Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Ability to Lose Weight?

Does lack of sleep affect your ability to lose weight? It appears that the answer is yes, it does.

I found one study on PubMed that shows that sleep deprivation does reduce your ability to lose weight, even when you are on a diet. The results say that lost sleep “decreased the proportion of weight lost as fat by 55%” and “increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60%”. So not only does sleep deprivation reduce your ability to lose fat, you end up losing good mass.

There was an additional study on PubMed that showed that people who sleep 6 hours or less each night have a higher chance of gaining fat mass than people who sleep 7 to 8 hours at night. It looks like your waistline will thank you for getting a full night’s sleep at night.

What I have found that works for me to get a good night’s sleep every night is a magnetic sleep system, or at least a magnetic mattress pad.

Wayne Woodworth

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Osteoporosis and Milk

Milk might not be the best thing to drink to deal with osteoporosis.

My wife found this yesterday in one of her nutrition textbooks, Dietary Guidelines, from the Global College of Natural Medicine, 2010

Regrettably, the more dairy one consumes, the weaker bones can become.  It has to do with acidity and alkalinity.  When placed together they neutralize.  The calcium in milk is alkaline while the protein is acidic.  The problem is that there is more acid in the milk than alkaline calcium.  This causes the body to leach more calcium from the bones to combat the acids coming in.  So, unfortunately, those consuming dairy to combat osteoporosis are actually causing the opposite to occur.

Everyone knows that milk is an excellent source of calcium. As far as I know, calcium is the only reason that people drink milk.  It also turns out that milk doesn’t contain enough of the other minerals that the body needs to be able to absorb the calcium even if it was available to us.

I guess that the calcium fortified orange juice I saw at the grocery store is also pointless because orange juice is very acidic.

The best place to get calcium naturally is vegetables. That actually goes for just about any mineral because vegetables are alkaline. Here’s a good list of veggies and their calcium content.

If you want a calcium supplement that contains the necessary minerals to actually use the calcium for something other than making kidney stones, try this one.

If you want something the drink, try water.

Wayne Woodworth
Cow milk is specially formulated for baby cows anyway

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Osteoporosis and Calcium

Osteoporosis has become a serious problem. It used to be considered a disease that only elderly women developed, but not anymore.  It is becoming a problem for younger people, both men and women. A large part of the rise in osteoporosis is the increasing amount of acidic foods and drinks that people are taking in. As a society, we eat too much fast food and processed food and drink too many soft drinks. We don’t realize how acidic some of our food and drinks are.

Why should you care about acidity when it comes to osteoporosis? Because calcium, what makes your bones hard, is also what your body uses to balance out the pH, or acid level, in your body. If you take in a lot of acid foods then your body will pull calcium out of the bones to deal with it. Over time, that will lead to loss of bone mass and osteoporosis.

So, how do you fix the problem?  Most people already know about taking calcium to strengthen their bones. The problem with just taking calcium is that the body needs other nutrients to help use it properly. When you take large amounts of calcium without the required nutrients to help the body use it, the calcium gets flushed out of  the body through the kidneys, causing an increased risk of kidney stones. I’ll talk about the nutrients that help in a moment.

There are chemicals in some foods that prevent the body from absorbing calcium like it should. Sodium increases the amount of calcium lost through urine. Sulfate produced from burning excess protein for energy also causes calcium to be lost through the urine. The oxalate found naturally in some foods binds with calcium, preventing it from being absorbed. The phosphorous in cola and a lot of processed foods can interfere with calcium absorption. Insoluble fiber also reduces calcium absorption.  Finally, caffeine can increase urinary excretion leading to more calcium being lost.

Fortunately, there are also chemicals that aid the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D is essential for the body to absorb calcium. Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, and boron also assist the body in absorbing calcium.

As you can see, fixing bone mass problems and osteoporosis takes more than just increasing the amount of calcium that you take in. Nikken has a new calcium supplement called CalDenx that contains vitamin D, magnesium, and boron in addition to the calcium. Nikken also has another supplement, OsteoDenx, that does not contain calcium but aids in the absorption of the calcium that you get from your diet, other calcium supplements, or CalDenx.

Wayne Woodworth
Consumer of Nutritional Supplements

PS: The info about what substances inhibit and support the absorption of calcium came from an excellent article at www.emedicinehealth.com

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Matrix Energetics – WOW!

Have you heard of Matrix Energetics? I read the book about 6 months ago and took the 3-day seminar a week ago.  Dr. Richard Bartlett has an interesting story about how Matrix Energetics came about, which he shares in the book. He also describes some of the techniques, which I didn’t really get from the book. I’m a little too left-brained to pick it up from a book. It was enough for me to understand that it is really powerful though, so I looked into the seminar.

I got it at the seminar.  From the outside, the seminar looks a lot like the videos on the Matrix Energetics website. Someone gets up on stage, Dr. Bartlett wiggles his fingers at them and laughs, then the person falls down (there is someone to catch them of course). The basic teaching is to set an intent for change and how to get out of your own way to let it happen. They teach several techniques for distracting your conscious mind so that you can let the change happen.

As a participant in the seminar I can honestly say that it does work. I did find myself sitting on the carpet several times. I don’t know that I felt anything big happen to me, but several other people in the room had some pretty significant experiences. I was also able to allow a shift in a few of the people I worked with at the seminar, which was really cool.

I have played with it since the seminar working on building my belief and opening myself to the experience. In other words, I have caused my wife and kids to fall down in the safety of our home. Mostly I have just been building confidence in my ability to do nothing and allow things to change. That’s really all it is about and it is very powerful in that simplicity.

I think the people who would get the most out of the books (there is a second book out now) and the seminar are either people involved in body work (massage), energy work (Reiki, Pranic Healing), and anyone seriously interested in learning how to get the most from learning how to use the Law of Attraction.

The two books by Dr. Bartlett are Matrix Energetics and The Physics of Miracles. There is also a very good audio program called The Matrix Energetics Experience.

You can find out more about Matrix Energetics and the seminars at the Matrix Energetics website.

Wayne Woodworth
Matrix Energetics Newbie

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Are You Tired of Being Sick Yet?

You probably hear almost daily that another one of your friends or co-workers is sick. The media is still pumping up the swine flu even though some medical authorities have said that it has already peaked and has not been the event that it was predicted to be. Personally, I’m tired of hearing about it.

I don’t believe that most people need to get sick, especially not with things like a cold or the flu. None of my immediate family has been sick in over a year, and it isn’t because we live in isolation. I have small kids who go to school every day and are around other sick kids, so they have been “exposed” to whatever is out there, as have my wife and I.

So why don’t we get sick? We do just a few things different than other people. The biggest is that we drink a lot of alkaline water instead of carbonated beverages or coffee.  Other things that we do include taking a good green barley grass supplement, a mushroom based immunity supplement, and make sure that our indoor air is filtered. My kids like taking these supplements too.

Naturally, I can’t guarantee that you will have the same results as we have. It is sure worth giving it a try. Find out more about the water filtration that we use and the  nutritional supplements that we take.

Wayne Woodworth
Nikken Wellness Consultant

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Government Health Care Plan? I Prefer Wellness Care

My “local” congressman called a few nights ago with an automated phone survey to get my input on what they are working on in Washington. One problem with the survey is that it only accepted “yes” or “no” answers, so it was pretty meaningless in my opinion. The other problem is that I really don’t care too much about what they are doing because I look after my own interests.  The two major areas in the survey were about health care and taxing the wealthy. I give my viewpoint on the taxation issue on one of my other blogs. This is about my view on health care.

First, I prefer “wellness care” to “health care” because the idea of health has become so tied to doctors, drugs, and surgery. I don’t think that they are the long-term answer. If you really want to be healthy and stay healthy, then you need to make choices on a daily basis. Are you going to take the time to get enough sleep? Are you going to eat better today? Are you going to drink enough water? Will you take the time to do something for yourself and have fun?

Health doesn’t come from a pill bottle or a syringe. Your health comes from your lifestyle. It is what you do and eat every day and have done every day from the moment you were born. Actually, it starts before you were born but that was out of your control. If you eat a lot of processed foods and fast food, drink soft drinks instead of water, get completely stressed out, and only sleep 5 hours every night then you will probably get sick and there is nothing that a chemical can do to prevent it. These things all stress the body. Doing some of these things in small amounts is OK and could be beneficial because small amounts of stress could strengthen the body. When these choices become the norm though and the body is constantly stressed, it eventually reaches a breaking point and it will let you know.

On the other hand, if you usually get a good night sleep, drink plenty of water, eat your veggies, save desserts for special occasions, get some exercise, and take time to play then you will be much more resistant to illnesses. The body gets the nutrition and water it needs to properly function. Sleep gives it the time to repair and ready itself for a new day. Exercise helps to pump the blood and keep the muscles toned. Time for play, whether that is physical play or mental play, allows the body to release stress and relax. This all helps the body to be ready for whatever comes along, deal with it, then get ready for the next thing. That includes dealing with illnesses.

I don’t think the federal government’s plan is looking at health this way.

Wayne Woodworth
Take a look at my other wellness blog to see what I am using to help stay healthy.

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Binaural Beats and Brainwave Entrainment

Have you heard about binaural beats and brainwave entrainment? I’ve been hearing a lot about it recently from a variety of sources.

The most recent place I heard about brainwave entrainment was a blog post by Heather Vale Goss. She mentioned an interesting site that has some very cool programs that use entrainment to do things from improving your health and enhancing creativity to learning astral projection and lucid dreaming.

So what is brainwave entrainment?

To understand the value of what entrainment does you need to know about the different brainwave frequencies and when they occur. First is beta, which occurs when you are actively engaged in something. Next is alpha, which occurs when you are relaxed, maybe reading a book or watching a sunset. Then comes theta, a very relaxed state. When you go into theta you aren’t paying any attention to what you are doing and are open to great ideas.  When you take a shower and have a great idea or remember something that you couldn’t before are good examples of theta frequency. The last frequency is delta, which occurs in deep, dreamless sleep.

Researchers found that they can coax the brain into these frequencies with something called binaural beats.  This is brainwave entrainment. What they do is play a sine wave of one frequency in one ear and one of a different frequency in the other ear. The brain then gets entrained to a frequency equal to the difference between the two frequencies playing in your ears.

The first brainwave entrainment program I heard about was Holosync from Bill Harris’ Centerpointe Research Institute. If you have seen The Secret, then you will remember Bill Harris talking about one of his clients named Robert who hated his job and wanted to be a stand-up comedian. Robert was using Holosync. Bill Harris describes Holosync as the lazy man’s way to meditate. He uses binaural beats as I described above to induce meditative states and each subsequent level takes you into deeper and deeper meditative states.  It has a few other cool technologies built in to make the experience even better. I have used Holosync for a few years and highly recommend it. Go to the Holosync website and request the free demo CD.

Wayne Woodworth
Brainwave entrainment is just cool.

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Develop Your Intuition

Do you listen to your intuition? Do you even know what your intuition is?

Bob Proctor in 6 Minutes to Success defines intuition as the mental factor that allows you to tune into vibration. Everyone is transmitting thought energy, or vibrations, all day long. So, your intuition is your ability to pick up on what other people are thinking.

Bob suggests an exercise to demonstrate. Pick one person that you know and think about them calling you. Think about it frequently, all day long. The stronger your feeling of them calling you, the stronger the vibration that you put out. Chances are that they will call you before the end of the day, or the next time you talk to them they will probably tell you that they were thinking about calling you.

If you have watched The Secret or studied the Law of Attraction, then you understand the idea of inspired action.  Those inspirations are your intuition talking to you.  For me, that’s really what the Law of Attraction is all about.  As you probably know, it is highly unlikely that a million dollars or a new BMW is going to fall out of the sky and into your lap. What will happen though is that when you get into alignment with what you want, your intuition will guide you to do the things that will move you and your desires closer together.

The more you listen to your intuition, the stronger it will get.

Wayne Woodworth
My intuition told me that this would be a good post to write. What do you think?

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Your Interconnected Body

In the traditional medical approach, the parts of the body are all treated independently. Medical science is learning that those old ideas aren’t true. The body is actually very interconnected and nothing can take place in one part of the body that does not have some effect throughout the rest of the body.  These effects can be broadcast around by the fascia.

They have learned that the fascia is much more important than they realized and that it binds the body together down to the intracellular level.  In the past, the fascia has been treated as just another layer of tissue and pretty much ignored.  It is easy to see how the fascia surrounds the organs and muscles and separates the large structures of the body.  What they are finding now is that it also penetrates the cell and even the nucleus of the cell.

If you think back to high scho0l biology you might remember the picture of the inside of a cell.  It had several small structures called organelles that floated around in fluid. That’s not the case anymore.  Now they know that it is filled with a matrix that they are calling the cytoskeleton, which is an extension of the intercellular matrix, or fascia.  It also penetrates the nucleus of the cell and interacts with the DNA.

The importance of this interconnection is that it provides a communication channel for the body from any given point to all other points and even into the cells and nucleus without being impeded by the cell membranes.

Where this communication channel does run into problems is with scar tissue.  Scar tissue is caused by cutting the skin and the underlying fascia, which as far as the communication aspect is concerned, is the same as cutting your phone line.  The scar tissue forms to repair the skin and knit the fascia back together but the communication path is still damaged. Fortunately, there are techniques that can help deal with the scar tissue, techniques like myofascial release.

The point I want you to get from this is that you are not a collection of parts that work independently.  You have a whole body that needs to be treated as a whole body.  Accidental injuries to the skin and cutting during surgeries have a greater significance than the forming of scar tissue because they damage the bodies ability to transmit information from one area to another.  Finally, it is possible, and important, to properly treat scar tissue to help keep the body functioning properly.

Wayne Woodworth
Myofascial Release is my favorite form of body work. Better than a massage.

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Electric and Magnetic Fields in the Body

The body generates electrical and magnetic fields. That idea has been taught in Eastern traditions for thousands of years. Western traditions have always held to the idea that “if I can’t see it then it doesn’t exist”. Fortunately western science is now getting sophisticated enough that we can now measure these fields.

It turns out that the major systems of the body each generate their own fields that can be measured independently.  The first energy that medicine was able to detect were the electrical fields generated by the heart and brain.  This gave rise to the electrocardiogram to measure the heart’s electrical field, and the electroencephalogram to measure the brain’s field.  These are pretty common now but they have a rather significant problem.  The electrical field gets distorted as it passes through other tissues.  For example, the brain’s electrical field gets distorted as it passes through the dural tissue, skull, and scalp.

The solution is to measure the system’s magnetic field,  which does not get distorted.  Science has developed equipment that can measure the much weaker magnetic signals.  For the heart and the brain they are they magnetocardiogram and magnetoencephalogram.  Another benefit of these technologies is that they don’t require skin contact like the electrical counterparts do.

The heart produces the strongest fields,  followed by those generated by muscle contractions, brain function, and sensory responses.  That sensory responses generate measurable electrical and magnetic fields is interesting.  Just by seeing this page, your retinas generate a measurable electrical and magnetic response.

So, what does this mean for wellness?  I’m reading information that says that the body’s  systems effect each other through the energies that they generate.  I’m really interested in finding research that shows that we can help the body heal by applying external energies, such as magnetic and far-infrared, to balance and tune these fields that we can now measure.

If you want to read this information yourself, it is coming from Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis by James L. Oschman.

Wayne Woodworth
So psyched by this energy medicine that you can probably measure it.

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