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Vol 5, No. 5,
October 2008


*   Open House on the Danforth
*   Head to Tail: myofascial release, a new therapy
*   newspaper clippings things of interest
*   herbs: plantain
*   archives lots of things of interest
*    videos: Bill and I have been making some vidoes, none I would rave about yet, but wait! take a look at the video on tai chi walk, perhaps, or look at my video page, musings there on meditation, and sundry.



and, I've been posting videos on youtube

They are one take, so they are full of mistakes
and so far the production values are not amazing,
but they are getting better.

see, for instance, Tai Chi Walk, One




I've started working on Tuesdays
at "Healing on the Danforth".

That's 1397 Danforth just east of the Greenwood Subway station

we are having an
Open House

on Saturday the 18th October
from 12:00 to 4:00

come and meet the folk at Healing on the Danforth
ask questions, sample the healing techniques offered.

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Head to Tail

myofascial release

We hold the past in our bodies, and this can be the root of our present problems. Myofascial release techniques, such as CranioSacral Therapy, can help us unwind the scars left by our history. All the techniques that I know, though, leave out the tailbone (the coccyx), yet in a sense the tailbone in where we start, where we begin. I have developed a simple, non-invasive technique to release tensions tied up at our base. If we are going to unwind the body, it is important to balance the floor.

I have collected techniques to release tension and contractions at all levels of the body including, and in some ways especially, the top and the bottom, the tailbone and the skull and the jaw. It is only after we unwind the past that we can be at ease in the present and ready for the future.

Head to Tail myofascial release starts with a free fifteen minute consultation to introduce you to the seven half hour sessions that constitutes the basic full body unwinding/release procedure.

The fee per session is $80 if paid at the time of the treatment: however, we offer a 25% reduction if you pay for two sessions in advance: i.e. $120 for two sessions. We will give you a further session free if you pay for the whole course of seven sessions: i.e. $360.

To read more about the technique for unwinding tension in the tailbone, click here.

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Newspaper clippings
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Psychoanalytic Therapy Wins Backing

A review of 23 studies of neo-Freudian/Psychodynamic psychoanalysis, published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) found this classical long-term talk therapy to be as effective, or more effective, than other varieties of psychotherapy (such as Cognative Therapy).

New York Times 1 October 2008

Recent discussions in the media have also discribed how neuroscientist are looking at Freud ian Theory with a considerable degree of respect.

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Acetaminophen in Babies May Raise Risks

"The use of acetaminophen in the first year of life is associated with an increased risk for asthma, eczema and allergic runny nose later in childhood... brand name Tylenol... had an almost 50 percent increased risk ..."

New York Times 7 October 08

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Not exactly a newsclip but, I heard on the radio (and then googled) that
St. Johnswort
stimulates the liver to deal with toxins (see immediately below), which is why it can be tricky with many pharmaceutical drugs, because it helps the body get rid of them... so, St. Johnswort for detox! (take the tincture or tea).

St. Johnswort cause the production of an enzyme, PXR, which causes the production of a cytochrome P450 (which is a major detox vehicle) that gets rid of "xenobiotics"(i.e. unnatural chemicals): it increases the metabolism of the detox system.

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From vol 3 no 1: An interesting clipping that I've stumbled on since the last letter concerns vibration:(Globe and Mail, 13 June 2006) "SCIENTIST GETS VIBES TO BUILD BONES. Device to help space travelers approved to treat sufferers of osteoporosis." The device is a machine that generates vibrations - vibration implies acceleration/deceleration, and is therefore somewhat like gravity - therefore in theory, and it seems in practice, good for maintenance of bone mass in zero gravity (it was designed for use in space). On earth, the article says, "a person who stands on [the platform of the vibration device] for 20 minutes a day can build bone density an average of 2 percent a year. ... By sending small vibrations through the body - moving about 50 micrometers (or the thickness of a few human hairs) up and down and repeating at a rate of 34 cycles per second - the platform triggers musculoskeletal stimulations that naturally occur... the vibrations from the platform are set to a frequency that [generates acceleration that] is one-third that of gravity... and is therefore safe. Other devices (exercise machines) which generate 4 to 15 gravities are dangerous, we are told.

The thing that I find interesting here is that a relatively subtle vibration is having an appreciable (positive) effect on body metabolism and function. I am therefore wondering what the vibrational effects of chanting, OM, for instance, are? We'd need an engineer to tell us about the difference in order of magnitude between that devise and the vibrations that are set up in your body by, a) a rock band in a bar, b) by chanting, OM for instance. However, orders of magnitude might or might not be of relevance here. Subtle vibrations may be having physiological effects. One would have to look and see.

Meanwhile, the safe course would be to do the chanting. It's bound to have salubrious effects at many levels (if not bone mass and muscle mass - muscles, that too was in the article). ("Salubrious" = health promoting - forgive the use of a relatively obscure word.) "Over all the bone density of the controlled group (the reporter has got this wrong - he means "experimental group" as compared to the control group) increased by 3 percent during a year, and muscle mass improved by 4 percent."

So get chanting, OM (or what you fancy).