April 16, 2014

Super Powers

"We're going to make you a superhero" said Dr. Michael Ross at The Performance Lab Velocity Sports Center.
That one comment served as great inspiration on my recent visit, designed to help me reach a peek in my physical goals.
Just beneath the surface, we are all superhero's. It's layers such as these that keep us striving to for extreme health.
I'm comforted by the reality that there is a Dr. Ross operating on that premise, while being scientific at the same time.

My super hero self is perhaps, aquatic.
However, running brings me endurance ensuring that when I reach the sea, I'm surfing. Another form of flight, similar to gait.

Dr. Ross is going to keep me running.
A few suggestions, physical therapy for strength training, analysis such as VO2 Max, Spirometry testing, Lactate Threshold, Cardiopulmonary testing and breathing.

He has a great assistant Gina, who will guide you if you are not accustomed to the gear that is necessary to conduct these tests.
She also tames the testosterone you may feel with all of these powerful athletes around you, it oozes out of the walls.
"Running away already" the voice of a coach echoed from across the room,
as I ran for some water.
"Um, no I'm fine...really...I'll be right back..."

The tests were conducted on a treadmill.
I am not a treadmill girl.
I felt so awkward and no one will ever see that video footage, ever.
This historical winter filled with ice and snow, I ran outdoors consistently, to avoid the treadmill.
I need wide open space, and fresh air in my lungs to ignite me.
I'm determined to make my next test more graceful despite my treadmill phobia,
but don't be afraid to feel silly it was well worth it.
I do believe these tests can be conducted outdoors. I'll keep you posted.

Our struggles to excel are not always in our heads. There may be something physiological going on. It's important to be aware of it, whether you work through it with meditation, or medication.
Ross uncovered what was holding me back from getting what I want out of my sport and my sensations.
If you feel frustrated with your performance, have encountered sports related injuries, or have a yearning to move ahead in your mission that gives you chills?
This is the expert to see.
He can find the source of resistance and hand you the tools you need to move ahead.

Ross works with serious athletes, professional athletes,
but also sees those like myself who just love to play and want to get more out of life.
I left amazed with what he was able to provide, including motivation and perspective.

With a new found focus on strength, form, muscle tone and speed-
I'm closer every day to emulating my favorite super hero's,
Tauriel from The Hobbit, Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean 
and perhaps my favorite, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.
Who are your super hero's?
Get there.
Call them and ask for Gina, she will get you set up and on the right course.
They take insurance!

The thrill my daddy dearest and his two brother's loved, just got closer.
Uncle John tackled the sport on his recent trip to Mexico, also.
Something about this family and the surf, it calls to us.
Photo taken from LBI long ago. Uncle Rob, Dad, Uncle Dave (Left to Right)

The NE is not without options for surfing.
They are cold options, so get a full body wet suit to start. Ouch!
Also this is a good time to surf, Autumn is better than summer for waves.
The best waves in the NE are said to be in Outer Banks, NC. 
See this site for a watch on the wave reports,

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April 15, 2014

Wow Richmond Ballet


Vaccines are now being made with plants not pathogens

A new way to deliver vaccines around the world to those who are currently suffering and dying without them.

No refrigeration needed.
No pathogens.
Lettuce leaves, and oral delivery will be the new source for vaccines to help protect against Polio and HPV, for example
in areas of the world where those diseases are still taking lives.

The technology behind it:
"Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn's South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water. Humidity and temperature are precisely monitored and can be accessed and modified remotely. And if short winter days, snow cover, or cloudy skies prevent enough sunlight from entering the greenhouse, panels and lights on the ceiling adjust automatically to provide light that matches solar radiation.
Such cutting-edge technology might seem over-the-top for a mere greenhouse. But the plants grown inside are not destined for a garden, farm, or windowsill; their intended fate is to save lives."

See full story here on an amazing professor, Henry Daniell and "Growing Plants to Save Lives"

April 13, 2014

The biology of battling autoimmunity

This site is highly informative for those of you looking for the answers about eating to cure your autoimmune disease and much more, www.thepaleomom.com/2012/05/modifying-paleo-for-autoimmune.html


April 10, 2014

How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease by Dr. Mark Hyman

More often than we realize it's the simple things in life that can save our lives and make it more delightful to live. It's comforting to know that physicians are getting a perspective on the ways to go about tackling the incurable.
Facing down disease, while simple is no small task.
Being in complete discipline of what we put in our bodies, what we allow to come out of our minds and mouth all contribute to whether the existence of a lack of ease will stay or go.

Dr. Mark Hyman has a few tactics to get control inflammation and autoimmunity that are helpful to consider along your journey.

"The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year)"

"It you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have."  Dr. Hyman

Read his nine steps to getting rid of the heat causing major diseases like thyroid, autoimmune and MS and more, http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/07/30/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/#close  

Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease
  1. Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
  2. Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
  3. Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
  4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
  5. Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
  6. Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
  7. Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
  8. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.
  9. Tell your doctor about Functional Medicine and encourage him or her to get trained — go to www.functionalmedicine.org for more information and to get a copy of the Textbook for Functional Medicine.

Mung Mono Cleanse

After an intesive Ayurveda workshop with Dhyana owner and founder, trained by Deepak Chopra I'm embarking on the Mung Bean Diet. You eat only Mung beans and rice for 10 days. Read below for the amazing cleansing qualities this diet possesses.

Take note the link below details a different recipe, than I was suggested to use. Olive oil, mung beans and rice only. Maybe Ghee butter in place of olive oil. Maybe a dash of salt and pepper if you must. The idea is to take away the flavors, cleanse mind. But the link does a good job of listing the details otherwise.


If nothing else, add this yummy pea like bean to your diet for increased detox impact.
Beware for those of you facing autoimmunity, it is a legume, not aloud in our diets. 

Reiki on the CN level of UPENN's Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

It looks like Kim Fleischer of the Reiki School could use some help! Reiki loves get in touch with her to see if we can keep the Reiki therapy treatments going for our cancer patients in the Abramson Cancer Center.


April 5, 2014

April 4, 2014

Do you love to run? Do you want to keep running?

Knee pain, impact injuries and more complaints than I care to bore myself with, at the moment, come to the table when I mention how much I adore the run.

With arches like these I'd love if one of the sneaker creators could turn my red or yellow heels, into a running shoe.

Swiss Engineering has a new sneaker, that not everyone seems to know about. It has the capacity to keep you running. 

"I used to run but, but, but..." 
I hear it so often. I don't want to be that person, because running seems to keep me sane, and balanced, free to be me. With the upcoming lunar eclipse balance is everything.

Plantar fasciitis, Plantar fasciopathy or Jogger's heel are among the many issues that stop the lovers of the run from catching their wind. 
There is nothing worse than a runner who has lost their ability to fly. 
Wine will not cure this one. I tried. It will do the opposite.
It's like convincing yourself you don't need a lover, you can just love yourself. 
Yes, but likely humanity wins. You will still want a lover.

I'm a lover. A lover of the depths of the sea and the riches of the soul. 
The kind that can't be bought, or sold, or even taught. Definitely not forced.
Dig deep, push a little harder.
Dredge it from the depths.
Run for it.

Don't deny yourself what you know you deserve. 
Fight for it. Get a little gear to help you in the fight. Like armor for a battle.

The Cloud Surfer, it's a Cloud technology shoe.

Before these shoes, knee pain, after no knee pain. 
Before these shoes, heel pain, after these shoes no heel pain. 

Thank you Anna Deych,"I've already told everyone. Now everyone knows." She said.
When I mentioned I'd be writing about this shoe that saved my run, and no one carries or knows about except for Philly Runners downtown.
Strange that such a shoe would be elusive.
They sell themselves.

Swiss made Cloud Surfers. I recommend them.
I'm using new muscles and am being forced to use the proper part of my foot to reduce impact and eliminate injury. 

Don't be a heel striker, use the balls of your feet, or be forced to in these sneakers.
For more tips on form coach John Goldthorp can help, http://www.fixyourrun.com/2014/03/footstrike-%E2%80%93-should-you-worry-about-it/ 

Thank your running body, after chanting to yourself along the long hauls, out of the mind into the body, out of the body into the soul. 

A love yourself tip:
Try the below sequence dictated by Liana Cameris at Sculpere to bring those muscles that take you through the trails a little bit of comfort!

Warm­up asanas
Surya Namaskar A
Surya Namaskar B
Wide­leg forward fold (prasarita padattonasana)
Triangle (trikonasana)
½ Moon (ardha chandrasana)
(other side)
Pyramid pose with yoga mudra (parsvottonasana)
Standing split
Seated twist (ardha matsyendrasana)
(other side)
Pigeon (eka pada rajakapotasana)
Cow­face pose (gomukasana)
Wide­leg seated forward fold (upavishta konasana)
(other side)
Heroes pose (virasana)
Seated forward fold (pachimottanasana)
Bound­angle pose (baddhakonasana)
Legs up the wall pose (viparita karani)

By: Liana Cameris 3/20/14

Sports Performance with Sarah http://tinyurl.com/VegawithSarahandDerek

In through the tomb out through the temple

SKG, 2013 


April 3, 2014

Tips on writing your novel

http://www4.uwsp.edu/education/lwilson/newstuff/recommendedbooks.htm Photo Credit
Take 3, Chapter 24 of my novel and it's really taking shape.

Valuable, basic tips on how to nurture your writing skill, Write!
Like in yoga 99 percent is practice, 1 percent is theory. In accomplishing your writing goals 99 percent is in doing and 1 percent in talking about doing it. Carve out time for it, keep trying and ignite it. Now go.

Schedule the time to write daily, stop mid chapter so you have a starting point going back in, and map out your idea letting your story and characters evolve.

Now go, no excuses and by next month you could be looking for a publisher. In the words of Brenda Novak who was kind enough to share, "Just write!" She's now a NY Times Best Selling author and her work is being added to film.
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