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Healing Through The Power Of The Heart – An Encounter With Medicine Horses

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“One day I met a horse. And it changed my life.”

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The words of a dear friend of mine are still on my mind when I think about my first encounter with a special kind of horse and healer.

In her case it was a gorgeous white horse she had photographed. The one I met was a beautiful brown one with a white patch along her forehead. her name was Trinity Red Star. I didn’t  take a picture, but purely her presence changed me, opened me up to a space that I haven’t known before.

Trinity Red Star is part of a herd of the Medicine Horses of the Thirteen Moon Farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Before I tell you more about it, let me ask you this: Do you believe in the healing power of the heart?

I truly do, I have experienced it. And I bet you have on some level, too. Our human hearts exchange energies that are powerful beyond our current understanding.

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Scientific Evidence Highlighting The Power Of The Heart

According to studies conducted by the Heartmath Institute in California, the heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The researchers found that the heart has an electromagnetic field that is about 60 times greater in amplitude than recorded brain waves and has a higher level of intelligence than the brain. A magnetometer can measure the heart’s energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body as well as between two individuals in close proximity. 

So now imagine the  power of our human hearts and multiply it with five. That’s the energy which the size of a horse’s heart radiates according to further studies. The Heartmath Institute describes it as a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm! 

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Healing Horses

My heart rhythm is a bit out of balance when we arrive at the farm. I love horses and yet fear them at the same time. I was thrown off of one when I was 9 years old and only got on the back of one again a few weeks before this healing session.

In short, I definitely have a lot of respect of the correspondence between human emotions and the reaction of these animals.

This time, it’s all a bit different. We are a group of around 25 people, sitting in a circle inside a riding arena. While we’re wrapped in blankets, zipping hot tea and introducing ourselves, the horses are already doing their work in the stables right next to the arena and still out of sight for us. Noises and sounds travel through the wooden walls, some of us can feel the shifts in energy already. Our facilitator Tina – one of the few gifted people who work with these kind of beings – explains that the Medicine Horses are even more sensible and powerful than normal ones as they have a genetic mutation which is referred to as the Pocahontas Effect, The Large Heart Gene or The X-Factor. (The Thoroughbred Race Horse Industry)

Studies have found that horses have a coherent heart pattern (HRV) which is indicative of a system that can adjust to and recover stressful emotional situations and transform them to states of calm and joy. According to the studies, these balanced emotional states then also show up as physiological benefits while interacting with horses. A lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors) or decreased stress levels are just some examples. Due to their genetic mutation, Medicine Horses are born with an unusually large heart. Combined with the HRV, it enables them to move enormous volumes of energy with more ease than a normal horse. The Medicine Horses hold such a high and strong vibration that they can work with a large group like us without getting out of balance.

Before we can get close to them, however, they have to balance out and up level the group´s energy from a distance. Only then we can go to the stables and get close to them. That’s when the next phase of the healing begins.

At this point, I haven’t seen the horses, yet, and I have already forgotten about my fear. It seems as if excitement has taken its place.

As the Thirteen Moon Farm states on their website: “All horses are teachers. Some horses are healers. Fewer horses are both healer and teacher. Medicine Horses go beyond the role of healer teacher.”

It’s even more fascinating that the Medicine Horses will appear like a normal horse, however, develop a lameness or act out, if they are not given a room to life their lives as healers. The illness is often misunderstood by common science or doctors and only reversible by letting the horses do their work. (Which reminds me of humans related to living a purposeful life.)

And their work is remarkable. Even if you don’t believe in energy healing, the positive results of patients with physical or mental diseases after healing sessions with the Medicine Horses are pretty convincing.

Having worked for over several decades of her career, Tina has seen quite a few miraculous healings. As she says on her website: “Being in the energy field of the horse kick starts an energetic spiritual awakening. Those who are described as fragile must be supported by those who are aware of this process and who can assist the journey through the completion of the process.” 

After around 40 minutes the horses have finished the first part of our healing process – Tina can identify this due to certain sounds the horses make –  and we are finally allowed to meet them. My excitement has reached quite a peak at this point and the only thing I´m afraid of is pushing the sensitive animals away with my over excitement to see them.

When we enter the stables, I see a few beautiful horses lined up and immediately feel drawn to a big brown one with the name Trinity Red Star. Some other participants gather in front of the horse with me and the one-on one session starts. I feel the horse nibbling on my wrist, then its nose touches the area of my heart followed by the area around my forehead. Tina explains that the horse is working on my mind-heart connection. I just nod. Of course that´s the first thing the horse picks up on. Getting more into my heart and balancing out the mind and heart have been my biggest themes of the year. The horse must be a genius.

Trinity Red Star continues with other gestures, going up and down in front of our bodies, touches certain areas and fletches its teeth in between. For an outside observer it looks like a funny dance, yet, the horse is doing profound energy work in the little group as well as on the individuals. Tina and her team are doing the best to translate the horses´language and explain what’s going on. I’m impressed which emotional and physical issues the horse detects. It’s spot on every time.

In contrast to ordinary approaches that are led by the control over the horse, the approach of the Thirteen Moons Fram is focused on the work with the animal and its given role.

“When the client reaches a point where he realizes fully that the horse is a sentient emotional spiritual being who has given his life to healing other species a break down occurs,” says Tina. Witnessing this over and over again, she has become an advocate of this new way of working with the horses and this is what led her to create the International Academy of Medicine Horses. 

The horses have turned away from our little groups and the session is complete for now. The effect of the energy work, however, can be felt for several days, weeks or even months.

There’s more tea and some delicious homemade cookies from Tina´s husband waiting in the riding arena as well as a debriefing for the group. Some people talk about physical reactions like tingling or pain moving through their bodies, some felt a change in their energy or emotions welling up. I just feel happy and uplifted and still fascinated by the encounter with these wonderful animals.

The bigger noticeable effects on me only kick in the following days. I´m overcome by huge waves of anger, sadness and complete frustration to the point that I don’t recognize myself anymore. Also my body reacts with a tumultuous tummy and extreme tiredness. It feels like a purging. I literally can feel that some emotional layers are peeled.

After a few days, my strength comes back and I feel refreshed and renewed. There’s a feeling of peace settling in and another one that is hard to explain. I feel connected to myself again, as if I just got plugged right back into source. It’s a little bit like magic. Horse magic.

It’s been a ride. Quite a different one to what I expected and one that really shifted something within me.

And for you beloved sceptics: there´s science behind this and even more evidence in the results that are shown.

I for my part know through my experience that these horses are powerful healers and a bit “out of this world”.

So anyone who I got just slightly interested in it: give it a try!

It’s so worth it and truly an experience of the healing powers of the heart.

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Boy or Girl – Baby Gender Selection Issues

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Some parents have the possibility to opt for gender selection; however, being able to decide whether to have a baby boy or girl is a controversial issue.

Many couples expecting a baby do not think it’s a big issue whether they have a boy or a girl; however there are several medical, social, and personal reasons that could influence parents to recur to some form of gender selection.

Like many other controversial practices, the legality of gender selection, also known as sex selection, varies from country to country.

The Legality of Baby Gender Selection

The United States has perhaps some of the most relaxed laws regarding baby gender selection in the world. Most European countries and Australia, on the other hand, have bans on sex selection and only allow it for medical reasons. For example, if a parent is a carrier of a mutation or gene with more chances of manifesting itself in a certain gender, baby gender selection is valid. However, if parents simply wish to balance the ratio of boys and girls in their family, they are not allowed to recur to sex selection.

This has generated a form of medical tourism in which couples from countries where gender selection is illegal, like the UK, travel to the US in order to be able to choose whether to have a baby boy or girl.

On the other hand, sex selection is illegal in the two most populated countries on Earth, China and India. In these countries, baby gender selection has been performed clandestinely for many years and for reasons other than family balancing or avoiding genetic diseases. In these societies, having a baby boy is preferred mainly for cultural and economic reasons. Parents believe that boys have better chances of earning income and eventually support them when they reach an old age.

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Methods of Baby Gender Selection

There are two major types of gender selection methods: the first one is called sperm sorting, and involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm by flow cytometry, a purification technique in which chromosomes are suspended in a stream of sperm and identified by an electronic detector before being separated. Intra-uterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization can then be performed with the enriched sperm. The success rates for this method vary from 80% to 93%.

The other method, called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, consists in generating several embryos through in-vitro fertilization, which are then genetically tested to determine a baby’s gender. The chosen embryos can then be implanted. This method has a success rate of almost 100%; however, it can be quite expensive, costing up to $15,000.

Issues Regarding Baby Gender Selection

While there are few objections against baby gender selection when it is performed for medical reasons, it has become a highly controversial issue when it is used for balancing the number of boys or girls in families. Some people raise the obvious ethical question of whether people who opt for gender selection are “playing God” by manipulating whether to have a baby boy or girl. Others believe that new parents will raise a baby more appropriately if he or she belongs to their preferred gender.

Gender Imbalance Caused by Baby Gender Selection

Gender selection has caused demographic concern in China and India since it has contributed to generate a gender imbalance in the populations of those countries. In some regions of China, for example, the sex ratio for newborns is 118:100, boys to girls. This phenomenon has in turn been associated with social problems such as an increase in violence and prostitution.

It seems like a logical solution for governments around the globe to legalize baby gender selection but to analyze the personal reasons why each couple intends to select a baby boy or girl. Gender selection for medical reasons should even be encouraged, since it could prevent serious genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and Haemophilia A. Balancing the gender ratio of a family should be accepted if by doing this, a healthy family environment is created. On the other hand, China and India have shown that baby gender selection as a result of a bias towards a particular gender can not only create a gender imbalance in the population, but contribute to social problems as well.

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Organic Certification: What the USDA Organic Label Means

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Organic and natural labels mean different things, and various types of labels tells you what percentage of ingredients are actually organic. We'll explore what to look for.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you sometimes buy products thinking they are organic or fully natural based on their wording? Have you later found out that those products aren't natural or organic at all? Read labels more closely at grocery stores to be aware.

Don’t get conned by fraudulent claims of “natural” or “organic.” Learn what to look for, and why it’s important, to ensure you’re getting the quality you are paying for.

The industrial age of the 20th century brought about changing agricultural practices that have generated increasing alarm about the effects of these practices on the environment and health. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiated and genetically altered food and fiber products has created a groundswell of rightful concern. It has led to the growing demand for non-toxic, organic products that many are willing to pay a higher price for to ensure the healthful purity of food and clothing provided for their families.

With such profit opportunities, it’s little wonder that the lucrative organic product market has suffered abuse with so-called “organic” labels being fraudulently placed on products that have not earned the right. As a result of pressure from farming and consumer groups, legislation for the standardization of organic certification was introduced in the 1980s. It has been updated to include more vigorous enforcement and control methods since, with the current standards established in 2002 by the USDA.

The Standards of USDA Organic Certification

Specific standards must be met in order to legally claim a product as USDA certified organic. Organic producers must utilize methods that conserve water, maximize soil health, and reduce air pollution. The specific standards to earn USDA organic certification include:

Free of synthetic chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and additives

Free from irradiation and genetically modified organisms

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Agricultural products grown on land that has been free of prohibited substances for a period of three years

Animals used for meat, eggs, milk or other animal products must be exclusively fed foods that are organically grown, may not be given antibiotics or hormones, and must have access to outdoors.

Clean and sanitized harvesting and processing equipment throughout the process from harvest to finished, packaged product

Detailed chain-of-handling records from the field through final sales

Physical separation of certified organic products from non-organic products throughout the process of production

Regular on-site inspections from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure compliance

Understanding the Certified Organic Label

Once the rigorous process of certification has been completed, organic producers may place the USDA certified organic seal on their products. Currently, there are four levels of certified organic products, with a specific definition of the percentage of organic ingredients the final products contains. They are as follows:

• 100% organic: all production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic.

• Organic: at least 95% of the production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• Made With Organic Ingredients: at least 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• No organic wording or seal: less than 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic and no claims may be made on the front or back of the product.

Manufacturers or producers who knowingly label a product “organic” when it does not meet the USDA standards are subject to fines up to $11,000 per violation.

Why Organic Certification is Important

When you see the official USDA organic certification seal on food, clothing, and bedding products, you can be assured that these products have met the meticulous standards required and are free of chemicals, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones. When you see the USDA certified organic label, you will understand the value of the higher priced organic products as compared to non-organically produced products.

With the current stringent organic certification requirements enforced by regular inspections from USDA accredited agents, the USDA certified organic label has great meaning and importance to the consumer. Look for the label to know that you are getting the quality you are paying for.

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WHO Finds Global Lack Of Inactivity Rising Especially In Wealthier Countries — What You Can Do

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Inactivity is on the rise and it's the cause of a wide range of health concerns. Our population is only becoming more inactive, not less, and it's time to change that.

  • Reflect On:

    There are many factors of our modern world that make us less active. Our jobs, driving rather than walking/biking, too much screen time. What can you do differently to bring more activity into your life? What story stops you from starting?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a quarter of the entire population on this planet are not getting enough physical exercise, this number has barely improved since 2001. There are many factors that contribute to this, but just how much damage are we doing by failing to be active?

The lack of physical exercise raises the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and various types of cancers.

Interestingly, according to their study published in The Lancet Global Health, higher income countries, such as the UK, were among the least active population. Women were also found to be more sedentary throughout the world, excluding two regions in Asia.

The study looked at self-reported data on activity levels from 358 population based surveys covering 168 countries and included 1.9 million people.

The populations of higher income countries, which include the UK and USA showed an increase in the proportion of inactive people and had actually risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, in the lower income countries it remained at 16%.

Those who were classified as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise and around 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

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It was found that women were less active than men overall, except for in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and higher-income Western countries. The authors believe that this was caused by a few different factors including extra childcare duties and cultural perspectives that may have made it more difficult for them to exercise.

Why More Inactivity In Wealthier Countries?

According to the researchers, in the wealthier countries, many of the jobs have transitioned to more office or desk jobs, meaning a more sedentary type of lifestyle. On top of that much of the population of these countries drive automobiles or take public transit to and from work which in many cases accounts for a lot of their time.

In the lower income countries, many of the jobs require the people to be more active, are physically demanding and people often have to walk to and from their jobs.

The WHO has had a goal to reduce the global levels of inactivity by 10% by 2025, the authors of the study feel that at the rate we are currently going, this target will be missed.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Regina Guthold said, “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

Co-author, Dr. Fiona Bull added, “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

According to the WHO,

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much?

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What is moderate aerobic activity?

  • Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

  • Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

  • lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

  • circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Final Thoughts

I was surprised to see that the WHO didn’t touch on inactivity due to too much screen time — watching television, Netflix, Facebook scrolling, messaging, texting, browsing etc. Certainly, the increase in screen time plays a roll with the amount of inactivity, especially in the higher income countries. If you are someone who spends too much time staring at a screen, then it is important to consider the above information. Can you limit your screen time and replace it with something active? Or would you consider jumping rope, or rebounding while watching the television? Our health is our greatest wealth and having awareness about an issue is the first way to create change and take responsibility for our lives.

Could you walk or bike to work instead of drive? What about trying a new sport? Could you commit to adding a few hours each week of physical activity? These small decisions could have a profound impact on your health, longevity and overall well-being.

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