My reflexology colleague, Bill Flocco, of the American Academy of Reflexology in California, has compiled a list of interesting facts about hands (more to come.) Let’s see how many of them do you know. A quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your two hands. Your ..Continue Reading
Certified Reflexologist, Helen Chin Lui is pleased to announce on September 10th the Healing Place will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. In the beginning, most entrepreneurs wear many hats; we are not only the service provider but the administrative assistant, accountant, customer service representative, social media director, bottle washer, and ..Continue Reading
True, massaging your hands can release tension throughout the rest of your body. As you can imagine there are many health benefits to keeping your mind sharp and body relaxed. Not everyone has time or money to get a full Reflexology session, and fortunately you no longer have to. According ..Continue Reading
Massage therapist Maria Barbara “Bambi’’ Mathay roamed the pediatric clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, looking for takers. It wasn’t long before she spotted Carlie Gonzalez, 15, wrapped in a yellow blanket and weary from seven months of chemotherapy. Carlie was playing freshman volleyball at Milford High School last fall when ..Continue Reading
In 2006, the United States started to see a new holistic revival. Consumers began to seek new and alternative ways of healing the body, mind, and soul. Following our European counterparts (where the trend was 50% accelerated in comparison to the US), more people were trying various alternative healing modalities ..Continue Reading
I received a call from someone who was desperately looking for help with her digestive problem. She was in so much pain and wanted immediate help, so she started researching online and found the Healing Place. Without introducing herself, she went into her story and explained how much pain she ..Continue Reading
How we take our liver for granted!! Most of us have no idea what the foods and drinks we eat daily are doing to us. We overindulged? Liver toxin builds up! For the athletics that over-train? Uric Acids do not flush the way it should and the liver becomes sluggish. ..Continue Reading
The bottom of the foot, the part that touches the ground or floor when you walk, is called the Plantar surface The top of the foot is called the Dorsal Surface The outer edge of the foot is called the Lateral Surface The inner edge of the foot, is called ..Continue Reading
Some basic information about nails that you may not know about. Something to think about when you are attending to them. Toenails are, structurally, modified hairs made of a tough protective protein. The rate at which nails grow depends on several factors: like age, sex, diet, and exercise; it is ..Continue Reading
Certified Reflexologist and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Helen Chin Lui is in the process of finishing writing her book “Digestive Health Secrets – Deactivate Your Sick Genes Now! In her new book, Helen has included many essential and helpful tips on how to keep your digestive system healthy including hand ..Continue Reading
As a certified reflexologist, I see feet every day. Mostly feet with little problems. But there are some feet that are just dog tired from wearing ill-fitted shoes, or overworked and just plain tired. Very few of us appreciate what our bodies do for us every day until something happens. ..Continue Reading
Reflexology is wonderful! It’s therapeutic! It’s non invasive! It’s incredibly relaxing. After a Reflexology session you feel so good you will wonder why you have never had a Reflexology session before. It’s an ancient healing art that’s been around for 5,000 years. Oprah’s doctor, Dr. Oz highly recommends Reflexology to ..Continue Reading
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Researchers at Michigan State University are finding that many women who are receiving chemotherapy while in the late stages of breast cancer are turning to a complementary therapy known as reflexology to help them cope. In a pilot study, researchers from MSU’s College of Nursing tested ..Continue Reading
(Reflexology Association of America) Today recent research studies have been conducted around the world, including in the US, which are validating the effectiveness of reflexology on a wide variety of conditions. Chronic conditions seem to respond especially well to reflexology. In China, where reflexology is accepted by the central government ..Continue Reading
Ear Reflexology or Auricular Therapy is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Like hand reflexology, ear reflexology can be applied quickly and easily in situations where foot reflexology may not be suitable, or if health conditions do not permit it. Reflexology is the ancient art of healing. It can be used ..Continue Reading
Your spiritual assignment today if you choose to accept, is to be fully in your body and “be in the moment”. Be conscious of your words, thoughts and actions today. Keep a mental note on how many positive and negative thoughts you have. This will give you an idea if ..Continue Reading
What It Is: Sucralose is an artificial, sugar-like substance made from chemicals. It is a calorie-free alternative to sugars such as cane sugar and honey, but just like other artificial sweeteners, it may pose serious health risks. Sucralose is found in tens of thousands of processed food products sold in 90 different countries under various brand names, and has become one of the most common fake sugars utilized.
Health Risk: The studies conducted around sucralose and its effects on the body are greatly varied and inconclusive as a whole. There are many studies claiming that sucralose is harmless when low dosages are administered, but there are also handfuls proving otherwise. The problem is that the majority of research studies are funded by those who have a vested interest in the outcome (i.e., those who need to prove sucralose is safe to ingest). But when research studies are analyzed from outside, unbiased sources, major health risks are often uncovered. This corroborates what so many health experts have been seeing clinically – namely that sucralose is a dangerous food additive causing a range of issues from digestive disorders and anxiety to cancer and infertility.
What Science Says: Several studies have shown sucralose to be associated with adverse health outcomes including weight gain, metabolic disease and vascular dysfunction. It is proposed that the “missing” calories in sucralose confuse the brain-hormone reactions of the body. This causes individuals to overeat and alters their taste preference for sweet foods. In addition, it changes the way the body processes sugars and how it sends the signals of satiety (feeling full). As a result, eating sucralose can lead to weight gain, not weight loss, as well as obesity-related conditions.
In addition, studies have indicated that sucralose may cause pre-term delivery, kidney dysfunction, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, blurred vision and multiple myeloma. The most recent scientific review also determined that sucralose can affect the body similarly to pesticides and industrial chemicals. This includes reducing the number and balance of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the gut and causing damage and scarring of GI-tract tissue. As a consequence, the immune system is suppressed and unable to fight harmful pathogens. This can lead to an array of diseases including chronic fatigue and pain, skin disorders, impaired mental health (anxiety, irritability, depression), stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, headaches and undiagnosable conditions.
TCM note: Further research must be done on the safety of sucralose and its effects on the body. While there are studies pointing toward its safety, there are countless clinical testimonies proving otherwise. Start with this resource to see how it has affected people directly. It is always best to err on the safe side by choosing healthier alternatives.
How to Avoid It: As always, check your labels. Sucralose is found in diet sodas, energy drinks, diet juice, beverages and teas, yogurts, puddings, condiments, canned fruit, frozen desserts, chewing gum, protein powders, candies, cereals, snack foods and individualized powdered packets. It’s almost always found in any food or beverage labeled “diet,” “sugar-free,” “no added sugar,” “light,” “low-carbohydrate” or “low-calorie.”
Danger Zone: You might expect to find sucralose in diet drinks and foods, but there are other places that might be off your radar. Be diligent about looking at your favorite energy bars and drinks, sugar-free teas and hot chocolate powders, fruit juices and coffee creamers. You may be surprised to find it lurking in your froyo, sugar-free jelly, kids’ gummy vitamins, hydration drinks, flavored water and light yogurt.
Alternatives to Try: The healthiest sweeteners are those that are natural. This includes raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, coconut sugar and yacon syrup. These sweeteners also contain an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support the body’s systems and slow the release of the sugars. But if you’re looking for a no-calorie option, try organic stevia or monk fruit (luo han guo), both of which are whole-food derivatives.
Tip: Not all stevia products are created equal. Many brands over process the stevia and use synthetic solvents and harmful additives. This can cause GI disturbances such as cramping, flatulence and indigestion. Stick with organic, natural versions and use sparingly.
By Terry Oleson, Ph.D., and William S. Flocco, ARBC Certified Reflexologist. www.americanacademyofreflexology.com The following Abstract appears at the beginning of the Research Study Published in 1993 for readers to gain a quick overview of the study to determine if they would like to look into reading the entire published study. ..Continue Reading