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1. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything~ Malcolm X
2. Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!~ Les Brown
1. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything~ Malcolm X
2. Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!~ Les Brown
Opals are essentially a gel from silica with percentages of water usually between 6% to 10%. Opal is 3% to 21% water weight , It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia. Opal hardness varies, but generally ranges from 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Compare that to diamond, which is rated at 10, and is the hardest gemstone.
Besides the gemstone varieties that show a play of color, there are other kinds of common opal such as the milk opal, milky bluish to greenish; resin opal, which is honey-yellow with a resinous luster; wood opal, caused by the replacement of the organic material in wood with opal.
Opal’s internal structure makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed it can take on many colors. Opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, however white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semi-transparent.
Known to bring out creativity, spontaneity, supports the kidneys and brings happiness, faithfulness, love, friendships, dreams, heals fevers and infections, self-expression, beauty, visions, fertility, eases child birthing process, boosts energy, supports reproductive system, lungs and third eye chakra. * Long ago, It was said that opal could make its wearer invisible.
Cites: Merriam-Websters,Wiki, About
Vitamin B4 also known as Adenine is the member of the Vitamin B-Complex family. Vitamin B4 is also one of the water-soluble vitamins. Adenine act as a compound that acts as a co-enzyme with other compounds such as vitamins and is mostly known for its function speed up the processes of producing energy in our body. That is why it is essential to provide our body with this important vitamin that can be done by adding sufficient amounts of food sources of Vitamin B4 to our daily diet.
Vitamin B4(Adenine) is also considered a purine derivative, which is a necessary element for proper protein synthesis and related chemical processes. Besides, vitamin B4 is an key component of DNA and RNA, nucleic acids that carry very valuable and unique genetic information about everyone of us. Along with proteins, these acids are principal for normal development and functioning of any human body or other living organisms and all forms of life on earth.
Adenine is the one of the nitrogenous bases of DNA also helpful in making code for DNA and is very important component of the DNA. It is a purine. Adenine forms a bond with thiamine in the DNA. This vitamin B4 also forms a part of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is important in the transport of energy between many reactions and also forms adenosine which plays an important role in various biochemical processes. It enables the change of phosphate group which then provide energy which is very necessary for various cellular reactions and for cells’ life.
Also, adenine plays a very important role in biochemical processes linked to cell metabolism. In combination with sugar ribose, adenine forms such compound as adenosine, which further participates in formation of adenosine triphosphate, adenosine diphosphate, and adenosine monophosphate. These nucleotides are supposed to take part in the propagation of many hormonal stimuli. Vitamin B4 can be found as an element of various coenzymes in human body, which combine with vitamins to produce good amounts of energy. As it was said before, it is one of the main benefits of Vitamin B4.
Functions of Vitamin B4 Adenine
The following symptoms would be most likely associated with
Vitamin B-4 (Adenine) deficiency: Retarded growth rate, blood and skin disorders, constipation, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle weakness, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), sensitivity to insulin, physical and mental depression, anemia, fatigue, vertigo (dizziness), allergies, prone to infections, weakened immune system response
Natural Sources of Vitamin B4
Vitamin B15 (Pangamic acid) is water-soluble but its essential requirement in the diet has not yet been proven. Studies have shown that it does increase oxygen to the muscles and organs and may assist in lowering cholesterol. Vitamin B15 helps in the formation of amino acids in our bodies and may assist in the oxidation of glucose and cell reproduction .In addition, it can also act as a stimulant to the endocrine system which ultimately encourages liver function to help with body detoxification. There is also evidence that it is essential to the formation of some hormones as well as keeping the adrenal gland healthy and functioning properly.
In the United States, the FDA has not approved use of the vitamin and in fact, it has been banned for nearly two decades. While some countries outside the United States have conducted studies and determined that vitamin B15 may have some health advantages, no such studies have been done in the United States, and there is no available vitamin B15 supplement at this time. However, in the U.S., Dimethyl glycine (DMG) is used as a substitute for B15. Doctors prescribe DMG with vitamin E and A as way to improve energy levels.
In Russia, for example, scientists have shown that vitamin B15 can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in athletes which reduces muscle fatigue and even increases endurance. Russia has also used vitamin B15 to treat alcohol related problems. It is also used in Russia as a supplement to treat fatigue, asthma and allergies.
In Europe, vitamin B15 has been used to treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. It helps protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide.
Benefits of vitamin B15
Deficiency of Vitamin B15 Pangamic acid
Deficiency of this vitamin can impair its important function of formation of amino acids and antioxidants effects. Level of cholesterol may become high. Cancer causing substances may also increase in the body. Impairment occurs in the oxidation of glucose and in the cellular respiration.
Food Sources of Vitamin B15 (Pangamic Acid)
Known as the Chakra of formlessness, the seventh chakra is located above the top of the head and affects all raised brain functions. The crown is associated with knowledge. Clarity of perception and self-understanding is achieved when the Crown Chakra functions properly. Once fully integrated, the crown chakra represents Illumination.
When the female kundalini Shakti energy rises to the crown, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-coloured petals, it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour white and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the transcendence of the spiritual body.
Its role is similar to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. Sahasrara’s inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with “being”. In Tibetan buddhism, the point at the crown of the head is represented by a white circle, with 32 downward pointing petals. Within this chakra is contained the White drop, or Bodhicitta, which is the essence of masculine energy.
Chakra spins too fast (Too open): Psychotic or unhealthy sexual expression, unfocused, spaced out, frustrated, blocked sense of power, egotism
Chakra spins sluggishly or not at all (Blocked): Indecisive, chronic exhaustion, excess frustration, feels like an outsider
Chakra spins at correct speed and maintains vibration (Balanced): At peace with life, grateful for earthly lessons, achieves high goals, strength, blissful, meditative state, radiant and understanding of life,attracts all resources though thoughts, magnetic, influential, happiness, appreciation for destiny and the cycle of life.
Crystals for Crown Chakra balancing
Clear quartz~ The basis for most crystals, can be used in place of any crystal. Used for meditation, healing, enhancing other crystals, kundalini energy movement, harmonizes any chakra.
Amethyst~ Facilitates spiritual awareness and understanding, meditation, healing, brings tranquility and calm.
Herkimer Diamond~Harmonizes energy body, brings happiness, prepares the body for spiritual transcendence, self acceptance, good stone for teacher to attune student to their teaching style.
Crown Chakra Crystal Meditation
Please at the crown of your head for 10 minutes while laying on your back. Close your eyes, place your tongue where your teeth and gums meet relax. Breathe deep. Visualize a gold and violet ball of light inside of a larger ball of bright white light. Visualize your life and smile as you share this bright light with all of your mental visions. Feel the eternal bliss within you. Enjoy. Next, ground yourself with a piece of Onyx, black tourmaline, or bloodstone or Sage (smudge). Reflect on your insights, write them down.
Vitamin D otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin that has properties of both a vitamin and a hormone, is required for absorption and utilization of Calcium and Phosphorus; required for bone and teeth normal development and formation; maintains a stable nervous system and normal heart action. It is synthesized in the skin by sunlight.
Fat-soluble, which means it needs to be taken with fats to be absorbed in the digestive system. It is stored by the body in the liver. There are several forms of vitamin D. The two most important to humans are ergocalciferol or vitamin D2 from plants, and cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 that is made from a type of cholesterol in skin, when sunlight acts on it. Both types need further metabolism in our liver and kidneys before they can become the active forms (ercalcitriol and calcitriol respectively) that the body uses.
Function of Vitamin D
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin D
The best source of vitamin D is from sunlight, which is made in the skin when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. As little as 10 or 15 minutes a day of bright sunlight might be enough.
Best food sources of vitamin D
Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids, bioavailable, flavonoids) are a class of water-soluble plant pigments with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic properties. This is the collective name given to rutin, hesperidin and quercetin and a range of other naturally occurring compounds including the oligomeric pro-cyanidins found in red wine.
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that scavenge the harmful free radicals that damage our cells, and that alter genetic DNA, accelerate the aging process, and contribute to development of many diseases.
Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids) maintains the resistance of cell and capillary walls to permeation, prevents bruising, and intensify the effect of vitamin C in the body, helps hemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues and builds a protective barrier against infections. Provides natural antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. The human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, so they must be supplied in the diet.
Benefits of Vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)
Deficiency of vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)
If a diet contains enough fruit and vegetables, bioflavonoids should not be deficient, but deficiency would show up as bruising. Where antioxidants are indicated and none present bioflavonoids could be of help, as well as iron deficiency, since it helps with the absorption of iron.
Vitamin P Food sources:
white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits · celery · garlic · red onions · broccoli. buckwheat · dry beans such as red beans, black beans, pinto beans · fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, apricots, blackcurrants, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, guavas, lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, prunes · herbs such as bilberry, hawthorn, ginkgo, licorice, pine bark, rose hips, yarrow and milk thistle · green tea · red wine · parsley · peppers · romaine lettuce · tomatoes · brassica (or crucifer) vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, pak choi, swedes, turnips.
Burdock Root: Contains inulin (stabilizes blood sugar), iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, silicon, cobalt, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, carotenes, protein, and in the fresh root only Vitamin C and B2. Found near shade and water.
Chickweed: Contains iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, copper, carotenes, Vitamins B and C. Found everywhere in early spring.
Clover, Red: Contains Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, calcium, chromium, and magnesium. Found on roadsides and meadows, disturbed land.
Dandelion: Roots are high in iron, manganese, phosphorus, protein, sodium, Vitamin A, calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, zinc and Vitamin CV complex. The leaves are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C and D, potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Everywhere!
Horsetail: Contains iron, chromium, crude fiber, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, Vitamin A, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, selenium, sodium, and Vitamin C. Everywhere!
Nettle: Contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, thiamine, Vitamins A, C and K. Harvest in shade near water in early spring. Often found with Cleavers, which packs a punch of vitamins and minerals.
Sweet Violet The leaves of viola odarata are packed with Vitamin C and vitamin A. They are also filled with minerals. Find in shady, woodland areas. Do not confused with African Violet or its cousins, the garden pansy and Johnny Jump Ups.
The medical community has gone back and forth regarding whether emotional states affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Researching this issue can be confusing, one source will say that emotional state or stress does not affect fertility and another says that it does. More recent studies have found that anxious women have reduced blood flow to their uterus and ovaries, which can cause a decrease in viable eggs produced by the ovaries and a decrease in the quality of the uterine lining, making it less likely for a fertilized egg to implant into the uterine lining. Studies further suggest that stress and anxiety negatively impact a fetus. Comparing women with treated and untreated anxiety during pregnancy, & after childbirth those mother’s with untreated anxiety had smaller babies. That should be enough to convince all you women thinking of getting pregnant to practice good stress and anxiety management. Most of the suggestions in “Holistic Methods for Decreasing Stress and Anxiety” are appropriate for women trying to get pregnant or women already pregnant. However, there are some additional tips that aid conception and healthy pregnancies if you are anxious or stressed. There is an acupuncture protocol that is specific to increasing ovarian and uterine blood flow. Many fertility specialists now suggest or even insist on acupuncture while trying to conceive. Some doctor’s prescribe blood thinners in small amounts (baby aspirin, red clover herb) to increase blood flow for conception and implantation. Further, there are yoga and Qi Gong movement series that destresses, calm, and increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus.
There are many herbs in the world that can be used safely and effectively to support your child’s health. This column will present a few. For more information, check out the herbal books at your local library or book store.
Colicky Babies: A warm bath with chamomile or lavender will usually soothe your colicky baby. When breastfeeding, pay attention to what you eat and drink as it might be the cause baby’s gas and colic.
Diaper Rash: A soothing ointment with plantain and calendula applied to dry skin will ease the discomfort of diaper rash and promote skin health.
Diarrhea: Blackberry or raspberry leaf and root tea or tincture will gently help to ease diarrhea in your child. Peppermint tea may also help ease the cramping sometimes associated with diarrhea.
Minor Bites, Burns, Scratches: Plantain poultice or ointment works well. You can also safely use comfrey, St.John’s wort and chickweed in ointment or oil and apply externally to minor skin irritations. A poultice of comfrey (leaf and/or root) will speed the healing of most wounds. However, due to the speed of healing, you should use comfrey on deep wounds as it will cause fast surface healing. Simply mascerate the leaf and/or root of comfrey, add a bit of flour to thicken is to a paste, and wrap in a clean linen or thin towel. You can keep this poutice in the freezer and re-use. If heat is desired, you might (slowly) heat the poultice in a microwave.
Ear ache: Mullein is traditionally used for earache. An oil preparation with mullein or a (cont. on pg. 6) mix or mullein, garlic and St. John’s Wort will quickly reduce the pain of an earache.
Colds and Flus: Syrup made from plantain will reduce the pain of sore throat. Catnip tea will help to reduce fever. A peppermint and comfrey bath will help soothe itching and fever from chicken pox or measles. Yarrow and elderflower are fever reducing teas. To help ease cough, elecampane drops or syrup will help. To ease head congestion, try inhaling the warm (not hot!) steam of wintergreen and rosemary essential oils in water. A head clearing tea of peppermint, thyme leaf and sage leaf will help ease congestion symptoms. Try to get as much garlic and onion as possible in your child’s diet, as these are gentle but effective anti-microbials. Ginger root is a warming herb that eases symptoms of colds and flu.
Teething: Catnip tea is a wonderful and effective remedy for the pain of teething. You might try mixing it with chamomile or substituting chamomile of your child does not like catnip. Administer frequently in small doses, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.
Allergies: To alleviate symptoms of allergies, follow the head congestion or skin irritation sections. To tone the lungs and respiratory system, use stinging nettle, fresh and dried. Nettle builds and tones to respiratory system and when used over time can ease or completely eliminate allergic reactions. Integrate fresh nettle into your diet as a vegetable and in soups and stews. Make tea and infusion (try adding a pinch of peppermint or stevia for taste. Nettles also provide the benefit of being high in calcium and other vitamins and minerals, and is nourishing to the kidneys, adrenals, and digestive tract.
Pink Eye and Conjunctivitis: A poultice of chickweed is excellent therapy for eye infection. Make the poultice from fresh chickweed and apply to the closed eye.
Sleep and Anxiety: Oats and Oatstraw are a safe and nourishing to the nervous system. Integrate oats into your child’s diet and prepare oatstraw tea and infusion. If your child is a juice drinker cut fruit juices with oatsraw infusion. Warm baths with oatstaw, lavender or chamomile are calming. Try lemon balm, chamomile or catnip teas. To aid sleep, try an herbal pillow filled with lavender, rosemary, rosebuds/petals, and/or thyme will help ease your child to sleep. For occasional sleeplessness, you can try a tincture of lemon balm or chamomile. For more chronic insomnia, attentional problems or hyperactivity, talk to your herbalist or healthcare provider about Scullcap or a preparation containing Scullcap.
Urinary Tract Problems: Dandelion root and leaf is nourishing to the urinary tract system. Integrate dandelion leave and root into your child’s diet via eating fresh, cooked, and in soups and stews. To prevent chronic infection, garlic and onion are strong anti-microbials, and Echinacea is safe for children with onset of infection symptoms. To help tone the bladder and help with bedwetting problems, try a tea of cornsilk. Give a cup in the morning and afternoon, but not before bed!
Headaches: Lavender and peppermint oil massaged into the temples will often ease the pain of a headache. Peppermint oil vapor will also ease nausea and nasal congestion.
Building Healthy Bones: looking for a natural calcium supplement. Get your child out in the sun regularly and try the calcium team of nettles, horsetail, alfalfa, red clover comfrey leaf, plantain, dandelion and chamomile.
Dosing for Children: Rosemary Gladstar provides dosage information in her “Family Herbal” and “Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health.” Doses range from 1/2 t. to 2 T of tea/infusion, and 3—30 drops of tincture.
*This column does not constitute medical advise. Seek medical advise from your healthcare professional.