Qigong – A Pathway to Heaven and Health

Qigong (also spelled chi kung) is a practice that is over 4000 years old in China. It is meditative, healing and spiritual and has been found to be a powerful way to maintain health, treat disease, and cultivate wisdom. Tai chi is related to qigong as the martial art form of the science. There are hundreds of forms of qigong in China today that vary in forms and techniques. The aim of all qigong forms is the same: to help people achieve their optimum level of wellness; to make a positive impact to the well being of humanity.

How does Qigong work? The body is enlivened by a life-force energy, which when blocked or weakened, can predispose a person to illness. Treatments, such as Qigong, that can increase the energy flow can be curative. Like a radio with a spent battery, a human body with low levels of energy (qi) performs poorly. Qigong is the practice of bringing qi (energy) from the universe into the body, and the cultivation of that vital energy to flow throughout the body unimpeded by blockages. Blockages are formed throughout our meridians (energy pathways) by stress, improper diet, pollution and other environmental toxins. Qi is the true energy of being alive, it keeps us healthy. According to Chinese medicine, when qi and blood are circulating freely, there is no disease or pain.

Qigong is a biological science. It comes from the struggle of man against a toxic environment and illness, and has been effective for centuries in improving health and curing disease. The effectiveness of Qigong comes from treating the mind and the body as a whole. It is a physical as well as a mental exercise that regulates the three essential elements: MIND, BREATH, and BODY. To practice Qigong regularly will improve health continuously.

By combining both physical and mental work, Qigong transforms energy into qi (bioenergy, vital force, life-force, prana, ki, mana), which stores spirit, and in turn, spirit then nourishes qi. In every movement there is exercise of the mind as well as of all parts of the body; while the qi is being directed to the internal organs simultaneously. This process cleans out the channels (meridians) and nourishes the qi and blood. Energy, qi, and spirit will then be sufficient in the body to nourish the inner organs and limbs so illness can be overcome and health improved. This is an active therapy, capable of tapping one’s natural potential and curing disease with one’s own power. The purpose here is to prevent disease, recover health, and prolong life to make a greater contribution to society.

The curative mechanisms of Qigong is the result of exercising the muscles, bones and skin externally, while refining energy, qi and mind internally. Through this exercise of the mind, breath and body, the qi and blood are allowed to flow freely around the body without any blockage. Qigong treats the mind and body as a whole, thus is very effective. With continued Qigong practice, the accumulation of vital energy in the body will steadily increase. As this energy gains momentum, it is capable of killing bacteria and malignant cells and increases resistance to disease. The more time spent on one’s practice, the better the results

Qigong trains the will and the powers of concentration and can be an efficient tool in the transformative process. To have a profound influence on the well being of the individual can collectively have the same positive influence on the nation and on the world. Therefore it is worthy of our greatest efforts.

There are three important aspects to improving one’s health, curing disease and profiting from Qigong. The first is CONFIDENCE. You need to believe that through hard work and consistent practice, health will be improved and disease cured. The second aspect is DETERMINATION. Make up your mind to overcome all the difficulties. Find time in your busy schedule to make your practice a priority. PERSEVERANCE in carrying on your practice is important.

A regular life and healthy diet are an important part of Qigong practice. Let positive feelings leave no room for the negative. Accept things as they are. Those who suffer from chronic illness should take an active part in regaining their health. Qigong has been shown to assist in the recovery from Cancer and the prevention of its return. It is especially useful in the easing of the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

HAVE POSITIVE IDEAS, BECAUSE POSITIVE IDEAS BRING POSITIVE QI!

AS QI FILLS THE BODY- THE BODY FILLS WITH LIFE!

ENERGY FLOWS WHERE ATTENTION GOES!

Dog Treats and Your Dog

Dog treats are among the most gratifying items you will be able to provide for your dog. They’re oftentimes an alternative item that we like to give our pets for a good training session, when they’ve behaved well, or even as something they receive special for the day. Treats are developed to provide your dog with additional vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to live a long and healthy life.

To know which are best for your pet, ask yourself what your reason for giving them is , how often you will offer up the treat, how healthy your dog is, the flavors your dog enjoys eating, and perhaps even consider the size of his/her mouth and what his chewing abilities are. Remember as well that puppies have smaller and softer teeth and that senior dogs often have more sensitive teeth, so for both these groups of dogs, softer dog treats are more pertinent.

Treats are nutritionally formulated for health and longevity. Our four legged friends all love wholesome treats and chews.

We suggest that treats be kept in an air tight container to secure freshness especially when preservatives are not used. Dog Treats should only be a moderate portion of your dog’s diet, about 10 Percent. Overfeeding can lead to obesity and additional health related consequences. As with any treat, use your best judgment in the number you give your dog each day.

Pet treats are just an added way of showing your pet how much they mean to you and by employing a high quality one you are also maintaining your pet’s good health. It’s fun to be able to treat your pet and not worry about weight gain or allergies.

Make sure the treats are appetizing to the dog. Dried out, tasteless and crumbly dog treats will not motivate nearly as much exuberance in training as a juicy piece of meat or sharp scented cheese. The regular use of this edible treat keeps the pet healthy and his oral hygiene in perfect state.

If given the choice would you rather feed your dog healthy snack or something that is possibly harmful to their health. Treat your dog to a healthy gourmet snack with an irresistible taste.

All in all, dogs love healthy dog treats and you love feeling good about giving fresh, wholesome treats to your dog. Every dog deserves a healthy treat.

There are some that are hard and chewy, for the express purpose of cleaning a dog’s teeth. Some are designed to aid in digestion and internal health. Many are organic and all are made only of wholesome nutritious ingredients. Therefore you can be reassured you are providing your pet with a healthy snack.

Dog treats are a perfect way to help develop a strong, trusting bond between yourself and your dog. They are an important tool for training, rewarding, and bonding with your dog. When they’re used correctly they can be quite beneficial to your dog.

Cat Health – Treating Your Cat at Home

Basic Wound Care

Trim the fur around the affected area and clean the wound carefully, using a damp washcloth and antiseptic soap. This must be done each morning and evening for five days. The wound should remain uncovered for approximately three days, allowing it to drain. This helps to prevent abscess. Licking is a natural part of healing, so allow your cat to lick his wound for three days. After three days it is helpful to apply an antibiotic cream and outfit your cat with an e-collar to prevent licking. If your cat is lethargic or stops eating, he could have blood poisoning. See your veterinarian immediately.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny white parasites feed on the skin debris of cats and may chew on the tissue within the ear canal. Your cat may find them itchy or even painful and typically responds with excessive scratching of his hears or tilting his head to one side. Ear mites leave behind a waxy brown substance that looks like coffee grounds.

To treat ear mites at home combine a clove of garlic with a cup of olive oil and let it sit overnight. Discard the garlic and put a few drops in each ear every third day, for three weeks.

Cat Flu

Cats can get the flu, and it makes them feel miserably. Their little noses and eyes run and become swollen, and they typically begin sneezing.

It is important to keep your cat eating while she recovers. You may need to warm his food or add a little garlic to make it more palatable. Take him into the bathroom with you when showering, so he can breath in the humidity. Using a soft warm cloth, wipe his eyes and nose as needed. Each day give him 250 mg of vitamin C and one drop of liquid echinacea for every three pounds of body weight. Do not give your cat aspirin. Recovery typically takes a week to ten days.

If your cat gets worse or does not appear to respond to treatment, please see your veterinarian. The flu virus sometimes attacks kittens, leaving them prone to recurrences for the rest of their lives. In that case, you may want to discuss a feline flu vaccine with your veterinarian.

Warning

Never substitute online advice or judgment for your own. Only a veterinarian is qualified to diagnose and treat animals.

Holism, Health and Cannabis

Holism is about the big picture; it relates to the theory that nothing happens in a vacuum. When seeking answers to a problem, holism puts the emphasis on the ‘whole’ rather than the parts.

The English Oxford Dictionaries define holism:

The theory that parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they cannot exist independently of the whole, or cannot be understood without reference to the whole, which is thus regarded as greater than the sum of its parts.

And when holism is about health:

The treating of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

Another way to think about holism is by using the analogy of systems both natural and manmade (i.e. an ecosystem a health system, a family system, a solar system, etc.).

A system is a complex ‘whole’ with a clear boundary; there is an outside and an inside. The content inside a system (for example: weather, animals, and plants) is made up of interrelated, interdependent parts that directly reflect the overall context, within which they exist, (for example: an ecosystem).

Whenever the whole of anything produces an outcome greater than any of its parts could accomplish, individually, we call that synergy, (for example: a thunderstorm, the music of an orchestra).

The opposite to holism, reductionism, instead analyzes something by its component parts.

Holistic Health: Treating the Whole Person

The traditional approach of the medical system has taught us to recognize health from a reductionist perspective. We go to the doctor to get some specific part of our body fixed because it has stopped functioning well and may be causing us pain.

Millions of people get positive results using the medical-model. The only problem is that this model considers, almost exclusively, just the health of the body. And when it comes to mental health, the typical solution is to prescribe antidepressant medicine.

Why is this a problem? We humans are complex beings. We have minds, emotions and a soul, the personal, intangible relationship to a macro reality beyond ourselves. What’s more, who we are, is constantly influenced within the contexts of family, community, country and world.

A holistic approach to health and wellness addresses the reality of these multiple interrelated and interdependent parts that make us who we are. The malaise of any one of them can directly (and negatively), affect the health of other parts of our life.

For this reason alone, the first focus of holistic care is on the person and not the issue or disease. Stress, anxiety, and depression, for example, often end up translating to a physical symptom. It’s all connected.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national survey, in September, 2017, The American Psychiatric Association reported that antidepressant use had gone from 1 in 50 people 30 years ago to 1 of 9 between the years 2011 and 2014, and now in 2018.

This is clear evidence of the rise in mood disorders for Americans.

Why the increased use? As mentioned, nothing happens in a vacuum and so assessing one’s lifestyle regarding home, relationships, finances, work, etc. becomes a critical task to determine their impact. The bottom-line is to find the root cause (s) and establish a restorative plan.

Cannabis and Holistic Health

The medicinal use of cannabis is a world apart from its recreational use. In many cases, the lower the amount of THC used in any medicinal formulation, the greater the desired effect. The saying is: Start low; go slow. Treatment is never one-size-fits-all because the current interplay of someone’s body, mind and soul are of primary consideration.

Historically, the whole of the ancient cannabis plant was used for a beneficial impact on a person’s overall, general condition, far beyond mere symptom control. This makes it a perfect match to the holistic approach to health.

Not unlike the complexity of the human being in context of our various lifestyles, cannabis a complex plant of the plant kingdom. It’s effectiveness as an overall tonic has to do with the fact of cannabis containing approximately 100 molecular compounds, with THC and CBD most researched and understood.

When the whole of the cannabis plant is used as medicine it offers a synergistic or ‘entourage’ effect which accounts for why the therapeutic use of cannabis provides relief to a wide variety of conditions.

In this way therapeutic cannabis use stands in stark contrast to traditional medicine that typically isolates plant compounds and manufactures them in pharmaceuticals to target one symptom or bodily system.

I believe that more and more people are discerning the difference between the medical and holistic models of health. Each has its time and place. When discovering the many benefits of medicinal cannabis, our overall wellness, lifestyle and broader culture can transform for the better.