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It’s about that time again….Snow!

Yesiree, it is nearing the time of year where all the snow bunnies and boarders go up to the mountains and pay $60-100 to get sunburn on the lower half of their face and neck. It also means it is about the time I take my dog up to Mammoth, or more specifically June Mountain.

One of the things I enjoy most about those trips is that when you eat meat, you are almost assured that the cattle is free range. If you drive towards Bishop you’ll notice the vast nothingness and cattle feeding surrounded by mountains on one side and desert on the other. Don’t be fooled, meat here is (dare I say) better here than in the midwest. I am talking about the best bacon you’ve ever had, next to healthy portions of succulent red meat.

However, on these trips I have also noticed the great variety of other meat sources. For instance, not far from the Lone Pine entrance to mount Whitney is a cafe where you can get Buffalo meat.

Yes I said it, buffalo, meat. It actually tastes better than red meat. It has more omega-3-fatty acids, which are important to the regulation of your nervous system. This is because of the type of feed, lack of industrialized meat packaging plants, and the free-range life of the animals. As much as industrialization has helped us to overcome the Nazi’s in WWII, it has also become the bane of healthy nutrition.

Trust me when I say that Buffalo meat is leaner but cooks up juicier. Notwithstanding the meaty taste is incredible. Another alternative meat choice that I have sampled would be Ostrich meat. Doesn’t sound appealling, but not disgusting either. I found the taste enjoyable, but strange. It’s like eating a piece of red meat but with a chicken texture to the red meat. Interesting, but somehow as I ate it I could distinctly tell I was eating some kind of bird.

Next on my list, alligator meat…..

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Health Restorations

 

Ley Lines… Acupunture for Mother Earth?…. Also RIP Joe Frazier

Funny how I just posted about Smoking Joe Frazier because of a program I watched about him and Ali the day before and without knowing that he had passed away yesterday. I guess that’s what you call Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon (see previous post).

I have a curious mind. I want to know a little about everything out there. When I came across some anthropological texts about Ley lines years ago, I didn’t much pay enough attention. However, when I started to study other subjects that overlap with the idea of ley lines the things I had learned about them came rushing to the surface from the back recesses of my mind.

What are Ley lines. Well, geographically, ancient man seemed to be a collective genius. Somehow people that our history says were our ancient forefathers, illiterate caveman who picked berries, hunted wild animals, grunted at each other, and clubbed their women seemed also capable of advance mathematics, acts of engineering that baffle even the most skilled modern scientists, and could geographically place cities in such a way as to mimic exactly the position of the stars. Ley lines are considered like the energetic pathways of the known earth. They seemingly connect ancient burial sites with great ancient cities to ruins of civilizations many miles apart. From examples like the poisitioning of the great pyramids or the monuments of Easter Island they are one of those out of place artifacts (OOPA) or mysteries that can’t be solved by our microcosmicly narrow view of our immediate surroundings.

How do differing cultures encompassing various points in time over the last 10,000 years seem to build structures that have a seemingly definite geographical relation, creating a pattern unbeknowest to them. Are Nazca lines random? Is the fact that the Giza pyramids geopgraphical layout mirrors exactly that of Orion’s belt (also the great ancient cities of Mesopotamia Eridu, sipar, and shupurrak share the same geographical layout) also just mere coincidence?

Although I am not anthropological scientist, I am a doctor with some study in alternative forms of medicine and treatment. Acupunture, I have found, has similar misunderstood intracacies and mysteries that cannot be understood with the narrow logic of modern science, but humans are trained to recognize patterns. That this baffling pattern has been seen from space and cannot be easliy explained away is similar to acupuncture with its myriad of energetic pathways leads me to believe that whoever built these ancient sites either had the knowledge of one who can view the earth’s energetic pattern from above, or that these sites have inherent magnetic/spiritual power that our earlier ancestors were drawn to. Neither explains the mysteries of this world, but they do lead us to throw down some of the conventional ideas about history, modern and ancient man, etc.

Let us propose for a moment that the earth as a whole is an organic being like a human (gives new meaning to Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man), if acupunture has some efficacy on a human wouldn’t the presence or absence of certain structures along certain pathways maybe act in some way (either positively or negatively) as acupunture for mother earth. I am not clever enough to come up with such an assessment all by myself, and this idea has been suggested by other scholars of various expertise.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Health Restorations

 

What’s a stinger, burner? Frazier v Ali and concussions.

If you’ve ever played football or watched it on TV you may have heard the announcer say something to this effect:
‘Looks like he’s got a stinger, so he’ll sit out this series’

So what is that and why does it keep your favorite player off the field. Though it is neurological in nature, a stinger/burner aka nerve pinch injury is not like a concussion (though both may happen with the same kind of hit) and shouldn’t require the player to miss the rest of the game as the rules state for NFL games.

When the bones of the neck are forcefully pushed to one side, as in the head and neck trauma that goes with every proper tackle, the nerves of the brachioplexus can be stretched or pinched (depending on the direction of the lateral head movement at the time of impact). These nerves are responsible for the moving the muscles in the arms, shoulders, forearms and legs (upper extremities) as well as sensation in the skin areas of the arms and hands. If they are injured by stretching or pinching (impingement is a better word) it can lead to symptoms of burning-like sensations, sharp nerve pain, and a temporary inability to functionally use ones hand and arm on one side.
Stingers rarely affect both arms simultaneously, though corresponding injuries to the musculature of the opposite side of the soft tissue also must be considered. Often players will not be able to raise their arms because the nerve has been agitated and time is needed to recover the function. Very much like when your leg falls asleep it takes a few seconds for the blood flow to get back into the legs, though in this case the refractory period is longer becuase an nerve has been injured.
Repeated stingers on the same side can lead to weakness and loss of function. Like a string that has been pulled taut to the point of snapping, the nerve has been elongated in a short period of time and though it did not snap, regaining its electrical conductance takes some time.

However, unlike a concussion, the player may return when the pain has subsided and they can again use the limb. Concussions happen when the brain bounces off the walls of the cranium too violently causing neurological symptoms to occur. This can lead to abnormal headaches from possible swelling inside the cranium, nausea, nystagmus or strabismus of the eyes. Concussion are dangerous especially if they happen repeatedly and though many teams like the Steelers may find ways to circumvent the law by saying the player suffers from “concussion-like” symptoms and did not have a concussion is just a way of keeping a player, who probably shouldn’t be medically cleared to return to the field, in the game. I think independent neurologists not affiliated with any team should be one the sidelines of football games from the Pee Wee to the Pros, becuase repeated concussions can be not just fatal, but also endangers the person’s quality of life. If anybody wants to see what repeated concussions can do to a person watch “The Thrilla in Manilla” a documentary on the last Muhammed ALi v. Joe Frazier boxing match. Notice how “Smoking” Joe Frazier stares wide -eyed at his own footage, and we all know that Ali has Parkinson’s but the extant to which his maladies were affected by the outcome of that boxing match is debatable.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Health Restorations