So don’t think you are getting all the health benefits of the real deal with a bargain purchase…
Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t HoneyUltra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey OriginsBy Andrew Schneider | November 7, 2011More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.”The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies.The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.honey-without-pollen-food-safety-news1.jpgIn the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.
Reliability Of Birth Memory: Observations from Mother and Child Pairs in Hypnosis | Birth Psychology
More food for thought:
For almost a century clinicians have encountered birth memories and wondered if they were real memories or creative fantasies. Empirical studies have revealed both the fallibility and validity of human memory. In this study a side-by-side comparison was made of birth memories obtained in hypnosis from ten children (ages 9 to 23) who had no conscious memories of birth, and their mothers who claimed they had never shared details of the birth with them. Their independent reports were found to be coherent with each other, to contain a wealth of appropriate and accurate facts, and to match exactly at many points. A variety of human errors were also found in reports but serious contradictions/fantasies were rare. Accuracies and inaccuracies are illustrated and discussed and the need for caution noted. Birth memories appear to be real memories and contain valuable information about birth from the baby’s point of view.
Still gathering information and opinions…
Babies are learning their native language before birth. This is made possible by the development of hearing as early as 16 weeks gestational age. A mother’s voice reaches the uterus with very little distortion as the sound waves pass directly through her body. Acoustic spectroscopy, which makes possible elaborately detailed portraits of sound similar to fingerprints, has documented prenatal learning of the mother tongue. By 27 weeks of gestation, the cry of a baby already contains some of the speech features, rhythms, and voice characteristics of its mother. Newborn reactions to language are based on the sounds heard in utero: French babies prefer to look at persons speaking French while Russian babies prefer to watch people speaking Russian.
More research on birth memories and beyond:
Traumatic events in neonatal intensive care are indelibly imprinted in memory and intrude on adult life, often in the form of fear. Edward, who was born prematurely and entered the NICU at 29 weeks, learned to fear the sound and sight of adhesive tape. He learned this from the experience of having sections of his skin accidentally pulled off during removal of monitor pads. When he was a young man, he still feared adhesive tape.
Babies can learn their mother’s emotional state. Experiments in Australia revealed that unborn babies were participating in the emotional upset of their mothers watching a disturbing 20-minute segment of a Hollywood movie. When briefly re-exposed to this film up to three months after birth, they still showed recognition of the earlier experience. Studies of a thousand babies whose mothers had experienced various degrees of depression during pregnancy themselves displayed depression at birth and in proportion to the depression scores of their mothers.
An important message of these diverse findings is that memory and learning seem to be a natural part of being human, including the first nine months in the womb and the years of infancy, defined as the time before speech. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that life in the womb is extremely active and interactive and the womb is, in fact, a classroom.
Is it possible to remember being born?
The hippocampus is a brain structure thought to be crucially involved in the formation of memory for facts and events. At birth and in early childhood this structure is not fully grown, and so memory of birth is unlikely. What’s interesting is that the brain structure for emotional memory, the amygdala, is mature in infancy – the outcome of these two facts being that an emotionally significant event during infancy may affect the way a child behaves later in life despite them not being able to remember the actual event.
I was researching this today after a very interesting session. I do know that touch triggers memories and that the body stores things in strange and mysterious ways. It happens in massage all the time no matter what the client’s belief system is. Touch very often releases tears and memories that the person had thought were long ago dealt with or forgotten.
What do you remember or think about this?
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Bodywork High: The Cannabinoid Connection
By Leon Chaitow, ND, DO
Have you ever wondered why your clients/patients feel so good after receiving bodywork: massage, manipulation and mobilization? Is it the simple effect of feeling more relaxed, with an altered mood, possibly combined with an actual reduction in muscle tone?4,8 Or perhaps feeling better/good accompanies enhanced circulatory function deriving from bodywork?7 Or possibly it’s due to endorphin release and consequent reduction in pain perception, as has been suggested?6,15 Or does bodywork produce an “energy” effect, as Oschman and others have described?12
Or perhaps all of the above? Or could it be due to something else altogether, such as the increased production of endocannabinoids – chemicals that mimic the effects of cannabis?11
The power of touch, from brain chemicals to asking someone to dance
Ever wonder why e-mail brings out the bully in so many? It is chemical. At least according to an article by Edward M. Hallowell from the January/February 1999 issue of the Harvard Business Review, “The Human Moment at Work.” (It’s funny what you find when cleaning out a closet.) Anyway, Hallowell writes that nature provides people with two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, which promote trust and bonding. But here’s the rub: The hormones are released when we deal with others face to face; they are suppressed when we are physically apart, as with e-mails or texting.
The Experience of Touch: Research Points to a Critical RoleBy DANIEL GOLEMANPublished: February 02, 1988 Sign In to E-Mail PrintTHE experience of being touched, new research shows, has direct and crucial effects on the growth of the body as well as the mind.Touch is a means of communication so critical that its absence retards growth in infants, according to researchers who are for the first time determining the neurochemical effects of skin-to-skin contact.The new work focuses on the importance of touch itself, not merely as part of, say, a parent’s loving presence. The findings may help explain the long-noted syndrome in which infants deprived of direct human contact grow slowly and even die.
A little something I found interesting…
VANDANA SHIVA: …there’s a very simple lesson that Krishna gives. That you do not measure the fruit of your action. You have to measure your obligation of action. You have to find out what’s the right thing to do. That is your duty. Whether you win or lose is not the issue.
The obligation to do the right thing, for me, you know, I’ve grown up as an ecologist in a major level, from my very childhood. And for me, the diversity of species, their intrinsic value, their integrity is vital. The rights of our farmers to be able to have seed, the most fundamental source of livelihood in a poor country.
Eighty percent of the food of the world is even, today, produced by those small farmers of the kind that we have in India. Our small farmers are feeding 1.2 billion Indians. We forget the scale of what smallness means multiplied many times. Because we’ve got used to the dinosaur mentality. We only see the big. We forget that dinosaurs go extinct.
BILL MOYERS: You have obviously seen things differently. Because you studied nuclear physics, right?
VANDANA SHIVA: I studied nuclear physics. But I also studied quantum theory. My thesis was on non-separability and non-locality in quantum theory.
BILL MOYERS: Which means?
VANDANA SHIVA: Which basically means everything is connected. Because the industrial revolution and the scientific revolution gave us a very mechanistic idea of the universe. First, we were told “Nature is dead. There’s no living Earth. How can you even imagine the Earth lives? How can other species– they’re just inferior creatures of God. And you’ve got to have man’s empire over God, over the Earth.”The idea that everything is this hard matter, unrelated to each other is still guiding a lot of science. And genetic engineering is based on that hard matter, genes in isolation, you know? Genes determine everything. There’s a master molecule that gives orders. Old patriarchal stuff. genetic engineering