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KUCHING: Three Vietnamese women were nabbed by state Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism unit (D7) personnel during separate raids on two reflexology centres in Miri on Tuesday.
The first raid took place at a commercial centre at Jalan Kubu where a 37-year-old Vietnamese masseuse was detained under Section 372B of the Penal Code on suspicion of being involved in vice-related activities.
This was followed by a second raid on another reflexology centre at the same commercial centre in which two more Vietnamese women, aged 22 and 37, were picked up for immigration-related offences.
The state D7 team then proceeded to raid a shop within the same area, which was suspected to be operating as a cyber gambling den, seizing 25 computers and over RM400 in cash while detaining a male worker.
Acting on further information received, the team headed to Jalan Bulan Sabit and raided a second cyber gambling den, confiscating 24 computers and RM800 in cash, as well as detaining a male worker.
Both workers are being investigated under the Common Gaming Houses Act.
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When Ann Romney, wife of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), one of the treatment options she turned to was reflexology. Is there any evidence to suggest you should consider reflexology for treatment of MS or is it just a waste of time?
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a type of body therapy and is sometimes referred to as a form of massage. However, even though massage and reflexology both involve touch, they are not the same.
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The practice of reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears that correspond to certain organs or bodily systems. Massage therapists manipulate specific muscles and muscle groups or fascia.
Professionals who practice reflexology follow a type of road map that designates reflex points. Although there is some variation between practitioners around the world concerning the selection of points, there is general consensus on many of them.
Reflexology is considered a complementary treatment and has been shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms associated with headache, anxiety, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other conditions, including MS. With that in mind, here are some studies that have illustrated the benefits of reflexology for patients with MS.
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One study involved 53 individuals with MS who completed a 11-week period of either reflexology or sham treatment—nonspecific massage of the calves. Those in the reflexology group were treated with the appropriate pressure on specific points on the feet along with massage of the calves.
The treatment period was followed by a three-month follow-up. Researchers documented information on the intensity of paresthesias (tingling, burning, and similar sensations), urinary symptoms, muscle spasticity, and muscle strength.
Here are the findings:
- Patients in the reflexology group showed significant improvement in paresthesias, spasticity, and urinary symptoms
- Mean improvement in muscle strength between the two groups was equally marginally significant
- Improvement in the intensity of paresthesias was still significant at the three-month follow-up
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A total of 73 men and women with MS were assigned to receive either reflexology or sham reflexology once weekly for 10 weeks in a randomized, double-blind study with follow-ups at six and 12 weeks. The investigators were looking mainly for the impact of reflexology on pain, but they also noted the effect on fatigue, depression, disability, muscle spasms, and quality of life.
Pain intensity improved significantly in both the reflexology and the sham groups. The reviewers also noted significant improvements in fatigue, depression, disability, muscle spasms, and quality of life in both groups.
How did the authors explain these findings? They suggested that a placebo effect may have been in play or that participants in the sham reflexology group benefited from stimulation of reflex points via non-specific massage.
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This last and most recent study was a single-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial that involved 20 individuals with moderate to severe MS. They received either reflexology or sham reflexology one hour per week for eight weeks.
Both groups showed small improvements in the Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale after eight weeks, with a slightly better improvement seen in the reflexology group. Participants also showed some improvements in other symptoms but they were similar between the two groups and returned to baseline at follow-up.
Although the findings did not support the use of reflexology to relieve symptoms of MS, the authors pointed out that this complementary option was well tolerated by patients with moderate to severe MS.
Thus far the studies of reflexology for relief of MS symptoms have yielded inconsistent results. Unlike the use of medications, however, there are no reported side effects from use of this therapeutic approach.
If you like the idea of reflexology, you could find a professional reflexologist to work with you. Some people try their hand at reflexology on their own by learning a few of the reflex points from a professional or reference materials and asking a partner or friend to press on the points, or they do it themselves.
Either way, reflexology is a complementary treatment option for MS that may provide some relief while avoiding side effects. What do you think?
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FARGO – In a quiet dance studio, half a dozen women roll a small rubber ball under their feet and hands and shift a large foam roller down their back and legs.
They spend about an hour going through a series of guided techniques to improve flexibility, mobility, and range of motion, and reduce tension, aches and pains.
“Just notice the difference in how your foot feels, how your leg feels, maybe how your hip feels,” says their instructor, Lori Hill, as she guides them through the movements.
The program, called the MELT Method, addresses connective tissue using compression and lengthening, unlike most fitness classes, which involve cardio or muscle exercises, Hill said.
Hill, who has been an aerobics instructor for more than 20 years, went through training to become a MELT instructor with Sue Hitzmann of New York City, a former group exercise instructor who created the program.
Hill is the only MELT instructor in North Dakota and the only one within 175 miles of the Fargo-Moorhead area, according to the company’s website.
She teaches ongoing MELT Method classes at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays at Inspire Dance and Wellness Studio in Fargo. She also offers one-on-one sessions in homes and businesses.
Hill’s fee for three sessions is $120 and includes the balls and roller required to do the exercises.
Hill had done yoga and Pilates training, but says she had always been looking for something to help people get out of pain when she read about MELT.
“I liked the idea that MELT was a self-treatment technique that people could learn to do and then do on their own at home,” she said.
There are different levels of MELT techniques and it can be done in as little as 10 minutes, Hill said. She has even had a client who did MELT from a chair.
Susan Shannon of Fargo has been taking Hill’s weekly MELT class since she started offering it about a year and a half ago.
“It really helps prevent injury,” Shannon said.
Shannon says she had a broken wrist and had finished physical therapy, but she did not have a full recovery until after about a month of MELT classes. She also used to have occasional shoulder pain she says she hasn’t experienced since starting MELT.
Cynthia Baumgardner of Fargo has also taken the classes since Hill started offering them and says MELT helps relieve tension in her shoulders, it makes her feel more relaxed, it has helped relieve foot pain, and it helps with her balance.
“As we age, balance is critical for our health,” she said.
Hill says the MELT Method complements physical therapy, reflexology, and massage but does not replace any of them.
Even when she’s not teaching, Hill says she practices MELT on a regular basis.
“If I have been on the computer, it is so nice to get on the roller and think about the mass of your head and the space of your neck and the mass of your upper back,” she said. “I can take a mini-MELT break to do something to alleviate any fatigue that I might have and then get back to my work.”
The hand and foot treatment is a nice mid-day break that wakes you up and helps eliminate tension, Hill said.
She hopes that by practicing the MELT method, people will be more likely to pursue other avenues of fitness as well, she said.
“If you’re in pain, you’re probably not too interested in exercise,” she said. “If we can find ways to help people decrease pain and improve movement, then they’re probably going to be more excited about getting out and increasing their activity.”
Running and fitness websites also tout the benefits of foam roller exercises for myofascial release, stretching and soothing tight muscles.
She will offer MELT for Runners March 9 and an introduction to MELT Method class March 3, 10, and 17 at Inspire.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526
“Steve” didn’t want his real name to appear in this story.
He is a craftsman who started working with his hands at the age of 10. During the summer months, as he got older, he did tractor work on area farms and saved money for college. He was always a good student and enjoyed the satisfaction that he derived from doing a good job.
“I was just like everyone else until the headaches started,” he said. “The first time was in 2004 and we were working on a place around Austin. We had been on the job for a couple of weeks, and one morning, I woke up and my head hurt so bad I cried.”
Steve went to a walk-in clinic where the doctor on duty told him he had a migraine headache and there was little he could do to help him.
“I went back to the [hotel] room and just tried to block out all the light coming in through the windows. I should have just stayed there instead of going to the doctor because going outside made it worse,” he said.
Steve spent 36 hours being completely incapacitated by the piercing pain of the headache. His life was never the same.
“For several years it would happen about once a month; the headache would come along and I would be worthless for a couple of days, but I was able to hold down a job,” he explained.
That changed in 2009 when the frequency of the migraine events began to increase. The headaches would take him out of commission a few days each week, and that’s when getting to work became a major struggle.
He went from one doctor to the next and underwent every kind of examination that modern medicine could provide.
“I’ve had cat-scans and MRIs, blood tests…you name it. The neurologist I went to told me there were about 16 different kinds of prescriptions we could try and I think I eventually went through 15 of them over about three years,” he said. “The side effects were awful with some of them.”
He said at one point a doctor he was seeing threw up his hands over the case. “He told me, ‘I can’t do anything for you’ and I was so depressed because I didn’t know what else to try,” he said.
Steve said a friend of his recommended a local chiropractor who uses acupuncture to help his patients manage pain, so he made an appointment.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I had been to a chiropractor in high school when I hurt my back one time, but I’m not real comfortable with needles.”
Steve said that like everyone else he knows, he always believed in modern medicine’s ability to take care of just about any problem a person might have. It was only after trying all avenues of normal medicine that he looked into the alternative-heath solutions.
“The acupuncture helped,” he said. “It doesn’t last forever but I would get several days of relief from the headaches when I would go and see him.”
While San Angelo doesn’t offer as many alternative-medicine choices as the more cosmopolitan population centers, there are a few options for those who seek relief outside the mainstream.
Dr. Monty Wright is one of two chiropractors in San Angelo who provide acupuncture to their patients.
Wright said that although chiropractic care is in the mainstream now, the practice is still considered ‘alternative’ by the federal government where grants and studies are concerned.
“As a chiropractor I use acupuncture all the time to help my patients feel better,” he said. “I was already a chiropractor for a couple of years and I went back to chiropractic school to receive training for acupuncture.”
Wright explained the practice of acupuncture evolved, like every other form of health care, by one human teaching another human about something they found to be effective in treating some problem.
“You can go anywhere, to the deepest jungle, and you will find cultures that practice acupuncture principles,” he said.
“If you look at it from one point of view, grandmothers around the world use acupuncture principles on kids all the time,” he explained. “ For instance there is a technique called ‘surrounding the dragon’ and when a child hurts his elbow and granny comes over and rubs all around it in big circles that is ‘surrounding the dragon’– whether your using a needle or massage — and it’s been used all over the world for thousands of years.”
Wright said that acupuncture, like many eastern health systems, views the body in terms of energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncture uses needles to affect the energy at points around the body to produce a corresponding reaction.
He said the difference between western and eastern thinking about health care could be likened to a preference for Ford, Chevrolet or Dodges. “They are all basically modes of transportation to get you where you want to go,” he said.
“Western medicine says ‘you got this disease because of a bug’ and the Chinese philosophy says ‘you got this disease because your energy was low making your immune system more susceptible to the bug’ so they are saying similar things but approaching it from differing standpoints,” Wright said.
He noted that more than half of all medical doctors in Germany practice acupuncture.
Wright explained that acupuncture is used extensively to treat pain in patients with drug and alcohol addictions, and is even used to treat the addiction itself.
Wright recalled that there was a Chinese acupuncture practitioner who had an office in San Angelo until about 1994, and he treated patients for a variety of health concerns from quitting smoking to weight loss and fatigue.
Dorothy Mackey practices reflexology from her home in San Angelo. She grew up in the panhandle and has lived in town for 52 years. She is in her ’80s but is still going strong and plans to keep helping people “as long as I possibly can.”
She learned reflexology from a school in Brownwood run by a husband and wife named Manning. She said that the couple learned about reflexology when their daughter was stricken by polio and their efforts eventually helped their daughter to walk.
She explained that reflexology uses a system much like acupuncture, but instead of needles, she uses gentle touch and only works on the feet.
“I help people with all kinds of problems,” she said. “Stomach problems and pain problems, it’s amazing what you can do with the feet.”
Mackey also swears by aloe vera and said that she takes two ounces every day.
The state of Texas does not recognize homeopathic practitioners, although some states do. However, there are some ‘lay-experts’ in town who can recommend all-natural products if you want to go that route.
Linda Walker, at Nature’s Touch Health Store, pointed out that the first pharmaceuticals developed by Greek physicians like Hippocrates were the plants and minerals available to them.
“We went from plants you could find near home to Bayer aspirin which is derived from willow bark,” she said.
The staff at Nature’s Touch is quick to point out that they are not doctors and they always recommend that patients follow whatever course of treatment their physician prescribes.
They said that many of their customers are sent to them by doctors for a variety of reasons; such as purchasing products that will help boost their immune health.
Walker said that she learned about the various vitamins, herbs and minerals through a love for healthy living.
The staff can make recommendations for those customers who are looking for help with smoking cessation, weight loss and many other concerns.
Demand for natural treatments has increased dramatically since doctors like Andrew Weil and Mehmet Oz have risen to prominence.
Weil is a Harvard trained physician who spent years in the jungle studying alternative medicine and went on to found a widely-acclaimed center for integrative medicine.
Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon who first appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s television show and now has a very popular show of his own.
Oz outlined his medical philosophy to The New Yorker Magazine in an interview saying “I want no more barriers between patient and medicine. I would take us all back a thousand years, when our ancestors lived in small villages and there was always a healer in that village.”
“Sunday should be a day of rest,” says Euphoria Spa founder Kristen Haines. “So now that we’re open on Sundays, because our clients kept asking us to, we’ve decided to devote the day to becoming even more relaxed. This might be the only thing better than a day of rest!”
Sunday at Euphoria Spa can be a respite where you’re free to release any mental, physical, or emotional negativities—think of it as a day to tap into the energy of your spirit and strengthen the relationship with yourself, so that you can enter the week centered, cleansed, and totally rejuvenated.
On hand to help you: massage therapists, Jared Pava (yoga and reiki) and Lynn Levy (reflexology), and our amazing aesthetician Fifi. Restorative yoga is also available to enhance flexibility and align the body with the mind. Book online here or call 212-925-5925.
Half Day of Healing
(160 minutes, $299; $384 to $420 value)
••• Small-group yoga class (50 minutes, $50 value)
••• One hour of Reiki with guided meditation. Reiki is a Japanese technique formulated to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing. It can be defined as “spiritually guided life force energy” and feels like a wonderful, glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Pair this with a guided meditation of your choice. (60 minutes, $185 value)
••• Fresh Air Facial: Our signature 10-step treatment with use of Luzern Laboratories’ Certified Bio-Swiss skin-care products, mesmerizing moonstone massage, and fresh oxygen mist. (50 minutes, $149 value) or ReflexFacial: Ultimate relaxation and hormonal balance can be achieved with this four-handed experience. An express facial coupled with facial, hand and foot reflexology target hormonal points to reduce acne outbreaks, fatigue, and stress. (50 minutes, $185 value)
••• Book online here (look for “Half Day of Healing” in the right column) or call 212-925-5925.
Eight weeks to revitalize your mind, body, and soul ($400; $919 value; February 23 to April 13, Sundays only). What’s included:
••• Unlimited customized small-group yoga classes. (50 minutes, $50 value each)
••• One hour of Reiki with guided meditation. Reiki is a therapeutic form of connecting with one’s “life force energy” while in a meditative state. Pair this with a guided meditation of your choice. (60 minutes, $185 value)
••• One Fresh Air Facial: Our signature 10 step treatment with use of Certified Bio-Swiss skin care products, mesmerizing moonstone massage, and fresh oxygen mist. (50 minutes, $149 value)
••• One ReflexFacial: Ultimate relaxation and hormonal balance can be achieved with this four-handed experience. An express facial coupled with facial, hand and foot reflexology target hormonal points to reduce acne outbreaks, fatigue, and stress. (50 minutes, $185 value)
••• Book online here (look for “Wellness Workshop” in the right column) or call 212-925-5925.
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GOLD HILL — At lunchtime March 7, the folks at Carolina Stalite will hold a unique raffle.
You could say it has a lot of country practicality.
Ticketholders have a chance of winning a Remington rifle, a load of crushed stone (delivered), a deer mount, a pressure-washed house cleaning, a cord of firewood and a gear wrench set with other tools.
Winners might also take home two 30-minute massages, a 30-minute reflexology session or gift cards from Koco Java and Sweet Meadow Cafe in Salisbury.
The man expected to pull the winning tickets out of a big basket is Gary Brown, Carolina Stalite’s safety director and an employee for 34 years.
The $5-a-ticket raffle aims at providing some financial help for the family of Heather Brown, Gary’s daughter.
Heather, 30, has been fighting cervical cancer since being diagnosed last March, and it’s terminal.
Hospice Palliative Care of Cabarrus County has been called in to help with Heather’s final months. She has been staying with Gary and stepmother Carol, while her children — Sky, 13; Desiree, 10; and Danny, 9 — live with their father and visit her as much as they can.
“We’re trying to help get them through,” says Ronnie Hamrick, assistant plant manager at Carolina Stalite.
Gary Brown is like family to his fellow workers at Stalite. Hamrick, Plant Manager Jessie Penley and others organized the raffle without Gary’s knowledge, and now Gary becomes a little choked up talking about it.
“There have been just so many people who jumped in, I was overwhelmed,” says Gary, who also is a Gold Hill volunteer fireman and a diver for the Rowan Rescue Squad.
“When your family is in a bad way, it’s amazing the love and friendship that comes out from people.”
Heather, who attended Erwin Middle School, East Rowan High and technical school made a lot of friends growing up in the Fisherman’s Cove area of High Rock Lake.
Before her sickness, she worked a long time at Marvin’s Family Restaurant in Mount Pleasant.
Heather went through rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments after her diagnosis. Last November, she was still hurting, and a scan showed the cancer had spread to her abdomen, pelvic area and lymph nodes on an opposite side of her body.
Doctors then became more aggressive with her chemotherapy, but the cancer could not be stopped after two rounds. The effort turned to treating her pain and keeping her as comfortable as possible.
“One of her biggest things is her children,” Gary says. “Losing her children is like me losing her.”
Gary and Heather are close. For 11 years, when Heather was still a youngster, Gary raised her and his two sons as a single parent until meeting and marrying Carol. Heather then came to know a younger stepbrother and older stepsister.
Gary Brown says he raised Heather to be independent.
“She’s a fighter,” he adds. “It’s not over yet.”
Carol and Gary have accompanied Heather as she made all her doctor visits and kept receiving the less-than-encouraging news.
“This is a heavy ordeal,” Gary says.
Hamrick says the support Stalite’s raffle received from businesses was generous and heartwarming.
He tips his hat to all the sponsors, which include Vulcan Materials, Trexler Trucking, Farrington Trucking, Body and Sole Integrative Health, Wings Thangs, Rockwell NAPA, Lead Chunkers, JK Pressure Washing, Sweet Meadow Cafe, Koko Java, Consolidated Truck Parts and Shaver’s Firewood.
Raffle tickets are available at several businesses, including Hap’s Grill in Salisbury. For other locations or information, contact Hamrick at 704-438-2106.
Gary Brown, 54, says his daughter’s fight “has pulled me back to Jesus.” He and Heather try to view Jesus as the vine, while themselves, family and friends are the branches trying to keep close to that vine.
“Jesus and my friends are what’s keeping me strong,” Gary says.
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Paramedics performing CPR by the poolside to revive Li.
KUCHING: A masseuse from China, who planned to return home at the end of the month, is in critical condition after she was found floating at the bottom of a public swimming pool yesterday.
The 25-year-old, identified as Li Hui Yu, had gone to the swimming pool at Taman BDC with a close friend – described as her adopted sister – around 4.30pm from their apartment unit located just adjacent to the pool complex.
Once there, her friend realised she had forgotten to bring her swimsuit and went back to the apartment to get it. She returned to the pool about five minutes later.
However, she could not locate Li, who had already changed and gotten into the pool. She then decided to call her mobile phone, but with no success.
The friend then walked to the edge of the pool and was shocked to see Li motionless at the bottom, and immediately screamed at nearby swimmers for help.
Paramedics who were summoned to the scene immediately performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Li and were able to revive her before taking her to the Sarawak General Hospital.
She is currently warded in critical condition.
It was learned that both Li and her friend worked as masseuses at a reflexology centre along Jalan Song, and that both women planned to return to China at the end of the month.
MUNSTER | Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Road, offers free education programs, mind/body/spirit programs and support groups for those with a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers. Call (219) 836-3349 to register for all programs.
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Yoga, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday and 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 — A prescription from your physician is required prior to attending.
Wellness Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday — Provides an opportunity to share feelings, receive support and learn ways to cope with the experience of having cancer.
Healthy Eating, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday — Nutrition Program Assistant Cheryl Hobby, with Purdue Cooperative Extension Services, will provide information on cleaning, preparing and storing food safely.
Reflexology, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 26 — Reflexology treats the whole body by touching the feet and sometimes the palms. A prescription from your physician is required prior to attending.
Chi Gong, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 — Learn art of breath, movement, non-movement and meditation. A prescription from your physician is required prior to attending.
Knit One…Nurture Too, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 27 — Knitting and crocheting squares, scarves or afghan blankets. All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided, or bring your own.
Chair Yoga, 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 — Designed for those who have difficulty with the regular yoga environment, sit or use a chair for balance. A prescription from your physician is required prior to attending.
Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 28 — Classes emphasize balance, posture, breathing techniques, concentration and complete relaxation. A prescription from your physician is required prior to attending.
There is a common belief that walking on grass in the morning and evening is a great for your health; especially for your eyes. Have you ever wondered why? Well, here are five reasons waking on grass can do a great deal of good for your mind and body.
Rejuvenates your senses and calms the mind: The entire environment in the morning – the fresh air, sunlight and peaceful atmosphere helps you in innumerable ways. Fresh oxygen helps your body work better, sunlight helps you keep warm, replenishes your vitamin D stores and the calm atmosphere helps relax your entire body and mind, allowing you to let go of all your stress. Apart from that the green colour of grass, helps stimulate your body to produce calming hormones that help you relax. Feeling stressed out? Here are effective yoga asanas that can help beat stress.
Stimulates your entire body, including the eyes: Our feet are store houses of reflexology zones that correspond to various organs of our body. According to the principles of reflexology, stimulating these points can help relieve ailments of the particular organs and keep them in a general state of good health. The foot has points for the eyes, ears, lungs, nerves of the face, stomach, spleen, brain, kidneys and many more organs, so when we walk on grass, these areas are gently stimulated, helping your entire body stay healthy. Dr Anjali Sharma, senior consultant, Naturopathy, Sri Balaji action medical institute, Delhi says, ‘When we walk on grass we stimulate the nerve endings of the foot, where thousands of nerve endings converge. These nerve endings get gently yet directly stimulated by the grass, helping the body stay in a state of equilibrium.’
Another reason for this belief is that when we walk, we put maximum pressure on the first, second and third toe. The reflexology pressure points for the eyes are present on the second and third toes, which is why walking on grass has a large number of benefits for one’s eyes. Want to know more about reflexology and accupressure? Here are 10 amazing facts.
Connects you to the earth and neutralizes your electrical energies: Dr Anjali says, ‘In naturopathy we base our treatment on the five elements of nature, out of which one of the elements is earth. The earth contains magnetic fields and has a certain flow of energy. Therefore when we walk barefoot on grass, we directly get connected to the magnetic field of the earth, which affects the entire electrical and magnetic field of our body. This exchange of energies helps neutralize negative electrical impulses in our body which are known to cause certain ailments. Therefore, cleansing our bodies of negative electrical energies definitely has a positive effect on our overall health.’
Lets you soak in the sun: When we walk on grass early in the morning we give our bodies the precious gift of ‘sun energy’. Dr Anjali says that sun energy is a great source of healing energies and restorative powers. ‘Sun energy’ – as it is called in Naturopathy – is the source of life and energy. It helps disinfect the body, tones the muscles and nerves, supplies the entire body with energy and supplies the body with the all essential vitamin D. Suffering from osteoarthritis? Here are 10 resons not to lose hope.
Dr Anjali suggests that, ‘Walking in the sun is extremely important and beneficial and one gets the maximum benefit of the sun between 6:30 to 9 in the morning and between 4:30 or 5 to about 6:30 in the evening. That being said, one should be careful not to expose themselves to harsh sunlight that we commonly see in the afternoons, as this can be damaging to the body.’
Replenishes your vitamin D stores: In recent times, osteoarthritis and other bone related diseases have become common place. Doctors say that this is mainly due to the lack of exposure to the sun. Therefore when you walk in the open – early in the morning – the sun replenishes your vitamin D stores automatically, helping you keep bone and joint diseases at bay. If you are pregnant, this vitamin is all the more important for you. Read more about why vitamin D is essential for pregnant women.
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