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Eye-Relaxing Breathing Technique

September 25th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Breathing
by William H. Bates, M.D.

MANY patients with imperfect sight are benefited by breathing. One of the best methods is to separate the teeth while keeping the lips closed, breathe deeply as though one were yawning. When done properly one can feel the air cold as it passes through the nose and down the throat. This method of breathing secures a great amount of relaxation of the nose, throat, the body generally including the eyes and ears.

A man aged sixty-five, had imperfect sight for distance and was unable to read fine print without the aid of strong glasses. After practicing deep breathing in the manner described he became able at once to, read diamond type quite perfectly, as close as six inches from the eyes. The benefit was temporary but by repetition the improvement became more permanent.

At one time I experimented with a number of patients, first having them hold their breath and test their vision, which was usually lower when they did not breathe. They became able to demonstrate that holding their breath was a strain and caused imperfect sight, double vision, dizziness and fatigue, while the deep breathing at once gave them relief.

There is a wrong way of breathing in which when the air is drawn into the lungs the nostrils contract. This is quite conspicuous among many cases of tuberculosis.

Some teachers of physical culture in their classes while encouraging deep breathing close their nostrils when drawing in a long breath. This is wrong because it produces a strain and imperfect sight. By consciously doing the wrong thing, breathing with a strain one becomes better able to practice the right way and obtain relaxation and better sight.

The habit of practicing frequently deep breathing one obtains a more permanent relaxation of the eyes with more constant good vision.

We Already Have Death Panels: California’s Death Panels

September 4th, 2009 No comments


An article title We Already Have Death Panels was posted on seeking wholeness .com on August 26, 2009. You can find it here.

A few days ago, on Wednesday September 02, 2009 the California Nurses Association released another sobering study that shows clearly the so called death panels are the norm. The claims denial rates by leading California insurers were just …  (I will leave this a blank for you to fill).

Here are the percentages of denied claims:

* PacifiCare — 39.6 percent
* Cigna — 32.7 percent
* HealthNet — 30 percent
* Kaiser Permanente — 28.3 percent
* Blue Cross — 27.9 percent
* Aetna — 6.4 percent

Find the CNA/NNOC research results below:

For Immediate Release
September 2, 2009

California’s Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims PacifiCare’s Denials 40%, Cigna’s 33% in First Half of 2009

More than one of every five requests for medical claims for insured patients, even when recommended by a patient’s physician, are rejected by California’s largest private insurers, amounting to very real death panels in practice daily in the nation’s biggest state, according to data released Wednesday by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.

CNA/NNOC researchers analyzed data reported by the insurers to the California Department of Managed Care. From 2002 through June 30, 2009, six of the largest insurers operating in California rejected 47.7 million claims for care — 22 percent of all claims.

The data will be presented by Don DeMoro, director of CNA/NNOC’s research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, at CNA/NNOC’s biennial convention next Tuesday, Sept. 8 in San Francisco. The convention will also feature a panel presentation from nurse leaders in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia exploding the myths about their national healthcare systems.

“With all the dishonest claims made by some politicians about alleged ‘death panels’ in proposed national legislation, the reality for patients today is a daily, cold-hearted rejection of desperately needed medical care by the nation’s biggest and wealthiest insurance companies simply because they don’t want to pay for it,” said Deborah Burger, RN, CNA/NNOC co-president.

For the first half of 2009, as the national debate over healthcare reform was escalating, the rejection rates are even more striking.

Claims denial rates by leading California insurers, first six months of 2009:

  • PacifiCare — 39.6 percent
  • Cigna — 32.7 percent
  • HealthNet — 30 percent
  • Kaiser Permanente — 28.3 percent
  • Blue Cross — 27.9 percent
  • Aetna — 6.4 percent

“Every claim that is denied represents a real patient enduring pain and suffering. Every denial has real, sometimes fatal consequences,” said Burger.

PacifiCare, for example, denied a special procedure for treatment of bone cancer for Nick Colombo, a 17-year-old teen from Placentia, Calif. Again, after protests organized by Nick’s family and friends, CNA/NNOC, and netroots activists, PacifiCare reversed its decision. But like Nataline Sarkisyan, the delay resulted in critical time lost, and Nick ultimately died. “This was his last effort and the procedure had worked before with people in Nick’s situation,” said his older brother Ricky.

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Mystery Ingredient Cleaning Earth’s Atmosphere

June 4th, 2009 No comments

ozonejpgToday, National Geographic had a very interesting article on a mysterious ingredient that seems to be cleaning the Earth’s atmosphere. Here’s some of that article:

Mother Nature has a previously unknown cleaning agent that scrubs away toxic air pollution, scientists have discovered.

What’s more, the existence of the still mysterious substance has shaken up decades-long assumptions about our atmosphere’s self-cleaning process

Many studies have shown that trace gases and pollutants in the lowest level of our atmosphere break down naturally, thanks to molecules called hydroxyl (OH) radicals.

But the breakdown spews out ozone, itself a toxic pollutant and a greenhouse gas. (Get global warming facts.)

Not so in China’s heavily polluted Pearl River Delta, where experts were stumped to find lots of OH radicals but relatively small amounts of resulting ozone

“It was a complete surprise to us [that], after such a long time of scientific research, such a big gap has been found,” said study co-author Franz Rohrer, of the Institute of Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere in Jülich, Germany.

Global Advantage

Highly reactive OH radicals are continually recycled in the atmosphere through reactions with water vapor and nitric oxide, both naturally present in the air.

Part of nature’s self-cleaning mechanism, the reactions break down trace amounts of pollutants, Rohrer said.

Read the rest: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090604-air-pollution-self-clean.html

Read about Ozone here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone

The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force On Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders

May 14th, 2009 No comments

The results of the six-year study of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders has recently been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Spine.

Below you will see captions from the study findings document.

The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders is composed of a group of international researchers and scientist-clinicians who have spent the past seven years undertaking a comprehensive and structured review of the current research on neck pain.  The Scientific Secretariat of the Task Force is composed of 13 members and has been supported by an international Advisory Committee of 17 members.  The Task Force and Advisory Committee members represent 14 disciplines ranging from neurology and rheumatology to epidemiology, chiropractic and physical therapy from across nine countries.

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Studies On The Effects Of Respiration & Breathing

January 4th, 2009 No comments

Thanks to Wholeness Forums member tscherz’s contribution found here I now have found 13 additional studies, in addition to the three studies I blogged about earlier, on the effects of breathing. Here they are:

1. Duranti, R., Sanna, I. Romagnoli, M. Nerini, F. Gigliotti, N. Ambrosino, G. Scano. “Walking modality affects respiratory muscle action and contribution to respiratory effort.” Pflugers Arch. 2004 May; 448 (2): 222-30.

2. Grimstone, S.K., P.W. Hodges, “Impaired postural compensation for respiration in people with recurrent low back pain.” Exp Brain Res. 2003 Jul; 151 (2): 218-24. Epub 2003 May 21.

3. Hamaoui, A., M. Do, L. Poupard, S. Bouisset. “Does respiration perturb body balance more in chronic low back pain subjects than in healthy subjects?” Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2002 Aug; 17 (7): 548-50.

4. Kondo, T., I. Kobayashi, Y. Taguchi, Y. Ohta, N. Yanagimachi, “A dynamic analysis of chest wall motions with MRI in healthy young subjects.” Respirology. 2000 Mar; 5 (1): 19-25.

5. Kondo, T., I. Kobayashi, Y. Taguchi, N. Hayama, S. Tajiri, N. Yanagimachi, “An analysis of the chest wall motions usinsg the dynamic MRI in healthy elder subjects.” Tokai J Exp Clin Med. 2005 Apr; 30 (1): 15-20.

6. Mehling, W.E. , K.A. Hamel, M. Acree, N. Byl, F.M. Hecht. “Randomized, controlled trial of breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain.” Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Jul-Aug; 11 (4): 44-52.

7. Mitchell, G.S., S.M. Johnson. “Neuroplasticity in respiratory motor control.” J Apply Phisiol. 2003 Jan, 94 (1) : 358-74.

8. Romagnoli, I., B. Lanini, R. Bianchi, N. Soldani, M. Nerini, R. Duranti, G. Scano. “Chest wall kinematics and respiratory muscle coordinated action during hypercapnia in healthy males,” Eur J Appl Physiol. 2004 May, 91 (5-6): 525-33. Epub 2004 Jan 21.

9. Sanna, A., F. Bertoli, G. Misuri, F. Gigliotti, I. Iandelli, M. Mancini, R. Duranti, N. Amborsino, G. Scano. “Chest wall kinematics and respiratory muscle action in walking healthy humans.” J Appl Physiol. 1999 Sep; 87 (3): 938-46.

10. Smith, M,, M.W. Coppieters, P.W. Hodges, “Effect of experimentally induced low back pain on postural sway with breathing.” Exp Brain Res. 2005 Sep, 166 (1): 109-17. 2005 Jul 20.

11. Van Dixhorn, J. “Functional breathing is ‘Whole body Breathing’.” Biological Psychology, 1997; 46: 89-90.

12. Van Dixhorn, J. “Body awareness and Self-Regulation”, in: Y. Haruki, K.T. Kaku, eds. Meditation as healthy promotion: a lifestyle modification approach. 2000; 65-80, Eburon Publishers, Delft, The Netherlands.

13. Wittenboer G. et. al. “Respiratory variability and psychological well-being in schoolchildren.” Behavior Modification, 2003, 653-670.

Popcorn is Bad – Bad for Your Lungs!

November 16th, 2008 No comments

If you enjoy the buttery smell of freshly cooked microwave popcorn like millions of people do, you must read this.

Dr. Cecile Rose, pulmonary specialist at Denver’s National Jewish Medical and Research Center, in a letter, warned federal agencies or regulators that consumers are in danger of suffering the fatal popcorn lung disease from buttery flavoring fumes in microwave popcorn.

At least one heavy popcorn consumer has been diagnosed with the same disease affecting workers exposed to the substance, Bronchiolitis Obliterans.

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Learn Full Yogic Breathing

October 28th, 2008 No comments

This article shows you in simple words how to practice yogic breathing (or yoga breathing).

Full yoga breathing combines both yoga chest (thoracic) breathing and yoga abdominal breathing.

Get Ready

  • Wear something comfortable, nothing tight or restrictive. Take off your shows and socks
  • Lay down on your back, sit in a meditative posture, or a relaxed posture
  • Be relaxed
  • Hands and legs outstretched (alternatively with both hands on your abdomen)
  • First start with your eyes looking up at the ceiling
  • Gently close your eyes and relax more

Start:

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Thoracic (Chest) Breathing

October 12th, 2008 No comments

This article shows you in simple words how to practice thoracic or chest breathing.

Get Ready

  • Wear something comfortable, nothing tight or restrictive. Take off your shows and socks
  • Lay down on your back, sit in a meditative posture, or a relaxed posture
  • Be relaxed
  • Hands and legs outstretched (alternatively with both hands on your abdomen)
  • First start with your eyes looking up at the ceiling
  • Gently close your eyes and relax more

Start:

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Abdominal Breathing

October 12th, 2008 No comments

This article shows you in simple words how to practice abdominal breathing.

Get Ready

  • Wear something comfortable, nothing tight or restrictive. Take off your shows and socks
  • Lay down on your back, sit in a meditative posture, or a relaxed posture
  • Be relaxed
  • Hands and legs outstretched (alternatively with both hands on your abdomen)
  • First start with your eyes looking up at the ceiling
  • Gently close your eyes and relax more

Start:

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Forced Unilateral Nostril Breathing – Affects Both Brain Hemisphericity and Autonomic Activity

October 11th, 2008 No comments

This study concerns the effects of forced unilateral nostril breathing on brain hemisphere stimulation and autonomic activity

TITLE:

Changes in intraocular pressure induced by differential forced unilateral nostril breathing, a technique that affects both brain hemisphericity and autonomic activity

Joshua Backon, Nelson Matamoros and Uriel Ticho
Journal Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

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Selective Hemispheric Stimulation by Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing

October 9th, 2008 No comments

This study concerns the effects of forced nostril breathing on selective hemispheric stimulation.

TITLE:

Selective Hemispheric Stimulation by Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing
By Werntz DA, Bickford RG, Shannahoff-Khalsa D.

Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla 92093.
Published in Human Neurobiology (1987) 6(3):165-171

INTRO:

This paper shows that forced nostril breathing in one nostril produces a relative increase in the EEG amplitude in the contralateral hemisphere. This phenomena was demonstrated in 5 out of 5 untrained subjects. These results suggest the possibility of a non-invasive approach in the treatment of states of psychopathology where lateralized cerebral dysfunction have been shown to occur.

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Effect of Short-Term Practice of Breathing Exercises on Autonomic Functions in Normal Human Volunteers

October 8th, 2008 No comments

This research concerns slow breathing exercises and their effects on the autonomic function and the sympathetic or parasympathetic activity.

TITLE:

Effect of Short-Term Practice of Breathing Exercises on Autonomic Functions in Normal Human Volunteers

By Pal G.K, Velkumary S, Madanmohan – Published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, Aug 2004

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES:

Practice of breathing exercises like pranayama is known to improve autonomic function by changing sympathetic or parasympathetic activity. Therefore, in the present study the effect of breathing exercises on autonomic functions was performed in young volunteers in the age group of 17-19 yr.

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Controlling the Movement of PEC and the Sternum

September 27th, 2008 No comments

It is possible through breathing exercises and awareness to control the respiratory pattern of the PEC muscle.

Most people breath too quickly and not deeply enough, others who breath deep into the abdomen are not getting enough air to the upper lungs. I’m the later. At my last physical therapy meetings, the physical therapist said I should breath to the sides of my lungs instead of breathing deep into my abdomen.

With a little concentration it is possible to fill your lungs, feel the sides expand outwards, while not pushing the sternum outwards as the lungs fill.

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Tingling Goosebumps Equals Life Energy

September 22nd, 2008 105 comments

What is that tingling, electric, goosebumps-y sensation that some experience?

In this blog entry I talk about my experience with this sensation. This is not a new sensation but I recently experienced it in abundance.

Throughout my life I had felt tingling waves that went inside of my body and spread on the surface of my skin while meditating or praying, especially when in deep relaxation or concentration. When this sensation is on the surface it is accompanied by goose bumps that swarm the skin and traverse the body in waves. When inside the body, this sensation is like a cloud of charged tingling particles. I found it possible to direct this cloud of sensation with concentration. Does this sound familiar?

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