorbable, you can experience many of these benefits simply by oil pulling!
Coconut Oil Pulling: How-To
This is how I like to do coconut oil pulling:
Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
Gently swish 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 10-20 minutes making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil. (Do this gently so you don’t wear out your jaw and cheeks!)
Spit out the oil in the trash (not the sink so it doesn’t clog up the plumbing…ask me how I know) and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
Voila, easy as that!
I recommend oil pulling 3-4x per week with coconut oil and also adding essential oils to your mixture.
Coconut Oil Pulling Guide
As you can see, oil pulling with coconut oil is a simple procedure with very effective results. If 10-20 minutes sounds like a long time simply do oil pulling while in the shower or while driving to work in the morning or while doing work around the house to help pass the time.
Here’s a Quick “How-to” Coconut Oil Pulling Video Demonstration:
Next I want to share with you how you can use essential oils to take your oil pulling benefits to a whole new level!
Essential oil and mint on green background close-upCoconut Oil Pulling with Essential Oils
Essential oils carry some of the most potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties on the planet, and they can easy, and safely enhance the oil pulling experience. Additionally, as essential oils absorb into your oral mucosa, your body will enjoy the antioxidant and medicinal powers inherent in these potent compounds.
Here are two of my favorite ways to use essential oils during my morning oil pulling routine:
For everyday use: add 3 drops of wild orange, lemon and peppermint with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
When battling an infection or sickness: Change it up a bit and mix clove oil, cinnamon oil, or tea tree oil as a homeopathic remedy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):
1. What age is good for oil pulling?
Sure! Since the oil swished around in the mouth and spit out, then there should be no harm in oil pulling even at a young age. Try a smaller amount of oil though, say about 1/2-1 teaspoon. You would want to make sure they are able to comfortably and it should be an enjoyable experience, not a dreaded one. If they don’t like it, and they need healing for their teeth, then I would focus on adjusting their diet to heal cavities naturally.
2. Can I pull oil if I have fillings?
According to the Coconut Research Center (6),
“Oil pulling will not and cannot loosen properly placed crowns or fillings. The only time oil pulling will affect crowns or fillings is if the teeth underneath have decayed and are full of infection. In this case, the foundation on which the crowns or fillings are secured to is badly decayed and unable to hold the dental material. Oil pulling removes bacteria, pus, and mucus. It cannot pull out porcelain, amalgam, or composite dental materials from the teeth.”
The only reason that a filling will become loose is if you have a rot or infection in the tooth. Then you will want to address this issue to keep the infection from spreading to your body.
3. Why do I have to oil pull in the morning?
You don’t. The best time to oil pull is in the morning on an empty stomach, but you can certainly try other times during the day or before eating.
4. Why do I have to oil pull for so long?
When you oil pull, you are actually using up the oil in the process of swishing the oil. It will become watery and sometimes milky after about 15 minutes. If you pull with less oil you may notice it change texture sooner, but you want to make sure you have enough oil to really clean your mouth and teeth.
5. How long does it take to see a difference with my teeth and mouth?
Within one week, most people notice a cleaner mouth and change in their breath. Within a month, some people have experienced dental repair or healthier gums.
6. Are there oil pulling side effects or symptoms?
– Every person is different. For some people they may have a release of mucous in their throat or nose as the swishing can release your sinuses and cause drainage. This is harmless, but if it is uncomfortable to you, then you may want to blow your nose before oil pulling.
– Also some people experience jaw soreness. If this happens, try swishing more gently and don’t pull between your teeth as hard, or maybe cut back a few minutes down to 8-10 minutes, and then build back up once you get adjusted to this exercise.
– Occasionally, oil pulling can trigger the gag reflex in some people. If this happens, then try leaning your head forward just slightly and using a little bit less oil. Also warming the oil a little can make it thinner and less likely to cause any gagging.
7. Can I oil pull while pregnant?
Because you spit out the toxins that are “pulled” out when swishing, there should not be any harm in oil pulling while pregnant. In fact, it can be a soothing way to clean your teeth if you experience any gum sensitivity.
I personally use the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil found here.
When you try coconut oil pulling, let me know what you think? Do you have any essential oils that you like?
You would think ouch! Right? Not at all, without any doubt cupping therapy has been a life saver for me. I would say nothing can go deeper into a tight muscle thanking what I call drag cupping which you can see the cups below. These cups are made out of silicone or the cupping you see over to our left in the picture. Please feel free to call me to tell you the wonderful benefits of cupping therapy today at 609.647.0049
Cupping Therapy, Cups made out of silicone
Cupping therapy is a process of suctioning or vacuuming sections of the body’s meridian system for the purpose of drawing out toxins, pain management, increasing blood flow, relaxation, and promoting a healthier flow of chi energies.
Often attributed to the Chinese the origins of cupping unknown. The practice of cupping has been noted through ancient Egypt, Greece, by Native Americans, and throughout Europe.
Using cupping as a therapy was first documented in writings by Chinese alchemist Ge Hong. As a result, cupping is sometimes called Chinese Cupping Therapy. Certainly, the Chinese have used cupping therapy extensively, it is categorized as a treatment within the TMC (Traditional Chinese Medicine), system of Eastern healing.
Cupping Therapy Complements Massage and Acupuncture
The massage therapist or acupuncturist will apply massage oil or baby oil to your skin prior to placement of the cups. The air inside each cup is heated with a flame prior to placing the cup upside down directly onto the skin. As a result, a suction sensation occurs and attaches to the body. The cups are left on the body for a few minutes.
Typically, the cups are placed on the client’s back, but they are sometimes positioned on other parts of the body such as the stomach, thighs, and neck.
Circular welt marks and purplish discolorations, an effect of the air pressure, could remain on the skin for up to fifteen days following your treatment.
Traditional VS Modern Day Cups
Traditional cups used in cupping therapy are made of glass or bamboo, also hollowed out animal horns. Today, there are a variety of cupping sets on the market, primarily made of glass or plastic. They incorporate the use of magnets and a vacuum pump and magnets in leu of using a flame.
The practice of using silicone cups is called baguanfa.
Ailments Treated by Cupping Therapy Include:
Turn Your Life Around! 5 Minutes of CUPPING = 30 Minutes of Deep Tissue Massage. Healthy Natural Alternative to prescription pain relievers. Activate lymphatic system, detox your body, improve respiratory function, reduce hypertension.
MAXIMUM RESULTS with MINIMUM EFFORT: Say Good-Bye to: all types of muscle & joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Muscular aches and pains, Sciatica and back pain and shoulder tension and our favorite, stress, scars, spider veins, improve digestive function, use for post op recovery, physical therapy and much much more!
La REBELLE- Kelly Vance: Owner, Rebel Hair Stylist
I am so pleased to be working with Kelly, she is a incredible stylist, warm and welcoming and a real class act! Please book an appointment with her and I am sure she’ll be you new hair stylist. It’s so wonderful to work with someone so wonderful!
Kelly is Located on Route 206 in Princeton, a few doors down from town favorite Lucy’s Ravioli, La Rebelle boutique hair salon is a cozy oasis for relaxing experience. Our mission is rooted in the value of client relationships and quality hair services. Owner, Kelly Vance, continues to refresh her education at Vidal Sassoon schools around the world to remain on the cutting edge of current trends. Women and men of any age can expect professional quality hair care, children and young adults are welcome.
La Rebelle operates by appointment only, open seven days a week. Offering hair cuts, color & highlights and Keratin treatments. Coming soon: Hair Extensions.
Kelly Vance: Owner, Rebel Stylist
Kelly’s philosophy is modeled after the theory applied in Vidal Sassoon: She considers the individual’s unique features and needs first when approaching their cut and color. Her reputation can be expressed by her loyal clients, some of which started with her at age 5 and still continue visiting through their mid-twenties. For new clients, she believes in thorough consultations before the first snip. Kelly’s has 19 years of experience in work and hair care education.
Continuing Education: Over a dozen comprehensive courses through Vidal Sassoon schools in London, Miami, Santa Monica. Courses at Toni & Guy and Bumble & Bumble for specialty techniques.
Certified to perform Keratin treatments by Keratin Complex.
Work Experience: Metropolis • Princeton, NJ Koi Salon • Princeton, NJ
The Amazing Kinesio Taping® Suzanne Newman Gotcher’ Back Massage Therapy
I am amazed at the results I am getting with my clients as much as they are. This is truly fascinating relieving pain and edema so quickly in most cases. The Tape is water proof so it can stay on up to 5 days. The increased lymphatic circulation in muscle and joint pain relief is astounding. There is a vast amount that can be done with taping. Please call for an appointment today 609-683-1608.
Kinesio Taping® is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping® exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology. Hence the name “Kinesio” is used. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature and much more. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms in the body.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. The use of Kinesio Taping® creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping® was for a patient with articular disorders.
The first 19 years Kinesio Taping was used by Orthopedists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and other medical practitioners, where the main users of Kinesio Taping®. Olympic volleyball players discovered Kinesio Taping® and soon there after the word spread to other athletes. Today Kinesio Taping® is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes.
Muscles constantly extend and contract within a normal range; however, when muscles over extend and over contract and a good example of a muscle in this condition is a person lifting an excessive amount of weight.The muscles can’t recover and becomes inflamed, the fatigue also comes from the muscle being swollen and stiff. The space between the skin and muscle is compressed, resulting in constriction to the flow of lymphatic fluid. The compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, which in turn communicates,” discomfort signals” to the brain thus the person experiences muscular pain.
Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict muscle movement of affected muscles and joints.For this purpose, layers of tape are applied around and / or over the injury. This pressure causes a significant obstruction of natural flow of body fluid. This type of tape wrapping is applied before a sport activity and removed immediately when the sport is finished. Kinesio Taping® is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio- mechanically.
To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length are recommended for Kinesio Taping®. This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping® is fundamentally different in many ways.
Kinesio Taping® alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The taped portion forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely.
Mimi Vassilev-Baker, Acupuncturist and owner of The Princeton Day Spa located in Princeton, NJ
Mimi Vassilev-Baker, C.A., M.O.M., Dipl. Ac., is a certified acupuncturist licensed by the NJ Board of Medical Examiners, she is also certified as a Diplomat in Acupuncture by the National Board. She has been appointed by the Governor of NJ to be one of nine members of the state Acupuncture Examining Board. She is also the owner of The Princeton Day spa, a full service spa located here in Princeton NJ.
For eight years, Mimi dedicated her education to the Health Sciences. As an undergraduate at the University of Delaware she received her bachelor degree in Biology and Nutrition.
After experiencing the positive results of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, she enrolled as a graduate student at the National College of Oriental Medicine, where she earned her Master of Oriental Medicine degree, and a second Bachelor degree in Professional Health Studies.
Traveling to China, where she interned at the Shandong University of Integrative Medicine, Mimi witnessed the awesome benefits of combining Traditional Chinese Medicine with 21st century health care.
Mimi treats a wide variety of ailments, and is especially dedicated to treating women’s health disorders, including infertility, painful periods, pms related migraines and menopausal symptoms. Mimi works closely with many patients from various IVF centers throughout NJ. She is currently getting ready to release her statistics from the past 2 years of work with various IVF and ART patients. The results have been astounding.
Homeopathy is an alternative medical system that boosts the individual’s general health, both physically and emotionally. Tailored specifically to each individual’s needs according to their symptoms, lifestyle, as well as their mental and physical health. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness. Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses. Conditions treated by homeopathy… but not limited to: Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Attention deficit disorder, Autoimmune disorders, Childhood diseases, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Digestive problems, Ear infection, Food intolerance, Gastrointestinal problems, Headaches/migraine, Hyper/hypothyroid, Hyperactivity, Infertility, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menopause symptoms, Obesity, Pre-menstrual disorder, Prolonged & persistent pain, Skin disease, Stress
Shive Shankar, CCH is a certified homeopathic consultant in classical homeopathy who after receiving her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University received her diploma in homeopathic medicine from the School of Homeopathy New York in New York City. She has been in private practice for the past 2 years in New Jersey and New York. Weekend appointments are also available for your convenience. Only personal check or cash is accepted at this time.
Will Proposition 37 — requiring labeling of GMOs in our food — pass? Note that even China requires labeling! But here in the U.S., GMOs took off in the 1990s with no public debate, and today they’re in most processed foods, making Americans the world’s GMO guinea pigs.
We know it’s easy to get sunk by “information overload” and agribusiness advertising. So far the largest GMO maker, Monsanto, and other industry giants have plowed at least $35 million into keeping us in the dark.
To help us think straight, we’ve prepared seven points to consider and share with your friends — all backed by authoritative studies. Here’s what they reveal:
1. GMOs have never undergone standard testing or regulation for human safety. And now that they’re in 70 percent of processed foods, it’s extremely difficult for scientists to isolate their health risks.
2. But we know that GMOs have proven harmful in animal studies. A 2009 reviewof 19 studies found mammals fed GM corn or soy developed “liver and kidney problems” that could mark the “onset of chronic diseases.” Most were 90-day studies. In a new two-year study, rats fed GM corn developed two to three times more tumors — some bigger than a quarter of their total body weight — and these tumors appeared much earlier than in rats fed non-GM corn. Among scientists, the study has its defenders and critics, but even the critics underscore that we need more long-term studies.
3. And the most widely used GMOs are paired with an herbicide linked to serious health risks. GM crops — Roundup Ready soy and corn — are treated with the herbicide glyphosate, which in exposed humans has been associated with DNA damage. In the lab, it’s proven toxic to human liver cells.
4. The consequences of GMO technology are inherently unpredictable. Inserting a single gene can result in multiple, unintended DNA changes and mutations. “Unintended effects are common in all cases where GE [genetic engineering] techniques are used,” warn scientists. One such environmental consequence — genetic contamination of other plants — is already documented. Note that unlike food, once released into the environment, seeds can’t be “recalled“!
5. GMO makers intimidate and silence farmers and scientists. GMO corporations use patents and intellectual property rights to sue farmers, block research, and threaten investigators. “For a decade,” protested Scientific American editors in 2009, GMO companies “have explicitly forbidden the use of the seeds for any independent research,” so “it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised.”
6. GMOs undermine our food security. Within the biotechnology market, Monsanto alone controls 90 percent of GE crops worldwide. And Monsanto is one of three GMO companies including DuPont and Syngenta that control 70 percent of the global seed market, reinforcing monopoly power over our food. GMO seeds are costly and must be purchased every year, so they worsen farmers’ indebtedness, dependency, and vulnerability to hunger.
7. GMOs aren’t needed in the first place, so why would we take on these risks and harms?Studies show that safe, sustainable farming practices applied worldwide could increase our food supply as much as 50 percent. And keep in mind that the world’s alreadyproducing 2,800 calories for every person on earth every day — more than enough. And that’s just with what’s left over after using half the world’s grain for feed, fuel and other purposes, and wasting one-third of all food. So the urgent question isn’t about “more” anyway. It is, How can all of the world’s people gain the power to secure healthy food? And a good start is knowing what’s in our food.
For a cool, just-released animated video devouring the myth that we need industrial ag, seefoodmyths.org. Shopping in the Know (Not GMO)
• Avoid processed foods! It’s a simple way to reduce exposure to the four most common GM ingredients: non-organic forms of soy, canola, cottonseed and corn, including high-fructose corn syrup.
• Look for the voluntary “non-GMO” label.
• Buy “certified organic,” which ensures that no GMO ingredients were used.
• Visit www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com for a list of thousands of GMO products and brands.
To sort more food myths from facts, visit the new Food MythBusters: the Real Story About What We Eat website at FoodMyths.Org. And, if you live in California, vote Nov. 6 for Proposition 37 to require GMO labeling.
Speak out, wherever you are. Demand federal GMO labeling and work to end GMOs.
This portion is from Suzanne Newman, Gotcher’ Back Massage Therapy
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