Portrait Philomena Dooley, Jin Shin Jyutsu instructor

Philomena Dooley has been involved in Jin Shin Jyutsu for 36 years, first as a practitioner and then as an instructor, teaching all over the world.

This portrait recounts how she first found out about JSJ as a registered nurse, when she started suffering from debilitating blood clotting issues which wreaked havoc on her health. She had experienced two pulmonary embolisms. Taking blood thinners and pain medications, wrapped from toe to groin in compression bandages, she still limped around in great pain. She was only 24 years old.

The condition forced Philomena to leave her hospital work and try real estate. At a convention in Florida, the cheeky comment “Why do you look like you’re half dead?” from a fellow conventioneer got her attention. She would probably have never spoken to the man again, but a snowstorm in New Jersey stranded her at the conference. So, over lunch the man explained himself. He knew someone who could heal her, someone who had helped many people recover their health. That person was Mary Burmeister.

Read the entire portrait at whiperingtree.net.

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The key to cancer prevention may well be maintaining an alkaline pH level

Cancer cell

“No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.”

German biochemist Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, 1931 Nobel prize winner for the discovery of cancer, and one of the twentieth century’s leading cell biologists, discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2.

Eating processed foods like refined sugars, refined grains, GMOs, and other unhealthy foods, can lead to a pH level that supports the development of these conditions, and leads to overall bad health. In fact, most conditions that are bothering humans today stem from a pH level that is too acidic. Incidence of parasites, bacteria and viruses are all attributed to an acidic pH level.

The online publication Curious Mind Magazine suggests the following natural remedy, and I want to try it. This is not the first time I’ve heard about the detrimental effect of a too much acidity in the body.

Anti-cancer Home-made Remedy

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/3 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or apple-cider vinegar)

Mix the ingredients into 2.5 deciliters (8 ounces of cold water) and stir well. The baking soda will react with the lemon juice or ACV and begin to fizz. Drink the mixture at one go. The combination will naturally reduce your acidic pH level and prevent the conditions associated with an acidic pH level.

They claim the difference can be felt within a few days!

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Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,  (born August 28, 1749, Frankfurt am Main [Germany]—died March 22, 1832, Weimar, Saxe-Weimar), German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.   (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

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Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Most of my clients remark on just how relaxed they feel after a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment. “I enter into this state of complete calm,” remarked one of them recently. Indeed, Jin Shin Jyutsu is uniquely suited to return the client to a state of pure being, melting away all tension and letting them release any traces of doing. This is really beneficial and helpful – we are “human beings” and not “human doings,” after all.

“Stress is not a state of mind… it’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch.” These words of warning come from renowned author and award-winning neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer.1

Adds Dr. Carol Shively, Professor of Pathology/Comparative Medicine and Psychology at Wake Forest University, “This is not an abstract concept. It’s not something that maybe some day you should do something about. You need to attend to it today, because it’s affecting the way your body functions. Any stress today will affect your health tomorrow and for years to come.”

This fascinating film, which you can see in its entirety below, is jointly produced by National Geographic and Stanford University where Dr. Sapolsky is a professor and scholar. It shows just how dangerous prolonged stress can be, how it can shrink your brain, add fat to your belly, make you depressed, and even unravel your chromosomes. Once you have a better understanding of these facts, you may want to start seeking out ways to combat the stress in your life.

If you are ready to take steps to control the stress in your life and “find your off switch,” I recommend you give Jin Shin Jyutsu a try.

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Study Disproves CDC’s Primary Justification for Vaccination

dsc03308-c2-bluIt’s Winter, time to get your flu shot, right? Not so fast.

The debate over immunity/vaccinations and vaccine safety/injury goes on.  There is enough evidence out there to promote pushing for the right to make decisions about vaccinations for yourself and for your own children – without losing their right to see a doctor or getting an education.

I am not “anti-vaccine”; I am “pro informed consent” and “pro parental rights” to choose what medical procedures my children undergo and when.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Immunity to a disease is achieved through the presence of antibodies to that disease in a person’s system.”[i] This, in fact, is the main justification for using vaccines to “boost” immunity, and a primary focus of vaccine research and development.

And yet, newly published research has revealed that in some cases no antibodies are required for immunity against some viruses.

Published in the journal Immunity in March, 2011, and titled, “B cell maintenance of subcapsular sinus macrophages protects against a fatal viral infection independent of adaptive immunity,” researchers found that mice infected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) can suffer fatal invasion of their central nervous system even in the presence of high concentrations of “neutralizing” antibodies against VSV.[ii]

The researchers found that while B-cells were essential for surviving a systemic VSV infection through the modulation of innate immunity, specifically macrophage behavior, the antibodies they produce as part of the adaptive immune response were “neither needed nor sufficient for protection.”  These findings, according to the study authors, “…contradict the current view that B cell-derived neutralizing antibodies are absolutely required to survive a primary cytopathic viral infection, such as that caused by VSV.”

The discovery that antibodies are not required for protection against infection, while counterintuitive, is not novel. In fact, not only are antibodies not required for immunity, in some cases high levels are found in the presence of active, even lethal infections.  For example, high serum levels of antibodies against tetanus have been observed failing to confer protection against the disease.  A report from 1992 published in the journal Neurology found severe tetanus in immunized patients with high anti-tetanus titers, one of whom died as a result of the infection.[iii]

[i] CDC.gov, Basics and Common Questions: Immunity Types

[iii] Severe tetanus in immunized patients with high anti-tetanus titers. Neurology. 1992 Apr ;42(4):761-4. PMID: 1565228

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Lawsuit Launched as Testing Finds Cancer-Causing Chemical in Nearly 100 Hair Care and Personal Care Products

The CEH (Center for Environmental Health in CA) filed a lawsuit in California against four companies that sell products containing DEA, and the nonprofit has sent legal notices to more than 100 other companies that produce and/or sell cocamide DEA-tainted products that their products violate California state law.  Cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products, was listed by California as a known carcinogen last year. Products tested with high levels of cocamide DEA include shampoos made by Colgate Palmolive, Colomer, Paul Mitchell, and many others. In addition, products marketed for children and a product falsely labeled as organic were found with the chemical.

In addition to many brand name shampoos and personal care products (see the full list), the CEH testing found cocamide DEA in store-brand products purchased at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, and Kohl’s. A store brand children’s bubble bath from Kmart and a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us were also found with cocamide DEA. Falsely labeled organic products from Organic by Africa’s Best also tested for high levels of the cancer-causing chemical; CEH previously won a legal settlement with this company requiring it to end its use of phony organic labels.

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Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Here is a fascinating article from Discover Magazine on behavioral epigenetics, a brand-new field in neuroscience. It is surprising many, including geneticists, who until recently didn’t believe that epigenetic changes could be passed down from parent to child, one generation after the next, but could only happen during fetal development. But it gets better. Two neuroscientists were recently pondering a hypothesis as improbable as it was profound over a few beers in a bar in Barcelona, Spain: If diet and chemicals can cause epigenetic changes, could certain experiences — child neglect, drug abuse or other severe stresses — also set off epigenetic changes to the DNA inside the neurons of a person’s brain? And just like that, behavioral epigenetics was born. This puts a whole new spin on the age-old “nature vs. nurture” debate!

According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA. Jews whose great-grandparents were chased from their Russian shtetls; Chinese whose grandparents lived through the ravages of the Cultural Revolution; young immigrants from Africa whose parents survived massacres; adults of every ethnicity who grew up with alcoholic or abusive parents — all carry with them more than just memories.

This highlights the importance of dealing with emotional trauma and stress through bodywork such as Jin Shin Jyutsu and therapeutic massage, both of which are highly effective for this purpose.

Read the entire article here.

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Health Care System Falls Short on Stress Management

As we know by now, therapeutic bodywork like massage therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu does an excellent job at lowering stress, anxiety, tension, and pain, while increasing energy levels, quality of sleep, and overall well-being. But according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association (APA), we don’t do nearly enough to manage our stress: One-fifth of Americans report feeling extreme stress, and 35 percent of the adult population says its stress level has risen in the last year.

Findings from “Stress in America: Missing the Health Care Connection,” which was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,020 U.S. adults in August of 2012, suggest people are not receiving what they need from their health care providers to manage stress and address lifestyle and behavior changes to improve their health.

69 percent of New Yorkers this year say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but the number who say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it is only 32 percent.

We can do better than that. Schedule your appointment now, and start managing your stress!

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How it feels to have a stroke

In her amazing TED talk from 2008, Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist who trained at Harvard University, tells the powerful and emotional story of her stroke and what it felt like. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment.

As this scientist talks about the energy all around us, one of the fundamental principles behind the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu and other energy healing modalities, I hope some of the skeptics might start to consider it as reality.  In the words of Bolte Taylor: “I am an energy being, connected to the energy all around me through the consciousness of my right [brain] hemisphere. We are energy beings, connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family.”

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Judith B. Andry’s ‘A Touching Good-Bye’

With Jin Shin Jyutsu becoming more widely known in the medical community at large, A Touching Good-Bye is filling a big gap, as much for the general public as for practitioners: how to help people in times of critical illness and death. Judith B. Andry recognized that there is a need for finding out what you can do, and how you can help your loved one when they are getting ready to depart. Her book offers rich accounts of her own and many other practitioners’ and students’ experiences, told in first person. It is empowering and soothing for the caregiver to be able to do something helpful, to alleviate pain and fears, and to improve someone’s quality of life in the latter stages of life.

Through A Touching Good-Bye, anyone can learn simple, yet powerful tools to bring calmness, consolation, and peace, and the giver will benefit in many ways as well as the receiver. There are detailed instructions and illustrations. While many of the stories in the book do end in death and Jin Shin Jyutsu can’t offer an escape from the inevitable, those who do choose to make use of this art find either peace, calmness, reduced pain and agitation, improved sleep, serenity, and improved energy, or all of the above. We have nothing to lose in trying it, and so much to gain. But we have to go ahead and have the courage to do so.

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