Apr 212011

The Healing Code is helping me neutralize emotional chaos.

I don’t know what else to say about it. After using the meditation contained in the book, I’m astonished to remember painful memories with a smile and a feeling of peace. If nothing else, I’ve gained a great deal just from that. I feel in a rush to get through all of my painful memories, but I have to remind myself to take them one at a time and give each the time it deserves. I’ve given the book to my dad and my sister as well.

Now the caveats. Author Alex Loyd opens the book with a story that may spark doubt among skeptics: He says the Healing Codes just came to him on board a plane and he wrote them down. He talks about how his wife Tracey’s years-long depression lifted shortly after starting the Healing Codes.

It sounds like a miracle story — and Loyd also makes it clear that he is religious. However — and it’s a big however — Loyd states that Healing Code results can be measured with the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) test. This is a scientific test with complex parameters, and it would be interesting to find out more about which methods were used to measure HRV before and after the Healing Code meditation. One of the best uses of research money I can think of would be to run a trial to determine if The Healing Code works as advertised.

Here’s the other however, and it has nothing to do with research studies: This meditation works for me. I’ve tried it. I went into it with an open mind, and I put to rest some of my most painful memories. It’s easy to learn and doesn’t take up much time in the day. I don’t know if it will have physical effects or not, but the emotional effects have been worthwhile.

I admit that I was a bit taken aback by the heavy prayer emphasis in the book, since I think it limits its appeal to non-Christians, but when I downloaded the free “truth focus statements” (the “om” equivalent to be repeated while meditating) from the book’s website, I was happy to see quite a few non-religious ones in the mix.

So, in sum: I don’t question what works, and the Healing Code meditation worked for me. Your mileage may vary, but it’s worth taking it for a spin.

Apr 122011

Worthwhile reading today on page 1 of USA Today. The cover story is titled ‘Girls hit puberty earlier than ever, and doctors aren’t sure why.’

Here’s a brief excerpt with the grim stats:

About 15% of American girls now begin puberty by age 7, according to a study of 1,239 girls published last year in Pediatrics. One in 10 white girls begin developing breasts by that age — twice the rate seen in a 1997 study. Among black girls, such as Laila, 23% hit puberty by age 7.

“Over the last 30 years, we’ve shortened the childhood of girls by about a year and a half,” says Sandra Steingraber, author of a 2007 report on early puberty for the Breast Cancer Fund, an advocacy group. “That’s not good.”

I give this article credit for hinting at the reasons why puberty is starting earlier. It addresses rising rates of childhood obesity; endocrine disruptors such as pesticides, phthalates in water bottles, and BPA in cans; and reduction of melatonin levels triggered by overexposure to computer and TV screens. It also mentions stress and premature birth rates (up 18% since 1990, according to the article) as possible causes. What it doesn’t mention — and what I rarely see in articles of this type — is an acknowledgment that many of the problems and diseases of modern life are interlinked, so early puberty cannot really be viewed in isolation.

One indication that the problem is modern life and not genetics is mentioned in the article:

Studies consistently show that black girls in the USA go into puberty earlier than whites, suggesting a possible genetic difference. Yet Steingraber notes that, 100 years ago, black girls actually matured later than whites. And she notes that black girls in Africa enter puberty much later than those in the USA, even when their nutrition and family incomes are comparable.

Since we can’t turn back the clock to the year 1900, how can we fight back against the onslaught of contaminated food, water, and environmental surroundings? I discuss some ideas in the 10 Changes section in relation to general health, but this is what I would do if I had a daughter:

1. Choose organic dairy. Conventional dairy products may contain recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and/or recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). These hormones stimulate increased milk production by cows, but that milk also contains higher than normal levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). What is IGF-1? A trigger of puberty in mice, according to recent research from Johns Hopkins. 1 I look forward to the human studies — in the meantime, organic milk is unlikely to contain such high levels of IGF-1. Plus, it is free of antibiotic residues, and the cows cannot be fed genetically modified corn. Honestly, I might go easy on dairy in general, since most mammals in nature don’t consume it after they’re weaned.

2. Banish high-fructose corn syrup. Since obesity is a possible contributor to early puberty, I would seek out products unlikely to promote obesity. That means real, unrefined food — organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meats and eggs, beans, and whole grains, ideally speaking. If that were not entirely possible, I would at least avoid likely contributors to the obesity epidemic, such as HFCS. 2

3. Dump the plastic water bottles and canned foods. I would use stainless steel water bottles (less breakable than glass) and fill them with filtered tap water, using a high-quality reverse osmosis or combination filtration system (such as Aquasana). And I would seek out food packaged in BPA-free cans, glass jars, or bags.

4. Encourage outdoors time. I would make sure the day included some active time outside in real sunlight. Humans aren’t built to live indoors 24/7.

5. Enforce screen-off time. I would install Flux on all computers. I would set the computer to shut down automatically about an hour before bedtime. I would turn off the television about an hour before bedtime. I would encourage the reading of old-fashioned paper books — not on-screen books — in that last hour before sleep.

Mar 052011

Possibly the most important step, since emotional shocks and pain may underlie 1 many physical 2 and mental symptoms. This “mind-clearing” can take many forms such as tai chi, qigong, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). One form of meditation that is helping me is The Healing Codes. If you can get past the authors’ religious overtones, the technique they describe really works for me — and they do provide non-religious “focus statements.”