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  1. lethe

    tai chi

    https://www.drweil.com/blog/bulletins/tai-chi-best-bet-to-help-prevent-falls/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly Bulletin 8032017&utm_content=Weekly Bulletin 8032017+CID_4ea19f1610ca4deac4864b9b3f474e78&utm_source=CM Email&utm_term=Tai Chi Benefits Andrew Weil, M.D. Tai Chi: Best Bet To Help Prevent Falls Tai chi is a gentle form of exercise that can help develop strength, balance and flexibility. In fact, practicing this traditional Chinese “shadow boxing” appears to work better than other types of exercise to reduce the number of falls among seniors and others at high risk of falling. A team of Spanish investigators compiled the results of 10 randomized controlled trials that compared the effects of tai chi, physical therapy and low intensity exercise as well as other approaches aimed at preventing falls. The researchers found what they described as “high-quality evidence” that tai chi reduced the rate of falls by 43 percent compared with other interventions at short-term follow up (less than 12 months) and by 13 percent over periods longer than 12 months. They also found evidence that tai chi reduced the risk of injurious falls by 50 percent over the short term and by 28 percent over the long term. However, because there have been so few studies of tai chi among seniors and others at risk of falling, the Spanish team concluded that more research is needed to determine how effective this practice is at lowering the risk of harmful falls in this demographic. My take? I view tai chi as an effective form of mental and physical stimulation, and very beneficial for overall health. Like yoga, tai chi is a reliable method of stress reduction and relaxation, and it promotes flexibility, balance, and good body awareness. It is pleasing to watch and perform, and as this study suggests, it may be the best type of exercise to reduce the risk of injury from falls among seniors.
  2. Otolorin posted: in what form do you take medical marijuana,and how do you dose it? I vaporize it, as well as oil concentrate. I would prefer it in edibles , but unfortunately I have slow stomach motility (thanks PD), so I could ingest a whole bunch but wouldn’t feel it. I eyeball it and use it whenever I feel the need - usually every 3 or 4 hours, sometimes longer. MM is a different type of medicine, and may lead us to rethink “dosing” at specific times. You stated that you were on L-dopa for 10yrs,did you ever get dyskinesia from it? Sure did and still do, though not as often. I usually get it when my next leva-dopa is overdue, and it may last intermittently for an hour or two. But I no longer get it in the early morning.
  3. I would get bad foot cramps at 4am. I was on 10 leva dopa daily for about 10 years,, until I decided to wean myself down. I ended up at 6 daily (40% drop) and it was very interesting the way it seemed toi get better daily - over a two year period. Now about 2 or more years of this, I no longer get the cramps and my mornings are much better. two other contributing factors are medical marijuana and tai chi...
  4. lethe

    Not Sleeping Well

    For ten years after my bad med reaction I slept no more than 3 hours a night. Medical marijuana would give me Another hour or two. But after about a year of starting tai chi again I started sleeping regularly and deeply for 6 to 7 hours of sleep - which was normal for me way back when....
  5. lethe

    Mindfulness as therapy

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/via-rail-searching-bags-drinking-210324284.html How meditation can change your body's response to stress CBCMay 14, 2017 How meditation can change your body's response to stress You have to give a speech in 10 minutes, the study subjects were told — so get ready. A video camera recorded each step as they walked to the microphone, under bright lights, while "evaluators" in white lab coats held clipboards, ready to judge. Sounds stressful? That's the point. This was part of a randomized, controlled clinical trial, designed to send hearts racing, blood pressure rising, and stress hormones coursing through veins, to test how patients with anxiety disorder handled the scenario after eight weeks of treatment. The treatment wasn't a drug — it was mindfulness meditation. "If we could show they were better able to cope, that would really be a big bonus for the treatment of anxiety disorders where people are sometimes overwhelmed by stressful experiences in their lives," said Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, lead author of the study published recently in Psychiatry Research. The meditators didn't just feel better in the anxiety-inducing scenario, compared to the control group. The difference could be measured in their blood. Relaxation paradox As we learn more about the dangers of chronic stress, calming down has arguably become a modern obsession, with mindfulness at the fore. Of course, stress is part of life, and our bodies have an ancient response, to rise to the occasion. Faced with a threat, the brain sends signals to release stress hormones that trigger a cascade of changes throughout the body, from a racing heart to dilating pupils to slowed digestion. This is quite helpful if you need to react quickly and, say, run from a lion. But the same cascade can be triggered by our own thoughts and worries — and when stress becomes chronic, it's linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke,obesity and other ills. Mindfulness teaches to notice the intense feelings, without judgement, said Dr. Dzung Vo, a pediatrician who uses mindfulness to help struggling teens at B.C. Children's Hospital. Trying to suppress the stress response doesn't work, he said. "Paradoxically, the more we actually try to relax, the more we have something to achieve and to strive for, actually the harder it is to relax." Not a 'magical intervention' But as mindfulness enjoys a pop-culture moment — touted in products from meditation apps to colouring books — backlash has come, including from academics who warn the hype may be outpacing the evidence. "I think there's something here," said Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in health, law and policy at the University of Alberta. "But ... I think we need to be careful about the idea that mindfulness is good for everything, that it's some sort of magical intervention that will save the day." A 2014 systemic review of mindfulness research, for example, found "moderate evidence" the practice helps with anxiety, depression and pain, but no evidence of effect on other things like mood, sleep and weight. Caulfield also cautions about so-called "white-hat bias": because mindfulness seems both righteous and benign, he says the field hasn't faced enough scrutiny, even though it's become a billion-dollar industry. "Just like 'big pharma,' there's big mindfulness." What's needed, according to Caulfield and others, is more randomized, controlled clinical trials to know when mindfulness helps — and when it doesn't. 'Like a cloud over the sky' That's what Hoge and her colleagues set out to do with the clinical trial described above, aiming to test a technique called "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" the same way they'd trial a drug. MBSR was developed more than 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is now used in hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Over eight weeks of classes and daily practice at home, the class learns breath awareness, a body scan, and gentle Hatha yoga, said Hoge. "Pay attention to whatever arises in the mind," the participants heard, "with gentleness and non-judgement, and allow it to pass like a cloud over the sky." The group that learned this meditation was compared to a control group. They took a different class with the same time commitment and homework, but learning to manage stress with diet, exercise and sleep, not meditation. After the training, the control group was actually more stressed, showing higher levels of stress hormone ACTH in their blood from the anxiety-inducing speech. The meditators saw the opposite: ACTH dropped, as did pro-inflammatory cytokines — both markers of stress — suggesting the meditation had indeed made them more resilient. "I treat patients with anxiety disorders with medication and psychotherapy, and I believe in both of those," said Hoge. "But I think the thing that is special about meditation training is ... you're paying attention to your mind with kindness and gentleness. There's something that's very healing about that for some people." Reporter Lisa Johnson is exploring the science and business of calming down in a special series, Keep Calm, with stories on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition and a national holiday special produced with Manusha Janakiram at noon on Victoria Day. ts
  6. lethe

    tai chi

  7. lethe

    Peripheral Neuropathy In Parkinson

    I posted this last september regarding the positive effects from my taking tai chi "Neuropathy- for the last 3 years or so I have had neuropathy - a strong numbness in my thighs and ankles, lack of feeling in several layers. I realized in the last month that I have almost all feeling restored in my thighs and improvement in my ankles."
  8. lethe

    tai chi

  9. lethe

    tai chi

    Huh....? Tai Chi is not related to :"aggressive fighting". Just the opposite - it helps to balance masculine/feminine, ying/yang, energies. Tai chi is a form of qigong. You learn how to neutralize an aggressor.... Check it out...
  10. lethe

    sleeping trouble

    And don't forget "Om Mani Padme Hum" ( oh pat my bum)