A nightly Glass of Wine!

Nightly Glass Of Wine May Protect Boomer Women’s Bones

It’s well-known that exercise is good for our bones, even as we age, but how about that nightly glass of wine?

A new study of women in their 50’s and 60’s,  finds that moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss. The women in the study consumed about 1 1/2 drinks per day.

The findings fit with previous studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, which documented that moderate drinkers — people who consume one to two drinks per day — have higher bone mineral density compared with heavy drinkers and people who don’t consume alcohol at all.

But sorry guys, this one’s just for the ladies.

The latest study, published in the journal Menopause, finds evidence that moderate alcohol consumption influences bone turnover. It’s a small study, just 40 women, but it helps explain why this may be the case.

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The gut knows! – Our second brain.

The second brain in our stomachs

By Michael Mosley BBC TV

Our own stomachs may be something of a dark mystery to most of us, but new research is revealing the surprising ways in which our guts exert control over our mood and appetite.

Not many of us get the chance to watch our own stomach’s digestion in action.

But along with an audience at London’s Science Museum, I recently watched live pictures from my own stomach as the porridge I had eaten for breakfast was churned, broken up, exposed to acid and then pushed out into my small intestine as a creamy mush called chyme.

There are over 100 million brain cells in your gut, as many as there are in the head of a cat”

I had swallowed a miniature camera in the form of a pill that would spend the day travelling through my digestive system, projecting images onto a giant screen.

Its first stop was my stomach, whose complex work is under the control of what’s sometimes called “the little brain”, a network of neurons that line your stomach and your gut.

Surprisingly, there are over 100 million of these cells in your gut, as many as there are in the head of a cat. What can all of this really mean?

The little brain does not do a lot of complex thinking but it does get on with the essential daily grind involved in digesting food – lots of mixing, contracting and absorbing, to help break down our food and begin extracting the nutrients and vitamins we need.

And all those neurons lining our digestive system allow it to keep in close contact with the brain in your skull, via the vagus nerves, which often influence our emotional state.


For instance when we experience “butterflies in the stomach”, this really is the brain in the stomach talking to the brain in your head. As we get nervous or fearful, blood gets diverted from our gut to our muscles and this is the stomach’s way of protesting.

HUNGER HORMONES:  read more….

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Massage Therapy and Living Green!

Imagine a series of massage therapy clinics using 100% recycled materials and all natural/organic ingredients!

Massage is the one profession poised to lead this gentle living movement.

Attached is a great story about re-using so much of what is wasted:  Click here for the full story.

When it comes to architecture, sustainability and affordability can mean many things: Salvaged wood becomes new flooring, old newspapers are shredded into insulation.

But a few architects are taking green building one step further: creating entire homes and businesses out of discarded shipping containers — an approach some have dubbed “cargotecture.”

Approximately a quarter-million shipping containers pass through Oregon’s Port of Portland each year. These are big boxes — 40 feet long and weighing thousands of pounds.

“As you look across the container terminal here, they look like giant, multicolored Legos stacked up out there,” says port spokesman Josh Thomas. Each one is full of cargo moving in or out of the Portland region.


ASIS Massage – Promoting Peace, One Body at a Time!

Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra, the white lotus, is located “above” the Crown of the head. It is the Chakra that controls our connection with the Divine. It helps us with our spiritual development and sense of inner peace.



IDENTITY Universal Identity

ISSUES Cognition

DEMON Attachment

RIGHTS Right to Know



COLOR Violet

AFFIRMATIONS: I accept and acknowledge my spirituality!

I am open to new ideas! I am guided by inner wisdom!

The world is my teacher, and I am hear to learn!

Resources and Recommended Readings:

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. “Eastern Body, Western Mind”

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Third Eye Chakra

The Third Eye, or Brow Chakra, the Purple lotus, is located in the middle of the forehead. It is the Chakra that controls intellect, intuition and inner sight. It helps us with exploring and understanding the world around us and getting in touch with our inner voice.



IDENTITY Archetypal Identity

ISSUES Intuition

DEMON Illusions

RIGHTS Right to See


AGE of DEVELOPMENT Adolescence

COLOR Purple

AFFIRMATIONS: I can manifest my vision!

I see all things with clarity!

I am open to the wisdom within!

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Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra, the blue lotus, is located right in the throat region. It is the Chakra that controls personal vision and communication. It helps us with self-expression, envisioning our purpose in life, and developing our Voice in the world.



IDENTITY Creative Identity

ISSUES Communication


RIGHTS Right to Speak


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 7 yrs – 12 yrs


AFFIRMATIONS: I hear and speak the truth!

My voice is important!

I experience myself with clear intentions!

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Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra, the green lotus, is located right in the middle of the chest. It is the deepest Chakra in our core and controls our emotions, compassion and ability to love. It guides us in our relationships, helps us open up to love from other and wills us to share compassion with the world.



IDENTITY Group Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Love Right to Love


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 4 yrs – 7 yrs


AFFIRMATIONS: There is an infinite amount of love!

I live in balance with others!

I am loving to myself and others!

I am worthy of love!

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Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra, the yellow lotus, is located in the abdomen region. It is the Chakra related to Fire and Transforma- tion. It governs our sense of Personal Power and guides how we discover and utilize our strengths, as well as, interact and respect others. The solar plexus chakra helps us stand up in the world and allow ourselves to shine.




RIGHTS Right to Act

AGE of DEVELOPMENT 18 mos – 4 yrs

COLOR Yellow



I can do what ever I want! I accomplish tasks easily!

I honor the power with-in me!

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Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra, the orange lotus, is located in the pelvis region. It is the Chakra related to water and movement It governs our sense of creativity and our relationships to other people and money. The sacral chakra helps us relate and maneuver in the world.



IDENTITY Emotional Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Sexuality Right to Feel


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 6 mos – 2 yrs

COLOR Orange


Life is pleasurable! I embrace and celebrate my sexuality!

I deserve pleasure in my life!

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Root Chakra

7 CHAKRAS from

Anodea Judith’s Eastern Body, Western Mind

(Not to be confused with Dr. Stone’s 5 Element Theory!)

Every one of the centers that are called chakras, correspond to an area of the body, and are associated with certain behavioral characteristics and a stage of spiritual growth. Chakras represent specific psycho-physical energies that are activated one by one through the breath, along with the flow of the elements throughout daily life. The word Chakra in Sanscrit translates to wheel or disc.

Chakras are considered centers of activity that receive, assimilate, and express life force energy, and are said to be responsible for a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual functions. Each of the seven chakras represent a definite set of desires that correspond to a particular element. While desires should not be cultivated, they should be fulfilled, if they are really present. Otherwise one will be inevitably drawn back to them. This understanding of the seven chakras offers a way to balance ones desires and lead a more happy and spiritual life along personal impulses, or dare we say, destiny.


The Root Chakra, the red lotus, is located right at the base of the spine. It is the closest Chakra to the ground and controls our sense of stability and security in this life. It is where we get our footing, stand our ground and find our strength.



IDENTITY Physical Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Survival Right to be here


AGE of DEVELOPMENT womb-12 mos



I love my body! I trust my body’s wisdom! It is safe for me to be here! I have a right to be here! The earth supports my needs!

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