Welcome to Hearts in Harmony – Energy Medicine

Welcome to Hearts in Harmony – Energy Medicine

Vibrant Physical, Mental and Emotional Health

Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

The Basis of All Addiction

We have become so accustomed to living in a state of stress that often we are unaware of it until we experience pain, disease or addiction. 206l8k5[1] Often addiction can arise from the pain of stress and the deep desire to simply relax, in addition to the desire to not feel pain, and yet to feel happy and at peace. The key word here is feel. Many adults are locked into a closed state of being in their minds and not feeling. Drugs and alcohol can give a sense of opening and feeling, and yet ultimately cause a cycle of further closure, pain and disease. We all share the following:
  • Unconscious programs of resistance to avoid pain and feelings of fear, anger and grief, which actually create it.
  • The desire to experience the state of fundamental physical, mental and emotional balance, or homeostasis, which is the foundation of health and well being, and from which all feelings of joy, love and peace that we all desire arise.
Those who are considered addicts, not unlike the rest of us, have this cycle happening in the desire to repress pain and to experience well being, as a result of their unconscious response to unconscious programming. The cycle of the use of drugs, alcohol, food, sex, pornography, etc, and even negative thinking, is the result of the desire to repress pain, fear, anger and grief and to experience the state of homeostasis, health and well being and joy. The use of drugs, alcohol, food, sex, pornography etc., create greater and greater physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, and so the cycle continues until there are physical, mental and emotional breakdowns. These breakdowns create opportunities for change. Stress and the Neurobiology of Addiction Recent research has discovered that the stress response is a main factor in neurotransmitter, brain chemistry, imbalance, in key neurotransmitters are the driving force behind all addictions and cravings. neurobio1 Neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, are chemical messengers that provide information between nerve cells via their receptors. Hormones and neurotransmitters govern our moods, emotions, behavior, and sleep patterns, as well as every aspect of our physical health. Mental, emotional and physical health relies on neurotransmitters and hormones being produced, utilized, and metabolized properly. The diminished availability of just one neurotransmitter or a disruption in its path can adversely affect every aspect of life and health. Alcoholics and drug addicts have very low levels of these neurotransmitters and higher levels of their corresponding receptors. Consistent recreational drinking disables the brain’s ability to naturally produce the “feel good” neurotransmitters. This is defined as “upregulated” brain chemistry. Alcoholics and drug addicts have very low levels of these neurotransmitters and higher levels of their corresponding receptors. Consistent recreational drinking disables the brain’s ability to naturally produce the “feel good” neurotransmitters. This is defined as “upregulated” brain chemistry. A new study from neuroscientists at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA, has found that stress is a key factor in The most common symptoms of brain chemistry imbalance are fatigue, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, insomnia, tension headaches, and high blood pressure. Stress, high sugar diets, malnutrition, and toxicity are the major influences for neurotransmitter imbalance, with stress and resulting mental factors as the most influential. The annual national economic burden of brain-related illness is over one trillion. All are related to stress, with addiction number one. Change Your Thoughts -Change Your Brain Chemistry Unconscious physical, mental and emotional habits and patterns create stress and contribute to brain chemistry imbalance. With awareness these unconscious habits can be replaced with simple, yet profound mental, emotional and physical lifestyle changes that create a state of balanced health and well being. Power-of-positive-thinking On a mental level, each thought we have is creating balanced or unbalanced brain chemistry. We have the ability to change our state of being by simply changing our thoughts. When our thoughts change, our neurotransmitter balance changes. Our thinking is the underlying cause of chemical imbalance. When we are able to change our thought patterns, our brain begins to respond differently when faced with anxious or depressive situations. Once we identify the negative interpretations and thoughts we have in these situations, we can begin to develop and apply positive thinking patterns and behaviors that can help us to manage chemical fluctuations. Our thoughts, or state of mind, directly affects us on a cellular level.

Natural Anti Aging- Youthful Beauty and Vibrant Health

Natural Anti Aging- Youthful Beauty and Vibrant Health

The Six Factors of Aging 1. Stress – The number one factor in accelerated aging and disease is stress. The experts are in agreement. Just about everyone in research agrees, see the statistics to the right. that 95% of diseases originate from stress. Over the past 15 years this perspective has become universally accepted. The United States federal government has come out publicly in agreement. Cortisol is released from the adrenal glands in response to stress or low blood glucose. A UCLA study links this stress response to aging and disease. Every cell contains a tiny clock called a telomere, which shortens each time the cell divides. Short telomeres are linked to a range of human diseases, including HIV, osteoporosis, heart disease and aging. The telomere is a kind of molecular cap, made of DNA, that protects the ends of the chromosome from damage. As a cell ages, the telomere keeps shortening until it reaches a finite length. At that point cells stop dividing. The study concluded that the telomere shortening was the result of stress and excess cortisol. 2. Excess Insulin – A Brown University study stated that insulin plays a central role in aging. Excess insulin which can lead to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol and obesity. One does not have to be obese to experience elevated cholesterol. Stress and High carbohydrate, low fat diets are the prime causes of excess insulin. The average western diet of processed foods is packed full of these simple sugars and the rapid increase in diabetes and insulin resistance tells its own story. For this reason, to avoid this situation it is advisable to avoid eating refined carbohydrates and simple sugars as much as possible. 3. Free radicals – Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules in the body that have lost an electron and searches to stabilize itself by robbing healthy cells of electrons. This thievery results is oxidation. Over time, oxidation causes breakdown of proper function and integrity of tissues and organs in the body. Oxidized cells eventually turn into tumors or some other form of disease. Any excess radical not quenched by anti-oxidants (ie Vitamins C and E which the body cannot produce), will ricochet off other circulatory and cellular components leading to oxidation, damaged cells and aging. 4. Acid PH Balance and Aging – The pH balance recognized by all medical physiology texts as one of the most important biochemical balances in all of human body chemistry. Maintaining a slightly alkaline pH balance is your body’s first line of defense against aging and disease. You must try to maintain a balance between the acid and alkaline in your body at all times to remain healthy. Your Body pH Affects EVERYTHING! Acid pH causes partial lipid breakdown and destructive oxidation cascades. This accelerates Free Radical damage of the cell walls and intracellular membranes structures, which then unravel, killing cells in the process. This is a crucial step toward premature aging, creating wrinkling, age spots, and the following list of degenerative diseases 5. Excess Blood Glucose – Consuming simple carbohydrates and sugar causes excess glucose. Stress causes your body to release cortisol and raises glucose levels. Excess Blood Glucose increases AGE formation, advanced glycosylated end products, which are cross linked products of carbohydrates and protein, a key component to aging and disease. Glucose adheres to the surface of arteries and capillaries and leads to artherosclerosis, blindness, impotence, diabetes, and kidney disease, free radicals and aging. 6. Dehydration - “Dehydration is a major factor in premature aging and is associated with Arthritis, Addiction, Premature Aging, Back Pain, Angina, Insomnia, Headaches, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol Levels, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Colitis.” -Dr. F. Batmanghelidj Six Factors of Aging and Diet The six factors of aging are interrelated to diet and water intake, when combined with stress represent a powerful force to accelerate aging and disease. Eating too many calories causes excess free radicals. Eating too many calories as refined carbohydrates, sugar, causes an increase in insulin and blood glucose levels. Increased insulin forces the body to produce more cortisol. Consuming acidic foods and drinks causes an acid pH balance. Not drinking sufficient alkaline water contributes to the body to be dehydrated, toxic, acidic and oxidizing. Next article- how to reverse these aging factors and have beautiful, youthful skin.  

Healthy Sexuality

Healthy Sexuality

Most people go though life in a state of constriction and fear.  It is said that in every moment we have a choice of being in the constriction of fear or in the energetic flow of love.  Unfortunately the unconscious default program for the majority of us is that of constriction and fear, which results in constricted breath, tense bodies, minds and emotions and can lead to physical, mental and emotional disease.  This constriction and fear is also is reflected in our most intimate relationships. The capacity to be intimate with another begins with knowing, accepting and loving ourselves.