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The Mighty Lizard Brain

The Mighty Lizard Brain

Inhale the scent of a fresh baked cookie, fresh cut grass, or lemon zest.  Do they trigger a treasured memory?  Or, on the flip side, does a certain fragrance cause your body to tighten, your nose to wrinkle in disgust?

Our olfactory bulb is attached to the amygdala and hippocampus.  The amygdala is thought to be part of the limbic system, which is sometimes called the lizard brain because it is responsible for our fright or flight survival response.  Part of the function of the hippocampus is long term memory.  So, it is no wonder that smells trigger so many memories and responses.

Many essential oils trigger certain feelings and memories.  The use of essential oils in a therapeutic way is known as aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy dates back around 6000 years ago and has been documented in ancient India, China, Egypt and many more.

Essential oils have many molecular constituents – terpenes, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones, and phenols are the most prevalent.  Each of these constituents have certain qualities that affect different systems of the body.  For example, peppermint is known as a stimulant, but it is also an euphoric.

There are three different avenues for aromatherapy – smell (diffusion), absorption through the skin, and ingestion (gel caps).  Our skin is the largest organ of our body.  There are studies that show essential oils applied to the skin affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes, and also pass the blood brain barrier.  It is very important what we put on our skin.  Essential oils should be of therapeutic grade.  Lotions should be paraben free and organic.  For a full list of ingredients to avoid, take a look at the dirty dozen for lotions.  Did you know that baby oil and Vaseline are petroleum-based products?

However, there are risks of using essential oils that also need to be considered.  Young children, babies, pregnancy, even your pets can be at risk to adverse effects of certain oils.  It is important to study, use reference materials, seek a certified therapist so that these risks can be avoided.  Citrus oils (and the sun) also degrade plastic, so only adding them to a drinking container that is non-plastic.

Many of you may have heard that perfumes include base notes, middle notes and high notes just like music.  But did you know that essential oils do as well?  When mixing essential oils to diffuse, using a mix of high, middle and low notes makes for a wonderful experience.  Some examples of base notes are vetiver, patchouli, jasmine and lavender, middle notes are eucalyptus and peppermint, high notes are any citrus.

Blends of essential oils provide bang for the buck if they are being blended for a specific purpose.  There are blends that help with muscle pain, help reduce stress (see my article about How Bad Stress Affects the Body), help memory while studying, assist healing, reduce nausea….the list is huge!

Again, it is important to know your essential oils or work with a certified aromatherapist to ensure that the essential oils aren’t harmful.  At BeeTranquil we only use organic products and Young Living Oils.  Why did I pick Young Living?  As a certified aromatherapist their Seed to Seal guarantee was very important, as was the rigorous testing process.  The final kicker was how DiGize essential oil made my tummy quit hurting.   I also believe that StressAway reduces many of my client’s (and mine) anxiety.  I chose aromatherapy as an add on service because I believe the benefits are tremendous.  For more information check out this page.

As always, question, question, question!  Please add any suggestions, questions or comments.

And remember……BeeTranquil

 

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

I Stubbed My Toe, and Now My Shoulder Hurts!

I Stubbed My Toe, and Now My Shoulder Hurts!

Visceral Manipulation is a very specific modality often called liquid osteopathy.  Take a look at the picture of the spider web that was posted with this article.  If you remove a strand, the web doesn’t fall apart, but, all of a sudden, there is a weak point.  If enough of the strands are broken, the web will fold in upon itself.  Our organs are held in place by a series of ‘strands’, made of connective tissue.  If one of these strands is too tight, it sends a ripple throughout the entire network.

A basic premise of visceral manipulation is that the body hugs the lesion.  Think of wearing your seat belt. All of a sudden you are broad-sided by another car.  While the seat belt can save your life, the momentum of impact causes the seat belt to restrain you from flying out of the car. But it can also cause serious bruising and possibly broken bones.  These injuries will cause pain and possible changes to your posture.  But internally, the ligaments that hold your liver, for example, have now been thrown off balance.  There are seven ligaments that hold the liver in place.  For more information on the liver see The King of Sprains and Strains.

This car accident may have overstretched one or two ligaments and, as you recover, these ligaments stay stretched, causing one of the ligaments to shorten.  Months go by. All the bruising and pain have subsided, but out of nowhere your right leg begins to hurt with sciatica. Do you even think this pain is related to the seat belt trauma you suffered six months ago? Or you begin to have reoccurring headaches?  What about the trauma of a caesarean birth, years of driving, sitting?  How about the restriction of certain clothing like an underwire bra?  All of these things play a part in how our internal organs pull on one another.

Because the liver has seven different ligaments, there are a myriad of neuro-muscular dysfunctions that can occur.  One of these ligaments attaches to the diaphragm, then the diaphragm has its own attachments.  One tight ligament causes a cascade of physical problems, much like our damaged spider web.  But tight liver ligaments are not the only culprit, it can be any of the internal organs.  What about the stomach?  Or the intestines?  Did you know that the bowels create the majority of the feel good hormone serotonin?

Dr. Barral states that 90% of all neuro-muscular dysfunction has a visceral component.  That is HUGE!  It is one of the main reasons I have taken Visceral Manipulation I, II, and III, and plan to continue.  See the article – The Body Engineer

What is visceral manipulation?  This modality uses very precise but minimal pressure to release tension in the ligaments.  Does it hurt?  Absolutely not!  Who can benefit from this modality?  Anyone suffering almost any type of muscular pain, restricted movement, past physical trauma, sluggish bowels, and many others.

Remember earlier in the article that all of these organs are joined together by connective tissue?  There are many types of connective tissue within our bodies.  There is a type of connective tissue surrounding organs, also surrounding organs within certain groupings and even lining the inside of hollow organs such as the stomach.  Between these organs are certain membranes containing fluid called serous fluid that keep our organs gliding against one another.  Guess what the main ingredient in this fluid and connective tissue is?  That is right – H20.  We hear it a lot, drink lots of water.  On a recent podcast of the Model Health Show, Shawn Stevenson has an entire episode on water.  I cannot recommend it (and all his other podcasts) highly enough.  It talks about not just drinking water but drinking great water.  It also talks about even the slightest bit of dehydration reduces our cognitive function.  Think about all of your organs, the connective tissue between them, holding them together and what dehydration does internally.

Having all of our organs hydrated and moving properly makes us more flexible, experience less pain, and so many other healthy benefits.  If you would like to experience a visceral manipulation session, please go to my website BeeTranquil.com to schedule an appointment.

Also, I would love your feedback, questions, or a suggested topic.  And as always I recommend that you ask questions, do research……listen to your gut!

 

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

Tribe: Bee Weird Together

Tribe: Bee Weird Together

As someone who has struggled in life with being left out of the ‘in’ crowd, being too sensitive, a single parent, a fifth wheel, I have often referenced “finding your tribe”.

 

Psychology Today had an article that listed some startling facts.  Loneliness creates excessive amounts of stress hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline, and nor-epinephrine.  Loneliness increases the rate of school drop-outs. It can lead to depression and alcoholism; and living alone can increase suicide risk.

 

A Cigna Health article had some de-stressing statistics.  Out of 20,000 people interviewed, 54% felt no one actually knows who they are and 40% lack companionship.  Being lonely has the same health effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  And loneliness can be contagious.

 

So many of us in today’s world are lonely and isolated.  I recently had the honor of attending Mindvalley’s event known as A-Fest.  One of the nuggets I took away was when one of the speakers said ‘We are obsessed with reach but are forgetting to connect’.  I have always been a people watcher.  I am fascinated with the way they talk, move, stand, interact, etc. But more and more, I find I am the only one looking up.  So many people are absorbed in their phones.

 

So how do we remedy this problem?  Stepping outside of your comfort zone is huge, and is a good way of meeting people we may never come into contact with otherwise.  We can create our own tribe. Believe it or not, there are people out there who share your weird uniqueness.  If you love coffee, invite others to meet at a local shop and just enjoy.  Or, if you love a particular type of novel, why not start a book club?  So what if only two people come; at least connection is being made!  The main point is DO something.  Be the creator of something special, share what makes you special.  Instead of thinking . . . “What do I have to share”? . . . think, “I am being selfish by not sharing!”

 

I love coffee…..and if anyone wants to join me for a cuppa, I am always game!

 

Bee Weird Together!

Sometimes we need to create our own tribe!

 

 

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

King of Sprains and Strains

King of Sprains and Strains

-Julie Fisher

The liver, also known as the ruler of tendons and ligaments, is a fairly large organ weighing on average two to five pounds. Second in size only to our skin,  the liver is the largest gland in the body and governs many different functions such as detoxification, metabolizing carbohydrates, balancing hormone levels, vitamin and mineral storage (including iron homeostasis), and the secretion of bile.  Bile is essential for Vitamin K absorption, a key ingredient for clotting agents and for breaking down proteins for digestion.  So, imagine if there are issue/restrictions happening in or around the liver, many functions are affected.

The liver has several ligaments that attach to the diaphragm, one to the colon, one to the right kidney and one to the lesser curvature of the stomach.  As you can imagine if there are any lesions or restrictions on these ligaments the affects can cause a cascade of musculoskeletal restrictions and pain.

In Traditional Chinese medicine and Visceral Manipulation, the liver is also responsible for the deep chi of the body (along with the kidneys) and reacts to intense anguish, unbearable difficulties, rage and many more intense emotions.

So why is the liver the ruler of tendons and ligaments? One of functions of the liver as mentioned about is mineral storage as well as iron homeostasis.  If the liver isn’t functioning properly it isn’t able to keep iron levels stable.  This in term causes anemia.  Anemia causes less blood flow to the ligaments and tendons.  Which in turn, causes them to be weaker and more susceptible to injury.

There are so many things that can affect a healthy liver.  Alcohol abuse is the major cause of liver problems in the industrialized world.  Other causes of liver damage/disease can include diet, drugs (whether prescribed or not), airborne chemicals, hepatitis C, parasites, genetics and a myriad of things.

When writing this article, I had assumed that a damaged liver causes anxiety and stress.  However, all the studies I have read to date do not yet understand the connection but show that anxiety and stress are actually causing the liver damage!

Taking care of our bodies is so important!  Again, I encourage everyone to learn about their bodies.  Ask questions, do your own research…..don’t believe me! Question, question, question!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

 

Nightshades – The Dark Side of Inflammation

Nightshades – The Dark Side of Inflammation

-Julie Fisher

 

Wow! It is so important for us to do research for ourselves. Taking charge of your health (coming soon) For quite a while I have thought that nightshades – white potatoes, peppers, paprika, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco and tomatillos (there are more) cause inflammation for everyone.  That isn’t the case at all!

Turns out that some of us are sensitive to some of the chemicals within nightshades, specifically alkaloids and lectins.

People with auto-immune problems are even more susceptible.

Without going into too much of the chemistry, some lectins bind with sugar and protein molecules to increase the permeability of the intestines.  Which is why it can affect people with IBS. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Some of the alkaloids within nightshades aggravate the immune response (histamine), which is where my struggle lies, and they also contribute to the permeability of the intestines.

One of the questions that I have with sensitivity to nightshades is the Why? I feel that part of the answer is that years of chronic stress and the development of an ulcer has weakened my digestive system.  And even though I have been through some major healing, there is still more to be done.  Of course, I will be doing more research and already plan on an article on the effects of stress on the body, mind and spirit.

Another question or observation is that there must be a correlation between the gut issues and a Vitamin/mineral deficiency (coming soon).  Hmmmmm, the next article almost writes itself!

So, my questions for you are – do your armpits smell awful like never before? Do you eat and immediately have food baby?  Do certain foods send you running for the bathroom? (like Haagen-Daz does for me) Do you ever just not feel right in your own body?!  Please do some research, ask some questions!  And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

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