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The website of Author/Writer and Psychic Medium Astrid Brown. Making the most of 'YOU' i.e. how to achieve well-being and beauty from within ourselves. A truly holistic blog providing information on all aspects of psychic mediumship, spiritualism, philosophy, holistic therapies, nutrition, health, stress, mental health and beauty with a little bit of Wicca for good measure. Feeling and looking good is as much a part of how we feel inside as the outside.

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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

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THE DANGERS OF INEXPERIENCED PSYCHICS/MEDIUMS

Today I am blogging about inexperienced Psychics/Mediums. There are many psychics/mediums around who give the profession a bad name, t...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

HOW BAD POSTURE CAUSES HEALTH PROBLEMS AND MAKES YOU APPEAR FAT

Besides the health issues involved in poor posture it also makes you look fatter than you really are. The spinal cord passes through the vertebrae so if they are not aligned properly they can impinge the passage of the spinal cord. All nerves supplying the body from the head down originate from the spinal cord, this is why good posture is important.

The illustrations below show  some examples.

The far left shows the ideal perfect posture where the ear is correctly aligned over the centre of the shoulder and arm
The figure on the right illustrates perfect posture you can see a straight line from the ear through the centre of the shoulder, arm, hip, thigh ending on the ankle bone

In this illustration the correct posture is on the far left, in the centre you can see it can impinge the spinal cord in two places in the cervical region and the lumber spine, this can cause problems later on in life if not now. The point where the spinal cord leaves the brain via a hole in the skull is called the 'foramen magnum'


Illustration of foramen magnum and surrounding structures
 The foramen magnum is quite a narrow opening for the passage of the spinal cord and the functions of the vertebrae are to protect it. If the posture is incorrect the spinal cord will be pinched and this can affect its functioning.




Illustration of the spinal cord


Can you see here how poor posture can appear to make you look fatter, it causes the bust to sag and produces a pot belly neither is it good for muscle tone

When you do adopt good posture it will feel uncomfortable at first, the first step is being aware of your posture and by constantly adopting a good posture it will eventually become a good habit with practice.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Organ Regeneration Petition to improve healthcare options for Veterans

I received this in my mail box, so spreading the word

Solutions for Regenerating Damaged Organs <regeneratingdamagedorgans@gmail.com>

to astridestella
 
Hello

I’m reaching out from Solutions for Regenerating Damaged Organs regarding an organ regeneration petition that we will be launching in a few weeks time. As is one of the forefront organizations for veterans, we thought this would be highly relevant to your members.

2013 State of the Union

In his 2013 State of the Union, President Obama cited a dire need to “develop drugs to regenerate damaged organs.” But since his address, no progress has been made.

These treatments can have life-saving benefits for veterans, including relieving the need for dangerous transplant procedures and circumventing the emotional traumas caused by overpopulated wait lists. We now know our bodies are capable of regenerating, but we aren’t talking the steps to harness this power.

Let’s Speak Up

We’d like to ask for your help in spreading the word to the members of prior to the launch of the petition. Would you be willing to include an article about this petition in your blog, website, or newsletter? By getting 100,000 signatures, we can move a step forward to dramatically improving healthcare options for our veterans.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at: regeneratingdamagedorgans@gmail.com

We can make change happen: Would you support organ regeneration research by signing a petition?

With appreciation,
--
Dave N.

Outreach Coordinator






Sunday, 4 August 2013

DO FACELIFTS MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE?

An article I came across in the DAILY MAIL today below. I have come across a few people who have had facelifts and to be honest unless they have admitted it, I wouldn't have known. I feel many people have over expectations of the results and would agree with the article below all they seem to do is achieve a less tired, more refreshed look. Which leads me to the whole purpose of my website here how to make the best of yourself. If you feel good inside it honestly will reflect that on the outside. So before considering the knife just try the holistic way of life, having a good balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water, shade your face from the sun, give up smoking and work on your stress levels and I guarantee six months of this regime will make a difference.

How facelifts make us look younger by just three years: Study discovers how we perceive the success of plastic surgery

  • New study into the effects of facelifts finds people look no more attractive
  • Roughly £10,000 would be needed to look 10 years younger
  • Fifty raters were shown before and after pictures of patients

Negligible: A study has found on average people look just three years younger
Slim pickings: A study has found on average people look just three years younger

Having a facelift makes you look just three years younger - and doesn’t improve your attractiveness, claim doctors.
A unique study found plastic surgery results in a more youthful appearance, but the improvements are remarkably small.
Overall, the number of years ‘saved’ by having a full facelift or other procedures such as eyelid surgery is around three.
The more work that’s done, the younger the look, according to US and Canadian specialists.
But they failed to find any significant change in attractiveness ratings afterwards - and in Britain the cost of a clutch of cosmetic surgery procedures could top £10,000.

Dr Joshua Zimm, of the Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York, who led the latest study, said plastic surgeons often don’t tell prospective patients they will look younger or more attractive because of the lack of objective research.
Instead patients are told they will look ‘more refreshed’ and ‘less tired’.
But, he said, there is no doubt the explosion in facial surgery has been driven by expectations that patients will look younger, better and even have a competitive edge in the rat race at work.
However, the new study shows ‘limitations’ in what patients should expect.
‘Our data demonstrate that ageing face surgery is effective in reducing the apparent age of patients but doesn’t consistently improve a patient’s attractiveness’ he said.
The latest study, published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery (must credit), is the first to investigate ratings of attractiveness post-surgery as well as enhanced youthfulness.
Expectations: One doctor claims the explosion in people having plastic surgery was driven by a belief they would look younger, but it comes at a huge financial cost
Expectations: One doctor claims the explosion in people having plastic surgery was driven by a belief they would look younger, but it comes at a huge financial cost

The study involved an assessment by 50 independent raters who examined preoperative and postoperative photographs of 49 patients, including 12 men, who underwent plastic surgery.
The patients had surgery between July 2006 and July 2010 at a private practice in Toronto, Canada, run by surgeon Peter Adamson, who took part in the study.
Patients in the study ranged in age from 42 to 73 years at the time of surgery with an average age of 57 years.
On average, the raters estimated their patients’ ages to be about 2.1 years younger than their chronological age before surgery and 5.2 years younger than their chronological age after surgery.
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The average overall years saved (true age minus guessed age) following surgery was 3.1 years, with more years saved as more procedures were carried out.
To minimise bias by the raters, none was shown before and after pictures of the same patient.
Raters were also asked to rate the patient’s attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most unattractive and 10 being the most attractive.

There was a small, but statistically insignificant increase in attractiveness scores in post-op photographs.
Three-quarters of patients scored within the range 4-7, and the scores did not change with surgery even after allowing for patient age and procedure.
Dr Zimm said the study found a person’s perceived age conferred a certain level of attractiveness - with younger people generally gauged as being more attractive.
‘From this study, it seems the attractiveness level will remain the same, regardless of age’ he said.
‘The age reduction is more substantial when the number of surgical procedures is increased, but this did not significantly improve overall attractiveness’ he added.

Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons who practises at the King Edward VII Hospital in London, said the attractiveness ratings fell short using strict statistical criteria, but market research techniques would probably have found a substantial change.
He said most UK plastic surgeons would believe the study underestimated the amount of benefit gained by many patients.
He said ‘The key here is good selection. I turn away 40 to 45 per cent of potential patients because I tell them honestly I don’t think they’re going to get the results they’re after and they’ll be wasting their money.
‘If you select patients well, and they’re in the hands of a competent, experienced surgeon I would expect them to look seven, eight, even nine years younger afterwards’ he added.







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IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO FORECAST THE FUTURE AND OTHER QUESTIONS?

I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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