"And He feeds me and quenches my thirst and when I fall sick then He (Allah) cures me" [Soorah Shu'araa: 80]


14.12.12

Nature’s Fruity Statin Helps Clean Out Arteries



Research continues to mount showing how a piece of fruit can naturally unclog your arteries in no time.
Without side effects.
In one study, researchers found that drinking this fruit juice reduced arterial plaque by up to 30 percent.1
For the study, Israeli scientists followed 19 subjects for three years. Patients were between the ages of 65 and 75. They were all non-smokers but had severe arterial buildup. So severe that their blood flowed at only 10 to 30 percent capacity.
Researchers gave 10 subjects this juice to drink daily. The other nine received a placebo. At baseline all subjects had similar levels for glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Diet and lifestyle practices remained constant throughout the test.
After just three months scientists noticed a difference. Thickness in the juice drinkers’ arteries decreased by 13 percent. And even better… After a year, plaque decreased by 30 percent. But in the placebo group, plaque increased by nine percent.
What is this artery-cleaning elixir?
Pomegranate juice.
In another Israeli study, researchers tested pomegranate juice on mice.2 The mice also had severely clogged arteries. Researchers split the mice into groups. One group had pomegranate juice added to their water. Researchers compared the pomegranate mice to a placebo and control group.
Once again, the pomegranate juice worked. In just two months, the mice that consumed the juice had improved arteries. The fruit reduced arterial lesion size by 17 percent.
Healthier arteries in just two months… you don’t get those types of results with drugs.
Statins and other high blood pressure medication are usually prescribed to treat hardening of the arteries – also known as atherosclerosis. We’ve told you the dangers of statins more than once. We’ve even told you how they actually cause arterial calcification.3
But now we’re finding that pomegranates are nature’s statin. Those little seeds found inside the wonder fruit are proving to do the job without the harmful side effects.
You can buy the fruit whole and crack it open and eat the seeds fresh. Or you can buy pomegranate juice. Just make sure you buy organic and naturally sweetened juice.
Don’t wait until the plaque builds up. Add pomegranates to your diet now as a preventative measure. They won’t just perk up your taste buds… they’ll get your blood flowing too.
References:
1 http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15158307
2 http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11481398
3 http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2012/09/new-research-shows-this-deadly-drug-is-even-worse-than-we-knew/


3.11.12

Menurunkan Tekanan Darah Tinggi dengan DIET: Faktor K


Definisi tekanan darah tinggi (hypertension):

Tekanan darah sistolik > 140 mmHg dan/atau tekanan darah diastolik > 90 mmHg (CPG: Malaysian Guidelines 2008)

Klasifikasi (CPG: Malaysian Guidelines 2008) :

Kebanyakan pesakit darah tinggi dinasihatkan supaya mengurangkan pengambilan garam (Sodium,Na+) dalam makanan, ini memang benar, tetapi pernahkah anda dinasihatkan juga supaya meningkatkan pengambilan POTASIUM (K+) dalam diet?

Antara tugas Sodium yang yang penting adalah mengawal volume cecair dalam badan anda. Sodium membantu untuk 'menarik' air supaya kekal di dalam darah anda.

Pengambilan Sodium secara berlebihan menyebabkan lebihnya volume air terkumpul dalam badan dan sukar untuk disingkirkan (melalui buah pinggang)


Di sinilah letaknya fungsi POTASIUM yang mempunyai fungsi yang berlawanan dengan Sodium, dimana ion Potasium akan bertukar dengan ion potasium pada reseptor sel dan ini akan membantu penyingkiran air dari badan

Kajian mendapati secara purata, penduduk A.S memakan sebanyak 3300 mg sodium sehari, sedangkan pakar pemakanan hanya mengesyorkan limitnya sebanyak 2300 mg sehari).

Manakala jumlah pengambilan Potasium yang disyorkan adalah 4700 mg sehari, manakala secara purata, penduduk AS hanya mengambil sebanyak 2000-2500 mg sahaja.

Tidak menghairankan 1 dalam 3 penduduk AS mendapat tekanan darah tinggi!


Apa itu faktor K?

Richard D. Moore, MD, PhD adalah seorang pakar yang telah sekian lama mengkaji hubungan antara Potasium dengan darah tinggi.

Dalam bukunya "The High Blood Pressure Solution: Natural Prevention and Cure with the K factor",

Dr Moore telah menunjukkan bagaimana dengan makan menurut Faktor K, iaitu didefinisikan sebagai nisbah Sodium:Potasium sekurang-kurangnya 1:4 boleh mencegah penyakit darah tinggi, stroke dan kematian pra-matang

Dengan memakan makanan yang tinggi Potasium, rendah Sodium juga dapat mencegah penyakit buah pinggang dan jantung yang disebabkan oleh darah tinggi.

Bagaimana Meningkatkan Faktor K?

-Memakan sayuran, kekacang (legumes), biji-bijirin dan buah-buahan
-Makanan-makanan semulajadi (tanpa diproses) ini membekalkan nisbah Sodium-Potasium sekurang-kurangnya 1:50.  Pisang, nisbahnya sangat tinggi (1: 440), begitu juga oren (1: 260)

Sumber-Sumber Potasium Yang Tinggi:


-Buahan sitrus seperti oren dan grapefruits. 1 cawan oren membekalkan 500 mg
-Ikan seperti tuna, halibut (400 mg+  setiap hidangan)
-Pisang (450 mg)
-Tomato (440 mg)
-Epal (182 mg)
-Honeydew

Tips Pengambilan Diet Untuk Pesakit darah Tinggi

1) Kurangkan pengambilan makanan berproses/makan di restoren
-1 Big Mac mengandungi 1070 mg sodium
-Semangkuk sup mengandungi 800 mg sodium

2) Makan dengan Nisbah Sodium-Potasium sekurang-kurangnya 1:4
-Jika contohnya anda makan makanan yang mempunyai sodium 1000 mg, anda kena 'balance' dengan makanan yang mengandung Potasium 4000 mg

3) Makan Makanan Potasium Tinggi (seperti contoh-contoh di atas)





1.11.12

Negative-calorie Foods

For those wishing to lose weight easier, faster and smarter!

Hope this article about negative-calorie foods by Mike Adams, Editor at NaturalNews.com will give you valuable insights!

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Negative-calorie health foods - burn fat while making you feel full

How do you eat more while losing more weight at the same time? One of the best answers is to eat "negative-calorie" foods, meaning that these foods actually take more energy to digest than they deliver to your body. While these foods may be an important source of phytonutrients, they are not sources of fat-packing calories.

Because of their surprising lack of calories, these foods can essentially be consumed in unlimited quantities without you gaining weight (body fat). That works because your stomach senses when it is physically full, and it will trigger your brain to stop eating when you can't handle more food. You know that "I feel stuffed" feeling? That's your stomach (which has its own complex nervous system, by the way), telling your brain to tell you to stop eating.

This is why, believe it or not, the simple act of drinking a glass of water before each meal is a proven weight loss strategy. It fills your belly with water, thereby reducing the amount of space left for other foods. So your stomach gets full more quickly, triggering the "stop eating" signals in your brain.

Eating an apple before each meal also works in much the same way. This is true even though apples are not negative-calorie foods. But they are rich in water, and water takes up space in your stomach.

In fact, that's the common property among all negative-calorie foods: They all contain a lot of water locked in a fibrous matrix. Apples are essentially "water fruits," as are grapes and watermelons (hence the name). Many vegetables are also "water vegetables," meaning that they're loaded with water. Celery, for example, is the classic example of a water-rich negative-calorie food (see below).

As you read this list, remember that all foods contain calories, and that the term "negative-calorie food" is a bit of a misnomer. It refers to the effective net calories subtracted from your body through the preparation, eating, digestion and elimination of these foods. In other words, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.

The upshot is that the more water you consume in your foods, the more quickly you'll feel full and stop eating. Water, it turns out, is the most effective appetite control substance in the world.

So here's the list of the five best negative-calorie foods that you can enjoy every day as part of a healthy weight loss diet:



#1) Celery












One cup of celery (120g) contains only 19 calories. It takes far more than 19 calories to prepare, eat, digest and eliminate this one cup of celery, and that's what qualifies it as a negative-calorie food. You can eat as much celery as you want, and you won't gain body fat.

Even though celery contains effectively no contributing calories, it does contain powerful medicine. Celery juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine (http://www.naturalnews.com/024135_celery_cancer_inflammation.html), and one of the active constituents in celery -- apigenin -- slashes the risk of ovarian cancer, too. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027449_cancer_ovarian_flavonoids.html)


#2) Lettuce, onions and greens



Lettuce is basically just structured water locked into a vegetable matrix. One cup of typical iceberg lettuce contains just 8 calories, meaning you can munch on this to your heart's delight and you'll never gain an ounce of body fat.

Much the same is true with onions, which contain only 64 calories per cup and yet deliver an amazing assortment of anti-cancer nutrients and immune-boosting medicine. (http://www.naturalnews.com/022364_pancreatic_cancer_onions.html).

Virtually all salad greens are "negative-calorie" foods, meaning you can eat as many of them as you want. But be careful:

Slopping on 300 calories worth of oily salad dressing changes the entire equation. While lettuce by itself is a negative-calorie food, salad dressing is mostly definitely NOT. In fact, salad dressings are often loaded with cheap soybean oils and even MSG (monosodium glutamate), a chemical taste enhancer linked to neurological damage and obesity. MSG is almost always found in "Ranch" flavor dressings, in particular.


#3) Grapefruit



Grapefruit technically isn't a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention for another reason as you'll soon see. For starters, it's still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup.

But the best part is that grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits, which triggers the liver to break down fat. So as part of a fat-loss strategy, grapefruit is truly essential to your daily diet!

Fascinating research about the fat-reducing properties of grapefruit was just published in the online journal PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0012399). It shows that naringenin activates two kinds of PPARs (dubbed PPAR-alpha and PPARy) and blocks LXR-alpha -- resulting in fasting-type benefits to the body (http://www.naturalnews.com/029684_naringenin_grapefruit.html).

"It is a process which is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects," Martin L. Yarmush, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and one of the paper's authors, said in a media statement. "The liver behaves as if fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead of carbohydrates."


Edited from Full article:
http://www.naturalnews.com/030912_negative-calorie_foods_burn_fat.html

24.10.12

Salam Aidiladha


Kepada semua pembaca dan pengikut Blog Rawatan Holistik,

Diucapkan selamat menyambut aidiladha 1433 H

Hayati dan dalami maksud Surah al-Kauthsar ini:


terjemahan :


[1]
Sesungguhnya Kami telah mengurniakan kepadamu (wahai Muhammad) kebaikan yang banyak (di dunia dan di akhirat).
[2]
Oleh itu, kerjakanlah sembahyang kerana Tuhanmu semata-mata, dan sembelihlah korban (sebagai bersyukur).
[3]
Sesungguhnya orang yang bencikan engkau, Dia lah yang terputus (dari mendapat sebarang perkara yang diingininya).  








11.10.12

Preview Buku : Zikir Penyembuh Kanser



Buku Zikir Penyembuh Kanser adalah hasil pengalaman penulisnya, Prof. Dr. H.M Amin Syukur dalam menghadapi saat getir melawan penyakit kanser yang dihadapinya (sebanyak 2 kali!) sehingga berjaya sembuh sepenuhnya.

Apa yang menarik, adalah beliau mengaplikasi sepenuhnya kaedah rawatan secara HOLISTIK iaitu menuruti sepenuhnya kaedah perubatan moden (kemoterapi dan radioterapi) disamping amalan-amalan zikir dan meditasi yang dibuat secara berterusan dan berjadual. 

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Buku ini dibahagikan kepada empat bahagian: 

Bahagian Pertama: Kesediaan Saya Menjalani Hidup

Bahagian Kedua: Hidup mati Saya Melawan Kanser

Bahagian Ketiga: Saya Sembuh Kerana Zikir dan Doa Dengan Izin Allah SWT

Bahagian Keempat: Kesakitan Memberi Banyak Hikmah

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Antara yang menarik adalah teknik nafas zikrullah yang dilakukan beliau: 

 1) Mata dipejamkan 

 2) Membaca Bismillahirrahmanirrahim 

 3) Lidah dilekatkan ke langit 

 4) Ambil nafas perut (yakni perut kembung ketika menarik nafas) selama kiraan 7 hingga 10 

 5) Tahan nafas sepanjang penarikan (ketika menahan nafas, membaca doa-doa yang semampunya seperti Allahumma sihat, Allahumma normal atau lain-lain yang seupamanya) 

 6) Mengeluarkan nafas sambil membaca Allahuakbar 



Teknik visualisasi juga digunakan (untuk mengeluarkan penyakit dari tubuh): 

Sebelum melakukan pernafasan, konsep penyakit yang sedang dideritai itu perlu difahami. Sesudah itu penyakit tersebut dibayangkan atau divisualisasikan bentuknya, kemudian dikeluarkan dari tubuh. Caranya: 

1) Menarik nafas dengan teknik yang telah dikemukakan secara umum seperti di atas. menarik nafas sehingga puas dan menahannya di sepanjang penarikan tersebut. Ketika menahan nafas, ia disertai dengan permohonan (doa) semampunya dan kemudian mengeluarkan nafas panjang sambil mengucapkan Allaaaahu Akbar (agak panjang) sambil membayangkan sedang mengeluarkan penyakit kanser atau penyakit yang ada dari dalam tubuh 

 2) Kemudian setelah dikeluarkan dari tubuh, fikiran atau perasaan kita membayangkan adanya gunting yang memutus, sambil mengatakan dalam fikiran atau hati ; "putus", sambil membayangkan (visual) gunting memotong ke arah penyakit yang sedang dikeluarkan tersebut. Tujuan visual ini agar penyakit yang sudah keluar itu tidak akan kembali lagi

 (m/s 176-179) 



Pada saya buku ini harus dimiliki oleh setiap keluarga, yang mementingkan rawatan secara HOLISTIK, lebih-lebih lagi bagi penghidap kanser. Penulisnya telah membuktikan, tiada yang mustahil bagi kesembuhan penyakit kritikal seperti kanser (walaupun pada mulanya hanya dijangka hidup 3 bulan sahaja), asalkan dengan USAHA yang gigih serta TAWAKAL seseorang kepada Allah. Dialah (Allah) yang menurunkan penyakit, dan Dialah juga yang menyembuhkannya.

 *Buku boleh dipesan di sini: http://inteammobile.com/v2/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=261

23.8.12

Gently detox with 4 superfoods to remove toxins from chem trails, heavy metals, noxious chemicals, pesticides, drugs, GMO by-products

Detoxification is the most crucial element in holistic medicine. No single drugs, herbs, natural medicine etc will work if no proper detoxification is carried out beforehand. So detox first, then only rejuvenate! remember this simple rule to cure any disease!

I found this interesting article from naturalnews to share with fellow holistic friends. Happy reading!

by: JB Bardot


Detoxing can be hard on your body and cause a wide variety of alarming side effects. After all, the substances being removed are usually pretty horrible, consisting of toxic chemicals from Teflon, vaccines, pesticide residues, pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy residue, heavy metals, aluminum, radiation, and even by-products from GMO foods. There are numerous detoxing agents and methods available -- some more costly than others -- and some producing very intense experiences with potentially dangerous side effects.

However, there are several ways to remove these noxious substances gently, with kindness to your system. These techniques may take a bit longer to achieve completion; however, if you have the time and are sensitive, or just don't like pain, one of these methods should work for you.

Pectin

Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and cabbage. Pectin helps to release heavy metals, chemicals and other substances into the blood stream, where it binds to them and flushes them from the body. Simply eating fruit high in pectin will help to cleanse your system, or you can add a pectin product to a glass of water, organic grape juice or fresh veggie juice to speed the detox process. Beware of pectin sold in grocery stores, as some brands may contain MSG. Check health food stores for the best products.

Cilantro

The delicious culinary herb cilantro, happens to be one of the most effective and gentle detoxifiers of mercury, heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. You can buy cilantro juice at health food stores or simply include the fresh herb in your diet as pesto or seasoning to control the amount consumed and limit unwanted side effects. It's inexpensive and works without the addition of man-made chemicals. Cilantro also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, quickly reducing infection and inflammation as it works to clear your system.

Chlorella

Chlorella is a single cell algae sea vegetable that grows in fresh water. Some of the best cholrella reserves have come from Japan; however, use caution when buying Japanese chlorella due to possible exposure to radiation from Fukushima. Chlorella is an easy-to-digest superfood best known for being able to remove mercury and other heavy metals from the cells. Too much chlorella can produce side effects -- mostly in the digestive tract -- where it works best to bind to mercury, eliminating it. Start with the lowest quantity and work up slowly for a gentle detox.

Wheatgrass

Juicing fresh produce and grasses such as wheat or barley grass provides an excellent way to remove toxins from the system. Wheatgrass is high in nutritional content, and provides vitamins, minerals and all nine essential amino acids. Wheatgrass can be a powerful detox, so start slowly with only a small amount of juice to keep it gentle -- 1/2 ounce a day -- and work up to avoid symptoms.

Using gentle detoxing products requires that you repeat treatments over a period of time until all symptoms have cleared. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and pains, dizziness and fatigue. Additionally, detoxing can cause a flare-up in your condition temporarily. It's just the toxins leaving your system and should pass shortly. If side effects are severe, reduce the quantity of whatever you're using to detox. If the symptoms continue, stop and consult your natural health practitioner for further instructions.


About the author:
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. 


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036920_superfoods_detox_chemtrails.html#ixzz24M4Tu1cN



11.7.12

Eighteen Reasons For Fasting


O ye who believe! Fasting is ordained for you, even as it was ordained for those before you, that ye may guard yourself (against evil)” Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 183).




Ramadan is a month of fasting and prayers for the Muslims. The fast consists of total abstinence from food and drink from dawn to dusk. There is, however, a greater significance to fasts than mere abstinence from eating and drinking. The real objective of fasts is to inculcate in man the spirit of abstinence from sins and of cultivation of virtue. Thus the Qur’an declares that the fasts have been prescribed with a view to developing piety in man, as is clear from the verse quoted at the top of this page.
How are the many facets of piety sought to be cultivated through the fasts?
  1. The prime consideration in undertaking fast, as in any act of devotion, is to seek NEARNESS TO GOD and beseech HIS PLEASURE and FORGIVENESS. This itself generates a spirit of piety in man.
  2. The wilful creation of the stringent conditions of hunger and thirst for one’s own self, simply in obedience to the Divine Order, measures the FAITH of man in God and helps to strengthen it by putting it to a severe test.
  3. Fasting enhances through creation of artificial non-availability, the value of the bounties of God, which man is apt to take for granted in the midst of plentiful availability, and thus inculcates in man a spirit of GRATITUDE and consequent DEVOTION to GOD. Nothing else can bring home to man the worth of God’s bounties than a glass of water and a square meal after a day‑long fast. This also reminds man that the real joy in enjoying God’s bounties lies in MODERATION and RESTRAINT and not in OVER INDULGENCE.
  4. Fasting makes us deeply conscious of the pangs of hunger and discomfort suffered by the less fortunate among our brethren, who may have to put up with such stringent conditions all through their lives ‑ it thus enkindles in man a spirit of SACRIFICE leading to CHARITY towards his suffering brethren.
  5. Fasting affords man an unfailing training in ENDURANCE ‑ i.e. a SPIRIT OF. ACCEPTANCE of the inevitable, which could well prepare him to put up with the unchangeable situations in life in the same spirit of RESIGNATION as cultivated during the fasts.
  6. Fasting develops COURAGE, FORTITUDE and a FIGHTING SPIRIT IN man to surmount the heavy odds in life with a cool and tranquil mind. It sharpens his, power of CONCENTRATION to overcome obstacles, through a vigorous exercise all through the month, leading to a steeling of his WILL POWER and RESOLVE, which could help him in trying situations in actual life. It is seen that many an undesirable habit which is found hard to leave, is more easily left off during the days of fasting.
  7. Fasting teaches man RELIANCE on God and CONFIDENCE in HIM in facing the bitter situations in life with the comforting thought that these too, ordained by Him, could well be surmounted through His assistance alone, even as the rigorous state of fasting for a complete month. For, fasting develops the quality of PATIENCE in man, with the realisation that, as the days of fasting, though seeming unending do have a successful and, so are all the bitter situations in life. It therefore infuses a spirit of GOOD CHEER, (driving away BITTERNESS and DESPAIR) in his attitude towards life and in his demeanour towards others.
  8. Through quick alternation of the state of plenty and of scarcity, fasting seeks to inculcate in man the right type of attitude in different situations in life‑ of GRATITUDE and THANKSGIVING in plenty and of PATIENCE and FORBEARANCE in difficulty.
  9. Fasting is meant to CONQUER ANGER, not to augment it, and to develop SELF‑CONTROL in man; for the vigorous effort of wilfully putting up with a continued state of hunger and thirst can well be extended to conquer other infirmities of human character that lead man into error and sin.
  10. Fasting inculcates a spirit of TOLERANCE in man to face unpleasant conditions and situations without making his fellow-being the victim of his wrath on account of his adverse conditions, such as deprivation of his basic needs of life, which constitutes the common cause of dissension among men.
  11. Fasting MELLOWS a man and enhances his character, giving jolt to the human instincts of ‘PRIDE, HAUGHTINESS, ENVY and AMBITION, for when fasting, a man’s energies are too sapped to follow these instincts which are the chief causes of discord and conflict among men.
  12. Fasting exposes the weakness of man in the event of his being deprived of but two of the bounties of God ‑ those of food and drink; it thus infuses in him a spirit of MEEKNESS and SUBMISSION, generating HUMILITY and PRAYER in an otherwise arrogant man.
  13. Fasting breathes the spirit of FORGIVENESS in man towards his subordinates, as he himself seeks God’s FORGIVENESS through fasts and prayers.
  14. Fasting affords lessons in PUNCTUALITY through man’s strict adherence to various time‑schedules in the observance of fasts and offering of prayers.
  15. Fasting can be made to effect ECONOMY in an individual’s life, which can be extended to wider spheres.
  16. Fasting enforces in man rigid DISCIPLINE ‑ mental, spiritual and physical ‑ a trait of character which forms an essential ingredient to success in human life.
  17. Fasting provides LEISURE, that could he gainfully employed in devotional or intellectual pursuits. The month‑long duration of fasts creates a proper climate for the SPIRITUAL REFORMATION in man, infusing in him a spirit pf enthusiasm and zest to turn over a new leaf ‑ an opportunity provided every year.
  18. On the physical side, fasting cleanses the human system of the accumulated impurities of uninterrupted eating throughout the year. It prepares the body for toughness and hardihood to face disease or conditions of scarcity. The rigid abstinence that the fast provides, regulates man’s HEALTH, sharpens has INTELLECT, gives spurt to his SPIRITUALLY and enhances the qualities of his HEART. With the cleansing of the human body, it paves the way for its easy and effective rebuilding through meals at the end of the day or after the month is over.

7.7.12

'God Particle' 'Discovered': European Researchers Claim Discovery of Higgs Boson-Like Particle





The head of the European Center for Nuclear Research says its teams have discovered a new particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson -- a subatomic particle considered so significant to the understanding of the universe that it has been called the God particle.
"We have a discovery [that is] consistent with a Higgs boson," Rolf Heuer, director of CERN, the European research center, said Wednesday.
Two independent teams at CERN, the physics lab in the Alps on the French-Swiss border, have now said that they have "observed" the new boson, or subatomic particle. The CERN teams did not outright say that they have discovered the Higgs boson itself, which has been the focus of a 40-plus year pursuit.
The Higgs boson, which was first proposed in the 1960s by the English physicist Peter Higgs, is believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape.


The international effort to find it has used tremendous amounts of energy to crash subatomic particles into one another in giant underground tracks, where they are steered by magnetic fields. Several different experiments have been done by independent teams to ensure accuracy.
Physicists say the Higgs boson would help explain how we, and the rest of the universe, exist. It would explain why the matter created in the Big Bang has mass, and can coalesce. Without it, as CERN explained in a background paper, "the universe would be a very different place ... no ordinary matter as we know it, no chemistry, no biology, and no people."
"The Higgs particle, if it's real, will show itself in different ways. We need for all of them to be consistent before we can say for sure we've seen it," Rob Roser, a physicist at the Department of Energy's Fermilab near Chicago, told said earlier this week. "This is one of the cornerstones of how we understand the universe, and if it's not there, we have to go back and check our assumptions about how the universe exists."
It is believed that Fermilab's atom smasher, called the Tevatron, must have produced thousands of Higgs particles over its life before it was shut down last year after it was overshadowed by CERN's more powerful Large Hadron Collider.
"It's up to us to try to find them in the data we have collected," Luciano Ristori, a physicist at Fermilab and the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, said in a statement earlier this week.
"We have developed sophisticated simulation and analysis programs to identify Higgs-like patterns. Still, it is easier to look for a friend's face in a sports stadium filled with 100,000 people than to search for a Higgs-like event among trillions of collisions."

4.7.12

Health Conditions That Are Benefited By Meditation






The Meditation technique has proven to be a successful coping strategy in helping to deal with drug addiction," a useful tool in psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) by helping to control the immune system, and an effective manager of stress and pain.

Prolonging Life Expectancy

A strong link has also been established between the practice of Meditation and longevity. Only two factors have been scientifically determined to actually extend life: caloric restriction and lowering of the body's core temperature. Meditation has been shown to lower core body temperature.

Most of the people who get on meditation do so because of its beneficial effects on stress. Stress refers to any or all the various pressures experienced in life. These can stem from work, family, illness, or environment and can contribute to such conditions as anxiety, hypertension, and heart disease. How an individual sees things and how he or she handles them makes a big difference in terms of how much stress he or she experiences.
Research has shown that hormones and other biochemical compounds in the blood indicative of stress tend to decrease during Meditation practice. These changes also stabilize over time, so that a person is actually less stressed biochemically during daily activity.
This reduction of stress translates directly into a reduction of anxiety and tension. Literally dozens of studies have shown this.

Pain Management:

Chronic pain can systematically erode the quality of life. Although great strides are being made in traditional medicine to treat recurring pain, treatment is rarely as simple as prescribing medication or surgery.
Anxiety decreases the threshold for pain and pain causes anxiety. The result is a vicious cycle. Compared with people who feel relaxed, those under stress experience pain more intensely and become even more stressed, which aggravates their pain. Meditation breaks this cycle.
Childbirth preparation classes routinely teach pregnant women deep breathing exercises to minimize the pain and anxiety of labor. Few call it breath meditation, but that's what it is.
Meditative techniques are also a key element in the Arthritis self-help Course at Stanford University. More than 100,000 people with arthritis have taken the 12-hour course and learned meditation-style relaxation exercises as part of a comprehensive self-care program. Graduates report a 15 to 20 percent reduction in pain.
In one study overseen by  72 percent of the patients with chronic pain conditions achieved at least a 33 percent reduction after participating in an eight-week period of mindful meditation, while 61 -percent of the pain patients achieved at least a 50 percent reduction. Additionally, these people perceived their bodies as being 30 percent less problematic, suggesting an overall improvement in self-esteem and positive views regarding their bodies.
Meditation may not eliminate pain, but it helps people cope more effectively.

Cancer and Other Chronic Illness

Meditation and other approaches to deep relaxation help center people so they can figure out how they'd like to handle the illness and proceed with life. Dr. Ainslie Meares, an Australian psychiatrist who uses meditation with cancer patients, studied seventy-three patients who had attended at least twenty -sessions of intensive meditation, and wrote: "Nearly all such patients can expect significant reduction of anxiety and depression, together with much less discomfort and pain. There is reason to expect a 10 percent chance of quite remarkable slowing of the rate of growth of the tumor, and a 50 percent chance of greatly improved quality of life."

Heart disease.

Meditation is a key component of Ornish therapy, the only treatment scientifically proven to reverse heart disease.

High blood pressure.

As soon as Dr. Benson learned that Meditation reliably reduced blood pressure in meditators, he taught the relaxation response to 36 people with moderately elevated blood pressure. After several weeks of practice, their average blood pressure declined significantly, reducing their risk of stroke and heart attack.

Infertility

Couples dealing with infertility may become depressed, anxious and angry. To help them cope, Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, taught the relaxation response to one group of infertile couples. Compared with a similar group of infertile couples who did not learn deep relaxation, the meditators experienced less distress-and were more likely to get pregnant.

Psoriasis:

This disease causes scaly red patches on the skin. A pilot study at Dr. Kabat-Zinn's clinic suggests that compared with the skin patches of people with psoriasis who receive only standard medical therapy, the skin patches of those who also meditate clear up more quickly.

Respiratory crises

Asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) all restrict breathing and raise fears of suffocation, which in turn makes breathing even more difficult. Studies at clinic show that when people with these respiratory conditions learn breath meditation, they have fewer respiratory crises.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Tension Headaches

Meditation can ease physical complaints such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), tension headaches and other common health problems.
Meditation gives people a psychological buffer so that life's hectic pace doesn't knock them out. Practicing meditation is like taking a vacation once or twice a day. When you nurture yourself, you accrue tremendous spin-off benefits.
For example, when you are under high stress, it can worsen symptoms of PMS because stress can cause the muscle tension associated with PMS complaints such as fatigue, soreness and aching. On the other hand, when you meditate regularly, you dramatically reduce your body's response to stress, and that can ease the discomfort associated with PMS. The results may not be apparent for several months. You will probably need to meditate regularly for several months before your body responds positively.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, and Insomnia

Meditation can also improve irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and insomnia, among other stress-related conditions. Eighty percent of the people who use meditation to relieve insomnia are successful.
Meditation can help prevent or treat stress-related complaints such as anxiety, headaches and bone, muscle and joint problems. Meditation also provides an inner sense of clarity and calm, and that, in itself, may help ward off certain illnesses.

Fibromyalgia

According to one study, meditation may relieve the discomfort of fibromyalgia, a condition that causes fatigue and intensely painful "trigger points." When 77 men and women with fibromyalgia followed a ten-week stress-reduction program using meditation, all reported that their symptoms improved. And half described their improvements as "moderate to marked."


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