The term comes from a recent CNN piece on women and health.
Here are some statistics:
80 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia or sleeplessness.
60% of American women suffer from some form of sleeplessness, which would suggest this first 80 million figure might be a bit low.
The CNN contributors seemed to suggest that many women use sleeping aids of some kind. Using these aids for the long term may cause dependency and ultimately cause unwanted problems.
What causes insomnia?
In a word, stress. Our reticular activitating system (RAS) in the brain can get overstimulated due to continuously high demand periods and ongoing emergencies. Like a switch that gets stuck in the ‘on’ position, this continuously high demand flight or flight part of our brain continues to be stimulated 24/7, making if difficult to transition to a restful, recuperative sleep which helps repair the stress and strain of the day.
Sleeping pills and the like may work for a while, but typically their effect is lessened over time, not to mention other side effects they may introduce. As a bonus, this ongoing overstimulation of our nervous system may lead to or encourage the creation of long-term inflammatory processes which may hasten the aging process. Take a look at my blogs on my Geriatric classes and Anti Aging suggestions for more input on this.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) creates balance in our autonomic nervous system, bringing more balance and synergy between our sympathetic (more active) nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. A regular addition and application of CranioSacral Therapy can help retrain and ‘reset’ our reticular activitating system and turn off the stress switch which interferes with the normal sleep cycle, and lessen our dependence on sleeping pills and other artificial aids.
Hence, a Sleeping Pill Exit Strategy.
Last week we talked about 7 ways to stay young. Click here to read those ways. Here are more resources to assist in the ‘reversal of the aging process’.
8. Omega 3-6-9 oil
Omega 3-6-9 oil has been long recognized as a valuable nutritional supplement. Contact Janice Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org or JoAnn Cuddigan at email@example.com.
9. Arthritis and Diabetes
Arthritis and Diabetes are two inflammatory based diseases that can accompany the aging process. A nice preventative practice that has been developed over the last few years is tai chi for arthritis and tai chi for diabetes, incorporating elements of chi gong (another ancient practice). This is a graceful way to stay young and healthy. Contact Janice Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral to local instructors in your area.
10. Transformational Coaching
One of the best coaches for transformational work, incorporating inner bonding, spiritual awareness and the ability to change the patterns of our thinking, which can manifest as disease, is my friend and associate Nancy Swisher. Nancy is an internationally recognized transformational coach who advises clients around the world. For more information, visit her website at www.choosingselflove.com
11. Rolfing/Structural Integration
Rolfing from the right resource helps counteract the inevitable influence of gravity on our bodies. For more information, go to www.rolf.org
12. Grounding and healthy boundaries
Being grounded and ‘in’ the body is complimentary to feeling welcome to our stay on the planet. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is a master at feeling grounded, present aware and at peace in the body. For more information, go to www.healingfromthecore.com
13. Still point inducer
Lest I forget, one useful device for CranioSacral Therapy self-treatment is the Upledger Institute still point inducer. Used 5-10 minutes a day, a still point inducer is like having your own therapist at home. For more information, go to www.upledger.com
14. Soul Retrieval
There are many paths that lead to completion. A very ancient technique that has been practiced by Shamanic practioners for thousands of years is called soul retrieval. Soul retrieval allows one to resolve spiritual, emotional, and traumatic issues. This traditional way of completing often includes individual, family, multi-generational, and community concerns. For more information, go to www.bodyenergy.net/otherresoruces/shamanicpractioner
15. Blue Zones
Last but not least, I’ve recently found out that my adopted Iowa is initiating a program called Blue Zones, which is based on a book by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer who did a survey of places in the world where people live the longest and fullest lives.
Dan’s website is www.BlueZones.com and it’s about the practices that create community wide well being and longevity. You should also visit www.bluezones.com/2011/08/iowa-launches-blue-zones-project to find out how the state of Iowa is launching a project to become the #1 state in the US in health and longevity in the next 5 years.
There are certainly a number of ways to look at the aging process, and after teaching a number of my new Geriatrics classes I wanted to pass along some thoughts about ‘how to stay young.’
To put a positive spin on things, there have been a number of resources I’ve come across over time that contribute to a ‘reversal of the aging process’ that I want to share. Please feel to use these for your own growth, development, and education:
1. CranioSacral Therapy
We all encounter the bumps and bruises of life as time goes on. CranioSacral Therapy is a good way to reduce old stresses and strains in the body and gain ground against the aging process. See the BodyEnergy website for more information.
2. 3-Day Mini Intensive Program
As part of the comment above, Body Energy’s 3 day ‘mini intensive program is a great way to get from 2-6 hours of intensive therapy to dissolve old and significant traumas to the body. These intensives have become part of my ‘anti aging secret’ as we go through our 50’s, 60’s, and beyond. See the BodyEnergy site for information on our 3 day mini intensive program.
3. CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics
Designed to teach some simple techniques for the caring of our parents and friends, this 2-day course is a great way to give back to those who have given so much to us. See the BodyEnergy site for more information on this class.
4. Transcendental Meditation Program
Studies have shown that long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation have a biological age which is 20 years younger than their chronological age. In fact, it is the Transcendental Meditation movement which coined the term ‘reversal of the aging process.’ Transcendental Meditation addresses stress, insomnia, high blood pressure, and a variety of the dysfunctions of the aging process. Besides CranioSacral Therapy, Transcendental Meditation is the best healing modality I have come across in my life. Email TMinfo@TMChicago.org for more information.
6. Maharishi Ayurveda
This ancient science provides an excellent way to release deep toxins that may have accumulated in the body. Along with our 3-day mini intensive program, I recommend the Ayurvedic Panchakarma program to optimize health and reverse the effects of the aging process. For more information visit the Raj website.
Supplements are highly recommended by Dr. Upledger for a variety of disease processes and the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These supplements would include antioxidants such as CoQ10 and resveratrol, alpha-lipoic acid, and Vitamin C & E.
8. Nutritional Components
One of the factors we have identified in our Geriatric class is the influence of long-term inflammatory processes in the body in regard to the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Two great resources to look at:
Leo Galland MD, (comments on anti inflammatory foods) – www.bottomlinesecrets.com
Weston A Price, a pioneer in healthy nutrition – www.westonaprice.org
More resources and information will follow in the next blog post.
3-Day mini intensive
Cerebral Palsy and CranioSacral Therapy
Often what one does in a 3 day intensive is a deep listening to the cellular activity in the body, and in particular the activity of the immune system. Just as soon as you think you find a pattern or a particular formula, someone comes along to teach you a variation on the theme or maybe something altogether different. This time the lesson came from my little (but very wise) 6-year-old professor in Connecticut.
Diagnosed early with Cerebral Palsy (CP) she has significant motor and spasticity issues. ((Extended note: in a very broad way CP involves some loss or deficit of motor control in the body. But the way these ‘symptoms’ display themselves in a patient can vary widely. That’s why a diagnosis can at times be limiting.))
However, on this particular day she taught me something different, which indirectly will affect her motor and spasticity issues. This involves her immune system and deals with early trauma or damage to the brain. Many times we will see a type of low level (or even high level) inflammatory response of the brain. This causes a variety of reactions, including production of ‘pro inflammatory cytokines,’ a toxic bi product of the immune systems efforts to protect it. However, in my little professor’s case, she chose to do something different. It seems a thing shell of dead tissue, much like the outer skin of an orange, had accumulated around the edge of the brain. To some extent, these dead brain cells also diminished the ratio of white to grey matter in the brain.
In my little professor’s brain there was no inflammatory response, however these dead brain cells were getting the immune system involved in a different way.
Much like a ship that slowly dissolves in the sea, this old brain tissue was also slowly dissolving away, inside the existing brain using the immune system’s phagocytes, monocytes and other immune system factors to get the job done. There is nothing wrong with this, but in a way it gave the immune system another job to do, this in a body that has more than enough on its plate, so to speak.
In dialoging with this brain tissue we were directed to accelerate the dissolution of this dead and ineffective tissue. In CranioSacral Therapy (CST) we have an advanced energy technique that can help to break down adhesions and dissolve stubborn tissue more quickly. We did this with the assistance of several other therapists as well. The result? A brain with a lot less ‘clutter’ and ‘dead weight.’ An additional benefit of this treatment is that we will hopefully have an immune system that can better put its resources to use where they are needed.
Since I’ve gone this far into left field, I’ll tell you one more thing. In advanced CST we have a technique to ‘regrow’ tissue. This is based on Dr. Upledger’s research on the immune system. We have a way to ‘ask’ the stem cells in the body (everyone has their own supply-no need to go ‘outside’ for a foreign supply) to go where they are needed to replenish dead or damaged tissues. Stem cells are kind of like blanks in that they can turn into bone cells, muscle cells, brain cells … you name it, all with a simple and polite request.
We did this for our little professor because she told us to and in the end we learned how to clean up un needed tissue, strengthened the immune system, and regrow vital areas of the brain.
Employment and Jobs
In this economy, healthcare is still a strong segment for employment.
There are 2 aspects of a “recession proof” job:
- The more local and applied an application the better-it cannot be “outsourced.”
- The more specialized, the better
In this context, I’d like to discuss CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics as a long-term employment opportunity.
Demographics: There are now over 80 million “baby boomers” about to retire. As one of them, I will tell you no one wants to age or “retire” the way our parents or grandparents did. That translates into a greater emphasis on well-being, preventative health and what I like to call “reversal of the aging process,” which is part of the impetus on creating the CranioSacral Therapy Geriatrics 2 and 4-day classes and programs.
Having said that, there are health issues that need to be addressed..
Over 60 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. (note: officially speaking, this is called primary degenerative dementia or Alzheimer’s as a type of senile dementia). According to CNN, Alzheimer’s could become “the defining disease of the baby boomer generation.” According to President Reagan’s former Alzheimer’s doctor “If this is not dealt with, this will cripple the healthcare system.”
BodyEnergy Company, over the past 5 years, has helped pioneer research into the application of a simple CranioSacral Still Point to individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This simple 5-10 minute application has demonstrated clinical and statistical significance in the management of agitation for these patients.
Furthermore, we believe application of CST on a regular basis may prevent, slow or stop the progression of the disease, or possibly even reverse the effects of this disease.
There are no other known modalities that have shown this potential.
Imagine if Alzheimer’s could be prevented, held in suspension, or even reversed?
Do you think there might be a demand for a product or service that could do this?
Body Energy in conjunction with our associates at the University of Iowa are looking into a larger study (the first pilot study took 4 years to conceive, conduct and publish) to push further in the this new area of alternative research.
Training Opportunity and Specialization
Beginning-level CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics (CSG2) is a 2-day class training laypersons, caregivers and other interested parties in the application of a simple technique to apply to friends, parents and relatives. At the same time, they receive the background to appreciate how and why these techniques work so well. With this information, they can choose to specialize in this form of treatment and/or add this to the Geriatrics treatment modalities they already practice.
National Treatment Network
In addition to all of the above, practitioners who are graduates of this class become eligible to join a national treatment and referral network for the following areas:
- Independent Living
- Specialized in-house assisted living
- As an adjunct to “in-home employment opportunity”
We welcome you to become part of a resource to assist the existing eldercare healthcare network and become part of a growingly compassionate, alternate, and preventative approach to the aging process.