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The Hidden Issues Of Ovarian Cancer

Dr Christiane Northrup has some interesting insights into the emotional and energetic issues associated with ovarian cancer. Whilst it is impossible to generalize emotional and energetic responses, she highlights the issue of rage in ovarian cancers. She describes the ovaries as being 'female balls' which means they relate to an active participation in the world in a way that expresses our unique creative potential, as women, on an individual basis.

She says: "… we as women must be open to the uniqueness of our creations and their own energies and impulses, without trying to force them into predetermined forms. Our ability to yield to our creativity, to acknowledge that we cannot control it With our intellects, is the key to understanding ovarian power. " (p187, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)

She relates the issue of rage as deriving from being in an abusive relationship – not necessarily physically abusive, though of course this could be the case. And it may not necessarily be a personal or intimate relationship. It could be with work, societal, or even spiritual. But it embodies a way of relating and dealing with something or someone, where the woman involved feels controlled by the situation and does not believe in her ability to change it, or herself. It is a denial of her innate power and self-sovereignty. A denial of a woman's innate dignity, creativity, spirituality, and complexity.

Interestingly, Dr Northrup notes that ovarian cancer is linked to a diet high in fat and dairy food. Dairy products in Oriental medicine, are associated with the liver meridian. Meridians are energy conduits, and though they have a specific anatomy, they are not equated necessarily with the organs of the same name, as understood in conventional western medicine. The emotion associated with a liver meridian that is out of balance, is rage and anger.

Oriental medicine believes that diseases start in our energetic body first, and then progress to the physical body. And certainly not all women who have a high fat and high dairy diet develop ovarian cancer. Dr Northrup suggests that women take care of their ovaries and uterus by reclaiming and expressing whatever this deep creative energy is for them. She suggests taking the time to do this daily.

A recent scientific study has also found that drinking two cups or more of tea a day can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 46%. This study was done in Sweden over a 15 year period. Sweden is a country where there is a higher risk of ovarian cancer, as are other countries with a high dairy consumption (Denmark and Switzerland).



Dr Christiane Northrup, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Piatkus, 1995)

Source by Rebecca Prescott

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When in Miami Don’t Be Cliche

As one of the major tourist destinations in the continental United States for vacationing in a warm climate, Miami enjoys not only crowds of American visitors but also a nearly unmatched foreign tourist presence from as far away as Italy and China. Miami is perhaps the only city in the United States that seems uniquely removed from the catch-all phrase “All-American.” In this beautiful city of sparkling beaches and azul waters visitors spend a great deal of time at the beach working on a tan or working even harder on scouting out the hottest shopping.

What may surprise most visitors who spend the greater part of their time at the beach or on South Beach is that they are in fact not in the city of Miami and are missing the real heart of what it means to visit Miami. The minute you cross Biscayne Bay and venture to sizzling Miami Beach you have just left Miami proper and are now in another city to which Miami owes a great deal for its fame: Miami Beach. Don’t worry though you are not in Miami itself you are enjoying all the culture of Miami in a microcosm of art deco buildings, empanadas and all things Latin, with a rich Spanish soundtrack.

Nevertheless, don’t forget that “Miami” has much more to offer than cliché beaches and it will be to your advantage to venture back across the bay to truly explore the history and sights of this city. Miami has much to offer to the truly avid tourist. Visitors should check out Coconut Grove, a grotto of restaurants, unique clubs, an eclectic art scene and true Miami residents. In the “Grove” the tanning sun is replaced by a cool ocean breeze under a canopy of exotic trees and plants scenting the air with magnolia and perhaps Argentinean steak and a bustling crowd of people.

Miami has undergone significant changes in recent years due to the real estate boom. Condos dominate the skyline and whole neighborhoods have changed overnight. One such neighborhood is the up and coming Wynnwood/Design District area. Here, you can find creative art, sculpture and much more in an area dotted with premier and offbeat art studios. In the last decade Miami has become a focal point for contemporary art in the world. Each year Art Basel, sister event to the prestigious Art Basel Switzerland, is hosted in Miami and much of the art work, sculpture and design of the event is shown throughout the year in the Wynnwood/Design District area.

Coral Gables – This neighborhood is known for the beautiful Spanish style homes and is crowned by the classic Biltmore Hotel, a gorgeous building built in the 1920’s. Coral Gables is also home of The University of Miami and you can also find great biking trails here as well. Take a minute to enjoy some of the best shopping on Miracle Mile, a strip of boutiques, bookstores and restaurants that is one of greater Miami’s best areas to load up on shopping bags.

Whether you are visiting greater Miami to work on a tan, embark on a cruise or polish your Spanish, be sure to visit the heart of Miami. Miami is so much more than a strip of sand and a mojito.

Source by Mark Fernandina

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Who Invented the Toothbrush?

For many of us, brushing the teeth is an indispensable routine that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. But did you ever wonder when this important oral regimen started? Who invented the first toothbrush?

The Babylonians are credited as the first to use what appears to be the forerunner of the modern toothbrush. In those times, there weren’t many designs to choose from but they managed to get by with a chewing stick as early as 3500 B.C.

The chewing stick started out as a toothpick which was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. No bigger than a pencil, the chewing stick was literally chewed on one end until it became a crude brush while the other end was pointed. Part toothbrush and part toothpick, this device was used by the Chinese in 1600 B.C. to clean teeth. The sticks or twigs used came from aromatic trees that helped keep the breath fresh.

“Many peoples used different forms of toothbrushes. Indian medicine (Ayurveda) has used the neem tree and its products to create toothbrushes and similar products for millennia. A person chews one end of the neem twig until it somewhat resembles the bristles of a toothbrush, and then uses it to brush the teeth. In the Muslim world, the miswak or siwak made from a twig or root with antiseptic properties has been widely used since the Islamic Golden Age. Rubbing baking soda or chalk against the teeth was also common,” said the editors of Wikipedia.

“The first bristled toothbrush originates from China and was brought back to Europe by traders. It was made from hairs from the neck of the Siberian wild boar, which were fixed to a bamboo or bone handle. In Europe, where very few people brushed their teeth, it was found that wild boar hairs were too stiff and made the gums bleed, so horse hair, which was softer, was used instead. It was still more customary in Europe to use a toothpick after meals, made of a goose feather, silver or copper,” added the BBC.

Although the Chinese are credited with inventing the modern toothbrush in the late 1400s, it was William Addis of England who popularized them in 1780. At that time, he was in jail for causing a riot and the usual way of cleaning teeth then was by rubbing a rag on the teeth with soot and salt. Addis felt this was not enough so he took a small animal bone, drilled holes in it and glued animal bristles in them.

For this, he became a wealthy man and his invention was mass produced by his descendants in the 19th century. These were made of cattle bones and the bristles came from either wild boar or horse hair.

In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers of the Du Pont Laboratories in the United States invented nylon, putting an end to the misery presumably experienced by the Siberian wild boar and the common horse. This was welcome news for many since boar hair retained bacteria, didn’t dry well and often fell out of the brush.

In contrast, nylon was tough, resilient, dried easily and didn’t harbor bacteria. From 1938 onwards, toothbrush bristles were made of nylon and was first used by Dr. West’s Miracle Tuft Toothbrush.

The early nylon toothbrushes, however, were stiff and damaged the gums that dentists didn’t recommend them. By the 1950s, Du Pont introduced the Park Avenue Toothbrush – an expensive brand that used soft nylon.

But the concept of brushing teeth became widespread in the United States only during World War II when American troops were forced to do so as part of their daily routine. They brought home this practice to their families when the war ended.

“In 1939 the first electric toothbrush was produced in Switzerland, but didn’t appear on the open market until the 1960s. It appeared on the American market, produced by Squibb and was called Broxodent. The first cordless rechargeable electric toothbrush was introduced by General Electric at the same time. However, it wasn’t until 1987 that the rotary action electrical toothbrush appeared in the shops,’ revealed the BBC.

Source by Sharon A Bell

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10 Key Principles About Relationships

# 1: The only difference between a love relationship and a friendship is intimacy. Ask yourself: With my current partner am I living in a friendship or a love relationship?

# 2: Personal evolution: Relationship is the fastest way to personally evolve. Your partner has VIP access to your hot buttons. Once you are past the honeymoon period you will be pushing each other’s buttons, whether you like it or not, for the purpose of growth and expansion of who you are.

# 3: Knowing one another: The basis of a sound relationship is to know another. It is not about what you know from the past, it is about what you discover freshly every day. Are you referencing your partner through past experience or through what is showing up in the present?

# 4: Affection: Do not assume your spouse knows you love and admire him or her. You need to communicate it frequently. Especially (but not only) in a volatile marriage affection is the key to marital happiness.

#5: Conflict: A lasting relationship results from a couple’s ability to resolve the conflicts that are inevitable in a relationship.

#6: Communicate: Do not assume anything – even after years of being together there is no benefit in assuming. Ask, talk, communicate, and get to know each other freshly each day. Let yourself be surprised!

#7: Growth: Relationships are here to help us grow beyond the comfort zones we currently inhabit. Especially intimate relationships will inevitably become your biggest teacher if you are willing to be a continuous student.

#8: ‘Self’ versus ‘We’: An actualized relationship can be measured at the amount of allowing of ‘self’ in relation to ‘we’. Are you allowing yourself to have your opinion, your position etc or are you keeping things to yourself, letting them go etc for fear of rocking the boat of the relationship?

#9: Criticism: Saying what bothers you about your partner might wear the relationship down when done constantly. It can erode intimacy and connection. Try sharing what you appreciate and admire for a change…

#10: Give-and-take: Relationships require give-and-take, but a problem arises when one partner does more than his/her fair share of giving in and going along in a relationship. Find your voice and ‘voice’ your needs.

Source by Nathalie Himmelrich

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What to Look for in Finding Cheap Holiday Packages

Cheap Holiday Packages

Travelling has now become a passion for the people, people travel from one corner of the world to other with friends and families. There are numerous holiday destinations in the world which attract tourists in large numbers. There are many travel agencies which offer Cheap Holiday Packages to the travellers. The travellers can avail the facilities provided by the agencies and can opt for the holiday packages of their choice. There are international as well as national packages. The travellers can make the choice of the designation according to the affordability. The travellers can also get the details of these packages online with facility of online booking.

Best honeymoon packages

Any newlywed couple looks forward to go to the best of places for the honeymoon. Honeymoon is the time that one would like to spend with the soul mate away from all the hustle and bustle. There are various honeymoon destinations all over the world. People now go both to domestic and international destinations for honeymoon. Some of the well known honeymoon destinations of the world are Switzerland, Egypt, Thailand, Mauritius, Singapore, India etc. The famous honeymoon spots in India are Kerala, Shimla, Manali, Jaipur, Ooty, Goa etc. Best Honeymoon Packages are planned by travel agencies the interested travellers can approach these travel agencies and avail the facility. The packages are designed keeping in mind the comforts of the travellers. So choose your honeymoon destination and spend some quality time with your loved one and make it memorable.

Ooty honeymoon package

Ooty is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu it is also known as Udhagamandalam which is the “Queen of hill stations”. Ooty is the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty is a beautiful hill station and is known for lush green surroundings and serenity. This is one of the most preferred honeymoon spots and is visited by large numbers of people. There are many good hotels and resorts in Ooty which provide world class services and make provide you with comfortable accommodation. Ooty the land of picturesque beauty has many attractive places which one can visit. Ooty has pleasant weather almost all throughout the year so the travellers can come here anytime during the year and enjoy in the lap of the nature. The mesmerizing beauty of Ooty is simply going to leave you awestruck so come to one of the best honeymoon destinations for some unforgettable memories.

Source by Leesa Grecia