Sunday, December 26, 2010

Nutrition and the Ear

The ear is often referred to as the most energy hungry organ of the body. All parts of the ear require high quantities of nutrients to function properly and to avoid degenerative problems such as hearing loss or tinnitus.

The nerves can only successfully fire the precise signals at the millisecond intervals required to accurately transmit a sound if the right elements and enzymes are present:
  • the electrical stability of the cochlea depends upon the presence of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and on a correct balance of necessary enzymes, fatty acids and amino acids.
  • slight disturbances in the equilibrium of enzymes can lead to the death of some of the cilia, the tiny hair-like cells which convert the sound waves to electrical impulses relayed by the auditory nerve.
The delicate balance of this system can be upset by:
  • insufficient oxygen due to poor circulation in the inner ear
  • a deficiency in the trace minerals essential for enzyme activity
  • a toxic overload being carried by the body
  • excessive free radical activity.
The health benefits of good quality nutritional supplementation are far reaching. Not only can it prevent chronic disease over the long term, it can also improve the health of the skin, gums and organs as well as improving digestion and circulation, reducing stress and boosting energy and general well being.

For optimal ear health, we recommend colloidal minerals and antioxidants as a minimum. Broad spectrum multivitamins and liquid oxygen supplements are other good choices.


Colloidal Minerals

Colloidal minerals are very minute particles which have already been absorbed and processed by plants. They come in a liquid form and are readily able to be absorbed by the human body, estimated to be 90% more available to the body than other types of mineral supplements.

A good colloidal mineral will contain at least 60 different minerals.

Super Antioxidants

Over the last few decades many new sources of anti oxidants have been discovered:
  • the 1st generation, vitamins A, C and E, will work for 3 hours in the body
  • the 2nd generation, found in grape seed extract, pine bark extract and Ginkgo biloba, will last 2 - 3 times longer
  • the 3rd generation (circuminoids) have now been discovered and will last for up to 3 days.
A good anti oxidant supplement will contain all of these ingredients.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bye Bye Amazon

I have just been through all the previous posts on my blog, removing any links to Amazon for books or CDs that I have recommended. Next, I will shut down the account I've had with Amazon for a good 7+ years. Why? To protest their decision to shut down the Wikileaks mirror that was hosted on Amazon servers.

I think the current situation surrounding Wikileaks, especially the reactions, particularly from government officials, specifically towards Julian Assange, is one of the most important things to happen to our society. The over reaction, calling for Julian to be "brought down" (ie assassinated), with governments including jumping on the "me too" bandwagon just goes to show how far our so-called democracies have fallen.

This whole saga really concerns me - not just the evidence of the wide scale corruption many of us suspected (and now know for sure), the over reactions of those caught out, and how quickly many businesses are complying with commands to censor Wikileaks, but the fact that this isn't even registering on the radars of most people. WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR OUR SOCIETY TO WAKE UP?

I sincerely hope that Julian Assange makes it through this alive.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Childrens Programs Coming Soon!

The Childrens Starter Kits and Family Kit now have a counterpart on Mini MX! The prices have been finalised, and hopefully they will be available in the next couple of weeks.

So in addition to the Listening Foundation program (Level 1) and Building Ear Brain Connections program (Level 2) there are now 3 additional options for children / families with a mix of filtered music and stories:

1. Young Childrens Starter Program (aimed at ages 3 to 7) - $299
1 music album and 2 story albums on a Mini player

2. Older Childrens Starter Program (aimed at ages 8 to 12) - $399
2 music albums and 4 story albums on a Mini player

3. Family program (all ages) - $999
Contains 3 separate Mini Players:
- Younger Childrens program plus bonus Aboriginal Stories
- Older Childrens program
- Listening Foundation program
-> 7 music albums and 7 story albums

I will at least get the Childrens Starter programs in as soon as they are available; how soon I order Family programs will depend on demand. Pre-orders most welcome - if you would like to pre-order (and pay for) any of these programs before they arrive I'll include free shipping throughout Australia. :) Contact me at simone@soundtherapyperth.com if you'd like to pre-order one! Once they are in, the usual Express Post satchel rates will apply.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tips for using the Sound Therapy Ultra Light

The new Sound Therapy Ultra Light players can take a bit of getting used to, especially as there is no digital display. Here are some tips for using and caring for your Ultra Light player.

Warning: Never plug your Ultra Light into a computer or try to copy your albums onto an MP3 player or any other format. This is because they are recorded with special proprietary technology and if you try to duplicate them you will lose the value of the program. You also risk corrupting your files and voiding your warranty if you plug your Ultra Light into a computer.

Charging the Ultra Light


The correct way to fully charge your Ultra Light unit is:

  1. Plug the charger into the wall and switch it on. A red light will display on the charger to show it is functioning.
  2. Turn the Ultra Light ON. If it is not full discharged, a blue light should come on.
  3. Plug the Ultra Light into the charger. The light on the Ultra Light player will flash red.



Troubleshooting

If the Ultra Light wont play, or plays for a few seconds/minutes and then stops, it may need recharging (see the instructions above), or it may be "stuck" between the charge mode and play mode, in which case a simple reset should fix it (in the same way that rebooting your computer often solves any problems!)

It may take a couple of tries for the player to re-set itself.

Some methods to reset the player include:

  • Turn the unit off and on again by sliding the hard switch inside the ear piece, then wait for 20-30 seconds. When the blue light goes off, the unit should be playing.
  • Press pause. Is the light flashing? If so, press pause again and the music should start. If the light isn't flashing, you should be able to hear the music. If you can't hear the music, try switching it off and on again, and toggle the play / pause button a few more times.
  • Advance the track or raise the volume by pressing he front button on the bottom of the right ear piece. Sometimes this will re-start the player if it needs resetting.
  • Plug the charger into the wall, switch it on, plug the Ultra Light into the charger and switch it OFF - ON - OFF - ON a couple of times.

How to care for your Ultra Light battery

A lithium-ion battery provides approximately 300-500 recharge cycles and typically lasts about 2 to 3 years. This varies according to many factors such as useage patterns and how the battery is treated and stored.

  • Recharge it regularly. As soon as your player stops, recharge it.
  • Store it with about 40% charge left. As a rule of thumb, when it is fully charged, you should get 8-10 hours of listening time, so charge it again after 5-6 hours of listening.
  • Let it fully discharge about once a month, or after about 30 uses.
  • Keep it cool - even the fridge is a good option for storing your Ultra Light if its protected from moisture and is not below freezing

Safety tips for your Ultra Light lithium-ion battery

  • Don't leave your Ultra Light in a hot place such as a hot car or near a heater or other heat source, including lying in direct sunshine. Doing so may cause the battery to generate heat, rupture, or ignite. Exposing the battery to heat may also result in a loss of performance and a shortened life expectancy.
  • Do not carry or store the batteries with metal objects such as necklaces or hairpins.
  • Do not pierce the battery by striking with nails or a hammer or place under high pressure or subject it to strong impacts or shocks.
  • Do not allow the battery to get wet or expose it to water or salt water.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Alkalise your way to optimal health

I am a firm believer in treating the root cause of a problem rather than bandaiding the symptoms. That's one of the reasons why I work with Sound Therapy, as one simple method helps rehabilitate the ear and calm the nervous system with the nett result being positive impact in areas from tinnitus through to ADHD. So when I come across other ways of helping truly the body heal itself, I get excited. Learning how alkalising one's body overcomes a large plethora of diseases, including cancer, obesity, diabetes and chronic fatigue, I have to tell you - I was more excited than I have been in ages!

I first came across the concept of alkalising while listening to peak performance coach Anthony Robbins' CD set "Get the Edge". His explanation of how our blood needs to maintain an optimal pH level in the same way that our body needs to maintain an optimal temperature made a lot of sense. That pH level is 7.345, which is slightly alkaline. However, all our bodily processes produce acids, so to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level, we need to ingest primarily alkaline foods. An acid inner environment is what causes cancer and germs to thrive, and leads to obesity as the body tries to surround the excess acid with fat to stop the acid from eating through our organs.

Wondering if this would also assist the disorders I most commonly see in my Sound Therapy clients, I started doing some google searching, and most notably found a reference to the fact that Edgar Cayce regularly pointed to a toxic system being the root cause of tinnitus.

So I started looking further into this - how does one adopt an alkaline diet? The first thing I found was an alkaline cookbook produced by a health professional in Melbourne who had heard Anthony Robbins speak at one of his seminars. So I ordered that, and started getting a hold of the ingredients I needed. At the back of her book I saw she referenced "The pH Miracle", so my next step was to track that down. All I can say is... wow!

I purchased both "The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health" and "The pH Miracle for Weight Loss" (both by Dr Robert  Young and Shelley Redford Young). I read the latter first (as it arrived first). It explained extremely well how a western diet is high in acids, and that none of the popular diets around will work long time because they too are high in acids. It's not "fat" in the diet that is the issue - fat is a symptom rather than a cause. It is acid. So if you don't address the acid problem, you can't successfully address a "fat" problem. The first book goes into more detail about why you need to remove various foods and drinks from your diet, and introduce others.

I tell you what - reading the pH Miracle books have cured me of being a chocoholic! For the first time ever I looked at chocolate and though "Ugh!! There is no way I can eat that!" I never thought I'd see that day! I adopted the "Alkalarian" way of eating and drinking just under 3 weeks ago, and I've never felt better! I've lost several kilograms already, my head feels so clear, my arthritis has hardly caused me any pain... it's really been surprising at just how quickly alkalising your body makes a difference.

I have since come across other people who have likewise switched to an alkaline diet, and they have reported the same - they feel so clear and healthy.

So my advice is - get a hold of one of the pH Miracle books and have a read. Even if you aim to ease into each of the changes gradually, it is well worth making a plan to move from a "standard" diet to an alkaline one. Your body will thank you for it!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Soothing children with Sound Therapy

When my children (aged 2 and 3) have difficulty settling at night, I have often found that using Sound Therapy soothes them and helps them get off to sleep. Even so, our experience last night totally blew me away.

Little Eva (our 2 year old) has been unwell for several days, and yesterday was the first day she hadn't vomited, and had in fact regained the bulk of her energy. So much so, that she was literally bouncing off the walls, running everywhere, from 5 am until 9 pm, with only a 1.5 hour nap in the middle of the day. Getting her to stay in bed at 9 pm was met with much protest (we had put her to bed hours earlier, but she kept just hopping straight out of bed again), though she did fall asleep, only to wake up around midnight screaming.

And I mean SCREAMING.

She wasn't in pain, and a cuddle didn't help. Her cries sounded frustrated and a little distressed. We moved her to our room so she wouldn't wake her sister, and she thrashed around on the bed, pushing us away - very odd behaviour for her indeed. The interesting thing was that if I asked her if she would like a drink, or if she wanted anything, she would pause momentarily to consider, and then resume screaming. She even refused a drink of milk, which is usually the thing that she finds most soothing to get off to sleep.

After a good 15 minutes of this, I finally figured she had just been over-stimulated during the day, and plugged a Sound Therapy CD into my ipillow. Well! The effect was instantaneous.

The minute the Sound Therapy music started coming through the pillow, she ceased her yells. She settled back into the pillow, and put her hands out for her milk. She drank her milk, announced "It's finished!", handed the cup back, rolled over, and in short order fell asleep with a smile on her face.

We were stunned.

I wish I'd thought of it 15 minutes earlier!

I think I better get some more ipillows...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Reflexology as effective as nasal irrigation for alleviation of chronic sinusitis

With my Sound Therapy work, I regularly come across people who have problems with chronic sinusitis. So I was particularly interested by this bit of research I came across today:


"Reflexology massage" was found to be as effective as nasal irrigation for alleviation of chronic sinusitis in a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine study. Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing reports that "After two weeks of daily treatment, more than 70 percent of those who practiced either form of nasal douching reported improved symptoms. But surprisingly, the group that practiced reflexology massage - where pressure is applied to the feet or hands but may produce changes elsewhere in the body - appeared to fare equally well. The unexpected results for this technique may prompt further research."

-- Diane G. Heatley MD, Glen E. Leverson PhD, Kari E. McConnell RN, and Tony L. Kille (the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI) "Nasal Irrigation for the Alleviation of Sinonasal Symptoms," presented Monday, September 25, 2000, at the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting/Oto Expo, published in Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Jul;125(1):44-8

For those that haven't tried reflexology before, it may be worth considering. If nothing else, you can enjoy a thoroughly relaxing hour while your feet are worked on.