Why Playing in the Dirt Makes You Happy
Did you know that there"s a natural antidepressant in soil? It"s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.
Most avid gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their "happy place" and the actual physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter. The fact that there is some science behind it adds additional credibility to these garden addicts' claims. The presence of a soil bacteria antidepressant is not a surprise to many of us who have experienced the phenomenon ourselves. Backing it up with science is fascinating, but not shocking, to the happy gardener. Antidepressant microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin. The bacterium was tested both by injection and ingestion on rats and the results were increased cognitive ability, lower stress and better concentration to tasks than a control group.
Gardeners inhale the bacteria, have topical contact with it and get it into their bloodstreams when there is a cut or other pathway for infection. The natural effects of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to three weeks if the experiments with rats are any indication. So get out and play in the dirt and improve your mood and your life.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Internal probiotics take this a step further. Check out our Plantadophilus probiotic formula from Transformation.
Why Does Yoga De-Stress?
"That is the key benefit to yoga: It neutralizes negative experiences, or at least allows us to recover from them faster," said David R. Vago, associate psychologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "It puts a pause button between the stressor and the reaction," he said. "It gives you that moment of stillness to say, 'Wait a second. Am I going to do the same pattern, or let it go and use my breath?'" Yoga is a form of meditation that involves movement, specific postures, and a focus on the breath.
In a recent paper in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Vago and his colleagues explained how yoga affects our ability to self regulate. It begins with focusing on sensations to improve self-awareness. Doing that while physically challenging yourself by assuming yoga postures trains the body to respond to all kinds of stress, Vago said.
A key to the technique involves breathing slowly throughout, which "directly deactivates the arousal system in the autonomic nervous system," turning off the fight-or-flight mechanism, said Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, director of research at the Kundalini Research Institute in New Mexico and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. "Our brains naturally wander to negative thoughts--worry about finding food or avoiding predators. The discipline of yoga and meditation directs thoughts to the present and away from this negative state and gives us a greater sense of self-control," said Khalsa, also editor of the e-book Your Brain on Yoga, and a research associate at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. "We need to enter this contemplative stage for some part of our day in order to keep ourselves tuned properly and stress resilient," he said.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Yoga generally is greatly enhanced by using our E-1 Formula. E-1 balances and harmonizes the parasympathetic nervous system, calming brain responses and generally de-stressing.
Squeeze Your Ears, Get Smarter!
When the right ear lobe is gently squeezed with the left thumb and left index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection. This connection causes the left brain and pituitary gland to become energized and activated. Similarly, when the left ear lobe is gently squeezed with the right thumb and right index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection, which causes the right brain and pineal gland to become energized and activated. For energizing and activating the Left Brain and the Right Brain, the left arm must be inside while the right arm must be outside. The correct arm position is important for energizing and activating the brain.
Communication between the ear and body was recognized by the ancient Indian rishis. They called it Thoppukaranam – thorpi, which means "with the hands", and karnam, which means "ears". This three-minute yoga regimen synchronizes the left and the right side of your brain, and has excellent cognitive benefits. The empirically validated method helps energize your brain, increase intellectual capacity and sharpen both memory and concentration. This regimen is especially beneficial for elderly patients with Alzheimer"s or senior citizens looking to stave off memory loss. A number of studies show the benefits of Thoppukaranam with children suffering from disabilities such as ADHD, developmental and cognitive delays, Down’s Syndrome and other specific learning disabilities. Children practicing this technique daily have shown a significant increase in academic and behavioral performance, greater class participation and improved social skills.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: This exercise is also greatly enhanced by using our E-1 Formula. E-1 balances and harmonizes the parasympathetic nervous system, calming brain responses and generally de-stressing.
Company & Product News
NEW from Pure Energy Rx: Subtle Energy Infused Himalayan Salt Lamps
This new application of subtle energy infusion into a Himalyan Salt Lamp
has catapulted the natural benefits of salt lamps to a whole new level. We have infused the lamps with harmonizing, stablizing subtle energies that greatly heighten the similar existing properties of the lamps, making the experience of the lamps a palpable and impressive one. Put one in the office or TV room to neutralize EMF, or "electro-smog". Put one in the bedroom for a soothing night light and negative ions for a restful sleep.
These lamps are approximately 12 inches tall, direct from Nepal, include an off-on rocker switch on an A/C cord, 4-watt light bulb, and a wooden base, $39.95. (MORE INFO)
Our brand new BETA site!
We are excited to announce that we have created a new website, Pure Energy Rx
. This website has an updated shopping cart, and will soon have an easily accessible research library about the use of subtle energy in health and healing. It will also be where the Quantum Health Newsletter will live. The Pure Energy Rx website will stay active, although will not be updated, so for the latest products and formulas to enhance the mind-body connection, visit Pure Energy Rx. Make sure to "like" our Facebook page
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Gem Elixir for the Month of May
"Stone of Successful Love"
Spiritually: Cleanses the aura allowing the soul's light to shine out. Removes blockages in and activates the crown chakra linking it to divine light. It reminds you of your soul's aspirations and aids spiritual evolution.
Emotionally: Soothes fears and increases sensitivity. Stabilizes the personality. Imparts strength of character to overcome misfortunes. Brings domestic bliss and loyalty; enhances unconditional love and partnership.
Mentally: Increases mental clarity, strengthens memory, inspires deep inner knowing.
Physically: May aid in recovery after infectious illness; may help muscles, spine, heart and lungs, liver, and pancreas. May strengthen the heart to deal with the detoxification process. May strengthen kidney and liver to remove toxins from the body. May assist with the formation of hemoglobin and plasma.
Emerald Trinity Elxir is on sale this month for 30% off with discount code EMERALD30 (enter the code in the indicated box as you checkout through the website shopping cart).
This Quantum Life
by Boyd Martin, Caretaker
I think I was probably 19 when I heard about quantum physics. They just barely skimmed over it in college chemistry, probably because the professors really didn't know how to teach it since it completely undermines Newtonian physics. The one thing that did get through to me, though, was that measurements at an atomic level are directly affected by the observer. Wait. What?? Atomic measurements change when observed by human consciousness. At the time, it sort of hit the top of my head and bounced on off into the Twilight Zone. But, I kept coming back to it over and over as my life sauntered on.
At one point maybe 20 years ago, I did an informal study of quantum physics--something on the order of "Quantum Physics for Dummies" (which is an actual book). Every time I would delve into the subject I would get my mind blown. Concepts such as "quantum entanglement", where atomic information ends up instantaneously (apparently, teleported) spread among several particles at once; or Einstein's "spooky action at a distance" when it's possible for a single particle to be in two places at once.
This is deeply subversive stuff, and I love it.
The real "juice", though, came from an entirely different direction, and when combined with quantum physics, it was like a metaphysical atomic bomb. You see, I also was a devoted spiritualist--I believed, from my own personal subjective observations, that I was a part of God, the Infinite Creator, and thus, was an infinite being myself, having this decidedly non-infinite human life.
Mix the knowing that you're an infinite being, with the scientific fact that you change the makeup of atoms just by observing them... Well, that's some heavy duty stuff there!
So, the only conclusion to come to is that I--we all--totally and completely create our lives from the ground up in every way, shape and form. It can be no other way.
The thing about this, however, is that we can create a very complete illusion that convinces us that we CANNOT BE creating everything in our life. We decide it's too much to take in. It's too much responsibility, or it's not possible because of these thousands of reasons. News flash: There ain't nobody else but you doing your life.
The big apparent confusion is that we are all down here on this lovely blue marble, operating what we have defined as finite physical bodies, and interacting with each other within a pretty strictly agreed-upon time continuum. Things get confusing since we observe other infinite beings creating things, and we're observing those things. We sometimes think we created them, which we use to convince ourselves that we are NOT creating what we think we are creating.
Add to this the scientific quantum fact that there are INFINITE POSSIBILITIES, and you can easily see why most of us just keep our heads down, nodding in agreement with "whatever"... It just seems overwhelming.
Well, the next news flash: It's only overwhelming because you decided it is. The only difference between feeling overwhelmed and not is basically, a choice. You can choose to observe how utterly overwhelming this physical life is in this time continuum; OR, you can see the utter simplicity of experiencing the infiniteness of you, and that you can choose what time continuum you live on, and all the conditions of your physical life.
By doing this one thing: CHOOSING, you'll find that the Universe (the infiniteness of you) really has nothing else better to do than reflect back to you your choices. Hence, by observing what is reflected back, you can change it to be something better, something greater, for no other reason than to more accurately reflect the infiniteness of you. So why not choose the highest and the best for your life? It's the most natural thing in the world...
To your quantum health,
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