Black and White Consciousness

blacknwhiteBlack and white are mirrors of each other. The word “black” will elicit the response “white” almost instantaneously in most people. The association between black and white is obviously very strong. Everything we know about black is only a reverse phase of white. Continue reading

New ‘Traffic Light’ Test Could Save Lives with earlier Diagnosis of Liver Disease

A new ‘traffic light’ test devised by Dr Nick Sheron and colleagues at University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital could be used in primary care to diagnose liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in high risk populations more easily than at present.

Liver disease develops silently without symptoms, and many people have no idea they have liver failure until it is too late – one-third of people admitted Continue reading

“Palming” Your Way to Health

Here’s something we can all do for relaxation and improving vision. It’s free and it’s effective. It’s called palming and it is a health secret that dates back to 1919.

That year, a doctor named William Bates developed this method to relieve strain on the eyes and promote relaxation. Dr. Bates was an ophthalmologist who approached eye care differently than most. He focused on eye exercises and relaxation to improve vision. And, for many, this has led to weaker prescriptions.

One of his methods is palming. Originally, this was a yoga move, but Bates noticed how it helped with eyesight, so he appropriated it to his system of improving vision and relaxing. Palming calms the visual system, according to Bates. When all is dark, with no light entering the eyes, we expect to see nothing. But in eyes that are even mildly weakened, there are swirling bits of color creating images instead of darkness. This is eyestrain.

To “palm,” rub your hands together and then cover your closed eyes with the palms of your hands. This plays off a normal human instinct, and it promotes extreme relaxation. But what most of us don’t know, Continue reading

Color Your Plate with a Rainbow of Food

Find longevity at the end of the rainbow: March is recognized as National Nutrition Month by the American Dietetic Association, and this year’s theme encourages us to color our plate with a rainbow of foods. Eat your way to longevity by consuming the five-color spectrum every day in each food category.

Interestingly, eating a rainbow of colors corresponds to an age-old Eastern philosophy that one should eat foods of every color each day. Eastern wisdom believes that health and longevity depend on a balance of the five elemental energies; the elements are represented by the five colors red, orange/yellow, green, white, and blue/purple. Eating each of these colors benefits your health in different ways.  Continue reading

Sun Protection offered more by Some Colors

Do you want to protect your body from the sun’s harmful rays, but don’t want to pay premium prices for clothes made from high-tech fabrics that promise to protect from damaging UV rays? Think blue and red rather than yellow. Spanish scientists have found that cotton fabrics dyed deep blue or red provide better UV protection than the same fabric dyed yellow.

The researchers found that the color of a fabric is one of the most important factors in how well clothes protect against ultraviolent radiation, although scientists aren’t sure exactly how color interacts with other factors to affect protection.

Clothing dyed a shade of deep blue provided the most protection while yellow afforded the least.

Bahrain Clinic Says Magnetic Waves are Key to Healing

(MANAMA) – You might not know this, but your body is surrounded by an electromagnetic field that changes color depending on your mood and physical state.  Or at least that is the theory behind a new treatment being offered in Bahrain, which first surfaced in Germany in the 1970s.

Its proponents claim it can treat an assortment of different ailments including bronchial asthma, pain, stress, migraines, skin conditions, obesity and even help people quit smoking. They include practitioner Dr Yasser Elnajjar, professor and chairman of the alternative medicine department at Zagazig University, in Egypt.

He explained the basics to the GDN during a weeklong visit to Bahrain to train staff at the Bahrain Medical Group on how it works. Among the machines now in use at the clinic, in West Riffa, is the Bicom Optima device – which he claimed could filter the body’s electromagnetic waves and remove abnormalities that lead to ill health.

Known as “bio resonance therapy”, the treatment is a form of alternative medicine belonging to the field of electromagnetic therapy.  Dr Elnajjar said it works by identifying a deficiency that absorbs “colors” from the body, but then replenishing those “colors” using a “Sobre-tuning” machine.  He believes each area of the body has a specific sensitivity to certain colors, while each color treats a specific disease.

The theory is that when a deficiency absorbs some colors from the body, the Sobre-tuning machine balances your body by supporting a color that it needs. According to practitioners, toxins such as nicotine also disturb frequency patterns – impairing bodily functions.

They claim that using the Bicom Optima device, frequency patterns that cause illness can be transformed back into normal patterns.  “The body is made up of electromagnetic waves – the machine identifies the nicotine wave and sends it back to the patient in a corrected form, thereby eliminating the craving for nicotine,” said Dr Elnajjar.

It might sound complicated – and it is.

I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get my head around the jargon that seems to come as standard with the treatments – of which the Bicom Optima device is one of several. But Dr Elnajjar insisted the terminology shouldn’t get in the way of results the technology could achieve.

During the last 10 years he claims to have successfully treated 8,000 people for a range of conditions using alternative medicine, such as bio-energy, homoeopathy and supplements.  “The Bicom Optima machine is versatile and features 1,000 programs which can be used to treat many different conditions,” he claimed.

“The clinic now has a number of other machines, which compliment the Bicom Optima, and can be used to treat pain, stress, migraines and Bronchial asthma etcetera.” When I had finished asking questions and receiving answers I quite honestly didn’t understand, it was insisted that I try out the “Acugraph” machine to test my overall health – and since I hadn’t been to a doctor in a while, I didn’t see the harm in trying.

Plus the treatments at the centre aren’t cheap and can set you back BD150 to BD200 for a full course (US$396 – US$528).

The machine claims to measure deficiencies in organs of the body, as well as improvements after treatment.

I was first told to take off my shoes and socks before placing one foot on the table in front of me.  Then using what can only be described as a prod to poke my feet and wrists, Dr Elnajjar used it to check my internal organs and energy levels.  The results were not what I had expected and, according to the device, I carry a lot of stress in my heart and in my stomach.

Fortunately for me, however, Dr Elnajjar was on hand with a laser – which he aimed at a specific area on my fingers and toes for a few seconds. I honestly can’t say I felt any different afterwards, but I did enjoy the 20-minute sit down while he conducted the test.

But apparently I had improved around 20 per cent after the treatment, which is always good to hear.

The technology at the centre will be overseen by consultant chest physician and director of the Bahrain Medical Group, Dr Hassan Fakhro. He said this was the first time such equipment had been available in the Gulf. “No-one else in the Gulf has as much diagnostic and therapeutic and bio-medical equipment as us,” he said. “We want to use this equipment to launch a national campaign against smoking, which is the most serious health hazard in the world.”

–Charlie Holding

Flickering Bright Colors Likely To Trigger Epileptic Fits

LONDON – Certain flickering colors, especially red and blue in tandem, seem more likely to cause fits among epileptics, says a new study headed by a researcher of Indian origin.

Joydeep Bhattacharya at the Goldsmiths-University of London (GU-L) headed a team of researchers to probe the brain rhythms of photo-sensitivity.

In 1997, more than 700 children in Japan reportedly suffered an epileptic attack while watching an episode of a popular cartoon.

This was later diagnosed as a case of photosensitive epilepsy (a kind of epilepsy caused by visual stimulus) triggered by a specific segment of the cartoon containing a colourful flickering stimulus.

In 2007, the animated video footage promoting the 2012 London Olympics faced similar complaint from some viewers.

The researchers probed brain rhythms of photo-sensitivity among adult controls, an unmedicated patient suffering from photo-sensitive epilepsy, two age-matched controls, and another medicated patient.

Their results show that when perturbed by potentially epileptic-triggering stimulus, healthy human brain manages to maintain a chaotic state with a high degree of disorder, but an epileptic brain represents a highly ordered state which makes it prone to hyper-excitation.

Their study also found how, for example, red-blue flickering stimulus causes larger excitation than red-green or blue-green stimulus, says a GU-L release.

Color Therapy

Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is often facilitated in the healing rooms of alternative health practitioners. Color therapy is classified as a vibrational healing modality. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and sound.

Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a wonderful healer! Just imagine what life would be like without sunshine. It has been proven that lack of sunlight contributes to depression for some people.

A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization, or verbal suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrance, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.

Tools Used in Color Therapy

    * Gemstones

    * Candles / Lamps

    * Crystal Wands

    * Crystal and glass prisms

    * Colored fabrics

    * Color bath treatments

    * Colored eye lenses

    * Lasers

Color is introduced to us early in life. We use pastel pinks and blues in our nursery decors to welcome newborn babies into a gentle and restful atmosphere. How often have you been asked What is Your Favorite Color? You cannot probably remember the first time you were asked this question either. On your first day of kindegarten? When you were given your first box of Crayons?

History of Color

The history of color healing has its roots in ancient Egypt. Some Internet references, such as www.reikinurse.com, indicate that color therapy has a connection with ancient civilizations of Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, and Alatia.

Scientific Color Studies

Applying the famous Luscher’s Color Test can be quite revealing. Scientists, who have have studied color and light extensively, recognize that colors bring about emotional reactions to individuals. Our reactions and attitudes to colors differ from person to person, which makes an interesting study in itself. Our attraction to certain colors may very well signal areas where we are imbalanced. Understanding why certain colors effect us favorably while others bring about negative feelings helps us along our healing journeys.

The Colors You Wear Can Reflect Your Emotional State

Have you taken inventory of your closet lately? You may be in a fashion rut and need to introduce some new articles of clothing into your wardrobe with different colors that will best reflect your mood swings. Wearing the wrong color can make you feel out of sorts with yourself.

Some Colors Offer Better Sun Protection

Some Colors Offer Better Sun Protection

Do you want to protect your body from the sun’s harmful rays, but don’t want to pay premium prices for clothes made from high-tech fabrics that promise to protect from damaging UV rays? Think blue and red rather than yellow. Spanish scientists have found that cotton fabrics dyed deep blue or red provide better UV protection than the same fabric dyed yellow.

The researchers found that the color of a fabric is one of the most important factors in how well clothes protect against ultraviolent radiation, although scientists aren’t sure exactly how color interacts with other factors to affect protection.

Clothing dyed a shade of deep blue provided the most protection while yellow afforded the least.