Archive for April 2010

Lebron James’ elbow pain

April 30, 2010

if you’re a sports fan following the NBA playoffs, you know the hot story now is Lebron James has a mysteriously sore elbow that is causing many fans in Cleveland some sleepless nights. For a great perspective on what’s going on with King James, read this latest entry from our clinic director in Portland:

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The source of all fear

April 30, 2010

from Michael Neill’s newsletter. I’m going to be writing a piece on Pete’s new book shortly, but those who have bought a copy have seen that Pete has personally autographed each copy with the same inscription: “No fear, Pete Egoscue”.

It’s a major theme of the book, discovering, recognizing, and then laying down your fear. But where does fear come from? Read on……

For much of the past decade, I have had the privilege of studying with and working alongside the co-creator of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler. As well as being a brilliant psychologist and fearless therapist, he is also a hypnotic storyteller.

Perhaps my favorite of Richard’s stories is about his work with a schizophrenic who everyone in the medical profession had deemed incurable. This man hallucinated snakes everywhere he went – and as he was terrified of snakes, he lived in a constant state of fear.

This man had been a very successful businessman and was happily married with a family before he started to see snakes everywhere. Now, he was locked up in one of those old-style mental hospitals you see in horror movies, living in a drug-induced haze and spending his days in a wheelchair.

When the man’s wife came to Richard and asked for his help, he asked her if she was willing for him to try something a little bit radical. She was desperate and said that at this point she was willing to try anything to get her husband back, so he took her at her word.

The next day he stopped off at a joke shop owned by an old Chinese man who had a huge pet python named “Alice”. An hour later, he appeared at the hospital with a barrel full of rubber snakes and a very real Alice inside a burlap sack.

After informing the staff what he was up to –they were already pretty familiar with Richard’s unorthodox techniques – he filled the shower room at the asylum with the rubber snakes, turned on all the showers until the room was filled with steam, and gently wrapped Alice around a warm shower head.

He then had one of the orderlies wheel the man into the shower room and leave him there. Well, of course, the man knew something was up, and when he looked around, all he could see were snakes all across the floor and hanging from the showers and ceilings.

As soon as he began to scream in horror, Richard came into the room and commanded his attention.

“I’ll make a deal with you,” Richard said. “You tell me which snakes are real, which ones are rubber and which ones are hallucinations and I’ll wheel you out of here.”

Now sometimes people think Richard was being cruel, but remember, this man was in the chronic ward of a mental institution – he had been written off as incurable by the conventional doctors.

So the man began pointing at rubber snakes all around the room and saying “rubber snake”. He pointed up at Alice, who had begun to uncoil and make her way down towards the floor to see what all the fuss was about, and said “real snake”!

He then began to do something a little bit curious. He started pointing to empty space in the air as if there were something there and poking at it with his finger. When nothing happened, he would say “hallucinated snake” with an ever-increasing sense of delight and well-being.

By the time, Richard wheeled him out of the room, he had already begun to master the art of knowing the difference between what’s real and what’s just imagined. And since what he had been imagining was scaring the daylights out of him, that was a really useful skill for him to master.

Once he could recognize that it was only his own thoughts that were scaring him, he quickly began to get his life back. And the same thing is possible for all of us, even when our stories aren’t quite as dramatic as this one.

Once you realize that you’re not afraid of what you think you’re afraid of – you’re afraid of what you think – life gets a whole lot less scary and a whole lot more fun.

As I wrote in Supercoach:

The worst thing that can ever happen to you is a thought – generally speaking, a thought about whatever you think is the worst thing that could ever happen to you. But just because a thought pops into your head doesn’t mean it will immediately manifest in your life. (If it did, there would be more deaths by roller coasters going off their tracks, people falling from very high places, and heads exploding due to stress than any other cause.)

That’s because in and of themselves, thoughts have no power. It’s only when you invest your own energy and consciousness into them that they begin to become real.

A thought without your personal investment is no more powerful than a tea bag without boiling water. It’s only after you add the water that the tea begins to infuse and create the flavor, and it’s only after you add your agreement and energy to a thought that it begins to impact your life.

Have fun, learn heaps, and remember:

You can entertain your thoughts or you can let your thoughts entertain you!

With love,

PS – What would your life be like if money was no more or less frightening to you than a rubber snake, wooden log, or a can of paint?

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Should you buy organic or not? Read here.

April 28, 2010

The terrific folks over at Environmental Working Group are releasing their newest shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. The truth is, with some types of produce it’s critical to buy organic. Items like strawberries and celeries have high pesticide content. And with some, like onions, avocados and pineapple, buying organic isn’t as important.

You can see a short video with Dr Andrew Weill discussing this topic and explaining how he uses the guide, and then download your own version here:

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How safe is your seafood?

April 26, 2010

I’m a big fan of getting your nutrition dialed in. I think our diets should be primarily composed of raw fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds, nuts and legumes, and then if one chooses to eat animal products, choose ones that are as “clean” as you can find. That means if it’s a land based animal, look for things like organically raised, free range, no chemicals, antibiotics or hormones, etc…

Many people use seafood and I’ll order seafood in restaurants from time to time. Well, how clean is your seafood? Watch this video (3:38 long) and you’ll be surprised.

I can tell you this, based on watching this I will no longer eat imported farmed seafood.

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Awesome picture of the volcanic eruption in Iceland

April 19, 2010

just thought I’d pass this on, just amazing.


And here’s the article from which the picture is taken, there are a few more there. Incredible event.

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Refresh and renew in ONE MINUTE!

April 18, 2010

Would you like a 1 minute exercise you can do almost anywhere that will calm your mind, relax your body, release your creativity, reduce stress-related hormones and is clinically proven to release health building hormones like human growth hormone and DHEA? Then read on. I’ll be sharing that in just a minute.

I’m a big fan of the book “The Heartmath Solution”. A client gave me this book as a gift several years back. Has anyone ever given you a book? I was thinking what a nice gesture it was but the last thing I needed was another book on my ‘to read’ list. So it sat in a pile for over a year. Well, one day I felt that inner prompting we all sometimes get and I picked it up and skimmed through it and I suddenly realized why my client had given me this gift. This book was Important.

And so I began reading it.

I can honestly say this book is indeed Important. It has great information and perspectives on why we tend to get so stressed out, why most of the attempts to de-stress are doomed to mediocre results, and then it gives some extremely practical tools to help change your emotional and physical state, like one of the techniques I’m going to share below.

I’ll give a short synopsis here. I was startled to discover that our bodies don’t have a single nervous system, we actually have 2 (at least). We have the brain-based one that we’re all familiar with, and then we have one that is heart-based. And when I say ‘heart’, I don’t mean that figuratively. I mean the organ that pumps blood, THAT heart. Turns out that in a developing fetus, the heart-based nervous system actually is developed prior to the beginning of development of the brain-based one. And at the Heartmath Institute, their research shows that the brain’s system will entrain to the heart’s. Entrain means to sync up. Now, they’ve developed ways of measuring the peace and order of the heart’s system and then mapped that out against brain wave patterns and the findings are striking. As the heart’s system drops out of chaos and stress and into peace and order, guess what the brain does? Yep, the exact same thing. But if you try to go the other way around, if you try to do techniques to calm the brain’s system, it does not change the heart’s. So what most stress reduction techniques are trying to do, using Egoscue terminology, is they are really trying to treat symptom instead of core dysfunction. You can’t start with the head, you gotta start with the heart and the head will follow.

If you’d like to get a one minute exercise you can do just about anywhere, read on, and I’d love to get feedback on this. If you find this helpful, please come back and post a follow-up comment. And I strongly recommend the book. If I could recommend just 10 books on health, this would surely be one of them.

And let me tell you this, what this book talks about is ABSOLUTELY congruent with what Pete Egoscue is talking about in his new book, “Let’s Lighten Up”. Finding and restoring balance in one aspect of our systems tends to create or facilitate finding balance in the others. Postural imbalance can and will absolutely create emotional imbalance, and you will be powerfully positioned to restore postural balance when you have a greater send of peace and order within your mind.

So I hope you enjoy this. This is from an email I received from the good folks at The Heartmath Institute. The one minute technique is at the end of it.


“You feel a deep sense of peace and internal balance—you are at harmony with yourself, with others, and with your larger environment. You experience increased buoyancy and vitality. Your senses are enlivened—every aspect of your perceptual experience seems richer, more textured. Surprisingly, you feel invigorated even when you would usually have felt tired and drained. Things that usually would have irked you don’t ‘get to you’ as much. Your body feels regenerated—your mind clear. At least for a period of time, decisions become obvious as priorities clarify and inner conflict dissolves. Intuitive insight suddenly provides convenient solutions to problems that had previously consumed weeks of restless thought. Your creativity flows freely. You may experience a sense of greater connectedness with others and feelings of deep fulfillment.”1

Conventional wisdom tells us that this experience is rare. But it doesn’t have to be.

More than 15 years of research at the Institute of HeartMath has shown the relationship between this state, commonly referred to as flow, and positive emotions. They call what happens to the human system during these states physiological coherence. And it’s available, on demand, with HeartMath’s basic coherence-building tool: the Quick Coherence® technique.

If you’re new to the HeartMath System, here’s how to get in the flow: Take a deep breath and imagine your breath coming in and going out through the area around your heart in the center of your chest. Continue this slow, deep breathing for about 20-30 seconds. Then recall a fun or positive time in your life: A favorite vacation spot; a special time with a loved one; a perfect run down the slopes. And attempt to re experience it. Hold this feeling for about 30 seconds or more and notice an emotional, mental and physical shift.

That’s it. Heart focus. Heart breathing. Heart feeling. Any time. Any place.

Take care,
Kim Allen

1. Excerpt taken from The Appreciative Heart: The Psychophysiology of Positive Emotions and Optimal Functioning, Rollin McCraty and Doc Childre, Institute of HeartMath, 2003. You can find out more about this and other IHM research at

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Could a simple misunderstanding be causing my pain?

April 14, 2010

here is a link to the latest post from our Portland clinic director’s blog. Matt Whitehead has done a fantastic job of discussing a tricky subject. If you are a current client, I strongly encourage you to read this. If you’re thinking about becoming a client, then reading this before you come in will help us help you even more effectively.

Great stuff, Matt!

Here’s the post:

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