The Truth: About Pain

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience usually produced by something that injures, or threatens to injure, the body. Although pain is something that we invariably want to escape or to stop, it serves several very important functions.

Pain protects us by triggering a reflexive withdrawal from something damaging before we can suffer further injury, such as when we drop a hot pan before we sustain extensive burns.

It is also a warning system that lets us know when an injury is about to occur: the burning ache in our muscles during extreme exertion warns us to stop using them.

Pain forces us to immobilize or protect an injured part, such as a broken ankle, thus giving it a chance to heal.

Most importantly pain also lets us know when we need to seek medical help, and teaches us what behaviors to avoid in the future.

Understanding this type of Pain is crucial, as this understanding alone can change the way you perceive health.

Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you and protecting you.

It is NOT your enemy or an inconvenience that needs to be eradicated at the earliest.

Pain is a sign from your body saying “please pay attention to me”

Pain is your doctor that is warning you of trouble.

When a message comes into the brain from anywhere in the body, the brain tells the body how to react. For example, if you accidentally touch a hot stove, the nerves in your skin shoot a message of pain to your brain. The brain then sends a message back telling the muscles in your hand to pull away. Luckily, this neurological relay race takes a lot less time than it just took to read about it.

We cannot bear the thought of being sick as it involves pain/discomfort and upsets an already tight schedule, but the only way the body can get your attention is by localizing the area of the problem and indicating it to you through pain.

Did you know that More than 100,000 chemical reactions go on in your brain every second! Among the brain’s many jobs is to be your own chemist. The brain produces more than 50 identified active drugs. Some of these are associated with memory, intelligence, pain, sedatives etc. The human body can release chemical compounds like opiates that can help the body to kill its own pain. Three such groups of chemicals are known as endorphins, Enkephalins and Dynorphins.

Endorphin is the brain’s natural painkiller, and it is 3 times more potent than morphine.

Which only means that if the body creates pain, there is a method to the madness, as it also has its own internal pharmacy to resolve it, the body will reduce the pain once it is assured that it is being looked into and healed.

Acute pain is one which occurs almost immediately upon tissue damage or injury and lasts only a limited time.

A Chronic Pain lasts for weeks, months, or years and is a major source of suffering, disability, and economic loss.

When chronic pain persists, it can be quite destructive. In effect, we make it a disease in itself. We medicate the pain and suppress it without even touching the real cause.

Pharmaceutical pain killers may get you back on track in a short period of time, but over the long run it will cause more harm than good as suppressing with pain killers promote toxicity in our bodies, which in turn causes more Dis-ease, and absolutely no healing is achieved.

Don’t just “Silence” your body, “Listen” to it.

The best approach to pain is to identify the cause and remove it. This should always be the primary goal.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Back Aches

Most people suffering from Cervical Spine (Neck) Thoracic Spine (Mid Back) & Lumbar Spine (Lower Back) pain are of the belief that back aches stem from various reasons like bad posture, wearing high heels, an injury, over weight, sedentary lifestyle with no exercise, too much exercise, heavy weight lifting, dancing, pregnancy, stress etc.. But all these reasons are actually NOT the root cause of back aches.

The true ROOT CAUSE of back aches is a WEAK back.

The spine is essentially made up of vertebrae, the vertebrae are made up of bones and bones are essentially made up of calcium.

So the key to a STRONG back is CALCIUM.

Of course wearing high heels is not recommended, a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise or too much exercise or excess weight training is also not good, however if your back is strong, there would be less chances of injury or back ache.

The Spinal anatomy is truly unique in its form and function. It is designed to be incredibly strong, protecting the highly sensitive nerve roots, yet highly flexible, providing for mobility on many different planes.

However for years we have abused our bodies. As you can see, calcium and your back are very closely related.

One of the main causes of a weak back is also the excessive consumption of Coke and Pepsi. They drastically lower calcium levels and increase phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.” When you continually eat food cooked in hydrogenated refined oil and iodized salt, processed foods like white bread, sugar and tea/coffee for years on end, your body experiences a state of acidosis.

Acidosis needs to be combated by alkalinity. And where do you think your body finds this Alkalinity?

“Calcium” is Alkaline.

To combat this state of acidosis, it strips calcium from your bones to increase the alkalinity…..This in turn leads to a weak back, leading to injuries and back aches and even osteoporosis.

Massages or Pain killers will only temporarily relieve a back ache.  If you are looking to strengthen your back and not suffer from constant back aches, you need to most importantly focus on your calcium intake. However popping a calcium pill is not the answer, nearly all supplements contain chemicals like stearates and stearic acid which work as lubricants added to raw materials in supplements. They also contain potentially allergenic binders, fillers and often coloring agents. These additives have a number of side effects in the long run, including decreased absorption.

There is no better source of calcium than a well-balanced diet. In principle your daily nutrition should bring in all the calcium your body needs. Supplements will not compensate for junk foods, alcohol, smoking and imbalanced nutrition.

Last but not the least, what is also most effective in healing back aches is the practice of yoga at least twice a week if not more. Yoga does wonders for not just strengthening your back but for your entire being. Yoga not only strengthens your core it calms you down . Please read my article on misconceptions of yoga before you decide to start practicing, as it is very important to be doing the right type of yoga.

Combining Calcium through correct nutrition and yoga, will allow you to  experience a back ache free life for starters and much more !!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Fever

“[The body is] a marvelous machine … a chemical laboratory, a powerhouse. Every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels!” — Theodor Herzl

The human body is created perfectly to function at full potential. Your body is designed with survival as its primary function.

In many religions around the world it is said, the human body – is one of nature’s most complicated creations, a marvel beyond description –it works exactly perfectly, it maintains  Cells, Tissues, and Membranes | Skeletal System | Muscular System |   Nervous  System | Endocrine System | Cardiovascular System | Lymphatic System | Respiratory System | Digestive System | Urinary System | Reproductive System working together in harmony.

The  body has a  line of defense to protect him from being destroyed by an unfriendly environment. The body’s defenses are skin, mucous membranes, friendly bacteria, tear glands, lymphatic system, fighter cells, immune system and FEVER, and if this doesn’t convince you of how organized and efficient your body is, here are another 15 Most Amazing Facts About The Human Body that will prove to you that the body is far more sophisticated than you could ever imagine.

Many people think that had a high fever ends up with some sort of injury, like brain damage, hearing loss or other problems. These problems are never caused by fever. The likely explanation is that they had a serious illness that gave them a fever but it was the illness that caused the brain damage etc. The fever was only trying to help fight the infection.

It is important to understand that sometimes your body needs to fight infections using fever. A fever occurs when the body faces a threat from virus or bacteria and need to eliminate it from your system by killing it. We know that germs growing in cultures die if you turn up the temperature too much. The same is happening in your body when your brain turns up the temperature when you get sick. Getting a fever is an important part of your body’s defense against infection. “Fever is the doctor at work, not the problem”.

All the hype that western medicine has created of a fever being a  sickness or a viral infection is untrue. Understanding your body is very important, the perspective we have on our bodies today is extremely conditioned, our beliefs of nutrition good health and what is beneficial for us is driven by a very commercial motive for profit. And not what is actually in our best interests. This has today resulted in the general ill-health of society.

It’s hard to believe, but for a common fever the best remedy is REST and HYDRATION. It is important to increase fluid intake when you have a fever, since it increases evaporation of water from your body and you could get dehydrated, which then further increases the fever causing you to believe the it is out of your control.

Try this simple remedy the next time you feel feverish and start allowing your body to do what its best at.. “Healing you naturally & keeping you healthy” !!!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Allopathy

What is a system of diagnosis and treatment worth, that starts with “symptoms” that are, in truth, nothing but “organized effects” !!

When a body is out of balance, doctors attempt to put it back into balance, first through drugs, then through surgery. The general effect is to remove the symptoms, not to deal with the ultimate cause of the ailment.

For example, when a surgeon removes a fibroid tumor, or tonsil, without a thought, or the slightest knowledge that these enlargements are but organized effects – neoplasms (new tissue growths) – that cannot possibly come into existence without cause, which cause is not touched by the operation – and, then, pronounces his – patient well (cured). He has only removed the symptom not the cause.

To remove a gall stone and pronounce the patient cured is tantamount to saying that the stone was its own cause. All of these procedures leave the cause untouched – to result in the building of more pathology?

Today, when a person becomes ill – he takes a pill, gets an injection, or has an organ removed. No attention is given to cause. His life is not changed, his habits are not corrected, and in a short time he is sick again. Neither the physician nor the patient is able to trace a connection between the two dis-eases. So-called health is again restored and the incident passes from memory.
Again, within a short time, another illness (which is as much of a surprise as were the prior two illnesses) develops and still no thought is devoted to its connection with the two preceding illnesses. So long as the real nature of disease and real source of cause are not understood, this will continue to be true.

Continuous chemical intervention into a body’s natural processes has led to a host of complications and ailments. Western medicine looks to suppress symptoms and therefore works against the balancing forces of nature. That diarrhea, sneeze or rise in blood pressure is the body’s natural mechanism to cleanse or support itself but we continue to blindly suppress the symptoms whilst ignoring true root causes. Furthermore our bodies are the most advanced pharmacies in the world but we callously supplement them rather than stimulate them to do the work they were designed to do.
You need to eliminate root causes by treating the entire physical, etheric, emotional and mental being. You are not just a collection of cellular processes but rather a thinking, feeling, living spiritual being and its time medical sciences recognize and incorporate this in to their modalities.

Allopathic medicine definitely has its place in the spectrum of miracle recoveries, if we take it for what it is — a stop on the path to wellness and wholeness. I wholeheartedly am grateful for the miracles that allopathic medicine has provided. When viewed as a component of the process of overall health, i think that it serves an important purpose. it’s just a matter of putting it all in the larger perspective and plan, and not abusing the function it serves, or using it for manipulative purposes.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Yoga

Yoga seems to be the IN thing these days, every one around seems to be doing it. How ever, very few know what Yoga really is.

Power yoga, dance Yoga, beauty Yoga and other such self proclaimed yoga classes, DO NOT teach actual yoga.

What is an asana?

An asana is not a posture that you assume mechanically or repeat vigorously. It involves a thoughtful process at the end of which a balance is achieved between movement and resistance. Your weight has to be evenly distributed over muscles, bones, and joints, just as your intelligence must engaged at every level. You have to create space in your muscles and your skin fitting the fine network of your entire body into the asana.

Power yoga on the other hand focuses on repetitions and fast movements, which completely lack any focus on alignment, which invariably leads to a high risk of damaging the spine, sciatic nerves and many more injuries. Their focus is to please people and give them their perception of a perfect workout.

“Hot & High Temperature Yoga” where they put you in a room heated upto  (105 F)which is completely unnatural, and can potentially lead to dehydration.

Dance yoga, power yoga etc are all things started to please the people and have no benefits that yoga truly has to offer.

Any sort of yoga that focuses on making it repetitive and aerobic in nature is NOT real yoga. As given in the yoga texts Asana means “to be”, which means to hold the pose. When the effort of being in a pose becomes effortless you can say you are experiencing true union of mind body and soul!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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