The concept of an “Organ Clock” in Chinese medicine is a useful tool in understanding why this occurs. In Chinese medicine, energy or chi, moves through the body’s meridians and organs in a 24-hour cycle. Every two hours the chi (or energy) is strongest within a particular organ and its functions within the body. So if you wake up at 3 AM, when liver energy peaks, you may be suffering from Liver Chi stagnation, which could be related to an unhealthy diet, excess alcohol consumption, unresolved anger, or high levels of stress. If you consistently wake at 4 AM – it could be due to an imbalance in your lungs, which is related to grief and sadness, fatigue, or reduced immune function.
A growing body of research attests that music therapy is more than a nice perk. It can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways. Just as listening to heavy rock metal can raise your heart rate, listening to soothing music can also produce direct biological changes, such as reducing blood pressure and cortisol levels. Upbeat lyrics can increase your level of optimism, too.
Walking barefoot outside for just 30-40 minutes a day is enough to start the healing process. Scientists have discovered that the earth’s surface is brimming with free electrons that are readily absorbed by the human body when they come in contact with each other, whether by walking barefoot or some other form of direct connection. Renowned cardiologist and bestselling author Stephen Sinatra, MD, had this to say about the benefits of earthing: “Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing has been documented with infrared medical imaging and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts.”
The research of epigenetics suggests that our inherited genes do not necessarily reflect our destiny. Biology alone does not necessarily determine our destiny. We can have an influence over our genetic make-up. We now understand how each of us can be dramatically affected by our environment, diet, stress, and even our thoughts and emotions. The good news is that we all have the ability to control many of these factors – starting today.
That’s a quote from Winston Churchill, and he’s right. Through my journey, I learned there is one very powerful antidote to the fear that grips you when you hear the words, “you have cancer” — and that is knowledge. The sad fact is that, according to the National Cancer Institute, more than 4,700 new cancer diagnoses are handed down each day. That’s well over one and half million Americans who are told they have cancer each year. We need to either be prepared… or ready to fight if the time comes that we’re one of the unfortunate ones to hear those dreaded words. The treatments I got happened to be the right treatments at the right time. Fortunately, there is a lot more information available these 30+ years later. That’s why I started the Templeton Wellness Foundation.
Synthetic mattresses often contain petroleum-based chemicals, toxic foams, and fire-retardant chemicals. These chemicals can off-gas even when the mattress is ten years old and there’s no chemical smell! Beware of memory foam mattresses and toppers, too. Unless the memory foam mattress is manufactured with organic latex, it is made up of chemicals and man-made substances. For years, I slept on an organic cotton futon. These are great because they can be placed directly on the floor, a bed frame, or on top of another mattress – whatever works best for you.