Absorbing an adequate amount of vitamin B-12 (B-12), in a form which can be utilized by the body, is essential for optimal health. B-12 normally combines and forms a strong complex with a glycoprotein called Intrinsic Factor (IF) when it travels through the stomach. If there is inadequate B-12 intake, or inadequate IF produced by specialized cells of the stomach, a deficiency of the B-12 will result. B-12 not bound to Intrinsic Factor is highly susceptible to degradation by digestive enzymes as it travels through the intestine.
When I work in a major hospital in Toronto and a cottage hospital outside of the city, I am often disappointed by what I notice as a trend among young people coming into the emergency rooms. I see this only during the winter months as it does not happen
Pranayama, or yoga breathing, may provide effective relief for some asthma suffers, says a recent study in “The Lancet” (vol. 335, no. 8702). The yoga breathing technique has been used for centuries in Hindu cultures to treat respiratory problems, but now the method has been confirmed by a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, said Virendra Singhl, M.D., leader of the research group. The study found that the use of pranayama exercises in subjects with mild asthma led to an overall improvement in lung function equal to or greater than that obtained through hypnosis or the use of low-dose inhaled corticosteroids. Singhl speculates that by reducing psychological over-activity, the yoga exercises help increase bronchial dilation and efficiency.
A book review is a lot like a book report, something I was quite adverse to throughout my schooling. Why read a book and go through the trouble of explaining what the author says or means? If I read a great book, I just tell my friends, “You have to read this book!” End of story - or mine at least.
“I say it, as it is. And some people don’t like it.,” said someone who was explaining the sources of her stress to me. She continued, “I want to be truthful. Sometimes truth hurts, so they get angry and they try to hurt me back, you know,” she added. “Yes, I agree,” I replied, “but does truth always need to hurt?” This is a conversation I have had multiple times — and it’s not always with individuals who are highly stressed.
I have been a pharmacist for over 30 years and an acupuncturist for nearly 10 years.
There’s a fine line between perception and imagination. We don’t just see things as they are, but rather we see things as we are. As a psychotherapist, I use the power of imagination to help my clients shift into new perceptions. Bending things is the name of the game. Just like massage is manipulation of soft tissue for a good outcome, psychotherapy is a benevolent intervention that challenges the mental/emotional “knots” of the person to help them get unstuck. I use imagination to stretch perceptions and rock the boat.