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“Knees are like shock absorbers, taking the strain between the weight of the body above and the ups and downs of the terrain below. Knees are major weight carriers, so if that weight becomes too heavy the knees may show the strain. This weight may not be physical; psycho/emotional weight can be just as heavy.

Water in the knee indicates a holding of emotional energy, particularly a resistance to surrender, or there may be too much emotion to cope with and the weight is being carried in the knees.

An inflamed knee indicates that something or someone is making you feel irritated or angry, and you will not give in.

A dislocated knee shows a resistance to giving way. The knee can no longer take the pressure so it collapses and you are unable to maintain your standing. To dislocate is to lose.

What ground have you lost and what do you need to do to regain it?

How can you reclaim your balance and dignity?”

YOUR BODY SPEAKS  YOUR MIND ~ by Deb Shapiro

Of the many different emails I receive from individuals daily, a good portion of these messages are desperate pleas to metaphysically understand chronic pain/stress of the knees, hips and upper/lower spine. Several of these individuals now face the prospect of rehabilitation, surgery or both, and have admitted they ignored their knee pain until it became almost crippling. Much of the musculoskeletal system resembles familiar things like hinges, balls and sockets, and even levers and pulleys.  But fixing them is more complicated than adding WD40 or exchanging/removing old parts.

From reading Deb Shapiro’s metaphysical understanding of knee pain, we’ve discovered just how complex joints are, with their ability to flex, move and interact with the world. To help propel us forward the knee (for example) is restricted in moving only in one direction, working like a hinge, with a slight rotation. Also, the knee doesn’t have a deep socket, like the hip to hold our bones in place, instead the ends of the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) slide around each other held in place by 12 muscles, tendons and 10 ligaments.

“Syndromes and injuries associated with the knee include bursitis, gout, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis as well as sport-related ligament tears, bone avulsion, ligament, sprain, patellar dislocation, meniscal tears, ruptured tendons, fractures. IT band syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome. Many of these injuries and syndromes can be treated with physical therapy. Knee replacement should only be considered when the knee condition is significantly advanced or severely painful such that no other form of treatment provides relief and the degree of impairment affects the quality of life.” Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties ~ by Beth A. Kaplanek, Brett Levine, William L. Jaffe

Improper shoes are often the culprit in knee pain. A shoe must have sturdy sides to properly support and align the foot, ankle, knee and hip. I’ve known a number of people who resolved serious knee pain and knee dysfunction with a change in footwear or a visit an orthopedic shoe store.

“Many aches and pains in the lower legs, the back and even the shoulders can be traced to issues in the feet. The feet touch the ground, they are our foundation.  If our foundation is weak problems may arise in the rest of the body. If the foundation of a house is out of alignment, the walls will be crooked and might crack.  If the feet are misaligned or if the body is off center, it will be difficult to find a centered pose.” THE NEW RULES OF POSTURE ~ By Mary Bond

Metaphysically, joints carry unresolved pain and trauma from the past; they can be stuffed with angry (crystalized) emotions caused from childhood feelings of rejection and low self-worth.  Early experiences of love may not have been freely given but withheld as a form of punishment…the child felt abandoned/neglected, overly controlled and restricted. He or she may have reacted (and may still be reacting) to this treatment with feelings of anger and frustration and physically acting these feelings out.

“KNEES, like the neck, have to do with flexibility; only they express bending and pride, ego and stubbornness. Often when moving forward, we are fearful of bending and we become inflexible. This stiffens the joints. We want to move forward, but we do not want to change our ways. This is why knees take so long to heal; our ego is involved. The knees take a long time because we get our pride and our self-righteousness involved.

The next time you have a knee problem, ask yourself where you are being self-righteous, where you are refusing to bend. Drop the stubbornness and let go. Life is flow, life is movement; and to be comfortable, we must be flexible and move with it. A willow tree bends and sways and flows with the wind and is always graceful and at ease with life. YOU CAN HEAL  YOUR LIFE ~ by Louise L. Hay

Children who are restricted, exposed to physical violence or violent tempers, feel restless, insecure and become inflexible from the shock; they can overreact (temper-tantrums) strongly to changes/stressful events or they run away—splitting when things become too emotional or intense.

“By misconstruing the musculoskeletal system as exclusively involved with posture and locomotion, we have failed to appreciate its central respiratory, circulatory and metabolic roles. Thus, when a middle-aged man says, “I don’t walk much anymore because my knees hurt,” we regard the statement as meaning…he will have to cut down on his caloric intake to avoid gaining weight. What’s happening, though, is that his systems are beginning to shut down, which impedes and weakens his internal systems and organs. His complaints slowly escalate from “I can’t walk because of my knees,” to “I’ve lost my appetite,” My stomach hurts,” “I can’t sleep at night,” “I feel dizzy,” “I have high blood pressure,” and so on.  These are all effects of motion starvation.” PAIN FREE – A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain ~ by Pete Egoscue with Roger Gittines

The musculoskeletal system executes all our acts of will, expresses our conscious and unconscious habits, breathes air into the lungs, articulates our emotional expressions and implements all thoughts. The musculoskeletal system enables us to achieve external balance, to twist, bend, turn upside down, to be still or active and to accomplish all cleansing and breathing exercises. The nervous system and musculoskeletal form a neuro-musculoskeletal system that unifies all aspects of our actions and activities.

The musculoskeletal system does more than move the body, it also serves as a movable container and protects our internal organs.

“Bones and connective tissue form our skeletons, but we also have an energetic cytoskeleton that runs through our fascia, where the wiring of our secondary nervous system is. This energy field connect back to the heart and its strong electromagnetic field. And every energy meridian you have running along your fascia is connected to a major organ system. When you work with your muscles, fascia, and connective tissue to affect the energy flow along that meridian, you bring energy and health into the corresponding organ system. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), bone health is governed by the kidneys, where chi is stored. The kidneys keep your blood clean and your bone marrow healthy and flowing. When your fascial tissue is well hydrated and you do stretches related to the kidney meridian, it helps keep your bones healthy. “ Christiane Northrup

KIDNEY/BLADDER MERIDIANS

The kidney meridian and the kidneys themselves, represents the water element.  Emotionally the water element relates to self confidence, courage and vitality. The kidneys are also the ‘creator of power’ of your skills and abilities and the repository of knowledge.  This is the yin aspect of wisdom, while the bladder, yang, represents the utilization of resources that are stored in the kidneys to help support your progress through life. A water imbalance can make you feel tired, lack self-confidence, feel fearful, lack energy and vitality. Also, the movement of water is felt inward and experienced low down in the body, affecting the low back, pelvis and legs.

The kidneys are associated with life, depth, flow, power and purification. Water is essentially known as the source of life; it governs the deeper structures, e.g., tissues and bones (including marrow) and the spinal cord. Water has the ability to reach back to our deepest past, its movement and flow allows water to cleanse and flush away and prevent stagnation. When our kidneys are out of balance, the Will takes over and doesn’t know when to stop. So we tend to work and work, and push and push until we’re exhausted and even then we will drive ourselves harder, using up all the reserves of the body.

The kidneys have a direct influence on urination and they also control all fluids in the body.  They also rule the bones, have a direct influence on our growth and development as well as our sexual organs, our fertility, our aging (longevity, premature aging) and with the central nervous system. have a connection with our growth and development; our aging.

The kidney meridian point(s)  K27, are located where the two collarbones meet near the neck area.  K27 is the last point of the kidney meridian, and tapping it allows you to breathe more deeply; it relieves anxiety, exhaustion, a scattered-mind (reverses the flow of energy) and supports the immune system.

Flushing Kidney, Liver and Spleen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJhzKe1trp8

The bladder meridian is known to rule the nervous system. It is connected to all the organs and brings energy to fuel the brain. It is the longest meridian of the body, going from the top of the head, down the back and legs and off the toes.

A bladder imbalance is usually because of overwork or stress – and – this intense feeling of having to meet deadlines are the same tension and urgency to the need to empty the bladder. So getting up during the night is a sense of relief when we can finally let go and allow our whole body to relax … this is exactly the kind of release we have difficulty with when we have a bladder imbalance. If it’s constantly out of balance then fatigue becomes chronic. Also fear is an emotion of the water element which manifest more as tension, anxiety and restlessness.

On a psychological level, the bladder meridian is where we conceal (hide) from ourselves and others, old wounds, fears, jealousy and guilt.   In fact any unwanted baggage that’ we can’t let go of is pushed to our back, affecting our energy levels and exhausting us.

Problems with the bladder meridian can cause headaches, sinus pain, back pain, knee pain, neck pain … unable to complete things, due to lack of energy, being inflexible and fearful.

Bladder meridian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9MALPOoi40

THE LIVER/GALL BLADDER MERIDIAN

The Solar Plexus is a major contributor to our energy, it houses a lot of organs, in particular the stomach, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. Interestingly, the stomach, liver and gallbladder meridians all flow around and by the knee (the quadricep muscles) which are the largest, heaviest and most powerful muscles in the body.

When the stomach, liver or gallbladder aren’t working as they should, they can cause painful knots in the quads and thigh muscles. These will then pull on the knee. It can also affect a muscle called the sartorius which is the longest muscle in the body. The sartorius doesn’t send pain to the knees but it can make the inner knees so hypersensitive to ‘pressure’ that it’s uncomfortable to lie on your side with your knees together.  Tight sartorius muscles can also compress the nerves in the thigh area, also affecting the knees. When the meridians are blocked or not flowing as they should, especially from the solar plexus area, there’s a lot of unexpressed emotions here…hurt pride, anger, fear, loss and rejection and all these start to accumulate and cause intense irritation and frustration.

There are pressure points which you’ll find below, for both the quads and sartorius and other muscles in the thigh and tibia area.

The meridian of the gall-bladder begins at the eyes and since both the gall bladder and liver rules the tendons and elasticity of the muscles .. it enables us to make the connection between our perception and our physical response in order to make decisons and carry them out.  Poor vision and poor muscular coordination may make us clumsy and accident prone. Weak tendons and poorly circulated joints make make us inactive physically and susceptible to injury and arthritis as well.

The liver makes long-term plans, where the gall-bladder makes moment-to-moment decisions.  The decision-making of the gall-bladder needs to involve the ability to take risks as well as the determination to stand by the decisions we’ve made. When the gall bladder is deficient, there is timidity, hesitation and a reluctance to take risks.

The gall bladder can even go off balance when we’re under great stress and anxious about something .. say a job interview or driving test. When this happens and the gall bladder overreacts, our bowels become spastic, we feel weak in the knees with little confidence in ourselves. Weak tendons and poorly circulated joints make make us inactive physically and susceptible to injury and arthritis as well.

The liver deals with family troubles and our ability to think, make decisions and plans without having to explain to others. When we depend on others to make decisions for us, this weakens our self-esteem and our liver/gall bladder.  Many times there are hidden emotional feelings that we’ve conveniently tucked away and believed they were gone.  But they are still there and they’re still affecting you.

The liver is known as the receptor of family guilt and the concerns of our deeper self. Depending on our genes and eating habits the liver will set off specific attitudes and emotional reactions.  It houses all our memories, emotions, pitfalls, death of loved ones, illnesses, etc., It can cause doubt and uncertainty about our life and lean us more to the past then to the future. It affects our self esteem and the ground we stand on.

Acupressure points for knees and meridians

http://www.herbalshop.com/Acupressure/Acupressure_43.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srbiCyv90k8

Quadricep muscle acupressure points http://www.ask.com/youtube?qsrc=1&o=6635&l=sem&q=acupressure+points+quadriceps

Sartorius points..this video is short but shows you the points. This area can make the knee hypersensitive…massaging on this points in a circular fashion will ease up the energy and the meridians too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlHFFqyBOI0

LOW SELF-ESTEEM

At the heart of self-esteem lies core beliefs about yourself, reflections of your identity as well as truths/expressions about yourself. Conclusions you have about yourself are based on your experiences in life and messages you received from others (parents, siblings, relationships) about the kind of person you are.

To the degree we doubt our worthiness, we limit or sabotage our efforts, and undermine our relationships, finances and/or health. If you suffer from low self-esteem, speaking out is difficult and you may have such a strong fear of failure that you likely avoid many challenges and opportunities coming your way.

It’s possible you didn’t have the security and bonding of a normal parent-child relationship. Were you raised by authoritative parents who stressed overachievement and set unrealistic goals?  A child raised by parents like these may feel anxious when he or she fails at some task and will be tempted to put off such tasks in the future.  This may have resulted in feelings of low self-worth, where you constantly drag yourself down by pointing out your flaws, failures and shrugging off compliments by others.

Those with low self-esteem often come across a cold (stuck-up) or distant to others, when in fact, they’re sad. Sad about their self-imposed isolation, sad about their personal goals and desires which lay unfulfilled, and sad about their loss of passion which looks forever lost.

If there is no downward push through the legs and no upward transfer of force into the torso, the spinal muscles and upper body will have to overwork to compensate for the lack of power communicated from the base.

The brain must be externally stimulated if it is to move skeletal muscle.  Lack of stimulus means our bodies have lost the ability to cope with the physical demands of our life.  When we get sluggish and stiff we start to hurt…our knees and feet turn outward, our shoulders become rounded, and/or our hips become misaligned.

“If a person lost would conclude that after all he is not lost, he is not beside himself, but standing in his own shoes, on the very spot where he is, and that for the time being he will live there’ but the places that have known him, they are lost …… how much anxiety and danger would vanish”. Henry David Thoreau

You cannot change who you are.  Developing a strong self-esteem is not a matter of making yourself into something you’re not.  It’s a matter of allowing and accepting yourself as you are, right here and now! The only risk in all this is to get to know yourself more fully and in new and different ways.  When we get to know our ‘true-selves’ we discover there never was anything wrong with us and that ‘we have everything we need, inside us’ to live a creative and fulfilling life.

CASE STUDY ONE

One woman I treated for knee tendonitis/rheumatoid arthritis, moved 7 times in 3 years. Anne (not her real name) a freelance reporter,  put way too many miles on her hips and knees, ignoring the danger signs and ‘playing down the pain’.  When at a movie, she had to know where the EXIT door was at all times. Having to continually make ‘abrupt fresh starts, she wasn’t able to build long-lasting attachments to people, places or experiences—instead she was constantly having to try and make new friends all over again.

All this took a toll on Anne’s physical body (hypertension, panic attacks, digestive problems, headaches) and especially her knees which were crumbling under the pressure.  Anne’s body was warning her, she needed a healing regime to help her slow down and come to terms with and transcend her childhood wounds. She also needed to learn to slowdown, relax and learn to rely more on her intuition.

“It really hurts when I look at my situation” … “I’ve wasted so much time and been so hard on myself” .. “I so want to feel secure and settle down, especially now as I’m approaching 40s…..”  In Anne’s case, the slightest threat or fear of ‘imprisonment’ caused her to look for the fastest escape route.

When we aren’t able to express our feelings or fears, we don’t feel safe or secure.  When we don’t feel safe, we either withdraw or get angry.  This is where I think Anne’s anger came from. Either way, our anxieties grow and our self-expression shrinks because we can only say and behave what is allowed to be seen.

Every person has a unique story and often these stories are heartbreaking. Anne came to the clinic where I was working because she knew her body and her life were totally out of her control. She felt overwhelmed by fears and worries, overwhelmed by anger and guilt—deeply lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem—beaten down by physical and psychological abuse.

“Your body is providing a painful reminder that you are not as flexible as you believe. Remember that your body will warn you of things you are not conscious of. You don’t have to fear losing control by bending to the will of others or accepting knew ideas. Allow yourself the flexibility to see things from another perspective. You have misinterpreted bending to mean “on your knees in submission.” You may have some latent fear of being too flexible related to one of your parents. Address this and realize that you are distinctly different from either of them and, although the apple may not fall far from the tree, your life is your own. It doesn’t hurt, however, to be a little flexible and accept some help once in awhile from those who care. … Allow yourself the flexibility to see things from another perspective .. you have misinterpreted bending to mean “on your knees in submission’….. Misalignment of the knees indicates difficulty standing up straight and in moving in a straightforward direction toward goals or future endeavors.  Your Body is Telling You: Love Yourself! ~ Lise Bourbeau

CASE STUDY TWO

Another client, Tony (not his real name) with serious knee problems (one knee replacement), said .. “I’ve found throughout my life, when trying to assert myself, I was either punished for it or failed miserably with it.

When we experience limitations and restrictions in our lives, these are often created by unresolved emotional patterns and attachments to the past.  Serious knee damage can be caused by intense emotions and brisk impulses that are not spontaneous but have a stiff forced quality to them….most likely caused from doing the opposite of what an individual wants to do. Tony was brought up with ‘everything in life doesn’t come easily’, and that strict control over every area of his life was the only way to succeed in life. Order in his life is serious business. When his knees ‘buckle under pressure’ because something didn’t go as planned, he cruelly snaps at other people, then harshly criticizes himself for being lazy and irresponsible.

Tony’s wounds have to do with issues of self-esteem and self-worth, and his use of power in the world. No doubt he has had his personal power stymied, highjacked, or squashed by others – usually people of significance – such as parents, teachers, older siblings, etc. Tony actually suffered a split between his tightly controlled rational mind and his repressed drives and feelings. He was caught in a conflict between what he’d love to do and what he ought to and must do….Tony constantly found himself being forced into a mould created by his parents when just a child. Because of this, he doesn’t trust his own judgements and has trouble trusting others and following through with his plans. Physically this creates problems with his feet, ankles, legs and knees.  He also suffers from restless leg syndrome.

CASE STUDY THREE

When Carley first contacted me, she had no idea why her rheumatoid arthritis had suddenly flared-up causing her excruciating pain.  To get to the heart of the matter, I scheduled a distant-healing with her, to help both of us understand what was metaphysically going on.

Reiki and other forms of healing, helps us ground our energies by gradually reconnecting with our feelings. Our feelings help us understand our own unique perspective on the world and they reveal ‘unfinished business’. Feelings inform us there’s something we need to attend to..feelings are doors into our inner selves.  Beyond each door lies information about our past which can set us free in the present. However, if we keep these doors shut, we miss out on opportunities to heal ourselves. Not only that, it takes an awful lot of energy to barricade a door, that if opened, could be used to heal the body.

Bones are basically crystallized energy of our life and experiences. They represent the deepest core of our being, the unconscious.  Given their composition of minerals, are related to old memories recorded in this life-time or in previous lives. The many traumas we “agreed” to partake on in this lifetime, constantly forces us to reassess and change direction. Change just doesn’t happen. It has to wind backwards first, before literally screeching to a halt and then going forward.

Relaxing deeply into her physical body, Carley’s memories took us both back to her childhood, when she had been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in her knees and joints at the age of seven. It was during this time, her parents were called to work in a different country, leaving Carley with her elderly grandmother.

It was difficult for Carley to conform to her grandmother’s expectations, who projected a rigid code of conduct that she had to adhere to even if her grandmother did not.  There was also a lack of spontaneity in their relationship or any real demonstrations of affection or love. When I asked Carley to express what she felt living with her grandmother, the first word out of her mouth was ‘Empty’.  “I did things because they were expected of me ..  I felt angry,  I felt controlled .. I resented her for that! But she was old, this made me feel guilty to yell at her … I held all those resentful, hurtful feelings inside”.

“It is within the chest that we express many of our feelings, particularly to do with ourselves; these feelings may include our sense of self-value or self-dislike, our ability to love ourselves (from which we can then love others) and, conversely, feelings of anger or frustration with ourselves. Tension in this area will build a wall of armour, protecting against hurt  or rejection…..it is this area of the body that harbours our innermost feelings which then find expression through our relationships, downwards through the pelvis and legs or upwards through the arms or voice.” The Bodymind Workbook ~ Debbie Shapiro

Six months after her parents left Carly started experiencing severe pain in her lower extremities and spent a good part of her young life in hospital. For two years, Carely’s parents never knew she was ill or in the hospital. Her grandmother never told them!

Children who are prompted to do exactly what is expected of them, without taking their own needs and feelings into account, suffer from intense constrictions throughout the whole body. This constriction severely inhibits the breathing process, causing the metabolic action in their body to almost cease.   When this happens, tissue in the human body becomes condensed (fossilized) because of traumatic experiences. This ‘fossilization’ can be linked to chronic conditions such as gout, arthritis and skin diseases.

I talked with Carley about the chakra system (whirling energy centers) of the body and in particular the base/root or 1st chakra – this chakra has more unconsciousness patterns and beliefs within it than any other center. These become activated when our survival is threatened. The base chakra becomes dysfunctional when we sustain a shock to our system. Whenever we face a threat or unknown danger the base chakra can become paralyzed and frozen. Overtime this can show up as problems with the pelvis, rectum, hips, legs and feet which channel the energy of this chakra. Each step we take defines our right to live our own life and helps recalibrate its vibrations and strengthens our bond between our spirit and the earth.  The 2nd chakra or sacral is about our emotional feelings and our self-image. It represents the historical record if our awareness from the time of our birth to the present. Our feelings don’t represent our awareness of others but they represent our awareness of ourselves in relation to others – the impact of experience with others.

HEALING KNEE AND JOINT PAIN

“When you feel bad and pretend to feel good, your are in denial. This is a form of resistance and it causes internal conflict. A person who is conflicted usually internalizes feelings which results in physical problems or addictions. Any time you are not true to your feelings, your energy level drops. Any time you deny a feeling, you give it more power. Unresolved feelings continue to recycle and resurface until they are resolved.” Joe Nunziata ~ Spiritual Selling

Whenever you become aware of your body and its position, you immediately experience relaxation and a flow of energy because you are listening to it more closely than before.  You will become aware of your presence, your form and your communication with your body and your surroundings.  At first you may be restless and feel as though you are thinking thousands of thoughts…don’t worry…if you subconscious is trying to remind of you of things you need to do, write them down , acknowledging you will take care of them afterwards…this will help to relax you.

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION

Visualization is simply the process of creating pictures in your mind, giving from to your thoughts so you can direct towards a specific goal.  In fact, any time an idea or thought comes to you, you get a mental image as well. Even if you believe you have no imagination at all, subliminal pictures and images are continually rising from your inner mind. Many body/mind healers have made us aware of the mind’s presence in every cell of the body.  Deepak Chopra taught us that each cell has a mind of its own and signals to you when an area of the body is breaking down or in need of repair. This ever-flowing connection between body and mind allows every cell in the body to change according to your thoughts and images.

You need to work at understanding your negative emotions by transforming your views of them. Certain patterns that seem to happen over and over are most likely from your childhood experiences and conditioning. This will be a long and enduring phase of healing for you, but once you learn the tools of overcoming the past, you will be able to regain an accurate sense of self that is not conditioned by others. You first must become familiarized with your inner energy [the psyche]…and to do so you must have courage, self-honesty and the willingness to be accountable …you have to have a really deep look at what is going on inside of you, for that is what creates your difficulties in the outside world.

To heal your past, look especially toward your mother’s influence especially on how you formed your values, attitudes, and beliefs. Review memories that make you overly emotional – and look at any unresolved emotional wounds; note how you often overreact to others’ personal comments, how you tend to imagine ‘what they think / feel’ about you; and explore the fluctuations in how you relate to people. Observe how you evaluate others and experiences through emotions and intuitions; realize how your attitudes, beliefs, and values are connected to emotional biases; see the emotional power shaping your major decisions, and how your reactions are generated by emotions.

The more you work with your imagery, the stronger it will get.

HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS  (look these up and choose the one best for you)

In this day and age, people have invested a lot of money into supplements without taking into account the foods they’re eating.  Using a specific supplement for a specific cause may not be as straightforward as it seems. Picking a product that works, requires an understanding of your own problem and the nature of the supplement. There are many reports (unseen) of people damaging themselves with mega-doses of unwise supplements.

Most nutrients taken excessively can dangerously upset the body’s overall balance and create other deficiencies.   Natural foods are made up of complex organic molecules, therefore, taking supplements with a varied food diet is best. And if you feel the need for supplements, it makes sense to use a form close to those that occur naturally in food. Some supplements can create unpleasant side-effects because they’re not in forms that the body can easily use.

SUPPLEMENT TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

Willow bark is an anti-inflammatory and has been used for joint pain. Willow bark contains salicin which is used in aspirin. But aspirin is much more irritating than willow bark. It can be used as a tea or capsules.

Devil’s Claw is a plant which is used to reduce fever, pain and inflammation. It too can be given as a tea or in capsule form.

Boswellia has been used for Rheumatoid Artitis and has anti-inflammaotry effects. They reduce inflammation but unlike NSAIDs they do not affect prostaglandins which protect the lining of the stomach from acids.

Curcumin (Turmeric) has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It comes in capsule form

Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple plant. Bromelain reduces swelling and is known to be quite effective for rheumatoid arthritis

Ginger root has been known to help with arthritis and other auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, MS and Fibromyalgia

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to strengthen the immune system. Seventy percent or more of our immune system is controlled by what happens in the gut, and friendly bacteria are the most important component of that immune system. These bacteria modulate the immune system by increasing the numbers of certain while blood cells (T lymphocytes). Probiotics also help improve digestion and protect the body from things such as candida albicans.

HEALING FOODS

Many people with severe or mild joint pain may have an allergy to grains.  Also onions and garlic can be factors as these can contribute to digestive problems and immune reaction in ‘some’ people. Sometimes just stopping dairy products and coffee (caffeine) will take the pressure off of the lymphatics and allow them to drain.

1. Calm down inflammation in the body by avoiding Nightshade foods (potatoes, All peppers, eggplant, , gluten

2. Anti-inflammatory supplements such as Omega-3  and Turmeric (curcumin) help to reduce inflammation.

3. Build up the liver function. Milk Thistle and the Yellow Saffron help with this.
4. Drink teas like Slippery Elm and American Yellow Saffron, Devil’s Claw
5. L-Glutamine and/or Glucosamine build the intestinal wall. Most people with inflamed joints have what is called a ‘leaky gut’.
6. A diet that is 80% alkaline (Yin) is helpful, most fruits and vegetables are alkaline.
7. Avoid sugar
8. Drink lots of water
9. Take anti-oxidants.

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Links

Here’s a great chart on acidic (Yang) and alkaline foods (Yin) Yin-Yang-Food Chart

Reversing Chronic Inflammation

20 Emotional Issues Directed At Knee Pain

Knee Pain the Importance of Flexibility

Crystals for Joint Inflammation

Gut Problems can Trigger Pain

Mind Body Medicine and Joint Pain

Chinese foot reflexology – knees http://www.chinesefootreflexology.com/knees/

Emotional issues linked to knee pain https://www.healing-affirmations.com/20-emotional-issues-directly-linked-to-knee-pain/

Kidney Meridian http://www.natural-health-zone.com/kidney-meridian.html

Liver and Gall bladder Meridians http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/wood.html 

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Weakness at the front of the shoulders can cause tight or tense muscles in the back.

Weakness at the front of the shoulders can cause tight or tense muscles in the back.

The Scapular muscle diagram is compliments of http://www.ehealthstar.com/anatomy/shoulder-blade-scapula

Metaphysical cause of Shoulder Pain

Pain or tightness in the shoulder area often reflects a person’s overall emotional and physical state. A stressful lifestyle, emotional strain, physical injuries, and fatigue can contribute to constriction and pain in the shoulders. When we experience people’s actions and behaviors toward us as aggressive or controlling, it makes us feel powerless, angry, resentful or out of control. If negative emotions are not released, they can become toxic to the entire system, leading to all sorts of complications.

“Stiffness in the area of the shoulder blades usually reveals you are going in the wrong direction in life, or you are doing something in life that isn’t serving your highest purpose. This is actually a positive and predictive pain, showing that you either need to make an adjustment in your life direction or that an important change is about to come into your life and you will have to adjust to align yourself to this new change or direction. This may involve letting go of some old ways of thinking and behaving and adapting to newer, higher ways of thinking and behaving. The change will take place when you become aligned, at which point the energy between the spleen and small intestine meridians will flow freely, removing the blockage between the two. It is the blockage of energy between the two meridians, found in the area of the shoulder blades, that causes the feeling of resistance and lack of mobility.” Emotion and Healing in the Energy Body ~ Robert Henderson

Shoulder pain is quite a complex multifaceted pain as there are six meridians moving through this area. The six *meridians are: the lung, large intestine, pericardium, triple heater, small intestine, and heart meridian. These six different types contain a mixture of emotional, mental, and behavioural energies, which manifest as different types of physical pain. These energies cause rigidness, and a sense of heaviness and stagnation in the muscles surrounding the lines of these meridians. This stagnated energy is like a wall protecting hurtful feelings, but can also force us into isolation and separation. Separation from life causes depression, anger, and the inability to forgive a painful past—this could cause hardness and tightness in the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles.

(*The meridians are pathways or networks in which the Chi and blood of the human body are circulated, nourishing skin, muscles, tendons and bones. The meridians pertain to the internal organs of the body, forming a lattice network and linking the tissues and organs into a whole. Externally the twelve meridians connect with the skin, joints, limbs and other superficial tissues of the body. Normal functioning of the various organs ensures a form of balance can be maintained.)

When we feel run down from the way we’re living, we often underestimate our ability to cope with so many responsibilities; we overburden ourselves.  This results in feeling anxious, stress and tired, taking a toll on our upper back and shoulders. Shoulder pain can also be caused by being too set in our ways, rebelling against change and resisting new possibilities and perspectives.  When we resist, we tense our upper body as a means of trying to maintain control. Wanting to control things, people, and events, often results in chronic tension of the hands, arms, and shoulders. Also, negative self-talk and berating oneself causes tightness in the body, especially the shoulders, trapezius, sides of the neck, below the rib cage and the solar plexus.

Stiffness in the shoulders can also mean we are unable to see our options clearly, we are frustrated by our personal limitations and tormented by either indecision or of making the wrong decision.  This creates a tremendous feeling of stiffness and pressure and the desire to escape from deciding.

Pain at the bottom edge of the scapula is caused by taking on, but not releasing the woes of others. In relationships it is the pain of giving yourself to someone who doesn’t love or care about you. It can symbolize emotional sadness from living a life that shouldn’t have turned out the way it did. You cringe at problems and love to complain how others are making your life difficult but rarely take personal responsibility or do anything to change it. On a spiritual level, There is a tendency to ignore the callings of your own spirit due to a lack of trust.

With frozen shoulder, you may literally feel frozen and trapped in your current circumstances. This can make you feel helpless and disempowered especially with authority figures.

“It is time to establish your limitations and personal needs and take on your shoulders only what corresponds to what you want for yourself. Take care of yourself as if you were someone you cared about. Understand that you alone put pressure on yourself; others will respect your needs when you learn to respect them yourself. Allow yourself to be flexible, embrace anyone or anything you want, and let go of your belief to the heart. The consequences will be harsh.” YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU: LOVE YOURSELF ~ Lise Bourbeau

UPPER ARM PAIN

Your upper arm is composed of the humerus, a thick bone surrounded by dense layers of muscle that enable you to life heavy objects.  Your forearm is composed of the radius and ulna. The hands and arms are pathways for many nerves and meridian channels.

“In general, the upper arms, along with the elbows, forearms, wrists, and hands, are energetic extensions of the heart. Their condition is mirrored in the condition of the heart. If the heart is weak or closed, they will be weak or closed to. Similarly, the condition of the energy in the arms, reflects back to the heart. Thus if there are blocks in energy in the arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, and hands the heart becomes blocked too. For the heart to be free, the upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, and hands need to be free. Pain in the upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, and hands reveal a blockage in the energy flowing from the heart. This is the root of all arm pain. Arm pain indicates your heart is in pain.” Emotion and Healing in the Energy Body ~ Robert Henderson

Shoulder Meridians

SI = Small Intestine; St = Stomach; LI = Liver; GB = Gall Bladder; TH = Triple Warmer

Four meridians run through the arms and are attributed to the heart (heart, small intestine, triple heater and pericardium meridian) This is why the arms, in general, are intimately connected to our emotions and actively express our inner feelings.

Our upper arms are used to express strength, power and confidence. Powerful upper arms express strength and power; they help us to defend and block; and to protect our heart and our inner organs from being hurt.

Sometimes it is necessary to exert ourselves with assertion and aggression but many people are afraid of asserting themselves because to do so allows powerful feelings to surge through them. Thus, out of fear, many of us withdraw from letting this energy flow forward, repressing our powerful feelings. We have dissociated ourselves from ourselves and from actively reaching out and grasping hold of life. The problem with this is it causes anger at others for not seeing our needs and anger at ourselves for our inability to assert our desires.

Long-held resentments, anger, bitterness, fear, guilt, etc., all play a role in debilitating our energy in the upper arms. Instead of letting our heart energy flow forward, we withdraw and hold it back. Also, some men and women overdevelop these muscles, which metaphysically can symbolize, resistance of expressing their heartfelt energy.

Upper arm pain, metaphysically, means our personal power, and self-esteem is somehow being restricted.  These issues could involve feelings of inadequacy, lack of ‘emotional intimacy’, and difficulty expressing/releasing emotions. People with painful upper arms could suffer from passive-aggressive tendencies, indicating that whatever they try to suppress and control due to fear, shame, guilt, etc., will eventually find their way to the surface.

THORACIC/SHOULDER AREA

The 12 vertebrae of the thoracic spine curve outward, strategically placed between the two inward curves of the neck and back. Together, the upper and lower ends of the thoracic spine are subject to stress as is the center of this curving area. The thoracic spine is an intrinsic part of the rib ‘cage’ aptly named as the housing for the lungs and heart, both as protection and for deep breathing in and out.

Just above the thoracic spine is the cervical vertebrae C6 and C7.  Metaphysically these also apply to a stiff neck, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder and elbow issues….

“C6 – Feeling overwhelmed by worries, anxieties and stresses. Rather than dealing with your own issues, meddling in other people’s lives to fix their problems and take attention away from yours. Resisting life, feeling stuck, afraid to let go of old fears and change…

C7 – Feeling tired, uninspired, drained, emotionally wound up, mentally unclear. Immobilized by negativity, lack and fear of the future. Feeling numb and disconnected from your own truth and sense of power. On the physical level: thyroid problems, colds, shoulder pain…” The Secret Language of Your Body ~Inna Segal

Many occupations are known to create and reinforce shoulder tensions. Typing, working at a desk, or working at a machine or computer can cause shoulder tension. When you slump your breathing gets shallow and tensions develop. The shoulders are the repository for much of our tension and stress. Eventually the tension becomes chronic, contributing to fatigue, and this also affects other parts of the body. Chronic shoulder tension can inhibit the circulation to the arms and legs, causing cold hands and feet.

The thoracic spine is an integral part of shoulder function. This is the part of the back that stresses from spinal posture and movement and neurological tension felt in the heart and lungs. Long periods of working bent over and poor posture add even more to the problem. Besides severe shoulder and rib strains the thoracic spine tends towards rigidity, with a loss of flexibility and the development of excess forward or sideways curves (scoliosis) The upper back is a frequent area for muscular spasm and nagging pain; it often radiates to front of the body mimicking heart or lung conditions.  Ribs are attached, via cartilage to the breastbone, these attachments are subject to stiffness, soreness or inflammation (costochondritis).

“Upper back: This area is behind the heart, so expresses the back side of the heart energy: anger, resentment, resistance, to loving expression, fear or rejection of love. This can be seen in the dowager’s hump an accumulated mass of tissue that can be formed by repressed and frustrated mind states. This part of the back is also a part of the shoulders, so the energy expressed here is connected to our confusion and inability to be doing what we really want to. This is the first stage after conception, so here lies our uncertain purpose, our thwarted ambition, our unfulfilled longing to do or be something different. Pain here is to do with the load we are carrying but not acknowledging openly, the hidden load of repressed and negative feelings. Acne in this area is repressed anger or irritation trying to find release. Often this is because we have become separated from who we really are and what our deeper feelings are. Here also we will experience resentment towards someone who is a ‘pain in the back’; or we will want to turn our back on someone, thereby turning our heart away from them.” The Bodymind Workbook ~ Debbie Shapiro

The shoulders are quite resourceful in willingly moving and overcoming obstacles, even in the face of adversity. Their appearance appears ‘broad enough’ to carry the whole body confidently; it’s just when things become too overwhelming, from too many responsibilities that the shoulders hunch in defiance and start to complain. When the shoulders become defiant, the thoracic muscles contract from shouldering too much. The upper back is where memories of hurt feelings, along with those of fear, guilt, shame and emotional confusion are stored; it’s also where lost desires are deeply buried.

The more we keep our feelings and struggles to ourselves, the more tense and rigid the shoulders will become. How many of you with shoulder pain are doing what you really want to do in your lives? Are you really free to express yourself; are you coming from a space of loving and caring? Are you with someone who you’d love to hug with all your might? Do you really want to participate in life, or is fear holding you back and causing you to procrastinate? Are you afraid to be yourself, to act freely, to do what you want? Do you pull back, withdrawing or holding back personal ideas as a way of avoiding a confrontation? Are you worried about what others may think?  All this mental tension and/or guilt and fear cause inflammation to your shoulders. The muscles then change, twist and turn to accommodate these misshapen emotions. With hunched shoulders, you may feel overburdened by the weight of life’s problems, or from the guilt from past actions. Or do your shoulders immediately become rigid with fear and anxiety; made worse by uncertainty and insecurity.

Shoulders held back, pushing the chest out front tend to stiffen from determined stance. So does leaning forward, frantically trying to get a point across and even sticking ones’ neck out in another’s face. You have to stop belittling yourself and trying to control your world.  The more you do this, the more your thinking will become distorted and jumbled .. when this happens you’ll have trouble making decisions or taking action.

“From the spine across the shoulders and down to the hands is our doing centre: how we feel about what we are doing, about what is being done to us, about our capability to handle our lives. This area also represents our desire to express ourselves: through the use of our hands we can express our innermost artistic and creative energies; through our arms and hands we can share our love and giving energy from the heart; through caressing, touching and holding we can reach out, pull in or push away.

The shoulders express this on the inner levels – specifically our deeply personal feelings about what we are doing, or what is being done to us. How many of us are really doing what we want to done? And how often are we in real conflict about what we should be doing. It is here that we carry our burdens, begrudgingly doing something even if we don’t really want to, or holding on to guilt and negative emotions from the past to do something we have already done.  A ‘cold shoulder’ can be an emotional cold we are experiencing within ourselves towards someone or something, or it may be a cold shoulder being directed towards us from someone else.

The arms move this doing energy outwards, from our inner feelings and desires to their expression in the world. The elbows give flexibility and grace to this flow of energy, adding the necessary effort to ensure manifestation. The wrists move it out further. A conflict in the wrist can indicate there is something we should be or want to be doing but are not; for some reason, we are holding back from that final expression” Deb Shapiro ~The BodyMind Workbook

Pain specifically indicates the pain of not opening your heart.  We accumulate everything that has happened to us or things we have done that have prevented or blocked our hearts from opening.  For example, blaming others-usually our parents-for our own condition in life. By blaming our parents, we are not forgiving them. By not forgiving them, we are not loving them. Which means we don’t love us, which prevents our hearts from opening.

Upper arm pain is often complex, multilayered intense pain, as the energy that is causing the discomfort runs through six meridians in the upper arm. The lung, large intestine, pericardium, triple heater, small in test time, and heart meridians. The types of subtle mental energy running through these meridians can be a mixture of the emotional, mental, and behavioural energies, and could manifest as different types of physical pain emotional energies running through these meridians are usually whole energies, such as loneliness, sadness about life, or the experience of having to live in a loveless marriage. These energies cause contraction, coldness, and heaviness in the muscles surrounding the running of these meridians. Other emotional energies such as hatred for life or anger and apparent or spouse who has never loved you, cause hardness and tightness in the muscles. When the pain of life hurts you to the core of your very being, the accumulated energies can work themselves into these humorous bone itself can be quite intense. Mental and behavioural energies running through the six meridians that blocked the heart from opening the energies of on forgiving this, the need to inflict pain on someone who has hurts you, the need to build a wall of protection around yourself against an unloving parent or spouse, or blaming others for your own circumstances. These energies cause hardness and tightness in the muscles surrounding the running of these meridians. One specific behavioural energy, the one you use it in the holding on to your painful past, causes compression, pain, and weakness in the triceps, to which runs the large in test time Meridian, the energetic function of which is to let go of the past. Impression in the triceps causes the arm to weaken when you try to raise it above your head.

Opening the heart, whether through Reiki (and other forms of healing), yoga, myofascial release, therapeutic massage, etc., will help the meridians in the upper arm to open. If you felt unloved as child and struggle with love now, opening the meridians may cause intense pain at first but will then trigger a release of pain from other areas of the body. Where you’ll notice most of your pain is attached to might be: the deltoid muscles, the rotator cuff, the bottom of the scapula, between the shoulder blades, fronts of the fourth chakra, the back of the fourth chakra. If you are at stage of beginning spiritual counselling, massage or yoga practice you may find that you are not only releasing hurtful energies from your own past but also from the past of your parents.

Meridians and Heart Center

Emotionally, the heart will only open after the lung, large intestine, pericardium, triple heater, small intestine, and heart meridians have opened energetically. This process takes time, patience, understanding, and forgiveness. When the heart meridian opens, it releases an enormous amount of heat and warmth running along the inside of the upper and lower arm, through the wrist, and out through the centre of the hand. It is a wonderful energy.

DIAPHRAGM BREATHING

When we’re stressed, our muscles contract causing the blood in our system to stop flowing properly, disconnecting our upper and lower energies of the body. The muscle responsible for connecting our upper and lower chakras is a large dome shaped muscle called the diaphragm, which is directly under the lungs. When we take a deep breath, the diaphragm stretches out to allow air into the lungs. As you exhale, the diaphragm curves inwards and upwards to help force all the unwanted air out of the lungs. The diaphragm is one of the most under-used muscles of the body, reason being, most of us breathe from the upper part of the chest, instead of letting the diaphragm do its work.

Many of us when stressed become chest breathers.  What happens when we do this, we tighten our abdominal muscles creating a mild form of hyperventilation (discharging too much carbon dioxide from the blood).  This causes the heart to work harder.

Many of the restrictions in your breath come from muscles tightened in a holding pattern.  Our old tensions and pains cause us to move our muscles less.  They become taut when we feel disappointed or disillusioned or betrayed, deflated or defeated. Diaphragmatic breathing eases the process of letting go, of releasing unnecessary emotional attachments so life can flow more easily.

If you can do 15 minutes of conscious breathing each day, in just a few weeks your breathing will shift permanently into your lower abdomen.  The deeper you breathe into the center of your body, the more you’re whole body will participate in the process, restoring balance to your whole system.   You’ll feel calm and energized as this new energy breaks up old habits and patterns and flows freely, through your body.

SHOULDER ROLLS

  • stand with your feet slightly apart and your arms at your sides.
  • breathe in and draw both shoulders back and upward toward your ears as high as you can without forcing or straining.
  • as you exhale, roll your shoulders down and forward to the starting position.
  • as you do this gentle movement slowly and smoothly, relax your shoulders, feeling the tension being released from the muscles.
  • repeat up to 10 times, 3 – 5 times a day (from the excellent book HEALING BACK PAIN NATURALLY by Art Brownstein M.D.)

SHOULDER SHRUG AND DROP

 

 

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“Healing is primarily a spiritual process proceeding from within outward, from the spiritual center to the circumference of the physical body.”Eric Butterworth

Life is so fast paced, we hardly notice feeling run down and stressed—we think of it as a normal state until the effects catch up to us in the form of a break down, illness or physical pain. Usually this cycle begins with an upset, which then leads to stress. Stress is usually caused by change, a change we don’t want or feel we can’t handle—this causes emotional discomfort, which causes spiritual pain and then dis-ease.

We go to the doctor, purchase expensive medicines only to find they create more havoc in our lives. What doctors don’t know is how some drugs (e.g. for depression), affects the brain. Science is re-discovering what our great grandmothers knew years ago…..that our state of mind affects our health. Depression plays a role in many different illnesses and it is also known to diminish the immune response. It really is time doctors paid closer attention to the feelings and perceptions of their patients as well as how they consider their health, their disease and the status of their illness.

Also, scientists have discovered nerve fibers seem to influence the immune system. If you were to dissect the spleen for example, you would find something surrounding the blood vessels. If you were to study this closer and look at all the other organs of the immune system you’d discover nerve fibers going into each one and forming a direct connection with the immune system cells! Do the nerves control some aspect of the immune response? Yes they do!

Chakras and Meridians

For each illness, we’ll be covering the chakras and then the meridians which are affected. This entry isn’t as yet complete. I’ll be updating it daily until completed.

Our body is composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves arteries, organs, glands, etc.; it is also enveloped by an energy field that surrounds and protects us from bacteria and germs as well as from pollutants in the environment. This subtle energy is a template or mirror of the physical system which is composed of energy centers emanating from the spine, and surrounding the physical body. Anything that affects the body must pass through this protective shield first—which enters through our awareness via our intuition, thoughts and emotions. The energy bodies have energy centers or chakras or ‘wheels of light’ which look like spinning discs that allow Chi, Prana, the Lifeforce to circulate through the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Each chakra also has its own tone and color. These centers then feed twelve channels which flow like rivers or streams, carrying Prana energy throughout the physical body, to nourish and assist it in balancing the body’s systems and functions.

In Chinese medicine, the body is made up of circuits of energy called Meridians. Twelve channels are directly connected with the body’s internal organs, while two channels deal with important circulatory functions. When energy becomes imbalanced or stagnated, our vitality drops and discomfort and sickness may occur. These meridians just happen to run close to the nerves and arteries of the body—in fact it interpenetrates our physical system. This proves that the aura (electromagnetic field) of the body does exist and can also reflect health and illness. Bright colors are indicative of a healthy body whereas muddy colors can indicate an illness or an impending health problem. The invention of Kirlian photography allowed scientists to see the aura was not just one’s vivid imagination—it really does exist! The aura is an outward expression and reflection of what’s happening energetically and physically in the body—through the chakras, meridians and etheric system.

A friend of mine who is an acupuncturist told me there are 365 known acupoints along the meridian channels. One of Sue’s in-class assignments was to paint iodine dots to recognize these points on another student’s body—and likewise the other student did the same to her. I had visions of a class of naked bodies and told Sue what I imagined. She laughed and said they all wore bathing suits under their clothes that day—bathing suits that could stained by the iodine. We burst into laughter at the thought of this spectacle! After recovering from our hearty laugh, Sue mentioned that energy tends to stagnate along these specific points…..when this happens these acupoints become sensitive to pressure. Most healers, whatever profession, have gifted hands that act like a magnet, attracted to areas a patient didn’t even know were sore.

The body is laced an incredible electrical system that interpenetrates the body, the immune system and lymph glands and nodes as well as our Spirit.

“The lymph glands are a part of our immune system as they help purify the blood, keeping it healthy and strong. They also “clean up” garbage in the body (such as dead cells in the blood) for removal. Their relationship to the blood implies that the lymph glands are intimately connected to keeping us in an even emotional state, constantly purfiying our emotions. Swollen glands or blocked lymph nodes can therefore imply an emotional blocking or a denial of emotions, leaving us unprotected and vulnerable to invading poisons, or to the effect of poisonous feelings.” (Debbie Shapiro The BodyMind Workbook).

Chakras are not solid objects. You cannot physically see or hold them in your hands—but, you can ‘feel’ them and each of us feels them slightly different—kind of like an electrical current felt humming through a set of wires. Some people have been known to ‘see’ the chakras and aura of the body.

In CFS and FM, I found and others agree that the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th chakras are affected. The 1st, chakra is the structure that builds your house or physical body. This is the base or center that supports all the other six chakras. The 1st chakra is connected to one’s identity, your ancestors, your family, the earth, to physical survival, grounding, in the Now, etc.. I believe the immune system is also part of this chakra as well as muscle, bones and the circulatory system. It can be compromised by stress, depression, grief and loneliness—there’s a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. When there is a low sense of Self, we’re looking at the 3rd chakra and repressed feelings the 2nd. These unexpressed emotions and feelings become 5th chakra issues which eventually upset our body chemistry.

The Chakra Test

Did any of you do the Chakra Test posted earlier? http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/chakratest.php

My friend Jenny was kind of enough to comment her findings. I did the Chakra test as well. Our tests were very similar, so I thought I’d post Jenny’s and look at them in relation to the chakras. .

Root: under-active (13%)Sacral: open (63%)Navel: over-active (75%)Heart: open (50%)Throat: over-active (75%)Third Eye: open (56%)Crown: open (44%)

The areas where Jenny and I slightly differed were the Navel and Crown. My Navel (3rd Chakra) was open (25%) and the Crown (62%).

The three lower chakras, 1, 2, 3, govern self-consciousness, survival and will, the 4th or heart chakra is the bridge that connects our physical and spiritual awareness—chakras 5, 6, 7.

In relation to CFS and FM, the Root or 1st chakra is under-active or disconnected from its Base. This chakra is the foundation for the entire chakra system—it acts much like an anchor plunged deep within the earth. Damage to this chakra can be caused by hurtful memories, trauma, loss or pain which becomes imprinted or stored in the bones, joints and immune system. Uprootedness can also be caused by losing someone dear to us or if we are alienated from the family.

The main job of the base chakra is to help a person cope with his or her environment. This takes the form of survival, fight or flight, or mastery over one’s physical condition in life. The color of this chakra is Red, Brown and Mauve. Of all the chakra colors it’s vibration is the lowest, while the crown or 7th chakra vibrates the highest.

Did you know most intuitive people tend to get Fibromyalgia or pains in the back and neck? Psychics can see events that could happen in a person’s life. If these events are detrimental to the client, they will with great intensity try to change a person’s course in life, based on what their intuition is telling them. The sheer pressure of the Will’s force can create a pain in the neck. The neck is 5th chakra issues and is about saying the right thing at the right time and to the right person.

For example, an intuitive tarot reader is called upon when we need them to focus on dispelling illusions, or looking at a situation in its skeletal form. To make things clear and understandable, this person has to use a lot of their own energy to separate, distinguish and express the meaning of the cards. If the tarot reader tries to rescue, change and convince someone’s fate, the effort required to try and get through to them will drain precious energy in the intuitive’s neck. It’s like you see the person’s potential but they don’t! We end up hitting our heads against a brick wall which can cause neck problems, headaches, ear problems (tinnitus, vertigo, dizzyness), etc. So when we try to force our will and way on someone else, (I’m right, you’re wrong) we suffer neck problems.

The back has been known to be a guidance system when something isn’t right in our lives. Also, the upper chakras may be more predominant than the lower, which leaves less support for and care towards physical needs.

“Without awareness of bodily feeling and attitude, a person becomes split into a disembodied spirit and a disenchanted body.” Alexander Lowen

This is something I have struggled with for a long time. It became common practice to direct my energy away from the onslaught of my family. It was my way of escaping when physically I couldn’t get away. Now I no longer fear persecution, but I still find myself escaping at times when I should be listening. And I’ve had to ask people to repeat what they were saying, because I was in another world when they were speaking.

This takes us to the 7th chakra, and as indicated mine is open around 62%. This is almost at an over-active state. When the 1st chakra and 7th chakra act as a pair and in a somewhat balanced way, we find ourselves searching for a deeper meaning to life. We turn towards spiritual philosophies to widen our understanding so we can explore and verify our perceptions with greater care.

With my 7th so open, I’m more in my head then in my body, ignoring or denying the signals my body struggles to point out. To give you a visual, imagine a helium filled balloon for someone’s head—there is definitely a lack of earth and an overpowering desire to just float away. This denial can over-burden and strain the whole system which eventually succumbs to pain and complete exhaustion. We lose vital energy and power. It also can affect the skeletal system and the teeth.

The body doesn’t get sick without reason. When we choose to ignore it or something stressful going on in our lives, the body will produce symptoms. What we need to do is understand the weak areas of our body and the symbolic message it’s trying to send us. Also, the medicines, herbs and natural products you’re taking right now, are they good for your body?

Kinesiology is a technique in muscle testing. Applied kinesiology shows us there is a direct relationship between certain organs and muscles in the body. For instance the hamstring muscle is connected to the large intestine and the quadriceps muscle to the small intestine. So when we have an intestinal flue, we experience weakness in the legs.

To do try this test, grab something that you know is detrimental to the body. This test requires two people. Hold the tomato with one hand in front of your stomach area or solar plexus (3rd chakra) and extend your other arm straight out in front of your body, palm down. The other person also stands by your side and holds his or her arm out in front of their body. They then place their wrist above yours and applies pressure down as you apply pressure up. There should be a balanced pressure. If what is being held to your stomach is not good for your health, your arm will be weak and will not be able to maintain the outstretched position.

Now try something that you think is good for your health and do the same test. If this product is beneficial for you, your arm will maintain strong and you’ll easily resist the pressure of the other person.

I found a couple of interesting sites on Kinesiology http://www.advancedliving.com/muscletest.ivnu

Energy testing yourself http://feelingfree.net/awareness/selftest.htm

I’m also learning to stop what I’m doing for a moment and do a quick body check. Asking the body how it feels, allows us to listen in on the emotions and feelings at the moment. As we learned earlier, we become ‘aware’ of our bodily sensations. This leads us to the 2nd chakra and the Element Water. Water gives us a sense of movement. This chakra relates to emotions, intimacy, movement, creative energy, money, sexuality and power.

The Earth’s constant motion moves in conjunction with the four seasons, day and night, time and tide. Earth is but a small dot in the universe yet, an integral part of an incredible planetary system in which predictable cycles are a common denominator. But it is the emotional cycles of human life – how people feel – that changes trends with the masses, creates wars, laws, creativity, economic and ecological shifts, and evolution itself.

Feelings are constantly being triggered inside us but we are not always aware of them. At some point we become weighed down by all the unaddressed and unexpressed emotions—we become depressed or unhappy without actually knowing why. Movement of the water stagnates—our bodies fill up with toxins affecting our muscles, moods and clouding our minds. We may have a tendency to hold water, or experience problems in relation to elimination. Our 3rd chakra, loses enthusiasm, our adrenalines burned out.

When we fear losing control with our finances, relationships, jobs, sexuality, the 2nd chakra becomes disempowered. Not only does our creativity become stifled and we suffer from mood swings—we feel stuck, powerless, seeing no way out of a situation.

When I started this section of my blog, I was very serious in accomplishing this at a certain date and time. What happened was I got myself into a tizzy about getting it done. And the more I stressed about it, the more it bogged me down and slowed my progress. What happened was my FM hit with a vengeance. This increased my sense of powerlessness and loss of creativity. This also crumbles a sense of Self Worth (3rd chakra). The Fibromyalgia forced me to let go, to stop feeling the urge to hang on so tightly. For three days I was in excruciating pain. But in the process a new energy entered my life—new input of how to create this section which became of great value to me. I saw I was trying to create and do it ‘my way’—which stopped me in my tracks. FM not only slowed down my mobility but also helped me tune into spiritual guidance and what others could also offer me.

The 2nd chakra is also about being with others who are willing to invest time, knowledge and energy together. When this happens our lives burst wide open. My FM subsided albeit slowly—but the gift it gave me was allowing Spirit and others in, accepting what they had to offer.

Parts of the body controlled by the 2nd chakra are the sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, appendix, bladder and hip area.

The base chakra gives us stability, the 2nd or sacral chakra gives us movement. Without water, the earth would be infertile. Picture a beautiful waterfall flowing majestically down a mountain. Look closely at the rock formation and see how the water has gently carved, molded and smoothed the face of the stone. Together earth and water create a potent connection. This helps us to see that the sacral chakra also has to do with our bodily fluids, blood circulation, hydration and elimination. It is also linked to the lympathic system which takes us to the 5th or throat chakra. The chakra of Willpower and Self Expression. The thyroid and parathyroid sit here.

Quoted from…. http://www.parathyroid.com/parathyroid-function.htm

“The sole purpose of the parathyroid glands is to control calcium within the blood in a very tight range between 8.8 and 10.2. In doing so, parathyroids also control how much calcium is in the bones, and therefore, how strong and dense the bones are. Although the parathyroid glands are located next to (and sometimes inside) the thyroid gland, they have no related function. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolism and has no effect on calcium levels while parathyroid glands regulate calcium levels and have no effect on metabolism. Calcium is the element that allows the normal conduction of electrical currents along nerves–its how our nervous system works and how one nerve ‘talks’ to the next. Our entire brain works by fluxes of calcium into and out of the nerve cells. Calcium is also the primary element which causes muscles to contract.”

The parathyroid function is to release a hormone into the blood which balances the level of calcuim released from the bones into the blood stream! So why does parathyroidism occur more in women who are no longer in their child bearing years or in the throws of menopause? When this particular area is not functioning well, calcium may begin building in the blood. Not only does it adhere to the blood vessels and main arteries of the body, it can cause mental confusion as well.

AND, researchers are looking at this as well as inflammation and an overactive immune system in the study of Alzheimer’s disease. An over active immune system can cause inflammation in our central nervous system and the destruction of neurons which trasmit and receive signals in the brain.

This lack of balance is connected to the 5th Chakra, which in my assumption could be the cause of osteoporosis as well. This afflicts both men and women. All different ranges of blues, from light to dark affect the throat chakra. A healing stone recommended for the throat chakra is a deep lapis lazuli blue. This chakra is connected not only to listening but through speaking as well as being Heard.

The first three chakras, red, orange and yellow, are warm active colors. We are attracted to them because they seem to move toward us. Where blue, indigo and violet are cool expanding colors. In stead of moving towards, they move away from us. And interestingly enough red, orange and yellow when ‘hot’ have a tendency to irritate green, blue, indigo and violet. But that’s not all, to reduce the intensity of a color, we add its complimentary. The complimentary color for Red is Green. Orange’s complimentary is Blue, Yellow’s complimentary is Violet! If these colors irritate each other how do we get them to work together? Hmmm…

Hot could be considered negative emotions such as hatred, anger or fear. If we could see it in action, we’d see the hot colors, red, yellow and orange wrapping themselves around us and strangling our movment.

I also think these energies are more at odds with each other when we tend to rebel or feel being pushed into a mould that doesn’t fit us. Instead of conforming to the dictates of my parents and their standards of living, I rebelled. Instead of finding a common ground, we fought tooth and nail constantly! Until I gave up that is. No matter how hard I tried, I didn’t have a voice in my household. What I felt or thought had no meaning…..at least that’s what I thought.

The third chakra is known as the emotional body, the area through which emotions located in the aura, such as fear and anger, enter the body. When we have so many fears within us, we cannot hear our own inner guidance talking to us, wanting to guide us and show us the way.

The Solar Plexus (3rd chakra) reacts to our social life. It reacts on a physical level to a situation we are going through at home, at work, social gatherings etc. I truly believe this chakra could have a book of its own, it’s so complex. Most illnesses begin with the emotional body which indicates the third chakra is affected. Its color is Yellow.

Yellow corresponds to warmth, sunlight, happiness and joy. Yellow people are very intuitive, lovable and generous. Many yellow personalities are often found with their heads in the clouds. On the negative side this color creates nervousness and self-consciousness.

“The positive aspect of Yellow is expansion; the negative aspect is regression.”
Dr. Bruce Copen

Depression can be caused by a lose of self respect. The third chakra IS about the Self–its about caring for oneself and for others–its about self-esteem and fear of rejection. When we are overly sensitive to criticism, illness can manifest in the abdomen, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen and middle spine. Phew! That’s quite a list!

Traditionally, the spleen and kidneys have been attributed to the 3rd chakra. Yet the kidneys in Chinese medicine are akin to the Element Water, (2nd chakra?) and the Spleen is attributed to the Element Earth (1st chakra?). The Spleen is also part of the immune system (1st chakra) which filters wastes from the blood as well as foreign substances and infuses the blood with new immune cells. In the Webster dictionary, the word spleen is described as anger, resentment, ill humor and malice, to name a few. It is said to be the seat of anger, agitation and melancholy in the body. The spleen distributes energy in the body and can be affected adversely by feelings of bitterness, critical thoughts and ‘fixed’ regrets.

In traditional Chinese medicine as well as Reiki, the cause of illness is considered to be an imbalance between the interactions of Yin and Yang. How we go about our day to day activities are the foundation (1st chakra) of our health. When I went to visit a friend who is proficient in acupuncture and shiatsu, Sue explained which meridians in regard to CFS and FM seemed congested and stifled with negative energy. She told me in most CFS and FM symptoms, the immune system, adrenals, lymph glands, kidneys and liver are very sluggish. She said these organs of the body are not able to work well enough to eliminate the toxins in our system.

Sue asked if I was suffering from night and days sweats, which I replied yes and considered this to be premenopausal symptoms. She told me these sweats were probably caused from energy stagnation in the kidney area as well as the liver and spleen and could easily mimic other symptoms . Well I’ll be, I thought! I asked Sue what treatment she’d offer to patients suffering from CFS and FM. First of all she told me each person with these symptoms is different and individualized treatment was necessary. That’s fair I thought. In Reiki, a patient is treated in much a similar fashion.

The five Reiki symbols are the five levels of mind that lead to enlightenement. They also represent the five elements, five colors and five forms. When joined together hese symbols form a mandala or geometric shape of a multifaceted diamond. They are also connected to the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and spirit and may also be compared to the five points of the pentacle and to the chakras. And we will see these elements in a different light in relation to the meridians.

“All things manifest their potencies and their qualities by means of color. There is a tremendous power in color repulsions and color affinities. From these facts an exact materia medica can be constructed. The seven different colors in sunlight are each composed of a different style and number of vibrations and each has special properties and chemical powers. Everything possesses finer positive and a coarser negative principle.
Edwin D. Babbitt, The Principles of Light and Color

The Earth is considered the Mother of all the Elements. All LIFE that we know springs from and is generated from Her womb. Through a form of alchemy, Earth blends and reunites the four elements metal, wood, water and fire, through a process of transformation draws them back into the earth and simmered gently in her cauldron until each element is purified. But if the fire is too hot, the elements will lose their integrity, their potency and dissolve into ashes.

In Chinese Philosophy each element corresponds to a particular organ. The Earth corresponds to the spleen, metal to the lungs, water to the kidneys, wood to the liver, and fire to the heart. The five elements interact with each other in three distinct ways: producing, overcoming and threatening. Within this cycle, wood burns to make fire, the ashes seep into the earth, which become mined metals, which when melted become water (liquid) which nourishes trees and plants. But in this life cycle is also death or destruction. Without destruction life could not exist. There will always be a balance of creation and destruction. So within this constant change, wood is cut down by metal, fire is extinguished by water, earth is penetrated by wood, metal is melted by fire and the flow of water is either contained or cut off by earth.

In climate changes, wind corresponds to wood, heat to fire, dampness to earth, dryness to metal and cold to water. Their corresponding emotions (sympathy, sadness, joy, anger, fear) blend together raising our spirits and encouraging kindness, gentleness, rightousness, respectfulness and humor. The formula of the five elements combined into ONE involves the mixing of the Yin and Yang to allow our bodies to join together in harmony and beauty.

The sacral center or 2nd chakra is the Creative Womb in both women and men and considered the area of incubation and gestation. This area can create another human being, a plan, idea or project. It corresponds to the color orange.

“The effect of Orange upon the mentality is to aid the assimilation of new ideas, to induce mental enlightenment with a sense of freedom from limitations.”
Roland Hunt

When we feel powerless, hurt, angry, jealous, resentful, etc., energy is depleted from our muscles and leads to a breakdown in circulation as well as our digestive and eliminative areas. Thoughts of bitterness and rage can shrivel our cells, harden our veins and arteries and ‘congest’ the flow of fluid throughout the body. This also creates nervousness and organic disorders.

Something I would like to clarify, is that the aura that emanates from the body does not come from the color of the chakras. The aura actually results from the vibration of cells in your physical body. So when your body is tense, stressed, ill, depressed or run down, your aura will reveal the higher or lower rate of cell vibration in certain areas. Everything you say, think and do, triggers am emotional response from within. This also means that everything you eat, digest, assimlate, circulate and eliminate creates a vibratory response within your cells. What the chakras do is monitor and regulate the flow of energy within the aura. They also act as a filter to protect us from negative external influences. But since the introduction of technology, our bodies have become surrounded by artifical man made energies……computers, televisions, microwaves, cell phones, electric blankets, radios, etc, bombarding and distorting and fluctuating our energetic field. Not only that, our hormone levels and immune system becomes stressed to the max and become suspectible to infection and dis-ease.

How do we cope with these unnatural rhythms and create balance within the body?

There are many natural healing techniques that work on the energy body as well as the physical. Exercise, deep breathing, Qigong, Tai Chi, yoga, gardening, as well as meditation strengthen the energy field. Acupuncture, homeopathy, flower essences, Crystal healing, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, , Aromatherapy, Naturopathy, Reiki, Sound therapy, Color therapy and many more all work at balancing the energy flow of the body.

An individualized approach to healing will require you to make some changes in respect to your eating haibts, lifestyle, environment as well as relationships. Each individual is unique so harmony must be brought forth from within. Imagine it as trying to steady thousands of tiny balancing scales at once. Quite a feat isn’t it? It is about becoming aware, listening to your intuition and learning and discovering the ‘key’ to restore the natural rhythms of the body/mind connection.

“It is easy to keep oneself in a holding pattern, claiming that one does not know what to do next. But that is rarely true. When we are in a holding pattern, it is because we know exactly what we should do next, but we are terrified to act on it…change is frightening, and waiting for that feeling of safety to come along before one makes a move only results in more internal torment because the only way to acquire that feeling of security is to enter the whirlwind of change and come out the other end, feeling alive again.”
Caroline Myss – Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

(Tarot card from The Cosmic Tarot – created by Norbert Losche


The High Priestess represents your deepest inner wisdom. She sits in the temple of your subsconscious, nonjudgementally contemplating and observing all your memories, feelings, inner tides of hormones and instincts and sensory data. This vast awareness flows through HER before emerging into your physical experience. But she only speaks through metaphors appearing in dream symbols, memory images, emotions, and bodily reactions.

To understand her message you must look carefully at the symbolic meanings of these messages or sit in quite meditation, enter her temple and ask for advice. Beware, the High Priestess does not like to be confined and will rebel against it. You cannot capture her, she must give herself to you.

When you embody her energy, others sense in you the power of mystery and inner-feminine wisdom. You feel yourself to be a vessel of untold knowledge, influenced by lunar tides and cycles of inner knowing, more potent than linear reasoning.

GOING WITHIN

“The practice of quiet is an exercise……in surrender and willingness, a new discipline of letting go. Each time we sit quietly, the silence takes us as far as we can go at the moment toward the loosening of preconceived images of ourselves….yet….it is risky to view silence as a means to any kind of end. To shackle it with such expectations is to disrupt its natural quality from the outset and to enter instead into the confounding area of success and failure, of achievement and grasping.”
Gerald May

In this day and age, meditation has changed dramatically from when I was introduced to it. I’m not going to tell you, you need to take 30 minutes of your time to ‘still the mind’, but I am going to tell you that focusing your attention inward and becoming aware of the presence of your body, will allow you to access words feelings and experiences long forgotten. All these are recorded in the most minute detail and will be allowed to surface once you can break the barrier of consciousness that holds back your freedom of expression.

Meditation is about staying empty so we can become full. It allows us to be ourselves without judgement or criticism. It allows us to see our own view on things.

When we close our eyes, there is silence, images and thoughts that appear to be within the mind. In our mind’s eye we see memories of past events, imagine future situations, daydreams of what may be or might have been, dreams of happenings beyond space and time.

In order to relax we have to know what tension and relaxation feel like. Most people know when their muscles are really tense but they do not feel they can relax their muscles at will. Tension, pain, and illness are bodily words. The body is the voicebox of the unconscious. Bodily sensations are the language of the unconscious. To give the label ‘symptoms’ to pain and tension is to invalidate their signals. Pain is giving you important news about your life situation. They may well be the most important message you will ever hear. When you try to shut your pain out, you may well be forcing it to shout more loudly to get your attention.

There are millions of meditations that are accessible on the web. I’d like to share what has helped me when my FM is literally attacking my body.

A DEEPER AWARENESS

When I am plagued with FM striking my body, ‘for no good reason’ I allow it to tell and retell its story of any traumas or hurts that may have injured it of late or in the past. I pay attention to what it needs for nourishment, for rest, for exercise, for touch. Sometimes I am surprised at the intensity of its needs. I ask myself ‘what has kept me from meeting those needs’.

The Exercise

Write down any injuries or illnesses of late…or any part of your body that has been a discomfort to you….a headache, a persistent pain, a dull ache, or some part of your body that you know is ill. Let them come to you in whatever order.

After you have completed the list, redo it in order of their importance. Look at what lessons each one has taught you or what you still need to learn…..perhaps because the wound is still fresh and frightening.

Having a deeper awareness of your body, you are ready to have a dialogue with it regarding your priortized list of illness and injury.

Sitting quietly and eyes closed turn your attention inward and become aware of the presence of your body as a person, a person with a story to tell, a person with needs fears and hopes. As you feel the presence of your body as a person grow stronger within you, you may be aware of an image of your body taking shape within your imagination; perhaps in the form of a person who bears the marks of many wounds on his or her body or in the form of a wise old man or woman. (my preference is the wise one, although there are times the wounded one appears as well). You may want to give the person a name in order that communication flows more smoothy. If not, simply be aware of the body you ‘see’ within you.

With eyes still closed let the presence of your body as a person grow stronger. When you feel ready, greet the person who is your body and listen to what your body has to say about the wounds your body has suffered over the years. Go back to each trauma you listed to refresh your body/memory and ask about their meaning and what they mean or have taught you.

Listen to what your body needs from you in the future. Let the communication between you and your body flow freely, recording both what you say and what your body-self says, your pen simply recording what is there without censoring or interpreting. When the feelings stop flowing, the dialogue between you and your body is complete for this period of time.

Everytime you experience this form of communication you will discover a little more about yourself and your life. You will discover more about your difficulties and deepen your awareess of your body/mind. I have found doing this exercise makes me feel more centered and makes my life just a little more simpler and less confusing.

This meditaion is about taking responsibility for what you do and can allow you to act and be more honest and much more effective.

THE SECOND MEDITATION

This is a very ‘personal’ meditation I created for fibromyalgia pain. This is not a meditation where you lie, sit or stand. This form of meditation, you move around. You can dance, walk, listen while you’re in the bath, doing the dishes….it’s totally up to you.

I recorded this visual technique on a voice recorder with music in the background. This way, the words and my body flow together in harmony without any pauses or restrictions. What is written here, I read over and over until I had created a 15 minute subliminal message that talks directly to the conscious and subconscious mind.

If you like it, you are welcome to print and tape or modify to your own liking.

AN ENERGIZING SPELL

I visualize myself standing under a starlit sky
watching as the stars start to whirl and dance around me
vibrating and tingling a pleasant energizing something in the air
Something that contains expectancy and excitement
It exudes a sensuous magnetic energy.

I can feel the magic as it pulses and hums around and through my body
Hmmm a sparkling supply of magical energy

Sensing this energy as dancing microdots of sparkling colors
Traveling all through and down into my body
Massaging and energizing as it goes
Buzzing with energy
Becoming pure sparkling radiant sensuous energy
Letting it work its magic deep inside my body

Yes vibrating tingling light moving all the way to the tips of my fingers and to the ends of my toes
Cleansing, healing and revitalizing every cell and organ in my body
Moving all the way to the bone, strengthening and revitalizing
Shaping a magnetic aura of vibrant tingling energy all around me

My aura is filled with vibrant glowing energy
Illuminating everything it touches with its exquisite brightness,
And vibrating color –
My body is bathed in a light that has never been seen before
Glowing, dancing and sparkling, stunning energy
Rinsing away stress, tension, tightness and pain.

I radiate warmth
I radiate love
I radiate the beauty within me
Yes healing magic weaves around me
I am relaxed
I am beautiful,

Know that this spell will create a magical magnetic field around me
Oh wide ruling powers
Thank you for the sparkling healing energy,
And Mark well what I have done here
So Let It Be

(Next…..A Reiki treatment)

Fibromyalgia Meditation
http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_meditation.html

Great sites with online meditations
http://meditation.org.au/
http://www.freemeditations.com/

Easy and simple meditations
http://www.meditationcenter.com/index.html

The Body Mirror System of Healing (The Chakras)
http://www.healer.ch/bmsarticle.html

Chakras Diagram with explanation
http://www.myss.com/library/chakras/

Kinesiology
http://www.advancedliving.com/muscletest.ivnu

Great site on Chakras and healing
http://www.drlwilson.com/Articles/chakras.htm
http://www.drlwilson.com/read%20articles.htm

Osteoporosis
http://drlwilson.com/Articles/OSTEOPOROSIS.htm

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