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While there is a healthy dose of skepticism in this article, and a comment of “absurd” from a doctor, their clinic study, and patient response gives Reiki a thumbs up.

My original Reiki teachers, and friends, established a free clinic of complimentary / alternative therapies in the 80’s through the 90’s and eventually had an out-patient clinic at hospital in SF, thanks to the welcome reception by Kaiser.  They offered Reiki, among other things, as a complimentary therapy for the recovering.

I can still remember Claudia retelling her meeting with the board of directors and administering Reiki to doctors. Anyway… on to the article.

Article Excerpt: Reiki Used for Cancer Patience – WSJ.com

Reiki, a therapy in which hands are placed lightly on the body or just above it, is increasingly being used to reduce cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, nausea and pain. Several studies suggest a benefit to patients, but scientists say more large, rigorous studies are needed.

Cancer patients—due to the disease and to side effects of chemotherapy—often suffer from severe mental and physical fatigue, doctors say. Anxiety, nausea and pain are also common. In recent years, many cancer centers have been offering Reiki, a form of healing which originated in Japan in the early 1900s, according to scientific literature. In a session of Reiki, hands are placed lightly on the body. Each spot is treated for three minutes or longer and sometimes therapists place their hands just above the body without touching, says Donah Drewett, a Fairlee, Vt.-based Reiki therapist who works at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H.

via Reiki Used for Cancer Patients – WSJ.com.

Don’t forget that Doctor Oz played a supporting role on his show, The Doctor Oz Show.” You can catch that segment on Youtube, or via my Reiki page, here. (Scroll to the bottom, press play).

In almost 20 years of Reiki work I’ve seen a lot. Dramatic recovery’s, long term treatments, and heard stories of assisting those in passage from this life. I’ve used Reiki to compliment healing, release, and lift emotional states of being, in art, cooking, and in conversation.

For me, it is a living part of my life. I’m always glad to see it in the news in such a positive light.

I appreciate your comments, keep them coming!

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This last weekend I happily walked into a conversation about food and health between B and his mother. I mean you know I write about recipes and I have some strongly grounded feelings about food but I just didn’t realize that they stick.

B was explaining how our health has improved by our food choices, the benefit of living foods, buying local, and reading the ingredients in what you eat.

You might imagine that I’m lecturing at home, I am not. I do make a point of pointing out preservatives, noting organics, using phone apps and reading up on things. I guess that approach works.

Gives me lots to think about, including a big smile.

Anyway… Found this article at the LA TIMES || Food Section. Enjoy.

Scott

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Loving legumes

From the pinto beans of Mexico to the chickpeas of the Middle East, legumes — a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils — are as near to a perfect food as you can find.

A 1/2-cup portion of legumes, on average, contains at least 20 percent DV (Daily Value, requirement based on a 2,000-calorie diet) for fiber, folate and manganese; 10 percent DV for protein, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper; and 6 to 8 percent DV for selenium and zinc.

Factor in that beans are economical, easy to store for long periods and suit a number of cooking styles, and it’s easy to see why they have been such staple fare for years. And modern science reveals even more reasons to love legumes: They have been linked to lower blood cholesterol levels, lower body weight, higher intake of dietary fiber and lower rates of heart diseasehypertension, some types of cancer and diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that you eat at least three cups of legumes each week. So, what are you waiting for? Dig into legumes with the following helpful hints.

Power food – latimes.com.

This one goes out to Jamie. Thank you for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully to my blog on the spirit in the house. That was the third bit of information that I needed in revelation.

I found this article on the Huffington Post and I get it. I get Tonglen…

Scott

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For example, when people attack or otherwise harm us, instead of taking actions to relieve our own suffering at their expense, we may opt to practice Tonglen, where we meditate on taking on their suffering and offering them the comforts that we normally covet for ourselves. See His Holiness Dalai Lama for over 50 years of examples. One such story of compassion from Paul Ekman’s “Emotional Awareness: a Conversation Between Paul Ekman and the Dalai Lama,” is of a Tibetan monk who, after escaping from Chinese prison, was asked about his experience. The monk said that the worst thing for him was that at one point during his torture he feared he might lose compassion for his captors.

via Darren Littlejohn: Comfort Rather Than Be Comforted: A 12-Step Buddhist Perspective.

I LOVE Shirley MacLaine!

Shirley MacLaine reflects on her life

The actress and writer looks back and shares her personal insights.

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Daddy told me he secretly always wanted to run away and join the circus. He was a good musician who played the violin, but turned down a scholarship in Europe because he didn’t want to study hard to become a professional musician only to end up playing in the pit of a Broadway musical eight times a week. Hence, later on, he became a real estate salesman. I think I’m good with the value of real estate because of him. My agent used to say that because of my investments in real estate, I have lived rent-free my whole life.

Mother was an artist, an actress, and loved to read poetry. Her mother was the Dean of Women at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. And Mother’s father was a brain surgeon (one of the best in Canada, I’m told) and as I found out later, going through the attic after they both had passed on, her father was a thirty-third-degree Mason! I found newspaper articles that she had saved attesting to that fact, but she never told me herself. Maybe she didn’t even know.

She did tell me, though, that she was at her father’s side when he died (she was seventeen), and at his passing he said to her, “Oh, it’s sooo beautiful. Don’t be sorry, it’s incredibly beautiful.” So I suppose I got my spiritual and metaphysical leanings from both my parents.

Full Story from the Today Show Website, here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25590304/

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