Identified in mice, the simple organ most likely exists in humans, too, offering fresh insight into how we experience painful pressure and pricks.
Autoimmune diseases are some of the least understood and most difficult medical conditions to treat. There are up to 80 different types of autoimmune diseases that affect up to 50 million Americans according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA.) While each illness is unique, the common thread connecting all of these diseases is that they cause the immune system to attack healthy cells as if they were foreign. Since the root cause of these diseases can often be veiled in mystery, most treatments only address the symptoms instead of the cause.
A growing body of medical research suggests that studying the endocannabinoid system and how it is activated by the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) may lead to the development of promising therapies.
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Some of the most common autoimmune diseases are:
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – a group of diseases that cause the inflammation of the colon and small intestine
- Type 1 Diabetes – a condition that destroys cells that produce insulin in the pancreas
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – a condition that causes severe inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – a condition that affects joints, kidneys, brain, skin, and other organs
- Psoriasis – a skin condition that produces thick, silver-white patches of flaky skin along with irritation and redness
- Celiac Sprue Disease – an autoimmune reaction to gluten (found in barley, wheat, and rye) that damages the lining of the small intestine
- Pernicious Anemia – a condition that leads to decreased red blood cells because of an inability to absorb vitamin B-12
- Vitiligo – a condition that produces white patches on the skin as the result of loss of pigment
- Scleroderma – a disease of the connective tissue causes changes in internal organs, blood vessels, skin, and muscles
- Hashimoto’s disease – a disease that causes the thyroid gland to become inflamed
- Addison’s Disease – a disease that causes insufficient adrenal hormone production
- Graves’ Disease – a disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland
- Reactive Arthritis – a condition that may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes and that causes inflammation of the joints, eyes and urethra
- Sjögren’s Syndrome – a disease that causes dry mouth and dry eyes by destroying the glands that produce saliva and tears. It can also affect the lungs and kidneys.
What you might notice about all of these diseases is that they disrupt the bodies’ ability to achieve homeostasis or a healthy balance.
How the Endocannabinoid System Could Treat Autoimmune Disease…
Let’s talk about the amazing potential of the endocannabinoid system because of its ability to help the body achieve homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors that are embedded throughout the entire human body in immune cells, organs, connective tissue and glands. The reason why this system is gaining so much medical attention and is believed to have a wide application for the development of effective therapies is because these receptors send signals to nearly every system and cellular structure in our bodies to promote homeostasis.
Dr. Dustin Sulak—an American physician who uses cannabinoid rich cannabis based treatments in his integrative medical clinics in Maine and Massachusetts—offers an example in his article Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System that is particularly relevant for those suffering from autoimmune diseases:
“At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.”
Dr. Sulak’s example illustrates the endocannabinoid system’s ability to use cannabinoids, like CBD, to send signals to different areas in the body that result in the reduction of inflammation caused by an overactive immune response. This same therapeutic property has been the focus of many scientific studies related to autoimmune diseases. These studies suggest that CBD based therapies could be developed to effectively treat and manage a wide range of autoimmune diseases from rheumatoid arthritis and types 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.
While the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet substantiated the benefits of CBD, integrated medical practices across the United States like Dr. Sulak’s are utilizing this medical research to benefit their patients. More research on the endocannabinoid system and its use of CBD to achieve homeostasis could lead to the development of effective therapies for a wide range of autoimmune disorders.
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Enter Into a Mystical Forest for your Meditation Practise.
Featuring Beautiful Celtic Music @432Hz and sounds of Nature. Waterfall and birds. As you close your eyes for meditation, this track will help to transport to this magical forest, — away from the stress and hustle and bustle around you.
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The word “Reiki” means “universal energy” and is of Japanese origin. This is a form of healing that serves as support for behavior changes and undesirable behaviors. Reiki focuses on the internal energy imbalances that cause the deterioration of our physical and mental health. Using this music in our lives will help turn negative energies into positive ones.
E ala e, E ala e,
Kou O kino, kou O koko, ikaika kino lau,
E lawe ‘oe i ka ‘eha a pau,
E ala e, ke anoano na koko ikaika,
E ala e aku kou moe loa,
Me he ola a me kou nui ke ikaika,
E luku ho’opapau keia ma’i ‘a’ai,
E malama kou kino,
E lohe, na Aumakua,
E lohe, e Lono, e Pele,
Ke pule ola loa
E ola ia makou, aohe hala,
Amama ua noa.
Kalei’s body, her white warrior cells,
Take away all pain,
Awake awesome warrior cells, Awake from your long sleep,
And grant life with your great strength, Destroy completely this cancer,
Heal her body,
Hear me Ancestors,
Hear me Lono, Pele,
This prayer for long life, Grant life to her, without fail,
|Blessings to your Eternal Souls!|
|Copyright © 2019 Kaleiiliahi, All rights reserved.|
Similar to recharging a battery, Reiki is the channeling of high-vibrational energy into you aura, chakras and meridians.
Reiki is is a natural tool that can be used to help us cope with the stresses of every day life, and works on all aspects of a person by bringing the mind, body and spirit back into beautiful alignment. Reiki works on all planes – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
It has been proven that receiving Reiki affects brain waves by transforming consciousness in the same way that meditation does – the breath deepens, stress levels in the body drop, oxygenated blood flows more freely, aiding in the detoxification of the body + mind.
When you receive a Reiki healing, you are being brought back into a state of harmony with the universe. Its calming effect will leave you feeling lighter, happier and connected. Reiki is a wonderful tool to use alongside modern medicine and other therapies, as it supports the physical body during the healing process.
This track is indicated for Reiki treatments and self-treatments. The rhythmic pattern of harmony is similar to the rhythm of breathing. Remaining focused on the breath will prevent the mind from wandering. Namaste’
Is your nap game sharp? Most of you probably don’t have enough time to take a nap throughout the day, but power naps are probably the solution to your problem. Napping may improve your brain function, problem-solving skills, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning and statistical learning. This will improve your reaction time, help you […]
Water holds gifts and powers that move from the simplest physical observations to the most abstruse and occult applications of spiritual principles. But the central gift of water is its acceptance of the impressions of consciousness. Water can be magnetized to hold pure emotion. Consequently, water is a very magical element, a crystal that can be solid, liquid or gaseous, and yet is a crystal in terms of the way that it can hold ideas, thoughts and emotions.
This instrument was speaking earlier about a vision that she had several months ago, when she read an article by a scientist who had done experiments with water crystals. He asked entities to project as pure an emotion as possible to these crystals and then he photographed the results. Interestingly enough, the crystals, when magnetized by thoughts of thanksgiving, joy and love, developed beautiful, flower-like patterns of crystallization. When ugly and angry thoughts were projected to these ice crystals, the ice crystals became malformed.
The intimacy of thought and water is very appropriate to consider as you look at your physical body. Your thoughts are impressing every cell of your body. You are a very watery being. A large percentage of your body is water. You are, therefore, a creature of the tides of your inner emotions. Be aware of how easy it is to magnetize water with an idea or a thought or, most importantly, an emotion. Tend your everyday self to thoughts of thankfulness, thanksgiving, praise, appreciation and joy. Remember how powerful you really are and impress your own body with the fire of your love. Let that love do its healing and organizing work within your physical body.
– Q’uo, The Law Of One
Physical activity is important for your mental and physical health. However, not everyone is able to go to the gym. Some people work all the time, and they don’t have any time to hit the gym. Well, it’s time to stop worrying because a 15-minute walk can give you some great benefits. Walking may add […]
With so many of us feeling a bit hopeless these days, I am reposting this small essay on the Dark Night of the Soul.
I read a short blog post the other day that made me sad…and sympathetic. It was by a young woman who felt she had lost the mystery of her Pagan path. The power of the rites had flown. She doubted. Her anguish was palpable in what she wrote.
Thismay have been the first time thathad happened to her.
Yet I can guarantee that, if we follow any spiritual path for a sufficient length of time, this same thing will happen to each of us. At some point, the mystery dries up. The excitement dies down. The thrill of discovery is not asthrillingas it once was. Usually, this doesn’t happen…
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As little as an hour a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may be enough to help prevent disability in people with knee osteoarthritis or other lower-extremity joint symptoms, according to a recent study of 1,564 people. […]
MIDDAY MEDITATION (9 mins.) | For divine guidance and support from within … tap into your inner Guru now …
Aum bhur bhuvah svah
tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat. Om.
In all three worlds – terrestrial, astral,
and celestial – may we meditate upon the splendour of that Divine Sun who illuminates all. May its golden light nourish our understanding and guide us on our journey to its sacred seat.
Herbal Tinctures for Health and Well-Being They may be small, but these extracts pack a powerful herbal punch. Discover the multiple benefits of tinctures, and how to make and use them to stay heal […]
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These solar portal energies are compelling profound changes in our bodies… keep drinking plenty of water and breathing slowly, steadily and fully to quell the weirdness you’re experiencing, and relax into the shifting. Do not resist: allow and adapt. This is Us through Yule and the end of 2019. Let’s do this! ALOHA!
One million children join a Buddhist annual meditation event called V-Star Change the World at the Phra Dhammakaya temple near Bangkok. They believe that when all these children meditate together for a whole day it will help change the world. What Is The V Star Children’s Project? The V star children’s project is an […]
Join us for this powerful Kundalini Yoga Meditation to Bless Yourself using the Mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” ( I bow to the subtle Divine teacher within).
“It is the first human right and duty to bless the Self and to bless all.” — Yogi Bhajan.
In the beginning, a spiritual journey is a transition from living in various states of denial to discovering an insatiable love for truth. When living in denial, your focus is more concerned with anticipating fearful possibilities, while making choices to avert the very fearful things that only you may be imagining. Most of the time, even if something you fear becomes a reality – the experience itself is never as scary, daunting, or hopeless as it was imagined to be.
When run by fear, your self-worth lives and dies by the outcomes you face or how others view you, while responding to life in a distrusting or defensive manner. In denial, you are unaware that each moment was created to assist you in opening up and evolving to your absolute potential. When this truth is denied or overlooked, happiness and fulfillment is imagined as fleeting moments in time when life goes your way.
In essence, denial means that you are choosing to see life in a way that denies you the right to consider a greater divine source within you that ensures the perfection and completion of your journey, no matter how different it seems from the way you want it to be. As a love of truth opens up within you, you begin to question, “Is my view of life the way it actually is or just my personal version of it?” Once everything can be seen as a subjective version of absolute potential, there is an inner sense of permission to consider other viewpoints with the courage to select a point of view that is less fearful and more supportive to the evolution of the whole.
While a love for truth creates an initial spark of inner spiritual exploration, it is certainly not the end-all-be-all of your adventure. It is actually just the beginning. When confusing the beginning of your journey with any imagined end point, you tend to rely on knowledge instead of love throughout your encounters. When this occurs, spiritual concepts become extensions of ego to defend against those who oppose your view or seem uninformed. This can even lead to the impulse of needing to constantly correct those, who in your perception of experience, are clearly out of touch with reality.
They may be as asleep as you sense them to be, but when relying on knowledge, you tend to be life’s exhausting rescuer that unknowingly attempts to rob them of their journey. You may even wonder, “How do I know the difference between being a rescuer and serving the evolution of someone’s journey?” The answer is astoundingly simple: when you are meant to pass along your knowledge to another, they will ask you a direct question.
If you are offering your knowledge before someone has personally asked you to be their bearer of higher wisdom, some form of projection or rescuing is occurring. If you see someone who can benefit from your knowledge, but hasn’t asked for it, maybe it can become a moment where you ask yourself: what are they here to teach me? What if I became the one who acted upon the very advice I’m waiting to dispense, instead of assuming my role in someone else’s journey?
When not relying so heavily on your library of knowledge, you become a living blessing of love. From this space, you are free to honor how each character in your play provides you opportunities to act upon your best advice as a way of making your love even more unconditional and potent in power.
When being rooted in love guides you beyond the love for truth, each fight against injustice, or judgment towards those who aren’t as knowledgeable as you, becomes a living prayer for the salvation of every heart. As this occurs, the unsavory actions of others can inspire a more powerful response of blessings and conscious action for the well-being of all.
Those who rely on their knowledge often imagine hypothetical circumstances to justify why loving what arises seems too passive in response. They are the ones who insist the people of this planet come together in greater conscious action, while being too consumed in righteousness to act upon the very suggestions they project. One who is rooted in love, feeds a hungry person in sight. One who relies on knowledge believes they are helping by trying to rally others into the very actions they have yet to choose.
This is why for some, loving what arises is the ultimate leap of faith one must take in order for attachments to knowledge to be living transmissions of heart-centered wisdom in action. In heart-centered consciousness, we don’t love instead of help. Instead, we help from a space of love by allowing love’s infinite wisdom to determine how our help is offered.
Relying on your knowledge also acts as a double-edged sword: when good things seem to happen, you may think you are being rewarded for what you know. Equally so, when you interpret your life circumstances as “bad”, “adverse”, or “wrong”, you may believe that if only you knew more than you do things would’ve been different.
At certain stages of your spiritual journey, you can be so knowledgeable, while still living in subtle realms of denial. When this occurs, there are reasons why your life happens that are superstitious, creative, and intriguing, while unrelated to the greater good of life’s eternal truth that only brings forth experiences to assist you in making more room for love to emerge.
This is why, further along the spiritual journey, a love for truth must transition into the truth of love, in order for the spiritually-hungry mind to merge into emotional oneness with the actions and integrity of an open loving heart. Once this merging occurs, truth is no longer something to know, keep straight, argue with others, attempt to defend, or in need of being remembered, but a fully-embodied expression of your highest self in form.
Inevitably, truth is not what you know, but how often you love. This is today’s moment of insight.
– Matt Kahn
Slippery Elm is a perennial tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada, and can reach a height of 60-80 feet. They can live up to 200 years. Slippery Elm is also called Red Elm or Indian Elm. Native Americans used the inner bark for its soothing effect on the digestive tract and to heal wounds. Today, Herbalists use Slippery Elm for its mucilaginous and nutritive properties, for a sore throat, and for soothing the mucous membranes lining the stomach and intestines. The inner bark is the only part used for therapeutic purposes. When it is moistened, the gummy mucilaginous substance surrounding its fibers swell, producing a soothing softening remedy. This gooey ingredient is very similar to Flaxseed. Slippery Elm is known by Herbalists for its soothing effect on whatever part of your body it comes into contact with. Slippery Elm has also been used during times of stress. Given that our mental…
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The prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is increasing globally as people live longer. Vascular dementia (VaD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are the most common forms of dementia, and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is often concomitant with AD (AD + CVD). The goal of treatment is to stabilize or slow disease progression, reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), improve quality of life, and reduce caregiver burden. In Asia, the first-line therapies for dementia are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs), N‐methyl‐D‐aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists (e.g., memantine) are second-line therapies, and the proprietary ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgoaceae) leaf extract EGb761 (Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG; Karlsruhe, Germany) is also used. In China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, EGb 761 is classified as a drug; in Malaysia and Singapore, it is regulated as a supplement; and in Indonesia, it is classified as a “phytopharmaceutical.” To help guide clinical practice in…
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Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common community-acquired infections, and it has a very high rate of recurrence. Of women diagnosed with UTI, 35% to 53% have a recurrence within 12 months. The standard treatment for UTI is a course of antibiotics; however, there is not a standard prophylactic treatment for recurrent UTI. Now that the relationship is understood between overuse of antibiotics and the development of multidrug-resistant strains within microbial populations, the authors argue that it is imperative to develop a long-term standard preventive therapy for recurrent UTI.
In this prospective, non-randomized phase II clinical trial, researchers at the Department of Urology at the Santa Chiara Regional Hospital in Trento, Italy evaluated a combination of natural therapy for recurrent UTI. The product is produced by Anatek Health Italia, Milan, Italy, and is sold under the name AVIUR Retard. Each tablet contains the following combination of proprietary products:…
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A new immunotherapy approach using a patient’s own tumor targeting T-cells has shown impressive results in a woman with metastatic breast cancer who only had months to live. […]
The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocket and keep it forever. I’d like to roll up all the beautiful hedgerows and the country lanes and lay them out somewhere in the sunshine so I can walk them all. I’d like to ask all the birds to keep singing and to stay in their nests all year round, as the swallows and the swifts and house martins all appear back in the eaves of our summer roofs. Wasn’t it empty without them?
I walk through our valley park and I wonder how I will ever live without the banks of cow parsley and the field poppies and the busy, busy butterflies and bees. It feels as…
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Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures.
Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies.
Since antiquity, calendula (also known as pot marigold) flowers have been used in infusions for many maladies. The Egyptians used the petals to heal wounds. In the Middle Ages, calendula was used for indigestion and healing bruises and burns. In World War I, the herb was used on the injured to prevent inflammation and infection. According to Annie Burnham Carter, author of In An Herb Garden (1947), “In England during that war, Miss Gertrude Jekyll gave a field on her estate for the exclusive cultivation of pot marigolds . . . the flowers which bloomed there…
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A new study indicates half of your friends probably don’t consider you their friend.
Learn the parts of the taro plant and find out all the power-packed health benefits of eating it. […]
Vetiver oil is a popular remedy in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa. It has been used for thousand years, and research has shown that its leaves and roots provide great benefits. Vetiver is a sacred herb, and ancient civilizations praised it for its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective effect. It cools the body […]
Apple cider vinegar has been used since ancient times. It works well when used as a remedy and household product. Research has shown that apple cider vinegar contains healthy components that optimize your health. However, some people don’t like its taste. We have some good news for you – try these apple cider vinegar gummies! […]