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Health Benefits of Meditation

In this modern and fast-paced life, many people seek to find peace of mind, calmness and joy amidst their stressful life. These are hard to find and many people have sought and failed. However, there are also some who have successfully gained them through meditation. Meditation is a practice whereby a person indulges in deep concentration over an object, breathing movement or visualization. To many people who have already tried the practice of meditation, they can attest to its many benefits:

1. Helps in stress management.

Among the top benefits of meditation is that it helps a person prevent stress and also helps release stress out of the body. When meditating, the main goal is to focus one’s attention on the things that are currently happening. Doing so can help you relax and release stress because you don’t have to think or worry about other things. With that, it allows a person to enjoy peace of mind and a calmness of spirit.

2. Helps improve physical health.

Meditation also proves to have several health benefits. It helps lower blood pressure as the body becomes less responsive to stress hormones. It also boosts the immune system and helps a person lower its risk of tension-related pain and illnesses such as headache, insomnia, ulcer, muscle and joint pain and migraine among others. People who are suffering from anxiety problems can also benefit from meditation as it helps lower the level of lactate in the blood, which is one of the triggering factors of anxiety attacks. Additionally, it can also help increase the level of serotonin production, which in turn helps a person have a better mood and behavior.

Moreover, a study conducted at the State University in New York found out that patients with irritable bowel syndrome can benefit from meditation. Through meditating twice a day, they are able to decrease their symptoms of diarrhea, bloating and constipation.

3. Helps improve mental health.

People who practice meditation generally achieve inner peace, clarity of mind and happiness by eliminating stress in their life. They are also more likely to achieve emotional stability as they are able to decrease anger, frustration and tension in their system. With meditation, you will be more aware that inner happiness is all about inner attitude.

4. Makes a person emotionally balanced.

Emotional balance means to be free from all the neurotic behaviors that result from the existence of a tortured and traumatized ego. This is very hard to achieve fully, but meditation certainly is the way to cure such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As one’s consciousness is cleansed of emotionally soaked memories, not only does great freedom abound but so does great balance since one’s response is not colored by the burdens that he carries, but are instead, true, direct and appropriate.

5. Promotes personal transformation.

Another unique benefit of meditation is that it aids in personal transformation. In meditation, you would be spending a lot of time with yourself, away from the stresses and influences of other people. You would also be at one with yourself and that would also be the best time to learn more about yourself. You would also be able to meditate on your relationships with other people and realize your true purpose on why you are here. These kinds of realization are important for personal transformation or changing oneself for the better.

Even if you are a busy person, you can still enjoy the benefits of meditation. Take a few minutes each day to meditate. You could do it in your room or in any private space. It is something that you can do for free and the benefits in your life will be enormous.

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What is Reiki

In our modern age, many suffer from physical, mental and emotional illness as a result of the kind of life we are living. While some of these illnesses can be treated with medical intervention, some need more than that. And that is when people start to find alternative healing. One of them is Reiki.

Reiki is a form of energy healing that seeks to transmit the Universal Life Energy to a person. It is a simple, safe and natural treatment method that is also associated to self-improvement and spiritual healing. Anybody can try Reiki. It can be effective in treating any known illnesses and it can also work in conjunction with other therapeutic or medical techniques to relieve symptom and promote fast recovery.

The term Reiki is from a Japanese words “rei” which means universal and “ki” which means essential life force energy that naturally flows in all living things. This life force energy is believed to be spiritual in nature and is limitless. It also stands on its own and is not connected with any specific nationality or religion.


There are many versions as to the origin of Reiki. According to the popular version, Dr. Mikao Usui who was a Japanese spiritual truth seeker introduced the Reiki method in 1922 after achieving a deep spiritual experience. After that time, he began teaching others about this method as he felt that there was a need to spread the knowledge. While it is spiritual in nature, Reiki recognizes no religion. It also has no dogma. A person is not required to believe in something to learn or use it.

How Reiki Works

Reiki is normally done by a practitioner who is considered as a conduit between the universal life force energy source and you. The energy from the universal source is believed to flow through the energy field of the practitioner, into his or her hands and then to you. While the usual practice is done by the laying on of hands, it can also be done by long distance or when the patient is not around, as a form of prayer. Since the energy source is universal, a person practicing Reiki will not be drained in energy regardless of how many sessions he or she does in a day.

The energy may be felt as a tingling sensation, heat or pulsing feeling whenever the practitioner places his hands in a particular part of your body. Some people may also feel these different sensations moving through the body as the Reiki session is going on, while others may not feel anything at all. But the entire session can be very relaxing and peaceful. Many clients normally fall asleep while undergoing Reiki.

Benefits of Reiki

It is said that when a person’s life force energy is low, it will cause sickness and stress. On the other hand, if the life force energy is high, it will result to health and happiness.

Reiki method is one way to get your life force energy high with main benefits that include deep relaxation, speedy healing, reducing pain and decreasing other symptoms a patient may be experiencing. It also promotes security, peace and wellbeing. It is a form of treatment that heals a person in the physical, emotional and spiritual sense.

Who is Qualified to Practice Reiki

Reiki is not dependent on a person’s spiritual development or intellectual ability, and therefore, anybody can learn it. Many people of all ages from various backgrounds are already practicing this method. However, there is no government regulation as to its practice in most places, so it is the responsibility of the patient to investigate first if a practitioner is really qualified to perform Reiki.

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Danger Signs on First Trimester of Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with my boys, I can still remember how extra careful I was especially during the first trimester because I have heard about women who have experienced miscarriages, pre-term labor and other complications during this three-month period. Some of them were not able to put extra attention to their health because they were not even aware that they were already pregnant and would only ask their doctor “how many weeks am I” after experiencing the first signs of complication.

The key to a healthy pregnancy is to keep yourself in your best health whenever possible. There are high-risk women who are wise enough because they closely monitor their pregnancy with the help of an implantation calculator. They start to closely monitor their pregnancy as soon as signs of implantation are observed, to avoid any problem associated with their condition. It is said that to maintain a healthy pregnancy, proper diet and exercise are very important. Aside from that, choosing natural healing and remedies for any health condition during this period is also the best option, as medications normally have serious side effects on the unborn baby.

However, despite extra care, some women may still experience pregnancy complications. It is important to know their signs so that you would immediately take the necessary steps:

1. Vaginal bleeding

If you know you are pregnant and you are experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding, it could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. If the bleeding comes with cramping just like period cramps, it is a sign of possible miscarriage. But if the bleeding comes with sharp pains in the lower abdomen, it could be a case of ectopic pregnancy.

2. Too much nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are just normal especially during the first trimester. However, if they get too much like they already are interfering with your normal activities and you think that you are vomiting more than what you have taken in, then you are in serious danger of dehydration which may also lead to a miscarriage.

3. High fever

High fever of 38 degrees Celsius or more during pregnancy could be a sign of an infection which may cause congenital defects to unborn babies like deafness. This is especially true if the fever comes with rashes and joint pains.

4. Pain during urination

If you are experiencing pain or a burning sensation during urination, it could be a sign of urinary tract or bladder infection. If left untreated, it could lead to serious pregnancy complications including pre-term labor and pre-term birth.

5. Flare-ups of existing medication conditions

If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, asthma, lupus and high blood pressure and you notice sudden flare-ups or changes in your condition while pregnant, consult your doctor immediately. Sudden flare-ups mean that your underlying condition is not well-controlled and it could have some serious consequences on you and your baby’s health.

In any of the above conditions, your best option is to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Immediate action is necessary to ensure your safety and that of your baby.

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Up Close: Diarrhea in Children and Adults

Have you ever experienced having days when you have to sit on the toilet bowl more frequently because of abdominal pain and loose watery stool? Yes, I’m talking about diarrhea. I suffered from diarrhea recently, and it is not something you should take lightly.

Diarrhea is generally not a serious health problem as it normally goes away after a day or two, even without taking any special medication. What many people do not know is that diarrhea may also pose serious health risks such as dehydration if it goes on for several days and left untreated. Diarrhea during pregnancy is a dangerous thing if the condition persists for several days as it could lead to dehydration and eventually, miscarriage. Diarrhea in toddlers and infants also need special attention because severe diarrhea even for a day may immediately result in dehydration which is a common cause of death among small children. I have also once encountered a Reiki patient who suffered from diarrhea as a symptom of an intestinal disease.

People of various age groups may suffer from diarrhea at an average of about four times a year. There are many reasons why a person or a child can have diarrhea:

  • Bacterial infections. Bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, shigella and campylobacter which are present in contaminated food and water are one of the common causes of diarrhea in both adults and children.
  • Food intolerances. Some people cannot tolerate certain foods such as lactose in milk. If they take in these foods even in small amounts, it may result to diarrhea.
  • Functional bowel disorders. Disorders involving abnormal functioning of the intestines such as irritable bowel syndrome may also cause a person to suffer from diarrhea.
  • Intestinal diseases. Diarrhea may also be a symptom of celiac and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Parasites. Parasites in the digestive system especially among children may also cause diarrhea. Parasites such as crystoporidium and Giardia lamblia can get inside the body through contaminated food and water.
  • Reaction to certain medications. Some antibiotics, antacids and blood pressure medications may also cause diarrhea as a side effect.
  • Viral infections. Viral infection such as rotavirus, cytomegalovirus, Norwalk virus, viral hepatitis and herpes simplex virus are also noted to cause diarrhea as one of their symptoms.

Not all cases of diarrhea need medical attention. However, if you have the following symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately:


  • Black stools or stools with pus or blood
  • Fever with a temperature of 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • No signs of improvement after 24 hours
  • Noticeable signs of dehydration


  • Diarrhea which persists for three days or more
  • Diarrhea associated with severe abdominal pain
  • Fever with a temperature of over 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Black or tarry stools or presence of blood or pus in the stools
  • Noticeable signs of dehydration

Generally, re-hydration or drinking more fluid to prevent dehydration is the only necessary treatment for diarrhea. In some cases, certain medicines to stop diarrhea may also be prescribed. But this treatment is not recommended if the cause of the problem is bacterial or having a parasite in the intestine. If the diarrhea is caused by a more serious condition, your doctor may need to perform a series of tests for proper diagnosis and treatment. Once the underlying condition is treated, the problem of diarrhea normally just goes away on its own.

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5 Common Reasons of Hip Pain

The hip joint is considered as the largest joint of the body. It supports the weight of the body while allowing it to perform a wide range of motion. With its crucial functions, it is also prone to a wide range of conditions that often result to hip pain. In my Reiki practice, I observe that a number of my patients have suffered from hip pain because of various conditions. One of the most common complaints I hear among others is hip flexor pain. Some of the conditions that brought the pain are really serious and require medical attention.

1. Labral Tear

The labrum is a cartilage surrounding the ball and socket joints in the hip and in the shoulder. This cartilage is very vital for the stability of the joint as well as for its flexibility and motion. Having a torn labrum hip is a common condition especially among athletes. It normally causes pain and discomfort even while standing up. With recent developments in arthroscopic techniques, there has been an increasing awareness about this condition. While minor tears can be simply treated with rest, more serious cases are now effectively managed surgically.

2. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that is normally caused by the degeneration of the cartilage in the hip joint. One of the main reasons for degeneration is cellular changes. When the cartilage becomes brittle, some of the pieces may split and break away, leading to inflammation. Eventually, the cartilage may no longer be able to provide cushion for the bones. Sadly, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. But its symptoms can be cured by doing regular exercise to strengthen the muscle and by weight loss if the patient is overweight.

3. Rheumatoid arthritis

A person with rheumatoid arthritis suffers from an inflammation in the synovial joints found in the shoulder, elbows, hands, neck, wrists, knees, feet, ankles and hips. Aside from the pain, its symptoms also include joint stiffness which normally occurs in the morning. There is no cure for this condition but certain forms of treatments to alleviate the symptoms are available including medications, physical therapy and surgery.

4. Developmental dysplasia of the hip

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a congenital condition, which means that a baby is born with a dislocated hip joint or with a hip joint that is prone to dislocation. This is common among babies who are born with breech feet or those with a family history of spina bifida. More than 90 percent of infants born with this condition are successfully treated before reaching adulthood. For adults with hip dysplasia, treatment method more often include lifestyle changes, weight loss, taking medications to alleviate the pain, and surgery.

5. Irritable hip syndrome

Also known as toxic synovitis, irritable hip syndrome is a non-permanent form of arthritis. It normally affects children who are in their prepubescent stage. Aside from hip pain, its other notable symptoms include limping, fever and knee pain. In most cases, the symptom will just go away after about two weeks.

Thankfully, I have not yet experienced serious pain in my hip. But if any of you have this problem, it would be good to see your doctor immediately for proper diagnosis as the pain can be a symptom of several hip conditions that may require a specific treatment.

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Advantages of Poodle Mixes as Pets

Dogs are considered to be one of the most popular pets in many households. I admit that I also love dogs. Many of my Reiki clients also love dogs. With a wide variety of dog breeds to choose from, it can sometimes be a daunting task especially for first-time dog owners to decide on the breed that is more suitable for them.

One particular breed that is an all-time favorite is the poodle. However, this breed has some traits that many dog owners had only wished were improved. That is where poodle mixes or crossing poodles with other breeds comes up with more superior traits. Comparing these mixes with other breeds, their advantages are noticeable.

1. More robust. One of the advantages of crossing poodles with other breeds is that they generally produce a more robust and healthy offspring as crossing reduces the likelihood of genetic diseases.

2. More intelligent. Poodle crosses or mixes are among the most intelligent dogs you can have. This should not come as a surprise because Poodles are also considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds, and their offspring tend to inherit this attribute.

3. Low Shedder. If your dog is a shedder, you will be picking them up frequently after it sheds all over your home during shedding season. Poodle crosses are low shedders compared to other breeds and mixes since poodle mixes generally don’t have a fine undercoat.

4. Hypo-allergenic fur. One of the biggest advantages of poodle crosses is that they have a hypo-allergenic fur. This makes them an ideal pet for people who have allergies since most allergy sufferers are able to tolerate them.

5. Moderate personality. If you think that you cannot match the vigor of high-energy dogs but would like a pet that is also a bit active and playful, choose any one of the poodle crosses.

6. Available in different sizes. Depending on the other parent, you can find poodle crosses in toy, miniature and standard sizes. There surely is a right size for any exacting owner.

7. Possesses many other likeable traits. Poodle crosses are not only intelligent but they are also loyal, sociable, friendly, easy to care and maintain, and easy to house-train.

If these advantages have already convinced you to own a poodle mix, you may want to consider the following popular poodle crosses:

  • Bichon poodle – Bichon Frise and Poodle mix
  • Cockapoo – Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix
  • Labradoodle – Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix
  • Maltipoo – Maltese and Poodle mix
  • Peekapoo – Pekingese and Poodle mix
  • Yorkie Poo – Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix
  • Shihpoo – Shih Tzu and Poodle mix
  • Goldendoodle – Golden Retriever and Poodle mix
  • Pomapoo – Pomeranian and Poodle mix
  • Chipoo – Chihuahua and Poodle mix

Have I convinced you to get a poodle mix? While it is your personal choice on which type of dog to have, consider the advantages listed above. Of course, these advantages may not be true for all poodle crosses. Finally, if you like to have a dog with a good personality, you should really take time to train your pet from the very start.

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