Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lisbeth Hultmann - The Power of the Voice: Know Your Voice - Know Yourself



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The Power of the Voice describes the relationship between voice and behavior.

As a rule, one would expect a direct relationship between body type and voice type—that is, a larger voice in a large body, and a smaller voice in a small body. When we see an elephant, we will automatically imagine a larger and rougher sound compared with a hummingbird. When we speak of the human voice, however, it is more complex. First and foremost, it is the size and thickness of the vocal cords that determine what kind of voice we have; but the shape of the head, the resonance spaces, and the way we use them also contribute to the voice’s volume and unique qualities. Someone with a small body, strong vocal cords and excellent resonance spaces can have a voice that projects much farther than someone with a large body and weak vocal cords. We can train our voices and our vocal cords, and we can learn to exploit our resonance spaces, so that we can supplely change and adjust them according to our needs.

It’s all hidden in the voice

“The telephone conversation left me completely confused. I could hear in his voice that something was terribly wrong. He sounded sad, not himself at all. At the same time he was telling me how good he felt, and how happy he was with his new job. I felt I could trust his voice more than what he was saying in words.”

Your voice always paints a portrait of your immediate condition, here and now. It reflects your mood and your state of mind, how you react to internal and external influences. If you are depressed and unhappy, as in the above example, it is audible in your voice; likewise if you are angry and irritated.

In other situations you may notice that your voice changes; it could for instance become smaller or disappear entirely, as in this example of a woman encountering a domineering colleague: “I could suddenly hear my own voice. Confronted by my colleague I nearly disappeared, and so did my voice. I became small and pleading, and had a hard time getting any words out.” The situation reminds the woman of her relationship to her overbearing mother. The woman regresses, feeling small and oppressed, exactly as she felt early in her life.

Or, imagine that it was forbidden to express anger in your childhood home. In this case, since anger is a basic emotion, which must be given voice in order to be expressed fully, you cannot cope with anger in yourself or your surroundings—and it can be heard in your voice. Unexpressed anger is always audible.

This is true of all the basic emotions. In order to feel we are whole and intact human beings, we must be able to express ourselves with sound. What is grief without weeping? Anger without shouting and screaming? Joy without cheers and laughter?

When we begin to let our sound out—perhaps after years of disuse—we can be very surprised at the results.

One woman reports, “When I work with my voice, I can sometimes be astounded at how much sound and strength I have in me. I feel six feet tall and on top of the world.”

Your voice can free you of so many obstacles that you actually get a physical boost, feeling taller and more expansive.

Even chronic conditions, mannerisms, habits and patterns in your voice acquired over time can be manifestations of unresolved episodes in your life; since you have not dealt with them or achieved some kind of closure, you carry them around with you—audibly. These may be expressed as tensions that can, for example, manifest as a chronic “cry” in the voice, or even a sensation of needing to clear your throat. What you really need to clear always has a story behind it, and pops up in situations that resemble what you once experienced.

You can work with the voice on many levels, depending on how deeply you would like to explore, and where you are in your life. The voice conceals its own “melodies,” just as though it were an old-fashioned record player. Each record is engraved with a melody: an expression of some problem, theme or feeling in your life. The melodies on the records can be played one after the other, depending on where you are in your life and what you are ready to work with.

In this way, your voice is both a portrait of you here and now, playing the melody of the moment, and a sounding board, lending certain elements of your history, roots and background extra resonance.

The Power of the Voice describes the relationship between voice and behavior.

We discuss and identify common voice types (the energy pattern of the voice) and the personality types that correlate with them, and provide specific exercises for each voice type that can help bring health and wholeness to both the voice and the person.

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Lisbeth Hultmann is a Danish professional opera singer and a certified gestalt therapist, has described in her book “The Power of the Voice” the correlation between your Voice Type and your personality. She lives in Gilleleje, Denmark.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A New -- And Reversible -- Cause of Aging:

A Naturally Produced Compound Rewinds Aspects of Age-Related Demise in Mice

Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible.

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The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.

"The aging process we discovered is like a married couple -- when they are young, they communicate well, but over time, living in close quarters for many years, communication breaks down," said Harvard Medical School Professor of Genetics David Sinclair, senior author on the study. "And just like with a couple, restoring communication solved the problem."

This study was a joint project between Harvard Medical School, the National Institute on Aging, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where Sinclair also holds a position.

The findings are published Dec. 19 in Cell.

Communication breakdown

Mitochondria are often referred to as the cell's "powerhouse," generating chemical energy to carry out essential biological functions. These self-contained organelles, which live inside our cells and house their own small genomes, have long been identified as key biological players in aging. As they become increasingly dysfunctional over time, many age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and diabetes gradually set in.

Researchers have generally been skeptical of the idea that aging can be reversed, due mainly to the prevailing theory that age-related ills are the result of mutations in mitochondrial DNA -- and mutations cannot be reversed.

Sinclair and his group have been studying the fundamental science of aging -- which is broadly defined as the gradual decline in function with time -- for many years, primarily focusing on a group of genes called sirtuins. Previous studies from his lab showed that one of these genes, SIRT1, was activated by the compound resveratrol, which is found in grapes, red wine and certain nuts.

For the rest of the story: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130738.htm

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Natural Cure for HIV and Hepatitis C Discovered by Researchers

There are words you don't use in medicine today, such as "cure." But a remarkable case study in an HIV positive patient treated with black seed extract resulted in a sustained remission, indicating a safe, accessible and affordable alternative to highly toxic antiretroviral HIV drugs may already exist.

Nigella Sativa, also known as 'black seed,' has been studied for a wide rage of health benefits, but not until recently was it discovered to hold promise as a curative agent against potentially lethal viral infections, including Hepatitis C [1] and now HIV.

A remarkable case study published in August of this year in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine described an HIV patient who after undergoing treatment with a black seed extract experienced a complete recovery, with no detectable HIV virus or antibodies against HIV in their blood serum, both during and long after the therapy ended. [2]

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This was a remarkable and unexpected observation, described by the researchers as follows:
"Nigella sativa had been documented to possess many therapeutic functions in medicine but the least expected is sero-reversion in HIV infection which is very rare despite extensive therapy with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART)."
Despite its commonplace use as the standard of care for HIV treatment globally, anti-retroviral therapy remains highly controversial, in part because the adverse health effects of the drug class may outstrip those associated with the HIV infection itself.

For the rest of the story: http://humansarefree.com/2013/12/natural-cure-for-hiv-and-hepatitis-c.html

10 Natural Ways to Burn Belly Fat

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If you’re wondering how to burn belly fat and have even considered taking diet pills or fat burners, you should try to do it the all natural way before taking extreme measures. It’s not really natural for us to carry all that weight on our midsections, so getting back to a more natural state is one sure way to watch the fat go away, almost as a byproduct of our actions. It doesn’t have to be an all out war to kill your stomach fat. Just make these 10 all-natural adjustments and it should effortlessly come off.

1. Drink More Water

This is perhaps the most easiest and effortless way to lose belly fat, and it’s a problem for countless Americans. There is a dehydration epidemic going on, and if we all just drank more water, and got closer to the amount that we actually need each day, there would be less obesity, fewer digestive problems, and more people that are awake and alert throughout the day. But here’s the kicker: because it’s only involves drinking water it’s pretty easy, and easy things are easy to forget to do. If you’re conditioned to not drink enough water it can be pretty tough to make a change. But stick with it and soon you’ll reach new levels of hydration and reduced levels of belly fat.

2. Aim for Total Body Fat

Trying to spot treat your stomach fat is one sure way to drive yourself up the wall. It may be the one area that you really care about the most, but you have to trust that if you aim for overall body fat loss, the stomach fat will have to go at some point too. Fixating on a trouble spot is one way to keep it around for the long term, because what we put our focus on grows. A problem is only as hard as we make it out to be, so if you’re constantly thinking that your belly fat is the hardest thing to get rid of, you’ll prove yourself right time and time again.

Get a scale that measures your body fat percentage and aim to get that down to a level that is right for your gender. Keep this in mind: if you want to see your abs guys will have to get to around 10% body fat, while women need to get below 19% or so.

For the rest of the story: http://bembu.com/how-to-get-rid-of-belly-fat

What Big Pharma is Afraid Diabetes Patients Will Find Out

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If you are a diabetes patient, you are Big Pharma’s best friend. You have been ear-marked for the rest of your life as a cash cow for the companies who make diabetes medicines, syringes, blood sugar monitors, insulin, cotton swabs, and more. But there is a little secret that the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know.

You don’t need to be one of the 15 million people in the US with this disease. Up to 90% of all diabetes type 2 (also called adult onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes) is caused by poor diet, lack of physical fitness, and lifestyle choices.

You can “cure” yourself.

So, instead of spending your best years paying the pharmaceutical companies instead of for your dream vacation or a new car, or being put on ‘pre-diabetic’ drugs by your doctor before you ever attempt to lose a few pounds and change your eating habits to healthier ones, you can forge a new path to be diabetes-free.

Don’t allow Big Pharma to use you to inflate their stock holdings. In a popular pharmacy magazine, there was recently a slick, full-color, 4-page advertisement that said “The Diabetes Consumer: Shops More. Spends More. Shops the Whole Store.” Its disgusting the lengths these companies will go to in order to keep their profits high while caring so little about your health.

Grape Seed Extract Superior to Anti-Diabetes Drug

Tips for Eliminating Type 2 Diabetes

Here are some simple steps you can take to stop diabetes type 2 in its tracks and keep the Big Pharma goons from taking your life and life’s blood:

1. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Give yourself one ‘cheat’ or ‘rest’ day, but get moving. It doesn’t matter if you walk, run, bike, swim, hike, play tennis, do karate, start a yoga or tai chi class, or any other form of exercise. 30 minutes a day will start to change your body’s chemistry and help regulate pancreatic reactions.

For the rest of the story: http://humansarefree.com/2013/12/big-pharma-doesnt-want-diabetes.html