June/July 2013

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Yang-Sheng (Nurturing Life; ISSN: 2326-277X) is an E-magazine and a network for all healthcare professionals of preventive medicine, practitioners of  mind-body exercise (such as meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, Yoga, Reiki, and mindfulness), true health seekers, and spiritual cultivators. It promotes philosophy and methods of self-healing, positive mind and health preservation, and shares knowledge and experiences with those who are interested in the subjects and their applications in everyday life.

Yang-Sheng merges traditional life-nurturing knowledge with modern scientific research and clinic evidence, and combines ancient wisdom with our own experience to support our daily practice and well-being,  and to reach true meaning of health in body, mind and spirit… Your contribution, participation, sharing and suggestions are truly appreciated.

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Highlights of  June/July Issue of Yang-Sheng (Vol 3, No. 3)

Michelle Wood[From The Editor] By Michelle Wood Welcome to the June/July issue of Yang Sheng Magazine! Our theme this month is Food As Medicine, a  topic which has a broader range than might appear at first glance… (Read more from Michelle…)

[Food As Medicine] Herbs and Qigong for Cheer, Mood, and Sleep!Katrina.everhart.photo by Katrina Everhart includes information on healing food groups as well as individual foods and herbs. She also discusses the need for movement, and how nutrition and movement complement each other to provide excellent mental and physical health.

[Book Review] The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Commentary by Fiona Tobler. The book includes real life cases of illness that were reversed by diet, life style changes, and supplements. It includes various “Ultra-Wellness Quizzes” that make you stop and think, and then recommends diet changes and nutritional supplements. The chapters are concise, the case studies are brief, the descriptions of supplements and food choices are very clear.

[Research Update] Recent Research Findings on Diet and Kevin ChenNutritional Therapycompiled by Kevin Chen PhD — includes reports on dietary treatments for ADHD, nutritional interventions for people with HIV, the relationship between fat intake and prostate cancer, dietary approaches to the management of Type 2 Diabetes, and others.

Dr. Yuan WangWarren_Sheir-smMika_Ono[Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen] Recipe: Perilla Seed Congee by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir and   Mika Ono. Congees (rice porridges) are a staple in East Asia. This congee features perilla seeds (a.k.a. Beefsteak plant seeds or “zi su zi” in Chinese), which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to ease coughs and asthma. The leaves and stems of the perilla plant are also featured in traditional Chinese medicine.

Dr Mark Hyman bio photo copy[From The Doctor] Raising Healthy Eaters – Part III: Cooking in the Kitchen with Your Kids Dr. Mark Hyman talks of the importance of starting children off right by letting them help prepare those healthy, nutritious meals. This appeals to me personally because Mark suggests letting kids as young as age 3 help in the kitchen, and I have already started letting our grandson, age 3, do just that! He loves to help!

Eric.Borreson[Meditation in Motion] Proprioception and Kinesthetic Sense by Eric Borreson He defines proprioception and kinesthetic senses as inner and outer senses, and shows how taiji improves both of these senses. Additionally, improvement to these inner and outer senses thought the practice of taiji can be beneficial to you in your everyday awareness and functionality. 

Yin-Yang[East-West Perspective] The Contribution of Daoist Yangsheng Philosophy to the Modern Self-Care Movement by Anda Pudule.  This essay looks into the modern self-care movement today, and at the ways Yangsheng philosophy can be of great help to those who are looking to improve their lifestyle, those looking to achieve better health and longer life, and most importantly those looking to achieve a level of balance and harmony within themselves and the environment they live in.

singing dragon Ad-August11[Book Review] Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei Gong by Damo Mitchell, Reviewed by Martin Eisen, Ph.D. The title “Heavenly Streams” refers to the Meridians which contain streams of heavenly energy. This is one of the few books that gives a Qigong practice which allows you to feel or sense your own Meridians and Acupoints.  It also teaches you how to inject Qi into Acupoints.

Raven-Cohan[Featured Article] Chopping Your Food While Using Tai Chi Rooting, Alignment and Attentivenessby Raven Cohan offers a different and unique perspective to food as medicine. Not only does your food have healing properties, but the spiritual attention, mental attitude and physical posture of the cook also may bear an important effect upon the ultimate wellness benefits you derive from your meals.

Shawn Cartwright[Daoist Internal Achemy] Internal Alchemy Q & A by Shawn Cartwright. In this month’s article, Mr. Cartwright answers several common questions and clearly explains exactly what  is Internal Alchemy. He also offers suggestions on how to begin your practice, and recommends self-study materials if you are unable to find a teacher in your area.

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Guan-Cheng Sun[Qi Cultivation & Dao] A Consideration of “Transactional Energetics” for Qi Cultivators and Healthcare Providers by Jill Gonet, MFA and Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD.  A fascinating look at the possibility of the imbalance created when the mind does not keep pace with the body. “In the case of martial arts practitioners and qigong practitioners whose bodies are extremely advanced, there may be a discrepancy between body and mind if the awareness is not advanced enough to keep the practitioner balanced. This kind of unconscious dynamic energy exchange might be termed “transactional energetics.”

SalCasano_small[Book Review] The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter M. Wayne, PhD and Mark L. Fuerst,  Review by Salvatore J. Casano, PhD  RN This is not a manual on tai chi forms, nor does it promote any specific style of tai chi. Instead, it helps to bridge the gap of how concepts from Eastern medicine can integrate with allopathic medicine thereby helping to reduce medical costs.“A 2009 study by Harvard Medical School faculty found that more than 60 percent of personal bankruptcies are due to medical costs , and in the majority of these cases, those claiming bankruptcy were medically insured.”

renee navarro[Method of Self-Healing] Tai Chi Chuan Chang Chuan: The Mysterious Traditional Yang Family Fist Form by Rene J. Navarro tells readers about a little-known form of taiji that may have been in danger of becoming a lost art! Fortunately for the internal arts world, this form has been rescued from obscurity and is being taught to new students once again.

Fiona_Marty[Media Review] FORKS OVER KNIVES – DVD Documentary. Reviewed by Fiona Tobler — Research by Doctors T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, who independently came to these conclusions, show us that degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented. “Forks Over Knives” show us that we can reverse or control diseases by eliminating processed and animal based food AND that by eating whole foods and a plant-based diet, we can dramatically improve our health.

MartyEisen[Scientific Qi Exploration] Scientific Qi Exploration.  Part 3.  Horary Cycle  Qi Pathways from 3 p.m. to 3a.m.  by Marty Eisen Ph.D is the next instalment in this series on the Horary Cycle and the corresponding intensity of activity in the bodily organs and energy meridians. As the title indicates, article includes a breakdown of the 12 hours, 6 double-hours, between 3 pm and 3 am. A link to the drawing showing the energy path and acupuncture points is included with each organ.

Ellasara Kling[Seasonal Harmony] Food – It’s More Than You Think by Ellesara Kling teaches us about Diet Therapy which is very nurturing to the body as well as harmonious with the environment, both the energetic environment through the principles of Chinese Medicine, and the food environment, choosing fresh, appropriate foods for true Seasonal Harmony and wellness.

[A Comedy Moment] A joke a day keep the doctor away…

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