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3 Major Causes Of Depression — How To Heal Them Without Meds

Via @MindBodyGreen

[Excerpt only, read full article here.]

In this article dr Paul tells us about the book “The Emperors New Drugs” by dr Irving Kirsch. According to research explored in this book, it would seem that a lot of the things we believe, and have been told, about depression is wrong. The idea that brain imbalance causes depression, something that can easily be corrected by drugs, was actually an invention by pharmaceutical companies. Drugs, it would appear, only have a placebo effect on depression and the relapse rate for depressives on medication is higher than for those sufferers who seek psychological help.

Having worked with depression in patients for years, dr Paul identifies three particular causes for depression OTHER than brain imbalance:

  • Painful life situations like the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, financial problems, etc.
  • Physical causes from the gut – research has proven a link between imbalances in gut flora and depression.
  • Self-abandonment – implying that you feel a certain loss of control over your life. Issues like judging or shaming yourself constantly, addictions as means to avoid responsibility, ignoring your feelings, refraining from self-care (exercise, good nutrition), procrastination, etc.

[For more details on these causes, read full article here.]

Dr Paul suggests that the only successful treatment for depression is psychotherapy and/or trauma therapy. In doing so the sufferers will be helped by professionals who can teach them how to use certain healing techniques or tools, like self-actualization, acceptance, stress management and many more. [Read about the techniques, suggested by Dr Paul, on how people can heal their depression. Click here.]

MBG – Editor’s note: This piece was written by Dr. Margaret Paul, a therapist with more than 40 years of experience. It’s not a diagnostic tool but is hopefully a resource.

[Read full article by Dr Margaret Paul on MindBodyGreen. Click here.]

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Are you Depressed?

Via @DeepakChopra

Lao Tze Quote

By Deepak Chopra

This article was originally published on the Chopra Center Online Community.

‘It’s not news that depression has become a kind of invisible epidemic, afflicting millions of people. We live at a time when depression is approached as a disease. That has a good side. Depressed people are not judged against as weak or self-indulgent, as if they only need to try harder to lift themselves out of their sadness. Yet depression, for all the publicity surrounding it, remains mysterious, and those who suffer from it tend to hide their condition – the medical model hasn’t removed a sense of shame. When you’re in the throes of depression, it’s hard to escape the feeling that you are a failure and that the future is hopeless.

Continue reading here for valuable information about the following:

  • What depression is and what it isn’t
  • How to diagnose depression
  • The different types of depression
  • How to rebalance your life and rid yourself of your depression

…and finally….

  • How to begin the Healing Journey.

 

Visit the website here for the original article or more information on Deepak Chopra’s emotional freedom workshop, Healing the Heart.

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Amazing Food Science Discovery: Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells

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Via GreenMedInfo

Amazing Food Science Discovery: Edible Plants 'Talk' To Animal Cells

A groundbreaking new study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research titled, “Interspecies communication between plant and mouse gut host cells through edible plant derived exosome-like nanoparticles,” reveals a new way that food components ‘talk’ to animal cells by regulating gene expression and conferring significant therapeutic effects. With the recent discovery that non-coding microRNA’s in food are capable of directly altering gene expression within human physiology,[1] this new study further concretizes the notion that the age old aphorism ‘you are what you eat’ is now consistent with cutting edge molecular biology.

Exosomes: The ‘Missing Link’ In How Plants and Animal Cells Communicate and Collaborate

This is the first study of its kind to look at the role of exosomes, small vesicles secreted by plant and animal cells that participate in intercellular communication, in interspecies (plant-animal) communication.

The study explained the biological properties of exosomes as follows:

“Exosomes are produced by a variety of mammalian cells including immune, epithelial, and tumor cells [11–15]. Exosomes play a role in intercellular communication and can transport mRNA, miRNA, bioactive lipids, and proteins between cells [16–19]. Upon contact, exosomes transfer molecules that can render new properties and/or reprogram their recipient cells.”

While most of the research on exosomes has focused on their role in pathological states such as tumor promotion, they were recently found to play a key role in stimulating regeneration within damaged cardiac tissue,[2] and are known to be found in human breast milk, further underscoring how irreplaceable it is vis-à-vis synthesized infant formula.[3]

The New Study

The investigators isolated plant derived exosome-like nanoparticles (EPDENs) from ginger, carrot, grape and grapefruit, and observed their behavior in mammalian cells (mice).

They chose these commonly consumed edible fruits and vegetables because,

“It is well established that a plant-derived diet has great influence on regulation of mammalian host cell homeostasis, in particular, cells in the digestive system [1–3]. Deregulation of plant-derived diet regulated host cell homeostasis leads to increased susceptibility to infections, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, and cancer [4–10].

They noted, “the cellular and molecular machinery regulating such interspecies mutualism between a plant-derived diet and the mammalian gut is not fully defined.” Their new study aimed to gain new insight into defining the mechanisms through which cross-kingdom crosstalk occurs.

Plant Exosomes Affect Mammalian Cells Intimately

After isolating and characterizing exosome-like nanoparticles from all four edible plants, the researchers discovered they possessed remarkable similarity in size and structure to mammalian-derived exosomes. Furthermore, the study showed “that these exosome-like nanoparticles are taken up by intestinal macrophages and stem cells, and have biological effects on the recipient cells.”

The biological effects were described as follows:

  • Ginger exosome-like nanoparticles strongly induced heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and IL-10 expressed in macrophages, an indication of anti-inflammatory and antoxidant properties.
  • Fruit-derived exosome-like nanoparticles including grape and grapefruit induced Wnt/TCF4 activation, which is a key component of the anti-inflammatory response
  • All tested foods activated nuclear translocation of Nrf2, a key regulator of the HO1 gene, which has an important role in anti-inflammation and antioxidation; ginger was found to be most potent, followed by grapefruit, carrot and grape

Notably, EPDENs were found to be resistant to gastric and intestinal enzymatic digestion, further indicating they are capable of exerting significant biological effects by escaping digestive degradation, which has also been found with lectins and microRNA’s within edible foods.

The researchers discussed their results:

“Our findings show that exosome-like nanoparticles are present in edible fruits and vegetables and reveal a previously unrecognized strategy by which plants communicate with mammalian cells via exosome-like nanoparticles in the gut, and in particular intestinal macrophages and stem cells. We found that edible plants contain large amounts of nanoparticles. Like mammalian exosomes, further characterization of the plant nanoparticles led to identifying them as exosome- like nanoparticles based on the nanoparticles being com- posed of proteins, lipids, and miRNAs. EPDENs from different types of plants have different biological effects on the recipient mammalian cells. This finding opens up a new avenue to further study the molecular mechanisms underlying how the plant kingdom crosstalks with mammalian cells such as intestinal macrophages and stem cells via EPDENs. This information may provide the molecular basis of using multiple plant-derived agents for better therapeutic effect than any single plant-derived agent.”

They also offered that their results may explain why those who consume a greater variety of edible plants are healthier:

 

“It has been known for decades that people eating a variety of edible plants daily are the recipients of many beneficial health effects when compared to subjects that ingest fewer types of edible plants. Ingesting EPDENs from a variety of fruits and vegetables daily would be expected to provide greater beneficial effects for maintaining gut homeostasis than ingesting EPDENs from single edible plant.”

 

Read original article here: Amazing Food Science Discovery: Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells.

10 Ways You Can Heal The World (Without Changing Your Life)

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When people think of “healers,” they tend to think of doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, and energy workers. Many don’t realize that you can be a healer, regardless of your profession.

In Finding Your Way In A Wild New World, Martha Beck calls such healers “wayfinders,” and describes a set of characteristics that distinguish us.

Most of us feel:

  • A sense of mission involving a major transformation in human experience
  • A strong sense that whatever that mission is, it’s getting closer in time
  • A compulsion to master certain skills in preparation for this half-understood personal mission
  • High levels of empathy
  • An urgent desire to lessen the suffering for humans, animals, and plants
  • A loneliness stemming from a sense of difference, despite being generally social

Other common characteristics among such healers include:

  • High levels of creativity
  • An intense love of animals
  • A difficult, often abusive or traumatic early life
  • An intense connection to the natural world
  • Resistance to religion accompanied by a strong sense of the spiritual
  • High levels of emotional sensitivity accompanied by a predilection for anxiety, addiction, or eating disorders
  • A sense of connection with particular cultures, languages, or geographic regions
  • A brain-centered disability like dyslexia, retardation, or autism
  • A gregarious personality contrasting with the need for periods of solitude, a persistent or recurring physical illness
  • A tendency to dream about healing others

Sound familiar?

Martha calls such healers “the Team,” and if you’ve read this far, you’re probably one of us. But what is this Team supposed to do? If you’re one of us, what’s next?

Let me invite you to tap into your inner healer so you can heal the world in your own unique way.

1. Withhold judgment.

We live in a world full of people who are constantly comparing each other and deeming everyone either “better” or “worse,” “right” or “wrong.” When we choose to withhold judgment and meet someone where they are, we heal one another.

2. Practice compassion.

When you withhold judgment, something in the heart opens, and all of a sudden, we can experience everyone from an open heart. This superpower opens within us the capacity to feel compassion for even those who harm us. Instead of judging the person who abused you as a child, you can see that they too were abused, and you can love the child they were when they got hurt like you did.

Radical compassion opens when we realize that we never know someone’s whole back story. When we meet someone from the heart, we discover that the heart is capable of all kinds of forgiveness and unconditional love, even for strangers.

3. Be present.

Most of us are surrounded by people who are thinking about what happened yesterday or what they’ll do later in the day. When you locate yourself in the present moment, you open a portal that heals others.

4. Make eye contact.

Most people never feel truly seen. They walk around the grocery store, order their coffee from Starbucks, go to work, and come home, all while feeling invisible. Try meeting people with a loving gaze. Soften your eyes. See beneath the masks people wear. Witness their soul. Others will feel it. Some won’t be able to receive this, but others will. If they’re ready to be seen, a simple look can heal.

5. Practice random acts of kindness.

Many people are so busy looking to be loved that they fail to look for where they can give love. Seek out avenues to express your love, even to strangers. Give money to street musicians. Pick up someone’s tab at dinner. Pay a stranger’s toll. Buy someone a cup of tea. Sharing your abundance with others makes them feel worthy, and because too many people feel worthless, such generosity heals.

6. Offer hope.

Too many people feel helpless and hopeless in their unhappy lives. But as a healer of the world, you can be a beacon of hope. Don’t perpetuate the cultural pessimism. Shift your perception. See possibility within others. Mirror back to them what you see. When you transfuse someone with hope, you heal them.

7. Gift others with healing touch.

We live in a culture that is so frightened of touch that we don’t even let our teachers hug their kindergarteners any more, and we are suffering because of this touch deficiency. Be a rebel. Touch someone who needs to be touched. Put your hand on hers. Hold him in your arms. Put your hand over her heart when it’s hurting. You can heal with your touch when it’s offered safely, with appropriate boundaries, and with love.

8. Entrain others.

The world is full of chaos, but our souls all yearn for inner stillness. Find this stillness within yourself (it’s always there) and practice silently inviting others to meet you there. Draw them into your stillness with your intention. Try it at the family dinner table. Practice it at a party. Drop down to the still point inside yourself, soften your gaze, quiet your voice, slow down the pace at which you speak (if you speak at all.) Energetically call in stillness. See if others meet you there. When they do, you help heal them.

9. Listen generously.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD teaches medical students and physicians to “listen generously” because most of us are so busy judging or figuring out what advice we’re going to give that we aren’t even listening to one another. When youlisten generously to someone, without judgment or advice, when you are simply looking to witness what is true for another human being, you honor the truth within them, and this helps them heal.

10. Awaken your consciousness.

When you make the shift from an ego-driven life to a soul-driven one, you raise your own vibration, and this elevates the vibration of the whole planet. Commit to your own personal and spiritual growth. Be willing to illuminate your old patterns and blind spots. Own your stuff. Listen to the voice of your Inner Pilot Light. Abide by that voice of your soul. Let it lead your life. When you do, you heal the world.

An Invitation For Healers

We can all participate in healing the world, regardless of what you do for work. But for those who are trained in the healing professions, we want to support you in developing your capacity to heal the world. The Whole Health Medicine Institute, which I founded, is now expanding beyond training physicians to include nurses, midwives, health coaches, alternative medicine practitioners, and other health care providers.

The program launches with a live event with me, Martha Beck, and Rachel Naomi Remen and also includes guest teachers Bernie SiegelLarry Dossey, and Bruce Lipton. If you’re a healer yearning to reclaim your calling or you’re interested in revolutionizing health care, we invite you to learn more about the Whole Health Medicine Institute here.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can heal the world from within your own industry. Whether you felt called to work in health care, education, politics, or corporate America, you can be a healer within your industry by awakening consciousness from within. Do your part. Spread love and tolerance. Let your soul take the lead. And don’t be surprised if you witness miracles.

 

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Read original article here:10 Ways You Can Heal The World (Without Changing Your Life).

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  • Cancer (including melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer and many others)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-immune disorders, and many others.

The Gerson Institute provides referrals to licensed clinics, practitioners and Home Set-up Trainers. We currently license two Gerson clinics: the Gerson Clinic in Mexico and the Gerson Health Centre in Hungary.

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