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NATURAL LAW
What is wholesome and healthy for the human body is wholesome and healthy because either your Maker willed it to be so or nature designed it to be so.
- Traditional


Natural Law is the concept that life forms have a certain function and purpose.  When beings live according to their scientifically evident purpose then nature generates benefit; when life is artificially forced into non-functional, illogical roles then nature generates problems.

At Bruised Reed Foundation (BRF) we emphasize the importance of human dignity virtue, capabilities and concerns for everyone.  We don't directly consider the question of the existence of God but rather the morality and ethics of human conduct, not whether or not a person believes that God exists.  Our focus at BRF is not on religious convictions, but on sound reasoning and evidentiary, scientific research on health and wellness.  We want everyone to learn the proper order and right ways of doing things.  We want spiritual enlightenment as the nirvana that is achievable by everyone who want to become whole.  Some of the tenets we advocate as a requirement for wholeness are right perspective, right intentions, right speech, right conduct, right living, right thoughts, right focus, etc.  Our approach to health and wellness is to make it a lifestyle choice with benefits that are measurable in terms of personal success and spiritual fulfillment.


We Support a Healthier Future - Healthy People 2020 

HEALTH FAIRS

Getting More Healthy in 2011:
     Quick Guide to Healthy Living
     Health Directory:  1,600 Health Related Topics A-Z
     Personal Health Tools:
               On-line Checkups:  Find out if you are at risk of a disease or condition.
               Activity and Menu Planners: Track your physical activity and diet goals.
               Health Calculators: Evaluate your health and lifestyle choices
                                          (nutrition, prevention and wellness, smoking, 
                                          alcohol and drugs, caregiving, diseases and 
                                          conditions, men's health, women health, etc.).  
     Send Healthy Eating E-Card:  Share a recipe, heart healthy cooking ideas,
                                          Valentine Day Card, Birthday Wishes, Get Well, 
                                          Watch Your Weight, Quit Smoking, etc.)
     What is Qi?
     Lifeline Preventive Health Screenings
     Music for Well Being


Mental Well-being (Acohol, Depression, Eating Disorders, PTSD, etc.):
     Mental Health Screening
     Help for PTSD
     Military Pathways Confidential On-line Screening
     Military Family Resilency
     VA Mental Health Services (PTSD, Homelessness, Suicide, Substance
     Abuse, Employment, etc.)
     Youth Prevention Programs (Suicide is the third leading cause of death of 11
     to 18 year olds in the United States.  CDC, 2007) 


ACCESS TO FREE PRODUCE FOR HEALTHY DIET
To find a food pantry near you, click http://www.ampleharvest.org/
The AmpleHarvest.org campaign diminishes hunger in America by helping backyard gardeners share their excess garden produce with neighborhood food pantries. 


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.  To find an organic farm near you, click CSA Farms

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

CANCER SUPPORT AND PREVENTION:

Free Mammograms
There is no need for any woman to miss out on getting a mammogram and if you skip this very important test, you could be putting yourself at risk.  Click here to learn how to get a Free Mammogram.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Avon Foundation for Women with cancer, in domestic violence, etc.

Army of Women (AOW) Cancer Research



HOLISTIC LIVING:
American Holistic Health Association


Mind, Body and Soul:
http://edyek.com/
Soul searching allows you to realize how you are existing on many levels. It taps into the experience of the soul from childhood to where you are now.   The soul in us is that which experiences and carries the energy of the memories from one time experience to the next, from the subconscious to the super-conscious mind. At this level you can gain insight into your archetype to get answers to questions about what are "your" life lessons and challenges, not those imposed by others, why you were born, what you are suppose to learn from your experiences, and what your life path should be so that positive energy continues to flow as you awaken your soul compass.  There are seven bodies within our aura known as our Subtle.  They relate to particular levels: physical, enteric, astral, mental, spiritual, cosmic and nirvanas. The first three relate to our personality levels and the last four to our spiritual levels.  Each of the seven bodies has seven different levels or sub levels, the vibratory rates of which correspond to the seven main bodies. All levels are interrelated; as what affects one affects the others.

If we have problems in the emotional level in the physical body we will have problems also at the emotional level in the emotional, astral, mental, spirit bodies (these correspond with the Seven Chakras).  The seven chakras are: 1st. Root, 2nd.Navel, 3rd.Solar Plexus, 4th Heart, 5th Throat, 6th Third Eye, 7th Crown

When you tune into your soul compass, you will see when chakras are out of balance, where there may be fears or problems causing blocked sensors preventing you from complete health and wholeness.  Our psychological state and belief system has a specific relationship to one or more of our chakras and has a direct influence on the flow of energy in these centers; this can block the free flow of chi (life energy) in our charka system, subtle bodies and entire energy field, and the physical body causing illness. To clear any of these issues you can benefit from yoga to release these negative energies or a personal session with a aura/charka balancing healing specialist.

It is also true that release or cleansing at one level will facilitate release or cleansing at its corresponding level in the other bodies.  The ultimate goal is for all to be cleansed and in harmony, at which point we have our greatest power and sense of well-being leading to spiritual empowerment.


Alternative Medicine:

Alternative medicine is made up of a rich array of techniques and therapies that are, for the most part, the majority of the public. These techniques serve as an "alternative" to what most people use for health care, western medicine.

According to David M. Eisenberg, M.D. of Harvard Medical School, alternative medicines are "medical interventions not taught widely at U.S. medical schools or generally available at U.S. hospitals. The term alternative medicine can also be considered a code word for a series of significant series and challenges occurring within the American health care system today including the following:

  • The realization that conventional biomedicine (i.e. antibiotics, prescription drugs, invasive surgery, chemotherapy) cannot solve all of America's health problems.
  • The growing acceptance that health is not simply the "absence of disease" and involves more than just the physical body.
  • The growing body of research, as well as public opinion, that states that alternative medicine is often more effective, economical, and less invasive and harmful than conventional medicine.
  • The growing number of informed health care consumers who are open to trying alternative medical treatments and demanding to be treated as a person-not as a diagnosis-by their health care practitioners.

In trying to determine what exactly alternative medicine is, one must remember that the term alternative medicine is very subjective and it means very different things to different people. Hence, there really is no simple definition for alernative medicine as a whole that will satisfy everyone. Furthermore, alternative therapies range so much in their goals, methods, common cures and applications, that it is very difficult to make one gereralized statement that covers all of the different therapies. However, we must do our best to explain the alternative medicine as succintly and as accurately as possible.



Auyrvedic Medicine (Alternative Medicine)

Overview:

Ayurveda, considered the most ancient existing medical system, is a 4,000 year-old Indian method of healing that includes diet, natural therapies and herbs dependent on body type. Ayurvedic medicine places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual.
 
Description:
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means "the science of lifespan." The word ayurveda is made up of two roots: ayur means life and veda means knowledge. According to ayurveda, every human being was created by the cosmos as either male energy, Purusha, or female energy, Prakruti. Purusha is choiceless passive awareness, while Prakruti is choiceful active consciousness. A person's self-identify, called Ahamkara, is affected by three universal qualities: satva, rajas, and tamas. Satva equips an individual with the ability to have clarity of perception. Conversely, tamas is responsible for periods of confusion and deep sleep, as well as the tendency towards inertia and darkness. Rajas causes movement, sensations, feelings and emotions, everything that makes us human beings.
 
Structurally, the human body is composed of five basic elements: space, air, water, fire and earth. Man is considered a miniature of nature. Functionally, however, there are three body types, or doshas, that explain the actions, gestures, and metabolic activities of an individual. These three body types are analogous to both western medicine's body types of thin, fat, and muscular, or Sheldon and Krethchmer's psychosomatic bodytypes of endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph. The three doshas of ayurvedic medicine are called vata, pitta, and kapha, respectively. Ether and air together constitute vata; fire and water make up pitta; water and earth, kapha. Although vata, pitta, and kapha exist in every cell, tissue, and organ of the body, including the male's sperm and the female egg, each individual has one dominant metabolic body type (dosha). Most people are a mixture of dosha characteristics (such as vata-pitta). All in all, while there are only three doshas, there are really seven body types in ayurveda: mono-types (vata, pitta, or kapha predominate), dual-types (vata-pitta, kapha-pitta, or vata-kapha), and equal types (vata, pitta, and kapha in equal proportions). Health occurs in an individual when he or she develops a balance or equilibrium among the three doshas. This equilibium prevents disease and gives the individual a peace of mind.
 
The most outspoken proponent of ayurvedic medicine has been Deepak Chopra, M.D., Western-trained endocrinologist who recently appeared on Larry King Live on CNN to discuss with several alternative medicine advocates and conventional medicine physicians the importance of his discipline as well as alternative medicine in general. He has written many books in an attempt to introduce ayurvedic medicine to the public at large.
 
According to ayurvedic medicine, there are seven major factors that can disrupt physiological harmony: genetic, congenital, internal, external trauma, seasonal, natural tendencies or habits, and magnetic and electrical influences. Unlike most other alternative therapies, ayurvedic medicine takes into account how the seasons and time of day influence health. Ayurvedic treatment usually includes music, herbs, massage, steams, facials, and aromatherapy. Particularly close attention is paid to the sensory organs by an ayurvedic physician. The manipulation of a patient's life as well as his or her behavior and lifestyle is prevalent in ayurvedic medicine.
 
The Vata Body Type:
The primary characteristic of the vata metabolic type is changeability-unpredictability and variability-in size, shape, mood, and action. Vatas rarely suffer from inertia; their energy vacillates back and forth, their sleeping patterns are erratic, and they seek exhilarating activities. Most vatas are thin, moody, exhuberant, rambunctious. Many of them suffer from psychological disorders, including anxiey, nervous disorders, phobia.
 
The Pitta Body Type:
This metabolic type is rather predictable, especially in comparison to the vata type. A person with a dominant pitta body type usually has a medium build, is strong, has stamina and endurance, and maintains a stable body weight. Pittas are generally very intelligent, quick-witted, and overly critical. They possess little patience, a short temper, and may erupt from time to time.
 
The Kapha Body Type:
A person with a dominant kapha metabolic body type is easy-going. laid-back, and relaxed. They have a tendency to be overweight because they digest rather slowly (low metabolism). They tend to be slow at everything they do, contrary to vatas who are always on the run. They move slowly, eat slowly, act slowly, think slowly, and are slow to anger.
 
Method:
 
The purpose of ayurvedic medicine is to rid the body of indigestible toxins which attract viruses and compromise autoimmune processes and responses. Pancha karma is an oft-used method of ayurveda which involves the use of herbal massages and herbal steam saunas with fasting to cleanse the body of toxins and other pernicious invaders.
 
The first task that an ayurvedic doctor has in nursing an individual back to complete health is to determine his or her psycho-physiological body type. The doctor then orders a treatment plan for the patient that works only for his unique body type. The treatment plan may include dietary changes, exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, herbal tonics, herbal sweat baths, medicated enemas, and medicated inhalations. In trying to determine the right diet for the patient, the doctor is fully aware that foods are classified according to their effects on the specific body types. The patient's diet is tailored to his or her body type and individual imbalances among the vata, pitta, and kapha within him or her. The major ayurvedic treatment for a multitude of physical and mental conditions is an herbal mixture concocted by the doctor. In addition to this herbal mixture, the doctor must get the patient in tune with his or her environment. He does this by asking the patient to follow daily and seasonal routines that will help the patient integrate with the biological circadian rhythms of nature.
 
The ayurvedic doctor always has to keep in mind that the three doshas are located in three separate places. The vata is located in the large intestine, pelvic cavity, bones, skin, ears, and thighs. It is responsible for repiration and circulation. The pitta dosha is located in the small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, skin, and eyes. It is responsible for metabolism and organizing enzyme activity. The kapha dosha is located in the chest, lungs, and the spinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord. The kapha holds the body together. It provides structure and support for the bones, muscle, and insulated fat.
 
Ayurvedic physicians pay close attention to pulse, tongue, eyes, and nails in diagnosing illness. Diagnosis is based on observation rather than laboratory testing. The doctor will ask the patient about his health and family histories. In addition, he may palpate the body, or listen to the heart, lungs, and intestines with a stethoscope. Ayurvedic doctors use urine samples and the pulse to describe the balance (or imbalance) of the three doshas. Ayurvedic treatment then consists of cleansing and detoxification (Shodan or Pancha Karma), palliation (Shaman) to balance and relax the three doshas, rejuvenation (Rasayana), and mental hygiene and spiritual healing (Satvajaya)
 
 
Common cures:
 


QUOTES:

"I believe that you can, by taking some simple and inexpensive measures, extend your life and your years of well-being. My most important recommendation is that you take vitamins every day in optimun amounts, to supplement the vitamins you receive in your food."

-Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Two-time Nobel Prize Laureate

"A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine."

-Henry David Thoreau

"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."

-Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

"No Illness which can be treated by the diet should be treated by any other means."

             -Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)

"The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind."

             -Paracelsus

"A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession."

            -Hippocrates

 

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Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit

Heal Yourself with Ayurveda by Lissa Coffey. 
Ayurveda is India's 5,000 year old "Science of Life." It is the art of living in harmony with nature, and it explains the nature of everything in the universe. When we learn about Ayurveda, we learn about ourselves, how we "tick," and how we can be our healthiest and happiest at all times.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra. 
Deepak Chopra reveals "the forgotten miracle"--the body's infinite capacity for change and renewal. "You cannot take advantage of this miracle," Chopra says, "unless you are willing to completely reinvent your body, transforming it from a material object to a dynamic, flowing process. Your physical body is a fiction. Every cell is made up of two invisible ingredients: awareness and energy. This course details five recent breakthroughs of the body that lead to self-transformation by changing the distorted energy patterns that are the root cause of aging, infirmity, and disease.

Transformation can't stop with the body, however; it must involve the soul. The soul--seemingly invisible, aloof, and apart from the material world--actually creates the body. Only by going to the level of the soul will you access your full potential, bringing more intelligence, creativity, and awareness into every aspect of your life. In this powerful yet easy to follow on-line course, Chopra shows us how to commit ourselves to deeper awareness, focus on relationships instead of consumption, embrace every day as a new world, and transcend the obstacles that afflict our body and mind.
 

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