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Healing Holistically

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

  In America, most people depend on medicine for all or most of their health issues. If someone is in pain, instead of finding out why, they just take ibuprofen or some other painkiller. For instance, if someone gets a headache they usually take Tylenol, but they do not stop to find the cause of the headache. This means that they are just treating symptoms not the causes. If the reason for a person’s headache was dehydration, they would just take pills instead of drinking water, which might lead to more severe dehydration. Taking pills is like telling your body to be quiet instead of listening to it and trying to fix the problem. It is not just average people that mistakenly do this; pediatricians, nurses, and doctors do this as well.

  There is, of course, holistic healing that is the exact opposite of that. Holistic healing is looking at the body as a whole, instead of just the symptoms. Holistic healers study to understand how the body works and what to do for the various problems, how to identify those problems, and many other important skills. The way they work on you is similar to massaging, except that instead of just trying to make you feel good they are working your nerves and muscles to heal your body.

  The reason holistic healing is better than western medicine is because holistic healing is listening to the body, rather than just treating its symptoms. Also, holistic healing is more accurate than western practices. This I know first-hand: A few months ago I had immense pain in my right leg, so bad that I was missing school and using a wheelchair. I went to the emergency room, and after having several different tests and waiting for about six hours they still could not find anything. I went to a holistic healer and he immediately found out that I had a torn ligament under my knee and a pulled hamstring in my right leg. He treated me for two months and I made a full recovery.


Brain Candy Issue 5

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 It is always a good thing to make a difference in the world around us, but some people hit a major block when trying to do so. How can one person change suicide rates, stop animal abuse, or save the environment? These tasks seem especially difficult for the shy people out there who have no idea how to get people to come together for their cause. There is one simple answer to those questions: the difference you make does not have to be large; small differences add up and result in change!

 A lot of people believe that to make a difference, you have to do something large and important, but that is not true. Even the littlest things make a bigger difference than you might think they do. Simply unplugging your chords when you are not using them, like when you are done charging your phone, not leaving the charger plugged in can save a lot of energy. Another example is picking up litter in your neighborhood; it is good for the environment and the beauty of your neighborhood.

  I once heard a story that went something like this: hundreds of starfish wash up on a beach everyday when the tide comes in and die because they are unable to get back to the water. One morning, a man was throwing as many starfish as he could back into the sea before they died. A jogger came down the beach and said, “You’re wasting your time. There’s hundreds of starfish, you can’t possibly make a difference.” The man simply threw another starfish and said, “Made a difference to that one.” The point of the story is that even though he could not do much to lower the overall number of starfish washed up on the shore, he made a huge difference to the ones he did manage to save.

 There are many examples of little things that make immense differences to those on the receiving end. Maybe you cannot save the multitude of dogs and cats being put to sleep in pounds, but the one or two that you adopt or foster will be able to live long, happy lives. One person alone cannot stop global warming, but one person can decide not to add to it. There are millions upon millions of little things that you can do that make a huge difference in the world. Do not expect too much of yourself; you do not need to change the world on a grand scale. Just doing simple, little things every day can change someone’s world, and that is what really counts in the end. Also, following one major cause can take up a lot of time, energy, and money, and often times people start a project and cannot finish it, which leaves them doing nothing helpful. Just think, if everyone who was not following through with a major cause did little things to help the world around us, then those little changes would add up and become big differences, and the world would end up being a better place.


Brain Candy Issue 4

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The human brain is the control center of the entire body. All of your nerves tap into it at one point or another giving it messages and information. Your brain then processes and responds to all these messages, almost instantaneously, without having to think about it. For instance, if you see yellow wallpaper, you instantly know it is yellow without thinking about it. If you feel something soft, you instantly know it is soft. If you hear a familiar voice, you most often automatically know who it is. Getting information from the nerves in the body so you “just know” is the power of the brain.

If our brains are that powerful, is there a way for us to take it to a different level? Think about it, our body is made up of cells. Our brain, subconsciously, controls all of those cells. Our brain makes our hearts pump, our injuries heal, and much more. That is all involuntary; we do not have to think about it. But just like breathing or blinking our eyes, could it be possible for us to take control of those automatic functions when we think about them?

When you practice holistic healing (which is a way of treating the body as a whole, instead of just treating symptoms) you learn that your body does amazing things in attempt to heal and protect itself. For instance, your body may release endorphins to relieve pain. To protect itself, your body will sometimes tighten up, or if you are not moving a limb and the circulation is being cut off, that limb might go into spasm. Let us use spasm as an example; having a limb in spasm can be very painful, but could there be a way for us to calm our own muscles using brain power? The muscles, just like any other part of our body, are made up of cells. And the brain controls those cells, just like all the others. So if we practiced, could it be possible for us to consciously force our cells in our limbs to relax and feel better? In other words, is it possible for us to heal ourselves, with nothing but our intentions and willpower?


Be de-fence-ive

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Not many people really think about fencing anymore, except in movies and books. Despite being an Olympic sport, fencing has fallen off of the radar for athletes. However, it is still just as much a sport as football or track, and probably just as exerting. Swinging the sword is a lot more work than it looks like, and it is really fun too.

The most difficult part of fencing is that it is not only strenuous on the body, but also on the mind. You have to constantly be anticipating your opponent’s moves, while calculating your own strategy, and be able to change it swiftly if you were wrong about your opponent. All of that thinking and planning you have to do within seconds, and you also have to be able to focus on the physical aspects as well. The physical aspects may not be as difficult as the mental, but they can still be challenging. A heavy jacket that is very warm is worn while you practice. Fencers also wear a fencing glove in order to protect their hands and wrists. On top of all that, the fencer must wear a mask, which slightly obscures vision and is very, very warm. All this equipment is not very heavy, but because it is so thick, it is easy to become over-heated, so it is important to stay hydrated. Even indoors in the air conditioning, the athletes are usually quite warm. Fencers must be able to move quickly and move a certain way, with their weight evenly distributed. The sword is not heavy, or particularly long, but must be moved quickly and properly in order to gain points.

Fencing takes place on 45 foot long area called the strip. This is where the two fencers “bout” each other. A bout is one round between two fencers. Fencing is a contact sport; oponents gain points by hitting the other person in the stomach and chest with the foil, or sword. It is an exciting sport that is mentally and physically engaging.




Posted on March 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you love to photograph, draw, paint, film videos, or take part in any form of artistic expression, then it would be a great idea to get involved with a website called [Creativ]. [Creativ] is a place where you can upload your work, receive support from your fellow artists, be ‘inspired’ by other artists, and meet new people with your interests.

It’s an entirely free website, without any notions of a ‘paid membership’ and no sign up fee. You even get a free bracelet as thanks for supporting the [Creativ] movement. This movement is to try to encourage people to express themselves creatively through support, inspiration, and availability.

Your profile contains personal information (only what you choose to share, of course), along with all of the work that you upload. Your notifications are filled with news of the friends that you make and the gatherings that you join. Gatherings are simply groups that you can join based on your interests. For example, you may have a Nature Photography gathering. There is an official gathering called the [Creativ] Movement that is run by the admins of the website; that is an amazing place to go to learn about the website when you first join.

It’s a great website to get the encouragement you need to reach full artistic potential. It is a wonderful self-esteem booster and a new way to get involved in a community. There are even events outside of the website where members can group together in person, and really connect with each other. The URL is


Brain Candy Issue 3

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what in the world were they thinking about? I am sure that whatever they had on their mind they thought was perfectly justified, even if you would have thought it was the strangest or least acceptable thing ever. Everyone is living in their own little universe. We all perceive and see things differently, so we may as well live in completely different realities. For instance, you may think something is totally okay, beautiful even, but others may think it is the greatest horror on earth. It is simply a difference in opinion. One reality may be of joy and peace while the other is of horror and fear. Two completely different realities, right? A more specific example would be living in a big city. Some may think it is chaotic and scary, but others may think it is a wonderful place full of excitement and joy. We live in our own different universes. Take a log cabin in the woods, some might find it peaceful and safe, but some else might think it is isolated, boring, and dangerous. The cabin is either a peaceful getaway or an unpleasant subjection.

When I say different universes or different realities, I simply mean the way we perceive things. Obviously we are in the same physical universe, but the hypothetical universe (that is our perception of the world) causes us to experience life differently from one another. Some people live in a place of joy, happiness, and peace. Others live in a universe fraught with peril lurking around every corner.

Can we choose which reality we live in, or are our minds hard-wired to our current perceptions? Many believe we can choose. We can always choose how to think and feel. Find the joy in life, instead of the darkness, and your personal reality will change accordingly, I promise.


Brain Candy for issue 2

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Music is a topic that almost everyone can relate to. Whether you prefer rap, or rock, or even symphony, Most people have a favorite genre. If you have ever seen the movie August Rush, then you already have an idea of what I am talking about (music is all around us, all the time). If you do not believe me, just stop and listen. It may be difficult to hear at first, as it is an entirely new genre, but I enjoy calling it the “music of the universe”, because it is everywhere, all the time. Some of you may be thinking: people talking, cars honking, and footsteps do not qualify as music, new genre or not. However, when rap first came out, people that were used to rock did not really understand that rap is a musical genre. With “music of the universe” the melody is even more hidden, but if you listen closely and open yourself up to it, you will hear it. Do not expect familiar music, or you will not hear what is truly there. Close your eyes and try it right now. If you listen to the “babbling voices” as a whole, instead of trying to follow one conversation, it will turn into one sound, like one instrument, or instrument section. Then, all of the different “sections” add up to one symphony. Kids tap their pencil to the beat. The volume of the area around you raises and lowers with fortes and pianos (if you do not know music “lingo,” forté is when the music gets louder, and piano makes it softer). One instrument or section, the mush of voices for example, the whoosh of cars passing by, whatever is making a sound, may get louder or more dominant than the others or vice versa. Musical sounds are endless: wrappers crinkle in the breeze, rocks get kicked off the sidewalk, drawers squeak open and closed, and doors slam. It takes some practice, but after you get used to listening, it only takes slight concentration to hear the “music” that surrounds us. “Music of the universe” changes from place to place. In the city the musical sounds are likely more chaotic than in a quiet neighborhood, and in both locations the sounds will be more chaotic than in the woods or mountains. It is especially easy to hear “music” during tests, when the class is silently working. You can hear the sound of pencils writing, tapping, scribbling, and even erasing on paper. Remember, all music is the product of someone’s imagination. Once in an interview, Beethoven said that before he went completely deaf, he would walk through the woods and get his inspiration from the sounds of nature. He knew how to hear the music, and he used it in his famous symphonies. Dogs and birds and wolves constantly sing along to the sounds of the world. Humans respond to it, without realizing that we are hearing it. For instance, we walk at a certain pace, to a certain beat, we tap our pencils when we work, and/or we may hum or whistle a musical riff as we go about our lives. Open your mind, and hear the music, you may discover a new genre that you enjoy.


Brain Candy Issue One

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever wondered if there were ideas in our world that nobody has ever even thought about? Such questions, those mind blowing “what ifs”, are called Brain Candy. They are thoughts that cause you to wonder, and there may be no obvious way to find an answer. This month’s brain candy is about what we and other things can and cannot see. I am sure that most of you know about the rumors that cats and dogs can see only in black in white, or that they can only see pastels. All of these color theories are just that, theories, because such information cannot yet be proven. However, assuming that they are true, I want you to think of something. Have you ever been in a situation where a dog or a cat stares at the ceiling or wall, but when you look there is nothing there? If humans can supposedly see things that our pets cannot, is it possible they can see things that we cannot?

Also, along the lines of seeing colors, are we all seeing the same ones? If you think about it, as little babies we were shown a picture or object and told that it is a certain color. As we grew up, we came to truly believe we could identify those colors. What if we all see different colors? For instance, what if your eyes identify something as red, but mine might see the same object as what you would call green however we both believe it is red. In other words, our eyes might see color differently than other people’s eyes. I am not talking about the color-blind, I am talking about everyone.

If you could literally look through the world through someone else’s eyes, would it really look the same? After all, we all have different eyes, brains, and sensory nerves. Just in case this is still confusing, here is another way to put it: two babies are shown two different types of fruit. The first baby is shown a bright red apple. The second baby is shown a yellow pear. The mother tells the first one all his life that the apple is green, and tells the second one that his pear is blue, so they grow up believing this, and their idea of green and blue is different from each other because it was just a name put to a color they saw.